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  1. 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…

  2. UPDATED: Nats getting Papelbon for minor-leaguer Pivetta

    Jul 28, 2015, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Updated at 8:20 p.m. For the second time in two years, the Nationals decided to bolster their bullpen by acquiring an experienced closer who likely will bump Drew Storen from his once-secure role pitching the ninth inning. The Nationals and Phillies have finalized a trade that will bring Jonathan Papelbon to D.C., the team announced…

  3. Werth, Zimmerman activated; den Dekker, Burriss dropped

    Jul 28, 2015, 4:51 PM EDT

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    The Nationals will have two of their key injured veterans back in the lineup Tuesday night in Miami, with both left fielder Jayson Werth and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman activated off the disabled list in time for the club’s series opener with the Marlins. To clear roster space for the returning regulars, the Nationals optioned…

  4. Game 98: Nats at Marlins

    Jul 28, 2015, 4:46 PM EDT

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    There’s been a whole lotta stuff flying around today, most notably trade rumors, but ultimately there’s a ballgame to be played tonight in Miami. The Nationals continue their 3-city, 10-game trip beginning tonight at Marlins Park, where Jose Fernandez takes the mound as the latest big-name pitcher to take on this lineup. The good news:…

  5. Where will Nats get their relief?

    Jul 28, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    There were moments over the last month or two, and especially in the last day or two, when the notion of Tyler Clippard returning to Washington sure sounded plausible. The Nationals’ most-glaring need as Friday’s trade deadline approaches is for experienced bullpen help, preferably a guy who could help bridge the gap between the club’s…

  6. Werth ready to come off DL, rejoin Nats in Miami

    Jul 27, 2015, 6:16 PM EDT

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    Jayson Werth is ready to return from a 2 1/2-month stint on the disabled list and is expected to rejoin the Nationals on Tuesday for their series opener in Miami. Werth, out since May 15 with two small fractures in his left wrist, wrapped up his rehab assignment with Class AAA Syracuse on Sunday and…

  7. Is Desmond back?

    Jul 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    You wondered it after enjoying a big day at the plate to begin the week and shared an anecdote about a pep talk he received from Cal Ripken. And then you wondered it after he went 5-for-9 in the Nationals’ series against the Mets. And then you really wondered it when he homered Thursday night…

  8. Game 96: Nats at Pirates

    Jul 25, 2015, 4:20 PM EDT

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    For weeks, we’ve been talking about members of the Nationals lineup who are unavailable to play. Tonight, we’re finally able to talk about a couple who are available to play, and who will play. Yes, Anthony Rendon is off the DL, having missed the last month with a strained left quadriceps muscle; he’s batting second…

  9. Rendon activated off DL, in Nats’ lineup tonight at Pirates

    Jul 25, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT

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    The Nationals got the first of their injured regulars back in time for Saturday’s game, activating infielder Anthony Rendon off the 15-day disabled list and inserting him right back in their starting lineup. Rendon, out since June 24 with a strained left quadriceps muscle, completed a 6-game rehab assignment with Class A Potomac and flew…

  10. Top prospect Giolito promoted to Harrisburg

    Jul 25, 2015, 1:08 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have promoted top prospect Lucas Giolito to Class AA Harrisburg, deeming the 21-year-old right-hander ready to start pitching at the upper levels of their farm system. Giolito, recently named the No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB.com, went 3-5 with a 2.71 ERA in 13 games (11 starts) for Class A Potomac over…

  11. Rough start to 2nd half, but Nats weathering storm

    Jul 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have come out of the All-Star break and gone 3-5, scoring an average of 3.5 runs per game but giving up an average of 4.75 during that same stretch. Not exactly the kind of baseball you want to be playing at this stage of the season. Even so, the Nats have actually gained…

  12. Game 95: Nats at Pirates

    Jul 24, 2015, 4:05 PM EDT

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    The last time he faced the Pirates, Max Scherzer … well, you know what he did. (And what he came oh-so-close to doing beyond that.) So what does Scherzer have in store for tonight’s rematch in Pittsburgh? On paper, this looks like quite an advantageous matchup for the Nationals, who are getting the Pirates’ Big…

  13. Game 94: Nats at Pirates

    Jul 23, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT

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    They made it through a homestand that included games against Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and emerged with a 3-3 record. Now the Nationals embark on a tough, 10-game road trip that will feature plenty more tough opposition on the mound, beginning tonight at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. It’s…

  14. First-place Nats show Mets how to maintain even keel

    Jul 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Mets decided to put everything they had into this week’s series at Nationals Park. They held back their top three starters specifically to pitch in D.C. Their manager openly admitted these games were more important than others. Then he took blame late Wednesday for not bringing in his closer in the bottom of the…

  15. Nats 4, Mets 3: Huge 8th-inning rally turns series around

    Jul 22, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals insisted all along they weren’t going to place extra emphasis on this series, no matter how big the Mets tried to make it. Well, down to their last four outs and in danger of seeing their lead in the division fall to one measly game, the Nats might have suddenly…

  16. Game 93: Mets at Nats

    Jul 22, 2015, 10:17 AM EDT

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    It’s the rubber game of this big division showdown, the Nationals and Mets having split the first two games by identical 7-2 scores. With a win today, the Nats would head out of town with a 3-game lead in the NL East. With a loss, that lead would be down to 1 game. So, kind…

  17. Mets 7, Nats 2: Game turns in New York’s favor late

    Jul 21, 2015, 9:59 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Jacob deGrom may be the reigning NL Rookie of the Year and may have been coming off a lights-out performance in the All-Star Game last week, but for six innings Tuesday night, Joe Ross was the more-impressive young right-hander on the mound at Nationals Park. Then came the top of the…

  18. Game 92: Mets at Nats

    Jul 21, 2015, 3:28 PM EDT

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    Joe Ross wasn’t on many people’s radar screens when the season began, but then the young right-hander made his major-league debut last month and wowed everybody with three impressive performances before he was optioned to Class AAA Syracuse. Now, the 22-year-old is back in D.C., called up to take Stephen Strasburg’s rotation spot and start…

  19. Brilliant defense key in Nats’ victory

    Jul 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    There was Yunel Escobar’s backhanded stab of John Mayberry’s smash down the third-base line in the top of the first, perhaps preventing two runs from scoring. There was Michael Taylor’s galloping catch of Eric Campbell’s drive to deep right-center in the top of the fifth, again perhaps preventing two runs from scoring. There was Bryce…

  20. Nats 7, Mets 2: Big win over Harvey in big series opener

    Jul 20, 2015, 9:58 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In Game 3 of their crazy week facing some of the best pitching the NL has to offer, the Nationals stared down the Dark Knight of Gotham and for the first time in a long time lived to tell about it. The Nats got to Matt Harvey for two runs in…

  21. Game 91: Mets at Nats

    Jul 20, 2015, 3:28 PM EDT

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    They were shut out by Clayton Kershaw on Saturday. Then they were shut out by Zack Greinke on Sunday. Now the Nationals have to face Matt Harvey in the opener of a huge series with a Mets club that comes to town a mere 2 games back in the NL East. Tough assignment? You bet.…

  22. Nats promoting reliever de los Santos from Harrisburg

    Jul 20, 2015, 1:09 AM EDT

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    The Nationals plan to call up reliever Abel de los Santos from Class AA Harrisburg on Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the transaction, adding the hard-throwing right-hander to their bullpen. It’s not known yet who de los Santos will replace, but the Nationals will have to clear a spot on their 40-man…

  23. Nats can only offer kudos to Kershaw

    Jul 18, 2015, 8:30 PM EDT

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    The afternoon, unusual as it was, started off in such uplifting fashion. The Nationals used a pinch-hit home run from Matt den Dekker and three scoreless innings of relief from Aaron Barrett, Casey Janssen and Drew Storen to win the completion of Friday night’s suspended game, 5-3 over the Dodgers. And then Clayton Edward Kershaw,…

  24. Espinosa departs with pair of cramped calves

    Jul 18, 2015, 7:56 PM EDT

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    Danny Espinosa limped off the field in ninth inning of Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Dodgers, causing momentary panic throughout Nationals Park that subsided once it was revealed the second baseman was suffering only from a pair of cramped calves that should not be a concern moving forward. “I think he’ll be fine,” manager Matt…

  25. 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…

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