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  1. Instant analysis: Braves 7, Nats 6

    Aug 8, 2014, 11:34 PM EST

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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,…

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

    Aug 8, 2014, 6:54 PM EST

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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…

  3. Game 114: Nats at Braves

    Aug 8, 2014, 4:13 PM EST

    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…

  4. MLB Power Rankings: Wild wild west

    Aug 8, 2014, 1:23 PM EST

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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…

  5. Next stop: Atlanta

    Aug 8, 2014, 10:34 AM EST

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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…

  6. Harper breaks through with walk-off homer

    Aug 7, 2014, 6:35 PM EST

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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…

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

    Aug 7, 2014, 5:15 PM EST

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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…

  8. Should Espinosa give up switch-hitting?

    Aug 7, 2014, 12:11 PM EST

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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,…

  9. Game 113: Mets at Nats

    Aug 7, 2014, 11:25 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Aug 7, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

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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…

  11. Fister earning role as Nationals’ stopper

    Aug 7, 2014, 12:07 AM EST

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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,…

  12. Instant analysis: Nats 7, Mets 1

    Aug 6, 2014, 9:37 PM EST

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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…

  13. Williams quashes Harper-to-minors talk

    Aug 6, 2014, 6:09 PM EST

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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…

  14. Game 112: Mets at Nationals

    Aug 6, 2014, 3:21 PM EST

    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…

  15. Nationals Stock Watch: Span’s streak continues

    Aug 6, 2014, 1:36 PM EST

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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…

  16. Should struggling Harper actually move up in lineup?

    Aug 6, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

    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…

  17. Things still not adding up for Nationals

    Aug 5, 2014, 11:57 PM EST

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    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…

  18. Instant analysis: Mets 6, Nats 1

    Aug 5, 2014, 10:18 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Stuck in a disappointing stretch of baseball, the Nationals hoped to get back on track against a Mets club they have owned since late last season, winning 10 of their last 11 head-to-head meetings. Instead, they squandered a bunch of early opportunities against right-hander Zack Wheeler and couldn’t overcome Gio Gonzalez’s…

  19. Top draft pick Fedde ready to begin rehab in Viera

    Aug 5, 2014, 6:43 PM EST

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    Erick Fedde heads to Viera, Fla., Wednesday to begin the long, slow rehab from Tommy John surgery, but before embarking on that monotonous journey, the Nationals’ top draft pick got to enjoy a whirlwind day in the District. Fedde, the 16th overall pick in the June draft out of UNLV, toured Washington and then spent…

  20. UPDATED: Nats acquire lefty Thornton off waivers

    Aug 5, 2014, 5:15 PM EST

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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…

  21. Game 111: Mets at Nats

    Aug 5, 2014, 3:35 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    After a quick, makeup game with the Orioles, the Nationals now wrap up their homestand with a 3-game series against a Mets club they’ve beaten 12 of their last 13 meetings. They’ll be without Wilson Ramos, who was placed on the paternity leave list in anticipation of the birth of his first child. Jose Lobaton…

  22. Ramos goes on paternity leave, Leon recalled

    Aug 5, 2014, 2:02 PM EST

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    The Nationals placed Wilson Ramos on the paternity leave list and recalled fellow catcher Sandy Leon from Class AAA Syracuse to take a roster spot after Ramos’ wife gave birth to the couple’s first child. Ramos’ wife, Yeli, gave birth Tuesday morning to a baby girl in the Washington area. Her husband left Nationals Park…

  23. Nats come up short

    Aug 5, 2014, 10:00 AM EST

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    The night started off well for the Nationals as they struck for three runs in the first four innings, entering the second half of their game with the Orioles holding a 3-1 lead. Against most teams that would be a solid foundation for a win. Tanner Roark rarely gives up more than three runs and…

  24. Pitching decisions come to forefront in loss to Orioles

    Aug 5, 2014, 12:38 AM EST

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    A manager has a split-second to make an in-game decision, and he must consider all sorts of factors in that split-second afforded him before somebody has to step to the plate or throw a pitch. As soon as Wilson Ramos singled to right-center in the bottom of the sixth Monday night, Matt Williams had a…

  25. Instant analysis: Orioles 7, Nats 3

    Aug 4, 2014, 10:17 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Thanks to a rainout last month, the final chapter of this year’s Battle of the Beltways was bumped to tonight, a 1-game makeup to decide whether this would end up a 4-game split or a 3-1 series victory for the Orioles. By night’s end, this series had turned as orange as…

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