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As Austin Voth hits the injured list, Dave Martinez pushes for answers on foreign substances

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Dave Martinez couldn’t put a timetable on when and how Austin Voth will return from having his nose fractured by a 90-mph fastball Sunday. Either that or Martinez, the Washington Nationals’ manager, kept to his code of being publicly vague about injury recovery. But what he could say is Voth’s broken nose is different from Max Scherzer’s in June 2019.
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Dave Martinez wants the Nats to swing at more early-count fastballs. Here’s what the data shows.

Ask why the Washington Nationals’ offense has struggled and why it ranks 23rd in MLB in runs scored per game, and the answers vary across the organization. One theory, offered under the condition of anonymity so the person could freely discuss a team weakness, is simple: too many groundballs. A connected theory is that the Nationals have failed to lift the ball and give themselves a chance at more home runs. And another is that they hit the ball too much, that their high contact rate — second in MLB entering Friday — keeps them from working longer at-bats and getting better pitches to drive.
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Nationals' Dave Martinez on Juan Soto's baserunning error: 'It was embarrassing for the whole club'

Nationals outfielder Juan Soto learned the hard way Sunday that you should run out every ball you hit. In the team's 6-5 win over the Orioles, Soto hit a two-out pop fly that he assumed was going to go foul. However, the ball blew back into play and struck down in fair ground right in front of the catcher. Soto could've been safe at first, but he hadn't been running on the play and instead was thrown out.