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  1. Strasburg reflects on Tony Gwynn

    Jun 17, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg addressed the media in front of his locker at Nationals Park on Tuesday, holding back tears as he spoke fondly of his college coach, Tony Gwynn, a man he grew up admiring as a child in San Diego before later working with him on a daily basis for three years of his life. Gwynn passed…

  2. Harper swings in cage for first time

    Jun 17, 2014, 4:51 PM EDT

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    Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper took a significant step forward in his rehab from left thumb surgery on Tuesday, as the two-time All-Star took swings with two hands for the first time in a batting cage. Manager Matt Williams described it as soft-toss and said he could be close to resuming full baseball activities on the field.…

  3. Game 69: Astros at Nats

    Jun 17, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    It’s been some time since we last saw the Nationals on the friendly confines of South Capitol Street. They left town 12 days ago, starting to get hot, then they got really hot on the West Coast, then they got really cold over the weekend in St. Louis. What team should we expect tonight taking…

  4. ziMS Foundation event draws 3,000 to Nationals Park

    Jun 17, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Long before he became a professional ballplayer, Ryan Zimmerman thought about doing something to help raise awareness of multiple sclerosis, the disease his mother Cheryl first learned she had nearly 20 years ago. Once he did reach the major leagues with the Nationals, Zimmerman realized he now had the opportunity to make a difference. So…

  5. Nats face upstart Astros

    Jun 16, 2014, 8:51 PM EDT

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    With the Atlanta Braves coming to town this week for four games, it’s easy to overlook the Nats’ first opponent of this upcoming homestand. The Houston Astros – owners of the worst record in baseball each of the last three seasons - will be in Washington for a two-game series before the NL East main event…

  6. State of the Nats: Big week at home

    Jun 16, 2014, 10:24 AM EDT

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    Top storylines: Nats return home after long trip - The Nationals just completed their longest West Coast trip of the season, a 10-day gauntlet that ran them through San Diego, San Francisco and St. Louis. It started off well, as the Nats swept the Padres and took three of four against San Francisco. But then came…

  7. Game 68: Nats at Cardinals

    Jun 15, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT

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    Losers of three straight, the Nationals enter Sunday looking to salvage their series against the St. Louis Cardinals with a win. They have scored a total of two runs over those three games as their offense has gone dormant. Given all of that, now is probably the perfect time to have Doug Fister (5-1, 2.68)…

  8. Observations of the Nats’ 4-1 loss in St. Louis

    Jun 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Remember when the Nationals were baseball’s hottest team? Well, that was three whole days ago, and you’d be surprised how much can change in only three days. After a 4-1 loss to the Cardinals last night, the Nats now find themselves in a 3-game funk. And make no mistake, it qualifies as a funk, at…

  9. Game 67: Nats at Cardinals

    Jun 14, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT

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    There was a point back in April when Stephen Strasburg looked out of whack. He sported a 6.00 ERA, was surrendering more hits than he had at any previous time in his career and seemed to have trouble deciding when and how to use all four of his pitches. Then Strasburg faced the Cardinals on…

  10. Wasted gem

    Jun 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    On the heels of what was — at least by one statistical measure — the best-pitched game in Nationals history, Jordan Zimmermann faced a daunting challenge trying to come anywhere close to duplicating his effort from five nights prior. Yet the right-hander very nearly did it last night in St. Louis, tossing his second straight…

  11. Game 66: Nats at Cardinals

    Jun 13, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT

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    Fresh off their impressive 3-of-4 series in San Francisco, the Nationals now conclude their 10-game road trip with a weekend series in St. Louis. The challenge is no easier over the next three days against a Cardinals club that has won 9 of the last 11 head-to-head meetings between these two teams, beginning with that…

  12. After big week out west, big weekend in St. Louis

    Jun 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals’ just-completed week out west wound up as successful as anyone could have realistically imagined beforehand. In taking 2 of 3 from the Padres, then taking 3 of 4 from the Giants, the Nats catapulted themselves into first place in the NL East and for the first time in 2014 looked very much like…

  13. Instant analysis: Giants 7, Nats 1

    Jun 12, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Considering they had already taken the first three games of a road series against a Giants club that had been baseball’s hottest team only a few days ago, anything the Nationals did today at AT&T Park would have been the cherry atop a very large, gooey sundae. So it’s tough to…

  14. Game 65: Nats at Giants

    Jun 12, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT

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    After three impressive wins against the Giants, the Nationals enter Thursday looking for the rare four-game sweep. In order to do so, however, they’ll have to overcome their unfortunate history against Giants starter Tim Hudson (6-2, 1.97). As a member of the Braves for nine years, Hudson dominated the Nationals. He has faced them 29 times…

  15. Nats keep rolling in San Francisco

    Jun 12, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

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    The Nationals traveled to San Francisco this week looking to challenge the Giants and their best record in baseball, but so far through three games it’s been Washington who has looked like the better team. On Wednesday night they again beat the Giants in convincing fashion, controlling the game from start to finish. Tanner Roark outpitched Matt…

  16. Ramos headed to DL with hamstring strain

    Jun 11, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT

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    Wilson Ramos is headed back to the disabled list, once again sidelined with a leg injury. The Nationals catcher will be placed on the 15-day DL with a Grade 1 strained right hamstring, manager Matt Williams told reporters in San Francisco prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Giants, after hurting himself in the ninth…

  17. Game 64: Nats at Giants

    Jun 11, 2014, 6:52 PM EDT

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    In their quest to win their third straight in San Francisco and their 10th in 12 games overall, the Nationals will be short-handed tonight. Wilson Ramos, who tweaked his right hamstring stretching a base hit into a double in the ninth inning last night, is out of the lineup tonight. Whether Ramos, who has dealt…

  18. Podcast: ‘Baseball in the District’ – Giants’ voice Dave Flemming

    Jun 11, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    With the Nationals playing their best baseball of 2014, there were plenty of positives to talk about this week on ‘Baseball in the District.’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I discussed the Nats’ recent resurgence and specifically what they will need to do to sustain it moving forward. With the team in the middle of a…

  19. Nats’ 9th win in 11 games is no cakewalk

    Jun 11, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    The Nationals’ most-dominant stretch of baseball in some time had been notable for the number of blowout victories this club had been stringing together over the last two weeks. Last night’s 2-1 win in San Francisco, then, was the outlier of the group. This was no cakewalk. This was a nip-and-tuck ballgame the likes of…

  20. Game 63: Nats at Giants

    Jun 10, 2014, 6:49 PM EDT

    AP

    We’ve said plenty about this remarkable run the Nationals are currently on, citing all the stats that have accompanied it, but the real question all along has been how long this run can continue. Especially against a tough opponent like the Giants and an opposing pitcher like Madison Bumgarner. The 24-year-old lefty has been among…

  21. Nats in midst of historic run of dominance

    Jun 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    When Ian Desmond launched a 3-run homer off Texas’ Colby Lewis in the bottom of the fourth back on May 30, it was immediately wondered whether that sorely needed blast would serve as the catapult that finally got the Nationals going on a prolonged hot streak. But even the most optimistic of Nationals faithful couldn’t…

  22. Game 62: Nats at Giants

    Jun 9, 2014, 6:21 PM EDT

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    The Nationals are playing their best baseball of the season right now, having won seven of nine to propel themselves into a three-way tie for first place in the NL East with the Braves and Marlins. The one caveat: This hot streak has come against the struggling Rangers, Phillies and Padres. Tonight, the real test…

  23. Zimmermann named NL Player of the Week

    Jun 9, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT

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    After one of the worst months of his career, Jordan Zimmermann turned in a week so dominant, the Nationals right-hander was deemed the best player in his league over the last seven days. Zimmermann has been named NL Player of the Week after a pair of electric pitching performances in which he tossed 17 scoreless…

  24. State of the Nats: Giants up next

    Jun 9, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Four games in San Francisco - Winners of seven of their last nine games, the Nationals are starting to look like contenders once again. They are healthy and scoring runs, and their starting rotation is getting stronger by the game. Monday night they will have quite the test in the San Francisco Giants, owners of the…

  25. Williams heads ‘home’ to San Francisco

    Jun 9, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    For a series in early June, the upcoming four-game bout between the Nationals and Giants has no shortage of storylines. It’s the two hottest teams in the National League squaring off in one of baseball’s most pristine parks. Four days between two heavyweights, hosted in a cathedral of the game. One of those storylines is…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 54 43 --
ATLANTA 54 45 1.0
MIAMI 46 52 8.5
NEW YORK 46 53 9.0
PHILADELPHIA 43 56 12.0
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Nats at Rockies, 8:40 p.m.
WED: Nats at Rockies, 3:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
Full season schedule

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MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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