Apr 8, 2014, 10:06 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On a chilly April evening, the pitchers figured to be ahead of the hitters. And sure enough, that was true for Gio Gonzalez and Henderson Alvarez. The two young starters combined to allow only one run through 5 1/2 innings. That’s not to say Gonzalez was in top form; he racked…
Apr 8, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT
The Nationals are tweaking the order of their rotation, bumping Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg up to face the Marlins the next two days while pushing Tanner Roark back to face the Braves on Friday night. Using Monday’s day off as an opportunity to reconfigure things, manager Matt Williams decided to push his top two…
Apr 8, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman wants to play and help the Nationals as best he can. The Nationals want Zimmerman to play and help them as best he can. At the moment, the best place for him to do that is at third base. So Zimmerman, dealing with significant pain in his right shoulder that is unlikely to…
Apr 8, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT
Some four hours before tonight’s scheduled first pitch, Ryan Zimmerman was out on the field, making sidearm throws across the diamond from third base to first base. He then huddled up with Matt Williams, Nationals coaches and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz for several minutes before heading back down the dugout tunnel. The verdict: Zimmerman,…
Apr 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
It’s been three days since Ryan Zimmerman last took his position in the field for the Nationals, departing abruptly after his latest attempt to throw the ball across the diamond sailed over Adam LaRoche’s head with minimal velocity and maximum awkwardness. Since then, Zimmerman has had a chance to rest. He has had his right…
Apr 6, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT
Whew. Three stories about Nationals’ injuries later, and it’s time for the game thread. We’re just five games into the Nats’ 2014 season and what a ride it has been. Today the Nationals have a game to play, and it’s about as important as an April game can be. They will look to avoid a…
Apr 6, 2014, 12:53 AM EDT
Whether there has been a mental component to Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing issues over the last two-plus years remains a topic of discussion. There is no debating, however, the physical component of this longstanding problem, as became painfully obvious Saturday night during the Nationals’ 6-2 loss to the Braves. After committing another ghastly throwing error in…
Apr 5, 2014, 10:42 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For three innings Saturday night, the crowd of 37,841 at Nationals Park had ample reason to get excited and believe the hometown club would make progress in overcoming the psychological demons that are the rival Braves. And then Ryan Zimmerman attempted to make a routine throw across the diamond in the…
Apr 5, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT
Updated at 1:10 a.m. Bryce Harper exudes confidence like few, if any, 21-year-olds have in baseball history. So when the Nationals left fielder shows a rare display of doubt, as he did following the Nationals’ 6-2 loss to the Braves on Saturday night, it’s perhaps more striking than any home run he hits or laser…
Apr 5, 2014, 3:36 PM EDT
There’s no such thing as a must-win game on April 5. There simply isn’t. Now, having made that disclaimer, the Nationals sure would like to win tonight’s game against the Braves. Not because it would have any dramatic effect on the NL East standings less than one week into the season. But because another loss…
Apr 4, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT
Matt Williams wants his Nationals to be aggressive on the bases. That much he has made clear since the day he was introduced as the club’s new manager. Williams, though, always adds one important caveat to that sentiment. “We want to take advantage of it when it’s there for us,” he said. “But we also…
Apr 4, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With fanfare, somber event remembrances and award presentations, the Nationals took the field for their home opener amid plenty of buzz. Then baseball took center stage, and a tense, nip-and-tuck ballgame between two talented division rivals broke out. Jordan Zimmermann, still battling the stomach virus that prevented him from starting yesterday…
Apr 4, 2014, 12:09 PM EDT
The Nationals’ $134 million payroll, by far their largest in 10 seasons since arriving in the District, can’t be stretched much more without new sources of revenue, principal owner Mark Lerner said Friday. “We’re beyond topped out,” Lerner said prior to the Nationals’ home opener. “Our payroll, as you know, has skyrocketed to about $140…
Apr 4, 2014, 9:37 AM EDT
The Nationals have listed Jordan Zimmermann as their starting pitcher for today’s home opener against the Braves. Zimmermann, who was scratched from yesterday’s start in New York with a nasty stomach virus, came home early and was hopeful of pitching this game. It appears his condition has improved enough to take the mound this afternoon.
Apr 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
For all the rehashing and overanalyzing that took place at the end of the 2013 season, anyone who was trying to figure out what went wrong for the Nationals really could point to one simple fact: They couldn’t beat the Braves.
Apr 3, 2014, 6:04 PM EDT
It surely takes more than three games for a ballclub to establish an identity, and there’s no telling what may transpire over the next 5 7/8 months to shape the 2014 Washington Nationals.
But Matt Williams and Mike Rizzo wanted to put together a resilient team, one that obviously is loaded with talent but more importantly boasts the maturity, intensity and depth that so often is required to win ballgames when talent alone isn’t enough.
Apr 3, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT
Having already won the first two games at Citi Field, and with Jordan Zimmermann a late scratch due to a nasty stomach virus, the Nationals had to feel like anything positive that happened today would be the cherry on top of a successful season-opening series. Well, this turned into a whopper of a hot fudge sundae, because the Nats once again did everything right in trouncing the Mets to complete a series sweep.
Apr 3, 2014, 12:10 PM EDT
Well, this wasn’t quite the scenario anyone expected today, with Tanner Roark starting the Nationals’ third game of the season. But with Jordan Zimmermann severely under the weather — he has a fever, was up all night vomiting and is receiving fluids now to combat dehydration — Matt Williams had to call an audible and gave the ball to Roark for this series finale at Citi Field.
Apr 3, 2014, 10:16 AM EDT
The Nationals were forced to scratch Jordan Zimmermann from today’s scheduled start against the Mets when the right-hander came down with flu-like symptoms and now will send Tanner Roark to the mound instead for their 1:10 p.m. series finale at Citi Field.
Apr 2, 2014, 11:46 PM EDT
As Gio Gonzalez took off for the plate, legs churning, arms flailing, it suddenly became obvious to everyone inside Citi Field that the Nationals pitcher had no idea his drive to deep left-center had been ruled a home run. The ball was no longer in play. So, when exactly did Gonzalez finally come to that conclusion? “When I touched home,” he said. “I think it was the fastest home run jog in baseball.”
Apr 2, 2014, 10:11 PM EDT
Gio Gonzalez dominated on the mound and at the plate, launching his third career home run, as the Nationals beat the Mets Wednesday night to improve to 2-0 on the young season.
Apr 2, 2014, 8:24 PM EDT
Bryce Harper passed more concussion tests late Wednesday afternoon before the Nationals let their young star play two days after his scary collision in Monday’s season opener against the Mets.
Apr 2, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT
NEW YORK — Doug Fister is set to resume a throwing program on Thursday, the right-hander’s first step back from a strained lat muscle that prevented him from opening the season on-time for the Nationals. Fister took five days off after first feeling the injury one week ago during a minor-league spring training game. Already…
Apr 2, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT
NEW YORK — Wilson Ramos was dealing with left wrist pain during the final week of spring training, but the Nationals had no reason to believe at the time it would lead to a broken hamate bone.
Apr 2, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT
Gio Gonzalez makes his first start of the season, leading the Nationals back into Citi Field to face veteran Bartolo Colon, who makes his Mets debut. The Nationals will be without Wilson Ramos, who had hand surgery earlier today, and will feature a lineup that includes Anthony Rendon batting second, Adam LaRoche batting cleanup and Bryce Harper batting sixth.
NL EAST STANDINGS
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
Full season schedule
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...
MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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