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  1. Soriano out for now as closer, no replacement named

    Sep 6, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano, stuck in one of the worst pitching slumps of his career, will take at least a couple days off to refine his mechanics and clear his mind, leaving Nationals manager Matt Williams to pick a new closer from a pool of several bullpen candidates, at least on a temporary basis. Williams would not,…

  2. Game 140: Phillies at Nats

    Sep 6, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT

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    It’s a new day at Nationals Park, where the home team will try to brush off the sting of last night’s disastrous loss to the Phillies. The question on everyone’s mind, of course: Who will close today if the opportunity presents itself? We’ll see if Matt Williams reveals a definitive answer during his pregame media…

  3. The home stretch

    Sep 5, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    And so the home stretch is upon us, the final sprint to the finish line for the Nationals, who spent most of the first half of the season hanging near the front of the pack but over the last month have burst out to take a big lead coming around the turn. (Sorry for all…

  4. More thoughts on Wednesday’s wild win

    Sep 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Ample time has now passed since the Nationals wrapped up their 8-5, 14-inning win in Los Angeles yesterday evening, enough time to process everything that happened during the longest game in club history (5 hours, 34 minutes). And the primary takeaway continues to be this notion: That was simply an epic baseball game, no matter…

  5. Instant analysis: Nats 8, Dodgers 5 (14)

    Sep 3, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: At the end of a long roller coaster of a road trip, the Nationals needed to beat the Dodgers to capture their second straight series out west against a contending opponent and salvage a 4-5 record overall on a 10-day jaunt that began with a surprising sweep in Philadelphia. But they…

  6. Game 138: Nats at Dodgers

    Sep 3, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

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    Last night’s 4-1 loss to Clayton Kershaw and Co. may have been frustrating, but the Nationals still find themselves in an advantageous position today, with a chance to win this series from the Dodgers with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound against rookie right-hander Carlos Frias (making his first career start after five relief appearances). Zimmermann…

  7. Instant analysis: Dodgers 4, Nats 1

    Sep 3, 2014, 12:51 AM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It was billed as one of the best pitching matchups of the season, and it lived up to the billing for awhile. Clayton Kershaw and Doug Fister swapped zeroes into the fifth inning, leaving everyone with the sense one crucial mistake might prove the difference in the game. Turns out a…

  8. Game 137: Nats at Dodgers

    Sep 2, 2014, 5:51 PM EDT

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    We’ve been anticipating this one for awhile now, ever since the pitching probables came out. It’s Doug Fister vs. Clayton Kershaw tonight in one of the premier matchups of the season, between the NL’s two best clubs. How good has Kershaw been? Well, consider that over his last 18 starts, he is 14-2 with a…

  9. The Nationals’ balanced home run attack

    Sep 2, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals’ aren’t the best home-run-hitting team in the majors. Far from it. They didn’t even rank among MLB’s top-10 home run clubs entering play Monday. And the Nationals don’t boast one of the most-prodigious home-run hitters in baseball. Ian Desmond currently leads the way with 22 homers, and it’s unlikely anybody on the roster…

  10. Game 136: Nats at Dodgers

    Sep 1, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT

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    They were swept in Philadelphia. They took 2 of 3 in Seattle. So, what does the final leg of perhaps the Nationals’ toughest road trip of the season have in store? We’ll start to find out tonight when they open a big, 3-game series at Dodger Stadium against the team directly behind them for the…

  11. Nats promote 6 players in first round of September call-ups

    Sep 1, 2014, 4:18 PM EDT

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    The Nationals added six players to their roster Monday in the first round of September call-ups, promoting relievers Aaron Barrett, Xavier Cedeno and Blake Treinen, catcher Sandy Leon, first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Class AAA Syracuse. All six players will be active and available for Monday night’s series opener in…

  12. August by the numbers

    Sep 1, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    And so, August has come to an end, and what a month it was for the Nationals. It began with this team 10 games over .500, clinging to a 1 1/2-game lead over the Braves in the NL East. It ended with this team 19 games over .500, now up 6 games (though that number…

  13. Instant analysis: Mariners 5, Nats 3

    Aug 31, 2014, 7:07 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After beating up on Felix Hernandez on Friday night and then riding Stephen Strasburg’s dominating start Saturday night, the Nationals found themselves in a fortuitous position this afternoon, with an opportunity to sweep the Mariners on the road and fully make up for the sweep they suffered in Philadelphia to begin…

  14. Game 135: Nats at Mariners

    Aug 31, 2014, 1:12 PM EDT

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    When they arrived in Seattle three days ago, reeling from a 3-game sweep in Philadelphia, who would imagined the Nationals would find themselves where they do today: With an opportunity to now sweep the Mariners after taking the first two games of this series in impressive fashion. To pull this off, the Nats will need…

  15. Concern after 3-game sweep in Philly?

    Aug 28, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals arrived here late Sunday night, feeling like they could do no wrong after a 9-1 homestand catapulted them to the top of the NL standings and turned them into the talk of baseball. They left here late Wednesday night, feeling as down in the dumps as they’d been in quite some…

  16. Fister’s surprisingly ineffective week

    Aug 28, 2014, 12:43 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — When it happened over the weekend against the Giants, it felt like one blip on an otherwise stellar summer of pitching dominance. When it happened again Wednesday night against the Phillies, you started to wonder whether this has quickly become more than a mere blip. Doug Fister has been the Nationals’ workhorse this…

  17. Instant analysis: Phillies 8, Nats 4

    Aug 27, 2014, 10:47 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After losing the first two games of his series in large part due to lights-out pitching performances by A.J. Burnett and Cole Hamels, the Nationals knew they needed a win tonight to avoid a sweep at the hands of the last-place Phillies. They had to feel good about their chances, with…

  18. LaRoche confident back issue won’t be long-term

    Aug 27, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Adam LaRoche returned to the Nationals lineup Wednesday, confident the minor back injury that sidelined him Tuesday won’t be a major long-term problem. “I’ve had it before, and it’s not something where if I go play it can get much worse,” he said. “I know that from experience. I don’t have any fear…

  19. Game 132: Nats at Phillies

    Aug 27, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — The last thing the Nationals want, on the heels of a 9-1 homestand, is to open this 9-game road trip by getting swept by the Phillies. But they’ll need a win in tonight’s series finale to prevent that from happening. The good news: Doug Fister is on the mound for the Nats, and…

  20. Gonzalez sees progress in latest start

    Aug 27, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — There was a time when a 6-inning, 3-run start would have disappointed Gio Gonzalez. But these days, the Nationals’ erratic left-hander is finding the positives in each of his outings, so his latest one Tuesday night against the Phillies left him more encouraged than discouraged. “It’s progress,” Gonzalez said. “Obviously, everyone wants to…

  21. Missed it by that much

    Aug 26, 2014, 11:52 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Off the bat, it looked like a groundout to the shortstop. Not the most routine of groundouts, but a play Ian Desmond figured to make. Leading off the bottom of the eighth of a tie game, Ben Revere rapped a sharp grounder slightly to Desmond’s right. The Nationals shortstop scooped it up and…

  22. Instant analysis: Phillies 4, Nats 3

    Aug 26, 2014, 9:32 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a fruitless night at the plate against A.J. Burnett on Monday, the Nationals knew they faced another stiff challenge Tuesday against longtime nemesis Cole Hamels. And for six innings, the Phillies lefty proved virtually unhittable, carrying a shutout on a scant 59 pitches. Gio Gonzalez wasn’t as effective — he…

  23. LaRoche dealing with tight back

    Aug 26, 2014, 6:41 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Adam LaRoche was out of the Nationals’ lineup Tuesday night. Not because left-hander Cole Hamels was on he mound for the Phillies, but because of tightness in his back. “He’s been dealing with a tight back for three or four days,” manager Matt Williams said. “Today it’s a little worse. It’s an opportunity…

  24. Game 131: Nats at Phillies

    Aug 26, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Despite the Phillies’ overall struggles this season, Cole Hamels remains as formidable as just about any other left-hander in the league. So Matt Williams is playing the percentages tonight, stacking his lineup with right-handed hitters. Out is Bryce Harper. Out is Adam LaRoche. In are Scott Hairston and Kevin Frandsen. Hairston has feasted…

  25. A primer on postseason roster eligibility

    Aug 26, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Matt Williams is loathe to look ahead, certainly as far ahead as October when the calendar still reads August. We here at the Insider, on the other hand, don’t worry about such things. Especially with a very important date fast approaching. We’re five days away from baseball’s August 31 deadline to set postseason…

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