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  1. Zimmermann, Ramos lead Nats to San Francisco sweep

    Jul 5, 2015, 11:48 PM EDT

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    Jordan Zimmermann’s last three starts have been special, and on Sunday, his excellent outing gave the Nationals a three-game sweep over the defending world champions. Zimmerman pitched seven solid innings, and Wilson Ramos slammed a tie-breaking homer as the Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 before 33,157 at Nationals Park on Sunday night. Zimmermann…

  2. Strasburg placed on the 15-day DL with oblique strain

    Jul 5, 2015, 3:17 PM EDT

    Jul 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws to the San Francisco Giants during the third inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals announced Sunday that right hander Stephen Strasburg has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. The injury occurred in Saturday’s game against the Giants, after Strasburg induced a ground ball in the fourth inning and was seen grimacing before being taken out of the game by manager Matt…

  3. Second half begins with high expectations

    Jul 5, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jul 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) is congratulated by Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams (9) after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 9-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    It’s the mathematical halfway point of the season, and while the conventional midway break doesn’t occur for another week, the Nationals’ first half seems to be a success. With 45 wins and a host of visits to the disabled list by key players, the Nationals should be in good shape for the last three months…

  4. Nats cruise on the Fourth, but Strasburg injury looms large

    Jul 4, 2015, 2:46 PM EDT

    Jul 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) walks off the field with pitching coach Steve McCatty (54) after being removed from the game against the San Francisco Giants with an apparent injury during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Buster Posey had just grounded out to second base, and Stephen Strasburg felt tightness in his left side. Matt Williams, pitching coach Steve McCatty and trainer Lee Kuntz quickly came to the mound. They talked for a few moments. Strasburg lobbied to stay in the game, but with two outs in the fourth inning, Williams…

  5. Strasburg leaves early due to injury

    Jul 4, 2015, 12:49 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    For the second time this season, Stephen Strasburg left a start abruptly. Strasburg, who missed 25 days with neck tightness after he was pulled from his May 29 start at Cincinnati after just one inning, left Saturday’s start against San Francisco after 3 2/3 innings. Strasburg, who had allowed just one hit, retired Buster Posey…

  6. MLB Power Rankings: Nats, Astros making a push

    Jul 3, 2015, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) What a mess. Really, what else can you say? 29. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Well, they proved this week they’re at least better than the Phillies. So they’ve…

  7. Around the NL East: Phillies hire MacPhail to help rebuild effort

    Jul 2, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jun 29, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Andy MacPhail during a press conference at Citizens Bank Park to introduce him as special assistant and future president of the Philadelphia Phillies. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES  Remember when the Braves used to own the Nationals? Not so much anymore these days, as Atlanta had lost nine straight games vs. Washington prior to Wednesday night’s 4-1 victory over its division rival. The Braves have now lost six out of their last eight games, and are looking more and more like…

  8. Stock Watch: Rotation continuing to dominate

    Jul 1, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jun 30, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 5-1 Team slash: .269/.336/.406 Team ERA: 2.29 Runs per game:  4.6   STOCK UP    Jordan Zimmermann, SP: 1-0/ 15.2 IP/ 0.00 ERA   For this edition of Stock Watch, we probably should have…

  9. MLB Power Rankings: Cardinals, Royals look dominant

    Jun 26, 2015, 12:51 PM EDT

    Jun 24, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward (right) is greeted by first baseman Mark Reynolds (left) after Heywood hit a three run homer during the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 30) Philly has the worst offense in baseball and has a certain pitcher with two different colored eyes up next. Good luck! 29. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 29)…

  10. Nats hoping Desmond’s long slump is nearing its end

    Jun 26, 2015, 8:37 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) celebrates with his teammates after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    You’re not supposed to glean much from a two-game stretch, especially in the context of a full baseball season. But for Ian Desmond and the Nationals, the past 48 hours have provided hope that the three-time Silver Slugger Award winner could be on the verge of ending his prolonged slump. After notching the game-winning RBI the…

  11. Giolito, Turner to play in Futures Game

    Jun 25, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT

    July 17, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Washington Nationals first round draft pick Lucas Giolito in the dugout before a game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

    Major League Baseball announced Thursday that right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito and infielder Trea Turner have been selected to represent the Nationals at the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 20-year-old Giolito was drafted by the Nationals in 2012, and is widely considered one of the best pitching prospects in the game. He’s…

  12. Stock Watch: Scherzer’s masterpiece tops the week

    Jun 24, 2015, 1:06 PM EDT

    Jun 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after the final out of a no hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 6 - 0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 4-2 Team slash: .300/.333/.405 Team ERA: 2.00 Runs per game: 4.16   STOCK UP  Max Scherzer, SP: 9 IP/ 0 H/ 10 K/ 0.00 ERA  There was no way that Scherzer was going…

  13. Around the NL East: Mets losing skid drops them out of first

    Jun 23, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) leaves the game against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Mets 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES Fresh off a sweep of the Mets, the Braves head to D.C. this week just two games back of the Nationals. They’ve managed to avoid long dry spells, but haven’t exactly gone on a sustained run of winning, either. So if they want to make a legitimate push, taking care of business on…

  14. Gonzalez’ effort caps historic weekend for Nats starters

    Jun 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) pitches during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    There was no no-hitter this time. It wasn’t even a complete game. But what Gio Gonzalez turned in Sunday as a follow-up to Max Scherzer’s gem may very well have been his most efficient and effective start of the season. Buoyed by a nine run first inning — one he helped contribute to with an RBI…

  15. Roark reinstated from paternity list, Hill optioned to Syracuse

    Jun 21, 2015, 1:20 PM EDT

    May 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tanner Roark (57) pitches during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeat Atlanta Braves 8-6. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals announced Sunday morning that the right-handed pitcher Tanner Roark has been reinstated from the paternity list. In a subsequent move, the club optioned right-handed pitcher Taylor Hill to Triple-A Syracuse. Roark, 28, returns to the Nats two days after being placed on leave. On the year, he’s 3-2 in 18 appearances (including five starts) with a 3.38…

  16. MLB Power Rankings: Nats, Giants are slipping

    Jun 19, 2015, 11:42 AM EDT

    Jun 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco Giants designated hitter Buster Posey (28) and center fielder Angel Pagan (16) return to the dugout after each scored a run during the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) They can’t even use their bullpen phone properly. What else is there to say? 29. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Here’s hoping Uecker is OK after suffering concussion. 28.…

  17. Around the NL East: Tough times in Philly

    Jun 18, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jerome Williams, left, wipes sweat from his face as he speaks with teammates and pitching coach Bob McClure in the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Baltimore. Williams gave up six runs before he left the game with an injury in the first inning. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves continue to hover around the .500 mark as they sit comfortably in third place in the division, which is about where most pundits had them before the season started. The trio of starting pitchers Alex Wood, Shelby Miller and Williams Perez are all developing at a pretty steady rate, which is…

  18. Stock Watch: Scherzer’s gem highlights the week

    Jun 17, 2015, 12:14 PM EDT

    Jun 14, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (31) celebrates with catcher Jose Lobaton (59) after pitching a complete game shutout against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. The Nationals won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 4-3 Team slash: .294/.361/.462 Team ERA: 4.35 Runs per game: 6.0   STOCK UP   Max Scherzer, SP: 1-0/ 9.0 IP/ 0.00 ERA  Is there anything Scherzer can’t do? After his latest outing…

  19. MLB Power Rankings: Angels, Mariners continue to fall

    Jun 12, 2015, 11:04 AM EDT

    May 6, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) follows through on his swing for a single during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 29) Finally, finally the Phillies look like they will trade Jonathan Papelbon. All kidding aside, he’s going to be a huge acquisition if a contender gets him.…

  20. Stock Watch: What’s wrong with Zimmerman?

    Jun 11, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman reacts after he struck out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Washington. The Cubs won 4-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 2-4 Team slash: .240/.290/.399 Team ERA: 4.42 Runs per game:  3.16   STOCK UP  Danny Espinosa, 2B/LF:  .438 AVG/ 2 HR/ 4 RBI  It’s hard to believe, but Espinosa has quietly been one of…

  21. Around the NL East: Help on the way for first-place Mets

    Jun 9, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Apr 21, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) with his hand wrapped in dugout before the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves’ have dropped five out of their last six games, and once again the bullpen continues to be the main culprit. Over the past 14 games, Atlanta relievers have a 7.62 ERA, a stretch that has made their season ERA of 4.90 the highest in baseball. So once again Nationals fans, it could…

  22. The Baseball Show: Looking at Harper five years after he was drafted

    Jun 8, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT

    Jun 6, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. The Chicago Cubs won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Today, June 8, is the five-year anniversary of Stephen Strasburg’s historic major league debut. The former No. 1 overall pick dazzled with 14 strikeouts against the Pittsburgh Pirates to provide one of the best moments so far in Nationals history. But Sunday was an important anniversary as well, as it marked five years since Bryce…

  23. Espinosa shows off versatility by playing in left field

    Jun 8, 2015, 8:02 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) heads to the clubhouse after a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park, Friday, June 5, 2015, in Washington. Espinosa had a three-run homer. The Nationals won 7-5. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Danny Espinosa knew there was a pretty good chance he’d come off the bench in the late innings of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs. He just didn’t know it’d be like this. With Michael A. Taylor moving to centerfield after Denard Span was removed due to back spasms and other options unavailable, Nationals manager…

  24. Fister finishes first rehab game in Syracuse

    Jun 7, 2015, 3:02 PM EDT

    May 3, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister (58) delivers a pitch against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field. The Nationals won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

    Nationals right-hander Doug Fister completed his first rehab game with Syracuse Sunday afternoon. Fister, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with forearm tightness on May 15, worked 3 2/3 innings vs. Pawtucket while allowing two runs (including a solo home run), six strikeouts and no walks. He threw 63 pitches, 47 of them for strikes.…

  25. MLB Power Rankings: Pirates, Rangers moving up

    Jun 5, 2015, 12:36 PM EDT

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    Jun 3, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (6), center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) and right fielder Gregory Polanco (25) celebrate after the win against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Over their last 90 games (dating to Aug. 20, 2014), they’re 29-61. That’s not very good. 29. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 27) Only one player with OPS+ over 100:…

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