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  1. Taylor plays well in return to lineup; Zim rests foot

    Sep 6, 2015, 10:24 PM EST

    USA Today

    The Nationals lineup on Sunday – once it was corrected with a late adjustment – featured the return of Michael Taylor to center field and the exclusion of Ryan Zimmerman at first base. Taylor was not 100 percent, but was ready to rejoin the lineup. Zimmerman was originally in there batting cleanup before becoming a…

  2. Have we seen the last of Ross in 2015?

    Sep 6, 2015, 6:13 PM EST

    Photo by USA Today

    The emergence of rookie starter Joe Ross has been one of the more pleasant surprises for the Nationals in a year characterized by the unforeseen. What has become a breakout season for the young right-hander, however, could be nearing its inevitable end. The Nationals have alluded to an unspecified innings limit for Ross, whom they acquired in…

  3. Nats 8, Braves 4: Another blowout leads Nats into big series vs. Mets

    Sep 6, 2015, 4:42 PM EST

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Some Nats fans and those in the media who follow the team on a regular basis may have looked past this weekend’s series against the Atlanta Braves, with the first-place New York Mets up next and all. But the Nationals themselves sure didn’t. They blasted the Braves again on Sunday for their third…

  4. Game 136: Braves at Nats

    Sep 6, 2015, 12:13 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    With a huge series against the Mets awaiting them on Monday, the Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to secure a four-game sweep against the Atlanta Braves and make it five straight wins overall. The Nats are playing some of their best baseball of the 2015 season and they will hope to keep it rolling…

  5. Gonzalez locks in to shut down Braves

    Sep 6, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    Midway through the top of the first inning on Saturday, it looked like Gio Gonzalez was in for a long night. He followed a flyout by Nick Markakis with back-to-back walks against Pedro Ciriaco and Freddie Freeman. Walks are a bad sign for any pitcher, but especially Gio who can be prone to them. Shortly thereafter,…

  6. Barrett begins long road back

    Sep 5, 2015, 5:59 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    Just two days removed from having Tommy John surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews, Aaron Barrett strolled into the clubhouse at Nationals Park on Satuday sporting a cast held up by a large sling over his right shoulder. Barrett was in good spirits despite the fact his procedure was much more intensive than the team…

  7. Taylor has MRI on bruised knee, expects to be back soon

    Sep 4, 2015, 5:52 PM EST

    Washington Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor (3) sits in the dugout before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Michael Taylor is out of the Nationals’ starting lineup for Friday’s game vs. the Atlanta Braves with a bruised right knee, marking the third straight game he’s missed with injury. The rookie centerfielder said Friday that he re-aggravated his previously bruised knee Monday night in St. Louis when he was making a throw from center to home plate. “Swelling came back…

  8. Harper returns, Taylor still ailing

    Sep 3, 2015, 6:37 PM EST

    USA Today

    Bryce Harper was back in the Nationals’ lineup on Thursday as they prepared to begin a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves after he left the Nats’ win over the Cardinals the night before with left glute tightness. That was the good news. The bad news was that Michael Taylor, who is still nursing a sore right knee, was…

  9. Updated: Cole called up, Moore activated off DL

    Sep 3, 2015, 5:47 PM EST

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    [Updated: 5:52 p.m.] The Nationals added two more players to push their active roster to 32 on Thursday by calling up right-hander A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse and activating first baseman Tyler Moore off the disabled list. Cole, 23, rejoins the Nationals for his third stint of the 2015 season. He made his MLB debut on…

  10. Baseball in the District – Mark Zuckerman

    Sep 3, 2015, 1:34 PM EST

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    USA Today

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN After missing last week, Tim Murray and I picked back up with ‘Baseball in the District’ and brought on CSN Insider Mark Zuckerman as our guest. We talked to Mark right off the top of the show and touched on a lot of topics with him. Mark was great on the criticism…

  11. Nats add Grace, Martin as September call-ups

    Sep 2, 2015, 4:59 PM EST

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    The second wave of September call-ups for the Nationals took place on Wednesday, as relievers Matt Grace and Rafael Martin were added to the roster, which now sits at 30. Both pitchers were recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. Grace, 26, joins the Nats for the first time since going to the minors on June 1. In…

  12. The Baseball Show: Is Span’s Nats career over?

    Sep 1, 2015, 11:53 AM EST

    USA Today

    The Nationals are coming off a bad loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, one that puts them in jeopardy of losing the momentum they had built over the previous 12 games. But although they were winning before they traveled to St. Louis, it was a tough week in regards to their overall health. Denard Span went down…

  13. State of the Nats: Cardinals up next

    Aug 31, 2015, 11:31 AM EST

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Cardinals up next – The Nationals must feel pretty good about themselves coming out of the weekend. They beat the Marlins to secure their fourth consecutive series win. They have now won six of their last eight and nine of their last 12. They even gained a rare game on New York on Saturday, while the…

  14. Taylor returns to lineup with a bang

    Aug 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    When the Nationals realized on Thursday that center fielder Denard Span would be lost for the season, they knew exactly who to turn to. Sitting on their bench was rookie Michael Taylor, the heir apparent at the position, who had mostly thrived this season while Span was recovering from injuries. But then Thursday night’s game…

  15. Strasburg leaves Nats win with injury

    Aug 30, 2015, 6:32 PM EST

    USA Today

    For the second time in a span of four days, the Nationals won a game that was defined by an unfortunate injury to one of their best players. On Thursday, they beat the Padres but lost Denard Span. Michael Taylor and Yunel Escobar also left the game banged up. It was a pyrrhic victory. They…

  16. Nats 7, Marlins 4: Nationals start slow, rebound for series win

    Aug 30, 2015, 4:42 PM EST

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals came out flat on Sunday afternoon against the Marlins and went down early as Stephen Strasburg ran into trouble in the first inning. For the first half of the afternoon, it looked like they were going to stumble their way into St. Louis for a big series beginning on Monday. But…

  17. Game 129: Marlins at Nats

    Aug 30, 2015, 12:05 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to win their fourth consecutive series, a feat that would set them up rather nicely for a huge series early this coming week in St. Louis against the MLB-best Cardinals. It’s a good opportunity for some positive momentum to take on the road and the Nats will have…

  18. Nats gain a rare game on the Mets

    Aug 29, 2015, 10:57 PM EST

    USA Today

    Ten days over the course of a six-month baseball season is not a long time, but in a pennant race it can seem like an eternity. For the Nats, that’s how long it took for them to finally gain a game in the NL East on the New York Mets, who lately seem like they…

  19. Nats 5, Marlins 1: Zimmermann, Nationals bounce back

    Aug 29, 2015, 9:30 PM EST

    Photo by USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: As bad as things have looked after the many disappointing losses the Nats have endured recently, including Friday’s, much can change on a given night. Saturday’s 5-1 win didn’t solve all of their problems, but coupled with a Mets’ loss to the Red Sox, and the fortunes of both teams look a…

  20. Ross shines, but pulled early for innings limit

    Aug 28, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    The Nationals alluded to the limitations they were ready to apply on starter Joe Ross on Tuesday, as the rookie is already in uncharted territory in terms of innings pitched this season. Tanner Roark was sent to Single-A Potomac to stretch out his arm with the plan to return in September and take Ross’ rotation…

  21. Updated: Taylor leaves game after colliding with wall

    Aug 27, 2015, 11:13 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    [Updated: 11:13 p.m.] Just two innings after Yunel Escobar left with a right hand contusion, the Nationals saw another player go down in their game against the Padres on Thursday night. Michael Taylor was removed after colliding with the center field wall on a long flyball hit by Melvin Upton, Jr. in the top of…

  22. Updated: Escobar leaves game with right hand contusion

    Aug 27, 2015, 11:09 PM EST

    USA Today

    [Updated 11:09 p.m.] Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar left Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Padres with a right hand contusion after being hit by a 97 mile per hour fastball during an at-bat against Andrew Cashner. Escobar with hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning. The HBP scored a run, but…

  23. Span sits to rest sore back; notes on Carpenter, Johnson & McLouth

    Aug 27, 2015, 5:16 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    Denard Span returned off the disabled list on Tuesday to give the Nationals’ their first complete lineup of the season. Then, on Wednesday night he landed two doubles and scored a run. But on Thursday, Span was out of the lineup after feeling soreness in his back, the same area of the injury that kept him…

  24. Game 126: Padres at Nats

    Aug 27, 2015, 3:34 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    It was a tough loss on Wednesday night, but the Nationals enter Thursday with a chance to win their third consecutive series, something they haven’t done since June 19-28. Rookie Joe Ross (4-5, 3.56) will get the start against his former organization. The Padres traded Ross to the Nationals as part of a three-team deal…

  25. Gonzalez turns in uneven outing, drops third straight

    Aug 27, 2015, 10:14 AM EST

    Aug 26, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) walks off the field after being removed from the game against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    It was only a few weeks ago that it seemed as though Gio Gonzalez had turned a corner. The lefty starter was perhaps the most consistent member in the Nationals’ rotation, quietly stringing together quality starts over a month-and-a-half stretch. From June 21 to August 11, he sported a 5-0 record with a 1.48 ERA and 1.21…

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