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  1. 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…

  2. Game 66: Rays at Nats

    Jun 17, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    So, when you score 16 runs on a club-record 23 hits, what do you do for an encore? We’ll find out tonight when the Nationals-Rays series shifts to D.C. after a pair of games in St. Petersburg. The Nats will be hoping to carry over some momentum from last night’s offensive onslaught, and they’ll be…

  3. 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…

  4. Game 62: Nats at Brewers

    Jun 13, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

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    I wrote the other day about the need for the Nationals to get Danny Espinosa into their lineup, even if that meant putting him in left field. Well, he hasn’t been used in the outfield yet this weekend, but today he will make his first appearance at another position: first base. With Ryan Zimmerman on…

  5. Espinosa forcing way into lineup, possibly in left field

    Jun 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Has it gotten to a point, Matt Williams was asked after Wednesday’s game, where the Nationals simply need to find a way to get Danny Espinosa’s bat into the lineup on a regular basis, even if it means putting him in the outfield? “Yeah, have to try to find a space for…

  6. Nats 5, Yankees 4 (11): Span caps late rally to avoid sweep

    Jun 10, 2015, 4:44 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: As was the case Tuesday night, the Nationals and Yankees found themselves in a tight pitchers’ duel for six innings. And as was the case Tuesday, the Yankees then busted out for four runs in the seventh to take the lead. This time, though, the Nats stormed back to tie the…

  7. Espinosa shows off versatility by playing in left field

    Jun 8, 2015, 8:02 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) heads to the clubhouse after a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park, Friday, June 5, 2015, in Washington. Espinosa had a three-run homer. The Nationals won 7-5. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Danny Espinosa knew there was a pretty good chance he’d come off the bench in the late innings of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs. He just didn’t know it’d be like this. With Michael A. Taylor moving to centerfield after Denard Span was removed due to back spasms and other options unavailable, Nationals manager…

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

    Jun 6, 2015, 12:28 AM EDT

    AP

    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…

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

    Jun 5, 2015, 10:03 PM EDT

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    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…

  10. Hot-hitting Nats not named Bryce Harper

    May 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Bryce Harper is receiving a boatload of attention right now, and deservedly so. Win back-to-back NL Player of the Week honors, get talked about a whole lot. But Harper alone is not responsible for the Nationals’ resurgence over the last three weeks. Yes, he has contributed to their 15-4 record since April 28 more than…

  11. More on Espinosa, Werth and Gonzalez

    May 9, 2015, 10:09 AM EDT

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    Bryce Harper once again stole the show last night, but there was plenty else worth discussing about the Nationals’ 9-2 thumping of the Braves. Such as… Danny Espinosa hit two homers left-handed If you’ve followed his career at all, last night’s performance by Espinosa was one of the all-time head-scratchers. He struck out twice while…

  12. 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…

  13. Leftovers from the wildest win in Nats history

    Apr 29, 2015, 11:29 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — If your head is still spinning from the hysteria of last night — as a certain beat reporter’s certainly is — here are even more takeaways from the Nationals’ historic, 13-12 victory over the Braves… Denard Span went 5-for-6 with 11 total bases and nearly hit for the cycle Dan Uggla got most…

  14. The dramatic comeback sparked by the comeback vet

    Apr 29, 2015, 1:51 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — At the end of a 3-week stretch of bad baseball that had seen the Nationals find new soul-crushing ways to lose ballgames on a nightly basis, this sure felt like rock bottom: Down eight runs after two innings, with an unsuspecting rookie pitcher forced to take a beating in his major-league debut for…

  15. Espinosa solid as temporary third baseman

    Apr 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Though the Nationals are getting healthier by the day – they saw both Jayson Werth and Denard Span return over the last week – they are still making do with temporary replacements. Danny Espinosa, for one, is playing third base. He has started at the hot corner in two consecutive games after Yunel Escobar, who…

  16. Game 12: Phillies at Nats

    Apr 18, 2015, 12:07 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the District, a perfect day for some matinee baseball as the Nationals try to extend their winning streak to four game and get back to the .500 mark overall, facing a Phillies club that has lost six in a row. Yunel Escobar is not in the lineup after straining…

  17. Game 11: Phillies at Nats

    Apr 17, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The resurgence of the Nationals’ lineup has coincided with a couple of tweaks that — at least based on history — you wouldn’t think would make a positive difference: Ian Desmond batting second and Danny Espinosa batting left-handed. But somehow those two guys have managed to reverse historical trends and be productive. So Matt Williams…

  18. Espinosa back to switch-hitting again

    Apr 12, 2015, 12:20 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Danny Espinosa spent the entire spring hitting right-handed against right-handed pitching, acknowledging his long-term struggles from the left side of the plate, recognizing his best (and possibly only) hope of sticking in the big leagues was to give up switch-hitting. But when given his first opportunity of the season to face a right-handed…

  19. Game 5: Nats at Phillies

    Apr 11, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — In their search for some semblance of offense, the Nationals are giving a couple of guys their first opportunity to start a game tonight: Reed Johnson and Danny Espinosa. The logic behind it: Both hit left-handers well. Johnson owns a career .310 batting average and .818 OPS against lefties, while Espinosa hits .271…

  20. Williams on RISP struggles, keeping bench guys fresh

    Apr 10, 2015, 6:24 PM EDT

    AP

    PHILADELPHIA — Matt Williams talked this spring about the need for better “offensive efficiency” from his Nationals lineup this season, making the most of the opportunities presented to manufacture a run or two. Three games in, the Nats haven’t looked particularly impressive in that department. They entered Friday night’s game against the Phillies just 3-for-19…

  21. Nats at Yankees — 4/3/15

    Apr 3, 2015, 12:24 PM EDT

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    Today the Nationals play their final spring training game before heading north for Washington. They face off with the Yankees, whom they will also play in tomorrow’s exhibition at Nationals Park. The pitching matchup today is a good one, as both Stephen Strasburg and C.C. Sabathia are set for their final warmups before the 2015…

  22. Observations from Sunday’s 11-7 win over the Marlins

    Mar 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Sunday wound up being quite a busy news day at Space Coast Stadium, so we weren’t able to get around to observations from the game itself. Before we turn the page to today’s game against the Cardinals in Jupiter, though, let’s revisit a couple interesting developments… — Doug Fister was all over…

  23. Looking at Nats’ fill-in options while Rendon is out

    Mar 26, 2015, 10:17 AM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Put together a list of the most indispensable players on the Nationals roster, and Anthony Rendon might well sit at the top. Or, at least, in the top three. So Wednesday’s revelation that Rendon’s ailing left knee required a second MRI, leaving him unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, was a…

  24. Rendon has 2nd MRI, unlikely to be ready for opener

    Mar 25, 2015, 12:27 PM EDT

    AP

    JUPITER, Fla. — Anthony Rendon’s chance of being ready for Opening Day, already a question mark, appears slim at best after a second MRI of the Nationals third baseman’s left knee showed only minor improvement. The MRI, administered Tuesday in Viera, showed Rendon’s MCL remains sprained, better than it was three weeks ago but not…

  25. Live BP wraps up with athleticism and a plunking

    Mar 2, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT

    AP

    VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals typically have held live batting practice drills on four consecutive days each spring, giving each pitcher in camp two opportunities to work off a mound with a batter at the plate. But a condensed scheduled this spring forced them to cut these sessions in half, putting some added emphasis on…

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