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  1. Brutal stretch for Nats has end in sight; Taylor’s heating up

    Jul 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    With their 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon, the Nationals have now lost six of their 10 games since the All-Star break ended. Max Scherzer has been beaten twice during that stretch. Their offense has averaged 3.8 runs per contest. The Mets have cut the division lead back down to two games.…

  2. Game 97: Nats at Pirates

    Jul 26, 2015, 11:32 AM EDT

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    The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to split their four-game series against the Pirates following their lopsided win the day before. They will send rookie Joe Ross (2-2, 2.70) to the mound opposite former No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole (13-4, 2.31), who is in the middle of a breakout season. Ross has only…

  3. Is Desmond back?

    Jul 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    You wondered it after enjoying a big day at the plate to begin the week and shared an anecdote about a pep talk he received from Cal Ripken. And then you wondered it after he went 5-for-9 in the Nationals’ series against the Mets. And then you really wondered it when he homered Thursday night…

  4. Game 96: Nats at Pirates

    Jul 25, 2015, 4:20 PM EDT

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    For weeks, we’ve been talking about members of the Nationals lineup who are unavailable to play. Tonight, we’re finally able to talk about a couple who are available to play, and who will play. Yes, Anthony Rendon is off the DL, having missed the last month with a strained left quadriceps muscle; he’s batting second…

  5. Rendon activated off DL, in Nats’ lineup tonight at Pirates

    Jul 25, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT

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    The Nationals got the first of their injured regulars back in time for Saturday’s game, activating infielder Anthony Rendon off the 15-day disabled list and inserting him right back in their starting lineup. Rendon, out since June 24 with a strained left quadriceps muscle, completed a 6-game rehab assignment with Class A Potomac and flew…

  6. Top prospect Giolito promoted to Harrisburg

    Jul 25, 2015, 1:08 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have promoted top prospect Lucas Giolito to Class AA Harrisburg, deeming the 21-year-old right-hander ready to start pitching at the upper levels of their farm system. Giolito, recently named the No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB.com, went 3-5 with a 2.71 ERA in 13 games (11 starts) for Class A Potomac over…

  7. Rough start to 2nd half, but Nats weathering storm

    Jul 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    The Nationals have come out of the All-Star break and gone 3-5, scoring an average of 3.5 runs per game but giving up an average of 4.75 during that same stretch. Not exactly the kind of baseball you want to be playing at this stage of the season. Even so, the Nats have actually gained…

  8. Game 95: Nats at Pirates

    Jul 24, 2015, 4:05 PM EDT

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    The last time he faced the Pirates, Max Scherzer … well, you know what he did. (And what he came oh-so-close to doing beyond that.) So what does Scherzer have in store for tonight’s rematch in Pittsburgh? On paper, this looks like quite an advantageous matchup for the Nationals, who are getting the Pirates’ Big…

  9. MLB Power Rankings: Astros, Pirates make moves

    Jul 24, 2015, 12:29 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 30) Will Ruben Amaro finally bite the bullet and trade somebody? Somebody, anybody?!?! 29. Marlins – Hughes: (LW: 29) Jose Fernandez is back and dominating with a 2.77…

  10. VIDEOS: On Fister, Aroldis Chapman and the trade deadline

    Jul 24, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    I went on SportsNet Central Thursday night for a pair of segments to talk about a variety of topics involving the Nationals. The first clip is about how close Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth are to returning. We also discussed the trade deadline and host Michael Jenkins even brought up my recent cameo…

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