May 13, 2015, 7:18 PM EDT
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.…
May 13, 2015, 3:29 PM EDT
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:…
May 13, 2015, 1:18 PM EDT
PHOENIX — The Nationals talk about winning series, not individual games, and they’ve been quite good at that lately, winning their last four series (twice over the Braves, once apiece over the Mets and Marlins). They’ll need a win today at Chase Field, though, to continue that streak, with the rubber game of this series…
May 13, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
PHOENIX — There had been 1,651 games in Nationals history over the last decade, far too many of them blowout losses, especially during some of the lean, early years of the franchise’s existence in the District. But it wasn’t until Game No. 1,652 that the situation became so dire as to require the services of…
May 13, 2015, 2:49 AM EDT
PHOENIX — Stephen Strasburg has never pitched like this, not for a somewhat-prolonged stretch. At least not since he came into anyone’s consciousness outside of his hometown of San Diego. Not in three seasons of college. Not in his two months in the minors. Not since he made his major-league debut nearly five years ago.…
May 13, 2015, 12:39 AM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Stephen Strasburg took the mound Tuesday night at Chase Field with even more eyes focused on him than usual, everyone wondering if he would bounce back from last week’s abbreviated start that saw the right-hander wincing after several pitches, or whether there was any cause for lingering concern. Very quickly, it…
May 12, 2015, 8:55 PM EDT
PHOENIX — The Nationals have always known Wilson Ramos could hit, with the obvious caveat always inserted to the end of that statement: “If he stays healthy.” Well, Ramos has stayed healthy through the season’s first six weeks. And he has hit. The question is: Could the Nationals have known he could hit quite like…
May 12, 2015, 6:13 PM EDT
PHOENIX — Score 11 runs, 10 of them in the first two innings, why change anything? The Nationals certainly aren’t, so it’s the exact same lineup for tonight’s second game of this series against the Diamondbacks, with Denard Span, Yunel Escobar, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Co. looking to keep things rolling and secure this…
May 12, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT
PHOENIX — Plenty of members of the Nationals’ roster and coaching staff had seen Yunel Escobar over the years and thought they had a decent sense of him as a player. Most did not, however, think he would be what he has proven to be through his first six weeks in a Washington uniform. “You…
May 12, 2015, 2:21 AM EDT
PHOENIX — Denard Span dug in, Josh Collmenter went into his funky, tomahawk-style windup and tried to sneak an 84-mph cutter over the inner half of the plate and then the ball went soaring toward right field. The game was all of 30 seconds old, many in the Chase Field crowd of 16,406 had yet…
May 12, 2015, 12:23 AM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After sweeping the Braves to complete a impressive homestand, the Nationals headed west, hoping their red-hot bats would continue to show up in the hot, dry, desert air. Did it ever. The Nats blasted Josh Collmenter out of Chase Field, piling up 10 runs in the game’s first two innings to…
May 11, 2015, 9:07 PM EDT
PHOENIX — When he was called up two weeks ago to make his major-league debut, Sammy Solis immediately checked out the Nationals’ upcoming schedule and couldn’t help but notice the next road trip he’d make: Phoenix and San Diego, his hometown and his college town. “It’s the road trip of a lifetime for me,” the…
May 11, 2015, 6:22 PM EDT
PHOENIX — Hello from Chase Field, where the roof is currently open and is scheduled to remain open for tonight’s series opener between the Nationals and Diamondbacks. As I type this, it’s 93 degrees here in the Valley of the Sun, but the wind chill is only 89! (This is what they mean when they…
May 9, 2015, 10:09 AM EDT
Bryce Harper once again stole the show last night, but there was plenty else worth discussing about the Nationals’ 9-2 thumping of the Braves. Such as… Danny Espinosa hit two homers left-handed If you’ve followed his career at all, last night’s performance by Espinosa was one of the all-time head-scratchers. He struck out twice while…
May 8, 2015, 11:40 PM EDT
The quotes from teammates about him — “Don’t touch him, you might get third-degree burns” — are ludicrous. The records being dug up by Elias and on Baseball-Reference — “He’s the first player in D.C. baseball history to do this” — are telling. And the balls soaring off his bat are leaving everybody watching in…
May 8, 2015, 9:27 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals dug themselves into an early hole with a bit of sloppy play (dropped throws to the plate, runners straying too far off base) and poor at-bats against left-hander Eric Stults. But the tide quickly turned after that, thanks to a long-awaited blast from an old friend … and then…
May 8, 2015, 6:19 PM EDT
Casey Janssen emerged from his first rehab appearance with Class A Potomac feeling more encouraged about his pending return from a shoulder injury than he expected. “Everything was positive,” the veteran reliever said. “It was definitely a nice step, probably a bigger step than I initially thought it was going to be.” Out since late-March…
May 8, 2015, 5:17 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg reported to Nationals Park on Friday feeling strong, his right shoulder blade having responded to chiropractic treatment, but won’t know if he’ll be able to make his next scheduled start until he first throws off a bullpen mound with no problems. Strasburg, who departed from his last start after only three innings due…
May 8, 2015, 3:23 PM EDT
After a much-needed off-day, the Nationals are back at it tonight, opening a 3-game weekend series against the Braves, trying to get back to the .500 mark with a victory tonight. The Nats get Jayson Werth back in the lineup after the veteran left fielder sat out two games (plus the off-day) with his surgically…
May 7, 2015, 1:09 PM EDT
There were Bryce Harper’s homers, all three of them. And there were Max Scherzer’s seven innings of dominance. But the Nationals’ 7-5 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon still required one final, electric performance from Drew Storen to be secured. And it was electric, even though the Nats closer got himself in a quick…
May 7, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
It would be easy to think of the hanging slider Max Scherzer threw Giancarlo Stanton in the eighth inning Wednesday afternoon as the lasting image of his start, because it was the last pitch he threw and because it landed well beyond the left-field wall and because it turned what looked like a blowout victory…
May 6, 2015, 6:18 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg played catch on the field at Nationals Park following Wednesday’s win over the Marlins, but the right-hander offered no update on how he felt one day after experiencing shoulder discomfort during his shortest start of the season. Strasburg, who was due to meet with a chiropractor during the day Wednesday, walked through the…
May 6, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: No matter how much the game has changed over the decades, through deadball eras and steroid eras, there’s always been something special about the 3-homer game. It’s a single-game feat accomplished by some of baseball’s greatest, but not all. And on this warm Wednesday afternoon on South Capitol Street, Bryce Harper…
May 6, 2015, 12:27 PM EDT
Jayson Werth was out of the Nationals’ lineup Wednesday for the second straight game, his surgically repaired right shoulder still “cranky,” according to Nationals manager Matt Williams. Werth, who had surgery January 9 to repair the AC joint of his shoulder, missed all of spring training and made his regular season debut one week late.…
May 6, 2015, 12:11 AM EDT
The sight of Stephen Strasburg grimacing after throwing several pitches Tuesday night, then being visited on the mound by a trainer, then being pulled after three ragged but hardly awful innings could not have been comforting to the Nationals or to fans who understandably fear the worst anytime something appears to physically be wrong with…
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