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  1. Zimmermann takes ball in Game 2

    Oct 4, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

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    After a frustrating Game 1 loss that shifted the Giants’ way on minor defensive mistakes and missed opportunities at the plate, the Nationals turn the page on Saturday with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound. Zimmermann (14-5, 2.66) is coming off the best start of his career, and now he arguably enters his most important thus…

  2. Harper’s homer nearly ignites comeback

    Oct 3, 2014, 11:19 PM EDT

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    In his short time in the majors, Bryce Harper has developed a knack for hitting targets in big league ballparks on home runs. The Blackberry sign in Toronto? Check. The restaurant in right field out in Seattle? Yup. Heck, even before he reached the bigs, Harper was pelting homers off the back wall at Tropicana…

  3. Strasburg’s playoff debut produces mixed bag

    Oct 3, 2014, 9:44 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg was probably looking forward to pitching in the postseason for much longer than just the last two years. But given he was shut down towards the end of 2012 as part of his recovery from Tommy John surgery – taken out of the equation just weeks before his teammates entered the playoffs – Friday’s…

  4. Updated: Soriano makes roster, Detwiler does not

    Oct 3, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

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    The Nationals announced their 25-man playoff roster for the NLDS right at the deadline on Friday at 10 a.m. The biggest surprises are Ross Detwiler being left off and Rafael Soriano being included as their eighth reliever. Veteran bench player Scott Hairston is also not on the list. Manager Matt Williams explained his reasoning to…

  5. Experience vs. lots of experience

    Oct 3, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT

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    The Nationals enter their NLDS matchup with the San Francisco Giants on Friday in much better shape than they were two years ago. In 2012 much of their roster had never played in the playoffs before, now they have five October games to draw from. But their opponents, the San Francisco Giants, have even more experience…

  6. Homecoming for both Williams & Bochy

    Oct 3, 2014, 9:06 AM EDT

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams has done plenty to prove his abilities as a rookie skipper this season. Yes, his team is among the most talented in baseball, but guiding a club to the best record in your league is no easy task. Take into account all the injuries they endured early this season and Williams did…

  7. Updated: Zim’s playoff role still unclear

    Oct 2, 2014, 5:52 PM EDT

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    [Updated: 5:55 p.m.] The Nationals held a simulated game at Nats Park on Wednesday with the hopes of getting Doug Fister some action against live hitters during a long layoff between starts and for Ryan Zimmerman to further test his sore right hamstring. Zimmerman, though, was unable to play third base in the game and…

  8. Nats yet to name Game 4 starter, playoff roster

    Oct 2, 2014, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams began his press conference the day before Game 1 of the NLDS by confirming several pieces of information everyone pretty much already knew. Stephen Strasburg will start Game 1 against the San Francisco Giants, as expected, and Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister will pitch Games 2 and 3. As for his…

  9. Breaking down Nats-Giants season series

    Oct 2, 2014, 10:06 AM EDT

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    The Nats took five out of the seven games they played against the San Francisco Giants this year, the team they will now face in the National League Division Series. Both of their series this season came at interesting times, the first when the Giants were the best team in baseball and the second when…

  10. NL Wild Card game: Giants at Pirates

    Oct 1, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Sometime late tonight the Nationals will find out their opponent for the first round of the playoffs, the NLDS which begins Friday with Game 1 in Washington. Wednesday night pits two 88-74 NL Wild Card teams together in a do-or-die showdown, the winner moving on to face the top seeded Nats. Pittsburgh gets to host…

  11. Who should the Nats prefer to play?

    Oct 1, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

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    On Wednesday night the Nationals will find out their opponent for the NLDS, as the 88-74 Pittsburgh Pirates host the 88-74 San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card game. The Nats are a combined 9-5 against the two teams, having taken five of seven against the Giants and four of seven against the Pirates.…

  12. ‘Now the fun begins’

    Sep 30, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

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    All throughout the 2014 season, the Washington Nationals and in particular their veteran leaders have talked about winning the NL East as step one in their long list of goals. Win the division, make the playoffs and give themselves an opportunity to play for a championship, a chance they did not get one year ago.…

  13. AL Wild Card Game: Athletics at Royals

    Sep 30, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT

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    The 2014 Major League Baseball playoffs are finally here, as the 10-team tournament to decide a new World Series champion begins tonight in Kansas City, Mo. It will be the first playoff game played in Kansas City, or by the Royals in general, in 29 years. Of course towns with four teams are hard to…

  14. Harper to play showcase in Japan

    Sep 30, 2014, 2:34 PM EDT

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    After whatever happens with the Nationals in the MLB playoffs this October, outfielder Bryce Harper will keep playing, as the two-time All-Star has decided to travel to Japan as part of a showcase series. Harper will join MLB players Jose Altuve and Justin Morneau on a roster that already includes Yasiel Puig, Robinson Cano, Albert…

  15. Playoffs begin tonight

    Sep 30, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT

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    The playoffs begin on Tuesday night with the American League Wild Card game, the first installment of what should be an exciting month of baseball. It is the first playoff game for the Royals since 1985 and standing in their way is a team that for much of the year looked like the class of…

  16. Zimmermann named NL Player of the Week

    Sep 29, 2014, 5:14 PM EDT

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    One day after throwing the first no-hitter in Nationals history, Jordan Zimmermann has been named the NL Player of the Week. Zimmermann made one start during that stretch, earning the award for the second time this season. He also won it for the first week of June. Zimmermann pitched nine innings against the Marlins on…

  17. Nats’ plan leading up to Game 1

    Sep 29, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    After winning their division and locking up the No. 1 seed in the NL, the Washington Nationals now have no choice but to wait four whole days before Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. It’s not ideal to finish the regular season on a roll, looking like a World Series favorite, then just stop…

  18. Span sets Nats hits record

    Sep 29, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT

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    Before Jordan Zimmermann secured the first no-hitter in Nats history and his teammates rushed the field, Sunday afternoon was already a special day for the Washington Nationals. It was the final day of the regular season with the mystery of a playoff run up ahead. Several players were removed from the game after reaching base…

  19. Ramos shares moment in no-hitter

    Sep 29, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

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    Besides Jordan Zimmermann himself, nobody had a better view of the best performance by a starting pitcher in Nationals history than catcher Wilson Ramos. And with all he’s been through with this pitching staff and this team, one could argue that’s exactly how it should have been. For an accomplishment as impressive and rare as…

  20. Zimmermann throws Nats’ 1st no-hitter

    Sep 28, 2014, 7:46 PM EDT

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams laid out a plan for his starting rotation before the final week of the regular season, saying he would limit their outings based on pitch count and innings. The thought was to not push them hard before what the team hopes is a long stay in the MLB playoffs. There was…

  21. Zimmermann no-hits Marlins

    Sep 28, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT

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    After having his final regular season start pushed back due to a bruised shoulder – an injury suffered on a line drive that bounced off his arm eight days prior – Jordan Zimmermann took the mound Sunday hoping to dispel any doubts about his health before the playoffs. Boy, did he. The Nationals right-hander tossed the…

  22. Nats likely to announce rotation Thursday

    Sep 28, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams said this week he needed to see how Jordan Zimmermann’s bruised shoulder fares on Sunday before determining the team’s postseason rotation. On Saturday, Williams delayed that announcement even more. Williams will likely wait until Thursday now to announce his rotation and roster. He wants to see who the Nationals’ opponent will be…

  23. Game 162: Marlins at Nats

    Sep 28, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Here we are on the final day of the 2014 regular season, the last warmup for the Nationals before they embark on a playoff run in October. It’s Game 162 and it should feature a short day for their regulars. Starting for the Nats will be Jordan Zimmermann (13-5, 2.78), who is pitching for the…

  24. Zim sits again to begin final weekend

    Sep 27, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT

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    With time running out to get Ryan Zimmerman playing time before the postseason, the Nationals again held him out of the lineup for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Marlins. Zimmerman returned a week prior from a right hamstring strain and he still has not felt up to playing third base. Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman…

  25. Game 161: Marlins at Nats

    Sep 27, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT

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    One day after clinching the NL’s best record as part of their second doubleheader in as many days, the Nationals will go up against the Marlins in the final weekend of the regular season. It’s Stephen Strasburg (13-11, 3.23) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (6-13, 4.44) in a matchup of young right-handers. What will Strasburg have in his…

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