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  1. Rookie Grace leaning on vets as he adjusts to majors

    May 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Apr 22, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Matt Grace (60) pitches during the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park. St. Louis Cardinals defeated Washington Nationals 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Nationals rookie reliever Matt Grace has only made seven appearances since getting his first call-up on April 22, but so far so good. The 26-year-old lefty is yet to allow a run through four innings and has made the initial adjustment look rather easy. The former eighth round pick is trying to learn as much…

  2. Bullpen roles still need to be sorted out

    Apr 11, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Had Matt Williams, on April 10, 2014, found himself in the exact same situation he found himself in during the seventh inning on April 10, 2015 — bases loaded, one out, the Nationals clinging to a 1-run lead — he wouldn’t have needed to think much about which member of his bullpen to…

  3. Roster preview: Matt Thornton

    Feb 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 38 How acquired: Claimed on waivers from Yankees, Aug. 2014 2015 salary: $3.5 million 2014 stats: (w/WSH) 18 G, 11.1 IP, 10 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 8 K, 1.059 WHIP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.51 FIP, 0.7 WAR. (Overall) 64 G, 36 IP, 33 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 0 HR, 8…

  4. Scherzer talked to Fister, Thornton before joining Nats

    Jan 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Max Scherzer will be paid handsomely to join a team that was already one of the best in baseball, having led the National League in wins in two of the last three seasons. If the Nationals offer a player $210 million to play for them, it’s not a very difficult decision for that person to make.…

  5. VIDEO: Max Scherzer on SportsTalk Live

    Jan 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Soon after he was introduced to fans and media at Nationals Park on Wednesday, new free agent acquisition Max Scherzer sat down for an interview with Chick Hernandez and Brian Mitchell on CSN’s SportsTalk Live. It was a great conversation, as Chick and Brian asked Max about what he will bring to the Nats, how…

  6. How will Nats replace Clippard?

    Jan 17, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT

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    In trading Tyler Clippard to the Oakland Athletics for Yunel Escobar on Wednesday, the Nationals found both their starting second baseman for 2015 and an insurance policy at shortstop in case Ian Desmond leaves in a trade or via free agency next winter. Escobar is under team control for the next three years, while Clippard…

  7. Roster review: Matt Thornton

    Nov 5, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 38 How acquired: Claimed on waivers from Yankees on Aug. 5, 2014 MLB service time: 9 years, 129 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $3.5 million Contract status: Signed for $3.5 million through 2015, free agent in 2016 2014 stats: 18 G, 11.1 IP, 10 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 8 K, 1.059 WHIP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.51…

  8. Strasburg’s playoff debut produces mixed bag

    Oct 3, 2014, 9:44 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg was probably looking forward to pitching in the postseason for much longer than just the last two years. But given he was shut down towards the end of 2012 as part of his recovery from Tommy John surgery – taken out of the equation just weeks before his teammates entered the playoffs – Friday’s…

  9. Soriano out for now as closer, no replacement named

    Sep 6, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano, stuck in one of the worst pitching slumps of his career, will take at least a couple days off to refine his mechanics and clear his mind, leaving Nationals manager Matt Williams to pick a new closer from a pool of several bullpen candidates, at least on a temporary basis. Williams would not,…

  10. Thornton thriving as new face in NL

    Aug 17, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

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    Nationals reliever Matt Thornton is moving through his 11th season in the major leagues, he’s 37-years-old and has 656 MLB games to his name. By now there is plenty of tape and plenty of scouting reports on the 6-foot-6 lefty. Only four of those games, however, have come in the National League, as prior to…

  11. UPDATED: Nats acquire lefty Thornton off waivers

    Aug 5, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Updated at 5:15 p.m. Trying to bolster a talented bullpen that has appeared worn down in recent weeks, the Nationals acquired veteran left-hander Matt Thornton off waivers from the Yankees. The Nationals aren’t giving up a player in a trade for Thornton; they simply were awarded a waiver claim and thus are responsible only for…

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