Aug 29, 2015, 9:30 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: As bad as things have looked after the many disappointing losses the Nats have endured recently, including Friday’s, much can change on a given night. Saturday’s 5-1 win didn’t solve all of their problems, but coupled with a Mets’ loss to the Red Sox, and the fortunes of both teams look a…
Aug 29, 2015, 5:51 PM EST
Just 72 hours before he was set to undergo season-ending surgery on his left hip, Denard Span stood at his locker in the Nationals clubhouse to address the media, all but resigned to the fact his career in Washington is almost certain to be over. Just four days earlier he spoke to reporters in the…
Aug 28, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
The Nationals alluded to the limitations they were ready to apply on starter Joe Ross on Tuesday, as the rookie is already in uncharted territory in terms of innings pitched this season. Tanner Roark was sent to Single-A Potomac to stretch out his arm with the plan to return in September and take Ross’ rotation…
Aug 27, 2015, 11:13 PM EST
[Updated: 11:13 p.m.] Just two innings after Yunel Escobar left with a right hand contusion, the Nationals saw another player go down in their game against the Padres on Thursday night. Michael Taylor was removed after colliding with the center field wall on a long flyball hit by Melvin Upton, Jr. in the top of…
Aug 27, 2015, 11:09 PM EST
[Updated 11:09 p.m.] Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar left Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Padres with a right hand contusion after being hit by a 97 mile per hour fastball during an at-bat against Andrew Cashner. Escobar with hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning. The HBP scored a run, but…
Aug 27, 2015, 5:16 PM EST
Denard Span returned off the disabled list on Tuesday to give the Nationals’ their first complete lineup of the season. Then, on Wednesday night he landed two doubles and scored a run. But on Thursday, Span was out of the lineup after feeling soreness in his back, the same area of the injury that kept him…
Aug 27, 2015, 3:34 PM EST
It was a tough loss on Wednesday night, but the Nationals enter Thursday with a chance to win their third consecutive series, something they haven’t done since June 19-28. Rookie Joe Ross (4-5, 3.56) will get the start against his former organization. The Padres traded Ross to the Nationals as part of a three-team deal…
Aug 26, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
Stephen Strasburg has quite easily been the Nationals’ best pitcher over the last few weeks since he returned from the disabled list on Aug. 8, and that trend continued in Tuesday night’s win over the San Diego Padres. The Nationals right-hander overcame a second-inning home run by Jedd Gyorko to go six strong innings of…
Aug 25, 2015, 7:10 PM EST
With Denard Span ready to rejoin the team after an extended stint on the disabled list, the Nationals have optioned reliever Tanner Roark to Single-A Potomac. While that may seem like a demotion for Roark, the three-year veteran will have a rewarding goal to work towards. The Nats plan to transition Roark back to starting and…
Aug 25, 2015, 5:30 PM EST
[Updated 5:35 p.m.] With just 39 games remaining on their schedule and a 5 1/2-game deficit to make up in the NL East, the Nationals got a big boost to their chances on Tuesday with the activation of Denard Span from the disabled list. Span returns after over six weeks on the DL while he…
Aug 25, 2015, 12:10 PM EST
On this week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show,’ much of the focus was on the productive last few days for the Nats and whether they can continue moving in the right direction. Mark discussed several topics with Joe Orsulak and host Sebastian Salazar including Anthony Rendon’s recent surge, Jayson Werth’s success in the leadoff spot…
Aug 24, 2015, 5:35 PM EST
Since the return of Anthony Rendon on July 25, the Nationals have had a logjam in their infield. And lately that has become even more evident thanks to the improved play of not only Rendon, but Ian Desmond as well. Finding Danny Espinosa playing time, in particular, has become a challenge at times. When Desmond and…
Aug 23, 2015, 6:53 PM EST
The beginning of the Nationals’ weekend series against the lowly Milwaukee Brewers was about as unfortunate as they come. The Nats were blown out by a bad team on the first day of what is by all accounts a very important homestand. That followed a tough loss to the Colorado Rockies, one that saw Max Scherzer lose to Yohan…
Aug 23, 2015, 4:39 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It had been nearly two months since the Nationals won consecutive series, and it finally came against two of the worst teams in baseball, but the Nats’ performance to finish the weekend was a convincing sign of progress, nonetheless. After dominating the Brewers on Saturday night, the Nats followed suit with a 9-5…
Aug 23, 2015, 12:15 PM EST
The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to win their second consecutive series, something they have not done since June 23-28. That is yet another mind-boggling fact about the 2015 Nationals, but here we are in August with the Nats hoping for an important series win against one of the worst teams in baseball. Jordan…
Aug 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EST
The major league debut of top prospect Trea Turner happened to come in a blowout defeat for the Nationals, but the 22-year-old shortstop didn’t let that spoil what was a day he will always remember. Turner received a nice ovation from the welcoming Nats crowd as he trotted out on defense to replace Ian Desmond…
Aug 21, 2015, 7:49 PM EST
In order to clear room for the MLB debut of top prospect Trea Turner, the National made a pair of roster moves on Friday. Utility player Tyler Moore was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle and reliever Aaron Barrett was moved to the 60-day DL with a right elbow strain.…
Aug 21, 2015, 5:50 PM EST
[Updated: 5:50 p.m.] Needing a right-handed bat for their bench and a boost for the pennant race, the Nationals have called up top prospect Trea Turner on the first day of a long homestand. Bench player Tyler Moore was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain as the corresponding move. The team moved reliever…
Aug 19, 2015, 5:20 PM EST
Nationals reliever David Carpenter has been assigned to Single-A Potomac to begin his minor league rehab assignment, the team announced on Wednesday. Carpenter is coming back from right shoulder inflammation and has been on the disabled list since July 12. He joins outfielder Reed Johnson, who is also rehabbing with the P-Nats. Denard Span played…
Aug 19, 2015, 1:29 PM EST
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ we welcomed in two guests: Syracuse Chiefs relief pitcher Matt Grace and ESPN 980 host Al Galdi. Grace was great on his transition back to the minors after spending time in the majors this season with the Nationals. He has been pitching…
Aug 17, 2015, 3:34 PM EST
Top storylines: Span is on his way back – It was a rough week for the Nationals, who went 1-6 to begin their West Coast road trip. But they did get some very encouraging news on Sunday with the announcement that Denard Span was beginning his minor league rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac. Span has been…
Aug 17, 2015, 9:33 AM EST
Before Sunday, the Nationals had enjoyed rare success against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. They had beaten him in their previous five matchups, they crushed him on the Fourth of July and they even gave him his only loss in the 2014 postseason. Naturally, that was not to continue forever, and Bumgarner finally broke through at what was…
Aug 17, 2015, 7:06 AM EST
The Nationals were dominated by Madison Bumgarner on Sunday, as the San Francisco Giants completed a four-game sweep. Now the Nats move on to play the Colorado Rockies in Denver to continue what has been a road trip to forget. On last night’s episode of The Baseball Show, Mark broke down the Nats’ recent struggles…
Aug 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
After Saturday night’s 12-6 loss to San Francisco, the fifth straight defeat for the Nationals overall and their third straight to the Giants, it’s hard to imagine that just over a month ago the Nats swept this very same team in a July 4th series in Washington. But here we are six weeks later with two teams…
Aug 16, 2015, 1:12 AM EST
[Updated] The Nationals were already down big against the Giants on Saturday when their night got even worse. All-Star Bryce Harper left in the seventh inning after fouling a ball off his left foot. Matt Williams told reporters after the game that X-rays were negative. Harper was at the plate facing Giants reliever George Kontos when…
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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: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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