Nov 9, 2015, 2:39 PM EST
The Nationals’ long and winding path toward relocating their spring training home began moving in a straight and expedited direction Monday when club executives joined MLB commissioner Rod Manfred and members of the Astros’ front office for a groundbreaking ceremony of a new two-team facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. The $144 million complex, approved…
Oct 14, 2015, 2:20 PM EST
ALDS GAME 5: TEXAS RANGERS AT TORONTO BLUE JAYS Series: Tied at 2-2 Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto Gametime: 4:00 p.m. TV: FS1 Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Indoors Starting pitchers: TEX LHP Cole Hamels (13-8, 3.65 ERA) / TOR RHP Marcus Stroman (4-0, 1.67 ERA) The MLB playoffs have been good to us so far with compelling games in each series, perhaps highlighted by the Cubs beating…
Oct 12, 2015, 10:45 AM EST
ALDS GAME 4: KANSAS CITY ROYALS AT HOUSTON ASTROS Series: Astros lead 2-1 Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston Gametime: 1:00 p.m. TV: FS1 Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Indoors Starting pitchers: KCR RHP Yordano Ventura (13-8, 4.08 ERA) / HOU RHP Lance McCullers (7-11, 3.10 ERA) The Kansas City Royals were the best team in the American League during the regular season, but they face elimination from…
Oct 11, 2015, 1:00 PM EST
ALDS GAME 3: KANSAS CITY ROYALS AT HOUSTON ASTROS Series: Tied at 1-1 Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston Gametime: 4:07 p.m. TV: MLB Network Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Sunny, 90 degrees, wind 4 mph Starting pitchers: KCR RHP Edinson Volquez (13-9, 3.55 ERA) / HOU LHP Dallas Keuchel (20-8, 2.48 ERA) The Royals were able to get even in Game 2 at home in Kansas City, as the Astros…
Oct 9, 2015, 11:07 AM EST
ALDS GAME 2: TEXAS RANGERS AT TORONTO BLUE JAYS Series: Rangers lead 1-0 Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto Gametime: 12:30 p.m. TV: MLB Network Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Indoors Starting pitchers: TEX LHP Cole Hamels (13–8, 3.65 ERA) / RHP Marcus Stroman (4-0, 1.67 ERA) Game 1 was a letdown for the home crowd in Toronto, as David Price was rocked in a…
Oct 8, 2015, 3:01 PM EST
ALDS GAME 1: TEXAS RANGERS AT TORONTO BLUE JAYS Series: 0-0 Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto Gametime: 3:30 p.m. TV: FS1 Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Indoor (roof will be closed) Starting pitchers: TEX RHP Yovani Gallardo (13–11, 3.42 ERA) / LHP David Price (18-5, 2.45 ERA) Postseason baseball returns to Toronto for the first time since 1993, a span of 22 long years,…
Mar 20, 2015, 12:30 PM EST
Every member of the Nationals rotation has now made three starts this spring, and every member of the rotation should make three more starts before Opening Day. For now, Max Scherzer leads the way, taking the mound today in Kissimmee for his fourth Grapefruit League start and scheduled to be the first member of the…
Mar 16, 2015, 12:27 PM EST
One day after facing the Astros on the road as part of a split-squad matchup, the Nationals will host Houson at Space Coast Stadium in Viera. Jordan Zimmermann will take the mound for the Nats, who will field a lineup featuring Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman. Harper, in fact, will be just one…
Mar 15, 2015, 12:16 PM EST
The Nationals continue their Grapefruit League schedule today with a road game against the Houston Astros in Kissimmee. Max Scherzer will take the mound for his third start of the exhibition schedule. Scherzer has been good so far with two earned runs in five innings pitched. Against Houston he’ll face much of their expected Opening…
Mar 13, 2015, 12:28 PM EST
Two years from now (or possibly three if there are any more delays in construction) when the Nationals and Astros want to play each other in spring training, neither will ever have to set foot on a bus. That’s the beauty of the shared complex these two franchises are going to be building in West…
Feb 11, 2015, 11:04 PM EST
As part of their negotiations to build a new joint spring training site in West Palm Beach, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros have reached an agreement with the state of Florida that will keep them there for the next 30 years. For the Nats, in particular, staying there is no surprise. For them to…
Jan 28, 2015, 2:04 PM EST
2014 record: 70-92, 4th place in AL West Manager: A.J. Hinch, 1st season Estimated 2015 payroll: $71 million Key additions: C/OF Evan Gattis, OF Colby Rasmus, SS Jed Lowrie, 3B Luis Valbuena, SP Dan Straily, RP Luke Gregerson Key losses: OF Dexter Fowler, C Carlos Corporan, RP Matt Albers, OF Delino DeShields Projected lineup 2B Jose Altuve 3B Luis Valbuena RF George Springer…
Jan 6, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
The Washington Nationals’ hopes for a new spring training site in West Palm Beach, Fla. improved significantly on Monday, as mayor Jeri Muoio announced plans to seek a land swap agreement with Palm Beach County. The proposal would allow the Nats – along with the Houston Astros – to construct a 160-acre joint spring facility as soon…
Oct 21, 2014, 1:00 PM EST
The Nationals’ longstanding search for a new spring training home took a potentially significant positive step forward Tuesday when Palm Beach County commissioners voted to approve funding for a complex that would house both the Nats and Houston Astros. By a vote of 5-2, the county commissioners approved to allocate $108 million in hotel tax…
Jun 19, 2014, 12:57 AM EST
From the day he took over as Nationals manager, Matt Williams preached aggression on the bases. But rarely has this team put that philosophy into practice over the season’s first 2 1/2 months. Then came Wednesday night’s series finale against the Astros, a 6-5, come-from-behind victory keyed by an Anthony Rendon homer, a Nate McLouth…
Jun 18, 2014, 10:49 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On a sweltering night on South Capitol Street, the Nationals made everyone sweat a little more with their play on the field. Gio Gonzalez labored through five innings in his return from a month-long stint on the DL. The lineup failed to capitalize on several early opportunities to knock out Scott…
Jun 18, 2014, 3:13 PM EST
Gio Gonzalez last started a game for the Nationals on May 17, and the results weren’t pretty. On the heels of an even uglier start in Oakland, the left-hander allowed five runs and seven hits in only three innings against the Mets, saw his ERA spike to 4.62 and then admitted afterward he had shoulder…
Jun 18, 2014, 12:50 AM EST
Any fears that the weekend slump that befuddled the Nationals would carry over into arguably their most-important homestand of the season to date were erased five batters into the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night. Three hits off talented Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel, two of them RBI doubles, gave the Nats an early 2-0…
Jun 17, 2014, 10:47 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of a long — and quite eventful — road trip, the Nationals came home an enigma of sorts. Was this a team starting to put everything together for the long haul, or was a weekend sweep in St. Louis a harbinger of more struggles to come? We don’t…
Jun 17, 2014, 3:23 PM EST
It’s been some time since we last saw the Nationals on the friendly confines of South Capitol Street. They left town 12 days ago, starting to get hot, then they got really hot on the West Coast, then they got really cold over the weekend in St. Louis. What team should we expect tonight taking…
Jun 16, 2014, 8:51 PM EST
With the Atlanta Braves coming to town this week for four games, it’s easy to overlook the Nats’ first opponent of this upcoming homestand. The Houston Astros – owners of the worst record in baseball each of the last three seasons – will be in Washington for a two-game series before the NL East main event…
May 1, 2014, 9:00 AM EST
Well, the season’s first month is now complete, and what a tumultuous month it was for the Nationals. Wilson Ramos broke his hand on Opening Day. Ryan Zimmerman couldn’t throw the ball across the diamond, then broke his thumb on a pickoff play at second base. Doug Fister hurt himself on the final day of…
Apr 30, 2014, 11:14 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: A tumultuous opening month for the Nationals ended with a couple of much-needed wins in a comfortable place. Taking advantage of Minute Maid Park’s quirky dimensions — not to mention the perpetually struggling Astros — the Nats followed up Tuesday night’s 1-run victory with a blowout in the finale of this…
Apr 30, 2014, 4:14 PM EST
The Nationals tonight go for a sweep of this brief, 2-game series in Houston, and they’ll do so with a lineup stacked with right-handed hitters against Astros lefty Brett Oberholtzer. Denard Span is the only left-handed bat in Matt Williams’ starting nine, which means the red-hot Adam LaRoche gets a rare day off. (UPDATE: LaRoche…
Apr 30, 2014, 9:00 AM EST
It has been easily forgotten because of everything that has transpired since, but it’s worth a friendly reminder: Adam LaRoche carried an injury-plagued Nationals’ lineup during the first two months of the 2012 season. While Michael Morse, Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos all spent time on the disabled list, LaRoche was the one…
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