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  1. Harper leaves game with left glute tightness

    Sep 2, 2015, 10:16 PM EDT

    AP

    Bryce Harper departed Wednesday night’s game in St. Louis in the fourth inning with “left glute tightness,” according to the Nationals. Harper popped out to lead off the fourth, reaching for the pitch from Cardinals left-hander Tyler Lyons and jogging only a few steps out of the batter’s box before turning around and walking back…

  2. Hip surgery for Span, but Taylor’s injury not serious

    Aug 28, 2015, 5:59 PM EDT

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    Denard Span’s injury plagued season will come to an abrupt conclusion Tuesday when the Nationals leadoff man has surgery to repair the labrum in his left hip, but the club was able to breathe a bit easier Friday when it learned Michael Taylor (Span’s backup in center field) was not seriously injured during a scary-looking…

  3. Stock Watch: Rendon rediscovering his power stroke

    Aug 26, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Aug 25, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon (6) singles against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 4-2 Team slash: .253/.367/.474 Team ERA: 3.23 Runs per game:  5.3 STOCK UP   Anthony Rendon, 2B: .333 AVG/ 2 HR/ 5 RBI  Ah, so this is the guy who finished fifth in NL…

  4. Healthy lineup, quality at-bats, positive results

    Aug 26, 2015, 12:34 AM EDT

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    There was no shortage of tangible evidence Tuesday night what the Nationals’ lineup is capable of doing now that it is complete for the first time all season. Wilson Ramos’ 2-run homer in the bottom of the second. Yunel Escobar and Ian Desmond’s 2-out RBI doubles later. And, most notably, Ryan Zimmerman’s sixth-inning grand slam…

  5. State of the Nats: Span very close; Harper on shifts

    Aug 24, 2015, 12:39 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Span looks very close – Denard Span completed his sixth minor league rehab assignment game on Sunday and went 1-for-3 with Double-A Harrisburg. The Nats center fielder is now 7-for-17 (.412) with a homer, three walks, an RBI, six runs and one steal in 20 total plate appearances since he began playing again. Those are…

  6. 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…

  7. Two steps forward, two steps backward

    Aug 22, 2015, 12:51 AM EDT

    AP

    If the Nationals were hoping the start of a long homestead would present an opportunity to bolster any optimism still out there for a late-season surge, they sure did little Friday night to back up the sentiment. Slogging their way through an ugly ballgame against an uninspired opponent, the Nationals were clobbered 10-3 by the…

  8. Brewers 10, Nats 3: Homestand off to ugly start

    Aug 21, 2015, 10:29 PM EDT

    AP

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of a brutal road trip, the Nationals returned to D.C. on Friday night hoping to re-establish themselves as a legitimate contender for the NL East title. Then the game started and everything that happened afterward suggested anything but. The Nationals were rocked by a last-place Brewers club, done…

  9. New look, new result

    Aug 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Call it desperation. Call it a hunch. Call it a calculated gamble. Whatever you want to call it, the lineup card Matt Williams filled out Tuesday in Colorado was unlike any he had attached his signature to since becoming manager of the Nationals last year. Jayson Werth, owner of a .261 on-base percentage (.203 in…

  10. Time for leaders to emerge

    Aug 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    If it feels like you’ve been watching the Nationals’ worst stretch of baseball in a long time … well, you’re absolutely right. This team has gone 4-13 over the last 2 1/2 weeks, the franchise’s worst 17-game stretch since 2011. That’s also the last time the Nats finished with a losing record, a fact that…

  11. Game 117: Nats at Giants

    Aug 16, 2015, 1:59 PM EDT

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    The Nationals enter Sunday staring down the barrel of a potential four-game sweep at the San Francisco Giants. And in order make sure that doesn’t happen, they will have to outduel one of the best pitchers in baseball in Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner is 13-6 with a 3.15 ERA this season, but the Nats have somehow…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Squandered opportunity

    Aug 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    The Mets had already lost in extra innings to the Pirates, cracking open the window ever so slightly for the Nationals to gain a game back in the standings. Max Scherzer was on the mound in San Francisco, handed a 1-0 lead before he ever took the mound. And the Nats would wind up adding…

  15. Nats offense continues to stall; Storen stumbles again

    Aug 13, 2015, 9:46 AM EDT

    USA Today

    For the second time in a month, the Nationals were dominated in consecutive days by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ duo of aces, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. But this time the Nationals fielded a mostly healthy lineup, as their offense continues to lose its footing in the month of August. Greinke and Kershaw could be the…

  16. Off-night for Ross, but he didn’t get much help

    Aug 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals faced a tough enough challenge Tuesday night with Zack Greinke on the mound for the Dodgers. That they wound up having to face the Cy Young frontrunner without the services of Bryce Harper was downright unfair. The absence of Harper from the Nationals’ lineup due to a sore left knee proved significant during…

  17. Harper scratched with sore left knee

    Aug 11, 2015, 8:21 PM EDT

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    The Nationals were forced Tuesday night to go up against baseball’s best pitcher this season without the services of baseball’s best hitter this season. Bryce Harper was scratched from the Nationals’ lineup with left knee soreness, the club announced about two hours before first pitch at Dodger Stadium, leaving the rest of the team to…

  18. Baseball in the District – Mike Ferrin of Sirius XM

    Aug 11, 2015, 4:28 PM EDT

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    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray and I welcomed in Mike Ferrin of Sirius XM radio. Ferrin is alway insightful and had great stuff to share from a national perspective on the Nats. Ferrin talked about the NL East race, whether it’s time for Nats fans…

  19. Game 110: Rockies at Nats

    Aug 9, 2015, 11:57 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Fresh off a dominant outing by Stephen Strasburg on Saturday, the Nationals will now send Max Scherzer (11-8, 2.31) to the mound looking to end this series against the Colorado Rockies and homestand on a high note. The Nationals are 3-3 through six games at home over the past week. Up next after Sunday is…

  20. Strasburg reminds everyone what a difference he can make

    Aug 9, 2015, 12:13 AM EDT

    AP

    Nights like this, when Stephen Strasburg takes complete ownership of a baseball game and renders any opposing lineup (no matter the talent within it) helpless, can leave you with mixed emotions. Yes, this kind of performance — 12 strikeouts, zero walks, one run allowed over seven innings — causes a crowd of 37,115 to rise…

  21. New Rockies closer goes after Harper, gets him

    Aug 8, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    AP

    The shock of Carlos Gonzalez’s grand slam off Drew Storen in the top of the eighth was still fresh in everyone’s mind inside Nationals Park late Friday night, but all hope wasn’t lost quite yet. Because there was still time for a last-ditch rally, and Bryce Harper was stepping to the plate. And the man…

  22. Tough week continues with Storen’s bad night

    Aug 7, 2015, 11:48 PM EDT

    USA Today

    The Nationals again built an early lead on a team with a losing record on Friday night, as they’ve grown accustomed to in recent games. But again their offense locked up in the later innings and again their bullpen couldn’t hold up their end of the bargain. This time it was against the Colorado Rockies, who…

  23. Rockies 5, Nats 4: Grand slam off Storen flips the script

    Aug 7, 2015, 10:24 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Everything was going according to plan for the Nationals. Jordan Zimmermann dominated on the mound. Several key members of the lineup delivered big hits to give their team the lead. All that was left was for the back end of the bullpen to finish it off. But that’s when things stopped…

  24. Scherzer gearing up for charity fantasy football league

    Aug 6, 2015, 3:47 PM EDT

    MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals

    Max Scherzer loves fantasy football and this month will be able to apply that passion to a good cause. The Nationals’ ace is hosting a fantasy football fundraiser on August 22 at Nats Park. Scherzer will participate in a live fantasy draft with several of his teammates and fans who pay an undisclosed amount of…

  25. After bottoming out, can Nats hit reset button?

    Aug 6, 2015, 1:18 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    If you were hoping for a closed-door meeting, for the postgame spread to be turned over, for the expletives to fly, for the panic button to be smashed with a closed fist … well, that didn’t happen Wednesday night. The tone coming out of the Nationals’ clubhouse following a hideous, 11-4 loss to the Diamondbacks…

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