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  1. MLB Power Rankings: Mets, Padres surprising early

    Apr 24, 2015, 11:36 AM EDT

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    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Combined with last September’s collapse, Milwaukee has turned into a disaster zone. 29. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Ruiz, Howard, Utley all have OPS under .600.…

  2. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Tom Schad of the Washington Times

    Apr 24, 2015, 10:05 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    We tried something new this week on ‘Baseball in the District,’ as Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I brought our guest in studio to do a roundtable discussion. Tom Schad of the Washington Times joined us and covered many topics regarding the Nationals over the course of a long conversation. We talked about the…

  3. Scherzer jams thumb in another solid outing

    Apr 23, 2015, 9:34 PM EDT

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    Four games into his Nationals career, Max Scherzer has recorded a quality start in each of his outings and had allowed just one earned run or less in every game up until Thursday. This time it was two earned runs, an outlier that illustrates exactly how good he’s been so far in 2015. When he mistakes they…

  4. Williams a fan of pace of play rules

    Apr 23, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT

    MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals

    Now over two weeks into the 2015 season, the early returns on MLB’s new pace of play rule changes are starting to come in. The league has yet to fully enforce some of the rules as players and coaches get used to them, but so far so good according to Nationals manager Matt Williams. Williams…

  5. Stock Watch: Harper’s patience paying off

    Apr 22, 2015, 12:14 PM EDT

    MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.  Record: 5-1 Team slash: .266/.354/.432 Team ERA:  2.43 Runs per game: 5.16   STOCK UP Bryce Harper, OF: .353 AVG/ 2 HR/ 6 RBI Harper’s early season power display is nothing we haven’t already seen. But this…

  6. Roark still adjusting to new role

    Apr 22, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Tanner Roark’s MLB career has so far been an unlikely success story filled with very few failures for a guy who just a year before he debuted in 2013 lost 17 games at the Triple-A level. He came up as a reliever and earned an opportunity to start. As a starter, he was brilliant with a…

  7. Frandsen signs with Arizona

    Apr 21, 2015, 8:20 PM EDT

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    Released by the Nationals on April 1 as they pared down their roster for Opening Day, utility man Kevin Frandsen has signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Frandsen will start with the D’Backs’ Triple-A affiliate in Reno, as he revealed via his Twitter account on Tuesday. Frandsen, 32, spent the 2014 season with the Nationals…

  8. Rendon close to rehab games; Stammen has surgery

    Apr 21, 2015, 4:52 PM EDT

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    [Updated 5:29 p.m.] Fresh off a week where both Jayson Werth and Denard Span returned to their lineup, the Nationals are close to getting another significant boost, as star third baseman Anthony Rendon is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of the week. Rendon has been playing in minor league…

  9. Around the NL East: Will the surging Mets stay healthy?

    Apr 21, 2015, 11:15 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves had another solid week, and if not for the torrid Mets would probably still be atop the division standings at 8-4. What’s most intriguing so far about Atlanta’s start is that the offense seems to be doing just fine despite the loss of key bats in the offseason. How about former…

  10. Espinosa solid as temporary third baseman

    Apr 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Though the Nationals are getting healthier by the day – they saw both Jayson Werth and Denard Span return over the last week – they are still making do with temporary replacements. Danny Espinosa, for one, is playing third base. He has started at the hot corner in two consecutive games after Yunel Escobar, who…

  11. State of the Nats: Cardinals coming to town

    Apr 20, 2015, 1:11 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Nats are getting healthier – The Nationals saw two of their most important players return to the lineup this week, as Jayson Werth came back on Monday and Denard Span made his 2015 debut on Sunday. The two outfielders injected a bit of life into the Nats’ offense, which had been struggling so…

  12. The Baseball Show: Things are turning up

    Apr 20, 2015, 10:02 AM EDT

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    On this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, there was a bit more positivity in the topics discussed. After all, the Nationals are getting healthier and starting to win again. This first clip looks at the impact of players like Jayson Werth and Denard Span coming off the disabled list. Since Werth returned to the…

  13. Span’s return felt ‘like old times’

    Apr 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals

    It was like a scene straight from the 2014 season. Denard Span, the Nationals’ centerfielder and offensive table setter, laced a fifth inning, two-out single to right field in to kickstart the game’s decisive rally vs. the Phillies Sunday. One batter later, he raced around the base paths at top speed on an Ian Desmond…

  14. Strasburg’s changeup key in Sunday’s win

    Apr 19, 2015, 6:11 PM EDT

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    For a guy who was inefficient through his first two outings – needing 204 pitches through his initial 10 2/3 innings this year – Stephen Strasburg sure reversed his fortune on Sunday in an almost-perfect dismantling of the Philadelphia Phillies. Strasburg was surgical and looked much like the dominant pitcher we’ve seen at times throughout…

  15. Nats 4, Phillies 1: Strasburg dazzles in Span’s return

    Apr 19, 2015, 4:18 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After struggling down the stretch of spring training with an ankle injury and allowing eight earned runs in his first two starts of the 2015 season, Stephen Strasburg returned to his old self on Sunday afternoon in a dominant performance against the Phillies in a 4-1 Nationals win. Strasburg was so good,…

  16. Taylor hopes to develop consistency at Syracuse

    Apr 19, 2015, 1:29 PM EDT

    MLB: Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies

    When the Nationals gave rookie centerfielder Michael Taylor a chance to show what he could do in Denard Span’s absence, they were hoping the 24-year-old could show flashes of the everyday player they expect him to be down the road. For 12 games, he did just that. Though far from a finished product, Taylor demonstrated enough…

  17. Nats activate Span off DL for Sunday’s game

    Apr 19, 2015, 11:28 AM EDT

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    Nationals centerfielder Denard Span has been activated off the 15-day disabled list to make his season debut on Sunday against the Phillies after six weeks of rehab from core muscle surgery. Michael Taylor was sent down to Triple-A Syracuse as the corresponding move. Span, 31, had the procedure on March 9 and recently finished his recovery…

  18. Game 13: Phillies at Nats

    Apr 19, 2015, 9:24 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals aim to clinch their first series of the season Sunday afternoon as they close out their four-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies. Stephen Strasburg (0-1, 6.75) will take the mound for Washington, while right-hander David Buchanan (0-2, 11.42) will pitch for the Phillies. The Nationals have Denard Span back in the lineup after he…

  19. MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox, Dodgers flying high

    Apr 17, 2015, 11:46 AM EDT

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    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…

  20. Taylor showing Nats glimpses of his potential

    Apr 17, 2015, 10:20 AM EDT

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    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…

  21. Nats’ offense continues to roll

    Apr 16, 2015, 11:34 PM EDT

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    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…

  22. Nats 5, Phillies 2: Fister bests Hamels in win

    Apr 16, 2015, 9:21 PM EDT

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    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.…

  23. Stammen will need surgery after MRI

    Apr 16, 2015, 4:40 PM EDT

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    [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…

  24. Game 10: Phillies at Nats

    Apr 16, 2015, 3:11 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  25. Updated: Nats call up Rivero, option Jordan

    Apr 16, 2015, 1:37 PM EDT

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    [Updated 6:45 p.m.] Seeking another lefty for their bullpen before a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Nationals called up Felipe Rivero from Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday afternoon. Right-hander Taylor Jordan was sent down as the corresponding move. Rivero, 23, joins the Nationals for his first stint in the majors after seven minor league seasons.…

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