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  1. Nats react to Darvish’s gem

    Jun 1, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    The excellence of Yu Darvish is not something many fans – or baseball players for that matter –  in Washington, D.C. have been able to appreciate in his two-plus seasons in the majors. Darvish plays in the American League in a division out west where many of the games don’t even start until after 10…

  2. Gio throws sim game; Zim getting closer

    Jun 1, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT

    Photo by The Associated Press

    Both Gio Gonzalez and Ryan Zimmerman took notable steps forward in their recoveries on Sunday as each inch closer to returning to the Nationals. Gonzalez threw a simulated game of 50 pitches before the team’s matchup with the Texas Rangers. Teammates Kevin Frandsen, Greg Dobbs and Tyler Moore stood in to face Gonzalez as pitching…

  3. Instant Analysis: Rangers 2, Nats 0

    Jun 1, 2014, 4:41 PM EDT

    Photo by The Associated Press

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Coming off two blowout wins where they scored a combined 19 runs against the Rangers, one could have probably guessed all that would stop with Yu Darvish on the mound. The Texas ace did not disappoint, tossing a gem of a game to close out this interleague series and prevent a Nationals’…

  4. Nats to send Boone & DiPuglia to draft

    Jun 1, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

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    The Nationals are sending a pair of front office executives to Secaucus, New Jersey on Thursday to represent the organization in the 2014 MLB Draft. Vice President of player personnel Bob Boone and director of international scouting Johnny DiPuglia will be in attendance with a direct line to the Nationals’ draft room back in Washington.…

  5. Game 55: Rangers at Nats

    Jun 1, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals’ offense has enjoyed their best consecutive games of the 2014 season this weekend, combining to score 19 runs in two wins over the Rangers. For the third and final game of this interleague series, they’ll get quite the challenge as they look to keep it up. Rangers ace Yu Darvish (4-2, 2.35) is…

  6. Up next: Yu Darvish

    Jun 1, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    The Nationals have had no problem scoring runs against the Texas Rangers so far in their interleague series at Nats Park. Through two games, they’ve scored a combined 19 runs while holding the Rangers to a total of four. With a series win in hand, now comes the hard part: solving Yu Darvish. The Rangers’…

  7. VIDEO: Zimmerman plays LF at Potomac

    May 31, 2014, 11:23 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman completed the second leg of his minor league rehab assignment on Saturday night, playing five innings in left field for the Single-A Potomac Nationals. Zimmerman went 1-for-3 with a strikeout in the P-Nats’ 8-1 win over the Salem Red Sox. Through two games with Potomac he is 1-for-6 with an RBI. Zimmerman has…

  8. Fister strong again in Nats’ win

    May 31, 2014, 4:42 PM EDT

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    Doug Fister’s tenure with the Washington Nationals by no means started off on the right foot. He was injured in spring training and didn’t debut until May 9 in a trainwreck of a start out in Oakland. Since, however, Fister has battled through an inconsistent month overall for his team to put in four consecutive…

  9. Instant Analysis: Nats 10, Rangers 2

    May 31, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Coming off a much-needed laugher of a win on Friday night, the Nationals kept the good fortune going with another blowout victory over the Rangers on Saturday afternoon. This one ended with a score of 10-2, as their offense continued to roll and Doug Fister pitched another gem of a start. The…

  10. Zimmerman to play LF at Potomac

    May 31, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT

    Zimmerman on shoulder: "It's nothing"

    We’ve seen him take fielding practice before games, we’ve talked about it for weeks, but tonight is the night Ryan Zimmerman will actually play left field in a live game. Zimmerman will continue his minor league rehab assignment with the Single-A Potomac Nationals Saturday night by playing five innings in left field. After having four at-bats as…

  11. Podcast: ‘Baseball in the District’ – ESPN’s Kyle Peterson

    May 31, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    With the NCAA baseball tournament getting started this weekend, Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I thought it a good time to bring in an expert on the college game. ESPN’s Kyle Peterson, a studio analyst for the network, called in as a guest to talk the title chances of both Maryland and Virginia. Peterson was great on…

  12. Game 54: Rangers at Nats

    May 31, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals’s offense broke out last night in a 9-2 blowout win over the Texas Rangers, matching their highest run total in a game this month. Today they will look to keep it going and secure a series win in a 12:05 p.m. game. Doug Fister (2-1, 3.42) will make his fifth start of the season…

  13. Up next: Yu Darvish

    May 31, 2014, 6:08 AM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    The Nationals have had no problem scoring runs against the Texas Rangers so far in their interleague series at Nats Park. Through two games, they’ve scored a combined 19 runs while holding the Rangers to a total of four. With a series win in hand, now comes the hard part: solving Yu Darvish. The Rangers’…

  14. A 3-run blast with emphasis

    May 31, 2014, 12:21 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    As Ian Desmond crossed the plate on the heels of the first 3-run homer struck by a Nationals batter in eons, anybody who stood within shouting distance of the fired-up shortstop had to brace himself for what was about to be unleashed. Desmond got Jayson Werth first with an emphatic high-five. Adam LaRoche and Nate…

  15. Instant analysis: Nats 9, Rangers 2

    May 30, 2014, 9:52 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After an agonizing loss Wednesday night in which they couldn’t produce the one clutch hit that would’ve won the game — a theme that has been all too familiar this season — the Nationals came back refreshed today hoping for better results in their series opener against the Rangers. Then they…

  16. Gonzalez throws in bullpen, ready to face live hitters

    May 30, 2014, 6:26 PM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez’s return from a shoulder inflammation is ramping up, with the left-hander ready to face live hitters again. Gonzalez threw 35 pitches off a bullpen mound on Thursday and reported no problems with his shoulder. “It feels extremely better,” he said. “I might have been a little tick off in my mechanics. But other…

  17. Game 53: Rangers at Nats

    May 30, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    It’s not their first-ever visit to D.C. — they were here in 2008 — but it’s always notable when the Texas Rangers come to town, given that franchise’s history. For 11 seasons from 1961-71, they were the expansion Washington Senators, the team of Frank Howard and Ted Williams and the original curly W logo. How…

  18. UPDATE: Zimmerman could return to Nats by Tuesday

    May 30, 2014, 3:07 PM EDT

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    Updated at 5:51 p.m. Ryan Zimmerman’s long road back from a broken thumb suddenly looks a lot shorter. Zimmerman will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac tonight, batting third and serving as designated hitter at Pfitzner Stadium, his first game appearance in nearly seven weeks. Out since fracturing his right thumb April 12…

  19. The Baseball Show: Nats go golfing

    May 30, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of The Baseball Show featured a pretty funny segment from spring training. Nationals relief pitchers Drew Storen and Craig Stammen went golfing with former teammate Livan Hernandez down in Viera, Fla., and CSN had a camera there. All three guys were mic’d up as they played the course and it made for…

  20. McLouth finally delivering for Nats

    May 30, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Quick: Name the Nationals’ most-productive offensive player over the last 2 1/2 weeks. Ian Desmond? Nope. Adam LaRoche? Sorry. Nate McLouth? No chance. Wait, no, actually it is McLouth. Seriously. Over the Nationals’ last 15 games, McLouth leads the club with a .324 batting average, .419 on-base percentage and four stolen bases. OK, so that’s…

  21. Nats announce makeup game

    May 29, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

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    The Nationals and Marlins will play a split doubleheader on Sept. 26 to make up their Tuesday game that was postponed due to rain. The team made the announcement on Thursday, setting the makeup game for 1:05 p.m. that day. The teams will then play their second game at 7:05 p.m., as originally scheduled. The two…

  22. Trying to explain Zimmermann’s rough stretch

    May 29, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    AP

    If there was one guy on the roster coming out of spring training that gave the Nationals no cause for concern, it was Jordan Zimmermann. The right-hander had been a model of consistency and success for three seasons, and there was no reason to believe anything would be different this time around. Well, two months…

  23. Left on base

    May 29, 2014, 12:52 AM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    After the Nationals’ sixth loss in their last seven games – this an 8-5 defeat against the Marlins in 10 innings – one all too familiar stat jumped out of the boxscore. The Nats’ inability to bring home runners in scoring position has been a problem all season, and it once again proved costly on Wednesday night. Eleven…

  24. Instant analysis: Marlins 8, Nats 5 (10)

    May 28, 2014, 10:53 PM EDT

    AP

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In the wake of Tuesday’s rainout, Matt Williams decided to alter his pitching rotation, bypassing rookie Blake Treinen and sticking with Jordan Zimmermann on normal rest. The move made sense, especially considering Zimmermann’s past struggles when pitching on extra rest, but then the right-hander took the mound and once again didn’t…

  25. Purke to have Tommy John surgery

    May 28, 2014, 6:49 PM EDT

    Purke ready to face Georgetown

    Nationals minor league pitcher Matt Purke will have Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, the team announced. The surgery will be performed on Thursday by Dr. James Andrews. Purke, 23, was once considered among the best pitching prospects in the game of baseball. He was drafted 14th overall by…

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