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  1. Around the NL East: Tough times in Philly

    Jun 18, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jerome Williams, left, wipes sweat from his face as he speaks with teammates and pitching coach Bob McClure in the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Baltimore. Williams gave up six runs before he left the game with an injury in the first inning. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves continue to hover around the .500 mark as they sit comfortably in third place in the division, which is about where most pundits had them before the season started. The trio of starting pitchers Alex Wood, Shelby Miller and Williams Perez are all developing at a pretty steady rate, which is…

  2. Around the NL East: Help on the way for first-place Mets

    Jun 9, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Apr 21, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) with his hand wrapped in dugout before the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves’ have dropped five out of their last six games, and once again the bullpen continues to be the main culprit. Over the past 14 games, Atlanta relievers have a 7.62 ERA, a stretch that has made their season ERA of 4.90 the highest in baseball. So once again Nationals fans, it could…

  3. Around the NL East: Will the Mets’ six-man rotation work?

    Jun 4, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee throws a pitch against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of baseball game Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    ATLANTA BRAVES If Nationals fans thought their team’s bullpen had issues, take a look at what’s going on with the Braves these days. In a recent 10-game road trip, Atlanta relievers allowed 22 earned runs in 22 innings of work, with the most egregious effort coming Wednesday night after a 6-0 Braves lead turned into…

  4. Around the NL East: Another week of drama for the Marlins

    May 27, 2015, 2:12 PM EDT

    May 26, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins manager Dan Jennings (26) looks on from the dugout before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES  The retooling Braves continue to tinker with their roster, as the team is reportedly about to send infielder Alberto Callaspo and pitchers Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for veteran third baseman Juan Uribe and reliever Chris Withrow. Callaspo’s departure makes sense, as he had…

  5. 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…

  6. In 17 days, Nats have climbed back to brink of 1st place

    May 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    On the morning of April 28, the Nationals appeared to be a mess, stuck in a 6-game losing streak, owning a 7-13 record and sitting a full 8 games behind the Mets in the NL East. Nobody truly believed this team wouldn’t be able to make up ground over time, but everybody seemed to recognize…

  7. Around the NL East: Can Mets hit consistently?

    May 14, 2015, 1:21 PM EDT

    May 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer (23) grounds out to Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (not pictured) scoring New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (not pictured) in the sixth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES Atlanta continues to scuffle, losing five out of its last six games, including a weekend sweep at the hands of the Nationals. Pitching has been the Braves’ Achilles heel recently, so you’d have to figure it’s only a matter of time before the organization shakes things up to generate a spark. That was…

  8. Around the NL East: Are the Mets falling back to earth?

    May 5, 2015, 1:19 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves have been scuffling of late, especially since last week’s meltdown against the Nationals. The Braves are 2-5 in their last seven games and have fallen to third place in the NL East at 12-14 (not that it matters this early in the season). And even though the season’s barely a month…

  9. Nats have had enough of the 8th

    May 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    All innings, in theory, are created equal. A run in the fourth inning does count as much as a run in the ninth. But it certainly feels like some innings are more important than others. And right now, the eighth inning feels really important for the Nationals. Not for positive reasons. It happened again Friday…

  10. Game 24: Nats at Mets

    May 1, 2015, 4:07 PM EDT

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    This is only Game 2 of a 4-game series, but let’s be honest: The main event is tonight, with Max Scherzer and Matt Harvey going head-to-head in a premier pitching matchup. Scherzer makes his return to the mound eight days after he sprained a ligament in his right thumb while hitting. He has been able…

  11. Impressive win for Nats to open series in New York

    May 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    If the Nationals’ intention Thursday night was to make a statement to the Mets, consider their mission accomplished. With a lopsided, 8-2 victory at Citi Field, the Nationals took the first game of this big weekend series, won their third straight, moved to within five games of first place in the NL East and thoroughly…

  12. Game 23: Nats at Mets

    Apr 30, 2015, 3:53 PM EDT

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    The Nationals open a big, 4-game series in New York tonight against the first-place Mets, and they’ll have their starting third baseman back in the lineup. No, not Anthony Rendon, who is still waiting to resume his rehab assignment with Class AA Harrisburg. Yunel Escobar returns after missing two games with a left hand injury…

  13. Around the NL East: Marlins climbing out of early-season hole

    Apr 30, 2015, 11:20 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  While Nats fans are still reveling in Tuesday night’s historic comeback victory, imagine what Braves fans are feeling right now. Their hot start to April has dissipated, losing seven of the last 10 games and falling below .500 for the first time this season at 10-11. Worst of all for Atlanta was that…

  14. Big series this weekend? You bet!

    Apr 30, 2015, 10:18 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — The Nationals may have begun to right their wayward ship over the last two nights, hammering out 26 total runs against the Braves and (most importantly) winning a pair of games after losing six straight. Whether that ship remains on course, though, now depends on what happens this weekend in New York, where…

  15. Barring a setback, Scherzer good to return Friday

    Apr 28, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Max Scherzer was able to throw off a bullpen mound Tuesday with no issues, putting the Nationals ace on track to start Friday night against Matt Harvey and the Mets at Citi Field. Scherzer, who was originally scheduled to pitch Tuesday but was pushed back with a sprained ligament in his right thumb,…

  16. State of the Nats: Looking up in the standings

    Apr 27, 2015, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Top storylines: Little is going well – The Nationals are in last place in the NL East after losing five straight games and sit five games under .500. It is a place few predicted the Nationals would fall to even a week ago when things were starting to turn up. Lately it has been the Nats’ offense…

  17. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Tom Schad of the Washington Times

    Apr 24, 2015, 10:05 AM EDT

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    We tried something new this week on ‘Baseball in the District,’ as Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I brought our guest in studio to do a roundtable discussion. Tom Schad of the Washington Times joined us and covered many topics regarding the Nationals over the course of a long conversation. We talked about the…

  18. Around the NL East: Will the surging Mets stay healthy?

    Apr 21, 2015, 11:15 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves had another solid week, and if not for the torrid Mets would probably still be atop the division standings at 8-4. What’s most intriguing so far about Atlanta’s start is that the offense seems to be doing just fine despite the loss of key bats in the offseason. How about former…

  19. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Nats prospects Joe Ross and Tony Renda

    Apr 15, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT

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    In this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I had two of the Nationals’ top minor league prospects on as guests. Tim traveled to Harrisburg on Monday and talked to both Joe Ross and Tony Renda. Both had great stuff on playing in Double-A and their development as…

  20. Around the NL East: Can the Braves stay hot?

    Apr 14, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  So, who had the Braves in first place after one week? Not many, especially after the Craig Kimbrel trade. But that, as they say, is why they play the games. Atlanta has posted the best ERA in the majors at 1.86, and have more than held its own offensively, scoring the 11th most…

  21. Harper, Nats impressed by Matt Harvey

    Apr 10, 2015, 11:12 AM EDT

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    In his return to the mound on Thursday after over 18 months of recovery from Tommy John surgery, Mets starter Matt Harvey picked up right where he left off in his memorable 2013 season. The right-hander was borderline dominant as he struck out nine Nationals batters on his way to six shutout innings. Harvey sat…

  22. Too early to draw any real conclusions

    Apr 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The first series of the baseball season is perhaps the worst of them all, because it lends itself to over-analysis and the drawing of conclusions way before it’s appropriate to do that. Think about it: We don’t make too big a deal out of a 3-game series in mid-June, calling for roster moves or lineup…

  23. Mistakes by Strasburg, Desmond stand out in Nats’ loss

    Apr 9, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT

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    It has only been three games, but so far the Nationals find themselves reaffirming many of the suspicions those who watch the team closely held before they opened the 2015 season. With three regulars out, runs may come at a premium, especially until they get Denard Span and Anthony Rendon back in place atop their…

  24. Mets 6, Nats 3: Harvey bests Strasburg in return

    Apr 9, 2015, 4:01 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In a much-anticipated matchup of star pitchers – both famous veterans of Tommy John surgery – it was Matt Harvey who stood out above Stephen Strasburg on Thursday, as the Mets pitcher made a successful return to the mound in New York’s 6-3 victory at Nationals Park. Harvey was brilliant from…

  25. Rendon, Janssen to take next step in rehab

    Apr 9, 2015, 12:25 PM EDT

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    One day after sharing good news about Denard Span and Jayson Werth, Matt Williams had more positive reports on both Anthony Rendon and Casey Janssen as they continue their rehab from injury. Rendon, who is nursing a sprained left MCL, has been working side-to-side in drills and running in figure eight formations to test his…

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