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  1. Nats getting by despite makeshift lineup

    Jun 27, 2015, 2:08 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals submitted a lineup for Saturday’s game against the Phillies that featured only one player projected to start on Opening Day (Ian Desmond) hitting in a spot he rarely has held in his career (third). Such is life for Matt Williams right now, with six of his regular position players currently out…

  2. Game 75: Nats at Phillies

    Jun 27, 2015, 11:43 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Good morning from Citizens Bank Park, where the tarp is on the field and the rain is on the way. The forecast is not good this afternoon, and it only gets worse tonight, leaving the status of this 3:05 p.m. game between the Nationals and Phillies very much in question. Also in question…

  3. “I thought he was going to do it again”

    Jun 26, 2015, 11:45 PM EDT

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    Updated at 11:45 p.m. PHILADELPHIA — His name has stood the test of time, known to hardcore baseball aficionados and even a fair share of casual fans if only for the remarkable feat he accomplished 77 long years ago, a feat that has stood intact all these decades and rarely has been threatened since. There’s…

  4. Escobar’s hand swollen but not broken after HBP

    Jun 26, 2015, 11:09 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Yunel Escobar became the latest member of the Nationals’ starting lineup to succumb to injury Friday night, forced out of his team’s game against the Phillies after getting struck in the left hand by a first-inning Aaron Harang fastball. Preliminary X-rays were negative, according to manager Matt Williams, but Escobar’s hand remained sore…

  5. Game 74: Nats at Phillies

    Jun 26, 2015, 3:54 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — So, let’s see … Anthony Rendon has been placed on the DL with a left quad strain. Bryce Harper is out of the lineup for the second straight day with a tweaked right hamstring. D.C. native Emmanuel Burriss has been called up from Class AAA Syracuse to play for his hometown team. Ryne…

  6. Zimmermann keeps Nats rotation on a roll

    Jun 25, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    You can believe in the idea of momentum and feeding off teammates’ performances or not. Just recognize this: Jordan Zimmermann took the mound for the top of the first Wednesday night knowing full well what the four previous men who did the same for the Nationals had accomplished. Joe Ross, after allowing one run in…

  7. Nats 2, Braves 1 (11): Desmond saves day with sac fly

    Jun 24, 2015, 10:16 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There was just something about this matchup — Jordan Zimmermann vs. Shelby Miller — that seemed to foretell a compelling pitchers’ duel at Nationals Park on Wednesday night. Sure enough, a boisterous crowd of 36,141 was treated to a humdinger of a ballgame, with the two right-handers posting matching zeroes into…

  8. Game 72: Braves at Nats

    Jun 24, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    What kind of a roll is the Nationals’ rotation on? Well, that group collectively has tossed 26 consecutive scoreless innings over four games now. Not surprisingly, the Nats are 4-0 in those games. We’ve seen Joe Ross, Max Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg all dominate. Now it’s Jordan Zimmermann’s turn to try to keep…

  9. Strasburg healthy, confident after impressive return to Nats

    Jun 24, 2015, 2:17 AM EDT

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    If the first step toward solving a problem is admitting you have a problem, Stephen Strasburg crossed an important bridge at some point during his 24-day stint on the disabled list. “Sometimes you’ve just got to take a step back to realize how bad it was,” the right-hander said. “Once I did, I was able…

  10. Kimberly Knorr, wife of bench coach Randy Knorr, dies

    Jun 24, 2015, 1:37 AM EDT

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    Kimberly Knorr, the wife of longtime Nationals coach Randy Knorr, died Tuesday, the club announced. She was 45. Details of the death were not made available, but Randy Knorr wasn’t with the Nationals during Tuesday night’s 3-1 win over the Braves. “The Washington Nationals are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Kimberly…

  11. Nats 3, Braves 1: Strasburg sharp in return from DL

    Jun 24, 2015, 12:09 AM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Stephen Strasburg took the mound for the first time in 25 days, fresh off a DL stint that was as much about getting himself right mechanically as it was getting himself right physically, and quickly reminded everyone just how good he can be. Strasburg, after waiting out a 2-hour, 12-minute rain…

  12. The 5 best pitching performances in Nats history

    Jun 22, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

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    When Max Scherzer painted his 1-hit, 16-strikeout masterpiece last week in Milwaukee, the thought immediately came to mind that we might have just witnessed the best pitching performance in Nationals history. And then six days later, Scherzer perhaps topped that masterpiece with his almost-perfect-game-still-no-hitter against the Pirates. Which leaves me now wondering what exactly is…

  13. Perfect? No. Historic? Yes.

    Jun 20, 2015, 10:50 PM EDT

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    Updated at 10:50 p.m. When it didn’t happen six days earlier, when Carlos Gomez’s broken-bat blooper fell to the ground just beyond Anthony Rendon’s outstretched glove in the seventh inning in Milwaukee, Max Scherzer could only shrug off his bad luck and wonder if he’d ever get another chance like that to pitch a perfect…

  14. Werth begins baseball activities, Strasburg good to return

    Jun 20, 2015, 4:01 PM EDT

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    Jayson Werth has taken a small but important step in his recovery from a fractured left wrist, starting to shag fly balls and grip a bat for the first time since suffering his injury one month ago. Werth was on the field during batting practice Friday, catching fly balls with his glove on the injured…

  15. Ross has been boss for Nats

    Jun 20, 2015, 12:12 AM EDT

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    One morning in March, Matt Williams and Steve McCatty ventured over to the minor-league complex in Viera, Fla., to watch left-hander Felipe Rivero pitch out of the bullpen. Before Rivero took the mound, though, a young right-hander named Joe Ross pitched. Ross didn’t make an overwhelming impression on the Nationals manager and pitching coach, but…

  16. Nats 4, Pirates 1: Depleted lineup delivers, Ross dominates

    Jun 19, 2015, 9:41 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman already on the DL and Bryce Harper joining them on the bench after suffering a hamstring injury Thursday night, the Nationals lineup faced long odds against A.J. Burnett and a Pirates pitching staff that had been brilliant during their 8-game winning streak. So, naturally, that…

  17. Desmond gets another day off

    Jun 19, 2015, 6:49 PM EDT

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    Ian Desmond got his first day of the season off last week in Milwaukee, but the Nationals shortstop still spent much of his time at Miller Park in work mode, whether in the batting cage or the dugout, trying to fix what has been ailing him all year. So when he decided to give Desmond…

  18. Game 68: Pirates at Nats

    Jun 19, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    So, the Nationals have lost 14 of their last 20 games, and they were already without Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman in their lineup. And now they watched as Bryce Harper suffered what at first glance appeared to be a serious left leg injury Thursday night, though was officially announced after the game by manager…

  19. UPDATE: Nats say Harper suffered “mild” hamstring strain

    Jun 18, 2015, 11:43 PM EDT

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    Updated at 11:43 p.m. Manager Matt Williams says Bryce Harper suffered only a “mild” hamstring strain during what appeared to everyone inside Nationals Park to be a serious left leg injury sustained on a freak play in right field during Thursday night’s 5-3 loss to the Rays, offering up some cautious optimism about the 22-year-old…

  20. Game 67: Rays at Nats

    Jun 18, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    So, they scored 16 runs on 23 hits Tuesday night. Then they were shut out on two hits Wednesday night. What on earth can we expect from the Nationals tonight in their series finale against the Rays? Your guess is as good as mine, though they face an extra challenge in this one with Tampa…

  21. With healthy arm and clear mind, Fister ready to start over

    Jun 18, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Competitor that he is, Doug Fister never wants to admit he’s not physically fit to pitch. But it was the realization and then acceptance of that fact five weeks ago that put Fister into the position he is today: Ready to rejoin the Nationals rotation, ready to be the contributor he expected to be all…

  22. Rays 5, Nats 0: Lineup silenced one night after explosion

    Jun 17, 2015, 10:10 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Theory of Baseball Momentum would dictate that a team that scores 16 runs on 23 hits one night would be in prime position to stay hot the next night against the exact same team. Matt Williams, though, doesn’t believe momentum exists from game-to-game, and on Wednesday night the Nationals manager…

  23. Game 66: Rays at Nats

    Jun 17, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    So, when you score 16 runs on a club-record 23 hits, what do you do for an encore? We’ll find out tonight when the Nationals-Rays series shifts to D.C. after a pair of games in St. Petersburg. The Nats will be hoping to carry over some momentum from last night’s offensive onslaught, and they’ll be…

  24. UPDATE: Strasburg nearly ready after 5-inning rehab start

    Jun 17, 2015, 1:32 PM EDT

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    Updated at 6:23 p.m. Stephen Strasburg completed a strong, 5-inning rehab start at Class AA Harrisburg on Wednesday afternoon, leaving the Nationals to decide whether their enigmatic right-hander is ready to come off the disabled list now or whether he still needs more fine tuning. Strasburg allowed two runs (only one earned) over five innings…

  25. An erratic road trip ends on a high note

    Jun 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    For all the anguish displayed over the last week — some of it admittedly deserved — the Nationals did just wrap up a 4-4 road trip. No, that shouldn’t be cause for celebration, but neither should it be cause for panic. Do the Nationals have their share of issues? Absolutely. This has been a painfully…

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