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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. Around the NL East: Are Mets moves enough to catch Nats?

    Jul 28, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jun 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics pitcher Tyler Clippard (36) prepares to throw the ball to first to hold a runner on base against the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics defeated the Angels 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   The Braves continued their plan to acquire young pitching, trading veterans Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to the Mets in exchange for minor league arms John Gant and Rob Whalen. Both arms are considered mid-level prospects at best — neither of them are listed in Baseball America’s ‘Midseason Top 50 prospects‘ list…

  4. Clippard traded to New York Mets

    Jul 27, 2015, 7:38 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Given the rumors linking the Nationals to former fan favorite Tyler Clippard this week, the worst fears of many have perhaps been realized. Clippard is coming back to the NL East, but he won’t be pitching in Washington. The New York Mets have instead traded for the two-time NL All-Star. Clippard, 30, was shipped to…

  5. State of the Nats: Trade deadline

    Jul 27, 2015, 4:08 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Trade deadline – The 2015 non-waiver trade deadline is coming up at 4 p.m. on Friday and already the Nationals have found themselves in the middle of all types of rumors. The common trends for the Nats in particular seem to be bench help – specifically in the outfield – and late-inning relief pitching. The…

  6. Strasburg to rehab at Syracuse

    Jul 27, 2015, 2:39 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs in what amounts to a significant step in his recovery from a strained left oblique. The Nationals’ right-hander threw 51 pitches in a simulated game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Friday. He was placed on the disabled list…

  7. The Baseball Show: A rough start to the second half

    Jul 27, 2015, 11:04 AM EDT

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    There was a lot to talk about on this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, as the Nationals just lost a four-game series at the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 2015 trade deadline is also quickly approaching, as the Nats have stumbled out of the gate in the second half of the season. There is also a…

  8. Brutal stretch for Nats has end in sight; Taylor’s heating up

    Jul 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    With their 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon, the Nationals have now lost six of their 10 games since the All-Star break ended. Max Scherzer has been beaten twice during that stretch. Their offense has averaged 3.8 runs per contest. The Mets have cut the division lead back down to two games.…

  9. Game 97: Nats at Pirates

    Jul 26, 2015, 11:32 AM EDT

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    The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to split their four-game series against the Pirates following their lopsided win the day before. They will send rookie Joe Ross (2-2, 2.70) to the mound opposite former No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole (13-4, 2.31), who is in the middle of a breakout season. Ross has only…

  10. MLB Power Rankings: Astros, Pirates make moves

    Jul 24, 2015, 12:29 PM 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 – Hughes: (LW: 30) Will Ruben Amaro finally bite the bullet and trade somebody? Somebody, anybody?!?! 29. Marlins – Hughes: (LW: 29) Jose Fernandez is back and dominating with a 2.77…

  11. VIDEOS: On Fister, Aroldis Chapman and the trade deadline

    Jul 24, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    I went on SportsNet Central Thursday night for a pair of segments to talk about a variety of topics involving the Nationals. The first clip is about how close Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth are to returning. We also discussed the trade deadline and host Michael Jenkins even brought up my recent cameo…

  12. Around the NL East: Division gearing up for busy trade deadline

    Jul 24, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

    Jul 19, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES  We’re a week away from the non-waiver trade deadline, and we still don’t know who the Braves might ship in a deal. There have been rumors that it could be infielders Chris Johnson, Juan Uribe or reliever Jim Johnson. But perhaps the strangest buzz out right now is that 24-year-old right hander Julio…

  13. Fister and Roark struggle; Desmond keeps heating up

    Jul 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    The Nationals’ starting rotation hasn’t been nearly as good collectively as many predicted it would be this year, and part of the reason has been the disappointing season of Doug Fister. The Nats’ starting staff was one of the best in baseball in 2014 and Fister was their most consistent guy. He went 16-6 with a 2.41…

  14. Baseball in the District – Mark Zuckerman and Dan Zangrilli

    Jul 23, 2015, 2:07 PM EDT

    USA Today

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN It was a good time to record our latest episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ with the Nats coming off a big series win against the New York Mets, and with the Pittsburgh Pirates up next. For our guests, we had Mark Zuckerman on to talk about the Mets series and…

  15. Stock Watch: Do Nats have reliable eighth inning option?

    Jul 23, 2015, 12:00 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: 3-3 Team slash: .203/.277/.316 Team ERA: 3.83 Runs per game:  3.3   STOCK UP   Yunel Escobar, 3B: .318 AVG / .591 SLG / .909 OPS  The Nationals have to hope that Escobar’s latest…

  16. Plenty of contributors in Nats’ comeback win

    Jul 22, 2015, 5:57 PM EDT

    USA Today

    As if it wasn’t clear already, the second-inning departure of Yunel Escobar due to injury gave the Nats yet another reminder that if they are to win games these days, they are going to have to do so without the contributions of some of their biggest names. Escobar exited with a left wrist injury, another…

  17. Updated: Escobar leaves game with wrist injury

    Jul 22, 2015, 5:11 PM EDT

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    [Updated at 5:16 p.m.] Yunel Escobar left Wednesday’s game in the bottom of the second inning against the New York Mets with a left wrist injury. He underwent an X-ray afterwards that showed no bone fractures. “That X-ray is negative. We’re going to send him in for further tests. That’s all we know at this…

  18. Carpenter has setback; Strasburg ready for sim game

    Jul 22, 2015, 11:36 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Nationals reliever David Carpenter has stopped his throwing program as he continues to recover from right shoulder inflammation after feeling discomfort while playing catch off flat ground. The veteran will now take two or three days off after receiving anti-inflammatory injections and undergoing an MRI. The good news is that the MRI showed no structural…

  19. Ross shines, but defense and bullpen contribute to loss

    Jul 21, 2015, 11:24 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Rookie right-hander Joe Ross had made spot starts for the Nationals before, but this was no ordinary outing. The 22-year-old starter came up to pitch in Stephen Strasburg’s place on Tuesday and faced the New York Mets, the second place team in the NL East. His counterpart? Reigning NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 All-Star…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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NEW YORK7157
WASHINGTON64636.5
ATLANTA547417.0
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WASHINGTON64639.5
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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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