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  1. 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,…

  2. First-place Nats show Mets how to maintain even keel

    Jul 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Mets decided to put everything they had into this week’s series at Nationals Park. They held back their top three starters specifically to pitch in D.C. Their manager openly admitted these games were more important than others. Then he took blame late Wednesday for not bringing in his closer in the bottom of the…

  3. 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…

  4. Brilliant defense key in Nats’ victory

    Jul 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    There was Yunel Escobar’s backhanded stab of John Mayberry’s smash down the third-base line in the top of the first, perhaps preventing two runs from scoring. There was Michael Taylor’s galloping catch of Eric Campbell’s drive to deep right-center in the top of the fifth, again perhaps preventing two runs from scoring. There was Bryce…

  5. Bench play vs. Orioles emblematic of season’s first half

    Jul 13, 2015, 9:29 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Dan Uggla, left, and Clint Robinson score on a two run double by Tyler Moore against the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 12, 2015, in Baltimore. The Nationals won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    BALTIMORE — The key rally in Sunday’s 3-2 victory over the Orioles may have aptly encapsulated much of what the first half of the Nationals’ season has been about. Thanks to three consecutive two-out base hits from Clint Robinson, Dan Uggla and Tyler Moore — none of whom were intended to be regulars before the year…

  6. Orioles 3, Nats 2: Schoop’s homer wins it in 9th

    Jul 10, 2015, 10:21 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Round 1 of this year’s Battle of the Beltways brought the season’s largest crowd to Camden Yards. And it brought a tight, tense ballgame to downtown Baltimore, decided late by bullpens and big at-bats. In the end, the Orioles’ relief corps and big bats came through when the Nationals’ could not.…

  7. Nats 3, Phillies 2: Strasburg impressive again in victory

    Jun 28, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With uncertainty surrounding the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park, especially on the pitching front, nothing was more important to the Nationals than a strong start from Stephen Strasburg in the opener. Which is exactly what they got. Strasburg again looked like his old self, tossing seven innings…

  8. Espinosa forcing way into lineup, possibly in left field

    Jun 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Has it gotten to a point, Matt Williams was asked after Wednesday’s game, where the Nationals simply need to find a way to get Danny Espinosa’s bat into the lineup on a regular basis, even if it means putting him in the outfield? “Yeah, have to try to find a space for…

  9. Banged-up Span legs out a win for battered Nats

    Jun 10, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — He had already come back from two abdominal surgeries in three months, then a sore knee that kept him out of a couple of games last week. And now Denard Span was trying to play through a bad back that had sidelined him from Tuesday night’s series opener against the Yankees and…

  10. Thoughts on Saturday’s 8-5 loss in Cincinnati

    May 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    It had been a month since the Nationals last dropped two games in a row, not to mention a series, so the events of the last 48 hours have come as a bit of a shock. A Nats club that was sky-high just lost two straight to the Reds, who had lost 10 of their…

  11. Harper scratched from lineup with sore back

    May 30, 2015, 3:05 PM EDT

    AP

    Bryce Harper was scratched from the Nationals’ lineup for Saturday’s game in Cincinnati, the slugger’s back still sore after getting hit by a pitch the previous night. Harper, who was originally listed on manager Matt Williams’ lineup card in his customary cleanup spot, will be replaced in right field by Clint Robinson (who had been…

  12. How do Nats compensate for Werth’s prolonged absence?

    May 29, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are going to be without Jayson Werth for awhile, likely until sometime in August after a specialist at the Mayo Clinic discovered two small fractures Thursday in his injured left wrist. That’s not good news for the Nats, who now face at least two more months without their No. 3 hitter and trusted…

  13. Game 40: Yankees at Nats

    May 19, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  14. Moore connects for rare pinch-hit homer

    May 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    PHOENIX — It’s perhaps the toughest task in baseball, coming off the bench cold and asked to deliver a big hit late in a close ballgame. And Tyler Moore has spent the better part of four seasons now trying to get better at something so many accomplished players simply can’t perfect. So when Moore came…

  15. A grand conclusion to a wild ballgame

    May 13, 2015, 9:18 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX — Michael Taylor strode to the plate in the top of the ninth Wednesday afternoon, the bases loaded with Nationals in a tight ballgame, and every one of the 19,026 souls at Chase Field had to have the same reaction. Of course it would happen like this. Really, could you have expected anything else?…

  16. Still finding his groove, Werth gets a night off

    May 5, 2015, 6:43 PM EDT

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    After missing all of spring training and the season’s first week, Jayson Werth figured both to be in danger of getting off to a slow start and needing more days off than usual while his body got into regular-season shape. The slow start has indeed happened, but Werth has played more than most would have…

  17. Taylor, Solis called up; Johnson to DL; Cole sent down

    Apr 29, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Updated at 6:39 p.m. ATLANTA — The Nationals made another flurry of roster moves Wednesday afternoon, promoting outfielder Michael Taylor and left-hander Sammy Solis to the majors, placing outfielder Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list and optioning right-hander A.J. Cole back to the minors after his difficult debut the previous night. The moves were…

  18. Taylor hopes to develop consistency at Syracuse

    Apr 19, 2015, 1:29 PM EDT

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    When the Nationals gave rookie centerfielder Michael Taylor a chance to show what he could do in Denard Span’s absence, they were hoping the 24-year-old could show flashes of the everyday player they expect him to be down the road. For 12 games, he did just that. Though far from a finished product, Taylor demonstrated enough…

  19. Span ready to go, likely to be activated Sunday

    Apr 18, 2015, 5:18 PM EDT

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    After a final tune-up Saturday at Nationals Park in which he went through a full pregame workout and emerged with no lingering issues in either area where he recently underwent core muscle surgery, Denard Span is likely to make his season debut Sunday. “I feel pretty good,” the veteran center fielder said following the Nationals’…

  20. Taylor showing Nats glimpses of his potential

    Apr 17, 2015, 10:20 AM EDT

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    It may have been a little in-game redemption, but Michael Taylor sure didn’t see it that way. Despite delivering the game’s decisive blow — a fifth inning solo shot off Cole Hamels to break a 2-2 tie — the talented 24-year-old rookie centerfielder was still lamenting a fourth inning gaffe that could have cost the…

  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. Game 8: Nats at Red Sox

    Apr 14, 2015, 2:28 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    BOSTON — On the heels of an embarrassing performance Monday afternoon, the Nationals are back at it this evening (note the early 6:05 p.m. EDT starting time) at Fenway Park, hoping for a far better showing against the Red Sox. Matt Williams made some tweaks to his batting order. Michael Taylor has been bumped down…

  23. At 1-4, with issues, will Nats really “be fine?”

    Apr 12, 2015, 12:32 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — The theme inside the Nationals’ clubhouse following Saturday night’s 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Phillies — a loss that left this team a surprising 1-4 to begin a season of sky-high expectations — was universal. “I think we’ll be fine,” manager Matt Williams said. “That’s all I’m going to say about it. I…

  24. Offensive woes leave no margin for error for pitchers

    Apr 10, 2015, 11:40 PM EDT

    AP

    PHILADELPHIA — It’s easy to point to the fateful bottom of the seventh inning as the turning point of Friday night’s game, with the Nationals’ pitching staff imploding and turning a 1-0 lead into a 4-1 deficit in the blink of an eye. And certainly there are questions this team must answer when it comes…

  25. Phillies 4, Nats 1: No offense again, bullpen falters late

    Apr 10, 2015, 9:37 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a tough season-opening series against the Mets’ talented rotation, the Nationals may have thought they were due for some more fireworks against journeyman Jerome Williams. And when Michael Taylor led off the game with a home run down the left-field line, everybody in the visiting dugout perked up. But then…

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