Jun 10, 2015, 12:51 PM EDT
NEW YORK — Ryan Zimmerman, mired in one of the worst slumps of his career and dealing with a lingering foot injury, was out of the Nationals lineup Wednesday, the third time he hasn’t played in four days. Zimmerman has tried to play through plantar fasciitis in his left foot most of the season, but…
Jun 10, 2015, 10:19 AM EDT
NEW YORK — Hello again from Yankee Stadium, where today this very brief, 2-game series wraps up with a matinee, getaway-day game. The Nationals, losers in nine of their last 11 games, really need this one. The Yankees, on the other hand, are riding a 7-game winning streak and have opened up a 2 1/2-game…
Jun 9, 2015, 11:57 PM EDT
NEW YORK — There is, of course, the biggest underlying problem for the Nationals that has stretched over the last two weeks: A team-wide offensive slump. But when a team isn’t scoring runs with any regularity, it must find other ways to win close, low-scoring ballgames. And that means every key decision made, whether by…
Jun 9, 2015, 10:00 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: A prime pitching matchup between Max Scherzer and Masahiro Tanaka. Bryce Harper making his first career appearance at Yankee Stadium. What wasn’t to like on Tuesday? Well, for the Nationals, the end result. And all-too-familiar result for this team over the last couple weeks. Scherzer and Tanaka engaged in a compelling…
Jun 9, 2015, 6:45 PM EDT
NEW YORK — Bryce Harper’s first-ever trip to Yankee Stadium as a major leaguer included a requisite stop by Monument Park and an equally requisite hounding by New York media members who tried to get the Nationals’ young star to admit he would like to wear pinstripes some day. Harper, showing impressive maturity beyond his…
Jun 9, 2015, 6:22 PM EDT
NEW YORK — Doug Fister will make another rehab start later this week, and if all goes well the right-hander likely would be ready to return to the Nationals rotation after that. Stephen Strasburg, meanwhile, is likely to face live hitters later this week as he moves closer to coming off the disabled list himself.…
Jun 9, 2015, 3:39 PM EDT
NEW YORK — Hello from the Bronx, at the venerable corner of 161st Street and River Avenue. The big sign out in left-center field says we’re at “Yankee Stadium” but of course anyone who came here to watch a ballgame pre-2009 knows the real Yankee Stadium was across the street. This place is called Yankee…
Jun 9, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT
There was the 7-13 start to the season, which left more than a few observers concerned. Then there was the 21-6 stretch that included nine consecutive series won, leaving more than a few observers raving about the Nationals. Now, though, there is a 2-8 slump, one that has dropped the Nats out of first place…
Jun 6, 2015, 12:28 AM EDT
Danny Espinosa would have started making the mental adjustment required when moving from a spot in the daily lineup to a spot on the bench, if only he had enough time to consider it. Before Espinosa could get comfortable in a reserve role, though, he found himself right back on the field for the Nationals…
Jun 5, 2015, 10:03 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: His lineup mired in a slump approaching two weeks, Matt Williams decided to try something different on Friday. Struggling Ryan Zimmerman was moved up to the No. 2 spot. Bryce Harper took over No. 3 duties, with fresh-off-the-DL Anthony Rendon entrusted with the cleanup spot. Whether those changes made a difference…
Jun 5, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT
Yunel Escobar was out of the Nationals’ lineup Friday, his right wrist still sore following an awkward check-swing that knocked him out of Thursday night’s game after only one inning. X-rays taken of Escobar’s wrist were negative, but the veteran infielder continued to be bothered by soreness in the area and didn’t feel well enough…
Jun 5, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT
The Nationals are in a funk right now, of that there’s no doubt. They’ve lost six of their last seven games, and their once-productive lineup has gone silent, averaging a mere 2.3 runs and 6.9 hits per game since May 20. And because of all that, they found themselves this morning in second place in…
Jun 5, 2015, 1:47 PM EDT
Updated at 6:30 p.m. Right-hander Joe Ross, one of the players acquired in last winter’s complex trade that most notably will bring shortstop Trea Turner to the Nationals next week, will be promoted from Class AA Harrisburg and start Saturday’s game against the Cubs, manager Matt Williams announced. Ross, 22, isn’t currently on the Nationals’…
Jun 4, 2015, 5:18 PM EDT
[Updated 5:18 p.m.] Anthony Rendon’s long, once-interrupted rehab from a pair of injuries has finally ended. The Nationals have activated the 24-year-old infielder off the disabled list, and he will make his 2015 debut Thursday night against the Cubs. Rendon will bat second in the Nationals’ lineup. “I had a frustrating few months, but I’m…
Jun 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals’ sustained surge throughout most of May was triggered largely by offensive output, with a lineup that averaged a stout 6.7 runs during a 20-game stretch that resulted in a 16-4 record. That lineup, though, has turned awfully quiet in the last two weeks. The Nationals suddenly find themselves in a full-blown slump at…
Jun 3, 2015, 9:17 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Needing a win to avoid their second straight series loss, the Nationals turned to Taylor Jordan, filling in for the injured Stephen Strasburg, and hoped for the best. They didn’t get anything close to the young right-hander’s best, though, and with Mark Buehrle in peak form for the Blue Jays, they…
Jun 3, 2015, 6:52 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg threw pitches off flat ground in the outfield Wednesday afternoon, leaving the Nationals encouraged about the state of the right-hander’s neck and upper back. Strasburg had not thrown since departing Friday night’s start in Cincinnati after one inning with neck discomfort. He was placed on the disabled list with a left trapezius strain…
Jun 3, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT
Bryce Harper’s record-setting May at the plate earned him an official MLB award on Wednesday: NL Player of the Month. And Max Scherzer’s dominant performance on the mound also earned him an award: NL Pitcher of the Month. Harper won the monthly honor, a no-brainer considering his performance throughout May. The Nationals right fielder hit…
Jun 3, 2015, 3:50 PM EDT
After nine consecutive series won, the Nationals are in danger tonight of dropping their second straight. With that on the line, they’ll send Taylor Jordan to the mound for his first big-league start since April 2014, at which point the right-hander’s stock within the organization took a major tumble. Jordan has turned things around since…
Jun 2, 2015, 10:09 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After watching Jordan Zimmermann cruise through eight scoreless innings earlier in the day, Max Scherzer had visions of duplicating the feat and pitching the Nationals to a doubleheader sweep. Kevin Pillar and the Blue Jays had other ideas. Pillar homered twice of Scherzer, including a 3-run shot in the top of…
Jun 2, 2015, 6:52 PM EDT
And we’re back for the nightcap of this day-night doubleheader. There’s still more rain in the forecast, but it’s not as ominous as it looked earlier. Max Scherzer faces one-time National Marco Estrada (anyone remember him?) in a matchup of right-handers. You’ll notice Denard Span is again out of the Nats lineup. He was supposed…
Jun 2, 2015, 3:24 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a rain-soaked Monday night, the Nationals and Blue Jays were back at the ballpark early Tuesday, hoping to squeeze two games in despite another ominous forecast. The rain held off enough, though, to get the afternoon opener in without delay. A well-pitched, fast-paced game by Jordan Zimmermann and R.A. Dickey…
Jun 2, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
Hey, let’s try this again. After last night’s washout, the Nationals and Blue Jays are back at the park early today, attempting to pull off a day-night doubleheader despite more rain in the forecast at various times during the day. (Actually, there’s rain in the rain in the forecast every day this week.) Both teams…
Jun 2, 2015, 11:37 AM EDT
A follow-up exam by the Nationals’ team doctor on Stephen Strasburg confirmed the club’s initial diagnosis when the struggling pitcher departed his last start after only one inning: He has a strained left trapezius muscle. Strasburg hasn’t thrown since leaving Friday night’s game in Cincinnati, and he won’t be cleared to resume throwing until the…
Jun 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
It was cause for concern in April, but then cause for comfort in May. What, then, will the Nationals’ bullpen cause in June: Soothing relief or heartburn? We won’t know the answer to that question for awhile, but we do know that group continues to deal with changes in personnel and in roles. The Nationals…
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