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  1. After big week out west, big weekend in St. Louis

    Jun 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals’ just-completed week out west wound up as successful as anyone could have realistically imagined beforehand. In taking 2 of 3 from the Padres, then taking 3 of 4 from the Giants, the Nats catapulted themselves into first place in the NL East and for the first time in 2014 looked very much like…

  2. Instant analysis: Giants 7, Nats 1

    Jun 12, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Considering they had already taken the first three games of a road series against a Giants club that had been baseball’s hottest team only a few days ago, anything the Nationals did today at AT&T Park would have been the cherry atop a very large, gooey sundae. So it’s tough to…

  3. Game 65: Nats at Giants

    Jun 12, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT

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    After three impressive wins against the Giants, the Nationals enter Thursday looking for the rare four-game sweep. In order to do so, however, they’ll have to overcome their unfortunate history against Giants starter Tim Hudson (6-2, 1.97). As a member of the Braves for nine years, Hudson dominated the Nationals. He has faced them 29 times…

  4. Nats keep rolling in San Francisco

    Jun 12, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

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    The Nationals traveled to San Francisco this week looking to challenge the Giants and their best record in baseball, but so far through three games it’s been Washington who has looked like the better team. On Wednesday night they again beat the Giants in convincing fashion, controlling the game from start to finish. Tanner Roark outpitched Matt…

  5. Ramos headed to DL with hamstring strain

    Jun 11, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT

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    Wilson Ramos is headed back to the disabled list, once again sidelined with a leg injury. The Nationals catcher will be placed on the 15-day DL with a Grade 1 strained right hamstring, manager Matt Williams told reporters in San Francisco prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Giants, after hurting himself in the ninth…

  6. Game 64: Nats at Giants

    Jun 11, 2014, 6:52 PM EDT

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    In their quest to win their third straight in San Francisco and their 10th in 12 games overall, the Nationals will be short-handed tonight. Wilson Ramos, who tweaked his right hamstring stretching a base hit into a double in the ninth inning last night, is out of the lineup tonight. Whether Ramos, who has dealt…

  7. Podcast: ‘Baseball in the District’ – Giants’ voice Dave Flemming

    Jun 11, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT

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    With the Nationals playing their best baseball of 2014, there were plenty of positives to talk about this week on ‘Baseball in the District.’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I discussed the Nats’ recent resurgence and specifically what they will need to do to sustain it moving forward. With the team in the middle of a…

  8. Nats’ 9th win in 11 games is no cakewalk

    Jun 11, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    The Nationals’ most-dominant stretch of baseball in some time had been notable for the number of blowout victories this club had been stringing together over the last two weeks. Last night’s 2-1 win in San Francisco, then, was the outlier of the group. This was no cakewalk. This was a nip-and-tuck ballgame the likes of…

  9. Game 63: Nats at Giants

    Jun 10, 2014, 6:49 PM EDT

    AP

    We’ve said plenty about this remarkable run the Nationals are currently on, citing all the stats that have accompanied it, but the real question all along has been how long this run can continue. Especially against a tough opponent like the Giants and an opposing pitcher like Madison Bumgarner. The 24-year-old lefty has been among…

  10. Nats in midst of historic run of dominance

    Jun 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    When Ian Desmond launched a 3-run homer off Texas’ Colby Lewis in the bottom of the fourth back on May 30, it was immediately wondered whether that sorely needed blast would serve as the catapult that finally got the Nationals going on a prolonged hot streak. But even the most optimistic of Nationals faithful couldn’t…

  11. Game 62: Nats at Giants

    Jun 9, 2014, 6:21 PM EDT

    AP

    The Nationals are playing their best baseball of the season right now, having won seven of nine to propel themselves into a three-way tie for first place in the NL East with the Braves and Marlins. The one caveat: This hot streak has come against the struggling Rangers, Phillies and Padres. Tonight, the real test…

  12. Zimmermann named NL Player of the Week

    Jun 9, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT

    AP

    After one of the worst months of his career, Jordan Zimmermann turned in a week so dominant, the Nationals right-hander was deemed the best player in his league over the last seven days. Zimmermann has been named NL Player of the Week after a pair of electric pitching performances in which he tossed 17 scoreless…

  13. State of the Nats: Giants up next

    Jun 9, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Four games in San Francisco – Winners of seven of their last nine games, the Nationals are starting to look like contenders once again. They are healthy and scoring runs, and their starting rotation is getting stronger by the game. Monday night they will have quite the test in the San Francisco Giants, owners of the…

  14. Williams heads ‘home’ to San Francisco

    Jun 9, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    For a series in early June, the upcoming four-game bout between the Nationals and Giants has no shortage of storylines. It’s the two hottest teams in the National League squaring off in one of baseball’s most pristine parks. Four days between two heavyweights, hosted in a cathedral of the game. One of those storylines is…

  15. Game 61: Nats at Padres

    Jun 8, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT

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    The Nationals took a tough loss in extra innings on Saturday night after a rare meltdown for their bullpen. Today they pick back up with a quick turnaround to go for the series win out in San Diego. Jordan Zimmermann (4-2, 3.59) will look to build off his strong outing his last time out against…

  16. One bad pitch leads to rare blown save by Soriano

    Jun 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    First things first: Rafael Soriano threw a bad pitch to Yonder Alonso with two outs in the bottom of the ninth late last night in San Diego. A 1-0 fastball up in the zone and over the plate to Alonso, who sent it flying over the right-field fence at Petco Park, sending the game into…

  17. Nationals 2014 MLB draft class

    Jun 7, 2014, 7:32 PM EDT

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    Here is a look at the Nationals’ full 2014 draft class: 1st round: RHP Erick Fedde – UNLV – A high school teammate of Bryce Harper at Las Vegas High School, the Scott Boras client had Tommy John surgery on June 3. 2nd round: LHP Andrew Suarez – U. of Miami – A 6-foot-2 southpaw,…

  18. Game 60: Nats at Padres

    Jun 7, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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    The last time Blake Treinen started a game, the Nationals rotation was still trying to get itself on track. But in 12 games since then, Nats starters have been nothing short of fantastic, posting an MLB-best 2.38 ERA since May 23. Treinen has been out of the rotation since then, due to a rainout and…

  19. Nats take Cal Ripken’s son Ryan in 15th round

    Jun 7, 2014, 2:11 PM EDT

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    With their 15th round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Nationals selected a prospect with a familiar name. Indian River State College (Fla.) first baseman Ryan Ripken, son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., was taken by Washington with the 454th overall pick. The 6-foot-6 left-handed hitter batted .321 in 42 games last…

  20. West Coast can’t slow down red-hot Nationals

    Jun 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    There’s nothing like a long, coast-to-coast flight followed by a late-night game on the other side of the country to throw a ballclub out of rhythm. So it wouldn’t have been all that surprising had the Nationals taken the field last night in San Diego and looked a bit sluggish in the opener of their…

  21. Game 59: Nats at Padres

    Jun 6, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT

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    The Nationals just completed their best week of the season, winning 5 of 6 from the Rangers and Phillies. Now they face a more significant test: a 10-game road trip through San Diego, San Francisco and St. Louis, beginning tonight against the Padres. Can the Nats’ suddenly healthy and productive lineup remain potent in the…

  22. Fedde on Tommy John surgery and T-ball with Harper

    Jun 6, 2014, 3:57 PM EDT

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    On April 25, Erick Fedde took the mound in Las Vegas for the top of the seventh inning against New Mexico, his UNLV ballclub holding an 8-1 lead against their Mountain West Conference rivals. The tall right-hander threw a pitch and felt a sudden pain in his elbow. Fedde, as most 21-year-olds would, didn’t say…

  23. The Baseball Show: Zim’s impact

    Jun 6, 2014, 1:06 PM EDT

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    On this week’s installment of ‘The Baseball Show,’ there were plenty of positives to discuss, as the Nationals are currently playing their best baseball of the season. In this first segment, Mark, Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak talk about the importance of Ryan Zimmerman’s return. The Nats have won each of their three games since…

  24. Nats draft right-hander coming off Tommy John surgery

    Jun 5, 2014, 9:53 PM EDT

    AP

    Updated at 12:07 a.m. The story of the Nationals’ latest first-round draft pick should sound quite familiar to those who have followed this franchise over the last five years. Right-hander Erick Fedde, taken with the 18th overall pick in Thursday night’s MLB Draft, comes from Las Vegas, where he was high school teammates with none…

  25. Nats complete sweep before big ‘test’

    Jun 5, 2014, 8:49 PM EDT

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    When it comes to this juncture of the 2014 season, the Nationals sure have good timing. Just days before they embark on a 10-game road trip mostly on the West Coast, they’ve put together their best stretch of baseball so far this year. Five wins in six games, all five as convincing as victories come.…

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