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  1. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. Lobaton making the most of his limited opportunities

    May 10, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

    Apr 18, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton (59) hits an RBI double during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    While Saturday’s walk-off win will be remembered for Bryce Harper’s heroics, it was the performance of a part-time bat that underscored the true depth of the Nationals’ lineup. Backup catcher Jose Lobaton, who Matt Williams inserted into the lineup because of his previous success against Braves starter Julio Teheran, justified his manager’s faith in him…

  4. 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,…

  5. Robinson reflects on Nats tenure after induction to Ring of Honor

    May 9, 2015, 5:52 PM EDT

    May 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Former major league baseball player and manger Frank Robinson speaks with the media on the field before the game between Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals  at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Just before the start of Saturday’s game against the Braves, Nationals fans had a chance to welcome back one of the franchise’s most beloved members. The club honored its first-ever manager, Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who threw out the first pitch and was inducted to the Ring of Honor as apart of celebrating the…

  6. Showstopper

    May 8, 2015, 11:40 PM EDT

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    The quotes from teammates about him — “Don’t touch him, you might get third-degree burns” — are ludicrous. The records being dug up by Elias and on Baseball-Reference — “He’s the first player in D.C. baseball history to do this” — are telling. And the balls soaring off his bat are leaving everybody watching in…

  7. Nats 9, Braves 2: Harper, Espinosa each homer twice

    May 8, 2015, 9:27 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals dug themselves into an early hole with a bit of sloppy play (dropped throws to the plate, runners straying too far off base) and poor at-bats against left-hander Eric Stults. But the tide quickly turned after that, thanks to a long-awaited blast from an old friend … and then…

  8. Harper on what he wants to become

    May 7, 2015, 3:49 PM EDT

    October 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper smiles before game four of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

    Bryce Harper’s career day of three home runs and five RBI on Wednesday provided him a chance to not only talk afterwards about what he had done, but also what he wants to be. The two-time All-Star spoke extensively on his future and some of his personal goals. There were a lot of good quotes,…

  9. Stock Watch: Harper’s power display caps bounce-back week

    May 7, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) watches the ball after hitting a second home run against the Miami Marlins during the third inning of their baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 5-2 Team slash: .262/.322/.373 Team ERA: 2.32 Runs per game: 3.42   STOCK UP     Bryce Harper, RF: 3 HR/ 8 RBI/ 1.047 OPS   Was there any way he wouldn’t make it…

  10. VIDEO: Max Scherzer joins CSN after Caps game

    May 7, 2015, 8:59 AM EDT

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    A bunch of Nationals players took advantage of a day game with an off-day on Thursday to go to Wednesday night’s Capitals-Rangers Game 4 playoff matchup. Bryce Harper, Aaron Barrett, Stephen Strasburg, Danny Espinosa, Gio Gonzalez, Jose Lobaton and Max Scherzer were among those in attendance. Scherzer was nice enough to join CSN’s SportsTalk Live…

  11. Harper has career day in Nats’ win

    May 6, 2015, 5:56 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper entered the major leagues in 2012 with a legend that preceded him, expectations of greatness and the potential to someday be one of the best hitters in baseball. The thought was that one day he would be capable of special things, special games that would earn him a place in baseball’s long and decorated…

  12. Nats 7, Marlins 5: Harper’s 3 homers lead the way

    May 6, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: No matter how much the game has changed over the decades, through deadball eras and steroid eras, there’s always been something special about the 3-homer game. It’s a single-game feat accomplished by some of baseball’s greatest, but not all. And on this warm Wednesday afternoon on South Capitol Street, Bryce Harper…

  13. State of the Nats: An impressive weekend

    May 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Top storylines: Strong showing in New York – The Nationals traveled to New York this weekend to face the Mets, who at the beginning of the series were undefeated at home and owners of the best record in baseball. The Nats also lost Denard Span for two-plus games during the series, yet they took three of…

  14. Game 26: Nats at Mets

    May 3, 2015, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez turned in his best outing of the 2015 season on Saturday night with seven shutout innings as the Nationals held on to beat the Mets narrowly by the score of 1-0. Now they enter Sunday with a chance to take the series in New York with their third win in four games. The…

  15. Impressive win for Nats to open series in New York

    May 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    If the Nationals’ intention Thursday night was to make a statement to the Mets, consider their mission accomplished. With a lopsided, 8-2 victory at Citi Field, the Nationals took the first game of this big weekend series, won their third straight, moved to within five games of first place in the NL East and thoroughly…

  16. Confident once again, Nats’ lineup is on fire

    Apr 29, 2015, 11:59 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — On Tuesday evening, the Nationals fielded a starting lineup that included only one hitter with a batting average better than .250 and five with a batting average worse than .205. This was a source of concern for some who were worried such a putrid April at the plate could be a sign of…

  17. Baseball in the District – Mark Zuckerman and Patrick Reddington

    Apr 29, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

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    On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed two guests including Mark Zuckerman, who was there for the Nationals wild win over the Braves on Tuesday night. We also talked to Patrick Reddington, who runs the SB Nation blog ‘Federal Baseball.’ Mark was great on the…

  18. Can Nats channel last night’s emotion into something?

    Apr 28, 2015, 10:23 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Amid the uproar over Andrelton Simmons’ questionable takeout slide that injured Yunel Escobar, the back-and-forth between the Nationals and Braves that ensued and then news of prospect A.J. Cole getting called up to make his major-league debut in place of the injured Max Scherzer, everyone seemed to gloss over a teeny little fact…

  19. State of the Nats: Looking up in the standings

    Apr 27, 2015, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Top storylines: Little is going well – The Nationals are in last place in the NL East after losing five straight games and sit five games under .500. It is a place few predicted the Nationals would fall to even a week ago when things were starting to turn up. Lately it has been the Nats’ offense…

  20. Lack of late-inning execution holding 7-10 Nats back

    Apr 24, 2015, 11:36 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — Baseball has a reputation for being among the most complex major sports in the world, but sometimes it’s actually a rather simple game. Take the Nationals, who after a 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Friday night are now a disappointing 7-10 on the season, the vast majority of those losses coming in…

  21. It’s not intentional, but Harper is leading MLB in walks

    Apr 24, 2015, 6:49 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — From the day he was drafted, Bryce Harper seemed like a strong candidate to lead the majors in something before long, whether home runs, slugging percentage, outfield assists or something along those lines. It may come as a bit of a surprise, though, that Harper currently leads all MLB hitters in a stat…

  22. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Tom Schad of the Washington Times

    Apr 24, 2015, 10:05 AM EDT

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    We tried something new this week on ‘Baseball in the District,’ as Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I brought our guest in studio to do a roundtable discussion. Tom Schad of the Washington Times joined us and covered many topics regarding the Nationals over the course of a long conversation. We talked about the…

  23. Stock Watch: Harper’s patience paying off

    Apr 22, 2015, 12:14 PM EDT

    MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.  Record: 5-1 Team slash: .266/.354/.432 Team ERA:  2.43 Runs per game: 5.16   STOCK UP Bryce Harper, OF: .353 AVG/ 2 HR/ 6 RBI Harper’s early season power display is nothing we haven’t already seen. But this…

  24. Nats 2, Cardinals 1 (10): Escobar walk-off bails out Storen

    Apr 21, 2015, 10:52 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals have experienced precious little success against the Cardinals, dating all the way back to their heartbreaking loss in the 2012 NLDS. So while this was merely one game on a Tuesday night in April, it did present the Nats an opportunity to establish a new tone to this budding…

  25. Desmond: “I’m gonna get through it”

    Apr 18, 2015, 6:09 PM EDT

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    If Ian Desmond ever was going to go crawl in a hole and disappear from public view, this might have been the time. If Matt Williams ever was going to bench his starting shortstop after another nightmare defensive inning, this might have been the time. And if ever the crowd of 35,330 at Nationals Park…

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