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  1. Dodgers 4, Nats 2: Kershaw dominates in nightcap

    Jul 18, 2015, 6:48 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Only 20 minutes following a rousing win in the completion of Friday night’s suspended game, the Nationals took the field full of pep and positive vibes. And then a left-hander named Clayton Kershaw sucked all the life out of them over the next 2 1/2 hours. The Dodgers ace, 3-time Cy…

  2. Game 89: Dodgers at Nats

    Jul 18, 2015, 3:58 PM EDT

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    And we’re back for the regularly scheduled portion of today’s sort-of-doubleheader. This contest features Doug Fister on the mound for the Nationals, needing to be in peak form against 3-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw. After Bryce Harper walked three times (twice intentionally) in the first game of the series, Matt Williams has decided…

  3. Nats 5, Dodgers 3: den Dekker’s HR wins suspended game

    Jul 18, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Well, if you had to condense it down to one word, it would be: Weird. The opener of this series between NL powers began Friday evening under normal circumstances, with the Dodgers taking a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning on Adrian Gonzalez’s homer off Jordan Zimmermann. And that’s when this…

  4. Williams explains decision to hold Scherzer til Sunday

    Jul 17, 2015, 6:52 PM EDT

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    The Nationals could have started Max Scherzer in Friday night’s second-half opener against the Dodgers, declaring the right-hander their unquestioned ace and workhorse for the rest of the season. Instead, they elected to hold back Scherzer until Sunday’s series finale, a decision manager Matt Williams explained had more to do with long-range planning than instant…

  5. UPDATED: Carpenter to DL, Solis recalled

    Jul 17, 2015, 4:58 PM EDT

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    [Updated 4:58 p.m.] The Nationals’ ever-changing bullpen will open the second half of the season with another alteration after the club placed right-hander David Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation (retroactive to July 12) and recalled lefty Sammy Solis from Class AA Harrisburg to take his roster spot. Carpenter had been a…

  6. Rotation set for weekend series vs. Dodgers

    Jul 16, 2015, 3:28 PM EDT

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    [UPDATE AT 11:30 P.M. — The Dodgers changed their rotation order Thursday night. Mike Bolsinger will now start Friday against Jordan Zimmermann, with Clayton Kershaw starting Saturday against Doug Fister. Zack Greinke and Max Scherzer remain the Sunday starters.] The Nationals will give the ball to Jordan Zimmermann first out of the All-Star break, sending…

  7. Werth to begin rehab assignment at Potomac tonight

    Jul 16, 2015, 11:42 AM EDT

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    Jayson Werth will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac tonight, the Nationals’ minor-league affiliate announced, possibly positioning the veteran outfielder to return from a fractured left wrist before the end of the month. Werth, out since getting hit by a pitch May 15 in San Diego, had been targeting an August 1 return…

  8. Midseason Report Card

    Jul 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    For baseball fans, there are perhaps no more frustrating days in the calendar year than these, the gap between Tuesday’s All-Star Game and Friday’s resumption of the regular season. For sportswriters, though, these days offer up an obvious opportunity to look back at what has happened to date and what may still happen moving forward.…

  9. For Harper, All-Star glory secondary to the season

    Jul 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    CINCINNATI — He had just gone 0-for-3, striking out a couple of times and having very little impact on the 86th MLB All-Star Game. And this after having very little impact on the 83rd and 84th Midsummer Classics. Bryce Harper, though, was all smiles late Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park. It mattered not…

  10. AL 6, NL 3: Trout homer sets the tone in All-Star Game

    Jul 14, 2015, 11:34 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The 86th MLB All-Star Game already was a major event before Mike Trout stepped to the plate for the night’s first at-bat. That’s what happens when Pete Rose is introduced on the field in Cincinnati, and then Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax and Willie Mays all take the field together…

  11. Manfred on pitch clocks, scheduling, expansion and Rose

    Jul 14, 2015, 5:23 PM EDT

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    CINCINNATI — In the six months since he became baseball’s 10th commissioner, Rob Manfred hasn’t been afraid to confront the sport’s time-tested traditions and embrace the idea of change. And Manfred continued the trend Tuesday during his first-ever All-Star Q&A session with members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, offering up thoughts on pitch…

  12. 2015 MLB All-Star Game

    Jul 14, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT

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    CINCINNATI — It’s tough to imagine anything that happens tonight topping what happened during last night’s Home Run Derby, but this is the MLB All-Star Game, and you never really know what may transpire once you put all these great players together on one field. And then you add Pete Rose to the mix for…

  13. “He’s the best hitter in the game”

    Jul 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    CINCINNATI — Inside a ballroom at the Cincinnati Westin on Monday sat the best players the game of baseball has to offer, dynamic young talents like Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson, recent MVPs like Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen, one of the great hitters in history in Albert Pujols and 3-time World Series champion Buster…

  14. 2015 Home Run Derby

    Jul 13, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    CINCINNATI — Hello from Great American Ball Park, where the sun actually is shining at the moment but is not expected to throughout the evening. There was already one major storm that swept through town this afternoon, and there’s another one coming before the end of the night. With that in mind, MLB decided to…

  15. Harper will bat 3rd, start in right field for NL

    Jul 13, 2015, 1:32 PM EDT

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    CINCINNATI — Bryce Harper will bat third and start in right field for the National League in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, manager Bruce Bochy announced this afternoon. Harper, enjoying a breakthrough season that to this point would rank among the best in baseball history, was selected to hit in the heart of a stacked NL…

  16. Janssen turns emotional after big relief appearance

    Jul 12, 2015, 11:10 AM EDT

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    BALTIMORE — Casey Janssen sat at his locker inside the Camden Yards visiting clubhouse Friday night, a plate of food in his hands, and stared off into nothingness for several minutes. He had made only a brief appearance in the game earlier, but the little dribbler of a single he allowed to Chris Parmalee leading…

  17. With Nats needing a spark, Espinosa delivers again

    Jul 12, 2015, 12:44 AM EDT

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    BALTIMORE — Even the most ardent supporters of Danny Espinosa probably admit they didn’t see this coming, not to this extent. The All-Star break is a few hours away, and the Nationals right now are trying to figure out where they’d be without this guy. “He’s kept us afloat a little bit,” manager Matt Williams…

  18. Nats 7, Orioles 4: Homers, bullpen produce big win

    Jul 11, 2015, 10:21 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Another sellout crowd at Camden Yards — this one with noticeably more red sprinkled among the orange — was treated to another taut ballgame and another compelling chapter in this budding rivalry. And this time the Nationals emerged victorious, thanks to big blasts from their two biggest home-run hitters this season:…

  19. Scherzer starting Sunday, won’t pitch in All-Star Game

    Jul 11, 2015, 6:24 PM EDT

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    BALTIMORE — Max Scherzer will start Sunday’s first-half finale at Camden Yards, knocking the Nationals’ ace out of Tuesday’s All-Star Game, a decision manager Matt Williams said reflected both his and the right-hander’s priorities. “It’s a question of him wanting to pitch tomorrow on his normal rest and help us win another game,” Williams said.…

  20. Game 86: Nats at Orioles

    Jul 11, 2015, 3:29 PM EDT

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    BALTIMORE — Hello again from Camden Yards, where again the humidity is down and we’re in for what appears to be a beautiful night for baseball. It’s Game 2 of this weekend’s Battle of the Beltways, and after losing last night in walk-off fashion, the Nationals need to get back on track and avoid dropping…

  21. Lost in shuffle, another strong start for Gonzalez

    Jul 11, 2015, 10:50 AM EDT

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    BALTIMORE — It got lost in the shuffle after the Nationals’ bullpen gave up the tying and winning runs late, but Gio Gonzalez turned in another strong effort Friday night at Camden Yards, offering more encouragement that the left-hander has turned a corner. Gonzalez allowed one run over six innings, departing with the Nationals leading…

  22. Orioles 3, Nats 2: Schoop’s homer wins it in 9th

    Jul 10, 2015, 10:21 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Round 1 of this year’s Battle of the Beltways brought the season’s largest crowd to Camden Yards. And it brought a tight, tense ballgame to downtown Baltimore, decided late by bullpens and big at-bats. In the end, the Orioles’ relief corps and big bats came through when the Nationals’ could not.…

  23. Span to DL, Zimmermann to paternity list, Barrett activated

    Jul 10, 2015, 6:12 PM EDT

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    [UPDATED: 6:12 p.m.] BALTIMORE — The Nationals placed Denard Span on the disabled list and Jordan Zimmermann on the paternity leave list Friday afternoon, part of a flurry of roster moves before the start of their weekend series against the Orioles. Infielder Wilmer Difo was recalled from Class AA Harrisburg to take Span’s roster spot…

  24. Do the Nats need to acquire another bat?

    Jul 9, 2015, 11:38 AM EDT

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    Had they not been rained out Wednesday night, the Nationals would have fielded a lineup boasting only two projected members of their Opening Day lineup: Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond. And when they return to the field Friday night in Baltimore, the Nationals probably won’t have more than four regulars available: Harper and Desmond, plus…

  25. Span heading to Dallas for exam, won’t play this weekend

    Jul 8, 2015, 6:41 PM EDT

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    Denard Span will travel to Dallas on Thursday to have his injured back examined by a specialist, and though he hasn’t been placed on the disabled list yet the Nationals center fielder said he won’t play at all in this weekend’s series in Baltimore. “No chance,” Span said, before adding: “Definitely not helping the team…

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