Jun 30, 2015, 3:58 PM EDT
After a wild weekend of baseball in Philadelphia, the Nationals now head to Atlanta to wrap up their road trip with a 3-game series against the Braves. Hey, remember the whole “The Nats can’t beat the Braves ’cause they’re in their heads” thing? Yeah, that doesn’t exist anymore. The Nationals have won eight straight against…
Jun 28, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With uncertainty surrounding the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park, especially on the pitching front, nothing was more important to the Nationals than a strong start from Stephen Strasburg in the opener. Which is exactly what they got. Strasburg again looked like his old self, tossing seven innings…
Jun 28, 2015, 10:34 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Well, it’s a beautiful day here in Philly … guess we might as well play two! Yes, after yesterday’s rain-shortened, 1 1/2-inning fiasco, we’re back for a traditional, old-fashioned doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park. The Nationals and Phillies get underway with Game 1 at 1:05 p.m., then will pick right up with Game…
Jun 27, 2015, 2:08 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals submitted a lineup for Saturday’s game against the Phillies that featured only one player projected to start on Opening Day (Ian Desmond) hitting in a spot he rarely has held in his career (third). Such is life for Matt Williams right now, with six of his regular position players currently out…
Jun 27, 2015, 11:43 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Good morning from Citizens Bank Park, where the tarp is on the field and the rain is on the way. The forecast is not good this afternoon, and it only gets worse tonight, leaving the status of this 3:05 p.m. game between the Nationals and Phillies very much in question. Also in question…
Jun 26, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT
Updated at 6:33 p.m. PHILADELPHIA — Just when it looked like Anthony Rendon was finding his groove at the plate, the Nationals’ dynamic infielder finds himself back in an all-too-familiar place: the disabled list. Rendon was placed on the 15-day DL Friday with a strained left quadriceps muscle, the latest physical ailment to derail his…
Jun 24, 2015, 7:29 PM EDT
The Nationals’ bullpen has been through its fair share of changes this season, largely due to injuries up and down their pitching staff. Those circumstances have forced the Nats to at times call on rookies to come up and fill in. They have also relied heavily on second-year pros such as Aaron Barrett – who is also…
Jun 24, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
For much of the 2014 season, while injuries took their toll on the rest of the Nationals lineup, it was the combination of Denard Span and Anthony Rendon that led the way. Both players earned NL MVP votes as arguably the best one-two punch at the top of the order in baseball. Span led the…
Jun 24, 2015, 12:09 AM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Stephen Strasburg took the mound for the first time in 25 days, fresh off a DL stint that was as much about getting himself right mechanically as it was getting himself right physically, and quickly reminded everyone just how good he can be. Strasburg, after waiting out a 2-hour, 12-minute rain…
Jun 18, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT
So, they scored 16 runs on 23 hits Tuesday night. Then they were shut out on two hits Wednesday night. What on earth can we expect from the Nationals tonight in their series finale against the Rays? Your guess is as good as mine, though they face an extra challenge in this one with Tampa…
Jun 10, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT
NEW YORK — He had already come back from two abdominal surgeries in three months, then a sore knee that kept him out of a couple of games last week. And now Denard Span was trying to play through a bad back that had sidelined him from Tuesday night’s series opener against the Yankees and…
Jun 10, 2015, 10:19 AM EDT
NEW YORK — Hello again from Yankee Stadium, where today this very brief, 2-game series wraps up with a matinee, getaway-day game. The Nationals, losers in nine of their last 11 games, really need this one. The Yankees, on the other hand, are riding a 7-game winning streak and have opened up a 2 1/2-game…
Jun 7, 2015, 8:24 PM EDT
Denard Span left Sunday afternoon’s loss to the Chicago Cubs with back spasms, adding yet another ailment to a long list of them for the Nationals center fielder this season. Span missed three games earlier in the week with a sore right knee. He also missed time in early May with soreness in his abdomen.…
Jun 2, 2015, 11:33 PM EDT
Denard Span met with reporters after the Nationals’ doubleheader split with the Blue Jays on Wednesday to give an update on his sore right knee and shed some light on how the injury actually occurred. Span said he originally sustained the injury during the team’s series at the Chicago Cubs and it got worse several…
Jun 2, 2015, 6:52 PM EDT
And we’re back for the nightcap of this day-night doubleheader. There’s still more rain in the forecast, but it’s not as ominous as it looked earlier. Max Scherzer faces one-time National Marco Estrada (anyone remember him?) in a matchup of right-handers. You’ll notice Denard Span is again out of the Nats lineup. He was supposed…
Jun 1, 2015, 5:51 PM EDT
Anthony Rendon returned to Nationals Park with the Harrisburg Senators off on Monday to go through a workout and be evaluated by Nats trainers. Rendon played three games over the weekend with Double-A Harrisburg before throwing and running at Nationals Park as he continues to recover from a strained left oblique. Rendon is expected to…
May 28, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 4-2 Team slash: .220/.275/.403 Team ERA: 3.53 Runs per game: 2.3 STOCK UP Max Scherzer, SP: 2-0/ 19 K/ 0.60 ERA Who knows if there’s any way a player can truly justify…
May 21, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT
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…
May 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
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…
May 12, 2015, 2:21 AM EDT
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…
May 12, 2015, 12:23 AM EDT
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…
May 3, 2015, 11:18 AM EDT
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…
Apr 30, 2015, 10:18 AM EDT
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…
Apr 29, 2015, 11:59 PM EDT
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…
Apr 29, 2015, 11:29 AM EDT
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…
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