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  1. State of the Nats: Good time for a homestand

    Jun 1, 2015, 11:13 AM EDT

    May 30, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Washington Nationals pinch hitter Michael Taylor (3) hits a three-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Raisel Iglesias in the sixth inning at Great American Ball Park. Reds catcher Brayan Pena watches at right. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Blue Jays, Cubs come to Washington – The Nationals were swept over the weekend for the first time since April 24-26 to a Reds team that had lost 10 of their previous 11 games before the series. It is most likely just a blip on the radar, but it’s perhaps good timing the Nats will…

  2. Making sense of a sweep

    Jun 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Matt Grace (60) reacts in the dugout after giving up four runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Cincinnati. The Reds won 8-2. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    After winning nine consecutive series to tie a franchise record, the Nationals took a step back over the weekend by getting swept by the Reds. The Nationals arrived in Cincinnati as one of the hottest teams in baseball, while the Reds had lost 10 of their previous 11 games. So, what happened? Well, it’s tough…

  3. Game 50: Nats at Reds

    May 31, 2015, 11:21 AM EDT

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    With two straight losses highlighted by injuries and plenty of drama, the Nationals’ series at Cincinnati hasn’t exactly gone as planned this weekend. But on Sunday they have a chance to avoid the sweep and end their road trip on a high note before returning home for a seven-game homestand. Tanner Roark (1-2, 2.49) will…

  4. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Al Galdi and Daniel Shiferaw

    May 28, 2015, 4:13 PM EDT

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    On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed two guests: Al Galdi of ESPN 980’s ‘The Drive’ and Daniel Shiferaw of CSNwashington and Nats Insider. Galdi joined us in studio to talk about Harper and whether it’s time to revisit comparisons to Mike Trout, whether this…

  5. The Baseball Show: Time to sign Harper to an extension?

    May 26, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ again featured lots of talk about Bryce Harper, but it’s probably safe to assume that Nationals fans can’t get enough right now. The guy is playing like an MVP at just 22 years old and almost every night he’s doing something amazing. In this first segment from the…

  6. 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…

  7. Advice from teammates helps Gio get back on track

    May 24, 2015, 6:10 PM EDT

    May 24, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) throws to the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Coming off a pair of ugly outings and having allowed at least five earned runs in three of his last five starts, Gio Gonzalez was searching for answers heading into Sunday afternoon’s matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies. Gonzalez had been uncharacteristically inconsistent, and something had to change. The lefty sought advice from a host of…

  8. Nats 4, Phillies 1: Gio’s strong start leads to another series win

    May 24, 2015, 4:22 PM EDT

    May 24, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) throws to the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Gio Gonzalez turned the page on a pair of consecutive poor outings with one of his best games of the season on Sunday afternoon as the Nationals shut down the Phillies lineup in a 4-1 victory, giving them their eighth consecutive series win. The Phillies scored first in the fourth inning on…

  9. UPDATE: Janssen activated, Solis placed on DL

    May 22, 2015, 2:22 PM EDT

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    Updated at 6:41 p.m. The Nationals made their long-anticipated move to activate Casey Janssen off the disabled list Friday, bolstering their bullpen with an experienced reliever but forcing them to place rookie Sammy Solis on the DL with his own shoulder ailment. Janssen, who pitched six games during a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac…

  10. Harper stories from his college teammate, Chasen Shreve

    May 21, 2015, 5:56 PM EDT

    Apr 28, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chasen Shreve (45) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    Bryce Harper has known Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve since the Nationals right fielder was just 16 years old. The two played together in a scout tournament for one season and then for another year at the College of Southern Nevada, along with Bryce’s older brother, Bryan. Shreve took some time this week while New York…

  11. Scherzer on his start, chocolate sauce and comparing Harper to Miggy

    May 21, 2015, 12:02 PM EDT

    May 11, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Through his first eight games as a Washington National, Max Scherzer is off to the best start of his career by several measures. His ERA is a pristine 1.75, good for fourth in the National League. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is 8.25, over double his career average of 3.49. He’s tied for third in the majors…

  12. Harper, Williams strongly disagree with ejections

    May 20, 2015, 10:53 PM EDT

    May 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) looks on after being thrown out of the game in the third inning against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    Hours after they were tossed from Wednesday night’s win over the Yankees by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson, both Nationals manager Matt Williams and right fielder Bryce Harper remained fired up about their third inning ejections. Harper and Williams were still confused as to why they were ejected in the first place. “I’m really not…

  13. Harper, Williams ejected vs. Yankees

    May 20, 2015, 8:06 PM EDT

    May 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (right) and manager Matt Williams (center) react after being thrown out of the game by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson (left) in the third inning against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    Bryce Harper and Matt Williams were both ejected in the bottom of the third inning against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night in a bizarre sequence sparked by a called first strike. Home plate umpire Marvin Hudson called a strike on the first offering from pitcher Adam Warren to Harper and the Nationals right fielder…

  14. Rendon works out at Nats Park; Williams on ‘clutch’

    May 20, 2015, 6:14 PM EDT

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    Anthony Rendon continued his slow recovery from a left oblique strain on Wednesday at Nationals Park, as he rejoined the team after training for several days at extended spring training in Viera, Fla. Rendon took groundballs at second base, did some running and took swings in the batting cage. Though it’s a small step, the 2014…

  15. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Sammy Solis and Mike Ferrin

    May 20, 2015, 12:22 PM EDT

    May 5, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sammy Solis (36) pitches during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. Miami Marlins defeated Washington Nationals 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Click to listen to the show On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed two excellent guests on to the show: Mike Ferrin of Sirius/XM radio and Nationals reliever Sammy Solis. Ferrin was great in sharing a national perspective on the Nats. He put Bryce Harper’s…

  16. Werth relieved wrist isn’t broken

    May 20, 2015, 1:29 AM EDT

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    On the day he was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and moments after the Nationals homered their way into a first-place tie on Tuesday night, Jayson Werth spent a few minutes with reporters to give an update on his left wrist contusion. Werth will be out until at least May 31 as he first…

  17. Janssen needs more work before returning

    May 19, 2015, 6:07 PM EDT

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    After returning to Washington on Tuesday with hopes of being activated off the disabled list, Nationals reliever Casey Janssen will need just a little more time in the minor leagues before the team brings him up to make his 2015 debut. The veteran right-hander says he feels good physically after rehabbing from right shoulder tendinitis,…

  18. State of the Nats: First place within reach

    May 18, 2015, 2:27 PM EDT

    May 17, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a three run home run in front of San Diego Padres catcher Derek Norris (C) and umpire Phil Cuzzi (10) during the seventh inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Offense continues to roll – After scoring 10 runs against the Padres on Sunday, the Nationals now rank second in baseball in scoring. They went 5-2 on their road trip and scored at least nine runs in four of those games. With Bryce Harper leading the way, the Nats’ lineup has been on…

  19. The Baseball Show: Harper sparking potent lineup

    May 18, 2015, 11:15 AM EDT

    May 17, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ featured lots of talk about the Nationals’ offense and what Bryce Harper has been doing lately. In case you haven’t heard, the guy has been playing pretty decent. Harper isn’t the only player hitting well in the Nats’ lineup, though, so what sparked their offensive turnaround? In this…

  20. Offense has Nats standing out in NL East

    May 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    May 17, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) and third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) celebrates with second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) after they scored during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    With the Nationals returning home having gone 5-2 on their West Coast road trip with just a half-game deficit in the NL East to make up, it seems like a good time to take stock of where they stand in the division heading into an off-day with the New York Yankees up next. Some may…

  21. Game 39: Nats at Padres

    May 17, 2015, 2:19 PM EDT

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    The Nationals close their series with the Padres on Sunday afternoon in San Diego with a chance to take three of four and earn their sixth consecutive series win. Stephen Strasburg (2-4, 6.06) will try to bounce back from one of the worst starts of his career in his hometown in front of friends and…

  22. Where would Nats be without Scherzer?

    May 17, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

    May 16, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    When the Nationals first signed Max Scherzer to a record free-agent deal in January, many of us – including yours truly – scratched their heads. The Nats already had by most accounts the deepest rotation in baseball and by some numbers, such as starters ERA, the best. Where would Tanner Roark go? Was the move…

  23. Game 38: Nats at Padres

    May 16, 2015, 3:49 PM EDT

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    Fresh off a 10-0 blowout victory on Friday night, the Nationals continue their series against the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego on Saturday. Max Scherzer (3-3, 1.99) will try to follow up a dominant performance by his teammate, Jordan Zimmermann. Scherzer is making his eighth start of the 2015 season after one of…

  24. The Baseball Show: DeRosa on Harper then and now

    May 12, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The latest episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ featured a lot of talk about Bryce Harper, who was named the NL’s Player of the Week on Monday. Harper homered the Nationals to victories including their first sweep of the 2015 season. This first clip is an interview with MLB Network analyst Mark DeRosa, who played with…

  25. Harper named NL player of the week

    May 11, 2015, 3:20 PM EDT

    May 10, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) reacts after missing a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    After making history with a barrage of home runs against the Marlins and Braves, Bryce Harper has been named the NL’s Player of the Week. Harper hit .455 with six home runs, 13 RBI and just one strikeout as the Nationals went 5-1 in six games. He had five homers in a three-game stretch from…

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