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  1. Palm Beach approves funding for Nats/Astros complex

    Oct 21, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  2. Agressive baserunning pays off in Nats win

    Jun 19, 2014, 12:57 AM EDT

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    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…

  3. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Astros 5

    Jun 18, 2014, 10:49 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. Game 70: Astros at Nats

    Jun 18, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  5. Nats score early, hang on late to move into 1st place

    Jun 18, 2014, 12:50 AM EDT

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    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…

  6. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Astros 5

    Jun 17, 2014, 10:47 PM EDT

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    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…

  7. Game 69: Astros at Nats

    Jun 17, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  8. Nats face upstart Astros

    Jun 16, 2014, 8:51 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. Despite turmoil, a successful April for Nats

    May 1, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  10. Instant analysis: Nats 7, Astros 0

    Apr 30, 2014, 11:14 PM EDT

    AP

    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…

  11. Game 28: Nats at Astros

    Apr 30, 2014, 4:14 PM EDT

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    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…

  12. LaRoche carrying Nats lineup once again

    Apr 30, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  13. Instant analysis: Nats 4, Astros 3

    Apr 29, 2014, 11:36 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: As Bryce Harper was in a hospital bed recuperating from thumb surgery earlier in the day, his Nationals teammates took the field in Houston trying to overcome the latest significant injury to their starting lineup. They jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, getting a towering home run from Jayson Werth…

  14. Game 27: Nats at Astros

    Apr 29, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT

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    The Nationals know they’re going to be without Bryce Harper — who had surgery today to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb — for the next two months or so. Tonight, we begin to find out how they deal with the prolonged loss of one of their key regulars. Who replaces Harper in…

  15. Jordan states case with five strong innings

    Mar 20, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Taylor Jordan knows the situation. He knows he’s now deep into a battle for the final spot in the Nationals’ Opening Day rotation, and he knows he needs to make the best possible impression every time he takes the mound over the final two weeks of spring training. But the young right-hander…

  16. Nats vs. Astros — 3/19/14

    Mar 19, 2014, 1:32 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    VIERA, Fla. — Ah, it’s good to be back… I just arrived in town after taking a morning flight down from D.C., and let me tell you it sure is nice to see sunshine and temperatures in the 70s. And, of course, it’ll be nice to see some baseball with my own eyes tonight, with…

  17. Nats acquire IF Brandon Laird from Royals

    Mar 16, 2014, 11:46 AM EDT

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    The Nationals made a minor trade on Saturday night, acquiring infielder Brandon Laird from the Kansas City Royals. The Royals’ return has not yet been announced, but is said to be either a player to be named later or cash. Laird is the brother of Braves catcher Gerald Laird. He’s 26 years old and a…

  18. Nats (ss) vs. Tigers, Nats (ss) vs. Astros — 3/16/14

    Mar 16, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT

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    Today the Nationals play two split-squad games, one at home against the Tigers and the other on the road against the Astros. Jordan Zimmermann will face Detroit while Gio Gonzalez will take the mound vs. Houston. The Nats-Tigers game will be on TV and Justin Verlander is pitching. The Nats will also have a lineup…

  19. Nats (ss) vs. Astros, Nats (ss) vs. Braves — 3/12/14

    Mar 12, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

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    It’s another split-squad day for the Nationals, with both games on the road this afternoon. In Kissimmee, Tanner Roark takes the mound to face the Astros, with mostly backups (except for Ian Desmond) behind him in the field. Most notable about this game: It’s the first time the Nats are playing a game with instant…

  20. Nats vs. Astros — 3/10/14

    Mar 10, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

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    They’ll play under the lights tonight at Space Coast Stadium, where the Nationals host the Astros in a rare, spring training evening game. Gio Gonzalez is on the mound for the Nats, making his second Grapefruit League start after tossing two scoreless innings against the Mets on Wednesday. We tend to focus on the pitchers…

  21. Nats vs. Astros — 3/7/14

    Mar 7, 2014, 12:57 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    With Doug Fister sidelined for the time being due to inflammation in his right elbow, the window of opportunity opens for some other members of the Nationals pitching staff. That includes Tanner Roark, who today gets a chance to make his first start of the spring, bumped up to take Fister’s spot instead of appearing…

  22. 2014 Outlook: Houston Astros

    Jan 16, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 51-111, 5th place in AL West Manager: Bo Porter, 2nd season Estimated 2014 payroll: $48 million Key additions: SP Scott Feldman, OF Dexter Fowler, RP Jess Crain, RP Matt Albers, RP Chad Qualls Key losses: IF Ryan Jackson, OF Brandon Barnes, SP Jordan Lyles Projected lineup CF Dexter Fowler 2B Jose Altuve C Jason Castro DH Chris…

  23. Why every MLB team should be thankful this Thanksgiving

    Nov 28, 2013, 7:18 AM EDT

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    Some Major League Baseball franchises are more fortunate than others, that’s just the way it is. That’s life. Some teams will celebrate this year’s Thanksgiving holiday with a lot more to be thankful for. But each team, even the Mets, have something to appreciate, something to behold for the present and the future. As a…

  24. MLB Power Rankings: RSVPs to October

    Sep 20, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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    The drama is over for the Red Sox and Dodgers, who have officially secured playoff spots. The stakes are much higher in the NL Central, which houses three of the top eight teams in baseball, and in Washington, where the Nats are basically teetering on the tiniest of margins in their quest for the second…

  25. Instant Analysis: Nats 6, Braves 5

    Sep 17, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Associated Press

    Game in a nutshell: After seeing their lineup go cold following a three-run first inning and their bullpen blow a lead they held for over seven innings, the Nationals came through in the bottom of the ninth with a thrilling, walkoff victory over the Atlanta Braves. Denard Span is the hero with a one-out RBI groundball…

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