May 6, 2015, 12:11 AM EDT
The sight of Stephen Strasburg grimacing after throwing several pitches Tuesday night, then being visited on the mound by a trainer, then being pulled after three ragged but hardly awful innings could not have been comforting to the Nationals or to fans who understandably fear the worst anytime something appears to physically be wrong with…
May 5, 2015, 10:40 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a 28-minute rain delay, Stephen Strasburg took the mound trying to duplicate his rotation mates’ recent string of dominance and pitch the Nationals to their fourth straight win. Something, though, clearly wasn’t right with Strasburg from the beginning, who labored through three innings, was visited on the mound by a…
May 5, 2015, 6:43 PM EDT
After missing all of spring training and the season’s first week, Jayson Werth figured both to be in danger of getting off to a slow start and needing more days off than usual while his body got into regular-season shape. The slow start has indeed happened, but Werth has played more than most would have…
May 5, 2015, 3:29 PM EDT
The Nationals haven’t won four games in a row since last September, but they’ll have a chance to do that tonight when they face the Marlins in the second game of this series, trying to build off last night’s dramatic, come-from-behind victory. Stephen Strasburg gets the start, still seeking a level of consistency that so…
May 4, 2015, 11:53 PM EDT
It took nearly a month, but perhaps the 2015 Nationals are beginning to forge an identity, one that bears some strong resemblance to the 2014 version of this club. Whether overcoming injuries to key regulars, a sloppy play here and there or a late deficit, these Nationals are beginning to show a characteristic key to…
May 4, 2015, 9:47 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of an eventful, 10-game road trip that ended on a high note, the Nationals were right back at the park Monday night to open a 6-game homestand, with another surging division rival in town. What transpired was another taut, low-scoring affair that was decided late. As has been…
May 4, 2015, 6:16 PM EDT
After a month spent tinkering and trying out different candidates, the Nationals may have found a reliable setup man at last in Aaron Barrett. Now, they just have to make sure they don’t run the right-hander into the ground from too much use. Barrett has become among the Nationals’ effective relievers, sporting a 1.59 ERA…
May 4, 2015, 3:27 PM EDT
Ah, it’s good to be back home again. It’s been awhile since the Nationals last took the field here on South Capitol Street, when they lost 2 of 3 to the Cardinals. That set in motion the 6-game losing streak, which set in motion the historic comeback in Atlanta, which set in motion a strong…
May 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
All innings, in theory, are created equal. A run in the fourth inning does count as much as a run in the ninth. But it certainly feels like some innings are more important than others. And right now, the eighth inning feels really important for the Nationals. Not for positive reasons. It happened again Friday…
May 1, 2015, 4:07 PM EDT
This is only Game 2 of a 4-game series, but let’s be honest: The main event is tonight, with Max Scherzer and Matt Harvey going head-to-head in a premier pitching matchup. Scherzer makes his return to the mound eight days after he sprained a ligament in his right thumb while hitting. He has been able…
May 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
If the Nationals’ intention Thursday night was to make a statement to the Mets, consider their mission accomplished. With a lopsided, 8-2 victory at Citi Field, the Nationals took the first game of this big weekend series, won their third straight, moved to within five games of first place in the NL East and thoroughly…
Apr 30, 2015, 3:53 PM EDT
The Nationals open a big, 4-game series in New York tonight against the first-place Mets, and they’ll have their starting third baseman back in the lineup. No, not Anthony Rendon, who is still waiting to resume his rehab assignment with Class AA Harrisburg. Yunel Escobar returns after missing two games with a left hand injury…
Apr 30, 2015, 10:18 AM EDT
ATLANTA — The Nationals may have begun to right their wayward ship over the last two nights, hammering out 26 total runs against the Braves and (most importantly) winning a pair of games after losing six straight. Whether that ship remains on course, though, now depends on what happens this weekend in New York, where…
Apr 29, 2015, 11:59 PM EDT
ATLANTA — On Tuesday evening, the Nationals fielded a starting lineup that included only one hitter with a batting average better than .250 and five with a batting average worse than .205. This was a source of concern for some who were worried such a putrid April at the plate could be a sign of…
Apr 29, 2015, 9:57 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s far too soon to know whether Tuesday night’s stunning comeback will be the turning point in the Nationals’ season. But it’s probably safe to say this: It certainly woke this team’s bats up. After pounding the shell-shocked Braves for 13 runs during that record-setting rally, the Nationals came right back…
Apr 29, 2015, 6:06 PM EDT
Updated at 6:06 p.m. ATLANTA — Seeking some experienced help for a bullpen that has struggled through the season’s first three weeks, the Nationals have signed veteran Jose Valverde to a minor-league contract, general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed Wednesday evening. Valverde, 37, has been at the Nationals’ spring training complex in Viera, Fla., for about…
Apr 29, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT
ATLANTA — And so we’re back at Turner Field for the finale of this series, wondering whether the Nationals will use last night’s dramatic victory as a catapult to bigger and better things, or whether it was a mere blip in an otherwise frustrating month of baseball. Not wanting to mess around with perfection, Matt…
Apr 29, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT
Updated at 6:39 p.m. ATLANTA — The Nationals made another flurry of roster moves Wednesday afternoon, promoting outfielder Michael Taylor and left-hander Sammy Solis to the majors, placing outfielder Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list and optioning right-hander A.J. Cole back to the minors after his difficult debut the previous night. The moves were…
Apr 29, 2015, 11:29 AM EDT
ATLANTA — If your head is still spinning from the hysteria of last night — as a certain beat reporter’s certainly is — here are even more takeaways from the Nationals’ historic, 13-12 victory over the Braves… Denard Span went 5-for-6 with 11 total bases and nearly hit for the cycle Dan Uggla got most…
Apr 29, 2015, 1:51 AM EDT
ATLANTA — At the end of a 3-week stretch of bad baseball that had seen the Nationals find new soul-crushing ways to lose ballgames on a nightly basis, this sure felt like rock bottom: Down eight runs after two innings, with an unsuspecting rookie pitcher forced to take a beating in his major-league debut for…
Apr 29, 2015, 12:40 AM EDT
ATLANTA — Veteran outfielder Reed Johnson is likely to miss significant time after pulling a muscle in his foot late during the Nationals’ dramatic, 13-12 victory over the Braves on Tuesday night. Johnson hurt himself while legging out a key RBI double in the top of the seventh, pulling up lame as he reached second…
Apr 28, 2015, 10:37 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Where to begin with this one? Guess we need to start at the beginning, with A.J. Cole making his major-league debut and getting beat up to the tune of nine runs in only two innings, a painful way to be introduced to the world. Who would’ve believed that would be a…
Apr 28, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Max Scherzer was able to throw off a bullpen mound Tuesday with no issues, putting the Nationals ace on track to start Friday night against Matt Harvey and the Mets at Citi Field. Scherzer, who was originally scheduled to pitch Tuesday but was pushed back with a sprained ligament in his right thumb,…
Apr 28, 2015, 6:17 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Anthony Rendon is out of Class AA Harrisburg’s lineup for the third straight day, this time after complaining of tightness in his side, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams. Rendon, on a rehab assignment with the Senators while recovering from a sprained left knee, played five innings at third base on Friday, then…
Apr 28, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Major-league debuts are always a big deal, no matter how touted a rookie is or is not. But they’re an even bigger deal when they come in a particularly important game for that young player’s team, as most certainly is the case tonight for A.J. Cole and the Nationals. Losers of six straight…
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