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  1. Nats not ready to name Game 1 starter

    Sep 24, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

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    With arguably the best rotation in baseball, but no clear ace, it has been a big debate in Washington over the past few months: who starts the first game of a Nationals playoff series? There is just a week to go in the regular season, but it appears we will all have to wait a…

  2. Zimmermann may be pushed back a day

    Sep 23, 2014, 7:06 PM EST

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    Jordan Zimmermann is currently sporting a nasty bruise on his right shoulder three days after taking a Casey McGehee line drive off his arm on Saturday. It is not considered serious, as Zimmermann even threw the following day in Miami, but it could convince the Nationals to push his next start back. “I don’t expect him…

  3. As Nats hold breath, Zimmerman passes first test

    Sep 20, 2014, 11:51 PM EST

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    MIAMI — He hadn’t played in a big-league ballgame in two months, and he was the first to admit earlier Saturday he had no idea what to expect when he stepped onto the field at Marlins Park in his first game back from a major hamstring injury. By the end of the night, after Ryan…

  4. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Marlins 2

    Sep 20, 2014, 10:09 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Boosted by the return of Ryan Zimmerman after a two-month DL stint, the Nationals came out of the gates a bit sluggish tonight. They fell into a 2-0 hole via a Little League home run that featured errors by both Denard Span and Jordan Zimmermann. They also grounded into three straight…

  5. Game 154: Nats at Marlins

    Sep 20, 2014, 3:26 PM EST

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    MIAMI — The Nationals have played great baseball for the last two months, going 34-21 to win the NL East and assume the top spot in the entire NL heading into the season’s final week. But they have every reason to believe they’re an even better team now that Ryan Zimmerman has returned from a…

  6. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Mets 0

    Sep 14, 2014, 4:04 PM EST

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    Updated at 6:10 p.m. GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals hit the road on Thursday realizing they had a good chance of clinching the NL East title before they return home Sept. 23 for the season’s final week. But the way they played all weekend in New York, combined with the Braves’ surprising struggles in…

  7. Game 148: Nats at Mets

    Sep 14, 2014, 10:46 AM EST

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    Think the Nationals came to play last night? Mercy. They thrashed the Mets, 10-3, behind homers from Bryce Harper and Denard Span, plus five combined RBI from Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth, not to mention four more hits from Anthony Rendon (now 10-for-15 in the series). Doug Fister did his thing to earn his 14th…

  8. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Braves 4

    Sep 9, 2014, 10:07 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With a chance to put another nail in the Braves’ coffin, the Nationals broke out the hammer right away tonight. They scored four runs in the bottom of the first off Ervin Santana, then added another in the second to open up a commanding 5-0 lead and leave their NL East…

  9. Game 143: Braves at Nats

    Sep 9, 2014, 3:22 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    In a sense, the only thing the Nationals really needed to do this week was beat the Braves once. They did that last night, so if you want to look at it this way, anything they do now is gravy. Matt Williams and Co., of course, don’t think of things that way, so don’t expect…

  10. Instant analysis: Nats 8, Dodgers 5 (14)

    Sep 3, 2014, 8:45 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: At the end of a long roller coaster of a road trip, the Nationals needed to beat the Dodgers to capture their second straight series out west against a contending opponent and salvage a 4-5 record overall on a 10-day jaunt that began with a surprising sweep in Philadelphia. But they…

  11. Game 138: Nats at Dodgers

    Sep 3, 2014, 1:04 PM EST

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    Last night’s 4-1 loss to Clayton Kershaw and Co. may have been frustrating, but the Nationals still find themselves in an advantageous position today, with a chance to win this series from the Dodgers with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound against rookie right-hander Carlos Frias (making his first career start after five relief appearances). Zimmermann…

  12. Game 133: Nats at Mariners

    Aug 29, 2014, 5:03 PM EST

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    On Friday night the Nationals begin a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners with a 10:10 p.m. start time on the East Coast. With the pitching matchup in store, however, this one will be worth the wait. The Nationals will go up against Mariners superstar Felix Hernandez (13-4, 2.07) for the very first time. The…

  13. After crazy homer, Zimmermann churns out a gem

    Aug 23, 2014, 9:41 PM EST

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    Two batters into Saturday evening’s game, Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals already were trailing the Giants 2-0, and a rain-soaked crowd of 34,137 was murmuring, perhaps worried all the good vibes of the 10-game winning streak that ended Friday night were about to disappear into thin air. On the mound, though, Zimmermann barely batted an…

  14. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Giants 2

    Aug 23, 2014, 7:55 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Tim Lincecum has two Cy Young Awards on his mantel, two World Series rings on his fingers and a no-hitter on his resume from earlier this season. The only thing he doesn’t have: Any semblance of recent success against the Nationals, who have flat-out owned the right-hander the last five seasons.…

  15. Game 128: Giants at Nats

    Aug 23, 2014, 12:32 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Streak ended last night at an even 10 games. Now the Nationals will try to start another one. They’ll hope to get back on track this afternoon when they again host the Giants, who are scratching and clawing themselves, trying to stay alive both in the NL West and Wild Card races. Jordan Zimmermann…

  16. Instant analysis: Nats 5, Diamondbacks 4 (11)

    Aug 18, 2014, 10:25 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Riding a season-high 6-game winning streak that included a weekend sweep of the contending Pirates, the Nationals opened a 4-game series against the non-contending Diamondbacks feeling mighty good about themselves. What they didn’t expect was a real battle against unknown Arizona left-hander Vidal Nuno, who went toe-to-toe with Jordan Zimmermann, and…

  17. Game 123: Diamondbacks at Nats

    Aug 18, 2014, 3:31 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Their season-opening Nos. 1 and 2 starters have struggled. Their young phenom outfielder hasn’t quite put it all together yet. Their face-of-the-franchise third baseman has missed most of the season due to injury. And their closer inspires confidence in few right now. … Yet the Nationals, owners of the best record in the NL, tonight…

  18. Game 118: Nats at Mets

    Aug 13, 2014, 3:27 PM EST

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    Two of the Nationals’ three regular outfielders are not in tonight’s lineup, for very different reasons. Denard Span, who streak of consecutive games reaching base came to an end last night at 36, gets a well-deserved and highly rare day off. How rare? Well, since returning from the 7-day concussion DL in mid-April, Span had…

  19. Next stop: Atlanta

    Aug 8, 2014, 10:34 AM EST

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    In the seven weeks since the Nats and Braves last squared off on June 22, the two teams have traveled very different paths. The Nationals in that span have gone 23-16. They lost Ryan Zimmerman to a hamstring injury, but now have Bryce Harper, Asdrubal Cabrera and Matt Thornton in store. They have a 4…

  20. Instant Analysis: Nats 5, Mets 3 (13)

    Aug 7, 2014, 5:15 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After breaking out of a disappointing stretch with a lopsided win over the Mets on Wednesday night, the Nationals followed up with a second straight victory over New York, setting the stage for a huge series against the Braves in Atlanta this weekend. This one came in extra innings and was punctuated…

  21. Game 113: Mets at Nats

    Aug 7, 2014, 11:25 AM EST

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    After bouncing back on Wednesday night with a 7-1 win over the Mets, the Nationals have a chance to end their homestand with two straight victories before heading to Atlanta to face the Braves. Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.00) will take the mound in his 23rd start of the season. The right-hander is coming off one of…

  22. Early rally sets the tone for an 11-0 rout

    Aug 2, 2014, 11:58 PM EST

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    By the fourth inning, the Nationals led by 11 runs, turning the Phillies pitching staff into mincemeat and allowing everyone to breathe a sigh of relief and just play out the string under no pressure. But when Saturday night’s game was only two batters into the bottom of the first, when the outcome was still…

  23. Instant analysis: Nats 11, Phillies 0

    Aug 2, 2014, 10:25 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: How about we just do “Game in a word” tonight? The answer is: Rout. OK, a few more details than that. The Nationals annihilated the Phillies pitching staff, starting with A.J. Burnett, who let six of the 11 batters he faced reach safely, capped by Anthony Rendon’s 3-run homer in the…

  24. Game 108: Phillies at Nats

    Aug 2, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

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    The bad news: The Nationals have lost six of their last nine. The good news: The Braves also have lost six of their last nine. So the Nats’ lead in the NL East remains 1 1/2 games, despite their recent struggles. They’ll try to get back on track tonight after dropping the first two games…

  25. Zimmermann returns to form in dominant start

    Jul 29, 2014, 10:56 AM EST

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    MIAMI — Lost among the furor over the fateful ninth inning of last night’s 7-6 loss to the Marlins was one particularly encouraging development for the Nationals: Jordan Zimmermann looked like Jordan Zimmermann for the first time in weeks. The right-hander dominated Miami’s lineup, carrying a shutout into the seventh inning and ultimately departing having…

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