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Mark Reynolds may have sent his manager toward a sleepless night.
How is Dave Martinez supposed to rest when he’s got to figure out whether Reynolds’ career night earned him another start Sunday?
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, I mean I’m going to sleep just fine. That’s his problem,” Reynolds joked afterward. ”I’ll be ready to go either way.”
Reynolds homered twice and drove in a career-high 10 runs, Max Scherzer won for the first time since June 5, and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 18-4 on Saturday night.
Martinez said he’ll have to think about where to put the right-handed hitting Reynolds when the Marlins start a right-hander on Sunday. Martinez has other options at first base, including left-handed hitters Matt Adams and Daniel Murphy.
Washington has won three straight and scored a combined 35 runs since calling a players-only meeting on Wednesday after falling under .500 for the first time since May 2.
Reynolds (5 for 5) tied his career high for hits and equaled the Nationals’ RBI record.
Reynolds hit a two-run homer in the second inning into the same visitors’ bullpen where his walk-off homer landed on Friday. He followed that up with an RBI double in the second, a two-run single in the fifth, a three-run homer in the sixth, and a two-run single in the seventh.
”Yeah, that’s like a good two weeks
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,” Reynolds said. ”These things don’t happen often.”
Signed as minor league free agent in April, Reynolds is 12 for 23 with four home runs since June 29.
”I’ve seen him like this,” Martinez said. ”When he gets hot like this he can stay hot for a while, so we’ll have to figure something out, see if we can get him in tomorrow.”
Washington, which has won 14 straight against Miami, broke it open by batting around the order and scoring a season-best seven runs in the fifth inning.
”We haven’t had any success with them in a while now,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ”They’re a good lineup up and down, but we’ve pitched better than this.”
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, who was 0-4 in his previous five starts, pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on four hits – three of which were home runs. The Nationals had been shut out in three of Scherzer’s previous five starts.
Miami starter Wei-Yin Chen (2-6) lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits.
Bryce Harper had three hits and an intentional walk.
Starlin Castro and J.T. Realmuto hit the first back-to-back home runs of the season for the Marlins in the fourth inning. Yadiel Rivera hit his first homer of the season in the seventh.
The Marlins were 9-0 this season in games in which Realmuto homered before Saturday night.
Marlins: OF Brian Anderson was out of the lineup for the first time this season. After playing in Miami’s first 90 games, Mattingly said it was time for a breather. … Mattingly said OF Lewis Brinson (right hip) is still sore and ”doing a little treatment, and that’s all.”
Nationals: Martinez said RHP Stephen Strasburg (shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to go on a rehab assignment Tuesday with the goal of throwing 50-60 pitches. … OF Victor Robles (hyperextended left elbow) and RHP Koda Glover (right shoulder tendinitis) both played in a Gulf Coast League game Friday. Martinez said Glover is ”progressing well” but that he wouldn’t be pitching in back-to-back games. … C Matt Wieters (left hamstring strain) went 1 for 4 in a rehab start with Double-A Harrisburg and is expected to play again on Sunday before being re-evaluated.
Marlins: Rookie RHP Trevor Richards (2-5, 5.26 ERA) makes his first start against the Nationals in the series finale.
Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (3-10, 4.60 ERA) is looking for his first win since June 6. Roark is 5-8 with a 3.99 ERA in 22 games against the Marlins.
Detroit Lions president Rod Wood said Saturday that the organization followed the law in its interviewing and hiring of head coach Matt Patricia.According to ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein, Wood responded to suggestions the interview process should have uncovered the聽sexual assault indictment against Patricia in 1996"There's been a lot of criticism of people interviewing and questions that were asked that are inappropriate
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, at the combine and et cetera. And we're not one of those teams that are going to do those kind of things whether it's a player, a coach or an employee. We're following the rules and I'd rather follow the rules and maybe end up where I'm at, although we're not happy to be dealing with this, there's no doubt about that."But I'd rather be doing that than have broken the rules and had an issue that we were in an unlawful position by having some information. So there's no doubt it's a tough spot to be but I'll take the tough spot by following the rules versus not following the rules and being in an unlawful position."This week, Robert Snell of the聽Detroit News聽reported that Patricia was indicted on a sexual assault charge in 1996聽while he was a student at聽Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The allegation聽stemmed from an encounter at spring break in聽South Padre Island, Texas,The case never went to trial, as the accuser did not cooperate following the indictment.Wood and the Lions used a firm to do a background check on Patricia, but federal law prohibited the hiring process taking聽felony arrests that did not result in convictions beyond seven years old into consideration
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, per Rothstein.On Saturday, Wood defended the firm it used in doing its due diligence on Patricia:聽"We always err on the side of hiring a firm who understands all the laws, follows them, state and federal, so that we don't happen upon something that we're not entitled to have nor would we be able to use."After news of Patricia's indictment came to light, the former New England Patriots defensive coordinator said, "I was innocent then, and I am innocent now. I was falsely accused of something that I did not do."In a joint statement from Lions owner Martha Ford, general manager Bob Quinn and Wood
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, the Lions publicly supported Patricia on Monday, according to聽Justin Rogers聽of the聽Detroit News:"As an organization, The Detroit Lions take allegations regarding sexual assault or harassment seriously. Coach Patricia was the subject of a standard pre-employment background check which did not disclose this issue. We have spoken to Coach Patricia about this at length as well as the attorney who represented him at the time. Based upon everything we have learned, we believe and have accepted Coach Patricia's explanation and we will continue to support him. We will continue to work with our players and the NFL to further awareness of and protections for those individuals who are the victims of sexual assault or violence."The 43-year-old Patricia has been an NFL coach since joining the Patriots as an offensive assistant in 2004.He has served in several different roles since then and was the Pats' defensive coordinator from 2012 until his hiring by the Lions this offseason.The three-time Super Bowl champion was hired to replace Jim Caldwell, who led Detroit to a 9-7 record in 2017..
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