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  1. Despite loss, Nats happy to welcome Rendon back

    Jun 5, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT

    Jun 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon (6) at bat against the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    It was all setting up for a Hollywood-esque ending for Anthony Rendon in his first game back with the Nationals. The 24-year-old infielder, who made his long-awaited 2015 debut Thursday night after months rehabbing from knee and oblique injuries, stood at the plate in bottom of the ninth inning with two on and two out…

  2. Close plays on basepaths doom Nats in loss to Cubs

    Jun 5, 2015, 1:52 AM EDT

    Jun 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) reacts after tagging out Washington Nationals first baseman Clint Robinson (25) to end the game at Nationals Park. The Chicago Cubs won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    With their offense stalled in a two-week long slump, the Nationals walked a tightrope on Thursday night that caused several close plays and one big mistake on the basepaths to loom large in their 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The game itself ended when Clint Robinson was picked off by catcher David Ross at…

  3. Escobar leaves with wrist injury

    Jun 5, 2015, 1:24 AM EDT

    May 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) at bat against the Miami Marlins during the game at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals saw Anthony Rendon finally return on Thursday night, but it didn’t take long for them to have another player go down. Third baseman Yunel Escobar left the 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs with a right wrist injury. Escobar hurt his wrist during a check-swing while facing Jake Arrieta in the bottom of the first…

  4. Cubs 2, Nats 1: Offense continues to struggle in series-opening loss

    Jun 5, 2015, 12:14 AM EDT

    Jun 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon (6) hits  a single against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a delay of nearly two hours due to heavy and persistent rain, the Nationals’ offense squandered a solid outing by Gio Gonzalez as Washington fell 2-1 to the Chicago Cubs, their sixth loss in seven games. Gonzalez overcame a two-run first inning that could have been much worse to put in…

  5. Williams gives updates on Fister, Solis and Strasburg

    Jun 4, 2015, 6:17 PM EDT

    May 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) pitches during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Pitchers Doug Fister, Sammy Solis and Stephen Strasburg have all made progress in their respective rehab stints, according to manager Matt Williams. Fister, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 17 with forearm tightness, threw around 40 pitches in the bullpen Thursday afternoon. The Nationals have had Tanner Roark in the rotation…

  6. Game 54: Cubs at Nats

    Jun 4, 2015, 3:03 PM EDT

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    Losers of six of their last eight, the Nationals will try to get back on track against the Chicago Cubs in a four-game series beginning Thursday night. The Nats took two of three in Chicago just two weeks ago, now they meet again. Gio Gonzalez (4-2, 4.73) will get the start for Washington in his…

  7. Around the NL East: Will the Mets’ six-man rotation work?

    Jun 4, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee throws a pitch against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of baseball game Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    ATLANTA BRAVES If Nationals fans thought their team’s bullpen had issues, take a look at what’s going on with the Braves these days. In a recent 10-game road trip, Atlanta relievers allowed 22 earned runs in 22 innings of work, with the most egregious effort coming Wednesday night after a 6-0 Braves lead turned into…

  8. Baseball in the District – Patrick Mooney & Md. baseball’s Matt Swope

    Jun 3, 2015, 4:29 PM EDT

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    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On the latest episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I looked ahead to this weekend’s Nats-Cubs series with CSN Chicago Insider Patrick Mooney. We also talked to Matt Swope, Director of Baseball Operations for the Maryland Terrapins. Mooney was great on Kris Bryant and the…

  9. Stock Watch: Bullpen has a rough week

    Jun 3, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton (59), shortstop Ian Desmond (20) and relief pitcher Blake Treinen (64) talk on the mound during the seventh inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays at Nationals Park, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in Washington. The Blue Jays won 7-3. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    The Nationals had a rough time trying to hold teams down late in games this past week. That and more on this edition of Stock Watch.

  10. Scherzer’s relatively off-night against Blue Jays

    Jun 3, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jun 2, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) reacts as Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar (right) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning in game two of a double header at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    In Tuesday night’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Nats starter Max Scherzer allowed four runs through six innings on six hits. On some nights, that would be enough for a win for the Nationals, a team that ranks in the top five in the majors in runs scored. But it wasn’t enough on this…

  11. Span explains injury, hopes to return Wednesday

    Jun 2, 2015, 11:33 PM EDT

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    Denard Span met with reporters after the Nationals’ doubleheader split with the Blue Jays on Wednesday to give an update on his sore right knee and shed some light on how the injury actually occurred. Span said he originally sustained the injury during the team’s series at the Chicago Cubs and it got worse several…

  12. Jordan to start Wednesday’s series finale

    Jun 2, 2015, 11:01 PM EDT

    May 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Taylor Jordan throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

    Right-hander Taylor Jordan will get the start for the Nationals in their series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Manager Matt Williams made the announcement after Tuesday’s doubleheader split. Jordan, 26, made his first appearance of the 2015 season on May 29 against the Cincinnati Reds. He gave up three earned runs in…

  13. Zimmermann steps up to help Nats bullpen

    Jun 2, 2015, 4:40 PM EDT

    Jun 2, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) throws to the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning in game one of a double header at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    With a taxed bullpen, a doubleheader to manage and the highest-scoring MLB team in town, the Nationals turned to Jordan Zimmermann on Tuesday hoping for a long and efficient start. They got just that, as Zimmermann carved up the Toronto Blue Jays in his best game of the 2015 season so far on a dark and rainy…

  14. Injury updates: Rendon, Fister, Span and Solis

    Jun 1, 2015, 5:51 PM EDT

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    Anthony Rendon returned to Nationals Park with the Harrisburg Senators off on Monday to go through a workout and be evaluated by Nats trainers. Rendon played three games over the weekend with Double-A Harrisburg before throwing and running at Nationals Park as he continues to recover from a strained left oblique. Rendon is expected to…

  15. POSTPONED: Game 51: Blue Jays at Nats

    Jun 1, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals return home on Monday looking to get past an ugly weekend sweep at the Cincinnati Reds. Up next for them is a seven-game homestand, beginning with three against the Toronto Blue Jays. Jordan Zimmermann (4-2, 3.26) will make his 11th start of the season and just his second ever appearance against the Blue…

  16. State of the Nats: Good time for a homestand

    Jun 1, 2015, 11:13 AM EDT

    May 30, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Washington Nationals pinch hitter Michael Taylor (3) hits a three-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Raisel Iglesias in the sixth inning at Great American Ball Park. Reds catcher Brayan Pena watches at right. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Blue Jays, Cubs come to Washington – The Nationals were swept over the weekend for the first time since April 24-26 to a Reds team that had lost 10 of their previous 11 games before the series. It is most likely just a blip on the radar, but it’s perhaps good timing the Nats will…

  17. Making sense of a sweep

    Jun 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Matt Grace (60) reacts in the dugout after giving up four runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Cincinnati. The Reds won 8-2. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    After winning nine consecutive series to tie a franchise record, the Nationals took a step back over the weekend by getting swept by the Reds. The Nationals arrived in Cincinnati as one of the hottest teams in baseball, while the Reds had lost 10 of their previous 11 games. So, what happened? Well, it’s tough…

  18. Game 50: Nats at Reds

    May 31, 2015, 11:21 AM EDT

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    With two straight losses highlighted by injuries and plenty of drama, the Nationals’ series at Cincinnati hasn’t exactly gone as planned this weekend. But on Sunday they have a chance to avoid the sweep and end their road trip on a high note before returning home for a seven-game homestand. Tanner Roark (1-2, 2.49) will…

  19. MLB Power Rankings: Astros, Twins are early season surprises

    May 29, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 27, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis (right) high fives catcher Jason Castro (left) after scoring a run in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 29) After looking like a playoff team at times last year, the Brewers look headed towards a lengthy rebuild right now. 29. Marlins – Hughes: (LW: 30) I can’t imagine…

  20. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Al Galdi and Daniel Shiferaw

    May 28, 2015, 4:13 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / Nats Insider

    On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed two guests: Al Galdi of ESPN 980’s ‘The Drive’ and Daniel Shiferaw of CSNwashington and Nats Insider. Galdi joined us in studio to talk about Harper and whether it’s time to revisit comparisons to Mike Trout, whether this…

  21. Stock Watch: Scherzer showing why he’s the ace

    May 28, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 22, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws to the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 2 - 1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-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: 4-2 Team slash: .220/.275/.403 Team ERA: 3.53 Runs per game:  2.3   STOCK UP  Max Scherzer, SP:  2-0/ 19 K/ 0.60 ERA  Who knows if there’s any way a player can truly justify…

  22. Around the NL East: Another week of drama for the Marlins

    May 27, 2015, 2:12 PM EDT

    May 26, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins manager Dan Jennings (26) looks on from the dugout before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES  The retooling Braves continue to tinker with their roster, as the team is reportedly about to send infielder Alberto Callaspo and pitchers Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for veteran third baseman Juan Uribe and reliever Chris Withrow. Callaspo’s departure makes sense, as he had…

  23. The Baseball Show: Time to sign Harper to an extension?

    May 26, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ again featured lots of talk about Bryce Harper, but it’s probably safe to assume that Nationals fans can’t get enough right now. The guy is playing like an MVP at just 22 years old and almost every night he’s doing something amazing. In this first segment from the…

  24. State of the Nats: Rolling into Wrigley

    May 25, 2015, 9:23 AM EDT

    May 24, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen (22) is congratulated by catcher Jose Lobaton (59) after earning a save against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Nats head to Wrigley to play Cubs – The Nationals pick right back up on Monday with a 2:20 p.m. start at the Chicago Cubs, as the red-hot Nats travel into Wrigley Field to take on one of the better young teams in baseball. Fans all around the country have likely been eyeing this…

  25. Harper showing he can excel at ‘the little things’

    May 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    May 24, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    In the midst of Bryce Harper’s torrid May that has taken the baseball world by storm, it’s been easy to forget that the skill set of the Nationals’ phenom goes well beyond hitting the long ball. Just ask the Philadelphia Phillies, who saw Harper hurt them in more ways than one in the Nats’ 4-1…

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