Jul 11, 2015, 6:24 PM EDT
BALTIMORE — Max Scherzer will start Sunday’s first-half finale at Camden Yards, knocking the Nationals’ ace out of Tuesday’s All-Star Game, a decision manager Matt Williams said reflected both his and the right-hander’s priorities. “It’s a question of him wanting to pitch tomorrow on his normal rest and help us win another game,” Williams said.…
Jul 11, 2015, 3:29 PM EDT
BALTIMORE — Hello again from Camden Yards, where again the humidity is down and we’re in for what appears to be a beautiful night for baseball. It’s Game 2 of this weekend’s Battle of the Beltways, and after losing last night in walk-off fashion, the Nationals need to get back on track and avoid dropping…
Jul 11, 2015, 10:50 AM EDT
BALTIMORE — It got lost in the shuffle after the Nationals’ bullpen gave up the tying and winning runs late, but Gio Gonzalez turned in another strong effort Friday night at Camden Yards, offering more encouragement that the left-hander has turned a corner. Gonzalez allowed one run over six innings, departing with the Nationals leading…
Jul 10, 2015, 10:21 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Round 1 of this year’s Battle of the Beltways brought the season’s largest crowd to Camden Yards. And it brought a tight, tense ballgame to downtown Baltimore, decided late by bullpens and big at-bats. In the end, the Orioles’ relief corps and big bats came through when the Nationals’ could not.…
Jul 10, 2015, 6:12 PM EDT
[UPDATED: 6:12 p.m.] BALTIMORE — The Nationals placed Denard Span on the disabled list and Jordan Zimmermann on the paternity leave list Friday afternoon, part of a flurry of roster moves before the start of their weekend series against the Orioles. Infielder Wilmer Difo was recalled from Class AA Harrisburg to take Span’s roster spot…
Jul 9, 2015, 11:38 AM EDT
Had they not been rained out Wednesday night, the Nationals would have fielded a lineup boasting only two projected members of their Opening Day lineup: Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond. And when they return to the field Friday night in Baltimore, the Nationals probably won’t have more than four regulars available: Harper and Desmond, plus…
Jul 8, 2015, 6:41 PM EDT
Denard Span will travel to Dallas on Thursday to have his injured back examined by a specialist, and though he hasn’t been placed on the disabled list yet the Nationals center fielder said he won’t play at all in this weekend’s series in Baltimore. “No chance,” Span said, before adding: “Definitely not helping the team…
Jul 8, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT
Another day, another depleted lineup card filled out by Matt Williams. Denard Span and Yunel Escobar once again are not playing due to injuries, and as of this posting, the Nationals have announced no roster moves. Which means they’ll be playing with an extremely short bench again for tonight’s series finale against the Reds. How…
Jul 7, 2015, 11:23 PM EDT
Denard Span, in official terms, was still a member of the Nationals’ active roster late Tuesday night. The veteran center fielder, though, sure sounded like a guy who believes he needs to take some extended time off with a back injury that just won’t go away. “I’ve tried to play through it for the last…
Jul 7, 2015, 9:35 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It was billed as a premier pitching matchup between one guy in the middle of a stretch of dominance not seen in a long time and another guy who has been among baseball’s best pitchers for several years. And it didn’t come close to living up to the billing. Max Scherzer…
Jul 7, 2015, 3:29 PM EDT
As far as pitching matchups go, they don’t get much better right now than Max Scherzer vs. Johnny Cueto. Scherzer, of course, is in the middle of a historic stretch that has seen him throw a no-hitter, a 1-hitter and strike out 42 batters while walking only one. Cueto, meanwhile, owns a 2.84 ERA and…
Jul 7, 2015, 10:56 AM EDT
Doug Fister, even-keeled as they get, strives for nothing more than consistency when he pitches. Which made Monday night’s start against the Reds — and a few others since he returned from the disabled list — particularly frustrating for the Nationals right-hander. “For me, there’s some inconsistency there on the mound,” he said. “I’m not…
Jul 6, 2015, 11:41 PM EDT
It has become an all-too-familiar scene for the Nationals, a player leaving a game early with an apparent injury. And when it happened twice on Monday night, to two of the club’s most-important and most-productive veterans, it could only leave everyone in the organization hoping neither Denard Span nor Yunel Escobar was seriously hurt. The…
Jul 6, 2015, 10:17 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of an impressive, 3-game sweep of the defending champion Giants, the Nationals opened a 3-game series against a struggling Reds team that for some reason has owned them this season. And the script didn’t change on this night. Eugenio Suarez’s solo homer off Casey Janssen in the top…
Jul 6, 2015, 7:19 PM EDT
Max Scherzer was named to the NL All-Star team Monday evening and will join teammate Bryce Harper next week in Cincinnati as the Nationals’ lone representatives for the Midsummer Classic. For now. Scherzer, arguably the NL’s best pitcher through the season’s first half, is the logical choice to start next Tuesday night’s game at Great…
Jul 6, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT
Bryce Harper won’t participate in this year’s Home Run Derby, not wanting to compete in the annual All-Star Game event with his father injured and unavailable to pitch to him. Harper, who finished runner-up in the 2013 derby at Citi Field with father Ron as his pitcher, said he couldn’t imagine participating again with anybody…
Jul 6, 2015, 4:13 PM EDT
Fresh off a 3-game sweep of the winner of three of the last five World Series, the Nationals now turn their attention to a struggling team that swept five weeks ago. The Cincinnati Reds have been facing an uphill battle all season, but they are 3-0 against the Nats after a perfect late-May weekend at…
Jul 6, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
What an eventful weekend it turned out to be for the Nationals. (Then again, it feels like every week this season has been eventful for this team, for both positive and negative reasons.) The good news this weekend: The Nats swept the Giants, got more dominant pitching performances from Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann, got…
Jul 5, 2015, 4:48 PM EDT
The bad news: Stephen Strasburg is back on the DL, this time with a left oblique strain. With the Nationals not needing a fifth starter until after the All-Star break, Taylor Jordan has been recalled from Class AAA Syracuse to serve as a long man in the bullpen for the time being. The good news:…
Jul 4, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a ballgame in the nation’s capital against the defending World Series champions? It’s tough to top that. The Nationals and Giants continue their series today, and continuing with recent July 4th tradition, the game will begin at 11:05 a.m. (weather permitting, of course). Stephen Strasburg is…
Jul 3, 2015, 2:35 PM EDT
The last time the Nationals hosted the Giants … well, I guess the less said the better. You all know what happened. It’s a new season, though, and this weekend the Nats have an opportunity to keep their hot streak going against the defending champs. Gio Gonzalez gets the start in tonight’s series opener (note…
Jul 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
OK, so he lost his perfect game bid in the third inning, not the sixth, seventh or ninth like he had the last three times he pitched. And he gave up a couple of runs on five hits, proving himself to be something less than superhuman for the first time in a long time. Max…
Jul 2, 2015, 3:44 PM EDT
Not since Stephen Strasburg’s rookie season has the baseball world been captivated to watch every pitch of one man’s starts. That’s where we are right now with Max Scherzer, whose every appearance on the mound is a major event. And deservedly so, considering the man has carried a perfect game into the sixth inning in…
Jul 2, 2015, 11:17 AM EDT
The Nationals have signed Dominican outfielder Juan Soto to a $1.5 million bonus, the organization’s first international signing of any significant consequence since the notorious Esmailyn Gonzalez fiasco nearly a decade ago. The signing has not been formally announced yet, but it was confirmed by a club source. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez first reported the deal.…
Jul 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
There are nights when the Nationals’ lineup looks capable of posting big numbers, no matter how many regulars find themselves shelved due to injury. And then there are nights like Wednesday. The Nationals looked feeble at the plate during their 4-1 loss to the Braves, held to a measly four hits by rookie right-hander Matt…
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