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  1. VIDEOS: Rendon’s injury and the trade deadline

    Jun 30, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Here are a few more clips from this week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show.’ The first is about Anthony Rendon’s latest stint on the disabled list, as Mark puts it into the context of his long history of injuries. The second is about the Nationals’ bullpen, which looks a lot better now with David Carpenter in…

  2. State of the Nats: Who makes the All-Star team?

    Jun 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Who makes the All-Star team? – The 2015 MLB All-Star Game rosters will be announced this upcoming Sunday and Monday in a two-day special aired on ESPN. The starters will be revealed Sunday night, while the reserves will be announced on Monday. The Nationals should have at least two All-Stars, barring something unforeseen. Those would…

  3. Baseball in the District – Tom Schad joins for Nats roundtable

    Jun 29, 2015, 4:32 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in Tom Schad of The Washington Times for a roundtable discussion on the Nationals’ off-day. Schad sat down for the entire episode as we talked about the Nationals’ recent winning streak, how their pitching…

  4. The Baseball Show: An amazing week of pitching

    Jun 29, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    The Nationals are off Monday after splitting their doubleheader with the Philadelphia Phillies. Their loss in the second game snapped an eight-game winning streak, their longest of the season. It was an impressive run keyed by one of the best weeks by a starting rotation in recent baseball history. On Sunday night’s episode of ‘The Baseball…

  5. UPDATE: Rendon to DL, Harper and Span out again

    Jun 26, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    Updated at 6:33 p.m. PHILADELPHIA — Just when it looked like Anthony Rendon was finding his groove at the plate, the Nationals’ dynamic infielder finds himself back in an all-too-familiar place: the disabled list. Rendon was placed on the 15-day DL Friday with a strained left quadriceps muscle, the latest physical ailment to derail his…

  6. MLB Power Rankings: Cardinals, Royals look dominant

    Jun 26, 2015, 12:51 PM EDT

    Jun 24, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward (right) is greeted by first baseman Mark Reynolds (left) after Heywood hit a three run homer during the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-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: 30) Philly has the worst offense in baseball and has a certain pitcher with two different colored eyes up next. Good luck! 29. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 29)…

  7. Nats hoping Desmond’s long slump is nearing its end

    Jun 26, 2015, 8:37 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) celebrates with his teammates after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    You’re not supposed to glean much from a two-game stretch, especially in the context of a full baseball season. But for Ian Desmond and the Nationals, the past 48 hours have provided hope that the three-time Silver Slugger Award winner could be on the verge of ending his prolonged slump. After notching the game-winning RBI the…

  8. Fister continues amazing stretch for Nats rotation

    Jun 25, 2015, 8:49 PM EDT

    Jun 25, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) throws to the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    After the Nationals signed Max Scherzer in January, many predicted they would have one of the best starting rotations in recent baseball history. Then the season started and for months everyone not named Max dealt with either injuries or inconsistent results. That was until this past week. With Doug Fister’s seven shutout frames on Thursday against the…

  9. Nats 7, Braves 0: Fister cruises to secure sweep

    Jun 25, 2015, 6:41 PM EDT

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With their lineup rounding into form and their rotation in the middle of the best stretch for a starting staff in franchise history, the Nationals continued to roll on Thursday with a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. The victory was their ninth in their last 12 games and it secured their…

  10. Giolito, Turner to play in Futures Game

    Jun 25, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT

    July 17, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Washington Nationals first round draft pick Lucas Giolito in the dugout before a game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

    Major League Baseball announced Thursday that right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito and infielder Trea Turner have been selected to represent the Nationals at the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 20-year-old Giolito was drafted by the Nationals in 2012, and is widely considered one of the best pitching prospects in the game. He’s…

  11. Harper, Rendon get the day off

    Jun 25, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jun 11, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and second baseman Anthony Rendon (6) watch a hit by Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura (not pictured) drop between them in the fourth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals gave stars Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon the day off on Thursday as they prepared to take on the Atlanta Braves in their series finale. Both players are dealing with minor injuries with the team about to embark on a six-game road trip. Harper felt a cramp in his right leg during the…

  12. Game 73: Braves at Nats

    Jun 25, 2015, 12:17 PM EDT

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    Winners of eight of their last 11, the Nationals have a chance to secure a sweep over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday afternoon, as they get set to head out on a road trip beginning with Philly this weekend. The Nats will play without Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon, who are both getting days off.…

  13. Slumping and with a heavy heart, Desmond comes up big

    Jun 25, 2015, 12:00 AM EDT

    MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals

    Ian Desmond knows one swing will not solve all of his problems and break him out of his worst offensive funk in years. After all, it wasn’t even a hit. But given the circumstances surrounding the night, his slump and the team, Desmond’s walkoff sac fly to beat the Braves on Wednesday sure seems like…

  14. Harper to have right leg evaluated

    Jun 24, 2015, 11:13 PM EDT

    MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals

    In the 11th inning after smoking a double to right-center field against the Braves, Bryce Harper ran through second base and stopped short before leaning down to put his hands on his knees. He stood at second base hunched over and appeared at first to be catching his breath. But manager Matt Williams and head trainer Lee…

  15. Janssen, Carpenter provide experience to Nats bullpen

    Jun 24, 2015, 7:29 PM EDT

    MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals

    The Nationals’ bullpen has been through its fair share of changes this season, largely due to injuries up and down their pitching staff. Those circumstances have forced the Nats to at times call on rookies to come up and fill in. They have also relied heavily on second-year pros such as Aaron Barrett – who is also…

  16. Williams on Knorr, who should be All-Stars, plus a Zim update

    Jun 24, 2015, 5:31 PM EDT

    MLB: Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds

    Nationals manager Matt Williams touched on a wide range of topics during his pregame press conference on Wednesday, including the passing of bench coach Randy Knorr’s wife, who should be selected to the All-Star team and the latest update on Ryan Zimmerman. First, the Knorr stuff. Knorr’s wife, Kimberly, passed away on Tuesday at the age…

  17. Stock Watch: Scherzer’s masterpiece tops the week

    Jun 24, 2015, 1:06 PM EDT

    Jun 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after the final out of a no hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 6 - 0. 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: .300/.333/.405 Team ERA: 2.00 Runs per game: 4.16   STOCK UP  Max Scherzer, SP: 9 IP/ 0 H/ 10 K/ 0.00 ERA  There was no way that Scherzer was going…

  18. Span and Rendon set the tone again

    Jun 24, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 5, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) celebrates with center fielder Denard Span (2)
after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers  at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    For much of the 2014 season, while injuries took their toll on the rest of the Nationals lineup, it was the combination of Denard Span and Anthony Rendon that led the way. Both players earned NL MVP votes as arguably the best one-two punch at the top of the order in baseball. Span led the…

  19. Game 71: Braves at Nats

    Jun 23, 2015, 3:57 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals enter Tuesday coming off arguably their best series of the 2015 season, a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates highlighted by Max Scherzer’s no-hitter and two homers by Bryce Harper. Now they welcome the Atlanta Braves, who have surprised many by beginning the season 35-35 despite trading away most of their best players…

  20. UPDATED: Strasburg activated; Ross sent down

    Jun 23, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    [Updated: 5:35 p.m.] The Nationals activated right-hander Stephen Strasburg off the disabled list on Tuesday with plans for him to start later in the day in their series opener against the Atlanta Braves. Rookie starter Joe Ross was sent down to Triple-A Syracuse as the corresponding move. Strasburg rejoins the Nats’ rotation after nearly a…

  21. Around the NL East: Mets losing skid drops them out of first

    Jun 23, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) leaves the game against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Mets 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES Fresh off a sweep of the Mets, the Braves head to D.C. this week just two games back of the Nationals. They’ve managed to avoid long dry spells, but haven’t exactly gone on a sustained run of winning, either. So if they want to make a legitimate push, taking care of business on…

  22. Desmond in depth on his struggles

    Jun 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    Stuck in a month-long slump, shortstop Ian Desmond was given Friday night off by the Nationals’ coaching staff with the intention of giving him some rest, both physically and mentally. He was also out of the lineup initially on Saturday before Yunel Escobar was a late scratch due to a stomach bug. Desmond is not used…

  23. The Baseball Show: Scherzer, Harper and Father’s Day

    Jun 22, 2015, 6:11 PM EDT

    USA Today

    The latest episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ was jam-packed after an eventful weekend for the Nationals. Mark talked lots about Max Scherzer, of course, but also Bryce Harper’s return and whether Major League Baseball should change their system of fan voting for the All-Star Game. At the bottom, you can also find my segment on…

  24. State of the Nats: Heating up

    Jun 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Strasburg likely to return this week – The Nationals won’t say it, but all signs point to Stephen Strasburg making his return from the disabled list this week against the Atlanta Braves, likely on Tuesday. Gio Gonzalez and Bryce Harper both mentioned Strasburg’s return after Sunday’s game, but the Nats said they do not plan to confirm…

  25. Gonzalez’ effort caps historic weekend for Nats starters

    Jun 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) pitches during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    There was no no-hitter this time. It wasn’t even a complete game. But what Gio Gonzalez turned in Sunday as a follow-up to Max Scherzer’s gem may very well have been his most efficient and effective start of the season. Buoyed by a nine run first inning — one he helped contribute to with an RBI…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

WLGB
NEW YORK7157
WASHINGTON64636.5
ATLANTA547417.0
MIAMI527719.5
PHILADELPHIA517820.5
*Through Friday's games

NL WILD CARD STANDINGS

WLGB
PITTSBURGH7849+4.5
CHICAGO7353
SAN FRANCISCO68595.5
WASHINGTON64639.5
*Through Friday's early games

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