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  1. Game 74: Nats at Phillies

    Jun 26, 2015, 3:54 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — So, let’s see … Anthony Rendon has been placed on the DL with a left quad strain. Bryce Harper is out of the lineup for the second straight day with a tweaked right hamstring. D.C. native Emmanuel Burriss has been called up from Class AAA Syracuse to play for his hometown team. Ryne…

  2. UPDATE: Rendon to DL, Harper and Span out again

    Jun 26, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT

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    Updated at 6:33 p.m. PHILADELPHIA — Just when it looked like Anthony Rendon was finding his groove at the plate, the Nationals’ dynamic infielder finds himself back in an all-too-familiar place: the disabled list. Rendon was placed on the 15-day DL Friday with a strained left quadriceps muscle, the latest physical ailment to derail his…

  3. Nats 2, Braves 1 (11): Desmond saves day with sac fly

    Jun 24, 2015, 10:16 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There was just something about this matchup — Jordan Zimmermann vs. Shelby Miller — that seemed to foretell a compelling pitchers’ duel at Nationals Park on Wednesday night. Sure enough, a boisterous crowd of 36,141 was treated to a humdinger of a ballgame, with the two right-handers posting matching zeroes into…

  4. The Baseball Show: Scherzer, Harper and Father’s Day

    Jun 22, 2015, 6:11 PM EDT

    USA Today

    The latest episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ was jam-packed after an eventful weekend for the Nationals. Mark talked lots about Max Scherzer, of course, but also Bryce Harper’s return and whether Major League Baseball should change their system of fan voting for the All-Star Game. At the bottom, you can also find my segment on…

  5. State of the Nats: Heating up

    Jun 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Strasburg likely to return this week – The Nationals won’t say it, but all signs point to Stephen Strasburg making his return from the disabled list this week against the Atlanta Braves, likely on Tuesday. Gio Gonzalez and Bryce Harper both mentioned Strasburg’s return after Sunday’s game, but the Nats said they do not plan to confirm…

  6. Gonzalez’ effort caps historic weekend for Nats starters

    Jun 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) pitches during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    There was no no-hitter this time. It wasn’t even a complete game. But what Gio Gonzalez turned in Sunday as a follow-up to Max Scherzer’s gem may very well have been his most efficient and effective start of the season. Buoyed by a nine run first inning — one he helped contribute to with an RBI…

  7. Nats’ offense continues to surge

    Jun 21, 2015, 5:48 PM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates at home plate with third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) (obscured) after hitting a two run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals’ pitching staff just capped it’s best run in team history with 24 consecutive scoreless innings, a weekend highlighted by Max Scherzer’s no-hitter on Saturday against the Pirates. The pitchers deserve their credit, no doubt. But the Nationals’ lineup hasn’t exactly been dragging their feet. In Sunday’s win, the Nationals scored nine runs in…

  8. Nats 9, Pirates 2: Huge first inning sets tone in blowout win

    Jun 21, 2015, 4:11 PM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) celebrates at home plate after hitting a three run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The day after Max Scherzer etched his name in the history books with his first no-hitter, the Nationals’ lineup wasted no time on Sunday doing something special of their own. The Nats scored nine runs in the first inning and bounced Pirates’ starter Charlie Morton out of the game after recording just…

  9. Harper returns unexpectedly and homers

    Jun 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jun 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) is congratulated by third base coach Bob Henley (14) after hitting a solo home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Hours before Max Scherzer made history against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Nationals revealed the surprising news that Bryce Harper was back in the lineup just 36 hours after suffering what first appeared to be a very scary injury. Harper left Thursday’s game after falling to the ground on a throw attempt and grimaced in pain…

  10. Perfect? No. Historic? Yes.

    Jun 20, 2015, 10:50 PM EDT

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    Updated at 10:50 p.m. When it didn’t happen six days earlier, when Carlos Gomez’s broken-bat blooper fell to the ground just beyond Anthony Rendon’s outstretched glove in the seventh inning in Milwaukee, Max Scherzer could only shrug off his bad luck and wonder if he’d ever get another chance like that to pitch a perfect…

  11. Harper returns from hamstring injury

    Jun 20, 2015, 3:18 PM EDT

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    After watching his team beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Friday night with his best player out of the lineup, Matt Williams was pleased to receive a text message from Bryce Harper the following morning. It simply said: “I’m good to go.” Despite writhing in pain after falling to the ground and leaving Thursday night’s…

  12. Harper out day after hurting hamstring

    Jun 19, 2015, 5:35 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper was out of the Nationals’ lineup on Friday for their series-opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates, as he rests his sore left hamstring that was injured during the sixth inning of Thursday night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Nationals are calling the injury a mild left hamstring strain, but they will not know the…

  13. Game 68: Pirates at Nats

    Jun 19, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    So, the Nationals have lost 14 of their last 20 games, and they were already without Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman in their lineup. And now they watched as Bryce Harper suffered what at first glance appeared to be a serious left leg injury Thursday night, though was officially announced after the game by manager…

  14. UPDATE: Nats say Harper suffered “mild” hamstring strain

    Jun 18, 2015, 11:43 PM EDT

    AP

    Updated at 11:43 p.m. Manager Matt Williams says Bryce Harper suffered only a “mild” hamstring strain during what appeared to everyone inside Nationals Park to be a serious left leg injury sustained on a freak play in right field during Thursday night’s 5-3 loss to the Rays, offering up some cautious optimism about the 22-year-old…

  15. Rays 5, Nats 3: Fister returns, but Harper injured in loss

    Jun 18, 2015, 10:25 PM EDT

    Jun 18, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Doug Fister made his return from the disabled list on Thursday and matched Rays’ ace Chris Archer through five innings, but it was all spoiled by a sixth inning that proved nothing short of a disaster for the Nats. Not only did they surrender a lead in their eventual 5-3 loss to…

  16. Stock Watch: Scherzer’s gem highlights the week

    Jun 17, 2015, 12:14 PM EDT

    Jun 14, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (31) celebrates with catcher Jose Lobaton (59) after pitching a complete game shutout against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. The Nationals won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-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: 4-3 Team slash: .294/.361/.462 Team ERA: 4.35 Runs per game: 6.0   STOCK UP   Max Scherzer, SP: 1-0/ 9.0 IP/ 0.00 ERA  Is there anything Scherzer can’t do? After his latest outing…

  17. An erratic road trip ends on a high note

    Jun 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    For all the anguish displayed over the last week — some of it admittedly deserved — the Nationals did just wrap up a 4-4 road trip. No, that shouldn’t be cause for celebration, but neither should it be cause for panic. Do the Nationals have their share of issues? Absolutely. This has been a painfully…

  18. Game 65: Nats at Rays

    Jun 16, 2015, 4:01 PM EDT

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    With one more game to be played in an AL park on this road trip, the Nationals have one last opportunity to utilize the DH and take advantage of the domino effects of an extra bat in the lineup. Last night, that meant giving Bryce Harper and his sore knee a chance to play without…

  19. Game 64: Nats at Rays

    Jun 15, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper is back in the Nationals lineup tonight, his left knee/quad apparently feeling well enough for him to hit after sitting out yesterday’s game in Milwaukee. But Harper won’t be fully participating in the game at Tampa Bay; since they’re playing in an AL park, he’ll be able to serve as designated hitter for…

  20. State of the Nats: Almost home

    Jun 15, 2015, 10:53 AM EDT

    Jun 12, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates after hitting a home run during the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Fister set to return this week – The Nationals’ rotation looked excellent this weekend with Joe Ross and Max Scherzer each turning in gems against the Milwaukee Brewers. But with the Nats’ staff struggling overall in recent weeks, getting Doug Fister back will certainly be a welcomed sign. Fister threw six scoreless innings for Double-A Harrisburg…

  21. Game 63: Nats at Brewers

    Jun 14, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT

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    After a convincing win helped by a strong start by rookie Joe Ross, the Nationals will look to secure a series split on Sunday against the Brewers in Milwaukee. They will have to do it, however, without Bryce Harper. Harper is out of the lineup after getting hit in the left knee with a pitch in…

  22. Ross steps up big-time, Harper keeps dazzling

    Jun 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    The Nationals really needed a win Saturday in Milwaukee. So, naturally, they turned to none other than Bryce Harper to lead the way at the plate. And, not so naturally, Joe Ross on the mound. I mean, talk about an odd couple to carry you to victory. Harper, of course, we have come to expect…

  23. On JZ’s bad start, Harper’s homer and Carpenter’s debut

    Jun 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Friday night’s game in Milwaukee — an 8-4 loss to the Brewers — won’t go down as one of the more memorable games of the season. It was another frustrating loss to a struggling opponent, and it continued the Nationals’ downward trend. They’ve now lost 11 of their last 14, leaving them a precarious 31-30…

  24. Key decisions backfire for Nats in latest loss

    Jun 9, 2015, 11:57 PM EDT

    AP

    NEW YORK — There is, of course, the biggest underlying problem for the Nationals that has stretched over the last two weeks: A team-wide offensive slump. But when a team isn’t scoring runs with any regularity, it must find other ways to win close, low-scoring ballgames. And that means every key decision made, whether by…

  25. Yankees 6, Nats 1: 7th inning spells doom for D.C.

    Jun 9, 2015, 10:00 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: A prime pitching matchup between Max Scherzer and Masahiro Tanaka. Bryce Harper making his first career appearance at Yankee Stadium. What wasn’t to like on Tuesday? Well, for the Nationals, the end result. And all-too-familiar result for this team over the last couple weeks. Scherzer and Tanaka engaged in a compelling…

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