Sep 28, 2013, 2:44 AM EDT
PHOENIX — Stephen Strasburg stepped off the mound upon recording the final out of the seventh inning Friday night and made the long walk back to the dugout, where handshakes and high-fives awaited. He could, in that moment, take a deep breath and know that his season was over. Even if it ended a bit…
Sep 26, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
ST. LOUIS — There has always been a certain, predictable rhythm to Adam LaRoche’s seasons in the big leagues. LaRoche inevitably goes through a prolonged, early season slump that leaves his batting average at depths not commonly acceptable for a power-hitting first baseman. But sure enough, by season’s end that number will rise to its…
Sep 25, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT
ST. LOUIS — The greatest moment in the brief history of the Washington Nationals came at the expense of the St. Louis Cardinals. Jayson Werth’s walk-off homer in Game 4 of last fall’s NLDS kept his team’s season alive and undoubtedly turned thousands of D.C. area residents into baseball fans for good. Every opportunity the…
Sep 24, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT
ST. LOUIS — It’s been awhile since the Nationals played a truly meaningless baseball game, almost exactly two years, to be precise. So the next five days represent unusual territory for a club that used to be in this situation every September but is surprised to be here now. Davey Johnson insisted last night the…
Sep 24, 2013, 1:36 AM EDT
ST. LOUIS — For two months now, the Nationals knew they faced a near-impossible task, trying to make up what at their nadir was a 15 1/2-game deficit in the NL East and a 9-game deficit in the NL Wild Card race. Yet there they stood Sunday morning, with an opportunity to move to within…
Sep 23, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT
Top storylines: Six games left – Only six games remain for the Nationals in their 2013 regular season as they head to St. Louis to face the Cardinals, and then Arizona to play the Diamondbacks. After dropping a game against the Marlins on Sunday, it isn’t looking good for the Nats playoff chances. But that’s not…
Sep 23, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT
Over the weekend Davey Johnson was asked who the MVP of the 2013 Nationals was, despite their ups and downs this year, which player was the biggest reason they still managed a competitive season. He noted Jayson Werth, but said the discussion can’t be had without mentioning shortstop Ian Desmond. On Sunday night Desmond stole…
Sep 23, 2013, 12:22 AM EDT
Davey Johnson didn’t know what exactly to expect when he arrived at Nationals Park Sunday morning. He had tried for weeks not to think about the fact his managerial career was nearing the finish line, focusing instead on the task of keeping his club alive in the NL playoff race as long as possible, despite…
Sep 22, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: A long and emotional day at the ballpark began with a tribute to Davey Johnson (managing for the last time at Nationals Park), continued with a frustrating, 4-2 loss by the home team in the doubleheader opener. The Reds’ win in Pittsburgh left the Nats’ season on life support heading into…
Sep 22, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT
The Nationals unveiled their 2012 NL East Champions banner on Opening Day and then proceeded to jump out to a quick lead in the division, winning four of their first five games. And then they dropped a game in Cincinnati on April 7 and fell behind the Braves in the standings. Little did they know…
Sep 22, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT
Updated at 7:00 p.m. Davey Johnson still has at least eight more ballgames to manage — one of them later tonight — but this is his final day as Nationals skipper at home, so the club took time before the opener of today’s doubleheader to honor the 70-year-old’s career. A touching video tribute featuring highlights…
Sep 21, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT
As Jordan Zimmermann was working towards what he hoped would be a no-hitter on Friday night, Nats second baseman Anthony Rendon made several plays to keep it intact. Rendon fielded hard hit balls to both his left and his right, and showed off the arm he used to showcase a lot more at third base…
Sep 21, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT
As the Nationals hold on to a slim chance of making the playoffs, they are keeping an eye on the series between the Pirates and Reds up in Pittsburgh. Davey Johnson, however, says he’s just as interested in how the St. Louis Cardinals are doing in Milwaukee. The Nationals travel to St. Louis after this…
Sep 21, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT
[The game has been postponed due to rain. They will play a doubleheader Sunday with 1:35 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. start times] After being scratched before his last two starts, Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 2.96) will give it a go tonight in what will likely be his second to last outing of the 2013 season. Rain…
Sep 21, 2013, 12:37 AM EDT
It’s often dangerous trying to read too much into a pitcher’s first inning on the mound. Some guys might retire the side in short order, then get rocked later. Others may struggle to find their rhythm early but then sort things out and cruise. But when Jordan Zimmermann walked back to the Nationals dugout after…
Sep 20, 2013, 1:25 AM EDT
The 2013 season for the Washington Nationals is on track to end without a trip to the postseason, as the playoffs are a longshot with nine games left and a five-game deficit to overcome. But with Thursday’s 3-2 victory over the Marlins, the Nats took home win No. 82 and ensured they will at the…
Sep 19, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo doesn’t speak with the media often, but when he does it’s always a good opportunity to get a read on the franchise barometer. As the guy who makes roster decisions, he’s always evaluating and always looking ahead to the future. Rizzo has been pleased with the Nationals’ run over the…
Sep 19, 2013, 1:29 AM EDT
Any other time this season, under any other circumstance, the Nationals would have been perfectly satisfied to take two of three games from the Braves. Not right now. Not under these circumstances. “It’s just not enough,” manager Davey Johnson said. “We just can’t afford to lose. It’s that simple.” The Nationals’ 5-2 loss to Atlanta…
Sep 19, 2013, 12:30 AM EDT
For the second time in six days, the Nationals have scratched Stephen Strasburg from his scheduled start, concerned enough about lingering forearm tightness to allow him to take the mound. Scheduled to pitch Thursday night against the Marlins, six days after he previously was held out of a start against the Phillies, Strasburg again was…
Sep 18, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT
The hopes of Ross Detwiler returning for the Nationals by the end of this season have grown increasingly slim. It’s not that he’s had a setback in his recovery from a lower back strain, it’s that there just may not be enough games left. The Nats only have 11 games remaining on their schedule and,…
Sep 18, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT
Of all the surprises – both good and bad – of the Nationals’ 2013 season, perhaps the hardest to predict would be the development of rookie pitcher Tanner Roark. A former 25th round pick acquired in a 2010 trade for Cristian Guzman, Roark wasn’t even the Nats’ first choice among minor league starting pitchers this…
Sep 17, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT
The Nationals are used to encounters with prominent politicians and other Washington newsmakers, but Tuesday morning’s clubhouse visitor (and his reason for stopping by) was particularly notable. Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, handed out Navy caps for players to wear prior to the Nationals’ doubleheader opener against…
Sep 17, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT
Though the Nationals and Braves were not able to play their game on Monday, Stephen Strasburg did manage to fit in a bullpen session at Nats Park to test the tightness in his right forearm. Davey Johnson said the Nats’ starter felt no complications and is still on track to start Thursday against the Miami…
Sep 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
Top storylines: Braves come to town – Winners of eight of their last nine, the Nationals now welcome the big, bad Braves to Washington for their final series of the season. The Braves have had their way with the Nats this year, going 12-4 up until this point in the season series. It should be the…
Sep 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
The Nationals have thrust themselves back into the pennant race thanks to a torrid month-plus of baseball in which they’ve won 25 of 35 games, leaving themselves 4 1/2 games behind the Reds for the NL’s final Wild Card berth with 13 games to go. But it’s been no secret all along that the Nationals…
NLDS: NATIONALS VS. GIANTS
SAT: Game 2 at Washington, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
MON: Game 3 at San Francisco, TBA (MLBN)
TUE: Game 4 at San Francisco, TBA (FS1)*
THU: Game 5 at Washington, TBA (FS1)*
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TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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