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  1. State of the Nats: Span on the road back

    Aug 17, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Span is on his way back – It was a rough week for the Nationals, who went 1-6 to begin their West Coast road trip. But they did get some very encouraging news on Sunday with the announcement that Denard Span was beginning his minor league rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac. Span has been…

  2. Under .500, yet still in the playoff race

    Aug 17, 2015, 9:33 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Before Sunday, the Nationals had enjoyed rare success against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. They had beaten him in their previous five matchups, they crushed him on the Fourth of July and they even gave him his only loss in the 2014 postseason. Naturally, that was not to continue forever, and Bumgarner finally broke through at what was…

  3. The Baseball Show: What’s wrong with the Nats?

    Aug 17, 2015, 7:06 AM EDT

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    The Nationals were dominated by Madison Bumgarner on Sunday, as the San Francisco Giants completed a four-game sweep. Now the Nats move on to play the Colorado Rockies in Denver to continue what has been a road trip to forget. On last night’s episode of The Baseball Show, Mark broke down the Nats’ recent struggles…

  4. Span begins rehab assignment with Potomac

    Aug 16, 2015, 2:45 PM EDT

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    In the middle of a month filled with negative developments, something positive actually is happening for the Nationals on Sunday: Denard Span is beginning a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac. The injured center fielder and leadoff man, on the disabled list since July 10 with lower back pain, is expected to be in the…

  5. Game 117: Nats at Giants

    Aug 16, 2015, 1:59 PM EDT

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    The Nationals enter Sunday staring down the barrel of a potential four-game sweep at the San Francisco Giants. And in order make sure that doesn’t happen, they will have to outduel one of the best pitchers in baseball in Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner is 13-6 with a 3.15 ERA this season, but the Nats have somehow…

  6. Nats drop 5th straight in another ugly one

    Aug 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    After Saturday night’s 12-6 loss to San Francisco, the fifth straight defeat for the Nationals overall and their third straight to the Giants, it’s hard to imagine that just over a month ago the Nats swept this very same team in a July 4th series in Washington. But here we are six weeks later with two teams…

  7. Harper leaves game with leg injury

    Aug 16, 2015, 1:12 AM EDT

    USA Today

    [Updated] The Nationals were already down big against the Giants on Saturday when their night got even worse. All-Star Bryce Harper left in the seventh inning after fouling a ball off his left foot. Matt Williams told reporters after the game that X-rays were negative. Harper was at the plate facing Giants reliever George Kontos when…

  8. Game 116: Nats at Giants

    Aug 15, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT

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    The Nationals continue their series at the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night as they hope to snap a four-game losing streak. Gio Gonzalez (9-4, 3.50) and Jake Peavy (2-5, 3.75) squaring off. The Nationals will also try to avoid dropping to .500 on the season for the first time since May 8. Gonzalez looks…

  9. Squandered opportunity

    Aug 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    The Mets had already lost in extra innings to the Pirates, cracking open the window ever so slightly for the Nationals to gain a game back in the standings. Max Scherzer was on the mound in San Francisco, handed a 1-0 lead before he ever took the mound. And the Nats would wind up adding…

  10. Game 115: Nats at Giants

    Aug 14, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT

    AP

    At this point, there’s not much else to say except for the obvious: The Nationals need to start playing better baseball, and as a result start winning more games, before their deficit to the surging Mets becomes too steep to overcome. They’ll try again tonight in San Francisco, hoping both that Max Scherzer can put…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

WLGB
NEW YORK7157
WASHINGTON64636.5
ATLANTA547417.0
MIAMI527719.5
PHILADELPHIA517820.5
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PITTSBURGH7849+4.5
CHICAGO7353
SAN FRANCISCO68595.5
WASHINGTON64639.5
*Through Friday's early games

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