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  1. Nationals respond to Williams’ challenge

    Apr 18, 2014, 11:31 PM EDT

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    Matt Williams wanted his players to be upset at themselves after Thursday night’s debacle of a loss. But the first-year manager also wanted them to forget all about that game the moment they left Nationals Park and return Friday committed to making things better. So what transpired over the course of 2 hours and 31…

  2. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Cardinals 1

    Apr 18, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of an atrocious performance Thursday night, Matt Williams challenged his players to return to the park Friday with renewed focus and desire. The Nationals responded in kind, delivering the kind of well-played ballgame Williams had been seeking all along. Gio Gonzalez and Michael Wacha matched pitch-for-pitch, with Wacha…

  3. Span to join Nats on Saturday after second rehab game

    Apr 18, 2014, 8:42 PM EDT

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    [Updated 10:40 p.m.] Nationals center fielder Denard Span completed his second rehab assignment game with the Single-A Hagerstown Suns on Friday night as he aims for a weekend return from the seven-day disabled list. Span, who is recovering from a concussion sustained on April 11 in Atlanta, went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. He…

  4. Ramos takes first swings since hand surgery

    Apr 18, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT

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    Wilson Ramos took a key step Friday in his return from a broken bone in his left hand, taking light swings for the first time since suffering the injury on Opening Day and reporting no discomfort. “No pain,” the Nationals catcher said. “Not sore. It just feels a little weak.” Ramos broke the hamate bone…

  5. Nats call up Xavier Cedeno, send Blake Treinen to Syracuse

    Apr 18, 2014, 5:38 PM EDT

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    The Washington Nationals recalled lefty relief pitcher Xavier Cedeno on Friday afternoon and optioned right-hander Blake Treinen back down to Triple-A Syracuse. Treinen, 25, will return to a starter’s schedule now after serving a week as the Nationals’ long reliever. “The plan for him outside of the major league team is for him to start…

  6. Game 17: Cardinals at Nats

    Apr 18, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT

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    Matt Williams wanted his players to be upset about last night’s debacle, but he also wanted them to leave it behind when they left the ballpark and return today committed to playing better ball. We’ll find out how they respond in a few hours. Williams is going with the same lineup that managed only two…

  7. The Baseball Show: How can Strasburg turn it around?

    Apr 18, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT

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    On Thursday’s ‘The Baseball Show,’ one segment featured a discussion about the early season struggles of Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg through four starts carries a 1-2 record, 6.00 ERA and a WHIP that has soared to 1.571. The Nats’ rotation as a whole, in fact, is now second-to-last in baseball with a 5.21 ERA as a…

  8. First real test for Williams, Nationals

    Apr 18, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Matt Williams knew there would come a time when he would be tested as a big-league manager for the first time. Not for anything he did or said in the dugout during a game. But for what he did or said in the Nationals’ clubhouse after a game. That test came Thursday night when, after…

  9. Nats’ defensive mistakes add up in loss to Cardinals

    Apr 18, 2014, 12:09 AM EDT

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    In what ended up a 8-0 blowout loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night, a game in which they mustered only two hits off Adam Wainwright, a lot went wrong for the Nationals besides their play in the field. But after four defensive errors in one game – and an MLB-worst 20 total…

  10. Instant analysis: Cardinals 8, Nats 0

    Apr 17, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: How about “Game in a word” instead of a “nutshell?” The word: U-G-L-Y. The Nationals trailed 3-0 in the first inning (yet again). They played some stupendously sloppy defense (yet again). And they let things get out of hand late. Taylor Jordan was roughed up early, with some major assists —…

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