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  1. Barrett to DL with biceps strain, Carpenter joins bullpen

    Jun 12, 2015, 3:09 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ revolving-door bullpen spun around again Friday when the club placed Aaron Barrett on the 15-day disabled list with a strained biceps muscle and officially added fellow right-hander David Carpenter to the major-league roster. Barrett’s injury, which forced him from Thursday night’s game in Milwaukee during the bottom of the eighth inning, was diagnosed…

  2. With relievers ailing, starters being pushed too far

    Jun 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    On Tuesday night in New York, Max Scherzer took the mound for the bottom of the seventh in a 1-1 game, his pitch count at 100, and promptly gave up the runs that put the Yankees on top for good. On Wednesday afternoon in New York, Gio Gonzalez took the mound for the bottom of…

  3. Game 60: Nats at Brewers

    Jun 11, 2015, 4:54 PM EDT

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    It’s been a busy day already for the Nationals, who this morning traded for reliever David Carpenter and this afternoon placed Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day DL with plantar fasciitis, an unfortunate move that felt more and more likely as the week played out. Combine that with Ian Desmond getting his first day off this…

  4. Nats get veteran reliever Carpenter from Yankees

    Jun 11, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Seeking an experienced arm to bolster a bullpen that has been made over several times already this season, the Nationals on Thursday acquired right-hander David Carpenter from the Yankees in exchange for minor-league infielder Tony Renda. The Yankees had designated Carpenter for assignment last week after he posted a 4.82 ERA in 22 appearances, putting…

  5. Espinosa forcing way into lineup, possibly in left field

    Jun 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Has it gotten to a point, Matt Williams was asked after Wednesday’s game, where the Nationals simply need to find a way to get Danny Espinosa’s bat into the lineup on a regular basis, even if it means putting him in the outfield? “Yeah, have to try to find a space for…

  6. Banged-up Span legs out a win for battered Nats

    Jun 10, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — He had already come back from two abdominal surgeries in three months, then a sore knee that kept him out of a couple of games last week. And now Denard Span was trying to play through a bad back that had sidelined him from Tuesday night’s series opener against the Yankees and…

  7. Nats 5, Yankees 4 (11): Span caps late rally to avoid sweep

    Jun 10, 2015, 4:44 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: As was the case Tuesday night, the Nationals and Yankees found themselves in a tight pitchers’ duel for six innings. And as was the case Tuesday, the Yankees then busted out for four runs in the seventh to take the lead. This time, though, the Nats stormed back to tie the…

  8. Slumping and hurting, Zimmerman out again

    Jun 10, 2015, 12:51 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. Game 59: Nats at Yankees

    Jun 10, 2015, 10:19 AM EDT

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    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…

  10. Key decisions backfire for Nats in latest loss

    Jun 9, 2015, 11:57 PM EDT

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    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…

  11. Yankees 6, Nats 1: 7th inning spells doom for D.C.

    Jun 9, 2015, 10:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  12. Harper won’t take bait before Yankee Stadium debut

    Jun 9, 2015, 6:45 PM EDT

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    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…

  13. Fister to start Friday at Class AA, Strasburg to throw live BP

    Jun 9, 2015, 6:22 PM EDT

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    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.…

  14. Game 58: Nats at Yankees

    Jun 9, 2015, 3:39 PM EDT

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    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…

  15. Streaky Nats try to find some consistency

    Jun 9, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

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    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…

  16. Back in lineup, Espinosa delivers big blow in Nats’ win

    Jun 6, 2015, 12:28 AM EDT

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    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…

  17. Nats 7, Cubs 5: New-look lineup delivers in key win

    Jun 5, 2015, 10:03 PM EDT

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    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…

  18. Escobar still dealing with sore wrist, out of lineup

    Jun 5, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  19. Game 55: Cubs at Nats

    Jun 5, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT

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    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…

  20. UPDATED: Ross getting promoted from AA to start Saturday

    Jun 5, 2015, 1:47 PM EDT

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    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’…

  21. Updated: Rendon activated, glad to be back

    Jun 4, 2015, 5:18 PM EDT

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    [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…

  22. As lineup slumps, reinforcements draw closer

    Jun 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  23. Blue Jays 8, Nats 0: Buehrle cruises, Jordan roughed up

    Jun 3, 2015, 9:17 PM EDT

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    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…

  24. Strasburg throws off flat ground, Nats encouraged

    Jun 3, 2015, 6:52 PM EDT

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    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…

  25. Harper, Scherzer win NL monthly awards

    Jun 3, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT

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    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…

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