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  1. Roark ready for Monday start in Chicago

    May 23, 2015, 3:22 PM EDT

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    Tanner Roark will make his first start of the season Monday in Chicago without much time to build up his arm after seven weeks spent in the Nationals’ bullpen. But the right-hander doesn’t expect that to mean much when he takes the mound at Wrigley Field on Memorial Day. “Nothing, really,” he said. “You’ve just…

  2. Game 43: Phillies at Nats

    May 23, 2015, 12:40 PM EDT

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    It is an absolutely spectacular Saturday afternoon in the District of Columbia. I mean, somebody needs to hit a pause button on the atmosphere right now and keep this intact for the next three months. Is that doable? The Nationals and Phillies resume their weekend series later this afternoon, with a 4:05 p.m. first pitch…

  3. Pitch, hit and run (and win)

    May 23, 2015, 12:05 AM EDT

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    At the end of a night in which his starting pitcher tossed eight brilliant innings, recorded a key base hit and scored the eventual game-winning run, Matt Williams summed up Max Scherzer in six words. “He loves to play the game,” the Nationals manager said. Why wouldn’t Scherzer be having the time of his life…

  4. Nats 2, Phillies 1: Harper homers, Scherzer dominates

    May 22, 2015, 9:41 PM EDT

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    GAME IN NUTSHELL: Max Scherzer and Sean O’Sullivan had squared off twice already this season prior to Friday night, with Scherzer prevailing both times. And in each of those games, the Nationals ace was buoyed by a Bryce Harper homer off O’Sullivan. So what happened in meeting No. 3 of the season? The exact same…

  5. Roark will start in Fister’s place Monday or Tuesday

    May 22, 2015, 6:23 PM EDT

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    Tanner Roark will return to the Nationals’ rotation next week, making a start at Wrigley Field in place of the injured Doug Fister. Roark will start either Monday’s series opener or Tuesday night’s game against the Cubs, according to manager Matt Williams, depending if he’s needed at all out of the bullpen this weekend against…

  6. Game 42: Phillies at Nats

    May 22, 2015, 3:27 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    For all the attention he’s been getting for what he does on the days he doesn’t pitch, Max Scherzer maybe hasn’t been getting enough attention for what does on those fifth days. Because he’s been fantastic, better than most even figured he would be when the Nationals signed him over the winter. Scherzer, who takes…

  7. Where the Nats stand at the quarter pole

    May 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    We are now 41 games into the 2015 season, which means the Nationals have played more than one-quarter of their regular-season schedule. Some people say you can’t start to truly evaluate a ballclub until it has played at least 40 games. Others say you can’t do it til Memorial Day. Well, we’re right in between…

  8. After shaky 1st, Zimmermann turns in top-notch start

    May 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Two batters into Wednesday night’s game, Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals were down a run, a pair of Yankees having already connected for base hits. Four batters in, and the score was 2-0, as the crowd of 37,648 — at least, the portion of it that wasn’t still making its way into the park —…

  9. Nats 3, Yankees 2: Harper ejected again, Nats rally again

    May 20, 2015, 9:48 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals don’t seem to know how to play a boring ballgame right now, and Wednesday night’s wild affair with the Yankees was only the latest example of that, with the third-inning ejections of Bryce Harper and Matt Williams stealing the spotlight from what already was going to be a compelling…

  10. Game 41: Yankees at Nats

    May 20, 2015, 3:29 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    So, what do the Nationals do for an encore tonight? Does Bryce Harper have another home run in him? Does Ryan Zimmerman have another walk-off homer against the Yankees in his bag of tricks? Or is something else completely unexpected bound to happen? Matt Williams’ lineup is mostly the same from last night’s dramatic, extra-inning…

  11. Bullpen shines in come-from-behind win over Yanks

    May 20, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman got the headlines Tuesday night, and rightfully so after launching the 10th walk-off homer of his career to beat the Yankees in dramatic fashion. But that blast off the right-field foul pole might not have been possible if not for some yeoman’s work from the Nationals’ bullpen, which was forced into both early…

  12. Nats 8, Yankees 6 (10): Zim walk-off puts D.C. in 1st place tie

    May 19, 2015, 10:28 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: An enticing matchup between the red-hot Nationals (featuring the red-hot Bryce Harper) and the first-place Yankees produced some extra buzz at the ballpark Tuesday night. That the opener of this 2-game interleague showdown lived up to the hype only added to the intrigue. The Nationals burst out to a 2-0 lead…

  13. Game 40: Yankees at Nats

    May 19, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Anytime the Yankees are in town, it’s a big deal. But it seems fair to ask tonight which team in this ballpark is the bigger deal, with bigger star power. It sure feels like the Nationals, doesn’t it? Indeed, Bryce Harper and Co. return home tonight deserving of all the praise and attention being heaped…

  14. UPDATE: Difo promoted from AA, Werth placed on DL

    May 19, 2015, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Updated at 6:21 p.m. The Nationals have promoted Wilmer Difo from Class AA Harrisburg and will have their top infield prospect in uniform Tuesday night against the Yankees in a surprising move necessitated by outfielder Jayson Werth going on the 15-day disabled list with a left wrist contusion. Difo was summoned to D.C. on Monday…

  15. Hot-hitting Nats not named Bryce Harper

    May 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Bryce Harper is receiving a boatload of attention right now, and deservedly so. Win back-to-back NL Player of the Week honors, get talked about a whole lot. But Harper alone is not responsible for the Nationals’ resurgence over the last three weeks. Yes, he has contributed to their 15-4 record since April 28 more than…

  16. Harper named NL Player of the Week again

    May 18, 2015, 3:42 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper on Monday was named NL Player of the Week. And no, you aren’t reading the same story from last Monday. This is a new one. After a blistering performance over the last seven days in Arizona and San Diego, Harper earned the honor for the second straight week. He becomes only the 10th…

  17. In 17 days, Nats have climbed back to brink of 1st place

    May 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    On the morning of April 28, the Nationals appeared to be a mess, stuck in a 6-game losing streak, owning a 7-13 record and sitting a full 8 games behind the Mets in the NL East. Nobody truly believed this team wouldn’t be able to make up ground over time, but everybody seemed to recognize…

  18. Game 37: Nats at Padres

    May 15, 2015, 7:05 PM EDT

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    With the just-announced news of Doug Fister going on the DL with right forearm tightness, the Nationals need quality starts now more than ever. Jordan Zimmermann can help get them back on track tonight when he takes the mound at Petco Park for the second game of this four-game series. Zimmermann has battled some of…

  19. Fister goes on DL with forearm tightness, Cole recalled

    May 15, 2015, 6:52 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have placed Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm tightness and recalled A.J. Cole from Class AAA Syracuse, a surprising development on the heels of Fister’s ragged start Thursday night in San Diego. Fister was roughed up for seven runs and eight hits in only two innings, serving up a…

  20. Rotation has been surprisingly inconsistent

    May 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Doug Fister warmed up Thursday evening at Petco Park, was ready to take the mound for the bottom of the first inning against the Padres. And then he (along with everyone else from both clubs) was forced to sit around for two hours during a rare San Diego rain delay that began only six pitches…

  21. Game 36: Nats at Padres

    May 14, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT

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    After a thrilling, come-from-behind victory yesterday in Arizona, the Nationals now open a 4-game weekend series in San Diego, where the weather isn’t very San Diego-like. There’s a chance of rain tonight, a true rare event at Petco Park. If and when they play, Doug Fister will be on the mound for the Nationals, facing…

  22. Moore connects for rare pinch-hit homer

    May 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    PHOENIX — It’s perhaps the toughest task in baseball, coming off the bench cold and asked to deliver a big hit late in a close ballgame. And Tyler Moore has spent the better part of four seasons now trying to get better at something so many accomplished players simply can’t perfect. So when Moore came…

  23. A grand conclusion to a wild ballgame

    May 13, 2015, 9:18 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX — Michael Taylor strode to the plate in the top of the ninth Wednesday afternoon, the bases loaded with Nationals in a tight ballgame, and every one of the 19,026 souls at Chase Field had to have the same reaction. Of course it would happen like this. Really, could you have expected anything else?…

  24. Nats 9, D’backs 6: Taylor’s slam atones for Harper’s ejection

    May 13, 2015, 7:18 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: When Bryce Harper and Matt Williams were ejected in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday afternoon, you couldn’t help but sense that controversy would end up affecting the outcome of this game, good or bad. Turns out it did have a dramatic effect on the outcome, in a surprisingly positive way.…

  25. McCatty to Strasburg: “You just have to deal with it”

    May 13, 2015, 3:29 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX — Nobody has been a more trusted resource for Stephen Strasburg since he arrived in the big leagues in 2010 than Steve McCatty, and right now the struggling Strasburg may need nobody more than the Nationals pitching coach. McCatty’s advice for Strasburg to help get him past the worst prolonged stretch of his career:…

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