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  1. Just one game, but offense showing life

    Aug 6, 2015, 10:59 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ offense has been a problem area in recent weeks, so one game will not solve all of their woes and reinstall them as one of the most potent lineups in the majors. But in Thursday night’s win, there were several indicators that suggest they are moving in the right direction as a team.…

  2. Fister to the bullpen, Ross to stay in rotation

    Aug 6, 2015, 8:18 PM EDT

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    [Updated 9:50 p.m.] He was the Nationals’ most consistent pitcher last season and their only starter to win a playoff game, but 7-year veteran Doug Fister will now move to the bullpen. Manager Matt Williams made the announcement after Thursday’s game, saying that rookie Joe Ross will remain in the rotation when Stephen Strasburg returns…

  3. Scherzer gearing up for charity fantasy football league

    Aug 6, 2015, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Max Scherzer loves fantasy football and this month will be able to apply that passion to a good cause. The Nationals’ ace is hosting a fantasy football fundraiser on August 22 at Nats Park. Scherzer will participate in a live fantasy draft with several of his teammates and fans who pay an undisclosed amount of…

  4. UPDATE: Barrett optioned to Syracuse, Treinen called up

    Aug 6, 2015, 3:12 PM EDT

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    Updated at 3:12 p.m. On the heels of a trainwreck ballgame Wednesday night that saw their bullpen give up nine earned runs for the first time in six years, the Nationals optioned right-hander Aaron Barrett to Class AAA Syracuse before Thursday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks and recalled Blake Treinen to take his spot on…

  5. Moore becomes 2nd Nats’ position player to pitch

    Aug 6, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    The circumstances were not ideal with his team down eight runs at home, but on Wednesday night Nationals utility man Tyler Moore was afforded an opportunity he had lobbied and waited for for quite some time. In the ninth inning of the Nats’ 11-4 loss to the Diamondbacks, Moore became just the second position player…

  6. Williams on Desmond’s day off

    Aug 5, 2015, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Ian Desmond is out of the Nationals’ lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, as manager Matt Williams gives him a day to rest. The skipper described it as just one day off and that it does not mean Danny Espinosa has supplanted him as the team’s shortstop. Desmond has had well-documented struggles…

  7. Baseball in the District – Chiefs’ voice Kevin Brown

    Aug 5, 2015, 3:06 PM EDT

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    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN With Stephen Strasburg fresh off two rehab appearances at Syracuse, and the continued development of Trea Turner in Triple-A, we thought it was a good time to bring in Chiefs’ play-by-play voice Kevin Brown for the latest episode of ‘Baseball in the District.’ Brown was great on Strasburg and the reaction…

  8. Stock Watch: Storen excelling in setup role

    Aug 5, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen throws in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Miami. The Nationals defeated the Marlins 1-0. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 3-4 Team slash: .213/.262/.356 Team ERA: 3.00 Runs per game:  3.14   STOCK UP      Drew Storen, RP: 4 GP/ 1-0/ 0.00 ERA   For those concerned about how Storen would take to…

  9. Ramos comes through with go-ahead hit

    Aug 5, 2015, 12:13 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Since the Nationals traded for Wilson Ramos back in 2010, he has shown flashes of All-Star capabilities as a catcher who can at times look like one of the best hitters in the league at his position. Injuries have always been his problem, at least until this year. Ramos has been in the lineup more…

  10. Strasburg feels good after 2nd rehab start

    Aug 4, 2015, 5:23 PM EDT

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    Fresh off his 11-strikeout, zero-walk performance in his second minor league rehab game with Triple-A Syracuse, Stephen Strasburg showed up in the clubhouse at Nationals Park on Tuesday carrying his equipment bag. Teammates walked up to shake his hand and welcome him back, though when he will actually return officially has not been announced. Strasburg’s…

  11. Around the NL East: It’s official — The Mets are here to stay

    Aug 4, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Aug 3, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is greeted by teammates after scoring a run during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves continued their retooling effort with a big (and a little bit confusing) three-team trade between they, the Dodgers and the Marlins in a deal that involved 13 players. The net result was that Atlanta let go of Jim Johnson, Bronson Arroyo, Alex Wood, Luis Avilan and minor league prospect Jose Peraza to…

  12. Fister’s struggles continue, as Strasburg nears return

    Aug 4, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Doug Fister was the Nationals’ most consistent pitcher for much of last season, but in 2015 he just hasn’t been the same. The right-hander struggled once again in Monday night’s 6-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks with five earned runs allowed on eight hits, including three home runs. The three homers were the most he’s…

  13. Strasburg strong in second rehab start

    Aug 3, 2015, 9:05 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg completed his second minor league rehab game on Monday night with Triple-A Syracuse, as he continues his road back from a strained left oblique muscle. Strasburg threw 85 pitches in 5 2/3 innings of work with two earned runs allowed on five hits, 11 strikeouts and no walks against the Pawtucket Red Sox.…

  14. Carpenter cleared to throw; Span close to live BP

    Aug 3, 2015, 5:03 PM EDT

    USA Today

    [Updated 6:35 p.m.] The Nationals had a few pieces of good news to share on the injury front before Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, as their overall health as a team continues to improve. David Carpenter has been cleared to resume his throwing program after seeing a second opinion on his right shoulder. Carpenter…

  15. The Baseball Show: Is NL East up for grabs?

    Aug 3, 2015, 11:44 AM EDT

    USA Today

    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ came at a good time, as it allowed Mark to break down the Nats’ series against the New York Mets with Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak. They made sense of the sweep and also took a look at Matt Williams’ decision-making over the weekend. He has taken a…

  16. State of the Nats: All tied up in the NL East

    Aug 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Mets earn a sweep – The Mets made a statement this weekend with their sweep of the Nationals, a convincing trio of wins capped off by Tyler Clippard getting Jose Lobaton to pop up for the final out on Sunday night. They earned a tie atop the NL East and seem energized by their…

  17. Game 103: Nats at Mets

    Aug 2, 2015, 4:24 PM EDT

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    Following another one-run loss to the Mets, the Nationals now enter Sunday night hoping to avoid a three-game sweep. The game will be on national television – like the first two were – as ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball showcase. Jordan Zimmermann (8-6, 3.36) will square off against talented rookie right-hander Noah Syndergaard (5-5, 2.70). The…

  18. Ross continues to impress, but Mets showing their worth

    Aug 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    For the second straight night, the Nationals fell to the division rival New York Mets by just one run thanks to mistakes made late in the game by their bullpen. This time it was Mets first baseman Lucas Duda who had the big swing and Nats reliever Matt Thornton who gave up the decisive score.…

  19. Game 102: Nats at Mets

    Aug 1, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT

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    Friday night’s game was a thriller, but the Nationals found themselves on the wrong end of it, as the Mets took the series opener 2-1 in 12 innings on a walk-off home run. Now rookie Joe Ross (3-4, 3.03) will get his shot at the New York Mets opposite of reigning NL Rookie of the…

  20. Carpenter to get 2nd opinion, Span to be evaluated soon

    Jul 31, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT

    USA Today

    NEW YORK — Matt Williams and Mike Rizzo provided a pair of injury updates for the Nationals on Friday before the team’s game against the New York Mets, as though they have seen a good group of guys return over the last week, there remain several big names on the disabled list. Reliever David Carpenter,…

  21. Catching up with now-Mets pitcher Tyler Clippard

    Jul 31, 2015, 6:38 PM EDT

    USA Today

    NEW YORK — Tyler Clippard will get his first chance to face his former Nationals teammates on Friday night, as the Nats play at the New York Mets in a big weekend series. Clippard was traded to the Mets on Monday from the Oakland Athletics, whom he was traded to by the Nats over the…

  22. Game 101: Nats at Mets

    Jul 31, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — The Nationals roll into New York this weekend fresh off a series win against the Miami Marlins and with a three-game lead in first place in the NL East. The Mets will do their best to try and gain some ground in the division race against a Nats team that looks revitalized…

  23. MLB Power Rankings: Hamels, Price, Tulo all get traded

    Jul 31, 2015, 10:06 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) Kudos to them for finally doing what had to be done and trading Hamels and Papelbon. 29. Rockies – Zuckerman: (LW: 27) If you’re going to trade away…

  24. VIDEO: Papelbon on joining the Nats, playing with Storen

    Jul 30, 2015, 10:23 AM EDT

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    Jonathan Papelbon met with reporters before yesterday’s game at Marlins Park on his first day with his new team, the Washington Nationals. The veteran closer addressed several subjects, including why he waived his no-trade clause to join the Nats and what his presence now means for Drew Storen. You can watch the video below to…

  25. Stock Watch: Starting pitchers scuffling

    Jul 29, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jul 24, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches against Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang (27) during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-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: 2-4 Team slash: .254/.346/.381 Team ERA: 4.50 Runs per game:  3.83   STOCK UP    Ian Desmond, SS: .400 AVG/ 3 HR/ 1.350 OPS   Nats fans must be hoping and wishing that Desmond,…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

WLGB
NEW YORK7156
WASHINGTON64626.5
ATLANTA547317.0
MIAMI517720.5
PHILADELPHIA507821.5
*Through Thursday's games

NL WILD CARD STANDINGS

WLGB
PITTSBURGH7749+4.0
CHICAGO7353
SAN FRANCISCO68595.5
WASHINGTON64629.0
*Through Thursday's games

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Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Sunday at 10:30 p.m. to recap everything happening with the Nats and across baseball.

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