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  1. Stock Watch: More than just Harper’s bat getting hot

    May 21, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT

    May 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) hits a home run in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 5-1 Team slash: .286/.363/.468 Team ERA: 3.75 Runs per game: 6.3   STOCK UP     Bryce Harper, RF:  .500 AVG/ 3 HR/ 1.751 OPS As Mark Zuckerman stated out recently, at what…

  2. 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…

  3. Staying red-hot in the desert

    May 12, 2015, 2:21 AM EDT

    ROSS D. FRANKLIN / Associated Press

    PHOENIX — Denard Span dug in, Josh Collmenter went into his funky, tomahawk-style windup and tried to sneak an 84-mph cutter over the inner half of the plate and then the ball went soaring toward right field. The game was all of 30 seconds old, many in the Chase Field crowd of 16,406 had yet…

  4. Nats 11, Diamondbacks 1: Fifth straight win is a rout

    May 12, 2015, 12:23 AM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After sweeping the Braves to complete a impressive homestand, the Nationals headed west, hoping their red-hot bats would continue to show up in the hot, dry, desert air. Did it ever. The Nats blasted Josh Collmenter out of Chase Field, piling up 10 runs in the game’s first two innings to…

  5. Span returns to Nats lineup

    May 3, 2015, 11:18 AM EDT

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    After leaving Thursday’s game and sitting out on consecutive nights, Denard Span has returned to the Nationals’ lineup as they get ready to take on the Mets in New York. Span was removed from the game on Friday due to soreness in his abdomen. He told MLB.com afterwards the discomfort was near the area where he…

  6. Big series this weekend? You bet!

    Apr 30, 2015, 10:18 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — The Nationals may have begun to right their wayward ship over the last two nights, hammering out 26 total runs against the Braves and (most importantly) winning a pair of games after losing six straight. Whether that ship remains on course, though, now depends on what happens this weekend in New York, where…

  7. Confident once again, Nats’ lineup is on fire

    Apr 29, 2015, 11:59 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — On Tuesday evening, the Nationals fielded a starting lineup that included only one hitter with a batting average better than .250 and five with a batting average worse than .205. This was a source of concern for some who were worried such a putrid April at the plate could be a sign of…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. How long til slow-developing bats come around?

    Apr 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    MIAMI — There are no shortage of reasons for the Nationals’ slow start to 2015, but above all else, the lack of consistent offensive production must be considered reason No. 1. Three weeks into the season, the Nationals rank 28th out of 30 MLB clubs in batting average, 26th in on-base percentage, 25th in slugging…

  11. Rendon close to rehab games; Stammen has surgery

    Apr 21, 2015, 4:52 PM EDT

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    [Updated 5:29 p.m.] Fresh off a week where both Jayson Werth and Denard Span returned to their lineup, the Nationals are close to getting another significant boost, as star third baseman Anthony Rendon is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of the week. Rendon has been playing in minor league…

  12. State of the Nats: Cardinals coming to town

    Apr 20, 2015, 1:11 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Nats are getting healthier – The Nationals saw two of their most important players return to the lineup this week, as Jayson Werth came back on Monday and Denard Span made his 2015 debut on Sunday. The two outfielders injected a bit of life into the Nats’ offense, which had been struggling so…

  13. Span’s return felt ‘like old times’

    Apr 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals

    It was like a scene straight from the 2014 season. Denard Span, the Nationals’ centerfielder and offensive table setter, laced a fifth inning, two-out single to right field in to kickstart the game’s decisive rally vs. the Phillies Sunday. One batter later, he raced around the base paths at top speed on an Ian Desmond…

  14. Strasburg’s changeup key in Sunday’s win

    Apr 19, 2015, 6:11 PM EDT

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    For a guy who was inefficient through his first two outings – needing 204 pitches through his initial 10 2/3 innings this year – Stephen Strasburg sure reversed his fortune on Sunday in an almost-perfect dismantling of the Philadelphia Phillies. Strasburg was surgical and looked much like the dominant pitcher we’ve seen at times throughout…

  15. Nats 4, Phillies 1: Strasburg dazzles in Span’s return

    Apr 19, 2015, 4:18 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After struggling down the stretch of spring training with an ankle injury and allowing eight earned runs in his first two starts of the 2015 season, Stephen Strasburg returned to his old self on Sunday afternoon in a dominant performance against the Phillies in a 4-1 Nationals win. Strasburg was so good,…

  16. Nats activate Span off DL for Sunday’s game

    Apr 19, 2015, 11:28 AM EDT

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    Nationals centerfielder Denard Span has been activated off the 15-day disabled list to make his season debut on Sunday against the Phillies after six weeks of rehab from core muscle surgery. Michael Taylor was sent down to Triple-A Syracuse as the corresponding move. Span, 31, had the procedure on March 9 and recently finished his recovery…

  17. Span ready to go, likely to be activated Sunday

    Apr 18, 2015, 5:18 PM EDT

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    After a final tune-up Saturday at Nationals Park in which he went through a full pregame workout and emerged with no lingering issues in either area where he recently underwent core muscle surgery, Denard Span is likely to make his season debut Sunday. “I feel pretty good,” the veteran center fielder said following the Nationals’…

  18. Span beginning rehab assignment with Harrisburg tonight

    Apr 14, 2015, 2:12 PM EDT

    AP

    BOSTON — Denard Span will begin a rehab assignment with Class AA Harrisburg tonight, the Senators announced, the outfielder’s biggest step yet in his return from an abdominal muscle tear. Span, who had surgery March 9 to repair the tear, is scheduled to lead off and play center field in Harrisburg’s home game against Bowie.…

  19. Span getting close, Rendon begins baseball activities

    Apr 13, 2015, 4:03 PM EDT

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    BOSTON — Denard Span is close to beginning a minor-league rehab assignment, and Anthony Rendon has begun baseball activities, encouraging news for both injured Nationals regulars. Span, recovering from abdominal muscle surgery last month, is playing seven innings in an extended spring training game in Viera, Fla., one of the final steps he needs to…

  20. Rendon, Janssen to take next step in rehab

    Apr 9, 2015, 12:25 PM EDT

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    One day after sharing good news about Denard Span and Jayson Werth, Matt Williams had more positive reports on both Anthony Rendon and Casey Janssen as they continue their rehab from injury. Rendon, who is nursing a sprained left MCL, has been working side-to-side in drills and running in figure eight formations to test his…

  21. Nats players happy to see Harvey return

    Apr 8, 2015, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Around the NL East: Shut down Harvey?

    A year-and-a-half removed from Tommy John surgery, Mets superstar pitcher Matt Harvey will make his much-anticipated return to the mound on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park. Ironically, he’ll be pitching opposite Nationals’ starter Stephen Strasburg, the player most associated with the procedure in recent baseball history. Harvey’s return from Tommy John is arguably the most…

  22. Werth, Span ready to play; Janssen not ready to throw

    Apr 8, 2015, 5:22 PM EDT

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    Wednesday’s pregame press conference with Nationals manager Matt Williams brought good news for both Jayson Werth and Denard Span, two outfielders who remain out of the Nats’ lineup as they recover from surgeries. Werth, who is coming back from Jan. 9 surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder, will head to Potomac…

  23. Span to play in simulated game

    Apr 6, 2015, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Center fielder Denard Span will play in a simulated game at Nationals Park on Tuesday with plans to take swings against live pitching for the first time since undergoing core muscle surgery on March 9. Span, 31, has played in two minor league exhibition games on defense. He played three innings on both Saturday and…

  24. Span to play in minor league game

    Apr 4, 2015, 11:54 AM EDT

    AP

    Matt Williams’ press conference Saturday at Nationals Park ahead of the team’s final exhibition game of 2015 brought some unexpected good news on the injury front regarding center fielder Denard Span. Span, who has been sidelined since having core muscle surgery on March 9, is expected to play three innings in a minor league game…

  25. Rizzo not looking for outside help despite injuries

    Mar 29, 2015, 5:51 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Though it appears his team will be forced to open the season without any of its 1-2-3 hitters, projected fourth outfielder or possibly its top setup man, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday he’s not looking outside the organization right now for roster reinforcements. “We’re satisfied with what we have,” Rizzo…

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