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  1. Williams on Ripken/Desmond; Taylor on his catch

    Jul 21, 2015, 6:24 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Ian Desmond told a story after Monday night’s game that caught the attention of many baseball fans in the Mid-Atlantic area, how MLB Hall of Famer and Orioles legend Cal Ripken, Jr. gave him some advice recently that may have helped him snap out of an extended hitless streak. Ripken saw Desmond before one of…

  2. Strasburg throws bullpen; updates on Rendon and Werth

    Jul 21, 2015, 5:31 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg threw off a mound in a bullpen session for the first time since landing on the disabled list at Nationals Park on Tuesday. The right-hander is rehabbing a strained left oblique and tossed 30 pitches. “[It was] light. Threw a couple of breaking balls. Fastballs and changeups, and had no issues. So, that’s a…

  3. Updated: Nats call up Ross, send Difo down

    Jul 21, 2015, 5:25 PM EDT

    USA Today

    [Updated 5:49 p.m.] The Nationals called up rookie right-hander Joe Ross to start against the New York Mets on Tuesday night and sent infielder Wilmer Difo down to Double-A Harrisburg as the corresponding move. Ross, 22, joins the Nationals for the second time this season. He made his MLB debut on June 6 against the…

  4. The Baseball Show: Nats close to getting healthy

    Jul 21, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ featured a bunch of stuff on the Nats-Dodgers series, as it was an eventful one. They talked about Bryce Harper’s comments on Zack Greinke and, of course, the infamous power outage. But Mark, Joe Orsulak and Brent Harris also got to the Nats’ long list of injuries and…

  5. Nats finally get to Matt Harvey

    Jul 21, 2015, 12:44 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Matt Harvey has dominated his fair share of lineups throughout his brief MLB career and the Nationals are no stranger to what he’s capable of. Entering Monday night Harvey had a 0.68 ERA in six starts against Washington with three earned runs allowed and 47 strikeouts across 40 innings. Harvey had already seen the Nats…

  6. Desmond says encouragement from Cal Ripken has helped

    Jul 20, 2015, 10:48 PM EDT

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    Ian Desmond entered Monday’s game hitless in his previous 17 at-bats, a streak that dated back to July 10, a span of 10 days. But in the Nats’ 7-2 win over the Mets on Monday night, Desmond reached base twice: once on an infield single and then later with a two-run homer, his eighth of…

  7. Latest on Nats’ long list of injuries

    Jul 20, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Matt Williams was asked for the latest on his long list of injured players on Monday and before answering he paused and smiled. “Alright, let me step back,” he said as he motioned with his hands as if he had to count them all up. There wasn’t a ton of new information to share on…

  8. Updated: Nats make roster moves to make way for de los Santos

    Jul 20, 2015, 5:49 PM EDT

    USA Today

    [Updated 5:51 p.m.] With rookie reliever Abel de los Santos joining the team on Monday, the Nationals made a pair of moves to clear up a roster spot. They transferred Jayson Werth – who is rehabbing a broken left wrist – from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. They also optioned struggling right-hander Blake…

  9. Ross to start against Mets on Tuesday

    Jul 20, 2015, 5:09 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Rookie right-hander Joe Ross will start for the Nationals on Tuesday night against the New York Mets, manager Matt Williams announced before Monday’s game. Ross will be called up from Triple-A Syracuse to pitch the game opposite of 2014 NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom. Ross has made three MLB starts this season since…

  10. State of the Nats: Mets coming to town

    Jul 20, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: New York Mets are coming to town – After dropping two of three against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and facing off with two of the best pitchers in baseball, the road will not get any easier for the Nats as the division rival New York Mets come to Washington. The Nats and…

  11. Treinen’s rough inning highlights bullpen concerns

    Jul 20, 2015, 9:15 AM EDT

    Jun 25, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Blake Treinen (64) throws to the Atlanta Braves  during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 7 - 0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    For as historically dominant as Zack Greinke was Sunday afternoon, the Nationals — in a way — actually had the Dodgers right where they wanted them as the ninth inning began. They were only trailing 1-0, had the top of the order due up in the bottom of the frame and knew that Greinke was done for…

  12. Greinke follows Kershaw as Nats continue gauntlet of aces

    Jul 19, 2015, 7:31 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Less than 24 hours after Clayton Kershaw carved the Nationals up to the tune of 14 strikeouts across eight scoreless innings, right-hander Zack Greinke followed suit in a 5-0 shutout for the Los Angeles Dodgers on a heat-soaked Sunday afternoon at Nats Park. Greinke had eight scoreless frames of his own to go along with a…

  13. Harper says Greinke was aided by wide strike zone

    Jul 19, 2015, 6:17 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Dodgers starter Zack Greinke continued a historic stretch on Sunday afternoon against the Nationals by extending his consecutive scoreless streak to 43 2/3 innings. That’s the fourth-longest such streak since 1961 and the best since Orel Hershiser’s 59 straight in 1988. He is just the third pitcher in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) to…

  14. Dodgers 5, Nats 0: Greinke bests Scherzer in duel of top pitchers

    Jul 19, 2015, 4:49 PM EDT

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It was billed as a pitchers duel between the two best starters in baseball so far this season and it sure didn’t disappoint. Both Max Scherzer and Zack Greinke were dominant on Sunday afternoon, but it was the Nats’ star right-hander who blinked first. Scherzer allowed Andre Ethier to score on a…

  15. Span gets cortisone shot, hopes to swing soon

    Jul 19, 2015, 1:02 PM EDT

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    Denard Span received a cortisone shot in his back on Monday to help alleviate some of the discomfort caused by his back tightness, which landed him on the disabled list July 7. The Nationals center fielder has played catch and jogged on a treadmill and hopes to ramp up his workload very soon. “The back feels…

  16. Zim to begin rehab games; updates on Rendon and Espinosa

    Jul 19, 2015, 12:22 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Ryan Zimmerman will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators as he continues to work his way back from plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Zimmerman will appear with the Senators for the first time since he was a prospect in 2005. The Nationals first baseman has been on…

  17. Game 90: Dodgers at Nats

    Jul 19, 2015, 10:21 AM EDT

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    On a scorching hot afternoon at Nationals Park that also happens to be Star Wars Day, the Nats and Dodgers close out their weekend series with one of the best pitching matchups you will see all season. Starting for the Nationals will be Max Scherzer (10-7, 2.11), who is second in the majors in ERA. Starting…

  18. Zimmerman close to rehab games

    Jul 18, 2015, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman went through an extensive workout at Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon to test the plantar fasciitis in his left foot with head trainer Lee Kuntz and manager Matt Williams looking on. He took batting practice, he fielded grounders at first base and practiced throws to second, he also did baserunning drills. Zimmerman broke…

  19. Rendon to begin rehab assignment with Potomac

    Jul 18, 2015, 11:49 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Anthony Rendon will begin a minor league rehab assignment with the Single-A Potomac Nationals on Saturday night, Matt Williams revealed before the team’s quasi-doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rendon will play third base as he recovers from a strained left quadriceps muscle. The P-Nats host the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at 6:35 p.m. in Woodbridge,…

  20. Game 88: Dodgers at Nats (resumed)

    Jul 18, 2015, 10:18 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman

    Okay, let’s try this again. After Friday night’s game was suspended due to lighting issues, the Nationals and Dodgers will resume play on Saturday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. The game will start in the top of the sixth inning with the Nationals leading 3-2. There will be two games played today with the second one…

  21. Nats-Dodgers game suspended

    Jul 17, 2015, 11:30 PM EDT

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    [Updated 11:34 p.m.] The Nationals and Dodgers game on Friday night was suspended in the top of the sixth inning with the Nats leading 3-2 due to an issue with the lighting at Nationals Park. The game will be resumed on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. with the regularly scheduled game to be played at 4:05…

  22. Injury updates on Span, Rendon, Werth, Strasburg and Zim

    Jul 17, 2015, 5:46 PM EDT

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    With four days off for the All-Star break and a large group of notable players on the disabled list, Friday afforded Nationals manager Matt Williams an opportunity to run down a long list of injury updates. Denard Span, Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Stephen Strasburg remain sidelined as the team begins the second…

  23. Game 88: Dodgers at Nats (suspended)

    Jul 17, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman

    After four days off for the All-Star break, the Nationals pick back up on Friday night with a big series against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers come to town with their vaunted pitching staff, but it will not be Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke starting on Friday night. Instead, L.A. will pitch…

  24. MLB Power Rankings: Buyers or sellers?

    Jul 17, 2015, 11:31 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) On pace to lose 110 games. And that pace may get worse if they trade guys away. 29. Marlins – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Second half will be…

  25. Despite injuries, Nats feel good heading into second half

    Jul 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    In first place in the NL East with a two-game lead on the New York Mets, the Nationals are where many predicted they would be at the midway point of the 2015 season. That is despite an inordinate amount of injuries up and down their roster that began in spring training and persist as the…

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