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Report: Nationals to sign Brad Boxberger to minor league deal


Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals are expected to sign reliever Brad Boxberger to a minor league contract.

Boxberger, 31, was released by the Royals last week after posting a 5.40 ERA with a 27/17 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings in the first three months of the season. It marked a second subpar season, as he finished with a 4.39 ERA as the Diamondbacks’ closer last year.

Boxberger was an All-Star and led the AL in saves with 41 in 2015. The Nationals, with baseball’s second-worst bullpen ERA at 6.08, will hope Boxberger can turn things around and help bridge the gap to closer Sean Doolittle.

Trea Turner hits for the cycle

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner hit for the cycle on Tuesday night against the Rockies, becoming the first National to hit for the cycle since, well, himself back on April 25, 2017… against the Rockies.

Turner led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to center field off of Peter Lambert. He singled in the second, tripled to lead off the fourth, and hit an RBI double as part of an eight-run seventh inning to complete the cycle.

Turner is the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season. The others:

After completing the cycle, Turner is hitting .286/.343/.494 with eight home runs, 25 RBI, 41 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 277 plate appearances this season.