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  1. Observations of the Nats’ 4-1 loss in St. Louis

    Jun 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Remember when the Nationals were baseball’s hottest team? Well, that was three whole days ago, and you’d be surprised how much can change in only three days. After a 4-1 loss to the Cardinals last night, the Nats now find themselves in a 3-game funk. And make no mistake, it qualifies as a funk, at…

  2. Game 67: Nats at Cardinals

    Jun 14, 2014, 3:32 PM EST

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    There was a point back in April when Stephen Strasburg looked out of whack. He sported a 6.00 ERA, was surrendering more hits than he had at any previous time in his career and seemed to have trouble deciding when and how to use all four of his pitches. Then Strasburg faced the Cardinals on…

  3. Wasted gem

    Jun 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    On the heels of what was — at least by one statistical measure — the best-pitched game in Nationals history, Jordan Zimmermann faced a daunting challenge trying to come anywhere close to duplicating his effort from five nights prior. Yet the right-hander very nearly did it last night in St. Louis, tossing his second straight…

  4. Game 66: Nats at Cardinals

    Jun 13, 2014, 4:22 PM EST

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    Fresh off their impressive 3-of-4 series in San Francisco, the Nationals now conclude their 10-game road trip with a weekend series in St. Louis. The challenge is no easier over the next three days against a Cardinals club that has won 9 of the last 11 head-to-head meetings between these two teams, beginning with that…

  5. After big week out west, big weekend in St. Louis

    Jun 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    The Nationals’ just-completed week out west wound up as successful as anyone could have realistically imagined beforehand. In taking 2 of 3 from the Padres, then taking 3 of 4 from the Giants, the Nats catapulted themselves into first place in the NL East and for the first time in 2014 looked very much like…

  6. More observations from Sunday’s 3-2 win

    Apr 21, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    The Nationals’ late-inning rallies, capped by Denard Span’s walk-off sac fly, were the featured storyline of yesterday’s 3-2 victory over the Cardinals. But there was plenty more worth analyzing from the game, which included all sorts of twists and turns and notable developments. Let’s dig deeper into some of those other angles… — Stephen Strasburg…

  7. Nats grind their way to walk-off victory

    Apr 20, 2014, 7:25 PM EST

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    As Denard Span stepped to the plate late Sunday afternoon, bases full of teammates and the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, he paused for a moment to examine the Cardinals’ unusual-looking infield alignment. “I counted,” he said. “I’m saying: ‘One, two, three, four, five. … A groundball is probably not going to…

  8. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Cardinals 2

    Apr 20, 2014, 4:58 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Twenty-four hours after a drama-filled loss that was highlighted by Matt Williams’ decision to bench Bryce Harper for failing to run out a routine grounder, the Nationals were back on the field with renewed purpose in their series finale against the Cardinals. Harper was back in the lineup himself and he…

  9. Game 19: Cardinals at Nats

    Apr 20, 2014, 10:21 AM EST

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    It’s a new day at Nationals Park, which means Bryce Harper is out of the doghouse and back into the lineup. It’ll be interesting to see what the fan reaction is when his name is announced and when he steps to the plate for the first time in the bottom of the first. It’ll also…

  10. Nationals respond to Williams’ challenge

    Apr 18, 2014, 11:31 PM EST

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    Matt Williams wanted his players to be upset at themselves after Thursday night’s debacle of a loss. But the first-year manager also wanted them to forget all about that game the moment they left Nationals Park and return Friday committed to making things better. So what transpired over the course of 2 hours and 31…

  11. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Cardinals 1

    Apr 18, 2014, 9:40 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of an atrocious performance Thursday night, Matt Williams challenged his players to return to the park Friday with renewed focus and desire. The Nationals responded in kind, delivering the kind of well-played ballgame Williams had been seeking all along. Gio Gonzalez and Michael Wacha matched pitch-for-pitch, with Wacha…

  12. Game 17: Cardinals at Nats

    Apr 18, 2014, 3:17 PM EST

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    Matt Williams wanted his players to be upset about last night’s debacle, but he also wanted them to leave it behind when they left the ballpark and return today committed to playing better ball. We’ll find out how they respond in a few hours. Williams is going with the same lineup that managed only two…

  13. First real test for Williams, Nationals

    Apr 18, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

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    Matt Williams knew there would come a time when he would be tested as a big-league manager for the first time. Not for anything he did or said in the dugout during a game. But for what he did or said in the Nationals’ clubhouse after a game. That test came Thursday night when, after…

  14. Instant analysis: Cardinals 8, Nats 0

    Apr 17, 2014, 10:17 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: How about “Game in a word” instead of a “nutshell?” The word: U-G-L-Y. The Nationals trailed 3-0 in the first inning (yet again). They played some stupendously sloppy defense (yet again). And they let things get out of hand late. Taylor Jordan was roughed up early, with some major assists —…

  15. Williams on Harper’s spring training ejection

    Mar 26, 2014, 2:31 PM EST

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    Updated at 5:20 p.m. JUPITER, Fla. — Bryce Harper plays baseball with emotion, and Matt Williams has made it clear he doesn’t want his young star to lose that competitive fire. But the Nationals’ rookie manager also knows Harper’s emotion won’t do him any good if he’s watching games from the clubhouse instead of participating…

  16. Nats vs. Cardinals — 3/26/14

    Mar 26, 2014, 12:12 PM EST

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    JUPITER, Fla. — Stop me if you’ve seen this game before: Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals face Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals. Yes, it happened on that fateful October night in 2012. It has happened several times in spring training since. Shoot, it happened five days ago, right here in this very ballpark. But that’s…

  17. Observations from Nats’ 2-0 loss to Cardinals

    Mar 21, 2014, 4:52 PM EST

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    JUPITER, Fla. — Forgive Gio Gonzalez if he’s just a tad bit sick of the Cardinals and Roger Dean Stadium right now. The Nationals left-hander today faced St. Louis in Jupiter for the fourth time in three seasons. He also faced the Marlins in this ballpark once during that span. And he’s scheduled to face…

  18. Nats vs. Cardinals — 3/21/14

    Mar 21, 2014, 10:49 AM EST

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    JUPITER, Fla. — Check out today’s starting lineup. You may not recognize a couple of the names. So, allow me to introduce you to Jose Lozada, a 28-year-old third baseman who hit .204 last season at Class AA Harrisburg. And allow me to introduce you to Caleb Ramsey, a 25-year-old outfielder who hit .290 last…

  19. VIDEO: Adam Wainwright wants Bryce Harper to take it easy on him

    Mar 15, 2014, 3:23 PM EST

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    Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright joined Brian Mitchell for a one-on-one interview on SportsTalk Live this week to talk about the new season and his partnership with Mizuno gloves. The first three minutes or so are about the Cardinals and his expectations for them this year, but he then gets into some Nationals subjects. On Stephen…

  20. Nats vs. Cardinals — 3/8/14

    Mar 9, 2014, 12:30 PM EST

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    Stephen Strasburg makes his second start of the spring this afternoon, looking to build up his arm a bit more, likely slated for three innings of work against the Cardinals. The right-hander, who tossed two scoreless frames against the Braves on Tuesday, will again look to use his newly developed slider on occasion. Several regulars…

  21. Nats (ss) vs. Braves, Nats (ss) vs. Cardinals — 3/8/14

    Mar 8, 2014, 10:00 AM EST

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    The Nationals experience the first of three split-squad days for the spring, with Matt Williams managing one-half the squad in Viera against the Braves (who also are split up today) and Randy Knorr leading the other half in Jupiter against the Cardinals. Ross Detwiler gets the start against Atlanta, looking for better results than he…

  22. 2014 Outlook: St. Louis Cardinals

    Jan 30, 2014, 5:50 PM EST

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    2013 record: 97-65, 1st place in NL Central Manager: Mike Matheny, 3rd season Estimated 2014 payroll: $109 million Key additions: OF Peter Bourjos, IF Jhonny Peralta, IF Mark Ellis Key losses: OF Carlos Beltran, SP Chris Carpenter, IF Rafael Furcal, IF David Freese, RP John Axford, RP Edward Mujica Projected lineup 3B Matt Carpenter CF…

  23. Sizing up the National League

    Jan 2, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    ESPN’s Buster Olney ranked his top 10 teams in MLB the other day, a list that included the Nationals. Olney had the Nats eighth, but if you break it down to only NL clubs, they’re fourth. The NL teams ahead of the Nationals? The Dodgers (second overall), Cardinals (third) and Braves (seventh). That seems fair.…

  24. Nationals sign three to minor league deals with spring invites

    Dec 13, 2013, 3:59 PM EST

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    The Nationals signed three players on Friday to minor league deals with invitations to major league spring training: first baseman Brock Peterson, pitcher Manny Delcarmen and catcher Brian Jeroloman. All three will report to Viera, Fl. hoping to compete for a roster spot and add depth to the Nationals’ exhibition squad. Peterson, 30, spent last…

  25. Cardinals take momentum into World Series Game 4

    Oct 27, 2013, 2:37 PM EST

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    WORLD SERIES GAME 4: BOSTON RED SOX AT ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO Gametime: 8:00 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Clear, 51 degrees, wind 4 mph Starting pitchers: BOS – Clay Buchholz (12-1, 1.74) / STL – Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97) It took an unprecedented finish to Game 3 – a walk-off obstruction call win –…

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