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  1. No dramatic rally this night for Nationals

    Aug 25, 2014, 11:50 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — The way things have been going lately, the Nationals weren’t surprised in the least to mount a last-ditch rally against Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the ninth Monday night. The only surprise was that they couldn’t quite finish it off and wound up losing for only the second time in 14 days.…

  2. Instant analysis: Phillies 3, Nats 2

    Aug 25, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals arrived in Philadelphia sky-high after a 9-1 homestand that left them the hottest team in the majors. Now they faced the opener of a tough, 3-city, 9-game road trip, hoping to carry over some of the positive momentum from D.C. That proved more difficult than anticipated tonight, thanks to…

  3. Cabrera out of lineup, but not seriously injured

    Aug 25, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Though he was out of the Nationals’ lineup Monday night against the Phillies, Asdrubal Cabrera insists the injury he sustained to his right side Sunday isn’t serious and he could play if absolutely needed. Cabrera hurt himself hitting a grounder to short during the sixth inning of Sunday’s win over the Giants, feeling…

  4. Game 130: Nats at Phillies

    Aug 25, 2014, 3:39 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where a red-hot Nationals club coming off a 9-1 homestand now hopes to keep things rolling on one of the longer and tougher road trips of the season. A cross-country trek to Seattle and then Los Angeles looms, but first up are three games against the foundering Phillies,…

  5. State of the Nats: Final week in August

    Aug 25, 2014, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Nine-game road trip – The Nationals begin a three-game series in Philadelphia Monday night, the first leg of a nine-game road trip that will take them through Seattle and Los Angeles to play the Dodgers. The Phillies have been a mess this season and are in last place. The Nats, however, are only 8-5…

  6. Harper continues to heat up

    Aug 25, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT

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    In what has been the Nationals’ best regular season stretch since they moved to Washington, just about everyone on their roster has contributed in the month of August. Many are playing their best baseball of 2014, and Bryce Harper is no exception. The 21-year-old added a double, two RBI and his seventh home run of…

  7. Nats close memorable homestand with wild comeback

    Aug 24, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

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    You know a team has done something special when two of its most seasoned veterans – in this case Adam LaRoche and Scott Hairston, who have a combined 22 MLB season between them – say they’ve never seen anything like it. Sure, teams have closed 10-game homestands at 9-1 before. That’s rare, but not extraordinary. Five…

  8. Cabrera leaves Nats win with injury

    Aug 24, 2014, 7:57 PM EDT

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    Though the Nationals came back against the Giants to end their 10-game homestand with a 14-6 win, they got some potentially bad news in the injury department. Second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera left with tightness in his right side after a swing in the seventh inning. The 28-year-old is now day-to-day, as the Nats begin a nine-game…

  9. Instant Analysis: Nats 14, Giants 6

    Aug 24, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With the way this recent homestand has transpired for the Nationals, it’s tough to count them out no matter the hole they find themselves in. It seems day after day a Nats’ opponent has earned a lead early in a game before watching it slip away slowly but surely. On Sunday, the…

  10. Williams explains level approach

    Aug 24, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT

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    Perhaps it hasn’t quite translated to the Nationals fanbase, or perhaps it has, but from a media perspective, it has been quite rare this season to see manager Matt Williams show much of a reaction whether his team has won or lost. He does not get too high when the Nats are winning, and even…

  11. Game 129: Giants at Nats

    Aug 24, 2014, 10:12 AM EDT

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    The Nationals may not be holding on to a winning streak anymore, but on Sunday they have a chance to win their fourth consecutive series. Stephen Strasburg (10-10, 3.41) will look to make it two out of three against the Giants who are starting right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (7-9, 3.73) in an early afternoon tilt. Strasburg…

  12. After crazy homer, Zimmermann churns out a gem

    Aug 23, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Two batters into Saturday evening’s game, Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals already were trailing the Giants 2-0, and a rain-soaked crowd of 34,137 was murmuring, perhaps worried all the good vibes of the 10-game winning streak that ended Friday night were about to disappear into thin air. On the mound, though, Zimmermann barely batted an…

  13. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Giants 2

    Aug 23, 2014, 7:55 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Tim Lincecum has two Cy Young Awards on his mantel, two World Series rings on his fingers and a no-hitter on his resume from earlier this season. The only thing he doesn’t have: Any semblance of recent success against the Nationals, who have flat-out owned the right-hander the last five seasons.…

  14. Schierholtz called up, Taylor sent back to Syracuse

    Aug 23, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

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    The Nationals signed Nate Schierholtz to a minor-league deal on Monday, thinking the veteran outfielder wouldn’t need much time in Syracuse before joining the big-league roster. Turns out he only needed four days at Class AAA. Schierholtz had his contract purchased Saturday by the Nationals, who felt the time was right to add an experienced,…

  15. Game 128: Giants at Nats

    Aug 23, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Streak ended last night at an even 10 games. Now the Nationals will try to start another one. They’ll hope to get back on track this afternoon when they again host the Giants, who are scratching and clawing themselves, trying to stay alive both in the NL West and Wild Card races. Jordan Zimmermann…

  16. The Baseball Show: August standouts

    Aug 23, 2014, 11:59 AM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ featured a look at several key contributors for the Nationals during the month of August. The first video focuses on Adam LaRoche and how good the Nats first baseman has been all season. LaRoche is enjoying another solid year with 19 home runs, 68 RBI and a career-high .375…

  17. All good things must come to an end

    Aug 23, 2014, 12:42 AM EDT

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    There was a point late in Friday night’s game on South Capitol Street when the Nationals and a crowd of 33,718 felt like a comeback was possible, maybe even likely. Shoot, that’s all anyone around here had known for the previous week-and-a-half, when the hottest team in the majors kept finding ways to win ballgames,…

  18. Instant analysis: Giants 10, Nats 3

    Aug 22, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: If they wanted to become the first Washington baseball club to win 11 games in a row since 1933, the Nationals were going to need to beat Tim Hudson and a very good Giants team. No small task, especially given Hudson’s longstanding dominance of this franchise. Hudson once again proved a…

  19. Williams talks Sept. call-ups, Schierholtz

    Aug 22, 2014, 5:41 PM EDT

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    Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth had successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Thursday, effectively ending his 2014 season. Now, with five weeks left to go, the Nationals will look to fill the position he was expected to hold down with the playoffs in mind. Veteran Nate Schierholtz – who was…

  20. Morse returns to Nats Park

    Aug 22, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT

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    Michael Morse walked into the visitors clubhouse at Nationals Park and put his bag down at the locker marked No. 38. He took his headphones out and walked down the hall poking his head in each doorway. “I’ve never been in here before,” he said. On Friday, the now-San Francisco Giant returned to Nats Park for…

  21. Game 127: Giants at Nats

    Aug 22, 2014, 3:05 PM EDT

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    In the middle of a 10-game winning streak, the Nationals are set to get quite the test on Friday night. In order to make sure this one goes to 11, the Nats will have to do so against a pitcher who has absolutely tormented them over the years. Giants starter Tim Hudson (8-9, 3.03) will…

  22. MLB Power Rankings: Nats on fire

    Aug 22, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

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    Here is a look around Major League Baseball with analysis of each team from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and myself, Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 2) – Hughes: My preseason World Series pick of the Angels over the Dodgers never felt so good. Just don’t ask Zuckerman for his… 2. Orioles (LW:…

  23. Baseball in the District – Nats prospect Taylor Hill

    Aug 22, 2014, 11:38 AM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ featured a lot of positives to talk about regarding the Nationals. After all, they are in the middle of a 10-game winning streak, tied for their best stretch since the franchise moved to Washington. This week Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in two guests: Nationals…

  24. Remembering the Nats’ last 10-game winning streak

    Aug 22, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    After watching his team get swept by a Nationals club riding a 10-game winning streak, the opposing manager complimented D.C.’s red-hot baseball team. “Everything that goes in a game is bouncing their way,” he said. “And to their credit, they are taking advantage of it.” Sounds about right. Except the opposing manager wasn’t Arizona’s Kirk…

  25. Williams takes rain check on Ruth impression

    Aug 21, 2014, 10:42 PM EDT

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    This week Nationals manager Matt Williams revealed a goal for his team: win 10 straight and he’ll do his impression of Babe Ruth, an act he gained attention for in the early 1990s as a member of the San Francisco Giants. Well, now that the Nats have won 10 straight, will Williams hold up his…

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NLDS: NATIONALS VS. GIANTS

FRI: Game 1 at Washington, 3:07 p.m. (FS1)
SAT: Game 2 at Washington, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
MON: Game 3 at San Francisco, TBA (MLBN)
TUE: Game 4 at San Francisco, TBA (FS1)*
THU: Game 5 at Washington, TBA (FS1)*
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TUE: 2:30 p.m.
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THU: 2:30 p.m.
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SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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