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  1. Instant analysis: Nats 5, Phillies 3 (10)

    Jul 12, 2014, 11:18 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: A high-profile pitching matchup produced a low-scoring game, though neither Stephen Strasburg nor Cole Hamels would likely have called this one of their best outings of the season. Strasburg carried a shutout into the sixth but couldn’t finish that inning after his pitch count skyrocketed to 117. Hamels, meanwhile, gave up…

  2. Game 92: Nats at Phillies

    Jul 12, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — While we await the update on Jordan Zimmermann’s MRI, and debate his replacement on the All-Star roster, there is in fact another game taking place tonight at Citizens Bank Park. Featuring a star-studded pitching matchup: Stephen Strasburg vs. Cole Hamels. The Nationals will have Ian Desmond back in the lineup after he sat…

  3. Alvarez replaces Zimmermann, leaving Nats without All-Star

    Jul 12, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT

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    Updated at 8:13 p.m. PHILADELPHIA — The 102-loss, 2008 Nationals had All-Star Cristian Guzman. The 103-loss, 2009 Nationals had All-Star Ryan Zimmerman. The first-place, 2014 Nationals, however, will have no active players at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game after injured right-hander Jordan Zimmermann was replaced today by Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez. NL manager Mike Matheny of…

  4. Harper homers but still battling his way out of slump

    Jul 12, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — As the ball rocketed off his bat and soared to right field, well into the bleachers at Citizens Bank Park, Bryce Harper remembered for a moment what it’s like to hit a home run. “It felt really good,” he said. Harper hadn’t had that sensation since returning from the disabled list nearly two…

  5. Zimmermann hopeful biceps cramp isn’t serious

    Jul 12, 2014, 12:00 AM EDT

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    Updated at 12:00 a.m. PHILADELPHIA — Jordan Zimmermann has made 132 starts in the big leagues, several of them as a rookie with a barking elbow that needed Tommy John surgery, but never before had he stood on the mound after throwing a pitch and motioned to the Nationals dugout that he needed to come…

  6. Instant analysis: Phillies 6, Nats 2

    Jul 11, 2014, 9:52 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: This game already wasn’t going particularly well for the Nationals when things really turned sour in the bottom of the fourth, for reasons having nothing to do with the scoreboard. Jordan Zimmermann took himself out of the game after throwing a 1-2 slider to Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp, departing with an…

  7. Desmond out tonight but should play Saturday

    Jul 11, 2014, 6:38 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Ian Desmond was not in the Nationals’ lineup Friday night, but manager Matt Williams expects his shortstop to return Saturday after getting hit by a pitch at the base of his right thumb. “He’s fine,” Williams said prior to Friday’s series opener against the Phillies. “He’s a little sore. He got in, did…

  8. Game 91: Nats at Phillies

    Jul 11, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where a suddenly banged-up Nationals club closes out the first half of the season this weekend before taking a much-needed All-Star break. The two key injury updates you’re waiting for: 1) Ian Desmond is not in tonight’s lineup after taking a pitch off the pad of his right…

  9. Podcast: ‘Baseball in the District’ – CSNbaltimore’s Rich Dubroff

    Jul 11, 2014, 10:51 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    With the Nationals and Orioles squaring off this week, Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I figured it was a good time to welcome in an O’s insider. This week for our first guest, we were joined by CSNbaltimore.com Orioles reporter Rich Dubroff. Rich has covered baseball and the Orioles for many years and had…

  10. Nats, Orioles see promise in Beltway Series

    Jul 11, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    For much of the 10 seasons since the Nationals moved to Washington, the regional rivalry of the Nats and Orioles has generally featured little more than a short commute between ballparks. As recently as three years ago, both teams were perennially among the worst in baseball. And by the time they faced each other in interleague play,…

  11. X-rays negative on Desmond’s hand

    Jul 10, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT

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    [Updated 11:49 p.m.] As Ian Desmond grimaced and slowly walked down the first base line in the eighth inningThursday night, it seemed for an instant as if the Nationals were on the verge of losing their shortstop for the foreseeable future. Desmond’s injury came as a result of a hit-by-pitch from Orioles reliever Darren O’Day, whose…

  12. Instant Analysis: Orioles 4, Nats 3

    Jul 10, 2014, 9:54 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals came into Thursday night looking for a series win against the Orioles, but a rocky first three innings by Gio Gonzalez set the tone for what ended up a close loss for Washington. The Nats came back with a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth to…

  13. Williams tries to keep Nats bench fresh

    Jul 10, 2014, 6:17 PM EDT

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    With a left-handed pitcher in Wei-Yin Chen on the mound starting for the Orioles, Nationals manager Matt Williams made a bit of a surprise decision to start Kevin Frandsen at second base on Thursday. Danny Espinosa had fared well the night before in his first start since June 27, and he hits .47 points higher…

  14. Game 90: Nats at Orioles

    Jul 10, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT

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    BALTIMORE – Thanks to a postponement on Tuesday and a 6-2 win on Wednesday, the Nationals now find themselves with an opportunity to take the series against the Orioles in Baltimore. Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 3.52) will make his 14th start of the season looking to secure the rubber game of this interleage matchup and the…

  15. Fister battles, emerges with 8th win

    Jul 10, 2014, 10:25 AM EDT

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    BALTIMORE — Early on a humid night at Camden Yards, it looked like Doug Fister might not have his best stuff. Staked to a 2-0 lead by his Nationals teammates, Fister took the mound for the bottom of the first and delivered a bumpy performance. Perhaps squeezed by a tight strike zone, the right-hander walked…

  16. With health comes power

    Jul 10, 2014, 12:10 AM EDT

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    BALTIMORE — The Nationals waited three months to get their entire lineup healthy and together for the first time all season. Then they continued to wait for that healthy lineup to start putting more baseballs into the bleachers. Wednesday night, the Nats got their first glimpse at what exactly this team is capable of doing…

  17. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Orioles 2

    Jul 9, 2014, 9:58 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Playing their first game in an AL park with a healthy lineup, the Nationals had an opportunity to field a lineup built both with offense and defense in mind for a change. And both aspects of Matt Williams’ starting nine played roles in this convincing victory at Camden Yards. A lineup…

  18. Espinosa understands, accepts reduced role

    Jul 9, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT

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    BALTIMORE — Ten straight game days, Danny Espinosa walked into the Nationals’ clubhouse, checked the lineup card, didn’t see his name listed among the starters and went about his business as a newly benched player. And then on Wednesday, when he arrived at Camden Yards, Espinosa gave his usual cursory glance at the lineup card…

  19. Game 89: Nats at Orioles

    Jul 9, 2014, 3:14 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    BALTIMORE — Hello from the one and only Camden Yards. It’s pretty amazing to think that this place is already 22 years old. It’s also the ninth-oldest ballpark in the majors. Remarkable. After two days (but only one actual game played) in Washington, the Battle of the Beltways moves up the road to the Inner…

  20. MLB Power Rankings: Angels soaring

    Jul 9, 2014, 12:04 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) – Zuckerman: Props to Billy Beane, who understands the time is now for Oakland to go all-in. This team is scary-good. 2. Angels (LW: 4) – Zuckerman: They might…

  21. Who should DH for Nats the next 2 nights?

    Jul 9, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    For the last week, Matt Williams has faced a nightly lineup decision, the crux of which has boiled down to the question of who would start at third base. For the next two nights, Williams will face another lineup decision. This time, though, the Nationals manager has another position to consider: designated hitter. With the…

  22. Nats-Orioles postponed, makeup on Aug. 4

    Jul 8, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

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    [Updated: 10:30 p.m.] Tuesday night’s game between the Nationals and Orioles was postponed due to heavy rain after a delay of approximately 2 1/2 hours. The two teams will now play a makeup game on Aug. 4 at Nationals Park. The tarp rolled out in D.C. about a half-an-hour before game time as a large…

  23. Williams: Harper making progress

    Jul 8, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

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    Since returning from a nine-week absence in late June, Bryce Harper has yet to find his form on offense. It’s only been seven games, but the guy who hit three home runs in his final rehab outing has yet to show up. After going 0-for-3 with two walks in the Nats’ loss to the Orioles on Monday…

  24. Game 89: Orioles at Nats

    Jul 8, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Try to forget, if you can, the horrendous 11th inning from last night’s game and appreciate the 10 innings that preceded it. The Nationals and Orioles played one heck of a ballgame, getting great pitching performances, fine defense and a couple of big home runs from star players. The atmosphere inside the park was electric,…

  25. Williams, Showalter share managerial bond

    Jul 8, 2014, 11:13 AM EDT

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    Matt Williams can rattle off the names of several former managers who helped him learn how best to deal with a clubhouse full of major leaguers and keep everybody on the same page: Roger Craig, Dusty Baker, Bob Brenly. Ask Williams who most taught him how to prepare himself and his team for a ballgame,…

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