Jun 23, 2015, 3:57 PM EDT
The Nationals enter Tuesday coming off arguably their best series of the 2015 season, a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates highlighted by Max Scherzer’s no-hitter and two homers by Bryce Harper. Now they welcome the Atlanta Braves, who have surprised many by beginning the season 35-35 despite trading away most of their best players…
Jun 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Stuck in a month-long slump, shortstop Ian Desmond was given Friday night off by the Nationals’ coaching staff with the intention of giving him some rest, both physically and mentally. He was also out of the lineup initially on Saturday before Yunel Escobar was a late scratch due to a stomach bug. Desmond is not used…
Jun 22, 2015, 6:11 PM EDT
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…
Jun 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
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…
Jun 21, 2015, 5:48 PM EDT
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…
Jun 21, 2015, 4:11 PM EDT
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…
Jun 21, 2015, 12:16 PM EDT
Max Scherzer walked into the Nationals clubhouse on Sunday morning just hours removed from his first no-hitter shaking hands with teammates and coaches. A team official brought the scorecard from Saturday’s game over and he signed it. Then, he met with reporters to share his thoughts now that his historic day had settled in. “I didn’t get…
Jun 21, 2015, 11:51 AM EDT
Happy Father’s Day, everyone. After returning home this week only to lose their first two games against the Rays, the Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to sweep the Pittsburg Pirates, a team that had won eight straight before coming to town. Gio Gonzalez (4-4, 4.82) will take his turn in the rotation after a…
Jun 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
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…
Jun 20, 2015, 9:09 PM EDT
Max Scherzer was one strike away on Saturday afternoon from becoming just the 24th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to throw a perfect game. One strike was all he needed before an inside slider didn’t break and instead bounced of the elbow of a pinch-hitting Jose Tabata. Tabata came off the Pirates’ bench to…
Jun 20, 2015, 3:18 PM EDT
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…
Jun 20, 2015, 12:11 PM EDT
UPDATE: Yunel Escobar is a late scratch with a stomach bug for today’s game. Ian Desmond is back in there after originally being out. After rookie Joe Ross dominated the Pirates in the series opener on Friday night, Max Scherzer (7-5, 1.93) will now take his turn in his 14th start of the season. And…
Jun 19, 2015, 5:35 PM EDT
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…
Jun 19, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
For five innings on Thursday night, Doug Fister matched Rays’ ace Chris Archer despite having not pitched in a major league game in over a month. But then he ran into trouble in the sixth inning and finished the night with his third loss of the season in a 5-3 Nationals defeat. The end result aside, Fister took…
Jun 18, 2015, 10:25 PM EDT
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…
Jun 18, 2015, 6:16 PM EDT
Doug Fister returned to the Nationals’ rotation on Thursday for his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list and, as a result, adjustments were made to their pitching staff. The Nats’ scheduled starters will now be pushed back a day with rookie Joe Ross pitching on Friday, Max Scherzer on Saturday and Gio Gonzalez…
Jun 17, 2015, 11:33 PM EDT
Steven Souza, Jr. played only 21 games for the Nationals before getting traded to the Tampa Bay Rays this past offseason, the but the big-swinging outfielder will long be remembered for his final play in a Nats uniform. That would, of course, be his leaping grab in left-center field to save Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter on…
Jun 17, 2015, 5:46 PM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman is continuing to rest his left foot as he serves out a 15-day disabled list stint with plantar fasciitis. The Nationals first baseman is doing his best to remain patient with little else to do besides wait. “Just kind of hang out and do nothing. It’s pretty brutal, actually,” he said. “I just gotta…
Jun 17, 2015, 1:23 PM EDT
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW There was plenty to talk about on this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ so Tim Murray and I brought in Mark Zuckerman right off the top to break down the Nats’ record-setting game in Tampa Bay Tuesday night. Mark also talked about Trea Turner, what happens when…
Jun 15, 2015, 10:53 AM EDT
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…
Jun 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
When the Nationals signed Max Scherzer to a record $210 million contract this past offseason, they hoped his best was yet to come. It’s only been 13 starts, but so far that’s in some ways been the case. Scherzer continued his impressive 2015 season with the best start of his eight-year MLB career on Sunday; a…
Jun 14, 2015, 1:07 PM EDT
After six months of waiting due to an unusual rule linked to the MLB Draft, the Nationals finally have the centerpiece of their December trade with the San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays. Trea Turner is officially a Washington National. The shortstop was considered a ‘player to be named later’ up until Sunday, due…
Jun 14, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT
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…
Jun 11, 2015, 6:09 PM EDT
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in a very special guest in Nationals’ second round pick Andrew Stevenson, a center fielder from LSU. Stevenson is in Omaha with the Tigers getting ready to compete in the College World Series this…
Jun 11, 2015, 3:09 PM EDT
The Nationals have placed first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis and recalled outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Syracuse, the team announced on Thursday afternoon. Zimmerman missed Sunday and Wednesday’s games, as he rested during an extended slump. He has been dealing with pain in his left foot since…
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