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  1. Instant analysis: Braves 2, Nats 1

    Apr 4, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With fanfare, somber event remembrances and award presentations, the Nationals took the field for their home opener amid plenty of buzz. Then baseball took center stage, and a tense, nip-and-tuck ballgame between two talented division rivals broke out. Jordan Zimmermann, still battling the stomach virus that prevented him from starting yesterday…

  2. Lerner on payroll, spring training site and Nats Park roof

    Apr 4, 2014, 12:09 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ $134 million payroll, by far their largest in 10 seasons since arriving in the District, can’t be stretched much more without new sources of revenue, principal owner Mark Lerner said Friday. “We’re beyond topped out,” Lerner said prior to the Nationals’ home opener. “Our payroll, as you know, has skyrocketed to about $140…

  3. Game 4: Nationals vs. Braves

    Apr 4, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT

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    After sweeping the New York Mets to begin the 2014 season, things are about to heat up here in Washington for the Nationals. The Atlanta Braves are in town for the first installment of what should be a season-long battle for the National League East division title. Last season the Braves took 13 of the…

  4. Nats announce Zimmermann as today’s starter

    Apr 4, 2014, 9:37 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have listed Jordan Zimmermann as their starting pitcher for today’s home opener against the Braves. Zimmermann, who was scratched from yesterday’s start in New York with a nasty stomach virus, came home early and was hopeful of pitching this game. It appears his condition has improved enough to take the mound this afternoon.

  5. Bring on the Braves

    Apr 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    For all the rehashing and overanalyzing that took place at the end of the 2013 season, anyone who was trying to figure out what went wrong for the Nationals really could point to one simple fact: They couldn’t beat the Braves.

  6. Resilient Nationals sweep their way through New York

    Apr 3, 2014, 6:04 PM EDT

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    It surely takes more than three games for a ballclub to establish an identity, and there’s no telling what may transpire over the next 5 7/8 months to shape the 2014 Washington Nationals.

    But Matt Williams and Mike Rizzo wanted to put together a resilient team, one that obviously is loaded with talent but more importantly boasts the maturity, intensity and depth that so often is required to win ballgames when talent alone isn’t enough.

  7. Instant analysis: Nats 8, Mets 2

    Apr 3, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

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    Having already won the first two games at Citi Field, and with Jordan Zimmermann a late scratch due to a nasty stomach virus, the Nationals had to feel like anything positive that happened today would be the cherry on top of a successful season-opening series. Well, this turned into a whopper of a hot fudge sundae, because the Nats once again did everything right in trouncing the Mets to complete a series sweep.

  8. Game 3: Nats at Mets

    Apr 3, 2014, 12:10 PM EDT

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    Well, this wasn’t quite the scenario anyone expected today, with Tanner Roark starting the Nationals’ third game of the season. But with Jordan Zimmermann severely under the weather — he has a fever, was up all night vomiting and is receiving fluids now to combat dehydration — Matt Williams had to call an audible and gave the ball to Roark for this series finale at Citi Field.

  9. [UPDATED] Zimmermann scratched with illness

    Apr 3, 2014, 10:16 AM EDT

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    The Nationals were forced to scratch Jordan Zimmermann from today’s scheduled start against the Mets when the right-hander came down with flu-like symptoms and now will send Tanner Roark to the mound instead for their 1:10 p.m. series finale at Citi Field.

  10. Gio’s “epic” trip around the bases

    Apr 2, 2014, 11:46 PM EDT

    AP

    As Gio Gonzalez took off for the plate, legs churning, arms flailing, it suddenly became obvious to everyone inside Citi Field that the Nationals pitcher had no idea his drive to deep left-center had been ruled a home run. The ball was no longer in play. So, when exactly did Gonzalez finally come to that conclusion? “When I touched home,” he said. “I think it was the fastest home run jog in baseball.”

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