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  1. Game 6: Braves at Nats

    Apr 6, 2014, 12:45 PM EST

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    Whew. Three stories about Nationals’ injuries later, and it’s time for the game thread. We’re just five games into the Nats’ 2014 season and what a ride it has been. Today the Nationals have a game to play, and it’s about as important as an April game can be. They will look to avoid a…

  2. Fister throws from 60 feet, McCatty gives update

    Apr 6, 2014, 12:31 PM EST

    Associated Press

    Nationals pitcher Doug Fister threw on flat ground from 60 feet on Sunday as he works his way back from a right lat strain. Nats pitching coach Steve McCatty said the right-hander looked normal and did not complain of discomfort during or afterwards. “He played catch at 60 feet today and he threw the ball…

  3. Nats place Scott Hairston on 15-day DL, call up Tyler Moore

    Apr 6, 2014, 12:21 PM EST

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    The Washington Nationals placed backup outfielder Scott Hairston on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a left oblique strain. Tyler Moore has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to take his place. Hairston said he first felt pain on a swing in the Nats’ April 3 game against the Mets in New York. He did…

  4. Zimmerman awaits MRI, describes shoulder soreness

    Apr 6, 2014, 11:51 AM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    After leaving Saturday’s game with pain in his right shoulder, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is awaiting the results of an MRI exam as the team gets set to close out their series with the Braves in Washington. Zimmerman does not know his prognosis, but says he has a new level of discomfort since having arthroscopic…

  5. Zimmerman having shoulder examined after latest error

    Apr 6, 2014, 12:53 AM EST

    AP

    Whether there has been a mental component to Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing issues over the last two-plus years remains a topic of discussion. There is no debating, however, the physical component of this longstanding problem, as became painfully obvious Saturday night during the Nationals’ 6-2 loss to the Braves. After committing another ghastly throwing error in…

  6. Instant analysis: Braves 6, Nats 2

    Apr 5, 2014, 10:42 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For three innings Saturday night, the crowd of 37,841 at Nationals Park had ample reason to get excited and believe the hometown club would make progress in overcoming the psychological demons that are the rival Braves. And then Ryan Zimmerman attempted to make a routine throw across the diamond in the…

  7. Harper: “I’m pretty lost right now”

    Apr 5, 2014, 6:00 PM EST

    AP

    Updated at 1:10 a.m. Bryce Harper exudes confidence like few, if any, 21-year-olds have in baseball history. So when the Nationals left fielder shows a rare display of doubt, as he did following the Nationals’ 6-2 loss to the Braves on Saturday night, it’s perhaps more striking than any home run he hits or laser…

  8. Game 5: Braves at Nats

    Apr 5, 2014, 3:36 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    There’s no such thing as a must-win game on April 5. There simply isn’t. Now, having made that disclaimer, the Nationals sure would like to win tonight’s game against the Braves. Not because it would have any dramatic effect on the NL East standings less than one week into the season. But because another loss…

  9. Nats-Braves rivalry doesn’t disappoint in first meeting of 2014

    Apr 5, 2014, 1:41 PM EST

    Photo by USA Today

    Friday’s home opener for the Nationals brought much of what we’ve come to expect from the budding rivalry between Washington and the Atlanta Braves. There was great pitching (despite both starters battling illness), it came down to the final at-bat, and there was a good deal of controversy. Though it was just one game, it…

  10. The Baseball Show: Nats will have to make do without Ramos

    Apr 5, 2014, 10:19 AM EST

    Ramos back tomorrow, Haren on Tuesday

    The Baseball Show is back for the 2014 season, and this week marked the first episode featuring real games to talk about. Unfortunately a lot of the discussion centered around Wilson Ramos and his recent injury news. Ramos has dealt with a variety of injuries over the course of his five major league seasons and his…

  11. Squandered opportunities prove costly in 2-1 loss

    Apr 4, 2014, 9:00 PM EST

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    Matt Williams wants his Nationals to be aggressive on the bases. That much he has made clear since the day he was introduced as the club’s new manager. Williams, though, always adds one important caveat to that sentiment. “We want to take advantage of it when it’s there for us,” he said. “But we also…

  12. Overturned call looms large in Nationals’ loss to Braves

    Apr 4, 2014, 7:06 PM EST

    Photo by the Associated Press

    When baseball games come down to one run, when Craig Kimbrel shuts the door on a close game, it’s easy to go back to specific moments and second guess what could have been. The Nationals put themselves in that situation in Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Braves, and one key play stands out as pivotal.…

  13. Instant analysis: Braves 2, Nats 1

    Apr 4, 2014, 4:13 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With fanfare, somber event remembrances and award presentations, the Nationals took the field for their home opener amid plenty of buzz. Then baseball took center stage, and a tense, nip-and-tuck ballgame between two talented division rivals broke out. Jordan Zimmermann, still battling the stomach virus that prevented him from starting yesterday…

  14. Lerner on payroll, spring training site and Nats Park roof

    Apr 4, 2014, 12:09 PM EST

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    The Nationals’ $134 million payroll, by far their largest in 10 seasons since arriving in the District, can’t be stretched much more without new sources of revenue, principal owner Mark Lerner said Friday. “We’re beyond topped out,” Lerner said prior to the Nationals’ home opener. “Our payroll, as you know, has skyrocketed to about $140…

  15. Game 4: Nationals vs. Braves

    Apr 4, 2014, 11:56 AM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman

    After sweeping the New York Mets to begin the 2014 season, things are about to heat up here in Washington for the Nationals. The Atlanta Braves are in town for the first installment of what should be a season-long battle for the National League East division title. Last season the Braves took 13 of the…

  16. Nats announce Zimmermann as today’s starter

    Apr 4, 2014, 9:37 AM EST

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    The Nationals have listed Jordan Zimmermann as their starting pitcher for today’s home opener against the Braves. Zimmermann, who was scratched from yesterday’s start in New York with a nasty stomach virus, came home early and was hopeful of pitching this game. It appears his condition has improved enough to take the mound this afternoon.

  17. Bring on the Braves

    Apr 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    For all the rehashing and overanalyzing that took place at the end of the 2013 season, anyone who was trying to figure out what went wrong for the Nationals really could point to one simple fact: They couldn’t beat the Braves.

  18. Resilient Nationals sweep their way through New York

    Apr 3, 2014, 6:04 PM EST

    AP

    It surely takes more than three games for a ballclub to establish an identity, and there’s no telling what may transpire over the next 5 7/8 months to shape the 2014 Washington Nationals.

    But Matt Williams and Mike Rizzo wanted to put together a resilient team, one that obviously is loaded with talent but more importantly boasts the maturity, intensity and depth that so often is required to win ballgames when talent alone isn’t enough.

  19. Instant analysis: Nats 8, Mets 2

    Apr 3, 2014, 4:32 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    Having already won the first two games at Citi Field, and with Jordan Zimmermann a late scratch due to a nasty stomach virus, the Nationals had to feel like anything positive that happened today would be the cherry on top of a successful season-opening series. Well, this turned into a whopper of a hot fudge sundae, because the Nats once again did everything right in trouncing the Mets to complete a series sweep.

  20. Game 3: Nats at Mets

    Apr 3, 2014, 12:10 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Well, this wasn’t quite the scenario anyone expected today, with Tanner Roark starting the Nationals’ third game of the season. But with Jordan Zimmermann severely under the weather — he has a fever, was up all night vomiting and is receiving fluids now to combat dehydration — Matt Williams had to call an audible and gave the ball to Roark for this series finale at Citi Field.

  21. [UPDATED] Zimmermann scratched with illness

    Apr 3, 2014, 10:16 AM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    The Nationals were forced to scratch Jordan Zimmermann from today’s scheduled start against the Mets when the right-hander came down with flu-like symptoms and now will send Tanner Roark to the mound instead for their 1:10 p.m. series finale at Citi Field.

  22. Gio’s “epic” trip around the bases

    Apr 2, 2014, 11:46 PM EST

    AP

    As Gio Gonzalez took off for the plate, legs churning, arms flailing, it suddenly became obvious to everyone inside Citi Field that the Nationals pitcher had no idea his drive to deep left-center had been ruled a home run. The ball was no longer in play. So, when exactly did Gonzalez finally come to that conclusion? “When I touched home,” he said. “I think it was the fastest home run jog in baseball.”

  23. [UPDATED] Instant analysis: Nats 5, Mets 1

    Apr 2, 2014, 10:11 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    Gio Gonzalez dominated on the mound and at the plate, launching his third career home run, as the Nationals beat the Mets Wednesday night to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

  24. Harper passes more concussion tests, cleared

    Apr 2, 2014, 8:24 PM EST

    AP

    Bryce Harper passed more concussion tests late Wednesday afternoon before the Nationals let their young star play two days after his scary collision in Monday’s season opener against the Mets.

  25. Fister to resume throwing, Davis has Tommy John surgery

    Apr 2, 2014, 7:40 PM EST

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    NEW YORK — Doug Fister is set to resume a throwing program on Thursday, the right-hander’s first step back from a strained lat muscle that prevented him from opening the season on-time for the Nationals. Fister took five days off after first feeling the injury one week ago during a minor-league spring training game. Already…

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MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
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SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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