Jul 9, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT
BALTIMORE — Ten straight game days, Danny Espinosa walked into the Nationals’ clubhouse, checked the lineup card, didn’t see his name listed among the starters and went about his business as a newly benched player. And then on Wednesday, when he arrived at Camden Yards, Espinosa gave his usual cursory glance at the lineup card…
Jul 9, 2014, 3:14 PM EDT
BALTIMORE — Hello from the one and only Camden Yards. It’s pretty amazing to think that this place is already 22 years old. It’s also the ninth-oldest ballpark in the majors. Remarkable. After two days (but only one actual game played) in Washington, the Battle of the Beltways moves up the road to the Inner…
Jul 9, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT
Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Athletics (LW: 1) – Zuckerman: Props to Billy Beane, who understands the time is now for Oakland to go all-in. This team is scary-good. 2. Angels (LW: 4) – Zuckerman: They might…
Jul 9, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
For the last week, Matt Williams has faced a nightly lineup decision, the crux of which has boiled down to the question of who would start at third base. For the next two nights, Williams will face another lineup decision. This time, though, the Nationals manager has another position to consider: designated hitter. With the…
Jul 8, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT
[Updated: 10:30 p.m.] Tuesday night’s game between the Nationals and Orioles was postponed due to heavy rain after a delay of approximately 2 1/2 hours. The two teams will now play a makeup game on Aug. 4 at Nationals Park. The tarp rolled out in D.C. about a half-an-hour before game time as a large…
Jul 8, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT
Since returning from a nine-week absence in late June, Bryce Harper has yet to find his form on offense. It’s only been seven games, but the guy who hit three home runs in his final rehab outing has yet to show up. After going 0-for-3 with two walks in the Nats’ loss to the Orioles on Monday…
Jul 8, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT
Try to forget, if you can, the horrendous 11th inning from last night’s game and appreciate the 10 innings that preceded it. The Nationals and Orioles played one heck of a ballgame, getting great pitching performances, fine defense and a couple of big home runs from star players. The atmosphere inside the park was electric,…
Jul 8, 2014, 11:13 AM EDT
Matt Williams can rattle off the names of several former managers who helped him learn how best to deal with a clubhouse full of major leaguers and keep everybody on the same page: Roger Craig, Dusty Baker, Bob Brenly. Ask Williams who most taught him how to prepare himself and his team for a ballgame,…
Jul 8, 2014, 12:45 AM EDT
The Nationals, on paper, should be as formidable an extra-inning foe as anyone in baseball. Between a dominant and deep bullpen, a productive and deep lineup and a veteran-laden bench, they appear well-constructed to come up big the later the clock reads. How then to explain their actual results this season? Monday’s 8-2, 11-inning loss…
Jul 7, 2014, 10:48 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: If the opener of this 4-game Battle of the Beltways is a sign of things to come, get ready for an entertaining, tense week of baseball between two very good teams in front of rabid fans supporting both clubs. A crowd of 35,126 decked out both in red and orange was…
Jul 7, 2014, 3:18 PM EDT
Hello and welcome to the opener of the Battle of the Beltways, the annual showdown between Washington and Baltimore that means very much to the fan bases of both clubs and, quite honestly, means very little to players on both sides. Much as we’d like to believe this is a real rivalry, the players just…
Jul 3, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT
Here are this week’s power rankings with analysis from Mark Zuckerman, Steve Roney and I: 1. Athletics — Hughes: Scott Kazmir is a legitimate Cy Young candidate right now.2. Brewers — Zuckerman: Peripheral stats still say they’re not quite this good, should come back to earth a bit. 3. Tigers — Zuckerman: Rick Porcello, forgotten man of Detroit’s…
Feb 23, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT
With a new baseball season around the corner, it’s time to try some new things. At CSN we cover the Nationals on a variety of platforms, so why not start a podcast? I, Chase Hughes, along with Tim Murray of ESPN 980 have done just that. This week we recorded the first episode of our…
Jan 8, 2014, 10:42 AM EDT
2013 record: 85-77, 3rd place in AL East Manager: Buck Showalter, 5th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $82 million Key additions: 2B Jemile Weeks, RP Ryan Webb, OF David Lough Key losses: 2B Brian Roberts, SP Scott Feldman, OF Nate McLouth, OF Michael Morse, CL Jim Johnson Projected lineup RF Nick Markakis 3B Ryan Flaherty 1B…
Dec 21, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT
The Nationals signed catcher Chris Snyder to a minor league deal on Saturday, bringing the veteran back for a second consecutive spring. Snyder will join the team at big league camp in Viera, Fl. and provide backup catching depth behind Wilson Ramos. Snyder appeared in eight exhibition games for the Nats last year before he…
Dec 16, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT
Chris Marrero, released by the Nationals earlier this fall, has found a new home just up the road: Baltimore. The Orioles have signed the 25-year-old first baseman to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to Baseball America. Marrero, the Nationals’ highly touted first-round pick in the 2006 draft, was outrighted off…
Dec 6, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT
Seeking an upgrade to a bench that was among the majors’ least-productive units this season, the Nationals are adding a veteran with significant experience. And paying him like an everyday player. The Nationals have come to terms on a 2-year contract with outfielder Nate McLouth, pending a physical, a source familiar with the deal confirmed…
Sep 20, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT
The drama is over for the Red Sox and Dodgers, who have officially secured playoff spots. The stakes are much higher in the NL Central, which houses three of the top eight teams in baseball, and in Washington, where the Nats are basically teetering on the tiniest of margins in their quest for the second…
Sep 10, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT
NEW YORK — The Nationals will open next season in New York, with a potential showdown of young aces Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey on tap at Citi Field. Major League Baseball released its full 2014 schedule this afternoon, one that sees the Nationals open on the road, close at home and face all five…
Aug 31, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT
After claiming Michael Morse off waivers on Thursday, the Orioles spent the next 24 hours completing the trade with Seattle. Davey Johnson had actually heard from bench coach Randy Knorr during the game Thursday night it was going to fall through. He heard because Nats players were following the situation during their game against the…
Aug 29, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT
The top teams in the league have plenty of stars, but at this time of the year, some of the most important players on contending teams are the ones flying under the radar. The Braves, Dodgers, and Cardinals are riding players like these straight to the postseason. Here’s how Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, Nats writer…
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