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  1. Rockies 5, Nats 4: Grand slam off Storen flips the script

    Aug 7, 2015, 10:24 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Everything was going according to plan for the Nationals. Jordan Zimmermann dominated on the mound. Several key members of the lineup delivered big hits to give their team the lead. All that was left was for the back end of the bullpen to finish it off. But that’s when things stopped…

  2. Game 108: Rockies at Nats

    Aug 7, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT

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    The Nationals open a 3-game weekend series tonight against the Rockies, hoping to build off the momentum of yesterday’s 8-3 trouncing of the Diamondbacks and keep themselves on an upward track. To do that, they’ll need Jordan Zimmermann to keep a potent Colorado lineup in check. The Rockies lead the NL in runs, batting average,…

  3. Poised Ross has earned right to remain in rotation

    Aug 7, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Joe Ross wasn’t on anybody’s radar when the season began, barely even known by members of the Nationals major-league coaching staff. He was “The Other Guy Acquired in the Trea Turner Deal,” a young right-hander with some upside but not a pitcher who figured into the picture in 2015. Which makes Thursday’s events all the…

  4. Nats 8, D’backs 3: Desmond, Ramos deliver a win for Ross

    Aug 6, 2015, 7:38 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After an embarrassing loss Wednesday night, Matt Williams gathered his players together before Thursday’s game with a simple message: Play the game their way, aggressively, and good things would be more likely to happen. They did display some of that in their series finale against the Diamondbacks, swiping some bases and…

  5. Strasburg likely to start Saturday vs. Rockies

    Aug 6, 2015, 3:41 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg is likely to come off the disabled list and start Saturday night against the Rockies, a potential boost to a Nationals rotation that has yet to live up to its sky-high expectations this season. Though the club hasn’t made an official announcement yet, manager Matt Williams acknowledged that Strasburg is lined up to…

  6. Game 107: Diamondbacks at Nats

    Aug 6, 2015, 12:32 PM EDT

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    It’s a new day in D.C., and the Nationals can only hope that means a reversal of fortunes after last night’s debacle. There was one roster move made earlier today: Aaron Barrett, who didn’t surrender a run in July but gave up the decisive runs last night on a throwing error, was optioned to Class…

  7. After bottoming out, can Nats hit reset button?

    Aug 6, 2015, 1:18 AM EDT

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    If you were hoping for a closed-door meeting, for the postgame spread to be turned over, for the expletives to fly, for the panic button to be smashed with a closed fist … well, that didn’t happen Wednesday night. The tone coming out of the Nationals’ clubhouse following a hideous, 11-4 loss to the Diamondbacks…

  8. D’backs 11, Nats 4: From bad to worse

    Aug 5, 2015, 11:02 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: If Tuesday night’s victory gave Nationals fans reason to calm down and believe things were turning in the right direction, Wednesday night’s loss only gave them reason to completely reverse course and now fear the worst. This was among the ugliest games this team has played all season, and it only…

  9. Game 106: Diamondbacks at Nats

    Aug 5, 2015, 3:32 PM EDT

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    If you add up their last nine offensive innings (beginning with the bottom of the ninth Monday night), the Nationals have scored nine runs on 14 hits against Diamondbacks pitching. That’s a potentially encouraging development for this struggling lineup, though we’ll see if it carries over into tonight’s game. One significant change to that lineup,…

  10. Dominant Janssen, Storen help shorten game

    Aug 5, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    Aug 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen (22) throws to the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 5 - 4. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    The impetus for last week’s Jonathan Papelbon trade wasn’t so much about the Nationals trying to bolster the ninth inning as it was about bolstering the seventh and eighth innings. Mike Rizzo already knew he had an elite closer in Drew Storen; what he didn’t have were consistently reliable setup men to bridge the gap…

  11. Nats 5, D’backs 4: Late rally saves the day

    Aug 4, 2015, 10:48 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals woke up Tuesday morning looking up at somebody else in the NL East standings for the first time since June 19, with a town suddenly worried about its ballclub’s chances this season. There were some more nervous moments as the second game of this series against the Diamondbacks played…

  12. Game 105: Diamondbacks at Nats

    Aug 4, 2015, 3:27 PM EDT

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    It’s been quite an interesting 24 hours around town. If nothing else, I guess the emotions on display all over the place confirm that D.C. is indeed becoming a baseball town. (You’d think the season ended last night.) The beauty of baseball, though, is that there’s always another game to be played the next night…

  13. On second thought, Nats out of playoff position

    Aug 3, 2015, 11:45 PM EDT

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    They were wholeheartedly anointed the team to beat in what looked like a weak NL East, and for most of the summer to date, the Nationals were living up to the billing. Baseball Prospectus publishes daily playoff odds, and pretty much for the last six weeks the Nats were given anywhere from a 75 percent…

  14. Diamondbacks 6, Nats 4: Out of 1st place after latest loss

    Aug 3, 2015, 9:47 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of a weekend sweep in New York that left them in a virtual tie with the Mets atop the NL East, the Nationals hoped the opener of a homestand against the sub-.500 Diamondbacks and Rockies would serve as a much-needed elixir for this ailing ballclub. It didn’t. And…

  15. Papelbon offers advice on pennant race pressure

    Aug 3, 2015, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Jonathan Papelbon found himself inside the home clubhouse at Nationals Park for the first time Monday afternoon, a full six days removed from his surprise trade from the Phillies, feeling comfortable with his new teammates but only now finally feeling comfortable with his surroundings. “I got my own football today,” the veteran closer said, holding…

  16. Game 104: Diamondbacks at Nats

    Aug 3, 2015, 3:24 PM EDT

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    Well, that was a fairly eventful road trip the Nationals just completed. Now they open a 7-game homestand against the Diamondbacks and Rockies, desperate to get themselves back on track after getting swept in New York and seeing their lead in the NL East dwindle to percentage points. The good news: The Nats won’t be…

  17. Makeup game scheduled for Sept. 28

    Aug 3, 2015, 12:02 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ July 8 postponed game against the Reds has been rescheduled for Sept. 28, now the club’s regular-season home finale for 2015. The makeup game will be played at 3:05 p.m. EDT, with the Nats immediately departing afterward for their season-ending road trip to Atlanta and New York. The Reds will be forced to…

  18. Game on

    Aug 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    There were any number of moments Friday night at Citi Field that could have stood on their own merits as epic examples of what pennant race baseball is all about. Matt Harvey taking the mound for the eighth inning with the Mets up 1-0, then giving up the tying hit to Yunel Escobar. Tyler Clippard…

  19. Mets 2, Nats 1 (12): Flores’ walk-off homer ends epic game

    Jul 31, 2015, 11:14 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: You want pennant race baseball? Here you go, folks. A few short hours after the trade deadline passed, the Nationals and Mets opened a big weekend series that will play a significant role in the outcome of this season’s NL East race. And it was everything you could want it to…

  20. A formula that could work wonders for Nationals

    Jul 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    There’s no one way to win in October. Teams have found plenty of formulas for success in the postseason, whether in the form of a deep rotation, one dominant workhorse, a quality bullpen or an opportunistic lineup. But here’s one way to try to do it: Get seven innings out of your starter, then get…

  21. Nats 1, Marlins 0: Nip-and-tuck finale to take series

    Jul 30, 2015, 2:52 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With the series hanging in the balance and every game carrying more weight as the calendar approaches August and the Mets looming in the rear view mirror, the Nationals very much needed Thursday’s matinee at Marlins Park. So they turned to their ace, their longtime slugger, their former closer and their…

  22. Game 100: Nats at Marlins

    Jul 30, 2015, 10:13 AM EDT

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    After an eventful Wednesday night that saw Bryce Harper homer twice, Doug Fister pitch more like Doug Fister, Drew Storen pitch a dominant eighth inning and the New York Mets both lose a game and botch a potential blockbuster trade … the Nationals find themselves back up 2 games in the NL East entering today’s…

  23. On Harper’s blasts, Fister’s start, new bullpen and the Mets

    Jul 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Some thoughts about the Nationals’ 7-2 victory Wednesday night in Miami while watching the Mets-Brewers non-trade saga take one bizarre turn after another… — If you were worried Bryce Harper was in a funk at the plate, don’t be. No, he hadn’t homered since July 18 off Kenley Jansen, but it’s not like he had…

  24. Game 99: Nats at Marlins

    Jul 29, 2015, 3:59 PM EDT

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    Jonathan Papelbon has officially joined the Nationals in Miami. Sammy Solis has been optioned to Class AAA Syracuse to clear a spot on the roster for the new closer. And Doug Fister has changed uniform numbers to accommodate Papelbon, going from 58 to 33. Fister will be showing off the new threads right away, taking…

  25. Key to trade isn’t Papelbon, it’s Storen

    Jul 29, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Take the names and reputations out of the equation and consider for a moment the basic facts of what happened yesterday: The Nationals acquired one of baseball’s best closers of the last decade, a 6-time All-Star and World Series champion in the midst of a dominant season, giving up only a second-tier prospect while convincing…

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