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  1. Another abbreviated start plagues Nationals

    Jun 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Just when you thought it was safe to turn on a Nationals game and have some semblance of confidence in the starting pitcher’s ability to take control, Gio Gonzalez took the mound Tuesday night and reminded us this rotation remains something less than desired right now. Gonzalez lasted only 3 1/3 innings during the Nationals’…

  2. Game 64: Nats at Rays

    Jun 15, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper is back in the Nationals lineup tonight, his left knee/quad apparently feeling well enough for him to hit after sitting out yesterday’s game in Milwaukee. But Harper won’t be fully participating in the game at Tampa Bay; since they’re playing in an AL park, he’ll be able to serve as designated hitter for…

  3. Nats 5, Yankees 4 (11): Span caps late rally to avoid sweep

    Jun 10, 2015, 4:44 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: As was the case Tuesday night, the Nationals and Yankees found themselves in a tight pitchers’ duel for six innings. And as was the case Tuesday, the Yankees then busted out for four runs in the seventh to take the lead. This time, though, the Nats stormed back to tie the…

  4. Game 59: Nats at Yankees

    Jun 10, 2015, 10:19 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  5. Thoughts on Saturday’s 8-5 loss in Cincinnati

    May 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    It had been a month since the Nationals last dropped two games in a row, not to mention a series, so the events of the last 48 hours have come as a bit of a shock. A Nats club that was sky-high just lost two straight to the Reds, who had lost 10 of their…

  6. Game 49: Nats at Reds

    May 30, 2015, 12:32 PM EDT

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    On the heels of Stephen Strasburg’s abbreviated, 1-inning start last night, the Nationals sure could use a quality outing today from Gio Gonzalez. As always, Gonzalez’s ability to get quick outs and not raise his pitch count too early is key. The Nationals will be facing Reds rookie right-hander Raisel Iglesias, making only his fourth…

  7. Harper showing he can excel at ‘the little things’

    May 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    May 24, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    In the midst of Bryce Harper’s torrid May that has taken the baseball world by storm, it’s been easy to forget that the skill set of the Nationals’ phenom goes well beyond hitting the long ball. Just ask the Philadelphia Phillies, who saw Harper hurt them in more ways than one in the Nats’ 4-1…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Nats 8, Yankees 6 (10): Zim walk-off puts D.C. in 1st place tie

    May 19, 2015, 10:28 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: An enticing matchup between the red-hot Nationals (featuring the red-hot Bryce Harper) and the first-place Yankees produced some extra buzz at the ballpark Tuesday night. That the opener of this 2-game interleague showdown lived up to the hype only added to the intrigue. The Nationals burst out to a 2-0 lead…

  11. Game 40: Yankees at Nats

    May 19, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Anytime the Yankees are in town, it’s a big deal. But it seems fair to ask tonight which team in this ballpark is the bigger deal, with bigger star power. It sure feels like the Nationals, doesn’t it? Indeed, Bryce Harper and Co. return home tonight deserving of all the praise and attention being heaped…

  12. 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…

  13. Nats 9, D’backs 6: Taylor’s slam atones for Harper’s ejection

    May 13, 2015, 7:18 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: When Bryce Harper and Matt Williams were ejected in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday afternoon, you couldn’t help but sense that controversy would end up affecting the outcome of this game, good or bad. Turns out it did have a dramatic effect on the outcome, in a surprisingly positive way.…

  14. Game 35: Nats at Diamondbacks

    May 13, 2015, 1:18 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHOENIX — The Nationals talk about winning series, not individual games, and they’ve been quite good at that lately, winning their last four series (twice over the Braves, once apiece over the Mets and Marlins). They’ll need a win today at Chase Field, though, to continue that streak, with the rubber game of this series…

  15. More on Espinosa, Werth and Gonzalez

    May 9, 2015, 10:09 AM EDT

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    Bryce Harper once again stole the show last night, but there was plenty else worth discussing about the Nationals’ 9-2 thumping of the Braves. Such as… Danny Espinosa hit two homers left-handed If you’ve followed his career at all, last night’s performance by Espinosa was one of the all-time head-scratchers. He struck out twice while…

  16. Nats 9, Braves 2: Harper, Espinosa each homer twice

    May 8, 2015, 9:27 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals dug themselves into an early hole with a bit of sloppy play (dropped throws to the plate, runners straying too far off base) and poor at-bats against left-hander Eric Stults. But the tide quickly turned after that, thanks to a long-awaited blast from an old friend … and then…

  17. Game 30: Braves at Nats

    May 8, 2015, 3:23 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    After a much-needed off-day, the Nationals are back at it tonight, opening a 3-game weekend series against the Braves, trying to get back to the .500 mark with a victory tonight. The Nats get Jayson Werth back in the lineup after the veteran left fielder sat out two games (plus the off-day) with his surgically…

  18. Nats Stock Watch: Uggla’s heroics the lone bright spot

    Apr 29, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 1-6 Team slash: .222/.287/.352 Team ERA: 5.95 Runs per game: 3.85 STOCK UP   Dan Uggla, 2B: .364 AVG/ 1.364 OPS/ 6 RBI  Uggla may have compiled most of his stats for the…

  19. State of the Nats: Looking up in the standings

    Apr 27, 2015, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Top storylines: Little is going well – The Nationals are in last place in the NL East after losing five straight games and sit five games under .500. It is a place few predicted the Nationals would fall to even a week ago when things were starting to turn up. Lately it has been the Nats’ offense…

  20. Still searching for answers

    Apr 26, 2015, 5:56 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — You’re never as bad as you look during a long losing streak, and you’re never as good as you look during a long winning streak, but at what point does the losing start becoming an actual reflection of what you are as a ballclub? Not after a mere 19 games, the Nationals insist.…

  21. Marlins 6, Nats 2: Another misplay opens the floodgates

    Apr 26, 2015, 3:51 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Losers of four straight and in danger of a sweep in Miami, the Nationals desperately needed a good, all-around performance this afternoon. They’re still searching for one after another poorly played ballgame, in every facet. On the mound, Gio Gonzalez was roughed up for six runs over five erratic innings. In…

  22. Game 19: Nats at Marlins

    Apr 26, 2015, 12:28 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    MIAMI — There are no must-win games in April, right? Right? If that’s true, what should we call today’s series finale against the Marlins? Let’s just say the Nationals really, really, REALLY want to win this one and avoid a sweep, a 5-game losing streak and the potential for falling even farther back in the…

  23. Nats 2, Cardinals 1 (10): Escobar walk-off bails out Storen

    Apr 21, 2015, 10:52 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals have experienced precious little success against the Cardinals, dating all the way back to their heartbreaking loss in the 2012 NLDS. So while this was merely one game on a Tuesday night in April, it did present the Nats an opportunity to establish a new tone to this budding…

  24. Game 14: Cardinals at Nats

    Apr 21, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Though they face them only a couple of times a year, no NL opponents has befuddled the Nationals more than the Cardinals. Forget even, if you can, the 2012 NLDS. In the two years since that playoff series, the Nats have gone 2-11 against St. Louis, hardly inspiring numbers. Obviously, the Nationals don’t have to…

  25. Nats 10, Red Sox 5: Bats break out to avoid sweep

    Apr 15, 2015, 4:47 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For the second time on this road trip, the Nationals took the field on getaway day needing a win to avoid an unsightly series sweep. And for the second time, they came through, pounding the Red Sox with their best offensive barrage of the young season to head home feeling much…

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