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  1. State of the Nats: All tied up in the NL East

    Aug 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Mets earn a sweep – The Mets made a statement this weekend with their sweep of the Nationals, a convincing trio of wins capped off by Tyler Clippard getting Jose Lobaton to pop up for the final out on Sunday night. They earned a tie atop the NL East and seem energized by their…

  2. Game 103: Nats at Mets

    Aug 2, 2015, 4:24 PM EDT

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    Following another one-run loss to the Mets, the Nationals now enter Sunday night hoping to avoid a three-game sweep. The game will be on national television – like the first two were – as ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball showcase. Jordan Zimmermann (8-6, 3.36) will square off against talented rookie right-hander Noah Syndergaard (5-5, 2.70). The…

  3. Ross continues to impress, but Mets showing their worth

    Aug 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    For the second straight night, the Nationals fell to the division rival New York Mets by just one run thanks to mistakes made late in the game by their bullpen. This time it was Mets first baseman Lucas Duda who had the big swing and Nats reliever Matt Thornton who gave up the decisive score.…

  4. Game 102: Nats at Mets

    Aug 1, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT

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    Friday night’s game was a thriller, but the Nationals found themselves on the wrong end of it, as the Mets took the series opener 2-1 in 12 innings on a walk-off home run. Now rookie Joe Ross (3-4, 3.03) will get his shot at the New York Mets opposite of reigning NL Rookie of the…

  5. Carpenter to get 2nd opinion, Span to be evaluated soon

    Jul 31, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT

    USA Today

    NEW YORK — Matt Williams and Mike Rizzo provided a pair of injury updates for the Nationals on Friday before the team’s game against the New York Mets, as though they have seen a good group of guys return over the last week, there remain several big names on the disabled list. Reliever David Carpenter,…

  6. Catching up with now-Mets pitcher Tyler Clippard

    Jul 31, 2015, 6:38 PM EDT

    USA Today

    NEW YORK — Tyler Clippard will get his first chance to face his former Nationals teammates on Friday night, as the Nats play at the New York Mets in a big weekend series. Clippard was traded to the Mets on Monday from the Oakland Athletics, whom he was traded to by the Nats over the…

  7. Game 101: Nats at Mets

    Jul 31, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — The Nationals roll into New York this weekend fresh off a series win against the Miami Marlins and with a three-game lead in first place in the NL East. The Mets will do their best to try and gain some ground in the division race against a Nats team that looks revitalized…

  8. MLB Power Rankings: Hamels, Price, Tulo all get traded

    Jul 31, 2015, 10:06 AM EDT

    USA Today

    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 – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Kudos to them for finally doing what had to be done and trading Hamels and Papelbon. 29. Rockies – Zuckerman: (LW: 27) If you’re going to trade away…

  9. VIDEO: Papelbon on joining the Nats, playing with Storen

    Jul 30, 2015, 10:23 AM EDT

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    Jonathan Papelbon met with reporters before yesterday’s game at Marlins Park on his first day with his new team, the Washington Nationals. The veteran closer addressed several subjects, including why he waived his no-trade clause to join the Nats and what his presence now means for Drew Storen. You can watch the video below to…

  10. Stock Watch: Starting pitchers scuffling

    Jul 29, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jul 24, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches against Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang (27) during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 2-4 Team slash: .254/.346/.381 Team ERA: 4.50 Runs per game:  3.83   STOCK UP    Ian Desmond, SS: .400 AVG/ 3 HR/ 1.350 OPS   Nats fans must be hoping and wishing that Desmond,…

  11. Around the NL East: Are Mets moves enough to catch Nats?

    Jul 28, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jun 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics pitcher Tyler Clippard (36) prepares to throw the ball to first to hold a runner on base against the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics defeated the Angels 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   The Braves continued their plan to acquire young pitching, trading veterans Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to the Mets in exchange for minor league arms John Gant and Rob Whalen. Both arms are considered mid-level prospects at best — neither of them are listed in Baseball America’s ‘Midseason Top 50 prospects‘ list…

  12. Clippard traded to New York Mets

    Jul 27, 2015, 7:38 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Given the rumors linking the Nationals to former fan favorite Tyler Clippard this week, the worst fears of many have perhaps been realized. Clippard is coming back to the NL East, but he won’t be pitching in Washington. The New York Mets have instead traded for the two-time NL All-Star. Clippard, 30, was shipped to…

  13. State of the Nats: Trade deadline

    Jul 27, 2015, 4:08 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Trade deadline – The 2015 non-waiver trade deadline is coming up at 4 p.m. on Friday and already the Nationals have found themselves in the middle of all types of rumors. The common trends for the Nats in particular seem to be bench help – specifically in the outfield – and late-inning relief pitching. The…

  14. Strasburg to rehab at Syracuse

    Jul 27, 2015, 2:39 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs in what amounts to a significant step in his recovery from a strained left oblique. The Nationals’ right-hander threw 51 pitches in a simulated game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Friday. He was placed on the disabled list…

  15. The Baseball Show: A rough start to the second half

    Jul 27, 2015, 11:04 AM EDT

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    There was a lot to talk about on this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, as the Nationals just lost a four-game series at the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 2015 trade deadline is also quickly approaching, as the Nats have stumbled out of the gate in the second half of the season. There is also a…

  16. Brutal stretch for Nats has end in sight; Taylor’s heating up

    Jul 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    With their 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon, the Nationals have now lost six of their 10 games since the All-Star break ended. Max Scherzer has been beaten twice during that stretch. Their offense has averaged 3.8 runs per contest. The Mets have cut the division lead back down to two games.…

  17. Game 97: Nats at Pirates

    Jul 26, 2015, 11:32 AM EDT

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    The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to split their four-game series against the Pirates following their lopsided win the day before. They will send rookie Joe Ross (2-2, 2.70) to the mound opposite former No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole (13-4, 2.31), who is in the middle of a breakout season. Ross has only…

  18. MLB Power Rankings: Astros, Pirates make moves

    Jul 24, 2015, 12:29 PM EDT

    USA Today

    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) Will Ruben Amaro finally bite the bullet and trade somebody? Somebody, anybody?!?! 29. Marlins – Hughes: (LW: 29) Jose Fernandez is back and dominating with a 2.77…

  19. VIDEOS: On Fister, Aroldis Chapman and the trade deadline

    Jul 24, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    I went on SportsNet Central Thursday night for a pair of segments to talk about a variety of topics involving the Nationals. The first clip is about how close Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth are to returning. We also discussed the trade deadline and host Michael Jenkins even brought up my recent cameo…

  20. Around the NL East: Division gearing up for busy trade deadline

    Jul 24, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

    Jul 19, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES  We’re a week away from the non-waiver trade deadline, and we still don’t know who the Braves might ship in a deal. There have been rumors that it could be infielders Chris Johnson, Juan Uribe or reliever Jim Johnson. But perhaps the strangest buzz out right now is that 24-year-old right hander Julio…

  21. Fister and Roark struggle; Desmond keeps heating up

    Jul 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    The Nationals’ starting rotation hasn’t been nearly as good collectively as many predicted it would be this year, and part of the reason has been the disappointing season of Doug Fister. The Nats’ starting staff was one of the best in baseball in 2014 and Fister was their most consistent guy. He went 16-6 with a 2.41…

  22. Baseball in the District – Mark Zuckerman and Dan Zangrilli

    Jul 23, 2015, 2:07 PM EDT

    USA Today

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN It was a good time to record our latest episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ with the Nats coming off a big series win against the New York Mets, and with the Pittsburgh Pirates up next. For our guests, we had Mark Zuckerman on to talk about the Mets series and…

  23. Stock Watch: Do Nats have reliable eighth inning option?

    Jul 23, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 3-3 Team slash: .203/.277/.316 Team ERA: 3.83 Runs per game:  3.3   STOCK UP   Yunel Escobar, 3B: .318 AVG / .591 SLG / .909 OPS  The Nationals have to hope that Escobar’s latest…

  24. Plenty of contributors in Nats’ comeback win

    Jul 22, 2015, 5:57 PM EDT

    USA Today

    As if it wasn’t clear already, the second-inning departure of Yunel Escobar due to injury gave the Nats yet another reminder that if they are to win games these days, they are going to have to do so without the contributions of some of their biggest names. Escobar exited with a left wrist injury, another…

  25. Updated: Escobar leaves game with wrist injury

    Jul 22, 2015, 5:11 PM EDT

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    [Updated at 5:16 p.m.] Yunel Escobar left Wednesday’s game in the bottom of the second inning against the New York Mets with a left wrist injury. He underwent an X-ray afterwards that showed no bone fractures. “That X-ray is negative. We’re going to send him in for further tests. That’s all we know at this…

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ATLANTA47588.0
MIAMI436212.0
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