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  1. Squandered opportunities prove costly in 2-1 loss

    Apr 4, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Apr 4, 2014, 7:06 PM EDT

    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.…

  3. Instant analysis: Braves 2, Nats 1

    Apr 4, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Apr 4, 2014, 12:09 PM EDT

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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…

  5. Game 4: Nationals vs. Braves

    Apr 4, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT

    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…

  6. Nats announce Zimmermann as today’s starter

    Apr 4, 2014, 9:37 AM EDT

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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.

  7. Bring on the Braves

    Apr 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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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.

  8. Resilient Nationals sweep their way through New York

    Apr 3, 2014, 6:04 PM EDT

    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.

  9. Instant analysis: Nats 8, Mets 2

    Apr 3, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

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    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.

  10. Game 3: Nats at Mets

    Apr 3, 2014, 12:10 PM EDT

    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.

  11. [UPDATED] Zimmermann scratched with illness

    Apr 3, 2014, 10:16 AM EDT

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    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.

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

    Apr 2, 2014, 11:46 PM EDT

    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.”

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

    Apr 2, 2014, 10:11 PM EDT

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    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.

  14. Harper passes more concussion tests, cleared

    Apr 2, 2014, 8:24 PM EDT

    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.

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

    Apr 2, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT

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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…

  16. Williams: Ramos had wrist pain late in spring training

    Apr 2, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT

    AP

    NEW YORK — Wilson Ramos was dealing with left wrist pain during the final week of spring training, but the Nationals had no reason to believe at the time it would lead to a broken hamate bone.

  17. Game 2: Nats at Mets

    Apr 2, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Gio Gonzalez makes his first start of the season, leading the Nationals back into Citi Field to face veteran Bartolo Colon, who makes his Mets debut. The Nationals will be without Wilson Ramos, who had hand surgery earlier today, and will feature a lineup that includes Anthony Rendon batting second, Adam LaRoche batting cleanup and Bryce Harper batting sixth.

  18. Wilson Ramos has broken hamate bone, will miss 4-5 weeks

    Apr 2, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT

    Associated Press

    After an initial X-ray showed no break on Natioanls’ catcher Wilson Ramos’ hand, a second opinion has revealed a fracture in his left hamate bone. Ramos will now undergo surgery and miss 4-5 weeks.

  19. Can Nats withstand prolonged loss of Ramos?

    Apr 2, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Though the Nationals have said nothing official about the status of Wilson Ramos’ injured left hand, all signs point to a broken hamate bone, the latest in string of unfortunate maladies for the snakebitten catcher.

  20. Nationals announce 2014 minor league rosters

    Apr 1, 2014, 6:59 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    Each of the Nationals’ four minor minor league affiliates begin their seasons on Thursday, the same day as the Nats’ home opener in Washington. With the MLB regular season underway, here is a look at the team’s minor league rosters for 2014.

  21. Podcast: Baseball in The District – Mark Zuckerman talks Opening Day

    Apr 1, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

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    After a wild and crazy Opening Day for the Nationals, Tim and I took stock of Monday’s win in the latest episode of Baseball in The District. We welcomed in CSN’s Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman to get his take on the game, as well as what Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper’s injuries could mean moving forward.

    There was lots of talk about Ramos and what the Nats will do if he does indeed miss time, as well as the seriousness of Harper’s collision. Could Harper’s situation be something to watch as well?

  22. Barrett flying high after dream debut

    Apr 1, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    AP

    Imagine the expression on Aaron Barrett’s face yesterday afternoon, after the rookie reliever not only made his big-league debut on Opening Day, not only retired the side with a pair of strikeouts, not only did all this in the ninth inning of a tie ballgame in front of 42,442 fans at Citi Field and not only did all this with his parents, wife and other family members in attendance, but emerged from it all with his first career win to boot.

  23. Strasburg’s gutty Opening Day start

    Apr 1, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

    AP

    NEW YORK — It got lost in the shuffle amid the injuries to Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper and the late-game heroics by the Nationals, but Stephen Strasburg’s Opening Day start deserves to be revisited.

    Strasburg was anything but crisp in his first outing of the season, especially early on when he allowed four quick runs and put the Nationals in a hole. But by day’s end, the right-hander displayed a trait not frequently associated with him: Guts.

  24. Williams pushes the right buttons during wild win

    Mar 31, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT

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    Matt Williams’ first game with the Nationals featured all sorts of twists and turns, forcing the rookie manager to make several tough decisions on the fly that ultimately led to a wild, 9-7 win over the Mets in extra innings.

  25. Ramos leaves game with hand injury, X-rays are negative

    Mar 31, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

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    Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos left Monday’s season opener against the New York Mets in the middle of the seventh inning after feeling pain his left hand.

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