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  1. Desmond, Clippard unravel in eighth inning of Nats’ loss

    Apr 22, 2014, 12:23 AM EDT

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    Through the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the only winning campaigns since the Nationals moved to Washington in 2005, one could argue their most consistent position player was Ian Desmond, and their best relief pitcher was Tyler Clippard. Somehow, three weeks into this new season, each has become their own unique liability. Desmond is committing errors…

  2. Harper and Trout on playing each other, comparisons between the two

    Apr 21, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT

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    They are linked by Rookie of the Year awards, two All-Star appearances by the age of 22, and a good deal of hype, but Monday will be the first time we see both Bryce Harper and Mike Trout on the same field for a regular season MLB game. They are two young phenoms who could define…

  3. Game 20: Angels at Nats

    Apr 21, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    As you may have heard, there are a couple of high-profile young stars here in town tonight meeting for the first time as big leaguers. But there are some storylines beyond Mike Trout vs. Bryce Harper as the Nationals host the Angels in the opener of a three-game series. There is, for example, a guy…

  4. State of the Nats: It’s time for Harper vs. Trout

    Apr 21, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT

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    Top storylines: Mike Trout and the Angels in town - When the 2014 MLB schedule came out back in September, one early season series for the Nationals stood out immediately. On April 21 (today) the Los Angeles Angels would travel to Washington to play the Nats, finally pitting Bryce Harper and Mike Trout against each other…

  5. VIDEO: Harper, Williams and Werth on benching

    Apr 20, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    After Bryce Harper was removed from Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the explanation as to why came as quite the surprise. No, it had nothing to do with Harper’s lingering quad tightness, it was for lack of hustle. We at CSN had a camera at Nationals Park for the aftermath, and got reaction…

  6. Instant Analysis: Cardinals 4, Nats 3

    Apr 19, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Facing a team that has had their way with him in the past, Jordan Zimmermann pitched well enough against St. Louis to give the Nationals a chance to win on Saturday. But again, as they did two nights ago, the Nats committed defensive mistakes early in the game that cost them. This…

  7. Nats activate Denard Span from 7-day DL, option Steven Souza, Jr.

    Apr 19, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT

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    The Nationals reinstated center fielder Denard Span off the 7-day disabled list on Saturday, and optioned Steven Souza, Jr. back to Triple-A Syracuse. Span had been out since April 11 after sustaining a concussion in Atlanta in a game against the Braves. He made two rehab appearances with the Single-A Hagerstown Suns before rejoining the…

  8. Game 18: Cardinals at Nats

    Apr 19, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

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    With a quick turnaround after their 3-1 win the night before, the Nationals will send Jordan Zimmermann (1-0, 5.27) out to the mound on Saturday to face a St. Louis Cardinals team that has given him trouble in the past. Zimmermann is 0-3 with a 8.27 ERA in eight career starts against the Cards. He’s…

  9. Drew Storen comes through in Nats’ 3-1 win over Cardinals

    Apr 19, 2014, 9:41 AM EDT

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    Nursing a 3-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals – a team they had not beaten in eight consecutive tries – the Nationals nearly saw it slip away. Struggling relief pitcher Tyler Clippard took over for starter Gio Gonzalez to begin the inning, and needed 26 pitches to…

  10. Span to join Nats on Saturday after second rehab game

    Apr 18, 2014, 8:42 PM EDT

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    [Updated 10:40 p.m.] Nationals center fielder Denard Span completed his second rehab assignment game with the Single-A Hagerstown Suns on Friday night as he aims for a weekend return from the seven-day disabled list. Span, who is recovering from a concussion sustained on April 11 in Atlanta, went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. He…

  11. Nats call up Xavier Cedeno, send Blake Treinen to Syracuse

    Apr 18, 2014, 5:38 PM EDT

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    The Washington Nationals recalled lefty relief pitcher Xavier Cedeno on Friday afternoon and optioned right-hander Blake Treinen back down to Triple-A Syracuse. Treinen, 25, will return to a starter’s schedule now after serving a week as the Nationals’ long reliever. “The plan for him outside of the major league team is for him to start…

  12. The Baseball Show: How can Strasburg turn it around?

    Apr 18, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT

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    On Thursday’s ‘The Baseball Show,’ one segment featured a discussion about the early season struggles of Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg through four starts carries a 1-2 record, 6.00 ERA and a WHIP that has soared to 1.571. The Nats’ rotation as a whole, in fact, is now second-to-last in baseball with a 5.21 ERA as a…

  13. Nats’ defensive mistakes add up in loss to Cardinals

    Apr 18, 2014, 12:09 AM EDT

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    In what ended up a 8-0 blowout loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night, a game in which they mustered only two hits off Adam Wainwright, a lot went wrong for the Nationals besides their play in the field. But after four defensive errors in one game – and an MLB-worst 20 total…

  14. Span scores three runs for Hagerstown in minor league rehab game

    Apr 17, 2014, 8:43 PM EDT

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    Nationals center fielder Denard Span completed his first minor league rehab assignment on Thursday night with the Single-A Hagerstown Suns, going 1-for-2 with three runs, an RBI and two walks. Span also played five innings in center field before he was removed from the game. He walked in his first at-bat and later scored on a…

  15. Doug Fister pitches in Viera, timetable for return set

    Apr 17, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Nationals starter Doug Fister threw two innings – a total of 28 pitches – on Thursday at extended spring training in Viera, Fl. as he continues his rehab from a right lat strain. Manager Matt Williams expects Fister to make another appearance in Florida before beginning a minor league rehab assignment. “No issues,” Williams said.…

  16. Game 16: Cardinals at Nats

    Apr 17, 2014, 3:06 PM EDT

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    Coming off a series win over the Miami Marlins, the Nationals now return home for an 11-game homestand beginning with four against the defending NL champion St. Louis Cardinals. Adam Wainwright (2-1, 2.25) will pitch the first game with Michael Wacha set for Game 2. Needless to say, the Nationals’ makeshift lineup will have its…

  17. Nationals Stock Watch: Harper’s heating up

    Apr 16, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

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    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…

  18. Strasburg’s poor outing continues troubling early season trend

    Apr 16, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg took his second loss of the 2014 season on Tuesday night in a game that turned ugly very quickly. Strasburg gave up three earned runs in each of the first two innings against the Marlins, and was removed after four. He now sits 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA on the season and has…

  19. Game 14: Nats at Marlins

    Apr 15, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT

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    A day after Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals rebounded with a 9-2 win over the Marlins, Stephen Strasburg (1-1, 4.24) will take the ball looking to build off his strong outing against Miami just five days ago. Strasburg beat the Marlins at Nationals Park on April 10 after allowing one run and striking out 12…

  20. Around the NL East: Braves rolling, Marlins reeling

    Apr 15, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves extended their win streak to four games on Monday night with a wild win in Philadelphia, a game that saw them blow a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning, then win it on a Dan Uggla grand slam in the ninth. Ervin Santana was excellent in his second start with the…

  21. Nats’ owner Ted Lerner part of DC Sports Hall of Fame 2014 class

    Apr 15, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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    On April 27 at Nationals Park before the Nats play the Padres, seven new members of the Washington, DC Sports Hall of Fame will be enshrined. The inductees will receive a commemorative plaque, and their names will be added to the Hall of Fame display right outside the stadium. Here is the 2014 class: Lefty…

  22. Nationals’ bench continues strong start to season in win over Marlins

    Apr 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Last week after the Nationals swept the Marlins before heading to Atlanta, we at CSN pointed out a coincidental parallel between this season and last. The Nats entered their series with the Braves with the exact same record (then 7-2) as they did in 2013 before getting swept by their rivals. And then the Braves…

  23. State of the Nats: Moving on after the sweep

    Apr 14, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Goodbye, Braves - Though the Nationals would have loved to avoid the sweep this weekend, they have to be happy to leave Atlanta. The Braves have continued their dominance over the Nationals, pushing their record against Washington to 18-7 over the last two seasons. This year the Nats are 1-5 against their rivals and have been…

  24. The Baseball Show: How will Nats handle Zimmerman?

    Apr 12, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

    Zimmerman's error looms large in Nats' loss

    The problems Ryan Zimmerman has had throwing the ball from third base have presented a unique problem for the Nationals. There is really no recent precedent for a guy who can throw lasers on the most difficult plays (including when bats are flying over his head), yet can’t hit his target on the routine ones.…

  25. Nationals hope Games 10-12 vs. Braves go better this time around

    Apr 11, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

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    After beating the Miami Marlins on Thursday to secure their second series sweep of this young season, the Nationals moved to 7-2 through nine games on the year. That’s a .778 winning percentage, and a pretty good start, right? Well, what if you were told the Nationals started each of the last two seasons with…

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