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  1. Updated: Taylor leaves game after colliding with wall

    Aug 27, 2015, 11:13 PM EDT

    USA Today

    [Updated: 11:13 p.m.] Just two innings after Yunel Escobar left with a right hand contusion, the Nationals saw another player go down in their game against the Padres on Thursday night. Michael Taylor was removed after colliding with the center field wall on a long flyball hit by Melvin Upton, Jr. in the top of…

  2. Updated: Escobar leaves game with right hand contusion

    Aug 27, 2015, 11:09 PM EDT

    USA Today

    [Updated 11:09 p.m.] Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar left Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Padres with a right hand contusion after being hit by a 97 mile per hour fastball during an at-bat against Andrew Cashner. Escobar with hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning. The HBP scored a run, but…

  3. Span sits to rest sore back; notes on Carpenter, Johnson & McLouth

    Aug 27, 2015, 5:16 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    Denard Span returned off the disabled list on Tuesday to give the Nationals’ their first complete lineup of the season. Then, on Wednesday night he landed two doubles and scored a run. But on Thursday, Span was out of the lineup after feeling soreness in his back, the same area of the injury that kept him…

  4. Game 126: Padres at Nats

    Aug 27, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    It was a tough loss on Wednesday night, but the Nationals enter Thursday with a chance to win their third consecutive series, something they haven’t done since June 19-28. Rookie Joe Ross (4-5, 3.56) will get the start against his former organization. The Padres traded Ross to the Nationals as part of a three-team deal…

  5. Gonzalez turns in uneven outing, drops third straight

    Aug 27, 2015, 10:14 AM EDT

    Aug 26, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) walks off the field after being removed from the game against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    It was only a few weeks ago that it seemed as though Gio Gonzalez had turned a corner. The lefty starter was perhaps the most consistent member in the Nationals’ rotation, quietly stringing together quality starts over a month-and-a-half stretch. From June 21 to August 11, he sported a 5-0 record with a 1.48 ERA and 1.21…

  6. Strasburg keeps leading the charge

    Aug 26, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Stephen Strasburg has quite easily been the Nationals’ best pitcher over the last few weeks since he returned from the disabled list on Aug. 8, and that trend continued in Tuesday night’s win over the San Diego Padres. The Nationals right-hander overcame a second-inning home run by Jedd Gyorko to go six strong innings of…

  7. Roark to become starter and likely replace Ross

    Aug 25, 2015, 7:10 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    With Denard Span ready to rejoin the team after an extended stint on the disabled list, the Nationals have optioned reliever Tanner Roark to Single-A Potomac. While that may seem like a demotion for Roark, the three-year veteran will have a rewarding goal to work towards. The Nats plan to transition Roark back to starting and…

  8. Updated: Nats call up Span, option Roark

    Aug 25, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT

    AP

    [Updated 5:35 p.m.] With just 39 games remaining on their schedule and a 5 1/2-game deficit to make up in the NL East, the Nationals got a big boost to their chances on Tuesday with the activation of Denard Span from the disabled list. Span returns after over six weeks on the DL while he…

  9. The Baseball Show: Positive signs as Span nears return

    Aug 25, 2015, 12:10 PM EDT

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    On this week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show,’ much of the focus was on the productive last few days for the Nats and whether they can continue moving in the right direction. Mark discussed several topics with Joe Orsulak and host Sebastian Salazar including Anthony Rendon’s recent surge, Jayson Werth’s success in the leadoff spot…

  10. Espinosa again makes most of opportunity

    Aug 24, 2015, 5:35 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Since the return of Anthony Rendon on July 25, the Nationals have had a logjam in their infield. And lately that has become even more evident thanks to the improved play of not only Rendon, but Ian Desmond as well. Finding Danny Espinosa playing time, in particular, has become a challenge at times. When Desmond and…

  11. Nats again build momentum with another series win

    Aug 23, 2015, 6:53 PM EDT

    USA Today

    The beginning of the Nationals’ weekend series against the lowly Milwaukee Brewers was about as unfortunate as they come. The Nats were blown out by a bad team on the first day of what is by all accounts a very important homestand. That followed a tough loss to the Colorado Rockies, one that saw Max Scherzer lose to Yohan…

  12. Nats 9, Brewers 5: Offense explodes to secure series win

    Aug 23, 2015, 4:39 PM EDT

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It had been nearly two months since the Nationals won consecutive series, and it finally came against two of the worst teams in baseball, but the Nats’ performance to finish the weekend was a convincing sign of progress, nonetheless. After dominating the Brewers on Saturday night, the Nats followed suit with a 9-5…

  13. Game 123: Brewers at Nats

    Aug 23, 2015, 12:15 PM EDT

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    The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to win their second consecutive series, something they have not done since June 23-28. That is yet another mind-boggling fact about the 2015 Nationals, but here we are in August with the Nats hoping for an important series win against one of the worst teams in baseball. Jordan…

  14. Blowout loss doesn’t spoil Turner’s debut

    Aug 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Associated Press

    The major league debut of top prospect Trea Turner happened to come in a blowout defeat for the Nationals, but the 22-year-old shortstop didn’t let that spoil what was a day he will always remember. Turner received a nice ovation from the welcoming Nats crowd as he trotted out on defense to replace Ian Desmond…

  15. Moore to DL, Barrett to seek third opinion

    Aug 21, 2015, 7:49 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    In order to clear room for the MLB debut of top prospect Trea Turner, the National made a pair of roster moves on Friday. Utility player Tyler Moore was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle and reliever Aaron Barrett was moved to the 60-day DL with a right elbow strain.…

  16. Updated: Nats call up Trea Turner

    Aug 21, 2015, 5:50 PM EDT

    AP

    [Updated: 5:50 p.m.] Needing a right-handed bat for their bench and a boost for the pennant race, the Nationals have called up top prospect Trea Turner on the first day of a long homestand. Bench player Tyler Moore was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain as the corresponding move. The team moved reliever…

  17. Baseball in the District – Matt Grace and Al Galdi

    Aug 19, 2015, 1:29 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ we welcomed in two guests: Syracuse Chiefs relief pitcher Matt Grace and ESPN 980 host Al Galdi. Grace was great on his transition back to the minors after spending time in the majors this season with the Nationals. He has been pitching…

  18. State of the Nats: Span on the road back

    Aug 17, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    Top storylines: Span is on his way back – It was a rough week for the Nationals, who went 1-6 to begin their West Coast road trip. But they did get some very encouraging news on Sunday with the announcement that Denard Span was beginning his minor league rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac. Span has been…

  19. Under .500, yet still in the playoff race

    Aug 17, 2015, 9:33 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Before Sunday, the Nationals had enjoyed rare success against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. They had beaten him in their previous five matchups, they crushed him on the Fourth of July and they even gave him his only loss in the 2014 postseason. Naturally, that was not to continue forever, and Bumgarner finally broke through at what was…

  20. Nats drop 5th straight in another ugly one

    Aug 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    After Saturday night’s 12-6 loss to San Francisco, the fifth straight defeat for the Nationals overall and their third straight to the Giants, it’s hard to imagine that just over a month ago the Nats swept this very same team in a July 4th series in Washington. But here we are six weeks later with two teams…

  21. Harper leaves game with leg injury

    Aug 16, 2015, 1:12 AM EDT

    USA Today

    [Updated] The Nationals were already down big against the Giants on Saturday when their night got even worse. All-Star Bryce Harper left in the seventh inning after fouling a ball off his left foot. Matt Williams told reporters after the game that X-rays were negative. Harper was at the plate facing Giants reliever George Kontos when…

  22. Game 116: Nats at Giants

    Aug 15, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT

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    The Nationals continue their series at the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night as they hope to snap a four-game losing streak. Gio Gonzalez (9-4, 3.50) and Jake Peavy (2-5, 3.75) squaring off. The Nationals will also try to avoid dropping to .500 on the season for the first time since May 8. Gonzalez looks…

  23. Nats offense continues to stall; Storen stumbles again

    Aug 13, 2015, 9:46 AM EDT

    USA Today

    For the second time in a month, the Nationals were dominated in consecutive days by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ duo of aces, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. But this time the Nationals fielded a mostly healthy lineup, as their offense continues to lose its footing in the month of August. Greinke and Kershaw could be the…

  24. Game 113: Nats at Dodgers

    Aug 12, 2015, 6:49 PM EDT

    Game 100: Nats at Dodgers

    After getting shutout by the Dodgers on Tuesday night, the Nationals will aim for a series split on Wednesday with superstar Clayton Kershaw (9-6, 2.51) on the mound pitching for Los Angeles. Beating Kershaw will certainly not be an easy task, but the Nats will have Bryce Harper to help their cause. The All-Star right…

  25. 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…

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