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  1. Cole to Triple-A, Stammen to 60-day DL to make room for Ross

    Jun 6, 2015, 11:25 AM EDT

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    To clear room on their roster for rookie pitcher Joe Ross, the Nationals made a pair of roster moves on Saturday in sending A.J. Cole down to Triple-A Syracuse and Craig Stammen to the 60-day disabled list. Ross will start the Nats’ afternoon matchup with the Chicago Cubs in his major league debut. Cole, 23,…

  2. Close plays on basepaths doom Nats in loss to Cubs

    Jun 5, 2015, 1:52 AM EDT

    Jun 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) reacts after tagging out Washington Nationals first baseman Clint Robinson (25) to end the game at Nationals Park. The Chicago Cubs won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    With their offense stalled in a two-week long slump, the Nationals walked a tightrope on Thursday night that caused several close plays and one big mistake on the basepaths to loom large in their 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The game itself ended when Clint Robinson was picked off by catcher David Ross at…

  3. Escobar leaves with wrist injury

    Jun 5, 2015, 1:24 AM EDT

    May 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) at bat against the Miami Marlins during the game at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals saw Anthony Rendon finally return on Thursday night, but it didn’t take long for them to have another player go down. Third baseman Yunel Escobar left the 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs with a right wrist injury. Escobar hurt his wrist during a check-swing while facing Jake Arrieta in the bottom of the first…

  4. Cubs 2, Nats 1: Offense continues to struggle in series-opening loss

    Jun 5, 2015, 12:14 AM EDT

    Jun 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon (6) hits  a single against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a delay of nearly two hours due to heavy and persistent rain, the Nationals’ offense squandered a solid outing by Gio Gonzalez as Washington fell 2-1 to the Chicago Cubs, their sixth loss in seven games. Gonzalez overcame a two-run first inning that could have been much worse to put in…

  5. Game 54: Cubs at Nats

    Jun 4, 2015, 3:03 PM EDT

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    Losers of six of their last eight, the Nationals will try to get back on track against the Chicago Cubs in a four-game series beginning Thursday night. The Nats took two of three in Chicago just two weeks ago, now they meet again. Gio Gonzalez (4-2, 4.73) will get the start for Washington in his…

  6. Stock Watch: Bullpen has a rough week

    Jun 3, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton (59), shortstop Ian Desmond (20) and relief pitcher Blake Treinen (64) talk on the mound during the seventh inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays at Nationals Park, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in Washington. The Blue Jays won 7-3. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    The Nationals had a rough time trying to hold teams down late in games this past week. That and more on this edition of Stock Watch.

  7. Scherzer’s relatively off-night against Blue Jays

    Jun 3, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jun 2, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) reacts as Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar (right) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning in game two of a double header at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    In Tuesday night’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Nats starter Max Scherzer allowed four runs through six innings on six hits. On some nights, that would be enough for a win for the Nationals, a team that ranks in the top five in the majors in runs scored. But it wasn’t enough on this…

  8. Span explains injury, hopes to return Wednesday

    Jun 2, 2015, 11:33 PM EDT

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    Denard Span met with reporters after the Nationals’ doubleheader split with the Blue Jays on Wednesday to give an update on his sore right knee and shed some light on how the injury actually occurred. Span said he originally sustained the injury during the team’s series at the Chicago Cubs and it got worse several…

  9. Jordan to start Wednesday’s series finale

    Jun 2, 2015, 11:01 PM EDT

    May 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Taylor Jordan throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

    Right-hander Taylor Jordan will get the start for the Nationals in their series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Manager Matt Williams made the announcement after Tuesday’s doubleheader split. Jordan, 26, made his first appearance of the 2015 season on May 29 against the Cincinnati Reds. He gave up three earned runs in…

  10. Zimmermann steps up to help Nats bullpen

    Jun 2, 2015, 4:40 PM EDT

    Jun 2, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) throws to the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning in game one of a double header at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    With a taxed bullpen, a doubleheader to manage and the highest-scoring MLB team in town, the Nationals turned to Jordan Zimmermann on Tuesday hoping for a long and efficient start. They got just that, as Zimmermann carved up the Toronto Blue Jays in his best game of the 2015 season so far on a dark and rainy…

  11. Injury updates: Rendon, Fister, Span and Solis

    Jun 1, 2015, 5:51 PM EDT

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    Anthony Rendon returned to Nationals Park with the Harrisburg Senators off on Monday to go through a workout and be evaluated by Nats trainers. Rendon played three games over the weekend with Double-A Harrisburg before throwing and running at Nationals Park as he continues to recover from a strained left oblique. Rendon is expected to…

  12. POSTPONED: Game 51: Blue Jays at Nats

    Jun 1, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals return home on Monday looking to get past an ugly weekend sweep at the Cincinnati Reds. Up next for them is a seven-game homestand, beginning with three against the Toronto Blue Jays. Jordan Zimmermann (4-2, 3.26) will make his 11th start of the season and just his second ever appearance against the Blue…

  13. State of the Nats: Good time for a homestand

    Jun 1, 2015, 11:13 AM EDT

    May 30, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Washington Nationals pinch hitter Michael Taylor (3) hits a three-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Raisel Iglesias in the sixth inning at Great American Ball Park. Reds catcher Brayan Pena watches at right. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Blue Jays, Cubs come to Washington – The Nationals were swept over the weekend for the first time since April 24-26 to a Reds team that had lost 10 of their previous 11 games before the series. It is most likely just a blip on the radar, but it’s perhaps good timing the Nats will…

  14. Making sense of a sweep

    Jun 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Matt Grace (60) reacts in the dugout after giving up four runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Cincinnati. The Reds won 8-2. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    After winning nine consecutive series to tie a franchise record, the Nationals took a step back over the weekend by getting swept by the Reds. The Nationals arrived in Cincinnati as one of the hottest teams in baseball, while the Reds had lost 10 of their previous 11 games. So, what happened? Well, it’s tough…

  15. Game 50: Nats at Reds

    May 31, 2015, 11:21 AM EDT

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    With two straight losses highlighted by injuries and plenty of drama, the Nationals’ series at Cincinnati hasn’t exactly gone as planned this weekend. But on Sunday they have a chance to avoid the sweep and end their road trip on a high note before returning home for a seven-game homestand. Tanner Roark (1-2, 2.49) will…

  16. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Al Galdi and Daniel Shiferaw

    May 28, 2015, 4:13 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / Nats Insider

    On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed two guests: Al Galdi of ESPN 980’s ‘The Drive’ and Daniel Shiferaw of CSNwashington and Nats Insider. Galdi joined us in studio to talk about Harper and whether it’s time to revisit comparisons to Mike Trout, whether this…

  17. The Baseball Show: Time to sign Harper to an extension?

    May 26, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ again featured lots of talk about Bryce Harper, but it’s probably safe to assume that Nationals fans can’t get enough right now. The guy is playing like an MVP at just 22 years old and almost every night he’s doing something amazing. In this first segment from the…

  18. State of the Nats: Rolling into Wrigley

    May 25, 2015, 9:23 AM EDT

    May 24, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen (22) is congratulated by catcher Jose Lobaton (59) after earning a save against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Nats head to Wrigley to play Cubs – The Nationals pick right back up on Monday with a 2:20 p.m. start at the Chicago Cubs, as the red-hot Nats travel into Wrigley Field to take on one of the better young teams in baseball. Fans all around the country have likely been eyeing this…

  19. Advice from teammates helps Gio get back on track

    May 24, 2015, 6:10 PM EDT

    May 24, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) throws to the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Coming off a pair of ugly outings and having allowed at least five earned runs in three of his last five starts, Gio Gonzalez was searching for answers heading into Sunday afternoon’s matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies. Gonzalez had been uncharacteristically inconsistent, and something had to change. The lefty sought advice from a host of…

  20. Rendon to play sim games in Viera

    May 24, 2015, 5:48 PM EDT

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    In what amounts to a big step in Anthony Rendon’s rehab from a left oblique strain, the Nationals infielder will head to Viera, Fla. to begin playing simulated games at extended spring training. Rendon will play three or four innings on Monday in his first game action since he was removed from a minor league…

  21. Nats 4, Phillies 1: Gio’s strong start leads to another series win

    May 24, 2015, 4:22 PM EDT

    May 24, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) throws to the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Gio Gonzalez turned the page on a pair of consecutive poor outings with one of his best games of the season on Sunday afternoon as the Nationals shut down the Phillies lineup in a 4-1 victory, giving them their eighth consecutive series win. The Phillies scored first in the fourth inning on…

  22. Nationals call up Taylor Jordan, option A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse

    May 24, 2015, 11:56 AM EDT

    Apr 28, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher A.J. Cole pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals have called up right hander Taylor Jordan and optioned A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse, the team announced before Sunday’s game vs. the Phillies. The move comes one day after Cole pitched four-plus innings in relief. With Tanner Roark slated to start his first game of the season in Chicago Monday, the Nationals were in…

  23. UPDATE: Janssen activated, Solis placed on DL

    May 22, 2015, 2:22 PM EDT

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    Updated at 6:41 p.m. The Nationals made their long-anticipated move to activate Casey Janssen off the disabled list Friday, bolstering their bullpen with an experienced reliever but forcing them to place rookie Sammy Solis on the DL with his own shoulder ailment. Janssen, who pitched six games during a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac…

  24. Harper stories from his college teammate, Chasen Shreve

    May 21, 2015, 5:56 PM EDT

    Apr 28, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chasen Shreve (45) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    Bryce Harper has known Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve since the Nationals right fielder was just 16 years old. The two played together in a scout tournament for one season and then for another year at the College of Southern Nevada, along with Bryce’s older brother, Bryan. Shreve took some time this week while New York…

  25. Stock Watch: More than just Harper’s bat getting hot

    May 21, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT

    May 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) hits a home run in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-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: .286/.363/.468 Team ERA: 3.75 Runs per game: 6.3   STOCK UP     Bryce Harper, RF:  .500 AVG/ 3 HR/ 1.751 OPS As Mark Zuckerman stated out recently, at what…

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