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  1. Never in the Cards

    Sep 25, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Associated Press

    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…

  2. Inches from ignominy

    Sep 25, 2013, 1:06 AM EDT

    Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS — Ryan Zimmerman stepped to the plate, the throng of 38,940 at Busch Stadium standing, applauding and holding up cell phone cameras in hopes of capturing the moment Michael Wacha threw a no-hitter in the ninth start of his career. Zimmerman had seen his Nationals teammates flail away all night at the 22-year-old…

  3. Dominant from pitch No. 1 through No. 107

    Sep 21, 2013, 12:37 AM EDT

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    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…

  4. Game 154: Marlins at Nats

    Sep 20, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Well, we’ve reached the final stretch, the Nationals’ last hope of pulling off a miraculous, late-season surge into the postseason. There are nine games to go. They trail the Reds by five games in the NL Wild Card standings, the Pirates by six games. Everybody plays the same number of games the rest of the…

  5. Span’s streak snapped at 29

    Sep 20, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    The longest hitting streak in the major leagues has ended, as Nationals center fielder Denard Span failed to collect a hit Thursday night for the first time since August 16. Span’s streak of 29 consecutive games with at least one hit is the longest such streak at the major league level since Atlanta’s Dan Uggla…

  6. One loss makes Nats’ challenge even tougher

    Sep 19, 2013, 1:29 AM EDT

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    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…

  7. Instant analysis: Braves 5, Nats 2

    Sep 18, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: After taking both ends of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Nationals found themselves in position to go for a rare (but much-needed) series sweep of the Braves. They put themselves in position to pull it off, taking a 2-0 lead in a wild bottom of the fifth that saw Jayson Werth draw a…

  8. Game 152: Braves at Nats

    Sep 18, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Here’s a fortuitous position the Nationals find themselves in: After taking both games of yesterday’s doubleheader, they now have a chance to sweep the Braves in this three-game series. Who’d have thunk that 48 hours ago? To pull it off, the Nats will need a strong outing from Ross Ohlendorf, making one final start so…

  9. Span extends hit streak to 28 games

    Sep 18, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Associated Press

    In many ways, the Nationals’ late-season surge has helped keep Denard Span’s mind where it should be. Right now, he can’t worry about his own individual performance, not when his team needs to win just about every game left on the schedule to reach the postseason. Perhaps that has allowed Span to remain relaxed at…

  10. Instant analysis: Nats 4, Braves 0

    Sep 17, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: It had already been an emotional day for the Nationals when they took the field at 7:05 p.m., with two pregame ceremonies honoring the victims of yesterday’s Navy Yard shootings and a visit from Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Throw in their come-from-behind, walk-off win…

  11. Nats hope to delay Braves’ celebration

    Sep 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  12. A dominating win, then a surprise in Milwaukee

    Sep 15, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

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    Denard Span was answering a question about his 26-game hitting streak when the first roar came from another corner of the Nationals’ clubhouse. Span looked around as asked what happened, then was informed Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez had just robbed a home run from the Reds’ Jay Bruce in the top of the ninth…

  13. Instant analysis: Nats 11, Phillies 2

    Sep 15, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: The Nationals opened the game hitting several balls hard against Tyler Cloyd but not having much to show for it. That changed in a hurry. The Nats blasted the right-hander for 10 hits in four-plus innings, opening up a comfortable lead. Then they went hog-wild on the Phillies bullpen, particularly during…

  14. Game 149: Phillies at Nats

    Sep 15, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    There’s plenty at stake today in the Nationals’ series finale against the Phillies. Jordan Zimmermann is seeking to become the first 18-game winner in the NL this season. Denard Span is seeking to extend his career-long hitting streak to 26 games. And Wilson Ramos is starting his 23rd straight game, most by any big-league catcher…

  15. Nationals lineup rediscovering power stroke

    Sep 13, 2013, 12:32 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — There have been any number of impressive aspects to the Nationals’ late-season surge, but right near the top of that list has been the rediscovery of power up and down their lineup. This was a lineup that was supposed to produce runs in bunches all season yet struggled mightily for more than…

  16. Game 146: Nats at Mets

    Sep 12, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    NEW YORK — Here’s a sentence that features all kinds of outrageous elements: The Washington Nationals today will be trying to sweep a four-game series on the road, earn their sixth straight win and their 23rd in their last 32 games, with Tanner Roark on the mound trying to improve to 6-0 in his career.…

  17. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Mets 0

    Sep 11, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: For the third straight night, the Nationals got a dominant performance from their starting pitcher early against the depleted Mets lineup, with Dan Haren tossing six scoreless innings of 1-hit ball. But they couldn’t breathe easy, stymied for five innings by rookie Zack Wheeler before Ryan Zimmerman clubbed a solo homer…

  18. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Mets 3

    Sep 10, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: Just as they did Monday night, the Nationals pounced on Mets pitching for some quick runs, this time getting to notorious Nat-killer Dillon Gee. Jayson Werth continued his torrid season at the plate with a solo homer in the first, then added an RBI double in the third to score Denard…

  19. With 21-game hit streak, Span salvages season

    Sep 10, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    NEW YORK — In the past, Denard Span might have shunned any questions about a hot streak of his at the plate. But the way this season has gone for the Nationals center fielder, he figures why not embrace the positive and fully acknowledge the fact he entered Tuesday night’s game on a career-best, 20-game…

  20. Game 144: Nats at Mets

    Sep 10, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    NEW YORK — Who’s the toughest pitcher the Nationals have faced this season? Clayton Kershaw? Matt Harvey? Tim Hudson? Well, they all did pitch well against the Nats, but an argument can also be made for … Dillon Gee. Yes, Dillon Gee. In five starts against the Nationals this year, the Mets right-hander is 4-1…

  21. Instant analysis: Nats 9, Mets 0

    Sep 9, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: The Nationals wasted no time at all pouncing on Mets right-hander Carlos Torres. Two batters into this game, they already led 2-0 thanks to back-to-back homers from Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman. They never let up, blasting three more homers by the fifth inning to take a commanding, 9-run lead. Given…

  22. Game 141: Nats at Marlins

    Sep 7, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

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    As the finish line to this season draws closer — the regular season ends three weeks from tomorrow — and as the Nationals’ already-slim playoff hopes fade even further away — they now trail the Reds by 8 games — there are going to be more opportunities to evaluate younger players with an eye on…

  23. Improved lineup has keyed late-season surge

    Sep 6, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    The Nationals spent the better part of four months trying to figure out why they haven’t been as successful a ballclub as they (and everyone else) expected they’d be in 2013, and mostly emerged with no clear-cut answer. Was it the lack of clutch hits? An unproductive bench? An erratic bullpen? Bad defense? All of…

  24. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Phillies 2

    Sep 4, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: The once-feared Roy Halladay was there for the taking early on, but the Nationals couldn’t take advantage of the former Cy Young Award winner’s wildness. Jordan Zimmermann also got off to a shaky start but rebounded to toss five straight scoreless innings and keep the game close. Ryan Zimmerman’s solo homer…

  25. Werth delivers in Nats’ comeback win over Mets

    Sep 2, 2013, 1:40 AM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    You could look at the Nats’ chip-away, comeback win Sunday night against the Mets as their most satisfying victory of the season thus far, or merely an avoidance of disaster. The alternative would have been a sweep to an injury-riddled team just as they head on a pivotal road trip. However you classify it, the…

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