Apr 17, 2015, 3:33 PM EST
The resurgence of the Nationals’ lineup has coincided with a couple of tweaks that — at least based on history — you wouldn’t think would make a positive difference: Ian Desmond batting second and Danny Espinosa batting left-handed. But somehow those two guys have managed to reverse historical trends and be productive. So Matt Williams…
Apr 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
BOSTON — Every ballplayer, from a young age, has dreams about making his major-league debut, and probably a realistic scenario for how that life-changing event might play out. Often, reality doesn’t live up to the dream. A major-league ballgame can be a shock to the inexperienced, a whirlwind string of moments that happen too fast…
Apr 15, 2015, 6:59 PM EST
BOSTON — Odd as it may sound, Tuesday night’s ghastly 8-7 loss at Fenway Park might have been just what the Nationals needed. Yes, that loss featured a calamitous bottom of the seventh, in which the Red Sox scored three runs via three Nats errors and two hit batters. But it also featured a 6-run…
Apr 15, 2015, 4:47 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For the second time on this road trip, the Nationals took the field on getaway day needing a win to avoid an unsightly series sweep. And for the second time, they came through, pounding the Red Sox with their best offensive barrage of the young season to head home feeling much…
Apr 15, 2015, 1:06 PM EST
BOSTON — For the second time on this road trip, the Nationals find themselves needing to win on getaway day to avoid a sweep. They managed to do it in Philadelphia on Sunday. Now they’ll try to do it this afternoon in Boston. Encouraging signs: Ian Desmond had three hits last night, by far his…
Apr 15, 2015, 11:31 AM EST
Updated at 1:45 p.m. BOSTON — The Nationals bullpen suffered another blow Wednesday when Craig Stammen had to be placed on the 15-day disabled list with what is being called right forearm tightness for now but has the veteran right-hander at least somewhat concerned could be a significant elbow injury. Stammen said he had been…
Apr 15, 2015, 12:03 AM EST
BOSTON — This was the night. This was the night the Nationals were going to snap out of their early season funk, using a 6-run rally that was as stunning as it was sudden to catapult them back into the team they’re supposed to be and put this awful week of baseball behind them once…
Apr 14, 2015, 9:33 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: This one had it all, some disconcerting moments early, a stunning Nationals rally in the middle and then an epic collapse late entirely of their own making. In a season-opening stretch that has defied logic, this game managed somehow to stand out from the rest. The Nationals fell into an early…
Apr 14, 2015, 5:46 PM EST
BOSTON — The Nationals made their first bullpen change of the season Tuesday, promoting right-hander Rafael Martin from Class AAA Syracuse and designating lefty Xavier Cedeno for assignment. The move comes only seven games into the season. Cedeno had pitched in five of them, including four times in the last five days, allowing two runs…
Apr 14, 2015, 2:28 PM EST
BOSTON — On the heels of an embarrassing performance Monday afternoon, the Nationals are back at it this evening (note the early 6:05 p.m. EDT starting time) at Fenway Park, hoping for a far better showing against the Red Sox. Matt Williams made some tweaks to his batting order. Michael Taylor has been bumped down…
Apr 14, 2015, 2:12 PM EST
BOSTON — Denard Span will begin a rehab assignment with Class AA Harrisburg tonight, the Senators announced, the outfielder’s biggest step yet in his return from an abdominal muscle tear. Span, who had surgery March 9 to repair the tear, is scheduled to lead off and play center field in Harrisburg’s home game against Bowie.…
Apr 14, 2015, 9:00 AM EST
BOSTON — Bryce Harper and Mookie Betts were born only nine days apart in October 1992, but until Monday afternoon had never shared the same baseball field. Nothing if not a student of the game, Harper pays plenty of attention to his fellow young, budding stars. And to that list, he now plans to add…
Apr 13, 2015, 8:28 PM EST
BOSTON — Matt Williams, perhaps as agitated by his team’s play as he has been since becoming Nationals manager 18 months ago, was asked if Monday’s debacle of a loss to the Red Sox — officially 9-4 but not nearly as competitive as that score would suggest — might serve as a wake-up call to…
Apr 13, 2015, 6:14 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In a nutshell? It stunk. There’s no other way to describe it from the Nationals’ perspective. They put on a clinic in bad baseball for the first three innings, with errors committed, multiple fly balls falling in between outfielders, bases left uncovered, consecutive opposing batters plunked and assorted other maladies. Given…
Apr 13, 2015, 4:03 PM EST
BOSTON — Denard Span is close to beginning a minor-league rehab assignment, and Anthony Rendon has begun baseball activities, encouraging news for both injured Nationals regulars. Span, recovering from abdominal muscle surgery last month, is playing seven innings in an extended spring training game in Viera, Fla., one of the final steps he needs to…
Apr 13, 2015, 1:59 PM EST
BOSTON — In a perfect world, Jayson Werth would have played through a full spring training, building his workload up alongside all of his Nationals teammates, progressing toward Opening Day. Werth, though, couldn’t afford to do all that this year, not after needing right shoulder surgery in January. So as he sat in the dugout…
Apr 13, 2015, 11:35 AM EST
BOSTON — And hello from the one and only Fenway Park, which today hosts its 104th home opener, with a first-time opponent for this major event: the Washington Nationals. It’s a bit of an odd quirk, now with interleague play spread throughout the season, though it’s still pretty cool for the Nats (and those who…
Apr 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — After a ragged opening week to the season, the Nationals are about to get one of their three key injured lineup members back: Jayson Werth. Werth is expected to be activated off the disabled list and make his season debut Monday in Boston after a brief, 3-game rehab stint with Class A Potomac…
Apr 12, 2015, 6:50 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — They struggled yet again to string together hits and mount something that remotely resembled a rally. They blew a late lead yet again and watched as their work-in-progress bullpen kept teetering on the brink of disaster. This time, though, the Nationals did just enough to win a ballgame. And thanks to Sunday’s 4-3,…
Apr 12, 2015, 4:57 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: A broken record would be less frustrating for Nationals fans to listen to right now than a recap of a ballgame played in the last week. Yes, it happened once again Sunday, with the Nats taking an early lead but unable to tack on after that, then hoping their bullpen cold…
Apr 12, 2015, 12:41 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — There’s no such thing as a “must-win” game on April 12, but let’s just say the Nationals really, really, really want to win today’s series finale at Citizens Bank Park and at least head up to Boston at 2-4 with positive momentum instead of 1-5 having just been swept by the Phillies. Who…
Apr 12, 2015, 12:20 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Danny Espinosa spent the entire spring hitting right-handed against right-handed pitching, acknowledging his long-term struggles from the left side of the plate, recognizing his best (and possibly only) hope of sticking in the big leagues was to give up switch-hitting. But when given his first opportunity of the season to face a right-handed…
Apr 12, 2015, 12:32 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — The theme inside the Nationals’ clubhouse following Saturday night’s 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Phillies — a loss that left this team a surprising 1-4 to begin a season of sky-high expectations — was universal. “I think we’ll be fine,” manager Matt Williams said. “That’s all I’m going to say about it. I…
Apr 11, 2015, 10:33 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: This may sound familiar: The Nationals got an early home run, couldn’t do much else at the plate and then left little margin for error for their bullpen, which couldn’t hold a late lead. Wilson Ramos provided the early homer, an opposite-field shot in the top of the fourth off Cole…
Apr 11, 2015, 6:18 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Jayson Werth homered during his rehab appearance with Class A Potomac on Saturday and appears to be on track to make his season debut for the Nationals on Monday in Boston. Werth, rehabbing from January surgery on his right shoulder, launched a solo homer off Lynchburg right-hander Adam Plutko to left field, the…
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