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  1. Around the NL East: Phillies hire MacPhail to help rebuild effort

    Jul 2, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jun 29, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Andy MacPhail during a press conference at Citizens Bank Park to introduce him as special assistant and future president of the Philadelphia Phillies. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES  Remember when the Braves used to own the Nationals? Not so much anymore these days, as Atlanta had lost nine straight games vs. Washington prior to Wednesday night’s 4-1 victory over its division rival. The Braves have now lost six out of their last eight games, and are looking more and more like…

  2. Desmond showing signs of breaking out of slump

    Jun 29, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Ian Desmond wasn’t going to get too excited over a couple of strong days at the plate, even if they included a monstrous home run and several more quality at-bats. “Baby steps,” the Nationals shortstop said after Sunday’s doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park. “I feel like I’m moving in the right direction.” For…

  3. On a long, up-and-down day, Strasburg stands tall

    Jun 28, 2015, 8:47 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — A lot happened over the course of seven hours Sunday at Citizens Bank Park, where the Nationals and Phillies engaged in 18 innings of baseball, some of it good and some of it bad and some of it painful. A doubleheader split — a 3-2 victory in the opener, then an 8-5 loss…

  4. Phillies 8, Nats 5: Roark rocked as winning streak ends at 8

    Jun 28, 2015, 8:01 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a dazzling performance by Stephen Strasburg in the opener of their doubleheader, the Nationals were hoping for something special out of Tanner Roark in the nightcap. They didn’t get it, nor did they get enough offense against the Phillies’ fill-in starter, Severino Gonzalez, and thus were left to settle for…

  5. Game 76: Nats at Phillies

    Jun 28, 2015, 4:42 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — And we’re back for Game 2 of this doubleheader, with the Nationals now looking to extend their winning streak to nine games and sweep this weekend series from the Phillies. It’s Tanner Roark getting the start for the Nats, a decision that wasn’t made until late in Game 1, once it was clear…

  6. Nats 3, Phillies 2: Strasburg impressive again in victory

    Jun 28, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With uncertainty surrounding the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park, especially on the pitching front, nothing was more important to the Nationals than a strong start from Stephen Strasburg in the opener. Which is exactly what they got. Strasburg again looked like his old self, tossing seven innings…

  7. Game 75*: Nats at Phillies

    Jun 28, 2015, 10:34 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — Well, it’s a beautiful day here in Philly … guess we might as well play two! Yes, after yesterday’s rain-shortened, 1 1/2-inning fiasco, we’re back for a traditional, old-fashioned doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park. The Nationals and Phillies get underway with Game 1 at 1:05 p.m., then will pick right up with Game…

  8. Nats upset with Phillies after game called in 2nd inning

    Jun 27, 2015, 5:05 PM EDT

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    Updated at 6:13 p.m. PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals are miffed at the Phillies after Saturday afternoon’s game began on-time, only to be postponed due to heavy rain that had been forecast all along after only 1 1/2 innings, a decision that forced the Nats to burn up starter Gio Gonzalez and find a fill-in starter…

  9. Game 75: Nats at Phillies

    Jun 27, 2015, 11:43 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — Good morning from Citizens Bank Park, where the tarp is on the field and the rain is on the way. The forecast is not good this afternoon, and it only gets worse tonight, leaving the status of this 3:05 p.m. game between the Nationals and Phillies very much in question. Also in question…

  10. “I thought he was going to do it again”

    Jun 26, 2015, 11:45 PM EDT

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    Updated at 11:45 p.m. PHILADELPHIA — His name has stood the test of time, known to hardcore baseball aficionados and even a fair share of casual fans if only for the remarkable feat he accomplished 77 long years ago, a feat that has stood intact all these decades and rarely has been threatened since. There’s…

  11. Game 74: Nats at Phillies

    Jun 26, 2015, 3:54 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — So, let’s see … Anthony Rendon has been placed on the DL with a left quad strain. Bryce Harper is out of the lineup for the second straight day with a tweaked right hamstring. D.C. native Emmanuel Burriss has been called up from Class AAA Syracuse to play for his hometown team. Ryne…

  12. Around the NL East: Mets losing skid drops them out of first

    Jun 23, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) leaves the game against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Mets 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES Fresh off a sweep of the Mets, the Braves head to D.C. this week just two games back of the Nationals. They’ve managed to avoid long dry spells, but haven’t exactly gone on a sustained run of winning, either. So if they want to make a legitimate push, taking care of business on…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Advice from teammates helps Gio get back on track

    May 24, 2015, 6:10 PM EDT

    May 24, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) throws to the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Coming off a pair of ugly outings and having allowed at least five earned runs in three of his last five starts, Gio Gonzalez was searching for answers heading into Sunday afternoon’s matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies. Gonzalez had been uncharacteristically inconsistent, and something had to change. The lefty sought advice from a host of…

  17. Nats 4, Phillies 1: Gio’s strong start leads to another series win

    May 24, 2015, 4:22 PM EDT

    May 24, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) throws to the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Gio Gonzalez turned the page on a pair of consecutive poor outings with one of his best games of the season on Sunday afternoon as the Nationals shut down the Phillies lineup in a 4-1 victory, giving them their eighth consecutive series win. The Phillies scored first in the fourth inning on…

  18. Still no answer for Strasburg’s woes

    May 23, 2015, 8:47 PM EDT

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    There was a time, not terribly long ago, when the sight of Stephen Strasburg taking the mound was a confidence boost for the Nationals, not to mention a daunting prospect for the opposition. He was an intimidating presence on the mound, with a repertoire that left batters quaking in their spikes and fans on the…

  19. Phillies 8, Nats 1: Strasburg rocked during ugly loss

    May 23, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The less said about this game, the better. But the bosses require a bit more description than that, so here goes… Stephen Strasburg was roughed up once again, this time giving up six runs (five earned) in 3 2/3 innings that featured a bunch of hard-hit balls, some awful defense and…

  20. Game 43: Phillies at Nats

    May 23, 2015, 12:40 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    It is an absolutely spectacular Saturday afternoon in the District of Columbia. I mean, somebody needs to hit a pause button on the atmosphere right now and keep this intact for the next three months. Is that doable? The Nationals and Phillies resume their weekend series later this afternoon, with a 4:05 p.m. first pitch…

  21. Pitch, hit and run (and win)

    May 23, 2015, 12:05 AM EDT

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    At the end of a night in which his starting pitcher tossed eight brilliant innings, recorded a key base hit and scored the eventual game-winning run, Matt Williams summed up Max Scherzer in six words. “He loves to play the game,” the Nationals manager said. Why wouldn’t Scherzer be having the time of his life…

  22. Nats 2, Phillies 1: Harper homers, Scherzer dominates

    May 22, 2015, 9:41 PM EDT

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    GAME IN NUTSHELL: Max Scherzer and Sean O’Sullivan had squared off twice already this season prior to Friday night, with Scherzer prevailing both times. And in each of those games, the Nationals ace was buoyed by a Bryce Harper homer off O’Sullivan. So what happened in meeting No. 3 of the season? The exact same…

  23. Game 42: Phillies at Nats

    May 22, 2015, 3:27 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    For all the attention he’s been getting for what he does on the days he doesn’t pitch, Max Scherzer maybe hasn’t been getting enough attention for what does on those fifth days. Because he’s been fantastic, better than most even figured he would be when the Nationals signed him over the winter. Scherzer, who takes…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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