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  1. Game 39: Nats at Diamondbacks

    May 13, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT

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    The Nationals certainly are capable of coming from behind to win games; they’ve already done it 11 times this season. Which means they’ve only taken a lead and held it through an entire game nine times. In order to add to the total of the second category, they need to start scoring early runs and…

  2. Observations from another come-from-behind win

    May 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    If you weren’t able to stay awake through the conclusion of the Nationals’ 6-5 victory over the Diamondbacks late last night … well, you can be excused. It’s tough to ask anyone to stay up well past midnight for a mid-May ballgame out west. You’re in luck, though, because your humble beat reporter is paid…

  3. Game 38: Nats at Diamondbacks

    May 12, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

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    After a brutal weekend in Oakland, the Nationals limp into Phoenix to face a Diamondbacks club that surprisingly has been among the majors’ worst so far this season (though Arizona has won seven of its last 10 to right the ship somewhat). Matt Williams, who played and coached for the D’backs and who lives in…

  4. What happened to the offense?

    May 12, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT

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    After the Athletics completed their sweep of the Nationals with a 9-1 drubbing on Sunday afternoon, they closed the series with an overall scoring split of 21-4. Through three games, the Nats could only muster four total runs. The weekend was a continuation of what has been a tough month for the Nationals at the…

  5. Nats sign veteran Dobbs to minor-league deal

    May 12, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have signed Greg Dobbs to a minor-league contract, acquiring the veteran pinch-hitting specialist, who was released by the Marlins last week. Dobbs, 35, spent the last four seasons with Miami, where he saw significant playing time and posted a .264 batting average with a .307 on-base percentage and .362 slugging percentage. Re-signed over…

  6. State of the Nats: Williams’ homecoming

    May 12, 2014, 10:06 AM EDT

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    Top storylines: Nats get swept in Oakland – The Nationals just played a very good team in the Oakland Athletics, the two-time defending AL West champions and current holders of the most wins (23) in the American League. Though the Nats had their chances on Saturday, the A’s outscored the Nats 21-4 over the three games.…

  7. Game 37: Nats at Athletics

    May 11, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT

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    Saturday night was a tough loss for the Nationals who saw Rafael Soriano and Drew Storen combine to lose a late lead in Oakland. Now the Nationals have lost five of their last seven and will look to salvage the series with Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 2.91) on the mound. Gonzalez will face his former team for the…

  8. Moore called up as LaRoche sent to DL

    May 11, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

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    As we noted this morning, Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche will do a 15-day stint on the disabled list after an MRI revealed a strain in his right quad. The Nats made the announcement officially on Sunday, and revealed Tyler Moore as the corresponding move. Moore will now join the Nats from Triple-A Syracuse after…

  9. LaRoche headed to 15-day DL

    May 11, 2014, 9:19 AM EDT

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    The Nationals will give first baseman Adam LaRoche some time off after an MRI revealed a strain in his right quad muscle. According to the Nats, LaRoche will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. It is likely Tyler Moore will return as the corresponding move. Moore was sent to Triple-A Syracuse on May…

  10. Game 36: Nats at Athletics

    May 10, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Last night was an ugly one for the Nationals who got blasted 8-0 by the Athletics. Tonight they’ll try and bounce back against one of the best young pitchers in baseball. A’s ace Sonny Gray (4-1, 1.91) will take the mound for his eighth start of the season. He is in just his second year…

  11. The Baseball Show

    May 10, 2014, 12:35 PM EDT

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    On this week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show,’ much of the talk was about the Nationals’ staying afloat despite injuries. Even with several regulars landing on the disabled list early in the year, the Nats sit at 19-16 on May 10, just a half-game out of first in the division. One player they had been…

  12. Disappointing debut for Fister

    May 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    It may not have felt like it, considering he didn’t make his season debut until May 9, but the Nationals rushed Doug Fister back from the disabled list. After straining his lat muscle on the final day of spring training, Fister was back on the mound making his first rehab start April 17 at extended…

  13. VIDEO: How much will Fister help?

    May 9, 2014, 12:35 PM EDT

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    Mark appeared on Geico SportsNet Central Thursday night to preview Doug Fister’s season debut with the Nationals. Tonight Fister will take the mound for the first time since coming to Washington in an offseason trade. He’ll face off with the Oakland Athletics at 10:05 p.m. Before talking Fister, Mark recapped Stephen Strasburg’s win over the…

  14. Fister makes long-awaited debut tonight in Oakland

    May 9, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have been touting Doug Fister as one of baseball’s most under-appreciated pitchers since the day they acquired him from the Tigers way back in December. Tonight, we finally get a chance to see the right-hander on the mound, wearing a Nationals uniform, starting a big-league game. A pair of spring training injuries —…

  15. Nats’ prospect Rosenbaum has Tommy John

    May 8, 2014, 8:59 PM EDT

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    Nationals pitching prospect Danny Rosenbaum had Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament on Thursday, a source told CSNwashington.com. Rosenbaum, 26, will now begin a 12 to 18 month recovery process to return from the procedure. The lefty starter made four appearances this season with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs before suffering the injury.…

  16. Podcast: ‘Baseball in the District’ – Syracuse voice Jason Benetti

    May 8, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

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    In this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed two guests. The first was Syracuse Chiefs play-by-play voice Jason Benetti. Benetti had great insight on Nationals’ prospects currently at Triple-A, and on players who have since been called up to Washington from the Chiefs. Our second guest…

  17. Williams pushes Strasburg to be “our horse”

    May 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    When Stephen Strasburg struck out Miguel Olivo and Justin Turner in succession to end the top of the seventh inning yesterday afternoon, the crowd of 34,756 at Nationals Park rose and saluted the right-hander as he retreated to the dugout. Everyone in attendance had every reason to believe Strasburg’s afternoon was complete. He had thrown…

  18. Ramos makes instant impact in return

    May 7, 2014, 8:03 PM EDT

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    Returning to the Nationals after a five-week absence from a broken hamate bone he suffered on Opening Day, Wilson Ramos didn’t wait long to remind the team of his impact. At the plate against his former battery mate, Dan Haren, in the first inning, Ramos smoked the first pitch he saw off the wall in…

  19. Moore optioned to Triple-A Syracuse

    May 7, 2014, 7:11 PM EDT

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    The Nationals optioned Tyler Moore to Triple-A Syracuse after Wednesday’s win over the Dodgers, paving the way for Doug Fister’s season debut on Friday. Moore was called up on April 6 when outfielder Scott Hairston landed on the disabled list with a left oblique strain. In 18 games Moore hit .200 with two home runs…

  20. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Dodgers 2

    May 7, 2014, 5:44 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After waiting out a 1-hour, 40-minute rain delay — what else is new? — Stephen Strasburg took the mound trying to pitch the Nationals to a series victory over a tough opponent, something they hadn’t yet done this season. The right-hander delivered, though only after another shaky first inning. Strasburg gave…

  21. Ramos activated, batting 5th vs. Dodgers

    May 7, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

    AP

    The Nationals activated Wilson Ramos off the 15-day disabled list this morning and inserted their starting catcher right back in their starting lineup for today’s series finale against the Dodgers. Ramos had been out since breaking the hamate bone in his left hand on Opening Day, making his return in 32 days, ahead of schedule.…

  22. Williams fine after hit-and-run

    May 7, 2014, 11:59 AM EDT

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    [Updated 11:25 a.m.] Matt Williams was driving to Nationals Park on Wednesday morning while doing his weekly radio appearance on 106.7 The Fan, when his day took a strange turn. While talking to The Junkies at a traffic light on South Capitol St., he heard a loud sound coming from the side of his Chevy…

  23. Game 34: Dodgers at Nats

    May 7, 2014, 11:26 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    It’s another cloudy day in D.C., and the grounds crew is standing at the ready with the tarp at Nationals Park, with a storm system approaching from the northwest. Looks like it’s going to hit the area before today’s scheduled 1:05 p.m. first pitch. The question is whether it will pass through before then. As…

  24. Treinen takes loss but impresses Nats in brief call-up

    May 7, 2014, 12:32 AM EDT

    AP

    Blake Treinen was summoned into the manager’s office Tuesday night after an 8-3 loss to the Dodgers and told he was being sent back to Class AAA Syracuse after making his first career start for the Nationals. Treinen was down on himself after giving up three runs in the top of the sixth, a rally…

  25. Instant analysis: Dodgers 8, Nats 3

    May 6, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Dodgers had Clayton Kershaw on the mound making his first start in more than a month. The Nationals had Blake Treinen on the mound making his first career start. Gross mismatch? Well, not for the first five innings. Kershaw and Treinen traded zeroes, each impressing in his own way as…

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