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  1. Scherzer has rare bad outing

    Jul 8, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Max Scherzer came to Washington with a Cy Young award and World Series experience, yet somehow he surpassed expectations through the first half of the 2015 season. So, on Tuesday night when he lasted just 4 2/3 innings and gave up five earned runs in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds, his struggles were not only uncharacteristic, they were very…

  2. Span gets MRI, Escobar sits, Zim still not ready to play

    Jul 7, 2015, 5:38 PM EDT

    USA Today

    After leaving the Nats’ loss to the Reds on Monday night with injuries, both Denard Span and Yunel Escobar remained out the starting lineup on Tuesday. Span continues to deal with nagging back spasms, while Escobar is nursing a tight left hamstring. Span had an MRI on Tuesday morning and will find out the results…

  3. VIDEOS: Rendon’s injury and the trade deadline

    Jun 30, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Here are a few more clips from this week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show.’ The first is about Anthony Rendon’s latest stint on the disabled list, as Mark puts it into the context of his long history of injuries. The second is about the Nationals’ bullpen, which looks a lot better now with David Carpenter in…

  4. State of the Nats: Who makes the All-Star team?

    Jun 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Who makes the All-Star team? – The 2015 MLB All-Star Game rosters will be announced this upcoming Sunday and Monday in a two-day special aired on ESPN. The starters will be revealed Sunday night, while the reserves will be announced on Monday. The Nationals should have at least two All-Stars, barring something unforeseen. Those would…

  5. Baseball in the District – Tom Schad joins for Nats roundtable

    Jun 29, 2015, 4:32 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in Tom Schad of The Washington Times for a roundtable discussion on the Nationals’ off-day. Schad sat down for the entire episode as we talked about the Nationals’ recent winning streak, how their pitching…

  6. Fister continues amazing stretch for Nats rotation

    Jun 25, 2015, 8:49 PM EDT

    Jun 25, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) throws to the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    After the Nationals signed Max Scherzer in January, many predicted they would have one of the best starting rotations in recent baseball history. Then the season started and for months everyone not named Max dealt with either injuries or inconsistent results. That was until this past week. With Doug Fister’s seven shutout frames on Thursday against the…

  7. Nats 7, Braves 0: Fister cruises to secure sweep

    Jun 25, 2015, 6:41 PM EDT

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With their lineup rounding into form and their rotation in the middle of the best stretch for a starting staff in franchise history, the Nationals continued to roll on Thursday with a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. The victory was their ninth in their last 12 games and it secured their…

  8. Harper, Rendon get the day off

    Jun 25, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jun 11, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and second baseman Anthony Rendon (6) watch a hit by Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura (not pictured) drop between them in the fourth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals gave stars Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon the day off on Thursday as they prepared to take on the Atlanta Braves in their series finale. Both players are dealing with minor injuries with the team about to embark on a six-game road trip. Harper felt a cramp in his right leg during the…

  9. Slumping and with a heavy heart, Desmond comes up big

    Jun 25, 2015, 12:00 AM EDT

    MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals

    Ian Desmond knows one swing will not solve all of his problems and break him out of his worst offensive funk in years. After all, it wasn’t even a hit. But given the circumstances surrounding the night, his slump and the team, Desmond’s walkoff sac fly to beat the Braves on Wednesday sure seems like…

  10. Williams on Knorr, who should be All-Stars, plus a Zim update

    Jun 24, 2015, 5:31 PM EDT

    MLB: Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds

    Nationals manager Matt Williams touched on a wide range of topics during his pregame press conference on Wednesday, including the passing of bench coach Randy Knorr’s wife, who should be selected to the All-Star team and the latest update on Ryan Zimmerman. First, the Knorr stuff. Knorr’s wife, Kimberly, passed away on Tuesday at the age…

  11. Span and Rendon set the tone again

    Jun 24, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 5, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) celebrates with center fielder Denard Span (2)
after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers  at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    For much of the 2014 season, while injuries took their toll on the rest of the Nationals lineup, it was the combination of Denard Span and Anthony Rendon that led the way. Both players earned NL MVP votes as arguably the best one-two punch at the top of the order in baseball. Span led the…

  12. Game 71: Braves at Nats

    Jun 23, 2015, 3:57 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals enter Tuesday coming off arguably their best series of the 2015 season, a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates highlighted by Max Scherzer’s no-hitter and two homers by Bryce Harper. Now they welcome the Atlanta Braves, who have surprised many by beginning the season 35-35 despite trading away most of their best players…

  13. Desmond in depth on his struggles

    Jun 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    Stuck in a month-long slump, shortstop Ian Desmond was given Friday night off by the Nationals’ coaching staff with the intention of giving him some rest, both physically and mentally. He was also out of the lineup initially on Saturday before Yunel Escobar was a late scratch due to a stomach bug. Desmond is not used…

  14. The Baseball Show: Scherzer, Harper and Father’s Day

    Jun 22, 2015, 6:11 PM EDT

    USA Today

    The latest episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ was jam-packed after an eventful weekend for the Nationals. Mark talked lots about Max Scherzer, of course, but also Bryce Harper’s return and whether Major League Baseball should change their system of fan voting for the All-Star Game. At the bottom, you can also find my segment on…

  15. State of the Nats: Heating up

    Jun 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Strasburg likely to return this week – The Nationals won’t say it, but all signs point to Stephen Strasburg making his return from the disabled list this week against the Atlanta Braves, likely on Tuesday. Gio Gonzalez and Bryce Harper both mentioned Strasburg’s return after Sunday’s game, but the Nats said they do not plan to confirm…

  16. Nats’ offense continues to surge

    Jun 21, 2015, 5:48 PM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates at home plate with third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) (obscured) after hitting a two run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals’ pitching staff just capped it’s best run in team history with 24 consecutive scoreless innings, a weekend highlighted by Max Scherzer’s no-hitter on Saturday against the Pirates. The pitchers deserve their credit, no doubt. But the Nationals’ lineup hasn’t exactly been dragging their feet. In Sunday’s win, the Nationals scored nine runs in…

  17. Nats 9, Pirates 2: Huge first inning sets tone in blowout win

    Jun 21, 2015, 4:11 PM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) celebrates at home plate after hitting a three run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The day after Max Scherzer etched his name in the history books with his first no-hitter, the Nationals’ lineup wasted no time on Sunday doing something special of their own. The Nats scored nine runs in the first inning and bounced Pirates’ starter Charlie Morton out of the game after recording just…

  18. Scherzer the day after his no-hitter: ‘I can’t believe it happened’

    Jun 21, 2015, 12:16 PM EDT

    Jun 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) reacts after recording the final out of a no hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 6 - 0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Max Scherzer walked into the Nationals clubhouse on Sunday morning just hours removed from his first no-hitter shaking hands with teammates and coaches. A team official brought the scorecard from Saturday’s game over and he signed it. Then, he met with reporters to share his thoughts now that his historic day had settled in. “I didn’t get…

  19. Game 70: Pirates at Nats

    Jun 21, 2015, 11:51 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Happy Father’s Day, everyone. After returning home this week only to lose their first two games against the Rays, the Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to sweep the Pittsburg Pirates, a team that had won eight straight before coming to town. Gio Gonzalez (4-4, 4.82) will take his turn in the rotation after a…

  20. Harper returns unexpectedly and homers

    Jun 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jun 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) is congratulated by third base coach Bob Henley (14) after hitting a solo home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Hours before Max Scherzer made history against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Nationals revealed the surprising news that Bryce Harper was back in the lineup just 36 hours after suffering what first appeared to be a very scary injury. Harper left Thursday’s game after falling to the ground on a throw attempt and grimaced in pain…

  21. Scherzer’s no-no and Tabata’s HBP from Pirates’ perspective

    Jun 20, 2015, 9:09 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer reacts after hitting Pittsburgh Pirates pinch hitter Jose Tabata during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Washington. Scherzer threw a no-hitter and the Nationals won 6-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Max Scherzer was one strike away on Saturday afternoon from becoming just the 24th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to throw a perfect game. One strike was all he needed before an inside slider didn’t break and instead bounced of the elbow of a pinch-hitting Jose Tabata. Tabata came off the Pirates’ bench to…

  22. Harper returns from hamstring injury

    Jun 20, 2015, 3:18 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    After watching his team beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Friday night with his best player out of the lineup, Matt Williams was pleased to receive a text message from Bryce Harper the following morning. It simply said: “I’m good to go.” Despite writhing in pain after falling to the ground and leaving Thursday night’s…

  23. Game 69: Pirates at Nats

    Jun 20, 2015, 12:11 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    UPDATE: Yunel Escobar is a late scratch with a stomach bug for today’s game. Ian Desmond is back in there after originally being out. After rookie Joe Ross dominated the Pirates in the series opener on Friday night, Max Scherzer (7-5, 1.93) will now take his turn in his 14th start of the season. And…

  24. Harper out day after hurting hamstring

    Jun 19, 2015, 5:35 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    Bryce Harper was out of the Nationals’ lineup on Friday for their series-opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates, as he rests his sore left hamstring that was injured during the sixth inning of Thursday night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Nationals are calling the injury a mild left hamstring strain, but they will not know the…

  25. Fister feels good about return despite loss to Rays

    Jun 19, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jun 18, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister (58) is taken out of the game by manager Matt Williams (left) in the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    For five innings on Thursday night, Doug Fister matched Rays’ ace Chris Archer despite having not pitched in a major league game in over a month. But then he ran into trouble in the sixth inning and finished the night with his third loss of the season in a 5-3 Nationals defeat. The end result aside, Fister took…

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