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  1. Fister feels good about return despite loss to Rays

    Jun 19, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jun 18, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister (58) is taken out of the game by manager Matt Williams (left) in the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    For five innings on Thursday night, Doug Fister matched Rays’ ace Chris Archer despite having not pitched in a major league game in over a month. But then he ran into trouble in the sixth inning and finished the night with his third loss of the season in a 5-3 Nationals defeat. The end result aside, Fister took…

  2. UPDATE: Nats say Harper suffered “mild” hamstring strain

    Jun 18, 2015, 11:43 PM EDT

    AP

    Updated at 11:43 p.m. Manager Matt Williams says Bryce Harper suffered only a “mild” hamstring strain during what appeared to everyone inside Nationals Park to be a serious left leg injury sustained on a freak play in right field during Thursday night’s 5-3 loss to the Rays, offering up some cautious optimism about the 22-year-old…

  3. Rays 5, Nats 3: Fister returns, but Harper injured in loss

    Jun 18, 2015, 10:25 PM EDT

    Jun 18, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Doug Fister made his return from the disabled list on Thursday and matched Rays’ ace Chris Archer through five innings, but it was all spoiled by a sixth inning that proved nothing short of a disaster for the Nats. Not only did they surrender a lead in their eventual 5-3 loss to…

  4. Game 67: Rays at Nats

    Jun 18, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    So, they scored 16 runs on 23 hits Tuesday night. Then they were shut out on two hits Wednesday night. What on earth can we expect from the Nationals tonight in their series finale against the Rays? Your guess is as good as mine, though they face an extra challenge in this one with Tampa…

  5. With healthy arm and clear mind, Fister ready to start over

    Jun 18, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    AP

    Competitor that he is, Doug Fister never wants to admit he’s not physically fit to pitch. But it was the realization and then acceptance of that fact five weeks ago that put Fister into the position he is today: Ready to rejoin the Nationals rotation, ready to be the contributor he expected to be all…

  6. Rays 5, Nats 0: Lineup silenced one night after explosion

    Jun 17, 2015, 10:10 PM EDT

    AP

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Theory of Baseball Momentum would dictate that a team that scores 16 runs on 23 hits one night would be in prime position to stay hot the next night against the exact same team. Matt Williams, though, doesn’t believe momentum exists from game-to-game, and on Wednesday night the Nationals manager…

  7. Game 66: Rays at Nats

    Jun 17, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    So, when you score 16 runs on a club-record 23 hits, what do you do for an encore? We’ll find out tonight when the Nationals-Rays series shifts to D.C. after a pair of games in St. Petersburg. The Nats will be hoping to carry over some momentum from last night’s offensive onslaught, and they’ll be…

  8. An erratic road trip ends on a high note

    Jun 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    For all the anguish displayed over the last week — some of it admittedly deserved — the Nationals did just wrap up a 4-4 road trip. No, that shouldn’t be cause for celebration, but neither should it be cause for panic. Do the Nationals have their share of issues? Absolutely. This has been a painfully…

  9. Game 65: Nats at Rays

    Jun 16, 2015, 4:01 PM EDT

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    With one more game to be played in an AL park on this road trip, the Nationals have one last opportunity to utilize the DH and take advantage of the domino effects of an extra bat in the lineup. Last night, that meant giving Bryce Harper and his sore knee a chance to play without…

  10. Another abbreviated start plagues Nationals

    Jun 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Just when you thought it was safe to turn on a Nationals game and have some semblance of confidence in the starting pitcher’s ability to take control, Gio Gonzalez took the mound Tuesday night and reminded us this rotation remains something less than desired right now. Gonzalez lasted only 3 1/3 innings during the Nationals’…

  11. Game 64: Nats at Rays

    Jun 15, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper is back in the Nationals lineup tonight, his left knee/quad apparently feeling well enough for him to hit after sitting out yesterday’s game in Milwaukee. But Harper won’t be fully participating in the game at Tampa Bay; since they’re playing in an AL park, he’ll be able to serve as designated hitter for…

  12. Heath Bell retires

    Mar 24, 2015, 8:43 PM EDT

    AP

    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…

  13. 2015 outlook: Tampa Bay Rays

    Feb 13, 2015, 2:11 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 77-85, 4th place in AL East Manager: Kevin Cash, 1st season Estimated 2015 payroll: $75 million Key additions: OF Steven Souza, Jr., SS Asdrubal Cabrera, DH Jon Jaso, RP Kevin Jepsen, RP Erensto Frieri Key losses: OF Wil Myers, 2B/OF Ben Zobrist, manager Joe Maddon, GM Andrew Friedman, SS Yunel Escobar, OF Matt Joyce,…

  14. Was Zobrist/Escobar better than Desmond/Espinosa?

    Jan 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Another significant trade rumor was reported Sunday night, and though this one can no longer happen in reality, it did raise an interesting question from the Nationals’ standpoint. The rumored trade, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal: A three-way deal that would have seen Ian Desmond go to the Mets, Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar come…

  15. Reports: Rays signing Cabrera, making Zobrist available

    Dec 30, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

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    Asdrubal Cabrera, who filled in admirably for the Nationals at second base after his acquisition at the July 31 trade deadline, won’t be returning to Washington in 2015. Cabrera has agreed to a 1-year contract with the Rays, according to multiple reports, removing another potential second base option from the Nationals’ plans but possibly making…

  16. UPDATED: Trade official, Turner stays with Padres til June

    Dec 19, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT

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    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…

  17. Nats get Turner, Ross from Padres; send Souza, Ott to Rays

    Dec 17, 2014, 6:38 PM EDT

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    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…

  18. Souza’s name crops up in Rays-Padres trade rumor

    Dec 17, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

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    There’s a growing amount of evidence to suggest the Tampa Bay Rays are closing in on a trade that would send 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers to the San Diego Padres for a package of players. And there’s also a growing sense around the baseball world that if and when that trade…

  19. 2014 MLB Predictions

    Mar 30, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    And so the time is near. Technically, the 2014 Major League Baseball season already began last weekend when the Dodgers twice beat the Diamondbacks in Australia. But the stateside portion of the season begins tonight when the Dodgers and Padres meet and then really kicks off tomorrow with the traditional Opening Day. Which means it’s…

  20. Nats send Karns to Rays for Lobaton, 2 prospects

    Feb 13, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT

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    Updated at 1:52 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — On the day pitchers and catchers reported for spring training, the Nationals dealt one of their hurlers for a No. 2 backstop. The Nationals traded right-hander Nate Karns to the Rays for catcher Jose Lobaton and two prospects: left-hander Felipe Rivero and outfielder Drew Vettleson. Karns, the Nationals’…

  21. 2014 Outlook: Tampa Bay Rays

    Feb 3, 2014, 5:07 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 87-76, 2nd place in AL East Manager: Joe Maddon, 9th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $72.2 million Key additions: RP Grant Balfour, RP Heath Bell, C Ryan Hanigan Key losses: RP Fernando Rodney, OF Sam Fuld, RP Alex Torres Projected lineup LF David DeJesus 2B Ben Zobrist 3B Evan Longoria RF Wil Myers DH…

  22. MLB playoffs continue with four Monday games

    Oct 7, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

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    ALDS GAME 3: OAKLAND ATHLETICS (1-1) vs. DETROIT TIGERS (1-1)  Series: Tied at 1-1 Where: Comerica Park, Detrioit, MI Gametime: 1:00 p.m. TV: MLBN Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Cloudy, 58 degrees, wind 20 mph Starting pitchers: OAK – Jarrod Parker (12-8, 3.97) / DET – Anibal Sanchez (14-8, 2.57) Game 2 on Saturday featured the best finish of the 2013 playoffs so…

  23. ALDS Game 2s set for Saturday night

    Oct 5, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT

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    ALDS: TAMPA BAY RAYS (0-1)  vs. BOSTON RED SOX (1-0) Series: Red Sox lead 1-0 Where: Fenway Park in Boston, MA Gametime: 5:30 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Mostly cloudy, 65 degrees, wind 5 mph Starting pitchers: TB – David Price (10-8, 3.33) / BOS – John Lackey (10-13 3.52) An early lead for Tampa Bay turned into a complete…

  24. Full slate of MLB playoffs set for Friday

    Oct 4, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

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    NLDS: PITTSBURGH PIRATES (94-69) vs. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (98-65) Series: Cardinals lead 1-0 Where: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO Gametime: 1:00 p.m. TV: MLB Network Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Partly cloudy, 83 degrees, wind 15 mph Starting pitchers: PIT – Gerrit Cole (10-7, 3.22) / STL – Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97) Game 1 of the NLDS dealt a crushing blow…

  25. Indians, Rays clash in AL Wild Card

    Oct 2, 2013, 1:11 PM EDT

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    TAMPA BAY RAYS (92-71) vs. CLEVELAND INDIANS (92-70) Where: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH Gametime: 8:07 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Partly cloudy, 69 degrees, wind 6 mph Starting pitchers: TB – Alex Cobb (11-3, 2.76) / CLE – Danny Salazar (2-3, 3.12) After taking care of the Texas Rangers in a tiebreaker in Game 163, the Tampa Bay…

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