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Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy warms up before a baseball game against the New York Yankees Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Nationals activate Murphy from DL

The Nationals activated second baseman Daniel Murphy before their game on Tuesday night in New York against the Yankees.

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) prepares to bat during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Washington. The Giants won 2-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Harper's New York showcase, Murphy's return top storylines for Nationals-Yankees series

The two teams predicted by Sports Illustrated to play in the 2018 World Series are slated to meet for a two-game series this week in the Big Apple. And there will be plenty of storylines for the interleague series between teams at the top of the East division in their respective leagues.

Washington Capitals fans celebrate at a viewing party in Washington after Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas, Thursday, June 7, 2018. The Capitals won the Stanley Cup. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

Championship parade to finally become reality for title-starved fans, players

- Associated Press

It all becomes reality Tuesday when Backstrom and the Stanley Cup-champion Capitals give the city its first parade for a major pro sports team since the NFL's Redskins in 1992. The parade is 26 years in the making for Washington sports fans who endured long, lean years of heartbreak.

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, from Russia, kisses the Stanley Cup on the field before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Capitals, Stanley Cup make Nationals Park appearance

Capitals captain and playoff MVP Alexander Ovechkin emerged out of Washington Nationals first-base dugout a few minutes before noon Saturday, but he wasn't carrying a baseball glove belonging to Max Scherzer or even one of Bryce Harper's bats.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Stephen Strasburg has shoulder inflammation, slated for MRI

Strasburg pitched two innings in a 9-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants and after the game Washington manager Dave Martinez said the All-Star hurler had a little bit of inflammation in his right shoulder.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Strasburg leaves start against Giants after just two innings

Pitching eight years to the day of his Major League debut, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was taken out after throwing just two innings Friday night at Nationals Park against the San Francisco Giants.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park, Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Red-hot Nationals to clash with surging Giants

Baseball's hottest team looks to improve to a season-best 11 games over .500 when the Washington Nationals host the San Francisco Giants (31-31) Friday.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark throws against the Tampa Bay Rays, during the third inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Washington. Nationals won 11-2. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Tanner Roark gets rare win in Nationals' rout of Rays

The working-class right-hander continues to clock in to work, and Roark was rewarded on Wednesday afternoon as the Nationals' offense exploded in an 11-2 blitzing of the Tampa Bay Rays before a crowd of 33,106 fans at Nationals Park.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays, during the first inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Rendon, Taylor lead Nationals' 11-2 romp over Rays

Tanner Roark (3-6) had lost his previous four decisions with bad-luck pitching and little offensive support over that span, but the right-hander went six innings and gave up just two runs on six hits against the Rays (28-32), who have lost six in a row.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) talks with manager Dave Martinez (4) as he reaches to shake hands with pitching coach Derek Lilliquist (38) after the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park, Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Washington. The Nationals won 4-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Max Scherzer shines in Nationals' win over Rays

Scherzer put up some impressive numbers in a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. But it was not just 13 strikeouts and two runs allowed in eight innings that stood out. He threw 81 strikes out of 99 pitches and threw a first-pitch strike to 25 of the 28 batters he faced.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws against the New York Mets during the first inning of home opener baseball game, at Nationals Park, Thursday, April 5, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)  **FILE**

Nationals take two pitchers in MLB draft

With the No. 27 pick the Nationals selected Mason Denaburg of Merritt Island High School in Florida. The No. 65 pick was Tim Cate, a junior left-hander this year at the University of Connecticut.

In games through Saturday for the Hagerstown Suns, outfielder Juan Soto was batting .389 (21-for-54) with five doubles, three triples and five homers with 24 RBIs. He had an OPS of 1.378. (Photo courtesy of John Slick, Hagerstown Suns) ** FILE **

Hot prospect Juan Soto promoted to Nationals

On Sunday morning, Juan Soto, the No. 2 prospect in the Washington Nationals' farm system and No. 15 overall prospect in the minors, was promoted to the majors for the first time.