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  1. Fister feels good about return despite loss to Rays

    Jun 19, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    Jun 18, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister (58) is taken out of the game by manager Matt Williams (left) in the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    For five innings on Thursday night, Doug Fister matched Rays’ ace Chris Archer despite having not pitched in a major league game in over a month. But then he ran into trouble in the sixth inning and finished the night with his third loss of the season in a 5-3 Nationals defeat. The end result aside, Fister took…

  2. Rays 5, Nats 3: Fister returns, but Harper injured in loss

    Jun 18, 2015, 10:25 PM EST

    Jun 18, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Doug Fister made his return from the disabled list on Thursday and matched Rays’ ace Chris Archer through five innings, but it was all spoiled by a sixth inning that proved nothing short of a disaster for the Nats. Not only did they surrender a lead in their eventual 5-3 loss to…

  3. Nats set rotation with Fister back

    Jun 18, 2015, 6:16 PM EST

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    Doug Fister returned to the Nationals’ rotation on Thursday for his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list and, as a result, adjustments were made to their pitching staff. The Nats’ scheduled starters will now be pushed back a day with rookie Joe Ross pitching on Friday, Max Scherzer on Saturday and Gio Gonzalez…

  4. Around the NL East: Tough times in Philly

    Jun 18, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jerome Williams, left, wipes sweat from his face as he speaks with teammates and pitching coach Bob McClure in the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Baltimore. Williams gave up six runs before he left the game with an injury in the first inning. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves continue to hover around the .500 mark as they sit comfortably in third place in the division, which is about where most pundits had them before the season started. The trio of starting pitchers Alex Wood, Shelby Miller and Williams Perez are all developing at a pretty steady rate, which is…

  5. Souza returns to Nats Park with big game

    Jun 17, 2015, 11:33 PM EST

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    Steven Souza, Jr. played only 21 games for the Nationals before getting traded to the Tampa Bay Rays this past offseason, the but the big-swinging outfielder will long be remembered for his final play in a Nats uniform. That would, of course, be his leaping grab in left-center field to save Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter on…

  6. Zimmerman still resting left foot; Span gets day off

    Jun 17, 2015, 5:46 PM EST

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    Ryan Zimmerman is continuing to rest his left foot as he serves out a 15-day disabled list stint with plantar fasciitis. The Nationals first baseman is doing his best to remain patient with little else to do besides wait. “Just kind of hang out and do nothing. It’s pretty brutal, actually,” he said. “I just gotta…

  7. Baseball in the District – Mark Zuckerman

    Jun 17, 2015, 1:23 PM EST

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    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW There was plenty to talk about on this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ so Tim Murray and I brought in Mark Zuckerman right off the top to break down the Nats’ record-setting game in Tampa Bay Tuesday night. Mark also talked about Trea Turner, what happens when…

  8. Stock Watch: Scherzer’s gem highlights the week

    Jun 17, 2015, 12:14 PM EST

    Jun 14, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (31) celebrates with catcher Jose Lobaton (59) after pitching a complete game shutout against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. The Nationals won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-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: 4-3 Team slash: .294/.361/.462 Team ERA: 4.35 Runs per game: 6.0   STOCK UP   Max Scherzer, SP: 1-0/ 9.0 IP/ 0.00 ERA  Is there anything Scherzer can’t do? After his latest outing…

  9. The Baseball Show: Scherzer’s dominance, Zim’s struggles

    Jun 16, 2015, 12:06 PM EST

    Jun 14, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches in the sixth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    On the latest episode of ‘The Baseball Show,’ there was lots of talk about Max Scherzer after his brilliant start on Sunday and some about Ryan Zimmerman’s recent landing on the disabled list. In this first segment, Mark looks back at the contract Scherzer signed this offseason and evaluates the deal through 13 starts. In…

  10. State of the Nats: Almost home

    Jun 15, 2015, 10:53 AM EST

    Jun 12, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates after hitting a home run during the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Fister set to return this week – The Nationals’ rotation looked excellent this weekend with Joe Ross and Max Scherzer each turning in gems against the Milwaukee Brewers. But with the Nats’ staff struggling overall in recent weeks, getting Doug Fister back will certainly be a welcomed sign. Fister threw six scoreless innings for Double-A Harrisburg…

  11. Notes on Scherzer’s career day

    Jun 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    Jun 14, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals  pitcher Drew Storen (22) douse chocolate syrup on pitcher Max Scherzer (31) after Scherzer pitched a complete game shutout at Miller Park. The Nationals won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    When the Nationals signed Max Scherzer to a record $210 million contract this past offseason, they hoped his best was yet to come. It’s only been 13 starts, but so far that’s in some ways been the case. Scherzer continued his impressive 2015 season with the best start of his eight-year MLB career on Sunday; a…

  12. Trea Turner officially joins Nats

    Jun 14, 2015, 1:07 PM EST

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    After six months of waiting due to an unusual rule linked to the MLB Draft, the Nationals finally have the centerpiece of their December trade with the San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays. Trea Turner is officially a Washington National. The shortstop was considered a ‘player to be named later’ up until Sunday, due…

  13. Game 63: Nats at Brewers

    Jun 14, 2015, 12:01 PM EST

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    After a convincing win helped by a strong start by rookie Joe Ross, the Nationals will look to secure a series split on Sunday against the Brewers in Milwaukee. They will have to do it, however, without Bryce Harper. Harper is out of the lineup after getting hit in the left knee with a pitch in…

  14. MLB Power Rankings: Angels, Mariners continue to fall

    Jun 12, 2015, 11:04 AM EST

    May 6, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) follows through on his swing for a single during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

    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: 29) Finally, finally the Phillies look like they will trade Jonathan Papelbon. All kidding aside, he’s going to be a huge acquisition if a contender gets him.…

  15. Baseball in the District: Nats 2nd round pick Andrew Stevenson

    Jun 11, 2015, 6:09 PM EST

    Jun 1, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers outfielder AndrewnStevenson (6) catches the ball for an out in the fifth inning against the Sam Houston State Bearkats during the Baton Rouge regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Alex Box Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in a very special guest in Nationals’ second round pick Andrew Stevenson, a center fielder from LSU. Stevenson is in Omaha with the Tigers getting ready to compete in the College World Series this…

  16. Zimmerman lands on DL, den Dekker recalled

    Jun 11, 2015, 3:09 PM EST

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    The Nationals have placed first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis and recalled outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Syracuse, the team announced on Thursday afternoon. Zimmerman missed Sunday and Wednesday’s games, as he rested during an extended slump. He has been dealing with pain in his left foot since…

  17. Stock Watch: What’s wrong with Zimmerman?

    Jun 11, 2015, 12:30 PM EST

    Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman reacts after he struck out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Washington. The Cubs won 4-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    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: .240/.290/.399 Team ERA: 4.42 Runs per game:  3.16   STOCK UP  Danny Espinosa, 2B/LF:  .438 AVG/ 2 HR/ 4 RBI  It’s hard to believe, but Espinosa has quietly been one of…

  18. Nationals 2015 draft class: All the picks in one place

    Jun 10, 2015, 11:54 AM EST

    May 26, 2013; Hoover, AL, USA; LSU Tigers outfielder Andrew Stevenson (6) bounces off the wall after making an over the head catch to end the inning against the Vanderbilt Commodores with the bases loaded during the championship game of the SEC baseball tournament at the Hoover Met. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

    Follow all of the Nationals’ 2015 draft picks as they roll in with analysis of each player: 2nd round (58th): OF Andrew Stevenson – LSU – A lefty center fielder with excellent speed, who is considered one of the best defensive players in college baseball. Hit .356 with 26 steals as a junior for the Tigers, who are…

  19. Nats confident top two picks will sign

    Jun 9, 2015, 12:33 PM EST

    May 26, 2013; Hoover, AL, USA; LSU Tigers outfielder Andrew Stevenson (6) slides in safely into second base under the tag from Vanderbilt Commodores second baseman Tony Kemp (6) during the championship game of the SEC baseball tournament at the Hoover Met. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals entered the first day of the 2015 MLB Draft with a specific goal in mind. With the game of baseball moving more and more towards defense and speed, the Nats wanted to add athleticism to their farm system. They feel they accomplished that goal by taking outfielders Andrew Stevenson from LSU with the…

  20. Around the NL East: Help on the way for first-place Mets

    Jun 9, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Apr 21, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) with his hand wrapped in dugout before the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves’ have dropped five out of their last six games, and once again the bullpen continues to be the main culprit. Over the past 14 games, Atlanta relievers have a 7.62 ERA, a stretch that has made their season ERA of 4.90 the highest in baseball. So once again Nationals fans, it could…

  21. Nationals add two outfielders to begin 2015 draft

    Jun 8, 2015, 11:44 PM EST

    Jun 1, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers outfielder AndrewnStevenson (6) catches the ball for an out in the fifth inning against the Sam Houston State Bearkats during the Baton Rouge regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Alex Box Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

    [Updated 12:05 a.m.] The Nationals began the 2015 MLB draft on Monday night by selecting two outfielders, first with LSU center fielder Andrew Stevenson at 58th overall and then high schooler Blake Perkins at No. 69. Stevenson, who just turned 21, hit .356 with one homer, 53 runs, 26 steals and an .865 OPS his junior year.…

  22. The Baseball Show: Looking at Harper five years after he was drafted

    Jun 8, 2015, 3:33 PM EST

    Jun 6, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. The Chicago Cubs won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Today, June 8, is the five-year anniversary of Stephen Strasburg’s historic major league debut. The former No. 1 overall pick dazzled with 14 strikeouts against the Pittsburgh Pirates to provide one of the best moments so far in Nationals history. But Sunday was an important anniversary as well, as it marked five years since Bryce…

  23. State of the Nats: 2015 draft preview

    Jun 8, 2015, 11:01 AM EST

    iApr 8, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo on the field before the game between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: MLB Draft begins tonight – The 2015 MLB Draft starts on Monday night at 7 p.m. on MLB Network and MLB.com. The Nationals do not pick until 58th overall due to the signing of Max Scherzer this offseason, so if you plan on waiting up for their selection it could be a long night. A…

  24. Espinosa shows off versatility by playing in left field

    Jun 8, 2015, 8:02 AM EST

    Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) heads to the clubhouse after a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park, Friday, June 5, 2015, in Washington. Espinosa had a three-run homer. The Nationals won 7-5. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Danny Espinosa knew there was a pretty good chance he’d come off the bench in the late innings of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs. He just didn’t know it’d be like this. With Michael A. Taylor moving to centerfield after Denard Span was removed due to back spasms and other options unavailable, Nationals manager…

  25. Zimmermann, Treinen find trouble in Nats’ loss

    Jun 7, 2015, 9:02 PM EST

    Jun 7, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals lineup has suffered through a well-documented stretch of futility in recent weeks, but on Sunday there were glimpses of hope. They struck for three runs off eight hits against the Cubs, representing a sign of progress given just how bad they have been lately. Three runs is a step in the right direction, but…

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