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  1. Harper, Rendon get the day off

    Jun 25, 2015, 3:00 PM EST

    Jun 11, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and second baseman Anthony Rendon (6) watch a hit by Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura (not pictured) drop between them in the fourth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals gave stars Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon the day off on Thursday as they prepared to take on the Atlanta Braves in their series finale. Both players are dealing with minor injuries with the team about to embark on a six-game road trip. Harper felt a cramp in his right leg during the…

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

    Jun 25, 2015, 12:00 AM EST

    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…

  3. Williams on Knorr, who should be All-Stars, plus a Zim update

    Jun 24, 2015, 5:31 PM EST

    MLB: Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds

    Nationals manager Matt Williams touched on a wide range of topics during his pregame press conference on Wednesday, including the passing of bench coach Randy Knorr’s wife, who should be selected to the All-Star team and the latest update on Ryan Zimmerman. First, the Knorr stuff. Knorr’s wife, Kimberly, passed away on Tuesday at the age…

  4. Stock Watch: Scherzer’s masterpiece tops the week

    Jun 24, 2015, 1:06 PM EST

    Jun 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after the final out of a no hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 6 - 0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-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: 4-2 Team slash: .300/.333/.405 Team ERA: 2.00 Runs per game: 4.16   STOCK UP  Max Scherzer, SP: 9 IP/ 0 H/ 10 K/ 0.00 ERA  There was no way that Scherzer was going…

  5. Span and Rendon set the tone again

    Jun 24, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

    May 5, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) celebrates with center fielder Denard Span (2)
after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers  at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    For much of the 2014 season, while injuries took their toll on the rest of the Nationals lineup, it was the combination of Denard Span and Anthony Rendon that led the way. Both players earned NL MVP votes as arguably the best one-two punch at the top of the order in baseball. Span led the…

  6. Game 71: Braves at Nats

    Jun 23, 2015, 3:57 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals enter Tuesday coming off arguably their best series of the 2015 season, a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates highlighted by Max Scherzer’s no-hitter and two homers by Bryce Harper. Now they welcome the Atlanta Braves, who have surprised many by beginning the season 35-35 despite trading away most of their best players…

  7. Desmond in depth on his struggles

    Jun 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    Stuck in a month-long slump, shortstop Ian Desmond was given Friday night off by the Nationals’ coaching staff with the intention of giving him some rest, both physically and mentally. He was also out of the lineup initially on Saturday before Yunel Escobar was a late scratch due to a stomach bug. Desmond is not used…

  8. The Baseball Show: Scherzer, Harper and Father’s Day

    Jun 22, 2015, 6:11 PM EST

    USA Today

    The latest episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ was jam-packed after an eventful weekend for the Nationals. Mark talked lots about Max Scherzer, of course, but also Bryce Harper’s return and whether Major League Baseball should change their system of fan voting for the All-Star Game. At the bottom, you can also find my segment on…

  9. State of the Nats: Heating up

    Jun 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Strasburg likely to return this week – The Nationals won’t say it, but all signs point to Stephen Strasburg making his return from the disabled list this week against the Atlanta Braves, likely on Tuesday. Gio Gonzalez and Bryce Harper both mentioned Strasburg’s return after Sunday’s game, but the Nats said they do not plan to confirm…

  10. Nats’ offense continues to surge

    Jun 21, 2015, 5:48 PM EST

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates at home plate with third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) (obscured) after hitting a two run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals’ pitching staff just capped it’s best run in team history with 24 consecutive scoreless innings, a weekend highlighted by Max Scherzer’s no-hitter on Saturday against the Pirates. The pitchers deserve their credit, no doubt. But the Nationals’ lineup hasn’t exactly been dragging their feet. In Sunday’s win, the Nationals scored nine runs in…

  11. Nats 9, Pirates 2: Huge first inning sets tone in blowout win

    Jun 21, 2015, 4:11 PM EST

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) celebrates at home plate after hitting a three run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The day after Max Scherzer etched his name in the history books with his first no-hitter, the Nationals’ lineup wasted no time on Sunday doing something special of their own. The Nats scored nine runs in the first inning and bounced Pirates’ starter Charlie Morton out of the game after recording just…

  12. Scherzer the day after his no-hitter: ‘I can’t believe it happened’

    Jun 21, 2015, 12:16 PM EST

    Jun 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) reacts after recording the final out of a no hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 6 - 0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Max Scherzer walked into the Nationals clubhouse on Sunday morning just hours removed from his first no-hitter shaking hands with teammates and coaches. A team official brought the scorecard from Saturday’s game over and he signed it. Then, he met with reporters to share his thoughts now that his historic day had settled in. “I didn’t get…

  13. Game 70: Pirates at Nats

    Jun 21, 2015, 11:51 AM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Happy Father’s Day, everyone. After returning home this week only to lose their first two games against the Rays, the Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to sweep the Pittsburg Pirates, a team that had won eight straight before coming to town. Gio Gonzalez (4-4, 4.82) will take his turn in the rotation after a…

  14. Harper returns unexpectedly and homers

    Jun 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    Jun 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) is congratulated by third base coach Bob Henley (14) after hitting a solo home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Hours before Max Scherzer made history against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Nationals revealed the surprising news that Bryce Harper was back in the lineup just 36 hours after suffering what first appeared to be a very scary injury. Harper left Thursday’s game after falling to the ground on a throw attempt and grimaced in pain…

  15. Scherzer’s no-no and Tabata’s HBP from Pirates’ perspective

    Jun 20, 2015, 9:09 PM EST

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer reacts after hitting Pittsburgh Pirates pinch hitter Jose Tabata during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Washington. Scherzer threw a no-hitter and the Nationals won 6-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Max Scherzer was one strike away on Saturday afternoon from becoming just the 24th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to throw a perfect game. One strike was all he needed before an inside slider didn’t break and instead bounced of the elbow of a pinch-hitting Jose Tabata. Tabata came off the Pirates’ bench to…

  16. Harper returns from hamstring injury

    Jun 20, 2015, 3:18 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    After watching his team beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Friday night with his best player out of the lineup, Matt Williams was pleased to receive a text message from Bryce Harper the following morning. It simply said: “I’m good to go.” Despite writhing in pain after falling to the ground and leaving Thursday night’s…

  17. Game 69: Pirates at Nats

    Jun 20, 2015, 12:11 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    UPDATE: Yunel Escobar is a late scratch with a stomach bug for today’s game. Ian Desmond is back in there after originally being out. After rookie Joe Ross dominated the Pirates in the series opener on Friday night, Max Scherzer (7-5, 1.93) will now take his turn in his 14th start of the season. And…

  18. Harper out day after hurting hamstring

    Jun 19, 2015, 5:35 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    Bryce Harper was out of the Nationals’ lineup on Friday for their series-opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates, as he rests his sore left hamstring that was injured during the sixth inning of Thursday night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Nationals are calling the injury a mild left hamstring strain, but they will not know the…

  19. Fister feels good about return despite loss to Rays

    Jun 19, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    Jun 18, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister (58) is taken out of the game by manager Matt Williams (left) in the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    For five innings on Thursday night, Doug Fister matched Rays’ ace Chris Archer despite having not pitched in a major league game in over a month. But then he ran into trouble in the sixth inning and finished the night with his third loss of the season in a 5-3 Nationals defeat. The end result aside, Fister took…

  20. Rays 5, Nats 3: Fister returns, but Harper injured in loss

    Jun 18, 2015, 10:25 PM EST

    Jun 18, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Doug Fister made his return from the disabled list on Thursday and matched Rays’ ace Chris Archer through five innings, but it was all spoiled by a sixth inning that proved nothing short of a disaster for the Nats. Not only did they surrender a lead in their eventual 5-3 loss to…

  21. Nats set rotation with Fister back

    Jun 18, 2015, 6:16 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    Doug Fister returned to the Nationals’ rotation on Thursday for his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list and, as a result, adjustments were made to their pitching staff. The Nats’ scheduled starters will now be pushed back a day with rookie Joe Ross pitching on Friday, Max Scherzer on Saturday and Gio Gonzalez…

  22. Souza returns to Nats Park with big game

    Jun 17, 2015, 11:33 PM EST

    AP

    Steven Souza, Jr. played only 21 games for the Nationals before getting traded to the Tampa Bay Rays this past offseason, the but the big-swinging outfielder will long be remembered for his final play in a Nats uniform. That would, of course, be his leaping grab in left-center field to save Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter on…

  23. Zimmerman still resting left foot; Span gets day off

    Jun 17, 2015, 5:46 PM EST

    Photo by USA Today

    Ryan Zimmerman is continuing to rest his left foot as he serves out a 15-day disabled list stint with plantar fasciitis. The Nationals first baseman is doing his best to remain patient with little else to do besides wait. “Just kind of hang out and do nothing. It’s pretty brutal, actually,” he said. “I just gotta…

  24. Baseball in the District – Mark Zuckerman

    Jun 17, 2015, 1:23 PM EST

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    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW There was plenty to talk about on this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ so Tim Murray and I brought in Mark Zuckerman right off the top to break down the Nats’ record-setting game in Tampa Bay Tuesday night. Mark also talked about Trea Turner, what happens when…

  25. State of the Nats: Almost home

    Jun 15, 2015, 10:53 AM EST

    Jun 12, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates after hitting a home run during the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Fister set to return this week – The Nationals’ rotation looked excellent this weekend with Joe Ross and Max Scherzer each turning in gems against the Milwaukee Brewers. But with the Nats’ staff struggling overall in recent weeks, getting Doug Fister back will certainly be a welcomed sign. Fister threw six scoreless innings for Double-A Harrisburg…

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