Dusty Baker started the current homestand determined to establish home superiority in Nationals Park and improve during day games. They took 2 of 3 on the weekend and the 4:05 PM start with the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, but lost another day game on Sunday. Now it’s three games with the Chicago Cubs after Washington dropped five of seven to the eventual World Series winners last season. The Nationals are 20-14 at home in the nation’s capital after taking two of three from the Reds. The Cubs are just two games over .500 so far this season coming in to the four-game set in D.C. with a 16-20 record on the road so far in 2017. Nationals vs Cubs at 7:05 PM. Till then, links... NATS BEAT: Bryce Harper
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Randal Grichuk and Jedd Gyorko each homered and drove in three runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Monday. It was a makeup for an April 29 game that was postponed because of severe weather. Grichuk hit his second homer in two games since being recalled from Triple-A. The two-run drive in the fourth inning was his sixth of the season. Michael Wacha (4-3), who began the day with an 8.17 ERA over his last seven starts, limited the Reds to one run on five hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked one. Brandon Finnegan (1-1) was activated off the disabled list after missing more than two months because of a shoulder problem. The lefty exited
The Tampa Bay Rays acquired shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the Miami Marlins for two minor leaguers on Monday. Outfielder Braxton Lee and right-hander Ethan Clark were included in the deal and sent to Miami, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. Hechavarria has been on the disabled list since May 10 with an oblique injury.