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  1. Gio to start series-opener against Orioles

    Jul 9, 2015, 2:41 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    Gio Gonzalez will get the start for the Nats in their series-opener against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night, the team announced on Thursday afternoon. Gonzalez was scheduled to start on Wednesday before the Nats’ game against the Cincinnati Reds was postponed due to rain. The rotation for the rest of the weekend has yet…

  2. Baseball in the District – Nats prospect Trea Turner

    Jul 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    We had another two-guest episode this week on ‘Baseball in the District.’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in Nationals prospect Trea Turner, as well as Orioles Insider Rich Dubroff to preview Nats-O’s. It was great getting to know Turner, who was recently promoted from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse. He has an…

  3. Scherzer has rare bad outing

    Jul 8, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Max Scherzer came to Washington with a Cy Young award and World Series experience, yet somehow he surpassed expectations through the first half of the 2015 season. So, on Tuesday night when he lasted just 4 2/3 innings and gave up five earned runs in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds, his struggles were not only uncharacteristic, they were very…

  4. Span gets MRI, Escobar sits, Zim still not ready to play

    Jul 7, 2015, 5:38 PM EDT

    USA Today

    After leaving the Nats’ loss to the Reds on Monday night with injuries, both Denard Span and Yunel Escobar remained out the starting lineup on Tuesday. Span continues to deal with nagging back spasms, while Escobar is nursing a tight left hamstring. Span had an MRI on Tuesday morning and will find out the results…

  5. Strasburg placed on the 15-day DL with oblique strain

    Jul 5, 2015, 3:17 PM EDT

    Jul 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws to the San Francisco Giants during the third inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals announced Sunday that right hander Stephen Strasburg has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. The injury occurred in Saturday’s game against the Giants, after Strasburg induced a ground ball in the fourth inning and was seen grimacing before being taken out of the game by manager Matt…

  6. Second half begins with high expectations

    Jul 5, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jul 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) is congratulated by Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams (9) after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 9-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    It’s the mathematical halfway point of the season, and while the conventional midway break doesn’t occur for another week, the Nationals’ first half seems to be a success. With 45 wins and a host of visits to the disabled list by key players, the Nationals should be in good shape for the last three months…

  7. Strasburg leaves early due to injury

    Jul 4, 2015, 12:49 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    For the second time this season, Stephen Strasburg left a start abruptly. Strasburg, who missed 25 days with neck tightness after he was pulled from his May 29 start at Cincinnati after just one inning, left Saturday’s start against San Francisco after 3 2/3 innings. Strasburg, who had allowed just one hit, retired Buster Posey…

  8. Stock Watch: Rotation continuing to dominate

    Jul 1, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jun 30, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 5-1 Team slash: .269/.336/.406 Team ERA: 2.29 Runs per game:  4.6   STOCK UP    Jordan Zimmermann, SP: 1-0/ 15.2 IP/ 0.00 ERA   For this edition of Stock Watch, we probably should have…

  9. VIDEOS: Rendon’s injury and the trade deadline

    Jun 30, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Here are a few more clips from this week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show.’ The first is about Anthony Rendon’s latest stint on the disabled list, as Mark puts it into the context of his long history of injuries. The second is about the Nationals’ bullpen, which looks a lot better now with David Carpenter in…

  10. State of the Nats: Who makes the All-Star team?

    Jun 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Who makes the All-Star team? – The 2015 MLB All-Star Game rosters will be announced this upcoming Sunday and Monday in a two-day special aired on ESPN. The starters will be revealed Sunday night, while the reserves will be announced on Monday. The Nationals should have at least two All-Stars, barring something unforeseen. Those would…

  11. Baseball in the District – Tom Schad joins for Nats roundtable

    Jun 29, 2015, 4:32 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in Tom Schad of The Washington Times for a roundtable discussion on the Nationals’ off-day. Schad sat down for the entire episode as we talked about the Nationals’ recent winning streak, how their pitching…

  12. Fister continues amazing stretch for Nats rotation

    Jun 25, 2015, 8:49 PM EDT

    Jun 25, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) throws to the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    After the Nationals signed Max Scherzer in January, many predicted they would have one of the best starting rotations in recent baseball history. Then the season started and for months everyone not named Max dealt with either injuries or inconsistent results. That was until this past week. With Doug Fister’s seven shutout frames on Thursday against the…

  13. Nats 7, Braves 0: Fister cruises to secure sweep

    Jun 25, 2015, 6:41 PM EDT

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With their lineup rounding into form and their rotation in the middle of the best stretch for a starting staff in franchise history, the Nationals continued to roll on Thursday with a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. The victory was their ninth in their last 12 games and it secured their…

  14. Harper, Rendon get the day off

    Jun 25, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jun 11, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and second baseman Anthony Rendon (6) watch a hit by Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura (not pictured) drop between them in the fourth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals gave stars Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon the day off on Thursday as they prepared to take on the Atlanta Braves in their series finale. Both players are dealing with minor injuries with the team about to embark on a six-game road trip. Harper felt a cramp in his right leg during the…

  15. Slumping and with a heavy heart, Desmond comes up big

    Jun 25, 2015, 12:00 AM EDT

    MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals

    Ian Desmond knows one swing will not solve all of his problems and break him out of his worst offensive funk in years. After all, it wasn’t even a hit. But given the circumstances surrounding the night, his slump and the team, Desmond’s walkoff sac fly to beat the Braves on Wednesday sure seems like…

  16. Williams on Knorr, who should be All-Stars, plus a Zim update

    Jun 24, 2015, 5:31 PM EDT

    MLB: Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds

    Nationals manager Matt Williams touched on a wide range of topics during his pregame press conference on Wednesday, including the passing of bench coach Randy Knorr’s wife, who should be selected to the All-Star team and the latest update on Ryan Zimmerman. First, the Knorr stuff. Knorr’s wife, Kimberly, passed away on Tuesday at the age…

  17. Stock Watch: Scherzer’s masterpiece tops the week

    Jun 24, 2015, 1:06 PM EDT

    Jun 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after the final out of a no hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 6 - 0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 4-2 Team slash: .300/.333/.405 Team ERA: 2.00 Runs per game: 4.16   STOCK UP  Max Scherzer, SP: 9 IP/ 0 H/ 10 K/ 0.00 ERA  There was no way that Scherzer was going…

  18. Span and Rendon set the tone again

    Jun 24, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 5, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) celebrates with center fielder Denard Span (2)
after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers  at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    For much of the 2014 season, while injuries took their toll on the rest of the Nationals lineup, it was the combination of Denard Span and Anthony Rendon that led the way. Both players earned NL MVP votes as arguably the best one-two punch at the top of the order in baseball. Span led the…

  19. Game 71: Braves at Nats

    Jun 23, 2015, 3:57 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals enter Tuesday coming off arguably their best series of the 2015 season, a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates highlighted by Max Scherzer’s no-hitter and two homers by Bryce Harper. Now they welcome the Atlanta Braves, who have surprised many by beginning the season 35-35 despite trading away most of their best players…

  20. Desmond in depth on his struggles

    Jun 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    Stuck in a month-long slump, shortstop Ian Desmond was given Friday night off by the Nationals’ coaching staff with the intention of giving him some rest, both physically and mentally. He was also out of the lineup initially on Saturday before Yunel Escobar was a late scratch due to a stomach bug. Desmond is not used…

  21. The Baseball Show: Scherzer, Harper and Father’s Day

    Jun 22, 2015, 6:11 PM EDT

    USA Today

    The latest episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ was jam-packed after an eventful weekend for the Nationals. Mark talked lots about Max Scherzer, of course, but also Bryce Harper’s return and whether Major League Baseball should change their system of fan voting for the All-Star Game. At the bottom, you can also find my segment on…

  22. State of the Nats: Heating up

    Jun 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Strasburg likely to return this week – The Nationals won’t say it, but all signs point to Stephen Strasburg making his return from the disabled list this week against the Atlanta Braves, likely on Tuesday. Gio Gonzalez and Bryce Harper both mentioned Strasburg’s return after Sunday’s game, but the Nats said they do not plan to confirm…

  23. Nats’ offense continues to surge

    Jun 21, 2015, 5:48 PM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates at home plate with third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) (obscured) after hitting a two run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals’ pitching staff just capped it’s best run in team history with 24 consecutive scoreless innings, a weekend highlighted by Max Scherzer’s no-hitter on Saturday against the Pirates. The pitchers deserve their credit, no doubt. But the Nationals’ lineup hasn’t exactly been dragging their feet. In Sunday’s win, the Nationals scored nine runs in…

  24. Nats 9, Pirates 2: Huge first inning sets tone in blowout win

    Jun 21, 2015, 4:11 PM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) celebrates at home plate after hitting a three run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The day after Max Scherzer etched his name in the history books with his first no-hitter, the Nationals’ lineup wasted no time on Sunday doing something special of their own. The Nats scored nine runs in the first inning and bounced Pirates’ starter Charlie Morton out of the game after recording just…

  25. Scherzer the day after his no-hitter: ‘I can’t believe it happened’

    Jun 21, 2015, 12:16 PM EDT

    Jun 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) reacts after recording the final out of a no hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 6 - 0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Max Scherzer walked into the Nationals clubhouse on Sunday morning just hours removed from his first no-hitter shaking hands with teammates and coaches. A team official brought the scorecard from Saturday’s game over and he signed it. Then, he met with reporters to share his thoughts now that his historic day had settled in. “I didn’t get…

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