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  1. A reason for fans of each MLB team to be thankful

    Nov 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    From the Kansas City Royals to the Philadelphia Phillies, every team’s fanbase has at least something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Here is a glass half-full look around the league… Arizona Diamondbacks – Dansby Swanson The Diamondbacks don’t have much to write home about regarding their farm system, but they do have Dansby Swanson,…

  2. MLB Power Rankings: Playoff bracket nearly set

    Oct 3, 2015, 3:40 PM EST

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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. Reds – Hughes: (LW: 27) Now Bryan Price will return as manager. Like Brad Ausmus, he was hired the same winter as Matt Williams and has had less success. 29. Phillies –…

  3. Around the NL East: Mets claim first division title since ’06

    Oct 1, 2015, 12:14 PM EST

    Sep 26, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; The New York Mets celebrate in the clubhouse after clinching the National League East Championship at Great American Ball Park. The Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-2. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   The good news for the Braves is that they managed to avoid a 100-loss season. The bad news? 2015 has been their worst campaign since 1990. As Atlanta heads into the offseason, there is plenty of work ahead for John Hart and John Coppolella. The front office has been creative in acquiring young…

  4. Stock Watch: Papelbon’s rough week a lowlight of the season

    Sep 30, 2015, 2:00 PM EST

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    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 2-5 Team slash: .254/.307/.400 Team ERA: 3.74 Runs per game:  3.14 STOCK UP   Matt den Dekker, OF: .444 AVG/ 2 HR/ 1.418 OPS Even though he hasn’t had many opportunities to play, den…

  5. Williams explains why he let Papelbon pitch after scuffle with Harper

    Sep 27, 2015, 7:02 PM EST

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon delivers in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park, in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. Papelbon got into a dugout fight with teammate Bryce Harper during the inning. The Phillies won 12-5. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    By the time the bottom of the eighth inning concluded, images of Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper’s dugout scuffle had just begun to circulate around Nats Park. Given the emotions exerted between the two (Harper was seen charging into the clubhouse in frustration) and the fact that Papelbon had already pitched the previous frame, it…

  6. Phillies 12, Nats 5: Papelbon’s ugly ninth inning dooms Nats

    Sep 27, 2015, 4:43 PM EST

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) throws a pitch in the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park, in Washington, on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For the first time all season, the Nationals took the field to play a game in which they were not a part of a pennant race. With playoff elimination behind them, all that’s left are the eight meaningless games against NL East opponents that could have been do-or-die had the Nats not squandered…

  7. MLB Power Rankings: AL Wild Card race remains tight

    Sep 26, 2015, 11:12 AM EST

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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) Nice to see Pete Mackanin rewarded with a chance to return as manager in 2016. 29. Braves – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Worst season in Atlanta since 1990. 28. Rockies…

  8. Stock Watch: Harper’s magical season nearing its end

    Sep 23, 2015, 12:25 PM EST

    Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) smiles in the dugout after hitting a two-run homer during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 5-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    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: .269/.372/.437 Team ERA: 3.11 Runs per game: 6.6   STOCK UP   Bryce Harper, RF: .450 AVG/ 2 HR/ 1.356 OPS The discussion about who should be NL MVP is just about over; the…

  9. Around the NL East: Harvey situation takes another turn

    Sep 22, 2015, 11:03 AM EST

    New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers in a baseball game against the New York Yankees in New York, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    ATLANTA BRAVES  We keep going back to Shelby Miller in this space every week, but it’s a truly bizarre storyline that continues to perplex. After dropping another decision Monday night vs. the Mets, Miller has now lost his last seven starts and is 5-16 (!) on the season despite owning a solid 3.00 ERA. There’s unlucky,…

  10. Scherzer’s fiery exchange with Williams highlights extra-inning win

    Sep 19, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    Sep 18, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws a pitch in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    The meeting was brief, tense and essentially spoke volumes of what Max Scherzer is all about. In the seventh inning of a 2-2 game with two outs and a man on second base, Nationals manager Matt Williams made a visit to the mound — not so much to remove his ace, but more so to see…

  11. MLB Power Rankings: Cardinals, Blue Jays looking scary

    Sep 18, 2015, 12:32 PM EST

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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 – Hughes: (LW: 30) The Phillies are setting records for the lowest attendance in Citizens Bank Park’s 11-year history, further proving that few sports fanbases can truly stay loyal when their…

  12. Around the NL East: Mets sweating out September finish

    Sep 17, 2015, 12:30 PM EST

    Sep 15, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts in the dugout during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   Shelby Miller’s bizarre season rolls on as the 24-year-old righty still hasn’t earned a win in 22 starts despite having a more-than-respectable 3.00 ERA. It’s pretty rare for a pitcher to be this snake bit (you’d think he could luck into a win here or there), but when you pitch for a…

  13. MLB Power Rankings: AL West race heating up

    Sep 11, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    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: 29) Rotation’s ERA since the All-Star break: 5.55. 29. Braves – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Currently featuring nine pitchers with ERAs over 5.00. Good lord. 28. Rockies – Zuckerman: (LW:…

  14. Around the NL East: Have the Mets locked up the division?

    Sep 10, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Sep 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrates with right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) after hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   The Braves are in the midst of a full-on tailspin, losing 20 out of their last 23 games. At this point, there isn’t much left to salvage other than trying to avoid an 100-loss season for the first time since 1988. But with their next seven games against the Mets and Blue…

  15. Stock Watch: Bullpen dooms Nats at worst possible time

    Sep 9, 2015, 12:30 PM EST

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Blake Treinen throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 8-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 5-2 Team slash: .316/.391/.516 Team ERA: 3.66 Runs per game: 7.42   STOCK UP    Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .524 AVG/ 9 RBI/ 1.452 OPS Though Bryce Harper is closing out an MVP-caliber season,…

  16. Williams makes all the right moves in Nats’ dramatic win

    Sep 5, 2015, 12:49 PM EST

    Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams is seen in the dugout during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Handing out credit after Friday night’s dramatic 5-2 extra-inning victory over the Braves should seem like a pretty simple task. After all, it was Matt den Dekker and Michael Taylor that came through in crucial late-game at-bats to seal a critical Nationals win to lower the NL East deficit to five games. But there may have…

  17. Taylor has MRI on bruised knee, expects to be back soon

    Sep 4, 2015, 5:52 PM EST

    Washington Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor (3) sits in the dugout before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Michael Taylor is out of the Nationals’ starting lineup for Friday’s game vs. the Atlanta Braves with a bruised right knee, marking the third straight game he’s missed with injury. The rookie centerfielder said Friday that he re-aggravated his previously bruised knee Monday night in St. Louis when he was making a throw from center to home plate. “Swelling came back…

  18. MLB Power Rankings: Braves sink to the bottom

    Sep 4, 2015, 1:24 PM EST

    USA Today

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Braves – Hughes: (LW: 25) The Braves are in an absolute freefall, but with 13 combined games against the Nats and Mets, they can be big-time spoilers. 29. Phillies – Hughes: (LW:…

  19. Around the NL East: Mets being cautious with Harvey

    Sep 3, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

    Sep 2, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   The Braves are nosediving as the season comes to a close. After being swept by the Marlins, they’ve dropped eight straight and have fallen to fourth place in the NL East (not that it matters, considering how poor the rest of the division is). Things are so bad right now that Atlanta…

  20. Stock Watch: Bullpen issues haunt the Nats again

    Sep 2, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

    Sep 1, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Casey Janssen (44) throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Nationals 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-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: 3-4 Team slash: .293/.363/.478 Team ERA: 4.52 Runs per game:  4.85   STOCK UP   Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .321 AVG/ 4 HR/ 11 RBI   There’s a decent chance that it might be…

  21. MLB Power Rankings: More movement in AL East

    Aug 28, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    USA Today

    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) Twice blew 5-run leads to the Mets this week. That about sums things up. 29. Marlins – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) In an otherwise dismal year, George Mason’s Justin Bour…

  22. Around the NL East: Will the Mets ever lose again?

    Aug 27, 2015, 12:37 PM EST

    Aug 26, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer (23) celebrates win with relief pitcher Tyler Clippard (46) against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets defeated the Phillies, 9-4. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES How unlucky is Shelby Miller? The 24-year-old All-Star pitcher has had a solid season, but doesn’t have a whole lot to show for it. As crazy as it sounds, Miller is in search for his first win since May 17 vs. the Marlins. The old saying is that you are what your record…

  23. Gonzalez turns in uneven outing, drops third straight

    Aug 27, 2015, 10:14 AM EST

    Aug 26, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) walks off the field after being removed from the game against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    It was only a few weeks ago that it seemed as though Gio Gonzalez had turned a corner. The lefty starter was perhaps the most consistent member in the Nationals’ rotation, quietly stringing together quality starts over a month-and-a-half stretch. From June 21 to August 11, he sported a 5-0 record with a 1.48 ERA and 1.21…

  24. Matt Williams gives updates on Johnson, Moore and Uggla

    Aug 26, 2015, 6:18 PM EST

    Apr 3, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson (4) works out prior to the game against the New York Yankeesat George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    Updated at 11:30 p.m. Amidst a season in which injuries have taken their toll on the Nationals’ roster, manager Matt Williams revealed to reporters before Wednesday’s game against the Padres of perhaps the most bizarre setback a player has suffered all year. Outfielder Reed Johnson, who had torn a ligament in his ankle in late April, was shut down…

  25. Stock Watch: Rendon rediscovering his power stroke

    Aug 26, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Aug 25, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon (6) singles against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning at Nationals Park. 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: .253/.367/.474 Team ERA: 3.23 Runs per game:  5.3 STOCK UP   Anthony Rendon, 2B: .333 AVG/ 2 HR/ 5 RBI  Ah, so this is the guy who finished fifth in NL…

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MON: 12:45 p.m.
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