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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.…

  4. 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…

  5. Braves 8, Nats 4: Streak at 6 after another ugly night

    Apr 27, 2015, 10:18 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals showed up at Turner Field on Monday, hoping a change of scenery would be the impetus for a change of fortunes. Instead, they dug themselves into an even deeper hole with another ugly performance that extended their losing streak to six games and may have cost them their starting…

  6. Rendon scratched from Harrisburg lineup with fatigue

    Apr 27, 2015, 6:18 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Anthony Rendon was scratched from the lineup at Class AA Harrisburg on Monday after feeling fatigued during afternoon workouts, the Nationals said, a hiccup in the infielder’s rehab from a sprained left knee. Rendon was scheduled to play 7-to-9 innings at second base and bat third for the Senators but was pulled out…

  7. Game 20: Nats at Braves

    Apr 27, 2015, 3:39 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Hello from Turner Field, where the Nationals arrive reeling from a 5-game losing streak and weekend sweep in Miami, hoping tonight is the night things take a turn for the better. They’ll of course need a better offensive showing against Braves left-hander Eric Stults than they had over the last few days against…

  8. How long til slow-developing bats come around?

    Apr 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    MIAMI — There are no shortage of reasons for the Nationals’ slow start to 2015, but above all else, the lack of consistent offensive production must be considered reason No. 1. Three weeks into the season, the Nationals rank 28th out of 30 MLB clubs in batting average, 26th in on-base percentage, 25th in slugging…

  9. Still searching for answers

    Apr 26, 2015, 5:56 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — You’re never as bad as you look during a long losing streak, and you’re never as good as you look during a long winning streak, but at what point does the losing start becoming an actual reflection of what you are as a ballclub? Not after a mere 19 games, the Nationals insist.…

  10. Marlins 6, Nats 2: Another misplay opens the floodgates

    Apr 26, 2015, 3:51 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Losers of four straight and in danger of a sweep in Miami, the Nationals desperately needed a good, all-around performance this afternoon. They’re still searching for one after another poorly played ballgame, in every facet. On the mound, Gio Gonzalez was roughed up for six runs over five erratic innings. In…

  11. Game 19: Nats at Marlins

    Apr 26, 2015, 12:28 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — There are no must-win games in April, right? Right? If that’s true, what should we call today’s series finale against the Marlins? Let’s just say the Nationals really, really, REALLY want to win this one and avoid a sweep, a 5-game losing streak and the potential for falling even farther back in the…

  12. Scherzer doubtful for Tuesday’s start with thumb sprain

    Apr 26, 2015, 11:58 AM EDT

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    Updated at 5:03 p.m. MIAMI — The odds of Max Scherzer making his scheduled start Tuesday night in Atlanta look slim after the Nationals ace was unable to throw Sunday morning without feeling discomfort in his right thumb, which he suggested is the byproduct of a sprained ligament. Scherzer, who jammed the thumb while hitting…

  13. 3 weeks in, Nats staring at 7-game division deficit

    Apr 25, 2015, 8:27 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — It would be one thing if there was an obvious lack of effort, if players’ heads didn’t seem to be in the game. But that’s not the case right now for the Nationals. They’re simply not playing well. Which, in some ways, could cause frustration levels to rise even higher. “The intent is…

  14. Marlins 8, Nats 0: Lineup shut out for 1st time in 2015

    Apr 25, 2015, 6:46 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Losers of three straight, the Nationals knew they needed to string together some hits and plate more than a couple runs Saturday off Tom Koehler. That proved far more challenging than they could’ve anticipated, forcing Stephen Strasburg to be near-perfect to have a chance to win this game. Strasburg wasn’t perfect…

  15. Thumb still swollen, Scherzer can’t throw bullpen session

    Apr 25, 2015, 3:23 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — Max Scherzer’s right thumb remains swollen, enough that the Nationals ace couldn’t throw his standard between-starts bullpen session Saturday, leaving his status for his next start somewhat in question. Scherzer was jammed while hitting during Thursday’s game against the Cardinals. He remained in the game for two more innings but was pulled with…

  16. Game 18: Nats at Marlins

    Apr 25, 2015, 12:46 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — Good afternoon once again from Marlins Park, where the roof was open for awhile, making this place look completely different than it otherwise does. They’ve now closed it, though, so they can crank up the AC and avoid any sudden rain that may strike, as it so often does here in South Florida.…

  17. Lack of late-inning execution holding 7-10 Nats back

    Apr 24, 2015, 11:36 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — Baseball has a reputation for being among the most complex major sports in the world, but sometimes it’s actually a rather simple game. Take the Nationals, who after a 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Friday night are now a disappointing 7-10 on the season, the vast majority of those losses coming in…

  18. Marlins 3, Nats 2: Familiar storyline leads to loss in Miami

    Apr 24, 2015, 9:45 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s only April 24, but the Nationals recognize this 3-city, 10-game road trip through the NL East presents a real opportunity to make up some ground in the division. So they took the field at Marlins Park tonight with a sharp effort, getting dominant and efficient work from Jordan Zimmermann, some…

  19. It’s not intentional, but Harper is leading MLB in walks

    Apr 24, 2015, 6:49 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — From the day he was drafted, Bryce Harper seemed like a strong candidate to lead the majors in something before long, whether home runs, slugging percentage, outfield assists or something along those lines. It may come as a bit of a surprise, though, that Harper currently leads all MLB hitters in a stat…

  20. Game 17: Nats at Marlins

    Apr 24, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — Hello from the one and only (which is probably a good thing) Marlins Park, where tonight the Nationals open a 10-game road trip with the first of three against the Marlins in this amusement park of a baseball stadium. Miami, which entering the season appeared to be the Nats’ biggest challenger in the…

  21. What have we learned after 2 1/2 weeks?

    Apr 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have now played 16 games, which is one-tenth of their regular season. That’s still a very small fraction, but it’s not so insignificant that we can’t examine a few big-picture issues. So with that in mind, here are some things we’ve learned about the 2015 Nationals so far… The rotation is good as…

  22. Zimmerman dealing with plantar fasciitis

    Apr 23, 2015, 7:56 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, a painful condition that left the Nationals first baseman noticeably limping around the field during Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Cardinals. Zimmerman said he first noticed the problem about four or five days ago, but the condition was worse Thursday, as was apparent for…

  23. Cardinals 4, Nats 1: Scherzer good, Wacha better

    Apr 23, 2015, 6:36 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Max Scherzer vs. Michael Wacha looked like a good pitching matchup on paper, and it proved to be just that. In the end, Wacha was just a little better than Scherzer, with the Cardinals also benefiting from some Nats defensive hijinks late. Scherzer allowed two runs over seven innings, retiring 16-of-17…

  24. Game 16: Cardinals at Nats

    Apr 23, 2015, 12:34 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The final game of this series features the best pitching matchup of the three: Max Scherzer vs. Michael Wacha. Scherzer, the St. Louis native, has been outstanding so far in his D.C. tenure, with an NL-leading 0.83 ERA in his first three starts. Wacha, meanwhile, has a 1.35 ERA so far and came within one…

  25. Grace’s whirlwind day ends with impressive MLB debut

    Apr 23, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    At 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Matt Grace was at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, wearing his Chiefs uniform, looking forward to a matinee against Rochester that would begin 30 minutes later. Ten hours later, Grace found himself in the clubhouse at Nationals Park, a pack of reporters surrounding him and asking about the scoreless inning of…

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