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  1. UPDATE: Janssen activated, Solis placed on DL

    May 22, 2015, 2:22 PM EDT

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    Updated at 6:41 p.m. The Nationals made their long-anticipated move to activate Casey Janssen off the disabled list Friday, bolstering their bullpen with an experienced reliever but forcing them to place rookie Sammy Solis on the DL with his own shoulder ailment. Janssen, who pitched six games during a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac…

  2. Harper stories from his college teammate, Chasen Shreve

    May 21, 2015, 5:56 PM EDT

    Apr 28, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chasen Shreve (45) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    Bryce Harper has known Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve since the Nationals right fielder was just 16 years old. The two played together in a scout tournament for one season and then for another year at the College of Southern Nevada, along with Bryce’s older brother, Bryan. Shreve took some time this week while New York…

  3. Scherzer on his start, chocolate sauce and comparing Harper to Miggy

    May 21, 2015, 12:02 PM EDT

    May 11, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Through his first eight games as a Washington National, Max Scherzer is off to the best start of his career by several measures. His ERA is a pristine 1.75, good for fourth in the National League. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is 8.25, over double his career average of 3.49. He’s tied for third in the majors…

  4. Harper, Williams strongly disagree with ejections

    May 20, 2015, 10:53 PM EDT

    May 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) looks on after being thrown out of the game in the third inning against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    Hours after they were tossed from Wednesday night’s win over the Yankees by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson, both Nationals manager Matt Williams and right fielder Bryce Harper remained fired up about their third inning ejections. Harper and Williams were still confused as to why they were ejected in the first place. “I’m really not…

  5. Harper, Williams ejected vs. Yankees

    May 20, 2015, 8:06 PM EDT

    May 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (right) and manager Matt Williams (center) react after being thrown out of the game by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson (left) in the third inning against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    Bryce Harper and Matt Williams were both ejected in the bottom of the third inning against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night in a bizarre sequence sparked by a called first strike. Home plate umpire Marvin Hudson called a strike on the first offering from pitcher Adam Warren to Harper and the Nationals right fielder…

  6. Rendon works out at Nats Park; Williams on ‘clutch’

    May 20, 2015, 6:14 PM EDT

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    Anthony Rendon continued his slow recovery from a left oblique strain on Wednesday at Nationals Park, as he rejoined the team after training for several days at extended spring training in Viera, Fla. Rendon took groundballs at second base, did some running and took swings in the batting cage. Though it’s a small step, the 2014…

  7. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Sammy Solis and Mike Ferrin

    May 20, 2015, 12:22 PM EDT

    May 5, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sammy Solis (36) pitches during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. Miami Marlins defeated Washington Nationals 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Click to listen to the show On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed two excellent guests on to the show: Mike Ferrin of Sirius/XM radio and Nationals reliever Sammy Solis. Ferrin was great in sharing a national perspective on the Nats. He put Bryce Harper’s…

  8. Werth relieved wrist isn’t broken

    May 20, 2015, 1:29 AM EDT

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    On the day he was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and moments after the Nationals homered their way into a first-place tie on Tuesday night, Jayson Werth spent a few minutes with reporters to give an update on his left wrist contusion. Werth will be out until at least May 31 as he first…

  9. Zim walks Nats off into first-place tie

    May 20, 2015, 12:22 AM EDT

    May 19, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) is doused with chocolate syrup by pitcher Max Scherzer (31) after beating the New York Yankees 8-6 at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    On Tuesday night in bottom of the 10th inning, with one of the best relievers in baseball on the mound and a chance to close the gap on first place for the first time this season, the Nationals had a rather fortuitous turn of the lineup as they aimed for their 11th comeback win of the…

  10. Janssen needs more work before returning

    May 19, 2015, 6:07 PM EDT

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    After returning to Washington on Tuesday with hopes of being activated off the disabled list, Nationals reliever Casey Janssen will need just a little more time in the minor leagues before the team brings him up to make his 2015 debut. The veteran right-hander says he feels good physically after rehabbing from right shoulder tendinitis,…

  11. State of the Nats: First place within reach

    May 18, 2015, 2:27 PM EDT

    May 17, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a three run home run in front of San Diego Padres catcher Derek Norris (C) and umpire Phil Cuzzi (10) during the seventh inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Offense continues to roll – After scoring 10 runs against the Padres on Sunday, the Nationals now rank second in baseball in scoring. They went 5-2 on their road trip and scored at least nine runs in four of those games. With Bryce Harper leading the way, the Nats’ lineup has been on…

  12. The Baseball Show: Harper sparking potent lineup

    May 18, 2015, 11:15 AM EDT

    May 17, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ featured lots of talk about the Nationals’ offense and what Bryce Harper has been doing lately. In case you haven’t heard, the guy has been playing pretty decent. Harper isn’t the only player hitting well in the Nats’ lineup, though, so what sparked their offensive turnaround? In this…

  13. Offense has Nats standing out in NL East

    May 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    May 17, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) and third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) celebrates with second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) after they scored during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    With the Nationals returning home having gone 5-2 on their West Coast road trip with just a half-game deficit in the NL East to make up, it seems like a good time to take stock of where they stand in the division heading into an off-day with the New York Yankees up next. Some may…

  14. Game 39: Nats at Padres

    May 17, 2015, 2:19 PM EDT

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    The Nationals close their series with the Padres on Sunday afternoon in San Diego with a chance to take three of four and earn their sixth consecutive series win. Stephen Strasburg (2-4, 6.06) will try to bounce back from one of the worst starts of his career in his hometown in front of friends and…

  15. Where would Nats be without Scherzer?

    May 17, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

    May 16, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    When the Nationals first signed Max Scherzer to a record free-agent deal in January, many of us – including yours truly – scratched their heads. The Nats already had by most accounts the deepest rotation in baseball and by some numbers, such as starters ERA, the best. Where would Tanner Roark go? Was the move…

  16. Game 38: Nats at Padres

    May 16, 2015, 3:49 PM EDT

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    Fresh off a 10-0 blowout victory on Friday night, the Nationals continue their series against the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego on Saturday. Max Scherzer (3-3, 1.99) will try to follow up a dominant performance by his teammate, Jordan Zimmermann. Scherzer is making his eighth start of the 2015 season after one of…

  17. The Baseball Show: DeRosa on Harper then and now

    May 12, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The latest episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ featured a lot of talk about Bryce Harper, who was named the NL’s Player of the Week on Monday. Harper homered the Nationals to victories including their first sweep of the 2015 season. This first clip is an interview with MLB Network analyst Mark DeRosa, who played with…

  18. Harper named NL player of the week

    May 11, 2015, 3:20 PM EDT

    May 10, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) reacts after missing a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    After making history with a barrage of home runs against the Marlins and Braves, Bryce Harper has been named the NL’s Player of the Week. Harper hit .455 with six home runs, 13 RBI and just one strikeout as the Nationals went 5-1 in six games. He had five homers in a three-game stretch from…

  19. State of the Nats: Harper leading offensive surge

    May 11, 2015, 1:17 PM EDT

    May 10, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) at bat against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Harper leading Nats offense – The Nationals enter this week having scored at least five runs in five of their last six games. They have won 10 of 12 and have seen an offensive surge along the way, particularly from players like Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos. Their inconsistency overall at times has…

  20. A special Mother’s Day performance for Ramos

    May 10, 2015, 5:49 PM EDT

    May 10, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) hits an RBI double scoring the winning run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    When your teammate hits five home runs in three days including a walk-off shot the night before, it’s easy for accomplishments to go overlooked. Just because a player doesn’t make history, doesn’t mean he isn’t having a heck of a few days himself. Wilson Ramos, for one, has been swinging the bat about as well…

  21. Strasburg cleared to start Tuesday

    May 10, 2015, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg has been cleared by the Nationals’ medical staff to rejoin the rotation and start on Tuesday in Arizona after several days of testing his back and ankle in pregame throwing sessions at Nats Park. Max Scherzer was originally scheduled to pitch Tuesday, but he will now start the first game of the three-game…

  22. Nats 5, Braves 4: More late heroics after a lost lead

    May 10, 2015, 4:28 PM EDT

    May 10, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) throws against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals secured their first sweep of the 2015 season on Sunday thanks to some more late game heroics to bail out their bullpen. This time it was Matt Grace who gave up a would-be go-ahead run. And this time it was Wilson Ramos who provided the decisive hit in the 5-4 victory.…

  23. Rizzo on Harper, Giolito and more

    May 10, 2015, 12:37 PM EDT

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    Mike Rizzo spoke with reporters on Sunday morning before the Nationals were set to close their series with the Atlanta Braves and covered a wide range of subjects with his team ready to embark on a West Coast road trip. Of course, with his 22-year-old right fielder having hit six homers in his last three…

  24. Game 32: Braves at Nats

    May 10, 2015, 10:22 AM EDT

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    Over .500 for the first time this season, the Nationals will look to keep their good fortune going on Mother’s Day in a Sunday afternoon matchup to close their weekend series with the Atlanta Braves. Sunday will also mark the end of their recent homestand, as up next is a trip west to play the…

  25. Harper continues amazing run with walk-off win

    May 9, 2015, 9:03 PM EDT

    May 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) wipes chocolate syrup off his face that was squirted on him by starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) (not pictured) after his walk off home run against the Atlanta Braves  at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeat Atlanta Braves 8-6. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    After hitting five home runs in two games to lead the Nationals to victories, Bryce Harper was already making history on a daily basis and rocketing souvenirs all over the ballpark in the process. He was already leading the surging Nationals and rounding into form as one of the best players in baseball. So, on Saturday evening,…

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