Washington Nationals (14-19, fifth in the NL East) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (17-21, fourth in the NL West) Phoenix; Friday, 9:40 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Max Scherzer (2-2, 2.33 ERA, .78 WHIP, 61 strikeouts) Diamondbacks: Riley Smith (1-2, 4.85 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 12 strikeouts) BOTTOM LINE: Washington heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Patrick Corbin. Corbin pitched seven innings, giving up one run on five hits with nine strikeouts against Philadelphia. The Diamondbacks are 8-7 in home games in 2020. Arizona's team on-base percentage of .316 is fourth in the National League. Carson Kelly leads the club with an OBP of .486. The Nationals have gone 5-9 away from home. Washington ranks seventh in the league in hitting with a .246 batting average, Starlin Castro leads the club with an average of .309. The Diamondbacks won the last meeting 5-2. Madison Bumgarner recorded his first victory and Josh Rojas went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI for Arizona. Paolo Espino registered his first loss for Washington. TOP PERFORMERS: Eduardo Escobar leads the Diamondbacks with seven home runs and is batting .204. Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 41 hits and has 15 RBIs. LAST 10 GAMES: Diamondbacks: 2-8, .228 batting average, 4.32 ERA, outscored by 15 runs Nationals: 3-7, .228 batting average, 3.45 ERA, outscored by four runs INJURIES: Diamondbacks: Taylor Widener: (groin), Zac Gallen: (elbow), Tyler Clippard: (shoulder), Ketel Marte: (hamstring), Kole Calhoun: (left hamstring), Christian Walker: (oblique). Nationals: Stephen Strasburg: (right shoulder), Luis Avilan: (elbow). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Patrick Corbin pitched seven strong innings and the Washington Nationals defeated the visiting Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 on Thursday to salvage the finale of the three-game series. Kyle Schwarber and Josh Bell each hit two-run, first-inning homers for Washington, which had lost four straight and seven of its previous eight. Washington's Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak, which started on May 1, to 11 games.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers have set plans to host 100% capacity at their ballparks, joining the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals. The Twins, who started the season at 25% capacity, said Thursday they will increase to 60% for 12 home games at Target Field from May 14-30, move to 80% for 12 home games in June and 100% for the final 40 regular-season home games starting July 5. "We are grateful that our state and region continue to be on a path toward improved health and a return to normalcy,” Twins president Dave St. Peter said in a statement. Philadelphia started the season at 20% and will increase capacity from 11,000 to 16,000 for a series against Boston starting Friday and followed by games against Washington (June 4-6) and Atlanta (June 8-10). Citizens Bank Park will be allowed 100% capacity starting with the Phillies’ series against the New York Yankees on June 12-13. Limited pods will be available with socially-distanced seating. Tailgating also will be allowed. Milwaukee, which began at 25%, said the Brewers’ American Family Field will shift to 100% capacity starting June 25. The New York Yankees and Mets were given permission by New York state to increase capacity from 20% to 100% at their ballparks for home games starting May 19, but only as long as fans are vaccinated against COVID-19. The Mets said they planned to have sections for vaccinated fans at full capacity and for unvaccinated fans with social distancing. The Chicago Cubs will increase Wrigley Field’s capacity to 60% starting with a series against Cincinnati that begins May 28. That will leave maximum attendance at just under 25,000, and there will be a minimum of one open seat between pods within the same row. Illinois and Chicago officials are requiring a designated area for fully vaccinated fans, who will be required to present proof of vaccination and photo ID. The Chicago White Sox will also increase capacity to 60% at Guaranteed Rate Field starting with a game against St. Louis on May 24, also with a minimum of one open seat between pods within the same row. The White Sox will have two full capacity sections for vaccinated fans when they host Kansas City this weekend. Last year’s shortened MLB regular season was played entirely without fans, who were allowed back only for the NL Championship Series and World Series, and then in limited numbers for games moved to the neutral site of Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Texas was the only one of the major league teams to start the season at 100% capacity. Atlanta said April 28 it would move to 100% at Truist Park starting May 7, and Arizona announced May 5 that it would shift to 100% at Bank One Ballpark starting May 25. Washington said this week that Nationals Park would allow 100% capacity starting June 11 after Mayor Muriel Bowser issued an order allowing it. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Ronald Blum, The Associated Press