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  1. Carpenter to get 2nd opinion, Span to be evaluated soon

    Jul 31, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT

    USA Today

    NEW YORK — Matt Williams and Mike Rizzo provided a pair of injury updates for the Nationals on Friday before the team’s game against the New York Mets, as though they have seen a good group of guys return over the last week, there remain several big names on the disabled list. Reliever David Carpenter,…

  2. Catching up with now-Mets pitcher Tyler Clippard

    Jul 31, 2015, 6:38 PM EDT

    USA Today

    NEW YORK — Tyler Clippard will get his first chance to face his former Nationals teammates on Friday night, as the Nats play at the New York Mets in a big weekend series. Clippard was traded to the Mets on Monday from the Oakland Athletics, whom he was traded to by the Nats over the…

  3. Game 101: Nats at Mets

    Jul 31, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — The Nationals roll into New York this weekend fresh off a series win against the Miami Marlins and with a three-game lead in first place in the NL East. The Mets will do their best to try and gain some ground in the division race against a Nats team that looks revitalized…

  4. VIDEO: Papelbon on joining the Nats, playing with Storen

    Jul 30, 2015, 10:23 AM EDT

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    Jonathan Papelbon met with reporters before yesterday’s game at Marlins Park on his first day with his new team, the Washington Nationals. The veteran closer addressed several subjects, including why he waived his no-trade clause to join the Nats and what his presence now means for Drew Storen. You can watch the video below to…

  5. Strasburg to rehab at Syracuse

    Jul 27, 2015, 2:39 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs in what amounts to a significant step in his recovery from a strained left oblique. The Nationals’ right-hander threw 51 pitches in a simulated game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Friday. He was placed on the disabled list…

  6. The Baseball Show: A rough start to the second half

    Jul 27, 2015, 11:04 AM EDT

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    There was a lot to talk about on this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, as the Nationals just lost a four-game series at the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 2015 trade deadline is also quickly approaching, as the Nats have stumbled out of the gate in the second half of the season. There is also a…

  7. Plenty of contributors in Nats’ comeback win

    Jul 22, 2015, 5:57 PM EDT

    USA Today

    As if it wasn’t clear already, the second-inning departure of Yunel Escobar due to injury gave the Nats yet another reminder that if they are to win games these days, they are going to have to do so without the contributions of some of their biggest names. Escobar exited with a left wrist injury, another…

  8. Updated: Escobar leaves game with wrist injury

    Jul 22, 2015, 5:11 PM EDT

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    [Updated at 5:16 p.m.] Yunel Escobar left Wednesday’s game in the bottom of the second inning against the New York Mets with a left wrist injury. He underwent an X-ray afterwards that showed no bone fractures. “That X-ray is negative. We’re going to send him in for further tests. That’s all we know at this…

  9. Carpenter has setback; Strasburg ready for sim game

    Jul 22, 2015, 11:36 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Nationals reliever David Carpenter has stopped his throwing program as he continues to recover from right shoulder inflammation after feeling discomfort while playing catch off flat ground. The veteran will now take two or three days off after receiving anti-inflammatory injections and undergoing an MRI. The good news is that the MRI showed no structural…

  10. Ross shines, but defense and bullpen contribute to loss

    Jul 21, 2015, 11:24 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Rookie right-hander Joe Ross had made spot starts for the Nationals before, but this was no ordinary outing. The 22-year-old starter came up to pitch in Stephen Strasburg’s place on Tuesday and faced the New York Mets, the second place team in the NL East. His counterpart? Reigning NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 All-Star…

  11. Nats finally get to Matt Harvey

    Jul 21, 2015, 12:44 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Matt Harvey has dominated his fair share of lineups throughout his brief MLB career and the Nationals are no stranger to what he’s capable of. Entering Monday night Harvey had a 0.68 ERA in six starts against Washington with three earned runs allowed and 47 strikeouts across 40 innings. Harvey had already seen the Nats…

  12. Desmond says encouragement from Cal Ripken has helped

    Jul 20, 2015, 10:48 PM EDT

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    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…

  13. Updated: Nats make roster moves to make way for de los Santos

    Jul 20, 2015, 5:49 PM EDT

    USA Today

    [Updated 5:51 p.m.] With rookie reliever Abel de los Santos joining the team on Monday, the Nationals made a pair of moves to clear up a roster spot. They transferred Jayson Werth – who is rehabbing a broken left wrist – from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. They also optioned struggling right-hander Blake…

  14. Ross to start against Mets on Tuesday

    Jul 20, 2015, 5:09 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Rookie right-hander Joe Ross will start for the Nationals on Tuesday night against the New York Mets, manager Matt Williams announced before Monday’s game. Ross will be called up from Triple-A Syracuse to pitch the game opposite of 2014 NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom. Ross has made three MLB starts this season since…

  15. State of the Nats: Mets coming to town

    Jul 20, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: New York Mets are coming to town – After dropping two of three against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and facing off with two of the best pitchers in baseball, the road will not get any easier for the Nats as the division rival New York Mets come to Washington. The Nats and…

  16. Greinke follows Kershaw as Nats continue gauntlet of aces

    Jul 19, 2015, 7:31 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Less than 24 hours after Clayton Kershaw carved the Nationals up to the tune of 14 strikeouts across eight scoreless innings, right-hander Zack Greinke followed suit in a 5-0 shutout for the Los Angeles Dodgers on a heat-soaked Sunday afternoon at Nats Park. Greinke had eight scoreless frames of his own to go along with a…

  17. Harper says Greinke was aided by wide strike zone

    Jul 19, 2015, 6:17 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Dodgers starter Zack Greinke continued a historic stretch on Sunday afternoon against the Nationals by extending his consecutive scoreless streak to 43 2/3 innings. That’s the fourth-longest such streak since 1961 and the best since Orel Hershiser’s 59 straight in 1988. He is just the third pitcher in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) to…

  18. Dodgers 5, Nats 0: Greinke bests Scherzer in duel of top pitchers

    Jul 19, 2015, 4:49 PM EDT

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It was billed as a pitchers duel between the two best starters in baseball so far this season and it sure didn’t disappoint. Both Max Scherzer and Zack Greinke were dominant on Sunday afternoon, but it was the Nats’ star right-hander who blinked first. Scherzer allowed Andre Ethier to score on a…

  19. Span gets cortisone shot, hopes to swing soon

    Jul 19, 2015, 1:02 PM EDT

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    Denard Span received a cortisone shot in his back on Monday to help alleviate some of the discomfort caused by his back tightness, which landed him on the disabled list July 7. The Nationals center fielder has played catch and jogged on a treadmill and hopes to ramp up his workload very soon. “The back feels…

  20. Zim to begin rehab games; updates on Rendon and Espinosa

    Jul 19, 2015, 12:22 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Ryan Zimmerman will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators as he continues to work his way back from plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Zimmerman will appear with the Senators for the first time since he was a prospect in 2005. The Nationals first baseman has been on…

  21. Game 90: Dodgers at Nats

    Jul 19, 2015, 10:21 AM EDT

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    On a scorching hot afternoon at Nationals Park that also happens to be Star Wars Day, the Nats and Dodgers close out their weekend series with one of the best pitching matchups you will see all season. Starting for the Nationals will be Max Scherzer (10-7, 2.11), who is second in the majors in ERA. Starting…

  22. Zimmerman close to rehab games

    Jul 18, 2015, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman went through an extensive workout at Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon to test the plantar fasciitis in his left foot with head trainer Lee Kuntz and manager Matt Williams looking on. He took batting practice, he fielded grounders at first base and practiced throws to second, he also did baserunning drills. Zimmerman broke…

  23. Rendon to begin rehab assignment with Potomac

    Jul 18, 2015, 11:49 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Anthony Rendon will begin a minor league rehab assignment with the Single-A Potomac Nationals on Saturday night, Matt Williams revealed before the team’s quasi-doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rendon will play third base as he recovers from a strained left quadriceps muscle. The P-Nats host the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at 6:35 p.m. in Woodbridge,…

  24. Game 88: Dodgers at Nats (resumed)

    Jul 18, 2015, 10:18 AM EDT

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    Okay, let’s try this again. After Friday night’s game was suspended due to lighting issues, the Nationals and Dodgers will resume play on Saturday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. The game will start in the top of the sixth inning with the Nationals leading 3-2. There will be two games played today with the second one…

  25. Nats-Dodgers game suspended

    Jul 17, 2015, 11:30 PM EDT

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    [Updated 11:34 p.m.] The Nationals and Dodgers game on Friday night was suspended in the top of the sixth inning with the Nats leading 3-2 due to an issue with the lighting at Nationals Park. The game will be resumed on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. with the regularly scheduled game to be played at 4:05…

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