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  1. Clippard traded to New York Mets

    Jul 27, 2015, 7:38 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Given the rumors linking the Nationals to former fan favorite Tyler Clippard this week, the worst fears of many have perhaps been realized. Clippard is coming back to the NL East, but he won’t be pitching in Washington. The New York Mets have instead traded for the two-time NL All-Star. Clippard, 30, was shipped to…

  2. Strasburg to rehab at Syracuse

    Jul 27, 2015, 2:39 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs in what amounts to a significant step in his recovery from a strained left oblique. The Nationals’ right-hander threw 51 pitches in a simulated game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Friday. He was placed on the disabled list…

  3. The Baseball Show: A rough start to the second half

    Jul 27, 2015, 11:04 AM EDT

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    There was a lot to talk about on this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, as the Nationals just lost a four-game series at the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 2015 trade deadline is also quickly approaching, as the Nats have stumbled out of the gate in the second half of the season. There is also a…

  4. Brutal stretch for Nats has end in sight; Taylor’s heating up

    Jul 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    With their 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon, the Nationals have now lost six of their 10 games since the All-Star break ended. Max Scherzer has been beaten twice during that stretch. Their offense has averaged 3.8 runs per contest. The Mets have cut the division lead back down to two games.…

  5. Game 97: Nats at Pirates

    Jul 26, 2015, 11:32 AM EDT

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    The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to split their four-game series against the Pirates following their lopsided win the day before. They will send rookie Joe Ross (2-2, 2.70) to the mound opposite former No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole (13-4, 2.31), who is in the middle of a breakout season. Ross has only…

  6. VIDEOS: On Fister, Aroldis Chapman and the trade deadline

    Jul 24, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    I went on SportsNet Central Thursday night for a pair of segments to talk about a variety of topics involving the Nationals. The first clip is about how close Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth are to returning. We also discussed the trade deadline and host Michael Jenkins even brought up my recent cameo…

  7. Fister and Roark struggle; Desmond keeps heating up

    Jul 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    The Nationals’ starting rotation hasn’t been nearly as good collectively as many predicted it would be this year, and part of the reason has been the disappointing season of Doug Fister. The Nats’ starting staff was one of the best in baseball in 2014 and Fister was their most consistent guy. He went 16-6 with a 2.41…

  8. Baseball in the District – Mark Zuckerman and Dan Zangrilli

    Jul 23, 2015, 2:07 PM EDT

    USA Today

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN It was a good time to record our latest episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ with the Nats coming off a big series win against the New York Mets, and with the Pittsburgh Pirates up next. For our guests, we had Mark Zuckerman on to talk about the Mets series and…

  9. Plenty of contributors in Nats’ comeback win

    Jul 22, 2015, 5:57 PM EDT

    USA Today

    As if it wasn’t clear already, the second-inning departure of Yunel Escobar due to injury gave the Nats yet another reminder that if they are to win games these days, they are going to have to do so without the contributions of some of their biggest names. Escobar exited with a left wrist injury, another…

  10. Updated: Escobar leaves game with wrist injury

    Jul 22, 2015, 5:11 PM EDT

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    [Updated at 5:16 p.m.] Yunel Escobar left Wednesday’s game in the bottom of the second inning against the New York Mets with a left wrist injury. He underwent an X-ray afterwards that showed no bone fractures. “That X-ray is negative. We’re going to send him in for further tests. That’s all we know at this…

  11. Carpenter has setback; Strasburg ready for sim game

    Jul 22, 2015, 11:36 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Nationals reliever David Carpenter has stopped his throwing program as he continues to recover from right shoulder inflammation after feeling discomfort while playing catch off flat ground. The veteran will now take two or three days off after receiving anti-inflammatory injections and undergoing an MRI. The good news is that the MRI showed no structural…

  12. Ross shines, but defense and bullpen contribute to loss

    Jul 21, 2015, 11:24 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Rookie right-hander Joe Ross had made spot starts for the Nationals before, but this was no ordinary outing. The 22-year-old starter came up to pitch in Stephen Strasburg’s place on Tuesday and faced the New York Mets, the second place team in the NL East. His counterpart? Reigning NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 All-Star…

  13. The Baseball Show: Nats close to getting healthy

    Jul 21, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ featured a bunch of stuff on the Nats-Dodgers series, as it was an eventful one. They talked about Bryce Harper’s comments on Zack Greinke and, of course, the infamous power outage. But Mark, Joe Orsulak and Brent Harris also got to the Nats’ long list of injuries and…

  14. Nats finally get to Matt Harvey

    Jul 21, 2015, 12:44 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Matt Harvey has dominated his fair share of lineups throughout his brief MLB career and the Nationals are no stranger to what he’s capable of. Entering Monday night Harvey had a 0.68 ERA in six starts against Washington with three earned runs allowed and 47 strikeouts across 40 innings. Harvey had already seen the Nats…

  15. Desmond says encouragement from Cal Ripken has helped

    Jul 20, 2015, 10:48 PM EDT

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    Ian Desmond entered Monday’s game hitless in his previous 17 at-bats, a streak that dated back to July 10, a span of 10 days. But in the Nats’ 7-2 win over the Mets on Monday night, Desmond reached base twice: once on an infield single and then later with a two-run homer, his eighth of…

  16. Latest on Nats’ long list of injuries

    Jul 20, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Matt Williams was asked for the latest on his long list of injured players on Monday and before answering he paused and smiled. “Alright, let me step back,” he said as he motioned with his hands as if he had to count them all up. There wasn’t a ton of new information to share on…

  17. Updated: Nats make roster moves to make way for de los Santos

    Jul 20, 2015, 5:49 PM EDT

    USA Today

    [Updated 5:51 p.m.] With rookie reliever Abel de los Santos joining the team on Monday, the Nationals made a pair of moves to clear up a roster spot. They transferred Jayson Werth – who is rehabbing a broken left wrist – from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. They also optioned struggling right-hander Blake…

  18. Ross to start against Mets on Tuesday

    Jul 20, 2015, 5:09 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Rookie right-hander Joe Ross will start for the Nationals on Tuesday night against the New York Mets, manager Matt Williams announced before Monday’s game. Ross will be called up from Triple-A Syracuse to pitch the game opposite of 2014 NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom. Ross has made three MLB starts this season since…

  19. State of the Nats: Mets coming to town

    Jul 20, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: New York Mets are coming to town – After dropping two of three against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and facing off with two of the best pitchers in baseball, the road will not get any easier for the Nats as the division rival New York Mets come to Washington. The Nats and…

  20. Greinke follows Kershaw as Nats continue gauntlet of aces

    Jul 19, 2015, 7:31 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Less than 24 hours after Clayton Kershaw carved the Nationals up to the tune of 14 strikeouts across eight scoreless innings, right-hander Zack Greinke followed suit in a 5-0 shutout for the Los Angeles Dodgers on a heat-soaked Sunday afternoon at Nats Park. Greinke had eight scoreless frames of his own to go along with a…

  21. Harper says Greinke was aided by wide strike zone

    Jul 19, 2015, 6:17 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Dodgers starter Zack Greinke continued a historic stretch on Sunday afternoon against the Nationals by extending his consecutive scoreless streak to 43 2/3 innings. That’s the fourth-longest such streak since 1961 and the best since Orel Hershiser’s 59 straight in 1988. He is just the third pitcher in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) to…

  22. Dodgers 5, Nats 0: Greinke bests Scherzer in duel of top pitchers

    Jul 19, 2015, 4:49 PM EDT

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It was billed as a pitchers duel between the two best starters in baseball so far this season and it sure didn’t disappoint. Both Max Scherzer and Zack Greinke were dominant on Sunday afternoon, but it was the Nats’ star right-hander who blinked first. Scherzer allowed Andre Ethier to score on a…

  23. Span gets cortisone shot, hopes to swing soon

    Jul 19, 2015, 1:02 PM EDT

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    Denard Span received a cortisone shot in his back on Monday to help alleviate some of the discomfort caused by his back tightness, which landed him on the disabled list July 7. The Nationals center fielder has played catch and jogged on a treadmill and hopes to ramp up his workload very soon. “The back feels…

  24. Zim to begin rehab games; updates on Rendon and Espinosa

    Jul 19, 2015, 12:22 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Ryan Zimmerman will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators as he continues to work his way back from plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Zimmerman will appear with the Senators for the first time since he was a prospect in 2005. The Nationals first baseman has been on…

  25. Game 90: Dodgers at Nats

    Jul 19, 2015, 10:21 AM EDT

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    On a scorching hot afternoon at Nationals Park that also happens to be Star Wars Day, the Nats and Dodgers close out their weekend series with one of the best pitching matchups you will see all season. Starting for the Nationals will be Max Scherzer (10-7, 2.11), who is second in the majors in ERA. Starting…

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