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  1. Zimmerman’s MRI negative; Fister progressing; Harper gets day off

    Apr 6, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman’s MRI shows no structural damage An MRI on Ryan Zimmerman’s right shoulder revealed no structural damage, just inflammation, Nationals manager Matt Williams said on Sunday. The Nats’ third baseman will now rest on the team’s off-day and be reevaluated Tuesday. Zimmerman actually pinch-hit for the Nationals in the eighth inning of Sunday’s 2-1…

  2. Instant Analysis: Nats 2, Braves 1

    Apr 6, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Sunday to avoid the sweep in the teams’ first series of the season. The game started as a strong offensive showing by the Nats, but quickly turned into a pitchers duel between Taylor Jordan and Braves’ lefty Alex Wood. Wood gave up three straight singles…

  3. Game 6: Braves at Nats

    Apr 6, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Whew. Three stories about Nationals’ injuries later, and it’s time for the game thread. We’re just five games into the Nats’ 2014 season and what a ride it has been. Today the Nationals have a game to play, and it’s about as important as an April game can be. They will look to avoid a…

  4. Harper: “I’m pretty lost right now”

    Apr 5, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Updated at 1:10 a.m. Bryce Harper exudes confidence like few, if any, 21-year-olds have in baseball history. So when the Nationals left fielder shows a rare display of doubt, as he did following the Nationals’ 6-2 loss to the Braves on Saturday night, it’s perhaps more striking than any home run he hits or laser…

  5. Game 5: Braves at Nats

    Apr 5, 2014, 3:36 PM EDT

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    There’s no such thing as a must-win game on April 5. There simply isn’t. Now, having made that disclaimer, the Nationals sure would like to win tonight’s game against the Braves. Not because it would have any dramatic effect on the NL East standings less than one week into the season. But because another loss…

  6. Squandered opportunities prove costly in 2-1 loss

    Apr 4, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Matt Williams wants his Nationals to be aggressive on the bases. That much he has made clear since the day he was introduced as the club’s new manager. Williams, though, always adds one important caveat to that sentiment. “We want to take advantage of it when it’s there for us,” he said. “But we also…

  7. Game 4: Nationals vs. Braves

    Apr 4, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT

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    After sweeping the New York Mets to begin the 2014 season, things are about to heat up here in Washington for the Nationals. The Atlanta Braves are in town for the first installment of what should be a season-long battle for the National League East division title. Last season the Braves took 13 of the…

  8. [UPDATED] Instant analysis: Nats 5, Mets 1

    Apr 2, 2014, 10:11 PM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez dominated on the mound and at the plate, launching his third career home run, as the Nationals beat the Mets Wednesday night to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

  9. Harper passes more concussion tests, cleared

    Apr 2, 2014, 8:24 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper passed more concussion tests late Wednesday afternoon before the Nationals let their young star play two days after his scary collision in Monday’s season opener against the Mets.

  10. Game 2: Nats at Mets

    Apr 2, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez makes his first start of the season, leading the Nationals back into Citi Field to face veteran Bartolo Colon, who makes his Mets debut. The Nationals will be without Wilson Ramos, who had hand surgery earlier today, and will feature a lineup that includes Anthony Rendon batting second, Adam LaRoche batting cleanup and Bryce Harper batting sixth.

  11. Podcast: Baseball in The District – Mark Zuckerman talks Opening Day

    Apr 1, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

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    After a wild and crazy Opening Day for the Nationals, Tim and I took stock of Monday’s win in the latest episode of Baseball in The District. We welcomed in CSN’s Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman to get his take on the game, as well as what Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper’s injuries could mean moving forward.

    There was lots of talk about Ramos and what the Nats will do if he does indeed miss time, as well as the seriousness of Harper’s collision. Could Harper’s situation be something to watch as well?

  12. [Updated] Instant analysis: Nats 9, Mets 7 (10)

    Mar 31, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Despite injuries to Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos and a shaky debut by Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals battled against the Mets and rallied to win in extra innings thanks to clutch hits by Anthony Rendon and Denard Span.

  13. Harper passes 2 concussion tests, has headache

    Mar 31, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper took a knee to his head in a scary collision at second base, but the Nationals young star stayed in the game and passed two concussion tests, convincing team officials he could continue to play.

  14. Ramos hitting cleanup, Zimmerman 2nd, Harper 5th

    Mar 31, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Matt Williams tinkered with countless different lineup combinations throughout spring training, trying to find a formula he felt would work best once the regular season began. And then the first real lineup card the Nationals’ new manager ever filled out featured a 1-through-9 combo that was never actually used this spring. So,…

  15. Game 1: Nats at Mets

    Mar 31, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — As I write this at 9:30 a.m., the tarp is on the field here. The temperature is 36 degrees. There’s a light rain — and even a couple of icy-looking things — falling from the sky. And yet … let’s play ball! Yes, it’s Opening Day, and they are expected to play…

  16. 2014 Nats media predictions

    Mar 31, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The day has arrived at last. In a mere seven hours, Denard Span will step to the plate to face Dillon Gee, and the 10th season in Nationals history will be underway. As was the case last year, the Nationals have lofty expectations. They can only hope to actually live up to those expectations this…

  17. Nationals announce Opening Day roster

    Mar 29, 2014, 7:16 PM EDT

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    After Saturday’s exhibition game was canceled, the Washington Nationals officially announced their Opening Day roster. There were no surprises this time around, as after Doug Fister was looking primed for a DL stint on Thursday, it became clear the Nats were going to keep both Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan. Aaron Barrett has made the…

  18. Nats vs. Tigers — 3/29 (canceled)

    Mar 29, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT

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    **Today’s game has been cancelled due to inclement weather at Nationals Park** Checking in here at Nationals Park where the tarp is down and the rain is falling. If you saw my post earlier on the forecast, it is not looking great for the afternoon. There is a lot of precipitation expected. The Nats have…

  19. Will weather allow the Nats to play? Also, Pierre Garçon offers help

    Mar 29, 2014, 6:02 AM EDT

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    Here are some notes on the Nationals as they ready for their final exhibition game of 2014, a home matchup with the Detroit Tigers… Rain is in the forecast The Nationals have returned to Washington to play one exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers before they head even further north for Opening Day in New…

  20. Podcast: ‘Baseball in The District’ — Adam Rubin of ESPN New York

    Mar 28, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    In the latest episode of ‘Baseball in The District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed Mets’ beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Rubin gave us an update on Mets spring training and looked forward to Opening Day when the Nationals travel to New York to play at Citi Field. Off the…

  21. Williams on Harper’s spring training ejection

    Mar 26, 2014, 2:31 PM EDT

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    Updated at 5:20 p.m. JUPITER, Fla. — Bryce Harper plays baseball with emotion, and Matt Williams has made it clear he doesn’t want his young star to lose that competitive fire. But the Nationals’ rookie manager also knows Harper’s emotion won’t do him any good if he’s watching games from the clubhouse instead of participating…

  22. Observations from Nats’ 3-1 loss to Mets

    Mar 23, 2014, 5:37 PM EDT

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    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Having seen both Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan pitch for nearly six weeks now, Nationals manager Matt Williams admitted his opinion of either right-hander probably wasn’t to be altered much by each hurler’s final Grapefruit League start. There’s nothing wrong, however, with leaving a good impression on your manager’s mind…

  23. On Espinosa’s homers, Harper’s mistake and more

    Mar 22, 2014, 5:34 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals have been telling Danny Espinosa all spring they’ve been pleased with his approach at the plate, even if the results didn’t necessarily back it up. Then on Saturday afternoon, that same approach — a compact swing and an emphasis on trying to hit the ball the other way — finally…

  24. Harper, Werth offer to be emergency catcher

    Mar 22, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — The question pops up every spring: Who’s the Nationals’ emergency catcher? The need never actually arises, but every club wants to have a plan in place, just in case the worst-case scenario presents itself during the course of a game. And as was the case last year under Davey Johnson, Bryce Harper…

  25. Nats (ss) vs. Tigers, Nats (ss) vs. Astros — 3/16/14

    Mar 16, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT

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    Today the Nationals play two split-squad games, one at home against the Tigers and the other on the road against the Astros. Jordan Zimmermann will face Detroit while Gio Gonzalez will take the mound vs. Houston. The Nats-Tigers game will be on TV and Justin Verlander is pitching. The Nats will also have a lineup…

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