Apr 17, 2015, 9:43 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals wasted no time jumping all over Phillies right-hander Sean O’Sullivan, getting a 3-run homer from Bryce Harper in the bottom of the first. That’s one way to relax everybody and let them settle in for a nice Friday night at the ballpark, and the Nationals certainly looked relaxed in…
Apr 17, 2015, 8:52 PM EDT
Updated at 11:00 p.m. Third baseman Yunel Escobar had to leave Friday night’s game after straining his left groin muscle running down the first-base line in the fourth inning, but the Nationals are hopeful he’s not seriously hurt. Escobar was trying to leg out a grounder to the hole at short, but was thrown out…
Apr 17, 2015, 5:57 PM EDT
Craig Stammen has needed surgery on his throwing arm only once before — Sept. 2009, to have bone chips removed — and he’s never spent a day on the disabled list in his career, so the veteran reliever could be excused if he was down in the dumps upon learning Thursday he’s likely to miss…
Apr 17, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT
The resurgence of the Nationals’ lineup has coincided with a couple of tweaks that — at least based on history — you wouldn’t think would make a positive difference: Ian Desmond batting second and Danny Espinosa batting left-handed. But somehow those two guys have managed to reverse historical trends and be productive. So Matt Williams…
Apr 17, 2015, 11:46 AM EDT
Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 30) They have Jeff Francoeur batting cleanup. Jeff Francoeur. Cleanup. 29. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 27) This may be a tough year for Milwaukee fans after seeing…
Apr 17, 2015, 10:20 AM EDT
It may have been a little in-game redemption, but Michael Taylor sure didn’t see it that way. Despite delivering the game’s decisive blow — a fifth inning solo shot off Cole Hamels to break a 2-2 tie — the talented 24-year-old rookie centerfielder was still lamenting a fourth inning gaffe that could have cost the…
Apr 16, 2015, 11:34 PM EDT
Despite the injuries and the ugly early season numbers, anyone who has watched the Nationals in recent years could tell you it was only a matter of time before their offense broke out. Some may say they turned a corner during Wednesday’s win when they put a 10-spot on the Red Sox. Some may look…
Apr 16, 2015, 9:21 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After breaking out for 10 runs in Wednesday’s win over the Red Sox, the Nats carried over their momentum on offense to beat the Phillies 5-2 and earn their second consecutive win for the first time in the 2015 season. On offense, the Nats were keyed by home runs by Yunel Escobar and Michael Taylor.…
Apr 16, 2015, 4:40 PM EDT
[Updated 4:55 p.m.] Nationals reliever Craig Stammen will require surgery after an MRI Thursday revealed a torn flexor, according to manager Matt Williams. The injury is considered musculotendinous, which means it affects both the tendon and the muscle. “Unfortunately we got the results today which revealed a torn flexor. He’s going to require surgery.” The Nats do…
Apr 16, 2015, 3:11 PM EDT
The Washington Nationals return home on Thursday to begin a seven-game homestand starting with a four-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies. Doug Fister will go up against Phillies ace Cole Hamels in the 10th game of the 2015 season. The Phillies enter Thursday with an identical record to the Nats at 3-6, though they have…
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- Nats 7, Phillies 2: Harper homers, Scherzer cruises
- Escobar leaves Nats game with strained groin
- Stammen on season-ending surgery: "Bring it on"
- Marlins catcher not happy after getting benched: 'Yeah I’m mad'
- Nats hope to keep bats rolling vs. Phillies
- MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox, Dodgers flying high
- Nats' offense continues to roll in win vs. Phillies
- Michael Taylor showing Nats glimpses of his potential
- Fister gets the better of Hamels in 5-2 win in Philadelphia
- Dependable Nats' reliever Stammen will require surgery