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  1. Mets, Cubs aim to clinch as NL Division Series continue

    Oct 13, 2015, 1:55 PM EDT

    USA Today

    NLDS GAME 4: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS AT CHICAGO CUBS Series: Cubs lead 2-1 Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago Gametime: 4:30 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Cloudy, 59 degrees, wind 12 mph Starting pitchers: STL RHP John Lackey (13-10, 2.77 ERA) / CHC RHP Jason Hammel (10-7, 3.74ERA) After taking care of business in Game 3, the Chicago Cubs now have a chance to clinch an NL Championship…

  2. MLB Playoffs continue with 4-game set on Monday

    Oct 12, 2015, 10:45 AM EDT

    USA Today

    ALDS GAME 4: KANSAS CITY ROYALS AT HOUSTON ASTROS Series: Astros lead 2-1 Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston Gametime: 1:00 p.m. TV: FS1 Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Indoors Starting pitchers: KCR RHP Yordano Ventura (13-8, 4.08 ERA) / HOU RHP Lance McCullers (7-11, 3.10 ERA) The Kansas City Royals were the best team in the American League during the regular season, but they face elimination from…

  3. Both NLDS continue with Saturday doubleheader

    Oct 10, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

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    NLDS GAME 2: CHICAGO CUBS AT ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Series: Cardinals lead 1-0 Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis Gametime: 5:37 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Sunny, 68 degrees, wind 3 mph Starting pitchers: CHC RHP Kyle Hendricks (8-7, 3.95 ERA) / STL LHP Jaime Garcia (10-6, 2.43 ERA) The Cubs came into St. Louis on Friday a confident team fresh off a…

  4. October madness: All four division series in action

    Oct 9, 2015, 11:07 AM EDT

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    ALDS GAME 2: TEXAS RANGERS AT TORONTO BLUE JAYS Series: Rangers lead 1-0 Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto Gametime: 12:30 p.m. TV: MLB Network Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Indoors Starting pitchers: TEX LHP Cole Hamels (13–8, 3.65 ERA) / RHP Marcus Stroman (4-0, 1.67 ERA) Game 1 was a letdown for the home crowd in Toronto, as David Price was rocked in a…

  5. NL Wild Card Game: Cubs at Pirates

    Oct 7, 2015, 3:39 PM EDT

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    AL WILD CARD GAME: CHICAGO CUBS AT PITTSBURGH PIRATES Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh Gametime: 8:00 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Partly cloudy, 67 degrees, wind 2 mph Starting pitchers: CHC RHP Jake Arrieta (22–6, 1.77 ERA) / PIT RHP Gerrit Cole (19-8, 2.60 ERA) The Astros punched their ticket to the next round on Tuesday night, so now it’s the National League’s turn…

  6. Nats sign speedy Campana to minor-league deal

    Aug 11, 2015, 1:07 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have signed journeyman outfielder Tony Campana to a minor-league contract, taking a flyer on the speedy 28-year-old coming off reconstructive knee surgery. The deal hasn’t been announced yet, but a club source confirmed the signing, first reported by The contract runs through the 2016 season. Campana will report to the Nationals’ spring…

  7. Cubs 6, Nats 3: Zimmermann struggles as Nats fall to Cubs

    Jun 7, 2015, 7:18 PM EDT

    Jun 7, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) pitches during the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals’ offense showed signs of life on Sunday with two early runs to give Jordan Zimmermann a lead to work with, but Zimmermann himself could not capitalize in what ended up one of his worst starts of the 2015 season so far. Zimmermann gave up four runs to the Cubs and…

  8. Game 57: Cubs at Nats

    Jun 7, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals close out their season series with the Chicago Cubs in a late afternoon Sunday start with Jordan Zimmermann (5-2, 2.88) and Kyle Hendricks (1-2, 3.99) set to pitch. The Nationals lost 4-2 on Saturday, as their offense struggled against Jason Hammel. They will hope for better results from their lineup on Sunday, but…

  9. Nats lineup still searching for answers

    Jun 7, 2015, 9:32 AM EDT

    Jun 6, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) reacts after striking out to end the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. The Chicago Cubs won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    When the Nationals broke out for seven runs on Friday night, the hope was certainly for that momentum to carry over on Saturday in their early afternoon bout with the Cubs. Manager Matt Williams had adjusted his lineup with Ryan Zimmerman batting second and Anthony Rendon hitting cleanup. He went with the same approach on…

  10. Ross has solid MLB debut despite Nats loss

    Jun 6, 2015, 4:26 PM EDT

    Jun 6, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross (41) throws to the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Desperate times call for desperate measures and with two starters on the disabled list and mixed results from their usual spot-starters, the Nationals called on prospect Joe Ross from Double-A Harrisburg to fill in on Saturday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs. It was an unexpected move that caught Ross himself by surprise. He was called in…

  11. Back in lineup, Espinosa delivers big blow in Nats’ win

    Jun 6, 2015, 12:28 AM EDT


    Danny Espinosa would have started making the mental adjustment required when moving from a spot in the daily lineup to a spot on the bench, if only he had enough time to consider it. Before Espinosa could get comfortable in a reserve role, though, he found himself right back on the field for the Nationals…

  12. Nats 7, Cubs 5: New-look lineup delivers in key win

    Jun 5, 2015, 10:03 PM EDT


    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: His lineup mired in a slump approaching two weeks, Matt Williams decided to try something different on Friday. Struggling Ryan Zimmerman was moved up to the No. 2 spot. Bryce Harper took over No. 3 duties, with fresh-off-the-DL Anthony Rendon entrusted with the cleanup spot. Whether those changes made a difference…

  13. Game 55: Cubs at Nats

    Jun 5, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals are in a funk right now, of that there’s no doubt. They’ve lost six of their last seven games, and their once-productive lineup has gone silent, averaging a mere 2.3 runs and 6.9 hits per game since May 20. And because of all that, they found themselves this morning in second place in…

  14. UPDATED: Ross getting promoted from AA to start Saturday

    Jun 5, 2015, 1:47 PM EDT

    Minor League Baseball

    Updated at 6:30 p.m. Right-hander Joe Ross, one of the players acquired in last winter’s complex trade that most notably will bring shortstop Trea Turner to the Nationals next week, will be promoted from Class AA Harrisburg and start Saturday’s game against the Cubs, manager Matt Williams announced. Ross, 22, isn’t currently on the Nationals’…

  15. Close plays on basepaths doom Nats in loss to Cubs

    Jun 5, 2015, 1:52 AM EDT

    Jun 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) reacts after tagging out Washington Nationals first baseman Clint Robinson (25) to end the game at Nationals Park. The Chicago Cubs won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    With their offense stalled in a two-week long slump, the Nationals walked a tightrope on Thursday night that caused several close plays and one big mistake on the basepaths to loom large in their 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The game itself ended when Clint Robinson was picked off by catcher David Ross at…

  16. Escobar leaves with wrist injury

    Jun 5, 2015, 1:24 AM EDT

    May 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) at bat against the Miami Marlins during the game at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals saw Anthony Rendon finally return on Thursday night, but it didn’t take long for them to have another player go down. Third baseman Yunel Escobar left the 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs with a right wrist injury. Escobar hurt his wrist during a check-swing while facing Jake Arrieta in the bottom of the first…

  17. Cubs 2, Nats 1: Offense continues to struggle in series-opening loss

    Jun 5, 2015, 12:14 AM EDT

    Jun 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon (6) hits  a single against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a delay of nearly two hours due to heavy and persistent rain, the Nationals’ offense squandered a solid outing by Gio Gonzalez as Washington fell 2-1 to the Chicago Cubs, their sixth loss in seven games. Gonzalez overcame a two-run first inning that could have been much worse to put in…

  18. Game 54: Cubs at Nats

    Jun 4, 2015, 3:03 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Losers of six of their last eight, the Nationals will try to get back on track against the Chicago Cubs in a four-game series beginning Thursday night. The Nats took two of three in Chicago just two weeks ago, now they meet again. Gio Gonzalez (4-2, 4.73) will get the start for Washington in his…

  19. Baseball in the District – Patrick Mooney & Md. baseball’s Matt Swope

    Jun 3, 2015, 4:29 PM EDT

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    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On the latest episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I looked ahead to this weekend’s Nats-Cubs series with CSN Chicago Insider Patrick Mooney. We also talked to Matt Swope, Director of Baseball Operations for the Maryland Terrapins. Mooney was great on Kris Bryant and the…

  20. On Scherzer, Harper, Janssen and 9 straight series won

    May 28, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT


    It has turned into a broken record, but never has a broken record sounded so sweet to Washington baseball fans. The Nationals won another series Wednesday night, their ninth straight series won, matching a franchise record. And what a series it was, a tense, compelling, 3-day event at Wrigley Field that saw the Nats win…

  21. Game 47: Nats at Cubs

    May 27, 2015, 6:05 PM EDT

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    We’ve seen a pair of nip-and-tuck, 1-run games so far in this series between the Nationals and Cubs, with each team winning once. And now for the series finale, we get a great pitching matchup of the two guys who got the biggest free-agent contracts last winter: Max Scherzer and Jon Lester. Scherzer has been…

  22. Game 46: Nats at Cubs

    May 26, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT

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    If you were worried when Bryce Harper slammed pretty hard into the ivy (and the brick wall behind it) making a catch yesterday at Wrigley Field, it appears you can stand down. Harper, who appeared to jam his right hand against the wall while bracing himself, stayed in the game (and doubled in his next…

  23. As Nats soar, so does Storen

    May 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Major-league closers, like NFL kickers and the sanitation department, only draw your attention when something goes wrong. We just expect them to work flawlessly, and if everything goes according to plan, we don’t even notice them. Drew Storen, though, deserves our attention right now, because he has been just as responsible for the Nationals’ prolonged,…

  24. Game 45: Nats at Cubs

    May 25, 2015, 11:10 AM EDT

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    Tanner Roark was among the best starting pitchers in the NL last season, a 15-game winner with a 2.85 ERA over 31 starts. But when the Nationals signed Max Scherzer to a record-setting contract in January, Roark found himself the odd man out of a jam-packed rotation, relegated to bullpen duties to begin 2015. Today,…

  25. State of the Nats: Rolling into Wrigley

    May 25, 2015, 9:23 AM EDT

    May 24, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen (22) is congratulated by catcher Jose Lobaton (59) after earning a save against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Nats head to Wrigley to play Cubs – The Nationals pick right back up on Monday with a 2:20 p.m. start at the Chicago Cubs, as the red-hot Nats travel into Wrigley Field to take on one of the better young teams in baseball. Fans all around the country have likely been eyeing this…





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MON: 12:45 p.m.
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