Sep 25, 2015, 1:37 PM EST
Updated at 5:27 p.m. Major League Baseball has suspended Jonathan Papelbon three games and fined the Nationals closer an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at Manny Machado during Wednesday night’s loss to the Orioles. Papelbon has appealed the ruling and will remain eligible to pitch until his case is heard, the Nationals said. He declined…
Sep 25, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
There have been no shortage of remarkable Bryce Harper stats this season, but among the more remarkable ones was this little nugget: He hadn’t gone hitless in three straight games at any point in 2015. Until Thursday. Yes, that impressive streak came to an end when Harper grounded out to short to conclude the Nationals’…
Sep 24, 2015, 9:11 PM EST
Matt Williams was asked, after yet another dagger of a loss Thursday evening, whether it’s fair to pin the Nationals’ overall predicament on a bullpen that seems to be at the center of just about every one of these. “I wouldn’t believe that that would be fair,” the manager said, “to point at one thing…
Sep 24, 2015, 7:10 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There’s nothing more harrowing for the Nationals these days than a close ballgame in the seventh inning, a frame that more than any other has left this underachieving ballclub on the precipice of elimination. But when they actually strung together a rally in the bottom of the seventh this afternoon, turning…
Sep 24, 2015, 3:38 PM EST
Danny Espinosa won’t have enough time to return from a slight right hamstring tear to play before the end of the Nationals’ season, leaving the versatile infielder the latest member of the roster to finish the year injured. Out since Sept. 17, Espinosa had an MRI on the hamstring earlier this week which revealed a…
Sep 24, 2015, 12:31 PM EST
This was supposed to be the Nationals’ final off-day of the season, but that was nixed after Monday’s series opener against the Orioles was rained out. So both clubs are back here at the park for a late-afternoon start, with Baltimore looking for a series sweep and Washington looking for a desperately needed win to…
Sep 24, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
Bryce Harper stood at the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday night, his team trailing by a run in a game it simply had to win to keep its slim postseason hopes alive. There has been no more-feared hitter in the game this season than the 22-year-old slugger, the presumptive NL MVP…
Sep 24, 2015, 12:15 AM EST
On yet another night when the Mets tried their best to make the NL East race interesting, the Nationals lost yet another critical game on a home run following a difficult pitching decision made by their manager. Then, once a 4-3 loss to the Orioles was in the books, they found themselves at odds with…
Sep 23, 2015, 10:09 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Knowing his team has reached a point where it all but has to win every remaining game on the schedule, Matt Williams asked his ace to do something extraordinary. Max Scherzer couldn’t quite do it, and so the Nationals lost yet another game via a huge hit allowed in the seventh…
Sep 23, 2015, 5:51 PM EST
Ryan Zimmerman’s attempt to return before season’s end continues, but the Nationals first baseman continues to feel a pull in his strained left oblique muscle when he tries to swing, reducing his chances of making that return. Zimmerman, out since September 8 with this injury, has begun taking light swings in the batting tunnel at…
Sep 23, 2015, 3:22 PM EST
Time hasn’t completely run out on the Nationals, but those triple zeroes are fast approaching. After missing an opportunity last night to gain ground on the Mets (who took a rare loss to Atlanta), the Nats remain 6 1/2 games back with 12 to play. They can afford to lose maybe one or two more…
Sep 21, 2015, 8:14 PM EST
Updated at 8:52 p.m. The Nationals’ series opener against the Orioles has been postponed due to rain. It will be made up at 4:05 p.m. Thursday. The two clubs were set to open the second half of their annual Battle of the Beltways interleague series, but a steady rain began falling at Nationals Park around…
Sep 21, 2015, 3:34 PM EST
You know, it wasn’t all that long ago that a series between the Nationals and Orioles in late-September looked like something to get excited about. Now … not so much. Technically, both clubs are still alive. Realistically, both clubs need a miracle. (The Nats’ playoff odds currently stand at 2.1 percent, according to Fangraphs; the…
Sep 19, 2015, 8:47 PM EST
The chant began after Bryce Harper had rounded the bases in he bottom of the seventh, his 41st homer of the season having already landed in the second deck down the right-field to give the Nationals a 5-2 lead over the Marlins they would not relinquish. “M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!” With two weeks remaining in the…
Sep 19, 2015, 6:51 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For the third straight day, the Nationals dug themselves into a 2-0 hole against the Marlins after one inning. But for the second straight day, they managed to dig themselves back out of that hole and emerge victorious. With a 3-run rally in the fifth that included a home run by…
Sep 19, 2015, 12:39 PM EST
After a wild, extra-inning win last night, the Nationals are back at it this afternoon, looking to make it two in a row against the Marlins. They had their hands full last night with Jose Fernandez; today they’ll face slightly less-accomplished lefty Justin Nicolino, who owns a 3.81 ERA in nine career starts, none of…
Sep 19, 2015, 12:35 AM EST
As Jayson Werth crawled on all fours to touch the plate, his forehead bloodied, his uniform askew, his hair flowing in every possible direction, the Nationals came pouring out of their dugout to celebrate. Half of them approached Jose Lobaton, the man who lofted the sacrifice fly that made it all possible. The other half…
Sep 18, 2015, 10:29 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals knew they were facing a stiff challenge, trying to beat Jose Fernandez for the first time in six career head-to-head matchups. It would require a strong performance from Max Scherzer, not to mention some timely hits. Thing is, they got all that but still wound up engaged in a…
Sep 18, 2015, 6:42 PM EST
Michael Taylor was kept out of the Nationals’ lineup Friday night, not because his swollen right knee was preventing him from playing, but because manager Matt Williams had been looking to give the young center fielder a day off and felt the time was right. With the Nationals scheduled to face a pair of Marlins…
Sep 18, 2015, 3:31 PM EST
We’ve got a humdinger of a pitching matchup here tonight, with Max Scherzer taking the mound for the Nationals and Jose Fernandez for the Marlins. Each right-hander’s most-recent start came against the same opponent, with Scherzer shutting out Miami over eight innings and Fernandez shutting out the Nats over five innings. The Nationals are just…
Sep 18, 2015, 12:02 AM EST
There was no bigger feel-good story on the Nationals’ 2014 roster than Tanner Roark, a 25th-round draft pick given a rare opportunity to start for a division champion who then made the most of it, endearing himself to teammates and fans alike. Very little about Roark’s 2015 season has felt good. Not his performance as…
Sep 17, 2015, 10:18 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals opened their final homestand of the season with a bit of extra hop in their step, having picked up 2 games on the Mets the last two days to draw within 7 1/2 games of the NL East leaders. That positive momentum, though, came to a screeching halt once…
Sep 17, 2015, 3:30 PM EST
Hard to believe it, but this is the Nationals’ final homestand of the season. It’s a long one, to be sure — 11 games against the Marlins, Orioles, Phillies and Reds — but we have officially reached the home stretch of 2015. It begins against the Marlins, who actually have been playing well of late,…
Sep 17, 2015, 10:58 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — When Jayson Werth returned from a broken wrist in 2012, he remained a productive hitter for the Nationals, just not a power hitter. His wrist needing more time to regain full strength, Werth wound up morphing from a middle-of-the-order power threat into a top-of-the-order table-setter. So when he returned from another fracture to…
Sep 17, 2015, 12:06 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper is as much a student of the game as anybody is these days, so he understands and appreciates what he accomplished here Wednesday night. Even if he didn’t much want to talk about personal accomplishments. “We got  more games left,” he said. “So I’ll answer that at the end of…
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