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  1. Harper returns, Taylor still ailing

    Sep 3, 2015, 6:37 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Bryce Harper was back in the Nationals’ lineup on Thursday as they prepared to begin a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves after he left the Nats’ win over the Cardinals the night before with left glute tightness. That was the good news. The bad news was that Michael Taylor, who is still nursing a sore right knee, was…

  2. Updated: Cole called up, Moore activated off DL

    Sep 3, 2015, 5:47 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    [Updated: 5:52 p.m.] The Nationals added two more players to push their active roster to 32 on Thursday by calling up right-hander A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse and activating first baseman Tyler Moore off the disabled list. Cole, 23, rejoins the Nationals for his third stint of the 2015 season. He made his MLB debut on…

  3. Nats add Grace, Martin as September call-ups

    Sep 2, 2015, 4:59 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    The second wave of September call-ups for the Nationals took place on Wednesday, as relievers Matt Grace and Rafael Martin were added to the roster, which now sits at 30. Both pitchers were recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. Grace, 26, joins the Nats for the first time since going to the minors on June 1. In…

  4. The Baseball Show: Is Span’s Nats career over?

    Sep 1, 2015, 11:53 AM EDT

    USA Today

    The Nationals are coming off a bad loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, one that puts them in jeopardy of losing the momentum they had built over the previous 12 games. But although they were winning before they traveled to St. Louis, it was a tough week in regards to their overall health. Denard Span went down…

  5. State of the Nats: Cardinals up next

    Aug 31, 2015, 11:31 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Cardinals up next – The Nationals must feel pretty good about themselves coming out of the weekend. They beat the Marlins to secure their fourth consecutive series win. They have now won six of their last eight and nine of their last 12. They even gained a rare game on New York on Saturday, while the…

  6. Taylor returns to lineup with a bang

    Aug 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    When the Nationals realized on Thursday that center fielder Denard Span would be lost for the season, they knew exactly who to turn to. Sitting on their bench was rookie Michael Taylor, the heir apparent at the position, who had mostly thrived this season while Span was recovering from injuries. But then Thursday night’s game…

  7. Strasburg leaves Nats win with injury

    Aug 30, 2015, 6:32 PM EDT

    USA Today

    For the second time in a span of four days, the Nationals won a game that was defined by an unfortunate injury to one of their best players. On Thursday, they beat the Padres but lost Denard Span. Michael Taylor and Yunel Escobar also left the game banged up. It was a pyrrhic victory. They…

  8. Nats 7, Marlins 4: Nationals start slow, rebound for series win

    Aug 30, 2015, 4:42 PM EDT

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals came out flat on Sunday afternoon against the Marlins and went down early as Stephen Strasburg ran into trouble in the first inning. For the first half of the afternoon, it looked like they were going to stumble their way into St. Louis for a big series beginning on Monday. But…

  9. Game 129: Marlins at Nats

    Aug 30, 2015, 12:05 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to win their fourth consecutive series, a feat that would set them up rather nicely for a huge series early this coming week in St. Louis against the MLB-best Cardinals. It’s a good opportunity for some positive momentum to take on the road and the Nats will have…

  10. Nats gain a rare game on the Mets

    Aug 29, 2015, 10:57 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Ten days over the course of a six-month baseball season is not a long time, but in a pennant race it can seem like an eternity. For the Nats, that’s how long it took for them to finally gain a game in the NL East on the New York Mets, who lately seem like they…

  11. Nats 5, Marlins 1: Zimmermann, Nationals bounce back

    Aug 29, 2015, 9:30 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: As bad as things have looked after the many disappointing losses the Nats have endured recently, including Friday’s, much can change on a given night. Saturday’s 5-1 win didn’t solve all of their problems, but coupled with a Mets’ loss to the Red Sox, and the fortunes of both teams look a…

  12. Ross shines, but pulled early for innings limit

    Aug 28, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    The Nationals alluded to the limitations they were ready to apply on starter Joe Ross on Tuesday, as the rookie is already in uncharted territory in terms of innings pitched this season. Tanner Roark was sent to Single-A Potomac to stretch out his arm with the plan to return in September and take Ross’ rotation…

  13. Updated: Escobar leaves game with right hand contusion

    Aug 27, 2015, 11:09 PM EDT

    USA Today

    [Updated 11:09 p.m.] Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar left Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Padres with a right hand contusion after being hit by a 97 mile per hour fastball during an at-bat against Andrew Cashner. Escobar with hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning. The HBP scored a run, but…

  14. Span sits to rest sore back; notes on Carpenter, Johnson & McLouth

    Aug 27, 2015, 5:16 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    Denard Span returned off the disabled list on Tuesday to give the Nationals’ their first complete lineup of the season. Then, on Wednesday night he landed two doubles and scored a run. But on Thursday, Span was out of the lineup after feeling soreness in his back, the same area of the injury that kept him…

  15. Strasburg keeps leading the charge

    Aug 26, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Stephen Strasburg has quite easily been the Nationals’ best pitcher over the last few weeks since he returned from the disabled list on Aug. 8, and that trend continued in Tuesday night’s win over the San Diego Padres. The Nationals right-hander overcame a second-inning home run by Jedd Gyorko to go six strong innings of…

  16. Espinosa again makes most of opportunity

    Aug 24, 2015, 5:35 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Since the return of Anthony Rendon on July 25, the Nationals have had a logjam in their infield. And lately that has become even more evident thanks to the improved play of not only Rendon, but Ian Desmond as well. Finding Danny Espinosa playing time, in particular, has become a challenge at times. When Desmond and…

  17. Nats again build momentum with another series win

    Aug 23, 2015, 6:53 PM EDT

    USA Today

    The beginning of the Nationals’ weekend series against the lowly Milwaukee Brewers was about as unfortunate as they come. The Nats were blown out by a bad team on the first day of what is by all accounts a very important homestand. That followed a tough loss to the Colorado Rockies, one that saw Max Scherzer lose to Yohan…

  18. Nats 9, Brewers 5: Offense explodes to secure series win

    Aug 23, 2015, 4:39 PM EDT

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It had been nearly two months since the Nationals won consecutive series, and it finally came against two of the worst teams in baseball, but the Nats’ performance to finish the weekend was a convincing sign of progress, nonetheless. After dominating the Brewers on Saturday night, the Nats followed suit with a 9-5…

  19. Game 123: Brewers at Nats

    Aug 23, 2015, 12:15 PM EDT

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    The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to win their second consecutive series, something they have not done since June 23-28. That is yet another mind-boggling fact about the 2015 Nationals, but here we are in August with the Nats hoping for an important series win against one of the worst teams in baseball. Jordan…

  20. Blowout loss doesn’t spoil Turner’s debut

    Aug 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Associated Press

    The major league debut of top prospect Trea Turner happened to come in a blowout defeat for the Nationals, but the 22-year-old shortstop didn’t let that spoil what was a day he will always remember. Turner received a nice ovation from the welcoming Nats crowd as he trotted out on defense to replace Ian Desmond…

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

    Aug 17, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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