Starter Jon Gray pretended he was closing out the first inning. Gray (9-6) surrendered four hits and struck out eight in a crisp performance for his first win since Aug. 2. Gray started strong, which hasn't always been the case this season.
Kris Bryant's two-home run performance over the weekend exemplified why he has become the front runner to win the National League MVP, just a year removed from winning rookie of the year honors. Bryant, third baseman for the Chicago Cubs and occasional outfielder, received eight of the 10 first-place votes in USA TODAY Sports' NL MVP power rankings. His defensive versatility and offensive numbers -- he leads the majors in runs scored (107), the NL in total bases (287) and is tied for the home run lead (35) -- has elevated his status one year after claiming NL Rookie of the Year honors. With just over a month left in the regular season, he faces tough competition from teammate Anthony Rizzo, Los
God loves us as much in our times of struggle as in our times of triumph. That was the message of Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy at the recent Faith & Family Night at Washington Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The event took place on August 27 after a game against the Colorado Rockies. There were gospel choirs from local churches and a $5 ticket fee was donated to The House DC, which helps at-risk youth in Washington, D.C. Players taking part in the faith night included pitcher Blake Treinen, infielder Anthony Rendon, and second baseman Murphy. The players gave testimony to a crowd of about two thousand people during interviews with Tim Pierson, the Nationals' team chaplain.