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  1. Harper named NL player of the week

    May 11, 2015, 3:20 PM EDT

    May 10, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) reacts after missing a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    After making history with a barrage of home runs against the Marlins and Braves, Bryce Harper has been named the NL’s Player of the Week. Harper hit .455 with six home runs, 13 RBI and just one strikeout as the Nationals went 5-1 in six games. He had five homers in a three-game stretch from…

  2. State of the Nats: Harper leading offensive surge

    May 11, 2015, 1:17 PM EDT

    May 10, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) at bat against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Harper leading Nats offense – The Nationals enter this week having scored at least five runs in five of their last six games. They have won 10 of 12 and have seen an offensive surge along the way, particularly from players like Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos. Their inconsistency overall at times has…

  3. After solid series, Zimmerman hoping to get back on track

    May 11, 2015, 9:16 AM EDT

    May 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) hits a three run home run during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    When the Nationals were scuffling at the plate for the majority of April, the club remained confident that most of its veterans would soon begin performing up to the level of their track records. And if this past weekend is any indication, the hope is that might be the case with Ryan Zimmerman. During the…

  4. A special Mother’s Day performance for Ramos

    May 10, 2015, 5:49 PM EDT

    May 10, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) hits an RBI double scoring the winning run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    When your teammate hits five home runs in three days including a walk-off shot the night before, it’s easy for accomplishments to go overlooked. Just because a player doesn’t make history, doesn’t mean he isn’t having a heck of a few days himself. Wilson Ramos, for one, has been swinging the bat about as well…

  5. Strasburg cleared to start Tuesday

    May 10, 2015, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg has been cleared by the Nationals’ medical staff to rejoin the rotation and start on Tuesday in Arizona after several days of testing his back and ankle in pregame throwing sessions at Nats Park. Max Scherzer was originally scheduled to pitch Tuesday, but he will now start the first game of the three-game…

  6. Nats 5, Braves 4: More late heroics after a lost lead

    May 10, 2015, 4:28 PM EDT

    May 10, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) throws against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals secured their first sweep of the 2015 season on Sunday thanks to some more late game heroics to bail out their bullpen. This time it was Matt Grace who gave up a would-be go-ahead run. And this time it was Wilson Ramos who provided the decisive hit in the 5-4 victory.…

  7. Rizzo on Harper, Giolito and more

    May 10, 2015, 12:37 PM EDT

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    Mike Rizzo spoke with reporters on Sunday morning before the Nationals were set to close their series with the Atlanta Braves and covered a wide range of subjects with his team ready to embark on a West Coast road trip. Of course, with his 22-year-old right fielder having hit six homers in his last three…

  8. Game 32: Braves at Nats

    May 10, 2015, 10:22 AM EDT

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    Over .500 for the first time this season, the Nationals will look to keep their good fortune going on Mother’s Day in a Sunday afternoon matchup to close their weekend series with the Atlanta Braves. Sunday will also mark the end of their recent homestand, as up next is a trip west to play the…

  9. Lobaton making the most of his limited opportunities

    May 10, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

    Apr 18, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton (59) hits an RBI double during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    While Saturday’s walk-off win will be remembered for Bryce Harper’s heroics, it was the performance of a part-time bat that underscored the true depth of the Nationals’ lineup. Backup catcher Jose Lobaton, who Matt Williams inserted into the lineup because of his previous success against Braves starter Julio Teheran, justified his manager’s faith in him…

  10. Harper continues amazing run with walk-off win

    May 9, 2015, 9:03 PM EDT

    May 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) wipes chocolate syrup off his face that was squirted on him by starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) (not pictured) after his walk off home run against the Atlanta Braves  at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeat Atlanta Braves 8-6. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    After hitting five home runs in two games to lead the Nationals to victories, Bryce Harper was already making history on a daily basis and rocketing souvenirs all over the ballpark in the process. He was already leading the surging Nationals and rounding into form as one of the best players in baseball. So, on Saturday evening,…

  11. Nats 8, Braves 6: More homers again lead to walkoff win

    May 9, 2015, 7:20 PM EDT

    May 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a two run walk off home run off Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Cody Martin (57) (not pictured( at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeat Atlanta Braves 8-6. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals’ recipe for wins lately has included a heavy helping of home runs and good starting pitching. That trend continued on Saturday in the Nats’ 8-6 matinee win over the Atlanta Braves – their ninth victory in their last 11 games – though this one required a walk-off homer by Bryce…

  12. Robinson reflects on Nats tenure after induction to Ring of Honor

    May 9, 2015, 5:52 PM EDT

    May 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Former major league baseball player and manger Frank Robinson speaks with the media on the field before the game between Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals  at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Just before the start of Saturday’s game against the Braves, Nationals fans had a chance to welcome back one of the franchise’s most beloved members. The club honored its first-ever manager, Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who threw out the first pitch and was inducted to the Ring of Honor as apart of celebrating the…

  13. Strasburg throws bullpen, clarifies injury

    May 9, 2015, 1:23 PM EDT

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    [Updated 2:53 p.m.] Stephen Strasburg threw a bullpen session on Saturday afternoon and afterwards took his clubhouse media session as an opportunity to clear the air on what has been ailing him in recent days. Contrary to some reports, Strasburg does not have a problem with his shoulder. It is instead his ankle, which caused…

  14. Game 31: Braves at Nats

    May 9, 2015, 12:19 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / Nats Insider

    Winners of eight of their last 10 games, the Nationals will try and keep it going on Saturday afternoon as they host the Atlanta Braves in the second game of their weekend series. This one features a solid matchup of right-handed starters in Doug Fister (2-1, 2.61) and Julio Teheran (3-1, 3.82). Fister is making his…

  15. Rookie Grace leaning on vets as he adjusts to majors

    May 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Apr 22, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Matt Grace (60) pitches during the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park. St. Louis Cardinals defeated Washington Nationals 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Nationals rookie reliever Matt Grace has only made seven appearances since getting his first call-up on April 22, but so far so good. The 26-year-old lefty is yet to allow a run through four innings and has made the initial adjustment look rather easy. The former eighth round pick is trying to learn as much…

  16. Harper on what he wants to become

    May 7, 2015, 3:49 PM EDT

    October 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper smiles before game four of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

    Bryce Harper’s career day of three home runs and five RBI on Wednesday provided him a chance to not only talk afterwards about what he had done, but also what he wants to be. The two-time All-Star spoke extensively on his future and some of his personal goals. There were a lot of good quotes,…

  17. VIDEO: Max Scherzer joins CSN after Caps game

    May 7, 2015, 8:59 AM EDT

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    A bunch of Nationals players took advantage of a day game with an off-day on Thursday to go to Wednesday night’s Capitals-Rangers Game 4 playoff matchup. Bryce Harper, Aaron Barrett, Stephen Strasburg, Danny Espinosa, Gio Gonzalez, Jose Lobaton and Max Scherzer were among those in attendance. Scherzer was nice enough to join CSN’s SportsTalk Live…

  18. Harper has career day in Nats’ win

    May 6, 2015, 5:56 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    Bryce Harper entered the major leagues in 2012 with a legend that preceded him, expectations of greatness and the potential to someday be one of the best hitters in baseball. The thought was that one day he would be capable of special things, special games that would earn him a place in baseball’s long and decorated…

  19. Janssen ready for rehab assignment; Valverde to Syracuse

    May 6, 2015, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Reliever Casey Janssen made an appearance at Nationals Park on Wednesday as he trained with teammates in anticipation of his first minor league rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac the following night. The right-hander has been recovering from right shoulder tendinitis, progressing through a throwing program in Viera, Fla. He is now ready for the next…

  20. Game 29: Marlins at Nats

    May 6, 2015, 10:17 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals look to clinch a series win against the Miami Marlins in an early Wednesday afternoon game. Max Scherzer (1-3, 1.26) will take the mound in his sixth start of the season, while right-hander Tom Koehler (2-2, 4.67) will start for Miami. Scherzer has had some tough luck this year with run support, as the…

  21. Roark passes another test with save against Marlins

    May 5, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    In his relatively short MLB career, Tanner Roark has already gone from afterthought prospect to surprise bullpen contributor to a 15-win starter and now back to relieving, somehow finding success at each stop. The former 25th round pick who lost 17 games at Triple-A the year before he debuted has become a baseball renaissance man.…

  22. UPDATE: Rendon has oblique strain; updates on Janssen & Johnson

    May 4, 2015, 10:48 PM EDT

    Rendon learns from first MLB stint

    [Updated 10:49 p.m.] Anthony Rendon has been diagnosed with an oblique strain after meeting with Nationals orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih on Monday, an injury that will end his minor league rehab assignment on terms that are anything but ideal. The 24 year old came to Washington on Monday after sitting out of games with the Double-A Harrisburg…

  23. The Baseball Show: A turning point last week?

    May 4, 2015, 11:54 AM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    The Nationals enter this week with two division series up ahead, first against the Marlins and then against the Braves. The Nats’ outlook is much better than it was just a week ago, as Washington has now won five of their last six. Many people have pointed to the back-to-back 13-run outbursts in Atlanta as…

  24. State of the Nats: An impressive weekend

    May 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    Top storylines: Strong showing in New York – The Nationals traveled to New York this weekend to face the Mets, who at the beginning of the series were undefeated at home and owners of the best record in baseball. The Nats also lost Denard Span for two-plus games during the series, yet they took three of…

  25. Span returns to Nats lineup

    May 3, 2015, 11:18 AM EDT

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    After leaving Thursday’s game and sitting out on consecutive nights, Denard Span has returned to the Nationals’ lineup as they get ready to take on the Mets in New York. Span was removed from the game on Friday due to soreness in his abdomen. He told MLB.com afterwards the discomfort was near the area where he…

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