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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Game 70: Pirates at Nats

    Jun 21, 2015, 11:51 AM EDT

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    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…

  4. 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…

  5. Perfect? No. Historic? Yes.

    Jun 20, 2015, 10:50 PM EDT

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    Updated at 10:50 p.m. When it didn’t happen six days earlier, when Carlos Gomez’s broken-bat blooper fell to the ground just beyond Anthony Rendon’s outstretched glove in the seventh inning in Milwaukee, Max Scherzer could only shrug off his bad luck and wonder if he’d ever get another chance like that to pitch a perfect…

  6. 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…

  7. Harper returns from hamstring injury

    Jun 20, 2015, 3:18 PM EDT

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    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…

  8. 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…

  9. Ross has been boss for Nats

    Jun 20, 2015, 12:12 AM EDT

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    One morning in March, Matt Williams and Steve McCatty ventured over to the minor-league complex in Viera, Fla., to watch left-hander Felipe Rivero pitch out of the bullpen. Before Rivero took the mound, though, a young right-hander named Joe Ross pitched. Ross didn’t make an overwhelming impression on the Nationals manager and pitching coach, but…

  10. Nats 4, Pirates 1: Depleted lineup delivers, Ross dominates

    Jun 19, 2015, 9:41 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman already on the DL and Bryce Harper joining them on the bench after suffering a hamstring injury Thursday night, the Nationals lineup faced long odds against A.J. Burnett and a Pirates pitching staff that had been brilliant during their 8-game winning streak. So, naturally, that…

  11. Desmond gets another day off

    Jun 19, 2015, 6:49 PM EDT

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    Ian Desmond got his first day of the season off last week in Milwaukee, but the Nationals shortstop still spent much of his time at Miller Park in work mode, whether in the batting cage or the dugout, trying to fix what has been ailing him all year. So when he decided to give Desmond…

  12. Game 68: Pirates at Nats

    Jun 19, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    So, the Nationals have lost 14 of their last 20 games, and they were already without Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman in their lineup. And now they watched as Bryce Harper suffered what at first glance appeared to be a serious left leg injury Thursday night, though was officially announced after the game by manager…

  13. 2015 outlook: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Feb 8, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 88-74, 2nd place in NL Central Manager: Clint Hurdle, 5th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $88 million Key additions: RHP A.J. Burnett, C Francisco Cervelli, 1B/OF Corey Hart, INF Jung-ho Kang, LHP Antonio Bastardo Key losses: C Russell Martin, RHP Edinson Volquez, 1B Ike Davis, INF Clint Barmes, LHP Justin Wilson, 1B Gaby Sanchez Projected…

  14. Nats sign reliever Evan Meek

    Jan 22, 2015, 4:31 PM EDT

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    The Nationals added a former All-Star reliever to their bullpen mix on Wednesday, signing right-hander Evan Meek to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training. MLB.com first had the report. Meek, 31, joins the Nationals after spending 2014 with the Orioles. He made 23 appearances for Baltimore and struggled with…

  15. A reason for each MLB team to be thankful this Thanksgiving

    Nov 27, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Last year we at CSN went through all 30 MLB teams and cited one reason for each why their fans should be thankful. Well, one year later as we all celebrate Thanksgiving, here is another stab at that idea. Some teams have more to be thankful for than others, of course, but each team in baseball…

  16. Nats get Giants in NLDS, Game 1 Friday at 3:07 p.m.

    Oct 1, 2014, 11:21 PM EDT

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    Two years later, the Nationals will finally get their chance to face the Giants in the postseason. San Francisco won Wednesday night’s NL Wild Card game, riding Madison Bumgarner’s dominant pitching performance and Brandon Crawford’s grand slam to beat the Pirates and a stunned sellout crowd at PNC Park 8-0, setting up an NLDS showdown…

  17. NL Wild Card game: Giants at Pirates

    Oct 1, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Sometime late tonight the Nationals will find out their opponent for the first round of the playoffs, the NLDS which begins Friday with Game 1 in Washington. Wednesday night pits two 88-74 NL Wild Card teams together in a do-or-die showdown, the winner moving on to face the top seeded Nats. Pittsburgh gets to host…

  18. Who should the Nats prefer to play?

    Oct 1, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

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    On Wednesday night the Nationals will find out their opponent for the NLDS, as the 88-74 Pittsburgh Pirates host the 88-74 San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card game. The Nats are a combined 9-5 against the two teams, having taken five of seven against the Giants and four of seven against the Pirates.…

  19. Playoffs begin tonight

    Sep 30, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT

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    The playoffs begin on Tuesday night with the American League Wild Card game, the first installment of what should be an exciting month of baseball. It is the first playoff game for the Royals since 1985 and standing in their way is a team that for much of the year looked like the class of…

  20. Afternoon start times for Games 1 and 2

    Sep 29, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ first two games in what they hope will be a lengthy postseason run will be played in the afternoon. Though they won’t know precisely what time it all begins until they know the identity of their first-round opponent. Major League Baseball announced starting times this evening for the first weekend of the postseason,…

  21. Soriano’s blown save raises questions

    Aug 18, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals came through with their sixth consecutive victory in extra innings on Sunday, their second walk-off win in less than 24 hours. This one, though, never should have made it that far. Nationals closer Rafael Soriano had a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning before surrendering three runs for his fifth blown save of…

  22. Werth fights through pain to help Nats win

    Aug 17, 2014, 10:22 PM EDT

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    [Updated 11:10 p.m.] Hampered by AC joint inflammation in his right shoulder, Jayson Werth had been out recovering for seven days before coming off the bench in the Nats’ win over the Pirates on Sunday night. He had a cortisone shot three days prior and hadn’t swung a bat against live pitching in a week.…

  23. Instant Analysis: Nats 6, Pirates 5 (11)

    Aug 17, 2014, 8:52 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Pennant races in Major League Baseball are supposed to be thrilling, they are supposed to keep fans at the edge of their seats. Wins often do not come easy, and losses can be tough to swallow. Few games, however, can produce the extreme ups and downs of the Nationals’ 6-5 win over…

  24. Game 122: Pirates at Nats

    Aug 17, 2014, 1:12 PM EDT

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    Today the Nationals look for a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates and a season-high, 6-game winning streak with Doug Fister (12-3, 2.34) on the mound in a rare 5:05 p.m. game. Fister will make his 18th start of the season looking to lower his 2014 ERA for a fifth consecutive outing. The Nats are 13-4 in…

  25. As curveball eludes him, Gonzalez’s pitch counts soar

    Aug 17, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez has never been the most efficient pitcher in the league, but his inefficiency has reached new depths this season, especially in the last month. The left-hander’s latest laborious outing: Last night’s 5-inning slog, in which he threw 102 pitches. This, on the heels of a 111-pitch, 4 2/3-inning start in Atlanta. Do the…

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