Nationals Talk

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Alex Avila's grand slam off Stephen Strasburg left the Nationals to deal with a 5-1 loss in Detroit and a 10-game deficit to Atlanta.

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Stephen Strasburg kept the dangerous Detroit lineup in check for much of the game, but one bad pitch was all it took for Detroit to break this game wide open.

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Steve McCatty remains in the hospital receiving medication for high blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat, but the Nationals expect their pitching coach to be released on Wednesday.

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With Wednesday's trade deadline looming, Mike Rizzo doesn't appear interested in making any major changes to the Nationals' roster.

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With the non-waiver deadline fast approaching, many teams still consider themselves contenders, resulting in a dearth of true deadline sellers -- though the East has plenty of teams peddling players they won't be needing.

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