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  1. Pitch, hit and run (and win)

    May 23, 2015, 12:05 AM EDT

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    At the end of a night in which his starting pitcher tossed eight brilliant innings, recorded a key base hit and scored the eventual game-winning run, Matt Williams summed up Max Scherzer in six words. “He loves to play the game,” the Nationals manager said. Why wouldn’t Scherzer be having the time of his life…

  2. Where the Nats stand at the quarter pole

    May 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    We are now 41 games into the 2015 season, which means the Nationals have played more than one-quarter of their regular-season schedule. Some people say you can’t start to truly evaluate a ballclub until it has played at least 40 games. Others say you can’t do it til Memorial Day. Well, we’re right in between…

  3. Stock Watch: More than just Harper’s bat getting hot

    May 21, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT

    May 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) hits a home run in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-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: 5-1 Team slash: .286/.363/.468 Team ERA: 3.75 Runs per game: 6.3   STOCK UP     Bryce Harper, RF:  .500 AVG/ 3 HR/ 1.751 OPS As Mark Zuckerman stated out recently, at what…

  4. Game 40: Yankees at Nats

    May 19, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. Robinson reflects on Nats tenure after induction to Ring of Honor

    May 9, 2015, 5:52 PM EDT

    May 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Former major league baseball player and manger Frank Robinson speaks with the media on the field before the game between Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals  at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Just before the start of Saturday’s game against the Braves, Nationals fans had a chance to welcome back one of the franchise’s most beloved members. The club honored its first-ever manager, Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who threw out the first pitch and was inducted to the Ring of Honor as apart of celebrating the…

  6. A blast and a bloop keep Nats rolling

    May 4, 2015, 11:53 PM EDT

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    It took nearly a month, but perhaps the 2015 Nationals are beginning to forge an identity, one that bears some strong resemblance to the 2014 version of this club. Whether overcoming injuries to key regulars, a sloppy play here and there or a late deficit, these Nationals are beginning to show a characteristic key to…

  7. Nats 6, Marlins 4: Desmond, Escobar key late rally

    May 4, 2015, 9:47 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of an eventful, 10-game road trip that ended on a high note, the Nationals were right back at the park Monday night to open a 6-game homestand, with another surging division rival in town. What transpired was another taut, low-scoring affair that was decided late. As has been…

  8. Can Nats channel last night’s emotion into something?

    Apr 28, 2015, 10:23 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Amid the uproar over Andrelton Simmons’ questionable takeout slide that injured Yunel Escobar, the back-and-forth between the Nationals and Braves that ensued and then news of prospect A.J. Cole getting called up to make his major-league debut in place of the injured Max Scherzer, everyone seemed to gloss over a teeny little fact…

  9. Marlins 3, Nats 2: Familiar storyline leads to loss in Miami

    Apr 24, 2015, 9:45 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s only April 24, but the Nationals recognize this 3-city, 10-game road trip through the NL East presents a real opportunity to make up some ground in the division. So they took the field at Marlins Park tonight with a sharp effort, getting dominant and efficient work from Jordan Zimmermann, some…

  10. What have we learned after 2 1/2 weeks?

    Apr 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have now played 16 games, which is one-tenth of their regular season. That’s still a very small fraction, but it’s not so insignificant that we can’t examine a few big-picture issues. So with that in mind, here are some things we’ve learned about the 2015 Nationals so far… The rotation is good as…

  11. Espinosa solid as temporary third baseman

    Apr 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Though the Nationals are getting healthier by the day – they saw both Jayson Werth and Denard Span return over the last week – they are still making do with temporary replacements. Danny Espinosa, for one, is playing third base. He has started at the hot corner in two consecutive games after Yunel Escobar, who…

  12. Strasburg’s changeup key in Sunday’s win

    Apr 19, 2015, 6:11 PM EDT

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    For a guy who was inefficient through his first two outings – needing 204 pitches through his initial 10 2/3 innings this year – Stephen Strasburg sure reversed his fortune on Sunday in an almost-perfect dismantling of the Philadelphia Phillies. Strasburg was surgical and looked much like the dominant pitcher we’ve seen at times throughout…

  13. Desmond: “I’m gonna get through it”

    Apr 18, 2015, 6:09 PM EDT

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    If Ian Desmond ever was going to go crawl in a hole and disappear from public view, this might have been the time. If Matt Williams ever was going to bench his starting shortstop after another nightmare defensive inning, this might have been the time. And if ever the crowd of 35,330 at Nationals Park…

  14. Phillies 5, Nats 3: Desmond’s woes open door for Phillies

    Apr 18, 2015, 4:02 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Ian Desmond’s defensive struggles have been painful enough to watch on their own, but the fact several have directly impacted the results of Nationals games has only made this saga all the more painful to experience. That saga hit a low point Saturday afternoon, when a pair of Desmond miscues at…

  15. Game 11: Phillies at Nats

    Apr 17, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The resurgence of the Nationals’ lineup has coincided with a couple of tweaks that — at least based on history — you wouldn’t think would make a positive difference: Ian Desmond batting second and Danny Espinosa batting left-handed. But somehow those two guys have managed to reverse historical trends and be productive. So Matt Williams…

  16. Nats Stock Watch: Defense, bullpen highlight rough week

    Apr 16, 2015, 12:48 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: 3-6 Team slash: .212/.281/.368 Team ERA: 3.52 Runs per game: 3.7 STOCK UP Michael Taylor, CF:  .486 SLG/ HR/ 7 RBI There weren’t many positives for the Nats lineup prior to Wednesday’s 10-5 win over the Red…

  17. Relaxed Nats put on offensive show in Fenway finale

    Apr 15, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT

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    BOSTON — Odd as it may sound, Tuesday night’s ghastly 8-7 loss at Fenway Park might have been just what the Nationals needed. Yes, that loss featured a calamitous bottom of the seventh, in which the Red Sox scored three runs via three Nats errors and two hit batters. But it also featured a 6-run…

  18. 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…

  19. Game 9: Nats at Red Sox

    Apr 15, 2015, 1:06 PM EDT

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    BOSTON — For the second time on this road trip, the Nationals find themselves needing to win on getaway day to avoid a sweep. They managed to do it in Philadelphia on Sunday. Now they’ll try to do it this afternoon in Boston. Encouraging signs: Ian Desmond had three hits last night, by far his…

  20. Bad recipe leaves Nats sick to their stomachs

    Apr 15, 2015, 12:03 AM EDT

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    BOSTON — This was the night. This was the night the Nationals were going to snap out of their early season funk, using a 6-run rally that was as stunning as it was sudden to catapult them back into the team they’re supposed to be and put this awful week of baseball behind them once…

  21. Red Sox 8, Nats 7: Big comeback, then big meltdown

    Apr 14, 2015, 9:33 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: This one had it all, some disconcerting moments early, a stunning Nationals rally in the middle and then an epic collapse late entirely of their own making. In a season-opening stretch that has defied logic, this game managed somehow to stand out from the rest. The Nationals fell into an early…

  22. The weight of expectations, and when enough is enough

    Apr 13, 2015, 8:28 PM EDT

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    BOSTON — Matt Williams, perhaps as agitated by his team’s play as he has been since becoming Nationals manager 18 months ago, was asked if Monday’s debacle of a loss to the Red Sox — officially 9-4 but not nearly as competitive as that score would suggest — might serve as a wake-up call to…

  23. The Baseball Show: Making sense of the Nats’ poor start

    Apr 13, 2015, 9:24 AM EDT

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    This week’s episode of The Baseball Show covered plenty of topics with the Nationals off to a surprising, 2-4 start. Mark, Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak tried to put it all in perspective and examine what fans should worry about and what should not be a concern at this point. In this first clip, they…

  24. Too early to draw any real conclusions

    Apr 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The first series of the baseball season is perhaps the worst of them all, because it lends itself to over-analysis and the drawing of conclusions way before it’s appropriate to do that. Think about it: We don’t make too big a deal out of a 3-game series in mid-June, calling for roster moves or lineup…

  25. Mistakes by Strasburg, Desmond stand out in Nats’ loss

    Apr 9, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT

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    It has only been three games, but so far the Nationals find themselves reaffirming many of the suspicions those who watch the team closely held before they opened the 2015 season. With three regulars out, runs may come at a premium, especially until they get Denard Span and Anthony Rendon back in place atop their…

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