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  1. What have we learned after 2 1/2 weeks?

    Apr 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have now played 16 games, which is one-tenth of their regular season. That’s still a very small fraction, but it’s not so insignificant that we can’t examine a few big-picture issues. So with that in mind, here are some things we’ve learned about the 2015 Nationals so far… The rotation is good as…

  2. Zimmerman dealing with plantar fasciitis

    Apr 23, 2015, 7:56 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, a painful condition that left the Nationals first baseman noticeably limping around the field during Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Cardinals. Zimmerman said he first noticed the problem about four or five days ago, but the condition was worse Thursday, as was apparent for…

  3. Cardinals 4, Nats 1: Scherzer good, Wacha better

    Apr 23, 2015, 6:36 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Max Scherzer vs. Michael Wacha looked like a good pitching matchup on paper, and it proved to be just that. In the end, Wacha was just a little better than Scherzer, with the Cardinals also benefiting from some Nats defensive hijinks late. Scherzer allowed two runs over seven innings, retiring 16-of-17…

  4. Game 16: Cardinals at Nats

    Apr 23, 2015, 12:34 PM EDT

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    The final game of this series features the best pitching matchup of the three: Max Scherzer vs. Michael Wacha. Scherzer, the St. Louis native, has been outstanding so far in his D.C. tenure, with an NL-leading 0.83 ERA in his first three starts. Wacha, meanwhile, has a 1.35 ERA so far and came within one…

  5. Grace’s whirlwind day ends with impressive MLB debut

    Apr 23, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    At 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Matt Grace was at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, wearing his Chiefs uniform, looking forward to a matinee against Rochester that would begin 30 minutes later. Ten hours later, Grace found himself in the clubhouse at Nationals Park, a pack of reporters surrounding him and asking about the scoreless inning of…

  6. Treinen still trying to adapt to 8th inning role

    Apr 22, 2015, 11:33 PM EDT

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    When Blake Treinen was a starter, both in the minors and in brief stints with the Nationals last season, he could take some comfort knowing one run surrendered in one inning likely wouldn’t spell doom for him or his team. Now that Treinen is pitching exclusively in relief, more specifically late-inning relief, that margin for…

  7. Cardinals 7, Nats 5: Big comeback goes to waste

    Apr 22, 2015, 9:58 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Rarely do things turn out well when your starter puts you in a 5-0 hole after three innings. But somehow the Nationals managed to overcome Doug Fister’s rare early struggles and storm all the way back with a 5-run bottom of the third. Yunel Escobar once again provided the biggest hit,…

  8. Rendon to begin rehab assignment Friday at Harrisburg

    Apr 22, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT

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    Anthony Rendon is set to play Friday for Class AA Harrisburg, the first step in what could be a brief rehab assignment that positions the third baseman to make his big-league season debut late next week. Rendon, out since early March with a sprained MCL in his left knee, spent the last two days playing…

  9. Rivero lands on DL, Grace called up, Cedeno traded to LA

    Apr 22, 2015, 6:46 PM EDT

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    Felipe Rivero, who made his major-league debut for the Nationals on Friday, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with gastrointestinal bleeding, a potentially serious ailment that has forced the club to add yet another rookie left-hander to its bullpen. Matt Grace, a highly touted 26-year-old reliever, was promoted from Class AAA Syracuse to…

  10. Game 15: Cardinals at Nats

    Apr 22, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT

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    On the heels of an impressive, walk-off, extra-inning win last night, the Nationals are back at it tonight against the Cardinals, hoping for perhaps a little more offense with men on base, not to mention fewer men on base when they’re in the field. Doug Fister is a good choice to take the mound, in…

  11. Understanding the game, Escobar proves his worth

    Apr 22, 2015, 12:54 AM EDT

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    Yunel Escobar, in his very brief time with the Nationals, has been many things for this team. He’s been a second baseman. He’s been a third baseman. He’s been a leadoff hitter. He’s been a contact hitter. He’s been a burst of energy and charisma for a ballclub that sometimes feels like it needs that.…

  12. Nats 2, Cardinals 1 (10): Escobar walk-off bails out Storen

    Apr 21, 2015, 10:52 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals have experienced precious little success against the Cardinals, dating all the way back to their heartbreaking loss in the 2012 NLDS. So while this was merely one game on a Tuesday night in April, it did present the Nats an opportunity to establish a new tone to this budding…

  13. Navy grad Harris thrilled to make MLB debut in D.C.

    Apr 21, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT

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    Nearly every young ballplayer has a moment when he questions whether he’s ever going to make it to the major leagues, especially those drafted in later rounds who toil in the minors for awhile. It’s probably safe to say no ballplayer besides Mitch Harris has ever experienced that moment while stationed on an aircraft carrier…

  14. Game 14: Cardinals at Nats

    Apr 21, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Though they face them only a couple of times a year, no NL opponents has befuddled the Nationals more than the Cardinals. Forget even, if you can, the 2012 NLDS. In the two years since that playoff series, the Nats have gone 2-11 against St. Louis, hardly inspiring numbers. Obviously, the Nationals don’t have to…

  15. Zimmermann still trying to find groove

    Apr 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Jordan Zimmermann pitched well enough to win Saturday afternoon. But that’s never been good enough for Zimmermann, nor for those who have come to expect more out of the Nationals right-hander. So Zimmermann was fairly hard on himself following the 5-3 loss to the Phillies, one in which he gave up four runs (two earned)…

  16. Desmond: “I’m gonna get through it”

    Apr 18, 2015, 6:09 PM EDT

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    If Ian Desmond ever was going to go crawl in a hole and disappear from public view, this might have been the time. If Matt Williams ever was going to bench his starting shortstop after another nightmare defensive inning, this might have been the time. And if ever the crowd of 35,330 at Nationals Park…

  17. Span ready to go, likely to be activated Sunday

    Apr 18, 2015, 5:18 PM EDT

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    After a final tune-up Saturday at Nationals Park in which he went through a full pregame workout and emerged with no lingering issues in either area where he recently underwent core muscle surgery, Denard Span is likely to make his season debut Sunday. “I feel pretty good,” the veteran center fielder said following the Nationals’…

  18. Phillies 5, Nats 3: Desmond’s woes open door for Phillies

    Apr 18, 2015, 4:02 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Ian Desmond’s defensive struggles have been painful enough to watch on their own, but the fact several have directly impacted the results of Nationals games has only made this saga all the more painful to experience. That saga hit a low point Saturday afternoon, when a pair of Desmond miscues at…

  19. Nats waiting for MRI on Escobar before making DL decision

    Apr 18, 2015, 12:31 PM EDT

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    The Nationals will wait until they get MRI results on Yunel Escobar’s injured left groin muscle before deciding whether the veteran infielder needs to be placed on the disabled list, leaving their infield dangerously thin for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Phillies. Escobar, who hurt himself running down the first-base line in the fourth inning…

  20. Game 12: Phillies at Nats

    Apr 18, 2015, 12:07 PM EDT

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    It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the District, a perfect day for some matinee baseball as the Nationals try to extend their winning streak to four game and get back to the .500 mark overall, facing a Phillies club that has lost six in a row. Yunel Escobar is not in the lineup after straining…

  21. Impressive Scherzer giving Nats valuable April innings

    Apr 17, 2015, 11:51 PM EDT

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    If there was one minor knock on Max Scherzer upon signing his record-setting contract with the Nationals this winter, it was a reputation for not pitching as deep into games as you might normally expect from a starter who signs a record-setting contract. Three impressive starts into his career in D.C., Scherzer is bucking that…

  22. Nats 7, Phillies 2: Harper homers, Scherzer cruises

    Apr 17, 2015, 9:43 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals wasted no time jumping all over Phillies right-hander Sean O’Sullivan, getting a 3-run homer from Bryce Harper in the bottom of the first. That’s one way to relax everybody and let them settle in for a nice Friday night at the ballpark, and the Nationals certainly looked relaxed in…

  23. UPDATED: Escobar leaves game with groin strain

    Apr 17, 2015, 8:52 PM EDT

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    Updated at 11:00 p.m. Third baseman Yunel Escobar had to leave Friday night’s game after straining his left groin muscle running down the first-base line in the fourth inning, but the Nationals are hopeful he’s not seriously hurt. Escobar was trying to leg out a grounder to the hole at short, but was thrown out…

  24. Stammen on pending surgery: “Bring it on”

    Apr 17, 2015, 5:57 PM EDT

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    Craig Stammen has needed surgery on his throwing arm only once before — Sept. 2009, to have bone chips removed — and he’s never spent a day on the disabled list in his career, so the veteran reliever could be excused if he was down in the dumps upon learning Thursday he’s likely to miss…

  25. Game 11: Phillies at Nats

    Apr 17, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT

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    The resurgence of the Nationals’ lineup has coincided with a couple of tweaks that — at least based on history — you wouldn’t think would make a positive difference: Ian Desmond batting second and Danny Espinosa batting left-handed. But somehow those two guys have managed to reverse historical trends and be productive. So Matt Williams…

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