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  1. Taylor returns to lineup with a bang

    Aug 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    When the Nationals realized on Thursday that center fielder Denard Span would be lost for the season, they knew exactly who to turn to. Sitting on their bench was rookie Michael Taylor, the heir apparent at the position, who had mostly thrived this season while Span was recovering from injuries. But then Thursday night’s game…

  2. Two steps forward, two steps backward

    Aug 22, 2015, 12:51 AM EDT

    AP

    If the Nationals were hoping the start of a long homestead would present an opportunity to bolster any optimism still out there for a late-season surge, they sure did little Friday night to back up the sentiment. Slogging their way through an ugly ballgame against an uninspired opponent, the Nationals were clobbered 10-3 by the…

  3. Fister accepts move to bullpen: ‘I’ll be ready’

    Aug 7, 2015, 6:09 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    One day after being moved to the bullpen for the first time in his accomplished seven-year MLB career, Doug Fister addressed the media to discuss the transition. Fister has accepted the move, but it was not easy, as one could understand. “It’s not the most fun message to go across. But you’ve gotta have a…

  4. Poised Ross has earned right to remain in rotation

    Aug 7, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Joe Ross wasn’t on anybody’s radar when the season began, barely even known by members of the Nationals major-league coaching staff. He was “The Other Guy Acquired in the Trea Turner Deal,” a young right-hander with some upside but not a pitcher who figured into the picture in 2015. Which makes Thursday’s events all the…

  5. Fister to the bullpen, Ross to stay in rotation

    Aug 6, 2015, 8:18 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    [Updated 9:50 p.m.] He was the Nationals’ most consistent pitcher last season and their only starter to win a playoff game, but 7-year veteran Doug Fister will now move to the bullpen. Manager Matt Williams made the announcement after Thursday’s game, saying that rookie Joe Ross will remain in the rotation when Stephen Strasburg returns…

  6. Strasburg likely to start Saturday vs. Rockies

    Aug 6, 2015, 3:41 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    Stephen Strasburg is likely to come off the disabled list and start Saturday night against the Rockies, a potential boost to a Nationals rotation that has yet to live up to its sky-high expectations this season. Though the club hasn’t made an official announcement yet, manager Matt Williams acknowledged that Strasburg is lined up to…

  7. Stock Watch: Storen excelling in setup role

    Aug 5, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen throws in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Miami. The Nationals defeated the Marlins 1-0. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 3-4 Team slash: .213/.262/.356 Team ERA: 3.00 Runs per game:  3.14   STOCK UP      Drew Storen, RP: 4 GP/ 1-0/ 0.00 ERA   For those concerned about how Storen would take to…

  8. Fister’s struggles continue, as Strasburg nears return

    Aug 4, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Doug Fister was the Nationals’ most consistent pitcher for much of last season, but in 2015 he just hasn’t been the same. The right-hander struggled once again in Monday night’s 6-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks with five earned runs allowed on eight hits, including three home runs. The three homers were the most he’s…

  9. Diamondbacks 6, Nats 4: Out of 1st place after latest loss

    Aug 3, 2015, 9:47 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of a weekend sweep in New York that left them in a virtual tie with the Mets atop the NL East, the Nationals hoped the opener of a homestand against the sub-.500 Diamondbacks and Rockies would serve as a much-needed elixir for this ailing ballclub. It didn’t. And…

  10. Game 104: Diamondbacks at Nats

    Aug 3, 2015, 3:24 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Well, that was a fairly eventful road trip the Nationals just completed. Now they open a 7-game homestand against the Diamondbacks and Rockies, desperate to get themselves back on track after getting swept in New York and seeing their lead in the NL East dwindle to percentage points. The good news: The Nats won’t be…

  11. On Harper’s blasts, Fister’s start, new bullpen and the Mets

    Jul 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Some thoughts about the Nationals’ 7-2 victory Wednesday night in Miami while watching the Mets-Brewers non-trade saga take one bizarre turn after another… — If you were worried Bryce Harper was in a funk at the plate, don’t be. No, he hadn’t homered since July 18 off Kenley Jansen, but it’s not like he had…

  12. Game 99: Nats at Marlins

    Jul 29, 2015, 3:59 PM EDT

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    Jonathan Papelbon has officially joined the Nationals in Miami. Sammy Solis has been optioned to Class AAA Syracuse to clear a spot on the roster for the new closer. And Doug Fister has changed uniform numbers to accommodate Papelbon, going from 58 to 33. Fister will be showing off the new threads right away, taking…

  13. Stock Watch: Starting pitchers scuffling

    Jul 29, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jul 24, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches against Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang (27) during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-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: 2-4 Team slash: .254/.346/.381 Team ERA: 4.50 Runs per game:  3.83   STOCK UP    Ian Desmond, SS: .400 AVG/ 3 HR/ 1.350 OPS   Nats fans must be hoping and wishing that Desmond,…

  14. Fister and Roark struggle; Desmond keeps heating up

    Jul 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    The Nationals’ starting rotation hasn’t been nearly as good collectively as many predicted it would be this year, and part of the reason has been the disappointing season of Doug Fister. The Nats’ starting staff was one of the best in baseball in 2014 and Fister was their most consistent guy. He went 16-6 with a 2.41…

  15. Game 94: Nats at Pirates

    Jul 23, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    They made it through a homestand that included games against Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and emerged with a 3-3 record. Now the Nationals embark on a tough, 10-game road trip that will feature plenty more tough opposition on the mound, beginning tonight at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. It’s…

  16. Dodgers 4, Nats 2: Kershaw dominates in nightcap

    Jul 18, 2015, 6:48 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Only 20 minutes following a rousing win in the completion of Friday night’s suspended game, the Nationals took the field full of pep and positive vibes. And then a left-hander named Clayton Kershaw sucked all the life out of them over the next 2 1/2 hours. The Dodgers ace, 3-time Cy…

  17. Game 89: Dodgers at Nats

    Jul 18, 2015, 3:58 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    And we’re back for the regularly scheduled portion of today’s sort-of-doubleheader. This contest features Doug Fister on the mound for the Nationals, needing to be in peak form against 3-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw. After Bryce Harper walked three times (twice intentionally) in the first game of the series, Matt Williams has decided…

  18. Rotation set for weekend series vs. Dodgers

    Jul 16, 2015, 3:28 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    [UPDATE AT 11:30 P.M. — The Dodgers changed their rotation order Thursday night. Mike Bolsinger will now start Friday against Jordan Zimmermann, with Clayton Kershaw starting Saturday against Doug Fister. Zack Greinke and Max Scherzer remain the Sunday starters.] The Nationals will give the ball to Jordan Zimmermann first out of the All-Star break, sending…

  19. Fister still working out mechanical glitches

    Jul 7, 2015, 10:56 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    Doug Fister, even-keeled as they get, strives for nothing more than consistency when he pitches. Which made Monday night’s start against the Reds — and a few others since he returned from the disabled list — particularly frustrating for the Nationals right-hander. “For me, there’s some inconsistency there on the mound,” he said. “I’m not…

  20. Reds 3, Nats 2: D.C. drops fourth straight to Cincy

    Jul 6, 2015, 10:17 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of an impressive, 3-game sweep of the defending champion Giants, the Nationals opened a 3-game series against a struggling Reds team that for some reason has owned them this season. And the script didn’t change on this night. Eugenio Suarez’s solo homer off Casey Janssen in the top…

  21. Game 83: Reds at Nats

    Jul 6, 2015, 4:13 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Fresh off a 3-game sweep of the winner of three of the last five World Series, the Nationals now turn their attention to a struggling team that swept five weeks ago. The Cincinnati Reds have been facing an uphill battle all season, but they are 3-0 against the Nats after a perfect late-May weekend at…

  22. Lineup goes quiet in 4-1 loss to Braves

    Jul 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    There are nights when the Nationals’ lineup looks capable of posting big numbers, no matter how many regulars find themselves shelved due to injury. And then there are nights like Wednesday. The Nationals looked feeble at the plate during their 4-1 loss to the Braves, held to a measly four hits by rookie right-hander Matt…

  23. Game 78: Nats at Braves

    Jul 1, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    All is well in NatsTown at the moment. They’ve won nine of their last 10. They’ve opened up a 3 1/2-game lead in the NL East. Their rotation has been on a dominant stretch. And, get this, they’re actually using the same lineup tonight as they used during last night’s 6-1 victory over the Braves.…

  24. Fister continues amazing stretch for Nats rotation

    Jun 25, 2015, 8:49 PM EDT

    Jun 25, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) throws to the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    After the Nationals signed Max Scherzer in January, many predicted they would have one of the best starting rotations in recent baseball history. Then the season started and for months everyone not named Max dealt with either injuries or inconsistent results. That was until this past week. With Doug Fister’s seven shutout frames on Thursday against the…

  25. Nats 7, Braves 0: Fister cruises to secure sweep

    Jun 25, 2015, 6:41 PM EDT

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With their lineup rounding into form and their rotation in the middle of the best stretch for a starting staff in franchise history, the Nationals continued to roll on Thursday with a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. The victory was their ninth in their last 12 games and it secured their…

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