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Nationals 5, Marlins 0

Nationals 5, Marlins 0: Gio Gonzalez cooled off Miami's bats with six strong innings and red-hot Anthony Rendon drove in three runs as host Washington continued its mastery of the Marlins.

Washington Nationals - PlayerWatch

2B Anthony Rendon homered, walked and scored twice in Washington's 9-2 win over Philadelphia. Rendon has hit in seven of his last eight games (.308, 8-for-26, two home runs HR, five RBIs) after batting .163 (17-for-104, three home runs, eight RBIs) in his previous 27. Rendon also made a nice diving stop and turned a Dominic Brown grounder up the middle from a single into a fielder's choice in the seventh.

Baseball-Nationals convince LaRoche to extend Washington stay

Jan 8 (Reuters) - The Washington Nationals finally persuaded Adam LaRoche to put pen to paper on Tuesday after spending the first half of the off-season courting their lead slugger. The free agent inked a two-year deal worth $24 million with an option for a third season, adding solidity to an improving Nationals team and rewarding the franchise for their patience.
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