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  1. Soriano returns to pitch vs. Braves

    Sep 11, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Five days after getting temporarily removed from his job as closer, and two days after throwing a bullpen to tweak his mechanics, Rafael Soriano appeared in the Nats’ 6-2 loss to the Braves on Sunday in a low-leverage situation to continue searching for a fix. It was the top of the eighth inning and it…

  2. Nationals Stock Watch: LaRoche’s big week

    Sep 10, 2014, 10:22 AM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 3-2 Team slash: .260/.339/.367 Team ERA:  2.36 Runs per game:  4 STOCK UP Adam LaRoche, 1B: .438 AVG/ 3 HR/ 7 RB It’s a safe bet that if you win NL co-player of the week honors, you’re stock is probably rising. Such is the case with…

  3. Soriano throws bullpen in search of a fix

    Sep 8, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano began the process of fixing his mechanics on Monday with a bullpen session in front of pitching coach Steve McCatty in Washington. Soriano was taken out of the closer spot after blowing a career-high seventh save of the season on Friday night. It is a temporary move to get the 34-year-old back on track…

  4. Soriano out for now as closer, no replacement named

    Sep 6, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano, stuck in one of the worst pitching slumps of his career, will take at least a couple days off to refine his mechanics and clear his mind, leaving Nationals manager Matt Williams to pick a new closer from a pool of several bullpen candidates, at least on a temporary basis. Williams would not,…

  5. Time for a change?

    Sep 6, 2014, 1:27 AM EDT

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    It was a crossroads many spotted from a distance. Despite a first place record and a near-lock for an NL East division title, the 79-60 Nationals have a problem brewing in the back of their bullpen. And after Friday’s 9-8 loss in 11 innings to the Phillies, it may finally be coming to a head. Manager…

  6. Nationals Stock Watch: Is Harper back?

    Sep 4, 2014, 2:09 PM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 4-3 Team slash: .230/.286/.482 Team ERA:  3.16 Runs per game:  4.83 STOCK UP  Bryce Harper, LF: .379 AVG/ 4 HR/ 1.212 OPS  So um, perhaps he doesn’t need to be sent down to the minors after all. During a week in which the Nationals’…

  7. Nationals Stock Watch: Heroes aplenty

    Aug 20, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 7-0 Team slash: .271/.343/.421 Team ERA: 2.01 Runs per game:  5 STOCK UP Adam LaRoche, 1B:  3 HR/ 7 RBI/.419 OBP When the Nationals are rolling like this, you could probably make a case for any number of guys being in this spot.…

  8. The state of the overworked Nationals bullpen

    Aug 19, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    As much as Matt Williams is thrilled to have seen his team win seven straight games, the last three of them in dramatic walk-off fashion, the last two of them in extra innings, the Nationals manager does realize there’s one caveat to all this recent excitement. “It doesn’t help your bullpen, for sure,” he said…

  9. State of the Nats: On a roll

    Aug 18, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Nats on a roll – With two walk-off victories this weekend, the Nationals have now won six straight, their best stretch of the 2014 season. Even with Ryan Zimmerman still out, even with Jayson Werth still technically out, and even with the recent struggles of Gio Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano, the Nats are…

  10. 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…

  11. It may not be easy this time, but that’s OK

    Aug 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    There was Kevin Frandsen’s complete mishandling of a routine fly ball, letting the game’s first run score. There were two more errors by Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos. There was a mini-meltdown of sorts by Jordan Zimmermann in the bottom of the seventh. And there was, of course, a heart attack of a ninth inning…

  12. Nationals Stock Watch: Roark leading rotation

    Jul 31, 2014, 1:51 PM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 3-3 Team slash: .231/.326/.265 Team ERA:  3.32 Runs per game: 3 STOCK UP Tanner Roark, SP: 2-0/ 1.29 ERA/ 0.64 WHIP Roark’s season thus far has been nothing short of a cinderella story. Despite the 27-year-old righty’s stigma of being a supposed “back of…

  13. After rare meltdown, Nationals will try to regroup

    Jul 29, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

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    MIAMI — The 2014 Nationals really haven’t had to deal with losses like this, gut-punch losses in which a 6-run lead somehow turns into a 7-6 loss before anyone has sufficient time to process the carnage. The mood inside the visitors clubhouse at Marlins Park on Monday night was one of disbelief, a group of…

  14. Consistency propels Nats to NL’s best record

    Jul 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    There seems to be a sense among many that the Nationals haven’t really taken off as a team this season, that there’s a much higher level of success yet to reach for a talented ballclub that hasn’t achieved its full potential. And perhaps that’s true. Maybe the Nationals are still capable of going on some…

  15. Zimmermann named All-Star, Rendon in Final Vote

    Jul 6, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

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    A Nationals club that boasts the NL’s fourth-best record but fewer dominant performances by individuals so far this season received only one All-Star selection Sunday evening: right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. There’s still a chance of more Washington representation at Minnesota’s Target Field on July 15, with infielder Anthony Rendon one of five candidates in the NL’s…

  16. Back end of Nats’ bullpen truly has been elite

    Jul 3, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

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    All-Star rosters will be announced on Sunday, and while most of the discussion in relation to the Nationals has been about the worthiness of Adam LaRoche or Anthony Rendon, we haven’t talked a whole lot about the worthiness of several members of their bullpen. And we should be, because there are no shortage of worthy…

  17. Nationals Stock Watch: Bullpen up, offense down

    Jun 19, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 2-4 Team slash: .214/.308/.277 Team ERA:  4.42 Runs per game: 2.66 STOCK UP Rafael Soriano, RP: 3 GP, 3.0 IP/2 SV/0.00 ERA He might frighten fans every time he comes in a game during a save situation, but Soriano still finds a way to get it…

  18. Nationals Stock Watch: Firing on all cylinders

    Jun 11, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 6-1 Team slash: .273/.337/.457 Team ERA:  1.34 Runs per game: 6.42 STOCK UP  Ian Desmond, SS: .333 AVG/2 HR/9 RBI/.750 SLG The Nationals’ offense continues to hit its stride, as different members of the lineup are taking turns getting hot, and this week it was…

  19. One bad pitch leads to rare blown save by Soriano

    Jun 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    First things first: Rafael Soriano threw a bad pitch to Yonder Alonso with two outs in the bottom of the ninth late last night in San Diego. A 1-0 fastball up in the zone and over the plate to Alonso, who sent it flying over the right-field fence at Petco Park, sending the game into…

  20. Bullpen scoreless streak ends at 27 2/3 innings

    May 20, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    When Ross Detwiler got Devin Mesoraco to popup to the third baseman in the top of the 15th inning late Monday night, the left-hander extended a streak of dominance by the Nationals bullpen to new, hard-to-fathom lengths. At that moment, the Nats relief corps had tossed 27 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings. That’s more than three…

  21. Dominant bullpen has been biggest key to Nats’ success

    May 19, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    They’ve lost more than half their starting lineup to injuries at various points over the last two months. Their star-studded rotation has been decidedly average to date. And they’ve been among the worst defensive clubs in baseball. So how have the Nationals managed to go 23-20 over the season’s first seven weeks, leaving themselves a…

  22. Inches from disaster

    May 17, 2014, 12:07 AM EDT

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    The game was well in hand. The Nationals held a 5-2 lead over the Mets with two outs in the ninth, nobody on base, and all Rafael Soriano had to do was retire one more batter before giving up three runs. And then Soriano walked pinch-hitter Juan Lagares on four pitches. And then he walked…

  23. Tough week ahead for Nats

    May 2, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    A hodgepodge of Friday morning thoughts before I hop on I-95 and head up to Philadelphia for the weekend… — The Nationals about to face a major, week-long test going up against six quality, veteran pitchers against the Phillies and Dodgers. It begins tonight with Cliff Lee, whose 40-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio so far this season…

  24. Nationals Stock Watch: Harper has rough week

    Apr 23, 2014, 12:36 PM EDT

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    Record: 3-4 Team slash:  .173/.272/.268 Team ERA:  3.68 Runs per game:  3 STOCK UP Tanner Roark, SP: 13.0 IP/2.08 ERA/10K Roark had a very solid week, even if his numbers don’t jump out at you. He pitched well enough to win in each of his two starts, but didn’t get enough run support to be the…

  25. Soriano earns first save of 2014 season, though it wasn’t easy

    Apr 7, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Nationals closer Rafael Soriano earned his first save of the 2014 season on Sunday after closing out the team’s 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves. Though he sealed the win, however, it took him 22 pitches to record three outs and featured two basehits by the Braves. Soriano even capped it off with a dramatic…

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