WASHINGTON NATIONALS

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Ian Desmond is doing his best to put a miserable first half behind him.

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The Nationals got the first of their injured regulars back in time for Saturday’s game, activating infielder Anthony Rendon off the 15-day disabled list and inserting him right back in their start

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The Nationals have promoted top prospect Lucas Giolito to Class AA Harrisburg, deeming the 21-year-old right-hander ready to start pitching at the upper levels of their farm system.

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The Nationals have come out of the All-Star break and gone 3-5, scoring an average of 3.5 runs per game but giving up an average of 4.75 during that same stretch.

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In search of bullpen help at the trade deadline, the Nationals have been linked to a number of potential pitchers in recent days.

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