San Diego Padres
Aug 28, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
The Nationals alluded to the limitations they were ready to apply on starter Joe Ross on Tuesday, as the rookie is already in uncharted territory in terms of innings pitched this season. Tanner Roark was sent to Single-A Potomac to stretch out his arm with the plan to return in September and take Ross’ rotation…
Aug 27, 2015, 11:09 PM EST
[Updated 11:09 p.m.] Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar left Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Padres with a right hand contusion after being hit by a 97 mile per hour fastball during an at-bat against Andrew Cashner. Escobar with hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning. The HBP scored a run, but…
Aug 27, 2015, 10:08 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Needing a win to take their third consecutive series — and then hoping beyond hope the Mets would actually lose a ballgame for a change — the Nationals turned to their surprising rookie right-hander and watched as he pitched yet another gem. Joe Ross allowed only one run (unearned) on one…
Aug 27, 2015, 3:34 PM EST
It was a tough loss on Wednesday night, but the Nationals enter Thursday with a chance to win their third consecutive series, something they haven’t done since June 19-28. Rookie Joe Ross (4-5, 3.56) will get the start against his former organization. The Padres traded Ross to the Nationals as part of a three-team deal…
Aug 27, 2015, 12:49 AM EST
There is perhaps no bigger gamble in baseball than swinging at a 3-0 pitch. It’s the ultimate high-risk, high-reward play, at times producing game-changing hits at crucial moments while at other times stopping potential rallies dead in their tracks. The Nationals, as a team, like to take that risk. They preach an aggressive approach at…
Aug 26, 2015, 10:12 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Feeling as good as they have about themselves in weeks, the Nationals took the field Wednesday night with a chance to notch their third straight series victory and post a 4-game winning streak for the first time since June. But they wound up digging themselves into a big hole early, then…
Aug 26, 2015, 3:27 PM EST
It’s been awhile since we talked about the Nationals and winning streaks in the same breath. Tonight, though, they have an opportunity to keep their current hot streak going, seeking to win four in a row for the first time since late June when they won eight in a row (that was the stretch that…
Aug 26, 2015, 12:34 AM EST
There was no shortage of tangible evidence Tuesday night what the Nationals’ lineup is capable of doing now that it is complete for the first time all season. Wilson Ramos’ 2-run homer in the bottom of the second. Yunel Escobar and Ian Desmond’s 2-out RBI doubles later. And, most notably, Ryan Zimmerman’s sixth-inning grand slam…
Aug 25, 2015, 10:14 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It took 124 games, but Matt Williams finally had the opportunity to fill out his original, projected lineup, thanks to Denard Span’s return from a two-month stay on the DL with a lower back injury. And wouldn’t you know that long-awaited, complete lineup put together one of the Nationals’ best all-around…
Aug 25, 2015, 3:37 PM EST
After a day off following a series win over the Brewers, the Nationals are back at it tonight, now opening a 3-game series with the Padres, still with very little margin for error in the big picture. The Nats, however, will have their expected Opening Day lineup on the field for the first time this…
May 17, 2015, 2:19 PM EST
The Nationals close their series with the Padres on Sunday afternoon in San Diego with a chance to take three of four and earn their sixth consecutive series win. Stephen Strasburg (2-4, 6.06) will try to bounce back from one of the worst starts of his career in his hometown in front of friends and…
May 17, 2015, 9:30 AM EST
When the Nationals first signed Max Scherzer to a record free-agent deal in January, many of us – including yours truly – scratched their heads. The Nats already had by most accounts the deepest rotation in baseball and by some numbers, such as starters ERA, the best. Where would Tanner Roark go? Was the move…
May 16, 2015, 3:49 PM EST
Fresh off a 10-0 blowout victory on Friday night, the Nationals continue their series against the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego on Saturday. Max Scherzer (3-3, 1.99) will try to follow up a dominant performance by his teammate, Jordan Zimmermann. Scherzer is making his eighth start of the 2015 season after one of…
May 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
May 15, 2015, 7:05 PM EST
With the just-announced news of Doug Fister going on the DL with right forearm tightness, the Nationals need quality starts now more than ever. Jordan Zimmermann can help get them back on track tonight when he takes the mound at Petco Park for the second game of this four-game series. Zimmermann has battled some of…
May 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Doug Fister warmed up Thursday evening at Petco Park, was ready to take the mound for the bottom of the first inning against the Padres. And then he (along with everyone else from both clubs) was forced to sit around for two hours during a rare San Diego rain delay that began only six pitches…
May 14, 2015, 6:40 PM EST
After a thrilling, come-from-behind victory yesterday in Arizona, the Nationals now open a 4-game weekend series in San Diego, where the weather isn’t very San Diego-like. There’s a chance of rain tonight, a true rare event at Petco Park. If and when they play, Doug Fister will be on the mound for the Nationals, facing…
Mar 24, 2015, 8:43 PM EST
One day after getting released by the Nationals, 37-year-old veteran reliever Heath Bell has decided to call it a career. The right-hander retired on Tuesday after 11 major league seasons. Bell signed a minor league deal with the Nats in late December and pitched for them in seven spring games. He allowed five runs (4…
Feb 24, 2015, 3:53 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Trea Turner, the prized shortstop prospect acquired by the Nationals during the offseason, reported for spring training on Tuesday … but not in Florida. Turner reported to Peoria, Ariz., home of the San Diego Padres, who remain Turner’s official employer for another four months. Because of a quirky MLB rule that rarely…
Feb 10, 2015, 2:00 PM EST
2014 record: 77-85, 3rd place in NL West Manager: Bud Black, 9th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $105 million Key additions: OF Matt Kemp, OF Justin Upton, OF Wil Myers, RHP James Shields, C Derek Norris, RHP Brandon Morrow, INF Clint Barmes, RHP Shawn Kelley, 3B Will Middlebrooks Key losses: OF Seth Smith, SS Everth Cabrera, C…
Dec 19, 2014, 1:10 PM EST
Updated at 3:29 p.m. The complex, 3-team, 11-player trade that was agreed upon Wednesday is now official. But the prized shortstop prospect the Nationals will be receiving as part of the deal still can’t join his new organization for another six months. The Nationals announced their end of the trade Friday, with outfielder Steven Souza…
Dec 17, 2014, 6:38 PM EST
Addressing a major organizational hole while dealing from a significant strength, the Nationals have agreed to be part of a 3-team trade with the Rays and Padres that will send outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to Tampa Bay and bring top shortstop prospect Trea Turner to Washington. The complex, 11-player deal, which is headlined by San…
Jun 18, 2014, 1:01 PM EST
In the outpour of Tony Gwynn remembrances since his untimely death at the age of 54 on Monday, you may have noticed a lot of people mentioning the 5.5 hole, also known as the space between the third baseman and the shortstop on a baseball diamond. As a left-handed hitter who could spray baseballs all over a…
Jun 8, 2014, 3:11 PM EST
The Nationals took a tough loss in extra innings on Saturday night after a rare meltdown for their bullpen. Today they pick back up with a quick turnaround to go for the series win out in San Diego. Jordan Zimmermann (4-2, 3.59) will look to build off his strong outing his last time out against…
Jun 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
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…
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