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  1. Harper reaches base twice, Ramos homers at Potomac

    Jun 23, 2014, 10:41 PM EDT

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    WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Bryce Harper reached base in both of his plate appearances, and Wilson Ramos went 3-for-4 with a 3-run homer Monday night in a rehab game with Class A Potomac for both members of the Nationals’ starting lineup. Harper, making his first game appearance since tearing a ligament in his left thumb on…

  2. Game 75: Nats at Brewers

    Jun 23, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The Nationals left town yesterday evening feeling a whole lot better about themselves than they did after losing Friday night’s heartbreaker in 13 innings, having re-established their 1 1/2-game lead in the NL East. But now comes a new challenge on the road against a Brewers club that currently owns the NL’s best record and…

  3. Nats get well-earned split vs. Braves

    Jun 22, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT

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    Winning two games out of a four-game set technically goes down as a split, as both teams leave the park without a series win. But for the Nationals to take two against the Braves this weekend, given the recent history between the two, this one sure feels different for Washington. Before Thursday’s series opener, the Nationals…

  4. Instant Analysis: Nats 4, Braves 1

    Jun 22, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In a season of 162 games, it’s not often a team experiences ups and downs as dramatic as the Nats have over the last four days. Entering their four-game series with the rival Braves, the Nationals lost their first two in frustrating fashion, briefly losing their grip on first place in the…

  5. Zim showing signs of life at plate

    Jun 22, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

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    Since his return from a broken right thumb on June 3, Ryan Zimmerman has produced a bit of a mixed bag on offense. At first, he adjusted well with two doubles in his first game back. But then he fell into a slump and, until Saturday night, was hitting just .197 with a .552 OPS…

  6. Game 74: Braves at Nats

    Jun 22, 2014, 10:17 AM EDT

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    After a brilliant and much-needed performance by Doug Fister on Saturday night, today the Nationals have a shot at splitting their four-game series with the Braves. In order to do that, however, they’ll likely need another very good outing from their starting pitcher. Today Tanner Roark (6-4, 2.85) will be handed that task. Roark has…

  7. A complete pitcher

    Jun 22, 2014, 12:10 AM EDT

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    As he walked off the mound and back toward the dugout following his 117th pitch of the night, not a single one of them having led to an Atlanta Brave crossing the plate, Doug Fister finally let himself move out of the moment and consider the bigger picture. There may be no member of the…

  8. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Braves 0

    Jun 21, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After heartache last night, would this finally be the night the Nationals would get past that oh-so-pesky roadblock known better as the Atlanta Braves? In a word, yes. Doug Fister was brilliant, tossing eight scoreless innings in a big-time start by the big right-hander. And the Nationals lineup delivered three clutch…

  9. Harper at Potomac on Monday, Ramos homers at Harrisburg

    Jun 21, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

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    Updated at 8:21 p.m. Bryce Harper will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac on Monday, according to a source familiar with the Nationals’ plan for their injured outfielder, and begin the final stage of recovery process that should have him back in the big leagues on or around July 2. Harper, out since…

  10. Game 73: Braves at Nats

    Jun 21, 2014, 3:39 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    There are perhaps two ways to look at last night’s game from the Nationals’ perspective. On one hand, they lost to the Braves, yet again, perhaps in a fashion more excruciating than any previous loss to Atlanta this year. On the other hand, they staged a fairly epic rally in the bottom of the ninth…

  11. The Baseball Show: Which Nats are All-Stars?

    Jun 21, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT

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    The Nationals are currently lagging in All-Star voting with just over two weeks to go until the rosters are announced on July 6. Of course they will get at least one guy on the NL team, but who will it be? In this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, Mark discussed that very topic with…

  12. Elation in the 9th, dejection in the 13th

    Jun 21, 2014, 1:20 AM EDT

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    As the ball went screaming off Anthony Rendon’s bat and soared toward the bullpen in deep left-center field, anything seemed possible, from the Nationals’ standpoint, for the first time in a long time. What’s that about this team’s mental hurdle trying to beat the Braves? How about a game-tying, 2-out, bottom-of-the-ninth homer off Craig Kimbrel…

  13. Instant analysis: Braves 6, Nats 4 (13)

    Jun 20, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: How do you put an end to a dominant streak by one club over yours, one that may have gotten into to your heads? How about a stunning, bottom-of-the-ninth rally against the best closer in the game? Unfortunately, that only works if you then finish things off with the winning run in…

  14. Nats sign 24 draft picks

    Jun 20, 2014, 6:49 PM EDT

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    The Nationals announced on Friday that 24 of their 40 draft picks from the 2014 class have agreed to terms. Among the players include third round catcher Jakson Reetz, fourth round pitcher Robbie Dickey, and 15th round first baseman Ryan Ripken, son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. First round pick Erick Fedde, a…

  15. Zim showing he can throw from left

    Jun 20, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

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    By all accounts, the experiment of putting Ryan Zimmerman in left field has been a relative success for the Nationals. Though his natural position is third base, he has shown the athletic ability to more than hold his own while working in a larger space. One thing that had eluded Zimmerman for several weeks, however,…

  16. Game 72: Braves at Nats

    Jun 20, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    There’s really not much else to say about the Nationals and the Braves. You know the drill by now. All we can do at this point is wait and see what tonight’s game brings in this lopsided rivalry. Stephen Strasburg has the ball, and he’s been very good lately (2.15 ERA over his last 10…

  17. Braves’ Floyd breaks elbow vs. Nats

    Jun 20, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT

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    Braves pitcher Gavin Floyd – an Annapolis, Md. native – was cruising through his start against the Nationals on Thursday night, enjoying his best outing of the season. The 31-year-old was facing Jayson Werth in the first at-bat of the bottom of the seventh inning, having already thrown six scoreless frames with two hits allowed…

  18. Same old, same old

    Jun 19, 2014, 11:52 PM EDT

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    It’s one thing to consistently lose to a good team. It’s quite another to consistently get beaten up at a rate that suggests there is a vast talent difference between the two clubs, which nobody believes is the case when the Nationals play the Braves. But the numbers don’t lie, and the numbers at this…

  19. Instant analysis: Braves 3, Nats 0

    Jun 19, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: If the Nationals hoped to open a big, 4-game series against the Braves on the right foot and begin to put to rest any questions about their ability to beat their NL East rivals, this wasn’t particularly the way to do it. The Nats were shut out by Gavin Floyd, until…

  20. Harper puts on show in BP

    Jun 19, 2014, 5:37 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper took the field to take batting practice and catch outfield flyballs before the Nationals game against the Braves on Thursday. Both were firsts in his recovery from a torn ligament in his left thumb, and how he feels in the coming days could determine when he begins a minor league rehab assignment. Harper…

  21. Game 71: Braves at Nats

    Jun 19, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

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    It’s been two long months since the Nationals and Braves squared off, as they each played six of their first 12 games of the season against each other. Now they go at it in a midseason, four-game series that could vault either team into a commanding lead in the National League East. Jordan Zimmermann (5-3, 2.98) will…

  22. And now … the Braves

    Jun 19, 2014, 10:46 AM EDT

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    They weathered an up-and-down first two months to the season, treading water while a host of key players overcame injuries, and have since gone on their first sustained run of the year, winning 12 of 18 and taking over first place in the NL East. And now, the Nationals really find out where they stand…

  23. Agressive baserunning pays off in Nats win

    Jun 19, 2014, 12:57 AM EDT

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    From the day he took over as Nationals manager, Matt Williams preached aggression on the bases. But rarely has this team put that philosophy into practice over the season’s first 2 1/2 months. Then came Wednesday night’s series finale against the Astros, a 6-5, come-from-behind victory keyed by an Anthony Rendon homer, a Nate McLouth…

  24. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Astros 5

    Jun 18, 2014, 10:49 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On a sweltering night on South Capitol Street, the Nationals made everyone sweat a little more with their play on the field. Gio Gonzalez labored through five innings in his return from a month-long stint on the DL. The lineup failed to capitalize on several early opportunities to knock out Scott…

  25. Several starters will bounce around when Harper returns

    Jun 18, 2014, 6:49 PM EDT

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    Matt Williams shed some more light on his plan once Bryce Harper returns from the disabled list in a few weeks, a plan that could see several regular members of the lineup bounce around from position to position on a daily basis to maximize everyone’s playing time. Harper’s return from surgery to repair a torn…

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