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  1. Nats’ plan leading up to Game 1

    Sep 29, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

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    After winning their division and locking up the No. 1 seed in the NL, the Washington Nationals now have no choice but to wait four whole days before Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. It’s not ideal to finish the regular season on a roll, looking like a World Series favorite, then just stop…

  2. Span sets Nats hits record

    Sep 29, 2014, 11:57 AM EST

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    Before Jordan Zimmermann secured the first no-hitter in Nats history and his teammates rushed the field, Sunday afternoon was already a special day for the Washington Nationals. It was the final day of the regular season with the mystery of a playoff run up ahead. Several players were removed from the game after reaching base…

  3. The perfect storm for Zimmermann to make magic

    Sep 29, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

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    No-hitters usually catch you by surprise. They come out of nowhere. A random Tuesday in May in front of a sparse crowd. A Thursday getaway in July, with an unheralded pitcher putting everything together to author the one shining moment of his career. Shoot, until yesterday afternoon the only guy in Nationals history to take…

  4. Ramos shares moment in no-hitter

    Sep 29, 2014, 12:03 AM EST

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    Besides Jordan Zimmermann himself, nobody had a better view of the best performance by a starting pitcher in Nationals history than catcher Wilson Ramos. And with all he’s been through with this pitching staff and this team, one could argue that’s exactly how it should have been. For an accomplishment as impressive and rare as…

  5. Zimmermann throws Nats’ 1st no-hitter

    Sep 28, 2014, 7:46 PM EST

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams laid out a plan for his starting rotation before the final week of the regular season, saying he would limit their outings based on pitch count and innings. The thought was to not push them hard before what the team hopes is a long stay in the MLB playoffs. There was…

  6. Zimmermann no-hits Marlins

    Sep 28, 2014, 3:37 PM EST

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    After having his final regular season start pushed back due to a bruised shoulder – an injury suffered on a line drive that bounced off his arm eight days prior – Jordan Zimmermann took the mound Sunday hoping to dispel any doubts about his health before the playoffs. Boy, did he. The Nationals right-hander tossed the…

  7. Nats likely to announce rotation Thursday

    Sep 28, 2014, 12:21 PM EST

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams said this week he needed to see how Jordan Zimmermann’s bruised shoulder fares on Sunday before determining the team’s postseason rotation. On Saturday, Williams delayed that announcement even more. Williams will likely wait until Thursday now to announce his rotation and roster. He wants to see who the Nationals’ opponent will be…

  8. Game 162: Marlins at Nats

    Sep 28, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

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    Here we are on the final day of the 2014 regular season, the last warmup for the Nationals before they embark on a playoff run in October. It’s Game 162 and it should feature a short day for their regulars. Starting for the Nats will be Jordan Zimmermann (13-5, 2.78), who is pitching for the…

  9. Strasburg in top form heading into postseason debut

    Sep 27, 2014, 9:21 PM EST

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    The only way the rest of the baseball world likely will ever vindicate Mike Rizzo and his decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg prior to the 2012 postseason is if Strasburg helps lead the Nationals to a World Series title some day. And even then, some of those who pilloried Rizzo for his controversial decision…

  10. Instant analysis: Nats 5, Marlins 1

    Sep 27, 2014, 7:05 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The truck keeps rolling along, no matter what’s at stake right now. The Nationals could’ve taken Saturday off but instead went out and put forth another impressive effort to beat the Marlins and improve to 32-13 down the stretch, with one game to go on the regular-season slate. It certainly helps…

  11. Zim sits again to begin final weekend

    Sep 27, 2014, 3:12 PM EST

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    With time running out to get Ryan Zimmerman playing time before the postseason, the Nationals again held him out of the lineup for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Marlins. Zimmerman returned a week prior from a right hamstring strain and he still has not felt up to playing third base. Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman…

  12. Game 161: Marlins at Nats

    Sep 27, 2014, 12:32 PM EST

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    One day after clinching the NL’s best record as part of their second doubleheader in as many days, the Nationals will go up against the Marlins in the final weekend of the regular season. It’s Stephen Strasburg (13-11, 3.23) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (6-13, 4.44) in a matchup of young right-handers. What will Strasburg have in his…

  13. The Baseball Show: Looking ahead to the playoffs

    Sep 27, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

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    This week’s episode of The Baseball Show featured both a look ahead to the postseason, and a look back at the standouts for the Nationals this year. This first video is a discussion about the best players for the Nationals in 2014. Who has been their most valuable player? Check it out here: This second clip previews…

  14. Instant analysis: Marlins 15, Nats 7

    Sep 26, 2014, 10:41 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For the first time in 160 games this season, the Nationals took the field with absolutely nothing at stake, at least from a team standpoint, after clinching home-field advantage through the NLCS earlier in the afternoon. So manager Matt Williams used almost exclusively backups in the nightcap of his team’s second…

  15. Game 160: Marlins at Nats

    Sep 26, 2014, 6:38 PM EST

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    They’ve locked up home-field advantage through the NLCS. So, there really isn’t much of anything left for the Nationals to play for in the final three games of the regular season. Manager Matt Williams does still plan to play his regulars Saturday and Sunday (perhaps pulling them early after five or six innings) but for…

  16. Nationals secure home-field advantage through NLCS

    Sep 26, 2014, 5:37 PM EST

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    For the second time in three years, no team in the National League will finish with a better record than the Nationals. Thanks to Doug Fister’s 4-0 shutout victory over the Marlins in the first half of Friday’s day-night doubleheader, the Nationals locked up home-field advantage through the NLCS, duplicating their feat from 2012. “If…

  17. Instant analysis: Nats 4, Marlins 0

    Sep 26, 2014, 3:38 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Upon clinching the NL East title 10 days ago, the Nationals all insisted they would continue to play hard the rest of the way, attempting to win as many more games as they could and clinch the NL’s best record. Well, they did it with three games to spare. Behind an…

  18. Span returns, confident knee will be fine

    Sep 26, 2014, 1:18 PM EST

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    Denard Span returned to the Nationals’ lineup Friday afternoon, his right knee still scraped up but feeling well enough to return to the field three days after it was injured on a diving catch. Span said he tested the knee prior to Thursday night’s game, running on a treadmill and jumping rope, and emerged with…

  19. Game 159: Marlins at Nats

    Sep 26, 2014, 10:02 AM EST

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    Apparently they enjoyed playing two games yesterday so much, the Nationals decided they might as well do it again today! Yes, it’s the second half of a rare, back-to-back doubleheader, with the Marlins now in town for the final series of the regular season. There is something at stake in today’s 1:05 p.m. game: One…

  20. MLB Power Rankings: Pirates heating up

    Sep 26, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Here is a look around the league with analysis of each team from Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Roney: Took the season series from the A’s (10-9) for the first time in four years, and never lost to Jon Lester in 2014. 2.…

  21. Gio makes final case for playoff role

    Sep 25, 2014, 11:28 PM EST

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    With tough decisions to make before October, particularly regarding his starting rotation, Nationals manager Matt Williams has joked recently about long nights for his coaching staff. “We might all sleep here,” he said on Thursday. That is, if they sleep at all. It was one thing to have to pick their starter for Game 1 of…

  22. Instant Analysis: Nats 3, Mets 0

    Sep 25, 2014, 10:07 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Whether Gio Gonzalez needed to show anything more to make his case for a spot in the Nats’ postseason rotation or not, he sure leaves the 2014 regular season on a high note. The Nationals lefty was dominant in the team’s 3-0 win over the Mets on Thursday night, striking out a…

  23. Giolito & Difo take in Nats Park

    Sep 25, 2014, 6:12 PM EST

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    Fresh off their postseason awards as standouts in the Nationals’ organization, prospects Lucas Giolito and Wilmer Difo met with media in the dugout at Nats Park on Thursday. For Giolito, the team’s minor league pitcher of the year, it was the first time he visited Washington since sitting in the very same spot two years…

  24. Game 158: Mets at Nats

    Sep 25, 2014, 5:46 PM EST

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    One down, three to go in this unusual ‘two doubleheaders in two days’ stretch for the Nationals. They dropped the afternoon game against the Mets 7-4, now Gio Gonzalez (9-10, 3.74) will look to lead the Nats to victory in their final matchup of 2014 against New York on Thursday night. Denard Span is sitting…

  25. Instant Analysis: Mets 7, Nats 4

    Sep 25, 2014, 4:39 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals entered Thursday’s matinee – the first of four games for them in a 48-hour span – looking to get one step closer to securing the No. 1 seed in the NL playoff bracket. They were unable to accomplish that, as a lineup half-comprised of back-ups and fill-in starter, Blake Treinen,…

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