"I think everybody's gunning for us."
— Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, downplaying their series with the NL East's second-place Mets.
GAME OF NUMBERS
Right fielders to hit homers before the Braves' Nick Markakis, who hit his first Monday, this season.
Bryce Harper's projected home-run total, entering Tuesday. Would be the most by a player in his age-22 or younger season.
Marlins homers, entering Tuesday, since Giancarlo Stanton's June 26 injury.
to the minors
SP, Kansas City
The 24-year-old was optioned to Class AAA Omaha after a string of ineffective outings for the opening-day starter. Ventura, who can run his fastball into triple digits, is 4-7 with a 5.19 ERA in 14 starts this year. Ventura gave up six runs and 10 hits in four-plus innings Monday. He is 1-3 with a 9.00 ERA in his past four starts. Ventura signed a $23 million, five-year deal before the season's start.