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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Scherzer on his start, chocolate sauce and comparing Harper to Miggy

    May 21, 2015, 12:02 PM EDT

    May 11, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Through his first eight games as a Washington National, Max Scherzer is off to the best start of his career by several measures. His ERA is a pristine 1.75, good for fourth in the National League. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is 8.25, over double his career average of 3.49. He’s tied for third in the majors…

  7. Harper, Williams strongly disagree with ejections

    May 20, 2015, 10:53 PM EDT

    May 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) looks on after being thrown out of the game in the third inning against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    Hours after they were tossed from Wednesday night’s win over the Yankees by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson, both Nationals manager Matt Williams and right fielder Bryce Harper remained fired up about their third inning ejections. Harper and Williams were still confused as to why they were ejected in the first place. “I’m really not…

  8. Harper, Williams ejected vs. Yankees

    May 20, 2015, 8:06 PM EDT

    May 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (right) and manager Matt Williams (center) react after being thrown out of the game by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson (left) in the third inning against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    Bryce Harper and Matt Williams were both ejected in the bottom of the third inning against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night in a bizarre sequence sparked by a called first strike. Home plate umpire Marvin Hudson called a strike on the first offering from pitcher Adam Warren to Harper and the Nationals right fielder…

  9. Rendon works out at Nats Park; Williams on ‘clutch’

    May 20, 2015, 6:14 PM EDT

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    Anthony Rendon continued his slow recovery from a left oblique strain on Wednesday at Nationals Park, as he rejoined the team after training for several days at extended spring training in Viera, Fla. Rendon took groundballs at second base, did some running and took swings in the batting cage. Though it’s a small step, the 2014…

  10. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Sammy Solis and Mike Ferrin

    May 20, 2015, 12:22 PM EDT

    May 5, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sammy Solis (36) pitches during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. Miami Marlins defeated Washington Nationals 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Click to listen to the show On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed two excellent guests on to the show: Mike Ferrin of Sirius/XM radio and Nationals reliever Sammy Solis. Ferrin was great in sharing a national perspective on the Nats. He put Bryce Harper’s…

  11. Werth relieved wrist isn’t broken

    May 20, 2015, 1:29 AM EDT

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    On the day he was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and moments after the Nationals homered their way into a first-place tie on Tuesday night, Jayson Werth spent a few minutes with reporters to give an update on his left wrist contusion. Werth will be out until at least May 31 as he first…

  12. Zim walks Nats off into first-place tie

    May 20, 2015, 12:22 AM EDT

    May 19, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) is doused with chocolate syrup by pitcher Max Scherzer (31) after beating the New York Yankees 8-6 at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    On Tuesday night in bottom of the 10th inning, with one of the best relievers in baseball on the mound and a chance to close the gap on first place for the first time this season, the Nationals had a rather fortuitous turn of the lineup as they aimed for their 11th comeback win of the…

  13. Janssen needs more work before returning

    May 19, 2015, 6:07 PM EDT

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    After returning to Washington on Tuesday with hopes of being activated off the disabled list, Nationals reliever Casey Janssen will need just a little more time in the minor leagues before the team brings him up to make his 2015 debut. The veteran right-hander says he feels good physically after rehabbing from right shoulder tendinitis,…

  14. Around the NL East: Marlins make surprising move

    May 19, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  Were it not for Justin Bour’s ninth inning two-out single, we’d be talking about Shelby Miller pitching the Braves’ first no-hitter since 1994. Regardless, the 24-year-old righty was as dominant as you can be in what was still a complete game shutout of the Marlins. The most encouraging sign for Atlanta is that…

  15. State of the Nats: First place within reach

    May 18, 2015, 2:27 PM EDT

    May 17, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a three run home run in front of San Diego Padres catcher Derek Norris (C) and umpire Phil Cuzzi (10) during the seventh inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Offense continues to roll – After scoring 10 runs against the Padres on Sunday, the Nationals now rank second in baseball in scoring. They went 5-2 on their road trip and scored at least nine runs in four of those games. With Bryce Harper leading the way, the Nats’ lineup has been on…

  16. The Baseball Show: Harper sparking potent lineup

    May 18, 2015, 11:15 AM EDT

    May 17, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ featured lots of talk about the Nationals’ offense and what Bryce Harper has been doing lately. In case you haven’t heard, the guy has been playing pretty decent. Harper isn’t the only player hitting well in the Nats’ lineup, though, so what sparked their offensive turnaround? In this…

  17. Offense has Nats standing out in NL East

    May 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    May 17, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) and third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) celebrates with second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) after they scored during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    With the Nationals returning home having gone 5-2 on their West Coast road trip with just a half-game deficit in the NL East to make up, it seems like a good time to take stock of where they stand in the division heading into an off-day with the New York Yankees up next. Some may…

  18. Game 39: Nats at Padres

    May 17, 2015, 2:19 PM EDT

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    The Nationals close their series with the Padres on Sunday afternoon in San Diego with a chance to take three of four and earn their sixth consecutive series win. Stephen Strasburg (2-4, 6.06) will try to bounce back from one of the worst starts of his career in his hometown in front of friends and…

  19. Where would Nats be without Scherzer?

    May 17, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

    May 16, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    When the Nationals first signed Max Scherzer to a record free-agent deal in January, many of us – including yours truly – scratched their heads. The Nats already had by most accounts the deepest rotation in baseball and by some numbers, such as starters ERA, the best. Where would Tanner Roark go? Was the move…

  20. Game 38: Nats at Padres

    May 16, 2015, 3:49 PM EDT

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    Fresh off a 10-0 blowout victory on Friday night, the Nationals continue their series against the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego on Saturday. Max Scherzer (3-3, 1.99) will try to follow up a dominant performance by his teammate, Jordan Zimmermann. Scherzer is making his eighth start of the 2015 season after one of…

  21. Stock Watch: Harper’s hot streak continues

    May 13, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 12, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run in sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-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: .357/.396/.619 Team ERA: 5.26 Runs per game: 7.8   STOCK UP     Bryce Harper, RF: 7 HR/ 16 RBI/ 2.181 OPS The way he’s going these days, we’re not sure…

  22. The Baseball Show: DeRosa on Harper then and now

    May 12, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The latest episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ featured a lot of talk about Bryce Harper, who was named the NL’s Player of the Week on Monday. Harper homered the Nationals to victories including their first sweep of the 2015 season. This first clip is an interview with MLB Network analyst Mark DeRosa, who played with…

  23. Harper named NL player of the week

    May 11, 2015, 3:20 PM EDT

    May 10, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) reacts after missing a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    After making history with a barrage of home runs against the Marlins and Braves, Bryce Harper has been named the NL’s Player of the Week. Harper hit .455 with six home runs, 13 RBI and just one strikeout as the Nationals went 5-1 in six games. He had five homers in a three-game stretch from…

  24. State of the Nats: Harper leading offensive surge

    May 11, 2015, 1:17 PM EDT

    May 10, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) at bat against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Harper leading Nats offense – The Nationals enter this week having scored at least five runs in five of their last six games. They have won 10 of 12 and have seen an offensive surge along the way, particularly from players like Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos. Their inconsistency overall at times has…

  25. After solid series, Zimmerman hoping to get back on track

    May 11, 2015, 9:16 AM EDT

    May 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) hits a three run home run during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    When the Nationals were scuffling at the plate for the majority of April, the club remained confident that most of its veterans would soon begin performing up to the level of their track records. And if this past weekend is any indication, the hope is that might be the case with Ryan Zimmerman. During the…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

WLGB
NEW YORK7358
WASHINGTON66646.5
ATLANTA547719.0
MIAMI537920.5
PHILADELPHIA528021.5
*Through Monday's games

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PITTSBURGH7950+5.5
CHICAGO7456
SAN FRANCISCO69615.0
WASHINGTON66648.0
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