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  1. Around the NL East: Mets being cautious with Harvey

    Sep 3, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

    Sep 2, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   The Braves are nosediving as the season comes to a close. After being swept by the Marlins, they’ve dropped eight straight and have fallen to fourth place in the NL East (not that it matters, considering how poor the rest of the division is). Things are so bad right now that Atlanta…

  2. Nats add Grace, Martin as September call-ups

    Sep 2, 2015, 4:59 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    The second wave of September call-ups for the Nationals took place on Wednesday, as relievers Matt Grace and Rafael Martin were added to the roster, which now sits at 30. Both pitchers were recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. Grace, 26, joins the Nats for the first time since going to the minors on June 1. In…

  3. Stock Watch: Bullpen issues haunt the Nats again

    Sep 2, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

    Sep 1, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Casey Janssen (44) throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Nationals 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-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: 3-4 Team slash: .293/.363/.478 Team ERA: 4.52 Runs per game:  4.85   STOCK UP   Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .321 AVG/ 4 HR/ 11 RBI   There’s a decent chance that it might be…

  4. The Baseball Show: Is Span’s Nats career over?

    Sep 1, 2015, 11:53 AM EST

    USA Today

    The Nationals are coming off a bad loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, one that puts them in jeopardy of losing the momentum they had built over the previous 12 games. But although they were winning before they traveled to St. Louis, it was a tough week in regards to their overall health. Denard Span went down…

  5. State of the Nats: Cardinals up next

    Aug 31, 2015, 11:31 AM EST

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Cardinals up next – The Nationals must feel pretty good about themselves coming out of the weekend. They beat the Marlins to secure their fourth consecutive series win. They have now won six of their last eight and nine of their last 12. They even gained a rare game on New York on Saturday, while the…

  6. Taylor returns to lineup with a bang

    Aug 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    When the Nationals realized on Thursday that center fielder Denard Span would be lost for the season, they knew exactly who to turn to. Sitting on their bench was rookie Michael Taylor, the heir apparent at the position, who had mostly thrived this season while Span was recovering from injuries. But then Thursday night’s game…

  7. Strasburg leaves Nats win with injury

    Aug 30, 2015, 6:32 PM EST

    USA Today

    For the second time in a span of four days, the Nationals won a game that was defined by an unfortunate injury to one of their best players. On Thursday, they beat the Padres but lost Denard Span. Michael Taylor and Yunel Escobar also left the game banged up. It was a pyrrhic victory. They…

  8. Nats 7, Marlins 4: Nationals start slow, rebound for series win

    Aug 30, 2015, 4:42 PM EST

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals came out flat on Sunday afternoon against the Marlins and went down early as Stephen Strasburg ran into trouble in the first inning. For the first half of the afternoon, it looked like they were going to stumble their way into St. Louis for a big series beginning on Monday. But…

  9. Game 129: Marlins at Nats

    Aug 30, 2015, 12:05 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to win their fourth consecutive series, a feat that would set them up rather nicely for a huge series early this coming week in St. Louis against the MLB-best Cardinals. It’s a good opportunity for some positive momentum to take on the road and the Nats will have…

  10. Nats gain a rare game on the Mets

    Aug 29, 2015, 10:57 PM EST

    USA Today

    Ten days over the course of a six-month baseball season is not a long time, but in a pennant race it can seem like an eternity. For the Nats, that’s how long it took for them to finally gain a game in the NL East on the New York Mets, who lately seem like they…

  11. Nats 5, Marlins 1: Zimmermann, Nationals bounce back

    Aug 29, 2015, 9:30 PM EST

    Photo by USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: As bad as things have looked after the many disappointing losses the Nats have endured recently, including Friday’s, much can change on a given night. Saturday’s 5-1 win didn’t solve all of their problems, but coupled with a Mets’ loss to the Red Sox, and the fortunes of both teams look a…

  12. Span’s season is over, and maybe his Nats career as well

    Aug 29, 2015, 5:51 PM EST

    Span takes a seat vs. lefty

    Just 72 hours before he was set to undergo season-ending surgery on his left hip, Denard Span stood at his locker in the Nationals clubhouse to address the media, all but resigned to the fact his career in Washington is almost certain to be over. Just four days earlier he spoke to reporters in the…

  13. Game 128: Marlins at Nats

    Aug 29, 2015, 4:50 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals dropped the series opener in disappointing fashion on Friday night, but they have a chance on Saturday to get even with the Marlins and set themselves up for another series win. Starting for the Nats will be Jordan Zimmermann (8-10, 3.54), who has not been good in his two most recent outings. He…

  14. MLB Power Rankings: More movement in AL East

    Aug 28, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    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) Twice blew 5-run leads to the Mets this week. That about sums things up. 29. Marlins – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) In an otherwise dismal year, George Mason’s Justin Bour…

  15. Ross shines, but pulled early for innings limit

    Aug 28, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    The Nationals alluded to the limitations they were ready to apply on starter Joe Ross on Tuesday, as the rookie is already in uncharted territory in terms of innings pitched this season. Tanner Roark was sent to Single-A Potomac to stretch out his arm with the plan to return in September and take Ross’ rotation…

  16. Updated: Taylor leaves game after colliding with wall

    Aug 27, 2015, 11:13 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    [Updated: 11:13 p.m.] Just two innings after Yunel Escobar left with a right hand contusion, the Nationals saw another player go down in their game against the Padres on Thursday night. Michael Taylor was removed after colliding with the center field wall on a long flyball hit by Melvin Upton, Jr. in the top of…

  17. Updated: Escobar leaves game with right hand contusion

    Aug 27, 2015, 11:09 PM EST

    USA Today

    [Updated 11:09 p.m.] Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar left Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Padres with a right hand contusion after being hit by a 97 mile per hour fastball during an at-bat against Andrew Cashner. Escobar with hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning. The HBP scored a run, but…

  18. Span sits to rest sore back; notes on Carpenter, Johnson & McLouth

    Aug 27, 2015, 5:16 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    Denard Span returned off the disabled list on Tuesday to give the Nationals’ their first complete lineup of the season. Then, on Wednesday night he landed two doubles and scored a run. But on Thursday, Span was out of the lineup after feeling soreness in his back, the same area of the injury that kept him…

  19. Game 126: Padres at Nats

    Aug 27, 2015, 3:34 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    It was a tough loss on Wednesday night, but the Nationals enter Thursday with a chance to win their third consecutive series, something they haven’t done since June 19-28. Rookie Joe Ross (4-5, 3.56) will get the start against his former organization. The Padres traded Ross to the Nationals as part of a three-team deal…

  20. Around the NL East: Will the Mets ever lose again?

    Aug 27, 2015, 12:37 PM EST

    Aug 26, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer (23) celebrates win with relief pitcher Tyler Clippard (46) against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets defeated the Phillies, 9-4. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES How unlucky is Shelby Miller? The 24-year-old All-Star pitcher has had a solid season, but doesn’t have a whole lot to show for it. As crazy as it sounds, Miller is in search for his first win since May 17 vs. the Marlins. The old saying is that you are what your record…

  21. Gonzalez turns in uneven outing, drops third straight

    Aug 27, 2015, 10:14 AM EST

    Aug 26, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) walks off the field after being removed from the game against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    It was only a few weeks ago that it seemed as though Gio Gonzalez had turned a corner. The lefty starter was perhaps the most consistent member in the Nationals’ rotation, quietly stringing together quality starts over a month-and-a-half stretch. From June 21 to August 11, he sported a 5-0 record with a 1.48 ERA and 1.21…

  22. Matt Williams gives updates on Johnson, Moore and Uggla

    Aug 26, 2015, 6:18 PM EST

    Apr 3, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson (4) works out prior to the game against the New York Yankeesat George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    Updated at 11:30 p.m. Amidst a season in which injuries have taken their toll on the Nationals’ roster, manager Matt Williams revealed to reporters before Wednesday’s game against the Padres of perhaps the most bizarre setback a player has suffered all year. Outfielder Reed Johnson, who had torn a ligament in his ankle in late April, was shut down…

  23. Stock Watch: Rendon rediscovering his power stroke

    Aug 26, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Aug 25, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon (6) singles against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning at Nationals Park. 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: .253/.367/.474 Team ERA: 3.23 Runs per game:  5.3 STOCK UP   Anthony Rendon, 2B: .333 AVG/ 2 HR/ 5 RBI  Ah, so this is the guy who finished fifth in NL…

  24. Strasburg keeps leading the charge

    Aug 26, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    Stephen Strasburg has quite easily been the Nationals’ best pitcher over the last few weeks since he returned from the disabled list on Aug. 8, and that trend continued in Tuesday night’s win over the San Diego Padres. The Nationals right-hander overcame a second-inning home run by Jedd Gyorko to go six strong innings of…

  25. Roark to become starter and likely replace Ross

    Aug 25, 2015, 7:10 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    With Denard Span ready to rejoin the team after an extended stint on the disabled list, the Nationals have optioned reliever Tanner Roark to Single-A Potomac. While that may seem like a demotion for Roark, the three-year veteran will have a rewarding goal to work towards. The Nats plan to transition Roark back to starting and…

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