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  1. Game 88: Dodgers at Nats (suspended)

    Jul 17, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Baseball in the District – Chris Berset on life as a minor leaguer

    Jul 16, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

    USA Today

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Tim and I did something different this week for ‘Baseball in the District,’ where we brought Reds’ Triple-A catching prospect Chris Berset in studio to talk about life in the minor leagues. He grew up in Vienna, Va. and played high school baseball at The Heights School (Potomac, Md.) before starring at…

  5. Rizzo confident Desmond can turn season around

    Jul 15, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT

    USA Today

    With a full four days off in between games due to the 2015 MLB All-Star break, most of the Nationals roster will get a nice rest before they get back going against the Dodgers on Friday night. The second half of the season is about to begin and, though the Nats are currently in first…

  6. Around the NL East: Mets don’t look like they’re going away

    Jul 15, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jul 12, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) celebrates with relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves headed into the All-Star break reeling on multiple fronts. For one, they were swept in a four-game series in Colorado, dropping their record to a season worst five games below .500 at 42-47. But worst of all, Atlanta lost closer Jason Grilli for the season with a ruptured achilles tendon when…

  7. The Baseball Show: On Scherzer’s decision, Span’s injury

    Jul 14, 2015, 1:31 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ provided an opportunity to analyze the Nationals at the midway point of the season. They capped off their first half with an impressive series win against the Baltimore Orioles, highlighted by Max Scherzer’s near-complete game on Sunday. Scherzer pitched Sunday instead of in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, as…

  8. Highlights from Harper and Scherzer on media day

    Jul 13, 2015, 5:01 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Media day for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game took place on Monday afternoon as all of this year’s participants took questions from reporters ahead of Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati. Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer were asked just about everything, so we thought it was best to share the highlights in question-and-answer form. You can also…

  9. State of the Nats: All-Star break

    Jul 13, 2015, 11:30 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Home Run Derby, All-Star Game this week – The 2015 MLB All-Star break begins on Monday night with the Home Run Derby and the actual game will be played on Tuesday night. The Nats do not have a representative in the derby this year, but they will have Bryce Harper in the starting lineup for…

  10. Bench play vs. Orioles emblematic of season’s first half

    Jul 13, 2015, 9:29 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Dan Uggla, left, and Clint Robinson score on a two run double by Tyler Moore against the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 12, 2015, in Baltimore. The Nationals won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    BALTIMORE — The key rally in Sunday’s 3-2 victory over the Orioles may have aptly encapsulated much of what the first half of the Nationals’ season has been about. Thanks to three consecutive two-out base hits from Clint Robinson, Dan Uggla and Tyler Moore — none of whom were intended to be regulars before the year…

  11. Scherzer happy to bounce back in final first-half start

    Jul 12, 2015, 6:13 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Max Scherzer and the Nationals entered the weekend with a decision to make between him starting Sunday’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles, or skipping his turn in interest of his availability for Tuesday’s All-Star Game. It wasn’t a tough one in the end, they say, as Scherzer opted to face the Orioles instead of…

  12. Nats 3, Orioles 2: Scherzer dominant in near-CG to end first half

    Jul 12, 2015, 3:58 PM EDT

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Max Scherzer entered Sunday’s series (and first-half) finale with an unfortunate past at Camden Yards, most recently featuring his debacle of a start in Game 1 of the 2014 American League Division Series. That history, however, did not carry over whatsoever in what was an overall dominant performance in the Nationals’ final game before…

  13. Game 87: Nats at Orioles

    Jul 12, 2015, 12:26 PM EDT

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    BALTIMORE — For some of us it may be hard to believe, but here we are on the final day of the first half of the 2015 season. Yes, technically this is Game 87 and the half-mark passed about a week ago, but baseball splits its season in two based on the All-Star break and…

  14. Bullpen cracks in Nats’ loss to Orioles

    Jul 10, 2015, 11:36 PM EDT

    USA Today

    BALTIMORE — Holding a one-run lead on Baltimore in the eighth inning on Friday night, the ideal situation for Matt Williams’ bullpen was presented. Casey Janssen came out to set up a save opportunity for Drew Storen with the Nats holding a 39-2 record this season when leading after seven innings. The Orioles, on the…

  15. Rotation clearer for weekend; plus injury updates

    Jul 10, 2015, 6:22 PM EDT

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    BALTIMORE — Jordan Zimmermann will start for the Nationals on Saturday as they continue their weekend series at the Baltimore Orioles. The right-hander will be activated off the paternity list after the birth of his daughter, Ava, early Friday morning. Sunday’s starter has yet to be determined, but all signs point to Max Scherzer getting…

  16. Game 85: Nats at Orioles

    Jul 10, 2015, 4:30 PM EDT

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    BALTIMORE — After two days off, the Nationals pick back up on Friday night for their final series of the first half of the season. They take on the Baltimore Orioles in three games before breaking for the 2015 All-Star Game. Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 4.16) gets the start in the first game between these teams…

  17. Around the NL East: Should the Mets make a big deadline splash?

    Jul 10, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jul 3, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES  As the trade deadline approaches, are the Braves buyers or sellers? What if they’re both? It appears that assistant GM John Coppolella might be trying to tow the line between trying to make the club immediately better while also building for the future. On one hand, he has veterans like left fielder Chris…

  18. Nats head up the road to face Orioles

    Jul 10, 2015, 6:11 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Whatever you want to call it: the ‘Battle of the Beltways,’ the ‘Beltway Series,’ or something else; the annual season series between the Nationals and Orioles is always a fun one for baseball fans in the area. Sometimes the matchups disappoint, of course, but lately both teams have been among the best in their respective…

  19. MLB Power Rankings: Angels, Pirates trending up

    Jul 9, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT

    Photo by 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) Chase Utley just lost his job and got thrown under the bus by his GM along the way. What once was a great team continues to…

  20. Gio to start series-opener against Orioles

    Jul 9, 2015, 2:41 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    Gio Gonzalez will get the start for the Nats in their series-opener against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night, the team announced on Thursday afternoon. Gonzalez was scheduled to start on Wednesday before the Nats’ game against the Cincinnati Reds was postponed due to rain. The rotation for the rest of the weekend has yet…

  21. Baseball in the District – Nats prospect Trea Turner

    Jul 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    We had another two-guest episode this week on ‘Baseball in the District.’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in Nationals prospect Trea Turner, as well as Orioles Insider Rich Dubroff to preview Nats-O’s. It was great getting to know Turner, who was recently promoted from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse. He has an…

  22. Game postponed, potential makeup dates not ideal

    Jul 8, 2015, 7:21 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Updated at 8:11 p.m. Wednesday night’s series finale between the Nationals and Reds was postponed due to rain and wet grounds, a decision that for the moment helps the injury-plagued Nats but leads to a complicated attempt to make the game up at some point later this season. No makeup date was announced, in part…

  23. Stock Watch: As usual, Harper leading the way

    Jul 8, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jul 7, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) singles during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-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: 3-3 Team slash: .182/.270/.304 Team ERA: 2.64 Runs per game: 3 STOCK UP   Bryce Harper, RF: .381 AVG/ 8 BB/ 1.218 OPS   It’s been quite an eventful week for the Nationals’ superstar…

  24. Scherzer has rare bad outing

    Jul 8, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Max Scherzer came to Washington with a Cy Young award and World Series experience, yet somehow he surpassed expectations through the first half of the 2015 season. So, on Tuesday night when he lasted just 4 2/3 innings and gave up five earned runs in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds, his struggles were not only uncharacteristic, they were very…

  25. Span gets MRI, Escobar sits, Zim still not ready to play

    Jul 7, 2015, 5:38 PM EDT

    USA Today

    After leaving the Nats’ loss to the Reds on Monday night with injuries, both Denard Span and Yunel Escobar remained out the starting lineup on Tuesday. Span continues to deal with nagging back spasms, while Escobar is nursing a tight left hamstring. Span had an MRI on Tuesday morning and will find out the results…

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