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  1. A blast and a bloop keep Nats rolling

    May 4, 2015, 11:53 PM EDT

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    It took nearly a month, but perhaps the 2015 Nationals are beginning to forge an identity, one that bears some strong resemblance to the 2014 version of this club. Whether overcoming injuries to key regulars, a sloppy play here and there or a late deficit, these Nationals are beginning to show a characteristic key to…

  2. Nats 6, Marlins 4: Desmond, Escobar key late rally

    May 4, 2015, 9:47 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of an eventful, 10-game road trip that ended on a high note, the Nationals were right back at the park Monday night to open a 6-game homestand, with another surging division rival in town. What transpired was another taut, low-scoring affair that was decided late. As has been…

  3. Barrett seizing setup role while trying to manage workload

    May 4, 2015, 6:16 PM EDT

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    After a month spent tinkering and trying out different candidates, the Nationals may have found a reliable setup man at last in Aaron Barrett. Now, they just have to make sure they don’t run the right-hander into the ground from too much use. Barrett has become among the Nationals’ effective relievers, sporting a 1.59 ERA…

  4. Game 27: Marlins at Nats

    May 4, 2015, 3:27 PM EDT

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    Ah, it’s good to be back home again. It’s been awhile since the Nationals last took the field here on South Capitol Street, when they lost 2 of 3 to the Cardinals. That set in motion the 6-game losing streak, which set in motion the historic comeback in Atlanta, which set in motion a strong…

  5. Nats have had enough of the 8th

    May 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    All innings, in theory, are created equal. A run in the fourth inning does count as much as a run in the ninth. But it certainly feels like some innings are more important than others. And right now, the eighth inning feels really important for the Nationals. Not for positive reasons. It happened again Friday…

  6. Game 24: Nats at Mets

    May 1, 2015, 4:07 PM EDT

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    This is only Game 2 of a 4-game series, but let’s be honest: The main event is tonight, with Max Scherzer and Matt Harvey going head-to-head in a premier pitching matchup. Scherzer makes his return to the mound eight days after he sprained a ligament in his right thumb while hitting. He has been able…

  7. Impressive win for Nats to open series in New York

    May 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    If the Nationals’ intention Thursday night was to make a statement to the Mets, consider their mission accomplished. With a lopsided, 8-2 victory at Citi Field, the Nationals took the first game of this big weekend series, won their third straight, moved to within five games of first place in the NL East and thoroughly…

  8. Game 23: Nats at Mets

    Apr 30, 2015, 3:53 PM EDT

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    The Nationals open a big, 4-game series in New York tonight against the first-place Mets, and they’ll have their starting third baseman back in the lineup. No, not Anthony Rendon, who is still waiting to resume his rehab assignment with Class AA Harrisburg. Yunel Escobar returns after missing two games with a left hand injury…

  9. Big series this weekend? You bet!

    Apr 30, 2015, 10:18 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — The Nationals may have begun to right their wayward ship over the last two nights, hammering out 26 total runs against the Braves and (most importantly) winning a pair of games after losing six straight. Whether that ship remains on course, though, now depends on what happens this weekend in New York, where…

  10. Confident once again, Nats’ lineup is on fire

    Apr 29, 2015, 11:59 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — On Tuesday evening, the Nationals fielded a starting lineup that included only one hitter with a batting average better than .250 and five with a batting average worse than .205. This was a source of concern for some who were worried such a putrid April at the plate could be a sign of…

  11. Nats 13, Braves 4: Bats stay red-hot, set franchise record

    Apr 29, 2015, 9:57 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s far too soon to know whether Tuesday night’s stunning comeback will be the turning point in the Nationals’ season. But it’s probably safe to say this: It certainly woke this team’s bats up. After pounding the shell-shocked Braves for 13 runs during that record-setting rally, the Nationals came right back…

  12. UPDATED: Nats sign reliever Valverde to minor-league deal

    Apr 29, 2015, 6:06 PM EDT

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    Updated at 6:06 p.m. ATLANTA — Seeking some experienced help for a bullpen that has struggled through the season’s first three weeks, the Nationals have signed veteran Jose Valverde to a minor-league contract, general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed Wednesday evening. Valverde, 37, has been at the Nationals’ spring training complex in Viera, Fla., for about…

  13. Game 22: Nats at Braves

    Apr 29, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — And so we’re back at Turner Field for the finale of this series, wondering whether the Nationals will use last night’s dramatic victory as a catapult to bigger and better things, or whether it was a mere blip in an otherwise frustrating month of baseball. Not wanting to mess around with perfection, Matt…

  14. Taylor, Solis called up; Johnson to DL; Cole sent down

    Apr 29, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Updated at 6:39 p.m. ATLANTA — The Nationals made another flurry of roster moves Wednesday afternoon, promoting outfielder Michael Taylor and left-hander Sammy Solis to the majors, placing outfielder Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list and optioning right-hander A.J. Cole back to the minors after his difficult debut the previous night. The moves were…

  15. Leftovers from the wildest win in Nats history

    Apr 29, 2015, 11:29 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — If your head is still spinning from the hysteria of last night — as a certain beat reporter’s certainly is — here are even more takeaways from the Nationals’ historic, 13-12 victory over the Braves… Denard Span went 5-for-6 with 11 total bases and nearly hit for the cycle Dan Uggla got most…

  16. The dramatic comeback sparked by the comeback vet

    Apr 29, 2015, 1:51 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — At the end of a 3-week stretch of bad baseball that had seen the Nationals find new soul-crushing ways to lose ballgames on a nightly basis, this sure felt like rock bottom: Down eight runs after two innings, with an unsuspecting rookie pitcher forced to take a beating in his major-league debut for…

  17. Johnson likely out long-term after pulling muscle

    Apr 29, 2015, 12:40 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Veteran outfielder Reed Johnson is likely to miss significant time after pulling a muscle in his foot late during the Nationals’ dramatic, 13-12 victory over the Braves on Tuesday night. Johnson hurt himself while legging out a key RBI double in the top of the seventh, pulling up lame as he reached second…

  18. Nats 13, Braves 12: Uggla’s blast caps historic rally

    Apr 28, 2015, 10:37 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Where to begin with this one? Guess we need to start at the beginning, with A.J. Cole making his major-league debut and getting beat up to the tune of nine runs in only two innings, a painful way to be introduced to the world. Who would’ve believed that would be a…

  19. Barring a setback, Scherzer good to return Friday

    Apr 28, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Max Scherzer was able to throw off a bullpen mound Tuesday with no issues, putting the Nationals ace on track to start Friday night against Matt Harvey and the Mets at Citi Field. Scherzer, who was originally scheduled to pitch Tuesday but was pushed back with a sprained ligament in his right thumb,…

  20. Rendon scratched again, this time with tightness in side

    Apr 28, 2015, 6:17 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Anthony Rendon is out of Class AA Harrisburg’s lineup for the third straight day, this time after complaining of tightness in his side, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams. Rendon, on a rehab assignment with the Senators while recovering from a sprained left knee, played five innings at third base on Friday, then…

  21. Game 21: Nats at Braves

    Apr 28, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Major-league debuts are always a big deal, no matter how touted a rookie is or is not. But they’re an even bigger deal when they come in a particularly important game for that young player’s team, as most certainly is the case tonight for A.J. Cole and the Nationals. Losers of six straight…

  22. Martin optioned to AAA to clear spot for Cole

    Apr 28, 2015, 3:10 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Needing to clear a spot on their roster for A.J. Cole to make his big-league debut Tuesday night, the Nationals optioned reliever Rafael Martin to Class AAA Syracuse. Martin, 30, became the odd man out when the Nationals needed to drop someone to account for Cole’s promotion, necessitated by Max Scherzer’s scratch from…

  23. Can Nats channel last night’s emotion into something?

    Apr 28, 2015, 10:23 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Amid the uproar over Andrelton Simmons’ questionable takeout slide that injured Yunel Escobar, the back-and-forth between the Nationals and Braves that ensued and then news of prospect A.J. Cole getting called up to make his major-league debut in place of the injured Max Scherzer, everyone seemed to gloss over a teeny little fact…

  24. UPDATE: Nats upset at Simmons for injuring Escobar

    Apr 28, 2015, 12:30 AM EDT

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    Updated at 12:30 a.m. ATLANTA — Yunel Escobar is expected to miss a day or two after his left hand was cut in multiple places on a late, hard slide by Andrelton Simmons during Tuesday night’s game that left several Nationals teammates fuming over what they perceived as a dirty play by the Braves shortstop.…

  25. UPDATE: Cole to make MLB debut Tuesday night

    Apr 27, 2015, 11:36 PM EDT

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    Updated at 11:36 p.m. ATLANTA — With Max Scherzer’s sprained thumb not healed enough to make his scheduled start Tuesday night, the Nationals will send prospect A.J. Cole to the mound to make his major-league debut against the Braves. Cole, 22, is the organization’s top-rated, upper-level pitching prospect, rated the 30th-best prospect in the entire…

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