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AP Photo/Alex BrandonWashington Nationals relief pitcher Craig Stammen (35) throws during a baseball game against the New York Mets on May 17 at Nationals Park in Washington.
AP Photo/Alex BrandonWashington Nationals relief pitcher Craig Stammen (35) throws during a baseball game against the New York Mets on May 17 at Nationals Park in Washington.
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WASHINGTON — Craig Stammen leads the Washington Nationals with 47.2 innings pitched out of the bullpen through the first part of the 2014 season.


Stammen, a Versailles High School graduate, once again is a big part of the Nationals’ pitching staff this season as he leads the team in innings pitched out of the bullpen. The North Star product is 0-4 this season with a 3.78 ERA.


Stammen’s ERA took a big hit in his last two appearances before the All-Star break as he allowed seven runs in three innings pitched against the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies. His ERA jumped from 2.68 on July 5 to 3.78 after those two games.


For the season the Versailles graduate has allowed 44 hits, four home runs, nine walks and struck out 38 batters in his 47.2 innings. His 1.11 WHIP, walks and hits per inning, is fifth best on the Washington staff.


Offensively Stammen has made five at bats this season and has one double.


The Nationals begin the second half of the season Friday with a three-game series at home against the Brewers. They then travel to Colorado to face the Rockies before coming to Cincinnati for a three-game series against the Reds on July 25-27.


At the All-Star break, Stammen and his Washington National teammates are leading the NL East.


With a 51-42 record, the Nationals are in a virtual tie with the 52-43 Braves atop the NL East. They trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by a game for the best record in the National League and trail the Milwaukee Brewers by a half game.


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