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  1. Game 63: Nats at Brewers

    Jun 14, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT

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    After a convincing win helped by a strong start by rookie Joe Ross, the Nationals will look to secure a series split on Sunday against the Brewers in Milwaukee. They will have to do it, however, without Bryce Harper. Harper is out of the lineup after getting hit in the left knee with a pitch in…

  2. MLB Power Rankings: Angels, Mariners continue to fall

    Jun 12, 2015, 11:04 AM EDT

    May 6, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) follows through on his swing for a single during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-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. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 29) Finally, finally the Phillies look like they will trade Jonathan Papelbon. All kidding aside, he’s going to be a huge acquisition if a contender gets him.…

  3. Baseball in the District: Nats 2nd round pick Andrew Stevenson

    Jun 11, 2015, 6:09 PM EDT

    Jun 1, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers outfielder AndrewnStevenson (6) catches the ball for an out in the fifth inning against the Sam Houston State Bearkats during the Baton Rouge regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Alex Box Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in a very special guest in Nationals’ second round pick Andrew Stevenson, a center fielder from LSU. Stevenson is in Omaha with the Tigers getting ready to compete in the College World Series this…

  4. Zimmerman lands on DL, den Dekker recalled

    Jun 11, 2015, 3:09 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have placed first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis and recalled outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Syracuse, the team announced on Thursday afternoon. Zimmerman missed Sunday and Wednesday’s games, as he rested during an extended slump. He has been dealing with pain in his left foot since…

  5. Stock Watch: What’s wrong with Zimmerman?

    Jun 11, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman reacts after he struck out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Washington. The Cubs won 4-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    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: .240/.290/.399 Team ERA: 4.42 Runs per game:  3.16   STOCK UP  Danny Espinosa, 2B/LF:  .438 AVG/ 2 HR/ 4 RBI  It’s hard to believe, but Espinosa has quietly been one of…

  6. Nationals 2015 draft class: All the picks in one place

    Jun 10, 2015, 11:54 AM EDT

    May 26, 2013; Hoover, AL, USA; LSU Tigers outfielder Andrew Stevenson (6) bounces off the wall after making an over the head catch to end the inning against the Vanderbilt Commodores with the bases loaded during the championship game of the SEC baseball tournament at the Hoover Met. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

    Follow all of the Nationals’ 2015 draft picks as they roll in with analysis of each player: 2nd round (58th): OF Andrew Stevenson – LSU – A lefty center fielder with excellent speed, who is considered one of the best defensive players in college baseball. Hit .356 with 26 steals as a junior for the Tigers, who are…

  7. Nats confident top two picks will sign

    Jun 9, 2015, 12:33 PM EDT

    May 26, 2013; Hoover, AL, USA; LSU Tigers outfielder Andrew Stevenson (6) slides in safely into second base under the tag from Vanderbilt Commodores second baseman Tony Kemp (6) during the championship game of the SEC baseball tournament at the Hoover Met. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals entered the first day of the 2015 MLB Draft with a specific goal in mind. With the game of baseball moving more and more towards defense and speed, the Nats wanted to add athleticism to their farm system. They feel they accomplished that goal by taking outfielders Andrew Stevenson from LSU with the…

  8. Around the NL East: Help on the way for first-place Mets

    Jun 9, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Apr 21, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) with his hand wrapped in dugout before the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves’ have dropped five out of their last six games, and once again the bullpen continues to be the main culprit. Over the past 14 games, Atlanta relievers have a 7.62 ERA, a stretch that has made their season ERA of 4.90 the highest in baseball. So once again Nationals fans, it could…

  9. Nationals add two outfielders to begin 2015 draft

    Jun 8, 2015, 11:44 PM EDT

    Jun 1, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers outfielder AndrewnStevenson (6) catches the ball for an out in the fifth inning against the Sam Houston State Bearkats during the Baton Rouge regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Alex Box Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

    [Updated 12:05 a.m.] The Nationals began the 2015 MLB draft on Monday night by selecting two outfielders, first with LSU center fielder Andrew Stevenson at 58th overall and then high schooler Blake Perkins at No. 69. Stevenson, who just turned 21, hit .356 with one homer, 53 runs, 26 steals and an .865 OPS his junior year.…

  10. The Baseball Show: Looking at Harper five years after he was drafted

    Jun 8, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT

    Jun 6, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. The Chicago Cubs won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Today, June 8, is the five-year anniversary of Stephen Strasburg’s historic major league debut. The former No. 1 overall pick dazzled with 14 strikeouts against the Pittsburgh Pirates to provide one of the best moments so far in Nationals history. But Sunday was an important anniversary as well, as it marked five years since Bryce…

  11. State of the Nats: 2015 draft preview

    Jun 8, 2015, 11:01 AM EDT

    iApr 8, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo on the field before the game between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: MLB Draft begins tonight – The 2015 MLB Draft starts on Monday night at 7 p.m. on MLB Network and MLB.com. The Nationals do not pick until 58th overall due to the signing of Max Scherzer this offseason, so if you plan on waiting up for their selection it could be a long night. A…

  12. Espinosa shows off versatility by playing in left field

    Jun 8, 2015, 8:02 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) heads to the clubhouse after a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park, Friday, June 5, 2015, in Washington. Espinosa had a three-run homer. The Nationals won 7-5. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Danny Espinosa knew there was a pretty good chance he’d come off the bench in the late innings of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs. He just didn’t know it’d be like this. With Michael A. Taylor moving to centerfield after Denard Span was removed due to back spasms and other options unavailable, Nationals manager…

  13. Zimmermann, Treinen find trouble in Nats’ loss

    Jun 7, 2015, 9:02 PM EDT

    Jun 7, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals lineup has suffered through a well-documented stretch of futility in recent weeks, but on Sunday there were glimpses of hope. They struck for three runs off eight hits against the Cubs, representing a sign of progress given just how bad they have been lately. Three runs is a step in the right direction, but…

  14. Span leaves Nats’ loss with back spasms

    Jun 7, 2015, 8:24 PM EDT

    May 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span watches from the dugout at the beginning of a game with the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

    Denard Span left Sunday afternoon’s loss to the Chicago Cubs with back spasms, adding yet another ailment to a long list of them for the Nationals center fielder this season. Span missed three games earlier in the week with a sore right knee. He also missed time in early May with soreness in his abdomen.…

  15. Cubs 6, Nats 3: Zimmermann struggles as Nats fall to Cubs

    Jun 7, 2015, 7:18 PM EDT

    Jun 7, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) pitches during the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals’ offense showed signs of life on Sunday with two early runs to give Jordan Zimmermann a lead to work with, but Zimmermann himself could not capitalize in what ended up one of his worst starts of the 2015 season so far. Zimmermann gave up four runs to the Cubs and…

  16. Fister finishes first rehab game in Syracuse

    Jun 7, 2015, 3:02 PM EDT

    May 3, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister (58) delivers a pitch against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field. The Nationals won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

    Nationals right-hander Doug Fister completed his first rehab game with Syracuse Sunday afternoon. Fister, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with forearm tightness on May 15, worked 3 2/3 innings vs. Pawtucket while allowing two runs (including a solo home run), six strikeouts and no walks. He threw 63 pitches, 47 of them for strikes.…

  17. Zim gets much-needed day off; Escobar returns

    Jun 7, 2015, 1:52 PM EDT

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    The Nationals lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Chicago Cubs featured Yunel Escobar for the first time in two days, but missing was Ryan Zimmerman. The veteran first baseman is going through an extended slump and is taking the day off to recharge. The Nationals are also off on Monday before they head…

  18. Game 57: Cubs at Nats

    Jun 7, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

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    The Nationals close out their season series with the Chicago Cubs in a late afternoon Sunday start with Jordan Zimmermann (5-2, 2.88) and Kyle Hendricks (1-2, 3.99) set to pitch. The Nationals lost 4-2 on Saturday, as their offense struggled against Jason Hammel. They will hope for better results from their lineup on Sunday, but…

  19. Nats lineup still searching for answers

    Jun 7, 2015, 9:32 AM EDT

    Jun 6, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) reacts after striking out to end the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. The Chicago Cubs won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    When the Nationals broke out for seven runs on Friday night, the hope was certainly for that momentum to carry over on Saturday in their early afternoon bout with the Cubs. Manager Matt Williams had adjusted his lineup with Ryan Zimmerman batting second and Anthony Rendon hitting cleanup. He went with the same approach on…

  20. Ross has solid MLB debut despite Nats loss

    Jun 6, 2015, 4:26 PM EDT

    Jun 6, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross (41) throws to the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Desperate times call for desperate measures and with two starters on the disabled list and mixed results from their usual spot-starters, the Nationals called on prospect Joe Ross from Double-A Harrisburg to fill in on Saturday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs. It was an unexpected move that caught Ross himself by surprise. He was called in…

  21. Cubs 4, Nats 2: Lineup goes cold again in Ross’ debut

    Jun 6, 2015, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jun 6, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross (41) throws to the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Called up from Double-A Harrisburg for a spot start, rookie Joe Ross pitched admirably in his major league debut but it wasn’t enough to overcome yet another poor showing from the Nationals’ lineup in a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday afternoon. The Nats broke out for seven runs the…

  22. Strasburg throws bullpen; Escobar sits again

    Jun 6, 2015, 11:46 AM EDT

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    The Nationals had some good news and some bad on the injury front Saturday as they got ready to take on the Chicago Cubs in an early afternoon start. The good news was Stephen Strasburg threw a bullpen session for the first time in his recovery from a strained left trapezius muscle. The bad news…

  23. Cole to Triple-A, Stammen to 60-day DL to make room for Ross

    Jun 6, 2015, 11:25 AM EDT

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    To clear room on their roster for rookie pitcher Joe Ross, the Nationals made a pair of roster moves on Saturday in sending A.J. Cole down to Triple-A Syracuse and Craig Stammen to the 60-day disabled list. Ross will start the Nats’ afternoon matchup with the Chicago Cubs in his major league debut. Cole, 23,…

  24. Game 56: Cubs at Nats

    Jun 6, 2015, 9:07 AM EDT

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    After breaking out for seven runs in their win over the Cubs on Friday night, the Nationals will try to continue that momentum on Saturday and give rookie Joe Ross some help in his MLB debut. Ross, 22, was called up from Double-A Harrisburg to fill in while the Nats’ rotation deals with injuries. The…

  25. MLB Power Rankings: Pirates, Rangers moving up

    Jun 5, 2015, 12:36 PM EDT

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    Jun 3, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (6), center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) and right fielder Gregory Polanco (25) celebrate after the win against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-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 – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Over their last 90 games (dating to Aug. 20, 2014), they’re 29-61. That’s not very good. 29. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 27) Only one player with OPS+ over 100:…

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