Sep 25, 2015, 1:37 PM EDT
Updated at 5:27 p.m. Major League Baseball has suspended Jonathan Papelbon three games and fined the Nationals closer an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at Manny Machado during Wednesday night’s loss to the Orioles. Papelbon has appealed the ruling and will remain eligible to pitch until his case is heard, the Nationals said. He declined…
Sep 25, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
There have been no shortage of remarkable Bryce Harper stats this season, but among the more remarkable ones was this little nugget: He hadn’t gone hitless in three straight games at any point in 2015. Until Thursday. Yes, that impressive streak came to an end when Harper grounded out to short to conclude the Nationals’…
Sep 24, 2015, 9:11 PM EDT
Matt Williams was asked, after yet another dagger of a loss Thursday evening, whether it’s fair to pin the Nationals’ overall predicament on a bullpen that seems to be at the center of just about every one of these. “I wouldn’t believe that that would be fair,” the manager said, “to point at one thing…
Sep 24, 2015, 7:10 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There’s nothing more harrowing for the Nationals these days than a close ballgame in the seventh inning, a frame that more than any other has left this underachieving ballclub on the precipice of elimination. But when they actually strung together a rally in the bottom of the seventh this afternoon, turning…
Sep 24, 2015, 12:31 PM EDT
This was supposed to be the Nationals’ final off-day of the season, but that was nixed after Monday’s series opener against the Orioles was rained out. So both clubs are back here at the park for a late-afternoon start, with Baltimore looking for a series sweep and Washington looking for a desperately needed win to…
Sep 24, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Bryce Harper stood at the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday night, his team trailing by a run in a game it simply had to win to keep its slim postseason hopes alive. There has been no more-feared hitter in the game this season than the 22-year-old slugger, the presumptive NL MVP…
Sep 24, 2015, 12:15 AM EDT
On yet another night when the Mets tried their best to make the NL East race interesting, the Nationals lost yet another critical game on a home run following a difficult pitching decision made by their manager. Then, once a 4-3 loss to the Orioles was in the books, they found themselves at odds with…
Sep 23, 2015, 10:09 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Knowing his team has reached a point where it all but has to win every remaining game on the schedule, Matt Williams asked his ace to do something extraordinary. Max Scherzer couldn’t quite do it, and so the Nationals lost yet another game via a huge hit allowed in the seventh…
Sep 23, 2015, 3:22 PM EDT
Time hasn’t completely run out on the Nationals, but those triple zeroes are fast approaching. After missing an opportunity last night to gain ground on the Mets (who took a rare loss to Atlanta), the Nats remain 6 1/2 games back with 12 to play. They can afford to lose maybe one or two more…
Sep 22, 2015, 11:39 PM EDT
Of all the reasons why the Nationals have fallen short of expectations in 2015, of all the persistent problems that have stood in their way, the continued squandering of opportunities has loomed as large as any. Time and time again the schedule has favored the Nats, or their opponent has gifted them breaks on a…
Sep 22, 2015, 9:56 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals took the field on Tuesday winners of seven of their last eight, but their momentum both on the mound and on offense was stalled as the Baltimore Orioles controlled the series opener from start to finish with the final result a 4-1 Washington loss. The Nats have lost 9 of their last…
Sep 22, 2015, 3:05 PM EDT
Okay, let’s give this another shot. The Nationals and Orioles had their series opener postponed on Monday night, so now they will try again on Tuesday with the same pitchers scheduled to start. The forecast is much better for this one with a slight chance of rain in the early evening before it clears up…
Sep 21, 2015, 8:14 PM EDT
Updated at 8:52 p.m. The Nationals’ series opener against the Orioles has been postponed due to rain. It will be made up at 4:05 p.m. Thursday. The two clubs were set to open the second half of their annual Battle of the Beltways interleague series, but a steady rain began falling at Nationals Park around…
Sep 21, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT
You know, it wasn’t all that long ago that a series between the Nationals and Orioles in late-September looked like something to get excited about. Now … not so much. Technically, both clubs are still alive. Realistically, both clubs need a miracle. (The Nats’ playoff odds currently stand at 2.1 percent, according to Fangraphs; the…
Sep 8, 2015, 1:29 PM EDT
The Nationals will begin their 2016 season with a 2-game series in Atlanta before hosting the Marlins in their home opener, face the Orioles in a 4-game, home-and-home series in August, face the AL Central in other interleague play and host the Twins in a 2-game exhibition series prior to Opening Day. Major League Baseball…
Jul 20, 2015, 10:48 PM EDT
Ian Desmond entered Monday’s game hitless in his previous 17 at-bats, a streak that dated back to July 10, a span of 10 days. But in the Nats’ 7-2 win over the Mets on Monday night, Desmond reached base twice: once on an infield single and then later with a two-run homer, his eighth of…
Jul 12, 2015, 6:13 PM EDT
Max Scherzer and the Nationals entered the weekend with a decision to make between him starting Sunday’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles, or skipping his turn in interest of his availability for Tuesday’s All-Star Game. It wasn’t a tough one in the end, they say, as Scherzer opted to face the Orioles instead of…
Jul 12, 2015, 3:58 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Max Scherzer entered Sunday’s series (and first-half) finale with an unfortunate past at Camden Yards, most recently featuring his debacle of a start in Game 1 of the 2014 American League Division Series. That history, however, did not carry over whatsoever in what was an overall dominant performance in the Nationals’ final game before…
Jul 12, 2015, 12:26 PM EDT
BALTIMORE — For some of us it may be hard to believe, but here we are on the final day of the first half of the 2015 season. Yes, technically this is Game 87 and the half-mark passed about a week ago, but baseball splits its season in two based on the All-Star break and…
Jul 12, 2015, 11:10 AM EDT
BALTIMORE — Casey Janssen sat at his locker inside the Camden Yards visiting clubhouse Friday night, a plate of food in his hands, and stared off into nothingness for several minutes. He had made only a brief appearance in the game earlier, but the little dribbler of a single he allowed to Chris Parmalee leading…
Jul 12, 2015, 12:44 AM EDT
BALTIMORE — Even the most ardent supporters of Danny Espinosa probably admit they didn’t see this coming, not to this extent. The All-Star break is a few hours away, and the Nationals right now are trying to figure out where they’d be without this guy. “He’s kept us afloat a little bit,” manager Matt Williams…
Jul 11, 2015, 10:21 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Another sellout crowd at Camden Yards — this one with noticeably more red sprinkled among the orange — was treated to another taut ballgame and another compelling chapter in this budding rivalry. And this time the Nationals emerged victorious, thanks to big blasts from their two biggest home-run hitters this season:…
Jul 11, 2015, 3:29 PM EDT
BALTIMORE — Hello again from Camden Yards, where again the humidity is down and we’re in for what appears to be a beautiful night for baseball. It’s Game 2 of this weekend’s Battle of the Beltways, and after losing last night in walk-off fashion, the Nationals need to get back on track and avoid dropping…
Jul 11, 2015, 10:50 AM EDT
BALTIMORE — It got lost in the shuffle after the Nationals’ bullpen gave up the tying and winning runs late, but Gio Gonzalez turned in another strong effort Friday night at Camden Yards, offering more encouragement that the left-hander has turned a corner. Gonzalez allowed one run over six innings, departing with the Nationals leading…
Jul 10, 2015, 11:36 PM EDT
BALTIMORE — Holding a one-run lead on Baltimore in the eighth inning on Friday night, the ideal situation for Matt Williams’ bullpen was presented. Casey Janssen came out to set up a save opportunity for Drew Storen with the Nats holding a 39-2 record this season when leading after seven innings. The Orioles, on the…
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