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  1. Braves upset at Harper for smudging dirt logo

    Aug 10, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — As if they didn’t have enough to worry about following a 4-1, 11-inning loss that ended at 2:29 a.m. and left them closer to fourth place than first place in the NL East, the Braves now are upset at Bryce Harper for smudging the dirt “A” logo they place behind home plate at…

  2. Bleary-eyed Nats prevail in “Midnight Madness” win

    Aug 10, 2014, 3:46 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — The digital clock at Turner Field read 2:29 a.m., and the impressive remaining number of the 36,832 fans who were in the park way back when this game was originally supposed to start made their way to the exits, exhausted and disgusted. Behind the third base dugout, though, were a handful of Nationals…

  3. Instant analysis: Nats 4, Braves 1 (11)

    Aug 10, 2014, 2:29 AM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: They were all set to play at Turner Field on Friday night. Pitchers warmed up. Players stretched. They sang the national anthem. And then at 7:03 p.m., 7 minutes before scheduled first pitch, they rolled out the tarp in anticipation of heavy rain which arrived a few minutes later. Little did…

  4. Taylor expected to join Nats in Atlanta on Sunday

    Aug 9, 2014, 7:43 PM EDT

    AP

    Updated at 3:12 a.m. ATLANTA — Desperate for healthy outfielders, the Nationals are expected to promote top prospect Michael Taylor and have the dynamic 23-year-old in uniform for Sunday night’s series finale against the Braves. Taylor was a late scratch from Class AAA Syracuse’s lineup Saturday evening and was due to depart for Atlanta, where…

  5. Werth scratched from lineup, Souza recovering

    Aug 9, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Originally in the Nationals’ lineup for Saturday night’s game against the Braves, Jayson Werth was scratched due to nagging shoulder and ankle injuries that have now forced the veteran right fielder to miss the first two games of this key series. Werth sat out Friday night’s opener at Turner Field to give both…

  6. Game 115: Nats at Braves

    Aug 9, 2014, 3:53 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    ATLANTA — It’s another day here at Turner Field, and as far as the Nationals are concerned, that’s a good. They’d just as soon forget last night’s 7-6 loss (though, truth be told, there was plenty about the manner in which they nearly came all the way back from a 7-0 deficit to leave everybody…

  7. Strasburg digs hole too big for Nats to climb

    Aug 9, 2014, 1:33 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Stephen Strasburg was at a loss for words, despondent, unable — or perhaps simply unwilling — to offer much explanation for his clunker of an outing Friday night at Turner Field, one that left his Nationals teammates in a 7-run hole they still very nearly dug their way out of, falling one more…

  8. Souza jams shoulder on violent collision with fence

    Aug 9, 2014, 12:51 AM EDT

    AP

    ATLANTA — Steven Souza Jr. jammed his left shoulder, but otherwise appeared to avoid serious injury on a scary collision with the right-field fence at Turner Field during the second inning of Friday night’s 7-6 loss to the Braves. “I’m OK. I’m doing fine,” the young Nationals outfielder said. “I was just running full-speed, had…

  9. Instant analysis: Braves 7, Nats 6

    Aug 8, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: They came to Atlanta feeling good about themselves, while the Braves returned home reeling from an 0-8 West Coast trip. And then within minutes, the script had flipped back to a familiar (and frustrating) one for the Nationals. The Braves rocked Stephen Strasburg for six runs in the first two innings,…

  10. “Banged-up” Werth gets a night off

    Aug 8, 2014, 6:54 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Beset with nagging ailments to both his right shoulder and ankle, Jayson Werth was held out of the Nationals’ lineup for Friday night’s series opener against the Braves, though the club is hopeful neither injury is serious. “He wants to play, but I don’t know how good he’d be today,” manager Matt Williams…

  11. Game 114: Nats at Braves

    Aug 8, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    ATLANTA — Hello from Turner Field, which doesn’t exactly look ready for baseball at this moment. It has been absolutely pouring here for the last hour, and there’s no let-up in sight. Really, the whole weekend looks bad, so who knows what that means for this crucial, 3-game series between the Nationals and Braves. If…

  12. MLB Power Rankings: Wild wild west

    Aug 8, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

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    Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Athletics (LW: 1) – Roney: They’re primed to finish very strong – not just because of their new rotation, but because when rosters expand Sept. 1, their matchup/platoon capabilities explode. 2. Angels…

  13. Next stop: Atlanta

    Aug 8, 2014, 10:34 AM EDT

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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…

  14. Harper breaks through with walk-off homer

    Aug 7, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Whether there was any validity to the story or not, Bryce Harper once again found his name carried through the mud in the national media this week. He was slumping, yes, but a stint in the minors? Come on. His manager, Matt Williams, technically the spark that produced the controversy in an interview with 106.7…

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

    Aug 7, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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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…

  16. Should Espinosa give up switch-hitting?

    Aug 7, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT

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    Danny Espinosa’s splits as a switch-hitter are no secret at this point, through five years of his MLB career. Espinosa himself is aware he hits better from the right side of the plate. The team’s front office knows, even manager Matt Williams has acknowledged it. So, why doesn’t Espinosa hit exclusively right-handed? It’s not so simple,…

  17. Game 113: Mets at Nats

    Aug 7, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

    AP

    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…

  18. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Jason Benetti and Al Galdi

    Aug 7, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ once again featured two guests: voice of the Syracuse Chiefs, Jason Benetti, and host of ‘Chin Music’ and ‘The Drive with Cooley and Czabe’ on ESPN 980, Al Galdi. Benetti was excellent on the development of prospects such as Steven Souza, Jr. – who is now on…

  19. Fister earning role as Nationals’ stopper

    Aug 7, 2014, 12:07 AM EDT

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    Debate all you want whether he’s the ace of the Nationals’ staff, the stopper, the best starter, whatever designation comes to mind. Doug Fister doesn’t care what title he holds right now. The only thing that matters to the right-hander is that he keeps winning games for his team. And that’s something Fister’s teammates notice,…

  20. Instant analysis: Nats 7, Mets 1

    Aug 6, 2014, 9:37 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of a tough loss, who do the Nationals give the ball to? Doug Fister. The formula has worked all season, and it worked again tonight. Fister was dominant yet again, shutting out the Mets into the eighth inning without so much as breaking a sweat before getting charged…

  21. Williams quashes Harper-to-minors talk

    Aug 6, 2014, 6:09 PM EDT

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    Matt Williams quashed any speculation the Nationals would consider demoting the struggling Bryce Harper to the minors on Wednesday afternoon, criticizing reporters who may have thought his words on the subject during an earlier radio interview suggested it was a possibility. “I will caution everybody in this room: The minute you think you can read…

  22. Game 112: Mets at Nationals

    Aug 6, 2014, 3:21 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    There’s nobody the Nationals would rather have on the mound right now after a loss than Doug Fister, who has developed into something of their stopper over the course of this season. The big right-hander is 6-2 when starting a game following a Nationals loss, so he’s the right man for the job tonight as…

  23. Nationals Stock Watch: Span’s streak continues

    Aug 6, 2014, 1:36 PM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 2-4 Team slash: .240/.307/.321 Team ERA:  3.93 Runs per game: 4 STOCK UP Denard Span, CF: .423 AVG/ .467 OBP/ 5 SB Is there anything left to say about what Span’s been doing the last month? He’s giving the Nationals everything they could possibly…

  24. Should struggling Harper actually move up in lineup?

    Aug 6, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    AP

    Bryce Harper is searching at the plate, this much is obvious. Every time it appears the young slugger is headed on the right track, he falls back into a mini-slump and starts flailing at pitches he has little chance of hitting with authority. Harper now has stepped to the plate 205 times this season, a…

  25. Things still not adding up for Nationals

    Aug 5, 2014, 11:57 PM EDT

    AP

    Here is the current state of the Nationals, summed up in one inning of baseball played Tuesday night during a 6-1 loss to the Mets: They scored a run without producing a hit. Then their first hit of the game actually prevented a run from scoring. Something’s just not adding up at the moment for…

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