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  1. On second thought, Nats out of playoff position

    Aug 3, 2015, 11:45 PM EDT

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    They were wholeheartedly anointed the team to beat in what looked like a weak NL East, and for most of the summer to date, the Nationals were living up to the billing. Baseball Prospectus publishes daily playoff odds, and pretty much for the last six weeks the Nats were given anywhere from a 75 percent…

  2. Game on

    Aug 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    There were any number of moments Friday night at Citi Field that could have stood on their own merits as epic examples of what pennant race baseball is all about. Matt Harvey taking the mound for the eighth inning with the Mets up 1-0, then giving up the tying hit to Yunel Escobar. Tyler Clippard…

  3. On Harper’s blasts, Fister’s start, new bullpen and the Mets

    Jul 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Some thoughts about the Nationals’ 7-2 victory Wednesday night in Miami while watching the Mets-Brewers non-trade saga take one bizarre turn after another… — If you were worried Bryce Harper was in a funk at the plate, don’t be. No, he hadn’t homered since July 18 off Kenley Jansen, but it’s not like he had…

  4. The Baseball Show: Nats close to getting healthy

    Jul 21, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ featured a bunch of stuff on the Nats-Dodgers series, as it was an eventful one. They talked about Bryce Harper’s comments on Zack Greinke and, of course, the infamous power outage. But Mark, Joe Orsulak and Brent Harris also got to the Nats’ long list of injuries and…

  5. Brilliant defense key in Nats’ victory

    Jul 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    There was Yunel Escobar’s backhanded stab of John Mayberry’s smash down the third-base line in the top of the first, perhaps preventing two runs from scoring. There was Michael Taylor’s galloping catch of Eric Campbell’s drive to deep right-center in the top of the fifth, again perhaps preventing two runs from scoring. There was Bryce…

  6. 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…

  7. Nats can only offer kudos to Kershaw

    Jul 18, 2015, 8:30 PM EDT

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    The afternoon, unusual as it was, started off in such uplifting fashion. The Nationals used a pinch-hit home run from Matt den Dekker and three scoreless innings of relief from Aaron Barrett, Casey Janssen and Drew Storen to win the completion of Friday night’s suspended game, 5-3 over the Dodgers. And then Clayton Edward Kershaw,…

  8. Midseason Report Card

    Jul 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    For baseball fans, there are perhaps no more frustrating days in the calendar year than these, the gap between Tuesday’s All-Star Game and Friday’s resumption of the regular season. For sportswriters, though, these days offer up an obvious opportunity to look back at what has happened to date and what may still happen moving forward.…

  9. For Harper, All-Star glory secondary to the season

    Jul 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    CINCINNATI — He had just gone 0-for-3, striking out a couple of times and having very little impact on the 86th MLB All-Star Game. And this after having very little impact on the 83rd and 84th Midsummer Classics. Bryce Harper, though, was all smiles late Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park. It mattered not…

  10. AL 6, NL 3: Trout homer sets the tone in All-Star Game

    Jul 14, 2015, 11:34 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The 86th MLB All-Star Game already was a major event before Mike Trout stepped to the plate for the night’s first at-bat. That’s what happens when Pete Rose is introduced on the field in Cincinnati, and then Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax and Willie Mays all take the field together…

  11. 2015 MLB All-Star Game

    Jul 14, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    CINCINNATI — It’s tough to imagine anything that happens tonight topping what happened during last night’s Home Run Derby, but this is the MLB All-Star Game, and you never really know what may transpire once you put all these great players together on one field. And then you add Pete Rose to the mix for…

  12. “He’s the best hitter in the game”

    Jul 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    CINCINNATI — Inside a ballroom at the Cincinnati Westin on Monday sat the best players the game of baseball has to offer, dynamic young talents like Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson, recent MVPs like Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen, one of the great hitters in history in Albert Pujols and 3-time World Series champion Buster…

  13. Highlights from Harper and Scherzer on media day

    Jul 13, 2015, 5:01 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Media day for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game took place on Monday afternoon as all of this year’s participants took questions from reporters ahead of Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati. Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer were asked just about everything, so we thought it was best to share the highlights in question-and-answer form. You can also…

  14. Harper will bat 3rd, start in right field for NL

    Jul 13, 2015, 1:32 PM EDT

    AP

    CINCINNATI — Bryce Harper will bat third and start in right field for the National League in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, manager Bruce Bochy announced this afternoon. Harper, enjoying a breakthrough season that to this point would rank among the best in baseball history, was selected to hit in the heart of a stacked NL…

  15. State of the Nats: All-Star break

    Jul 13, 2015, 11:30 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Home Run Derby, All-Star Game this week – The 2015 MLB All-Star break begins on Monday night with the Home Run Derby and the actual game will be played on Tuesday night. The Nats do not have a representative in the derby this year, but they will have Bryce Harper in the starting lineup for…

  16. With Nats needing a spark, Espinosa delivers again

    Jul 12, 2015, 12:44 AM EDT

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    BALTIMORE — Even the most ardent supporters of Danny Espinosa probably admit they didn’t see this coming, not to this extent. The All-Star break is a few hours away, and the Nationals right now are trying to figure out where they’d be without this guy. “He’s kept us afloat a little bit,” manager Matt Williams…

  17. Nats 7, Orioles 4: Homers, bullpen produce big win

    Jul 11, 2015, 10:21 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Another sellout crowd at Camden Yards — this one with noticeably more red sprinkled among the orange — was treated to another taut ballgame and another compelling chapter in this budding rivalry. And this time the Nationals emerged victorious, thanks to big blasts from their two biggest home-run hitters this season:…

  18. Stock Watch: As usual, Harper leading the way

    Jul 8, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jul 7, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) singles during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-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: 3-3 Team slash: .182/.270/.304 Team ERA: 2.64 Runs per game: 3 STOCK UP   Bryce Harper, RF: .381 AVG/ 8 BB/ 1.218 OPS   It’s been quite an eventful week for the Nationals’ superstar…

  19. Harper won’t participate in Home Run Derby

    Jul 6, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper won’t participate in this year’s Home Run Derby, not wanting to compete in the annual All-Star Game event with his father injured and unavailable to pitch to him. Harper, who finished runner-up in the 2013 derby at Citi Field with father Ron as his pitcher, said he couldn’t imagine participating again with anybody…

  20. Second half begins with high expectations

    Jul 5, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jul 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) is congratulated by Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams (9) after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 9-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    It’s the mathematical halfway point of the season, and while the conventional midway break doesn’t occur for another week, the Nationals’ first half seems to be a success. With 45 wins and a host of visits to the disabled list by key players, the Nationals should be in good shape for the last three months…

  21. Nats cruise on the Fourth, but Strasburg injury looms large

    Jul 4, 2015, 2:46 PM EDT

    Jul 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) walks off the field with pitching coach Steve McCatty (54) after being removed from the game against the San Francisco Giants with an apparent injury during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Buster Posey had just grounded out to second base, and Stephen Strasburg felt tightness in his left side. Matt Williams, pitching coach Steve McCatty and trainer Lee Kuntz quickly came to the mound. They talked for a few moments. Strasburg lobbied to stay in the game, but with two outs in the fourth inning, Williams…

  22. Nats roll to 9th straight win over Atlanta

    Jul 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    There was a time, really not all that long ago, when any victory by the Nationals over the Braves was cause for celebration, something to be savored given how rare it was. Not so much anymore. These days, anything other than a win over Atlanta is cause for concern, as if something must be wrong…

  23. Game 77: Nats at Braves

    Jun 30, 2015, 3:58 PM EDT

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    After a wild weekend of baseball in Philadelphia, the Nationals now head to Atlanta to wrap up their road trip with a 3-game series against the Braves. Hey, remember the whole “The Nats can’t beat the Braves ’cause they’re in their heads” thing? Yeah, that doesn’t exist anymore. The Nationals have won eight straight against…

  24. Game 76: Nats at Phillies

    Jun 28, 2015, 4:42 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — And we’re back for Game 2 of this doubleheader, with the Nationals now looking to extend their winning streak to nine games and sweep this weekend series from the Phillies. It’s Tanner Roark getting the start for the Nats, a decision that wasn’t made until late in Game 1, once it was clear…

  25. Game 75*: Nats at Phillies

    Jun 28, 2015, 10:34 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — Well, it’s a beautiful day here in Philly … guess we might as well play two! Yes, after yesterday’s rain-shortened, 1 1/2-inning fiasco, we’re back for a traditional, old-fashioned doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park. The Nationals and Phillies get underway with Game 1 at 1:05 p.m., then will pick right up with Game…

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