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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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,…

  8. Taylor hopes to develop consistency at Syracuse

    Apr 19, 2015, 1:29 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. 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…

  10. Game 13: Phillies at Nats

    Apr 19, 2015, 9:24 AM EDT

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    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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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.…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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.…

  18. Nats Stock Watch: Defense, bullpen highlight rough week

    Apr 16, 2015, 12:48 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: 3-6 Team slash: .212/.281/.368 Team ERA: 3.52 Runs per game: 3.7 STOCK UP Michael Taylor, CF:  .486 SLG/ HR/ 7 RBI There weren’t many positives for the Nats lineup prior to Wednesday’s 10-5 win over the Red…

  19. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Nats prospects Joe Ross and Tony Renda

    Apr 15, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT

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    In this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I had two of the Nationals’ top minor league prospects on as guests. Tim traveled to Harrisburg on Monday and talked to both Joe Ross and Tony Renda. Both had great stuff on playing in Double-A and their development as…

  20. Around the NL East: Can the Braves stay hot?

    Apr 14, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  So, who had the Braves in first place after one week? Not many, especially after the Craig Kimbrel trade. But that, as they say, is why they play the games. Atlanta has posted the best ERA in the majors at 1.86, and have more than held its own offensively, scoring the 11th most…

  21. State of the Nats: Can Werth get the offense going?

    Apr 13, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT

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    Top storylines: Werth set to return – The Nationals are getting some help this week with the return of Jayson Werth, who had been recovering the last three months from his Jan. 9 shoulder surgery. Werth, 35, appeared in three minor league rehab games with the Single-A Potomac Nationals in recent days. He logged nine plate…

  22. The Baseball Show: Making sense of the Nats’ poor start

    Apr 13, 2015, 9:24 AM EDT

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    This week’s episode of The Baseball Show covered plenty of topics with the Nationals off to a surprising, 2-4 start. Mark, Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak tried to put it all in perspective and examine what fans should worry about and what should not be a concern at this point. In this first clip, they…

  23. MLB Power Rankings: Royals, Tigers on a roll

    Apr 10, 2015, 12:56 PM 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. Philadelphia Phillies – Zuckerman (LW: 29): It’s not going to be a fun year on Broad Street. Unless you’re a fan of the visiting team. 29. Minnesota Twins – Hughes (LW: 28): Ervin…

  24. Harper, Nats impressed by Matt Harvey

    Apr 10, 2015, 11:12 AM EDT

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    In his return to the mound on Thursday after over 18 months of recovery from Tommy John surgery, Mets starter Matt Harvey picked up right where he left off in his memorable 2013 season. The right-hander was borderline dominant as he struck out nine Nationals batters on his way to six shutout innings. Harvey sat…

  25. Mistakes by Strasburg, Desmond stand out in Nats’ loss

    Apr 9, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT

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    It has only been three games, but so far the Nationals find themselves reaffirming many of the suspicions those who watch the team closely held before they opened the 2015 season. With three regulars out, runs may come at a premium, especially until they get Denard Span and Anthony Rendon back in place atop their…

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