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  1. Marlins 4, Nats 3: Scherzer struggles early, mates can’t rally

    Aug 28, 2015, 9:55 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Max Scherzer taking the mound used to be a sure thing for the Nationals. These days, it’s anything but. Scherzer’s August struggles continued when the right-hander served up a pair of early homers to the Marlins, putting his team in a hole. He did bounce back to finish his night on…

  2. Stock Watch: During tough week, Strasburg stands out

    Aug 20, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Aug 19, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-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: .239/.332/.410 Team ERA: 5.76 Runs per game:  5.16 STOCK UP  Stephen Strasburg, SP: 2 GS/ 1-1/ 1.38 ERA  The Nats rotation’s had a pretty tough time of late, struggling so often…

  3. New look, new result

    Aug 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Call it desperation. Call it a hunch. Call it a calculated gamble. Whatever you want to call it, the lineup card Matt Williams filled out Tuesday in Colorado was unlike any he had attached his signature to since becoming manager of the Nationals last year. Jayson Werth, owner of a .261 on-base percentage (.203 in…

  4. Time for leaders to emerge

    Aug 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    If it feels like you’ve been watching the Nationals’ worst stretch of baseball in a long time … well, you’re absolutely right. This team has gone 4-13 over the last 2 1/2 weeks, the franchise’s worst 17-game stretch since 2011. That’s also the last time the Nats finished with a losing record, a fact that…

  5. Stock Watch: Zimmerman re-emerging at the right time

    Aug 12, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Aug 11, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) at bat during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-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: 3-4 Team slash: .265/.348/.416 Team ERA: 4.50 Runs per game:   4.85   STOCK UP   Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .435 AVG/ 8 RBI/ 1.375 OPS  It appears that treating the plantar fasciitis in his…

  6. Just one game, but offense showing life

    Aug 6, 2015, 10:59 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ offense has been a problem area in recent weeks, so one game will not solve all of their woes and reinstall them as one of the most potent lineups in the majors. But in Thursday night’s win, there were several indicators that suggest they are moving in the right direction as a team.…

  7. Nats 8, D’backs 3: Desmond, Ramos deliver a win for Ross

    Aug 6, 2015, 7:38 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After an embarrassing loss Wednesday night, Matt Williams gathered his players together before Thursday’s game with a simple message: Play the game their way, aggressively, and good things would be more likely to happen. They did display some of that in their series finale against the Diamondbacks, swiping some bases and…

  8. Game 107: Diamondbacks at Nats

    Aug 6, 2015, 12:32 PM EDT

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    It’s a new day in D.C., and the Nationals can only hope that means a reversal of fortunes after last night’s debacle. There was one roster move made earlier today: Aaron Barrett, who didn’t surrender a run in July but gave up the decisive runs last night on a throwing error, was optioned to Class…

  9. Game 106: Diamondbacks at Nats

    Aug 5, 2015, 3:32 PM EDT

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    If you add up their last nine offensive innings (beginning with the bottom of the ninth Monday night), the Nationals have scored nine runs on 14 hits against Diamondbacks pitching. That’s a potentially encouraging development for this struggling lineup, though we’ll see if it carries over into tonight’s game. One significant change to that lineup,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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,…

  12. The Baseball Show: A rough start to the second half

    Jul 27, 2015, 11:04 AM EDT

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    There was a lot to talk about on this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, as the Nationals just lost a four-game series at the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 2015 trade deadline is also quickly approaching, as the Nats have stumbled out of the gate in the second half of the season. There is also a…

  13. Is Desmond back?

    Jul 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    You wondered it after enjoying a big day at the plate to begin the week and shared an anecdote about a pep talk he received from Cal Ripken. And then you wondered it after he went 5-for-9 in the Nationals’ series against the Mets. And then you really wondered it when he homered Thursday night…

  14. Rough start to 2nd half, but Nats weathering storm

    Jul 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have come out of the All-Star break and gone 3-5, scoring an average of 3.5 runs per game but giving up an average of 4.75 during that same stretch. Not exactly the kind of baseball you want to be playing at this stage of the season. Even so, the Nats have actually gained…

  15. 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…

  16. Williams on Ripken/Desmond; Taylor on his catch

    Jul 21, 2015, 6:24 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Ian Desmond told a story after Monday night’s game that caught the attention of many baseball fans in the Mid-Atlantic area, how MLB Hall of Famer and Orioles legend Cal Ripken, Jr. gave him some advice recently that may have helped him snap out of an extended hitless streak. Ripken saw Desmond before one of…

  17. Desmond says encouragement from Cal Ripken has helped

    Jul 20, 2015, 10:48 PM EDT

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    Ian Desmond entered Monday’s game hitless in his previous 17 at-bats, a streak that dated back to July 10, a span of 10 days. But in the Nats’ 7-2 win over the Mets on Monday night, Desmond reached base twice: once on an infield single and then later with a two-run homer, his eighth of…

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

    Jul 18, 2015, 6:48 PM EDT

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    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…

  19. Rizzo confident Desmond can turn season around

    Jul 15, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT

    USA Today

    With a full four days off in between games due to the 2015 MLB All-Star break, most of the Nationals roster will get a nice rest before they get back going against the Dodgers on Friday night. The second half of the season is about to begin and, though the Nats are currently in first…

  20. Stock Watch: As usual, Harper leading the way

    Jul 8, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jul 7, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) singles during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-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: 3-3 Team slash: .182/.270/.304 Team ERA: 2.64 Runs per game: 3 STOCK UP   Bryce Harper, RF: .381 AVG/ 8 BB/ 1.218 OPS   It’s been quite an eventful week for the Nationals’ superstar…

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

    Jul 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  22. Desmond showing signs of breaking out of slump

    Jun 29, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Ian Desmond wasn’t going to get too excited over a couple of strong days at the plate, even if they included a monstrous home run and several more quality at-bats. “Baby steps,” the Nationals shortstop said after Sunday’s doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park. “I feel like I’m moving in the right direction.” For…

  23. Phillies 8, Nats 5: Roark rocked as winning streak ends at 8

    Jun 28, 2015, 8:01 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a dazzling performance by Stephen Strasburg in the opener of their doubleheader, the Nationals were hoping for something special out of Tanner Roark in the nightcap. They didn’t get it, nor did they get enough offense against the Phillies’ fill-in starter, Severino Gonzalez, and thus were left to settle for…

  24. Nats hoping Desmond’s long slump is nearing its end

    Jun 26, 2015, 8:37 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) celebrates with his teammates after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    You’re not supposed to glean much from a two-game stretch, especially in the context of a full baseball season. But for Ian Desmond and the Nationals, the past 48 hours have provided hope that the three-time Silver Slugger Award winner could be on the verge of ending his prolonged slump. After notching the game-winning RBI the…

  25. Slumping and with a heavy heart, Desmond comes up big

    Jun 25, 2015, 12:00 AM EDT

    MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals

    Ian Desmond knows one swing will not solve all of his problems and break him out of his worst offensive funk in years. After all, it wasn’t even a hit. But given the circumstances surrounding the night, his slump and the team, Desmond’s walkoff sac fly to beat the Braves on Wednesday sure seems like…

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