Apr 18, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of an atrocious performance Thursday night, Matt Williams challenged his players to return to the park Friday with renewed focus and desire. The Nationals responded in kind, delivering the kind of well-played ballgame Williams had been seeking all along. Gio Gonzalez and Michael Wacha matched pitch-for-pitch, with Wacha…
Apr 16, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT
Record: 3-4 Team slash: .289/.358/.489 Team ERA: 5.17 Runs per game: 5.5 STOCK UP Bryce Harper, LF: 13-24/1 HR/ 5 RBI/.586 OBP/1.426 OPS Now this is closer to the Bryce Harper everyone expected coming into the season. After a tough first week, the Nationals’ left fielder was able to rebound with a couple breakout games…
Apr 13, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
ATLANTA — Matt Williams sat back in his office chair at Turner Field and contemplated yet another question about yet another injury to yet another key member of his starting lineup. “It is what it is,” the first-year Nationals manager said. “Nobody’s going to feel sorry for us. Gotta play.” That’s all Williams and anybody…
Apr 9, 2014, 12:49 PM EDT
Record: 5-2 Team slash: .253/.319/.409 Team ERA: 2.25 Runs per game: 4.57 STOCK UP Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B – 7 G, .407 BA, 11 H, 4 R, 3 2B, HR, 8 RBI, 1.037 OPS If the season’s first week is any indication, the Nationals’ 23-year-old infielder might be starting to show why the team drafted him sixth overall in 2011…
Apr 9, 2014, 10:42 AM EDT
Though he had seen occasional action at third base from time to time, Anthony Rendon had made the mental switch to second base last summer, once he arrived in Washington and found himself with an opportunity to play every day at an unfamiliar position. His defensive work has paid dividends; he has become a quality…
Apr 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
It’s been three days since Ryan Zimmerman last took his position in the field for the Nationals, departing abruptly after his latest attempt to throw the ball across the diamond sailed over Adam LaRoche’s head with minimal velocity and maximum awkwardness. Since then, Zimmerman has had a chance to rest. He has had his right…
Mar 23, 2014, 11:52 AM EDT
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Anthony Rendon is unavailable to play for the third straight day due to a severe chest cold, but the second baseman is expected to return well in advance of the Nationals’ March 31 season opener. Rendon hasn’t played since Thursday, when he came off the bench to replace Ryan Zimmerman…
Mar 21, 2014, 1:54 PM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. — With less than a week of spring training to go, Nationals manager Matt Williams still doesn’t want to name his starting second baseman, saying he wants both Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa to continue competing down to the wire. “I’m not ready to make that decision yet,” Williams said prior to today’s…
Mar 16, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT
Today the Nationals play two split-squad games, one at home against the Tigers and the other on the road against the Astros. Jordan Zimmermann will face Detroit while Gio Gonzalez will take the mound vs. Houston. The Nats-Tigers game will be on TV and Justin Verlander is pitching. The Nats will also have a lineup…
Mar 15, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT
Today the Nationals and Marlins will send their aces to the mound as both Stephen Strasburg and Jose Fernandez are nearing the home stretch towards Opening Day. The game is not on television unfortunately, but you will be able to listen to the Marlins’ broadcast through MLB.com. The Nats have sent a decent amount of…
Mar 2, 2014, 12:13 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Some news and notes to whet your appetite while you wait for the start of today’s Grapefruit League game (not to mention another round of snow back home)… — Anthony Rendon is starting at third base this afternoon, and don’t be surprised if you see that several more times this spring. There’s…
Feb 22, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT
The Nationals have made it clear the competition for starting second baseman is open. The candidates are Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa, and the Nats plan to give both an equal shot at the job. In Mark Zuckerman’s latest feature from Viera, he talks to both players as well as manager Matt Williams, getting their…
Feb 20, 2014, 4:53 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Read into it as much or as little as you like, but it didn’t go unnoticed Thursday that Danny Espinosa spent more time at shortstop than second base during the Nationals’ first full-squad workout of the spring. Matt Williams has said Espinosa is in an “open competition” with Anthony Rendon for the…
Feb 16, 2014, 5:47 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Danny Espinosa wanted a chance to win back the starting second base job he lost last year, and the Nationals will give him that opportunity. Manager Matt Williams said there will be an “open competition” between Espinosa and Anthony Rendon this spring, with no preconceived notions going into a battle that could…
Feb 11, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT
Entering his first spring training as manager, Matt Williams has thrown out several possibilities for each key Nats player in terms of where they will slot in the lineup. Basically, he’s going to feel it out through camp before deciding what his Opening Day lineup will look like. We know which players will be on…
Jan 30, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT
As professional sports continue to adapt to the age of Twitter and social media, one thing is becoming clearer and clearer as each year goes by. Rumors, whether the trade or free agent variety, are becoming more prevalent as media outlets and fans crave content and conversation more and more by the day. The NFL…
Jan 26, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT
After a year that saw Danny Espinosa play through a torn rotator cuff, break his wrist, and hit .158 on his way to a demotion to Triple-A, the 26-year-old remains very much optimistic about 2014. He knows it will be an important year in the context of his MLB career, and considers 2013 to be…
Jan 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 23 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2011 draft 2014 salary: $1.8 million 2013 Stats: 98 G, 394 PA, 40 R, 93 H, 23 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 35 RBI, 1 SB, 31 BB, 69 SO, .265 AVG, .329 OBP, .396 SLG, .725 OPS, 9 E, 3.4 UZR (at 2B), -2.3…
Jan 9, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT
The Washington Nationals have released a list of players they expect to attend Jan. 25′s NatsFest at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The appearances are subject to change, but for now it appears Stephen Strasburg will be there after missing the event in 2013. Bryce Harper will be in attendance as well, along…
Dec 3, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT
General manager Mike Rizzo just wrapped up a conference call with reporters a few minutes ago. Obviously, last night’s trade for Doug Fister was the primary topic of discussion, but Rizzo also addressed some other issues, including the competition for No. 5 starter, the state of things at second base and the continued desire to…
Nov 20, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 24 How acquired: Trade with Diamondbacks, July 2011 MLB service time: 27 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $495,900 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2013 Stats: 8 G, 9 PA, 8 AB, 2 R, 3 H, RBI, BB, .375 BA, 1.069 OPS, 191 OPS+, 0.2 WAR 2013 analysis: Most…
Nov 13, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
It’s no secret Mike Rizzo would like to acquire another starting pitcher this winter, and it’s clear the Nationals general manager is willing (if not eager) to explore the trade market for such a pitcher. And there are two legitimately elite starters out there right now who could be dealt: David Price and Max Scherzer.…
Nov 13, 2013, 3:28 AM EDT
A day after seeing third base coach Trent Jewett leave to join the Mariners, another Nats official is moving west. Nationals assistant general manager and VP of player personnel Roy Clark is heading to Los Angeles to join the Dodgers front office. Keith Law of ESPN first reported the news. Clark spent four years with the…
Oct 12, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 23 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2011 draft MLB service time: 130 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $1.8 million Contract status: Signed for $1.8 million in 2014, club option for 2015, likely Super-2 arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2020. 2013 Stats: 98 G, 394 PA, 40 R, 93 H, 23 2B,…
Oct 2, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over these first five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 2 storyline: Whether or not to keep the current starting lineup intact… For more than four months, the Nationals owned one…
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- Bryce Harper benched in Nats' loss to Cardinals for 'lack of hustle'
- Anthony Rendon error costs Nationals in loss to Cardinals
- Nats activate Denard Span from 7-day DL, option Steven Souza, Jr.
- Zimmermann, Nats look for two in a row vs. Cardinals
- Drew Storen comes through in Nats' 3-1 win over Cardinals
- Nationals respond to Williams' challenge, beat Cards
- Nats strike early on Wacha, beat Cardinals 3-1
- Span to join Nats on Saturday after second rehab game
- Ramos takes first swings since breaking left hand
- Denard Span on track to return to Nats this weekend