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  1. Game 22: Angels at Nats

    Apr 23, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    If the Nationals want to avoid getting swept tonight by the Angels, they might want to at least give themselves a fighting chance and not dig themselves into an early hole yet again. Nine times this season they have given up at least two runs in the first inning; five times they’ve given up at…

  2. How secure is Jordan’s rotation spot?

    Apr 23, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals intended all along for both Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan to retain their spots in the starting rotation until Doug Fister was ready to return from a strained lat muscle, likely in early-May. At that point, the club would decide which young right-hander deserved to remain in the rotation and which one would…

  3. Pujols and Nats alike savor milestone homers

    Apr 22, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

    AP

    Updated at 11:55 p.m. Some around the baseball world recently had been questioning whether the significance of 500 home runs had diminished, especially in the wake of the steroid era. Try telling Albert Pujols what he accomplished Tuesday night at Nationals Park wasn’t significant. The veteran slugger understands the magnitude of what he just did,…

  4. Instant analysis: Angels 7, Nats 2

    Apr 22, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Bryce Harper and Mike Trout drew all the attention when this series began. Tonight, though, a far more-established star reminded everyone just how special he is. Albert Pujols became just the 26th player in baseball history to join the 500 Home Run Club, launching a pair of blasts off right-hander Taylor…

  5. Fister pitches 3 innings, on track for May 7 return

    Apr 22, 2014, 5:26 PM EDT

    AP

    Doug Fister pitched three innings in an extended spring training game Tuesday and reported no problems with his strained lat muscle, leaving the right-hander on track to join the Nationals’ rotation in about two weeks. Fister threw 44 pitches and “felt really good with it,” according to manager Matt Williams. On the disabled list since…

  6. Game 21: Angels at Nats

    Apr 22, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    For those who were wondering if Matt Williams might give the struggling Ian Desmond a mental night off, the answer is no. At least not on this night. Desmond, who last night committed his MLB-leading eighth and ninth errors of the young season, is right back in there at shortstop against Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs.…

  7. Barrett recalled, Williams considers late-inning roles

    Apr 22, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

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    Updated at 6:07 p.m. The Nationals, as expected, recalled right-hander Aaron Barrett from Class AAA on Tuesday and optioned lefty Xavier Cedeno back to Syracuse in a bullpen-bolstering move. Barrett, who dominated in his first two weeks as a major-league reliever and retired 13-of-16 batters faced, was sent down April 12 when the Nationals needed…

  8. Williams shows faith in Clippard despite struggles

    Apr 22, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    AP

    Tyler Clippard has been among baseball’s most-effective relievers for more than four years now, and he has shown an ability to bounce back from several rough stretches along the way. Which is why Nationals manager Matt Williams has continued to show faith in the 29-year-old set-up man and why he didn’t hesitate to stick with…

  9. Instant analysis: Angels 4, Nats 2

    Apr 21, 2014, 10:24 PM EDT

    AP

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It was billed as a star-studded showdown between Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, but the two phenom outfielders played little role in the outcome of this game. Instead, unheralded starting pitchers Tanner Roark and Garrett Richards kept pitching themselves out of jams, with a lone fourth-inning run manufactured by the Nationals…

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

    Apr 21, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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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…

  11. Nats grind their way to walk-off victory

    Apr 20, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

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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…

  12. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Cardinals 2

    Apr 20, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT

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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…

  13. Espinosa making the most of everyday opportunity

    Apr 20, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT

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    The Nationals were adamant about retaining Danny Espinosa on the heels of a disastrous 2013, despite interest from other clubs over the winter, for one simple reason: He would be their best option to take over an everyday role in the event of injury to any of their starting infielders. Sure enough, with Ryan Zimmerman…

  14. Game 19: Cardinals at Nats

    Apr 20, 2014, 10:21 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  15. Nationals respond to Williams’ challenge

    Apr 18, 2014, 11:31 PM EDT

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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…

  16. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Cardinals 1

    Apr 18, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

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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…

  17. Ramos takes first swings since hand surgery

    Apr 18, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT

    AP

    Wilson Ramos took a key step Friday in his return from a broken bone in his left hand, taking light swings for the first time since suffering the injury on Opening Day and reporting no discomfort. “No pain,” the Nationals catcher said. “Not sore. It just feels a little weak.” Ramos broke the hamate bone…

  18. Game 17: Cardinals at Nats

    Apr 18, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  19. First real test for Williams, Nationals

    Apr 18, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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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…

  20. Instant analysis: Cardinals 8, Nats 0

    Apr 17, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT

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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 —…

  21. MLB Power Rankings: Brewers making noise

    Apr 17, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Here is our first installment of MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: Click here to launch photo gallery. 1. Atlanta Braves – Zuckerman: If only they could play the Nationals every single night. 2. Oakland Athletics – Roney: Who would’ve thought trading for a closer wouldn’t…

  22. Better late than never

    Apr 17, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    We begin with a caveat that should be included in just about any analysis written about a major-league ballclub before the calendar shifts to May: It’s early, so it’s entirely possible this trend won’t sustain itself over the full season. But it has become the defining quality of the 2014 Nationals, at least to date:…

  23. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Marlins 3

    Apr 16, 2014, 9:48 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Desperate to close out a rough road trip on a high note, the Nationals found themselves in a familiar position tonight: Trailing early. Derek Dietrich’s fourth-inning homer off Tanner Roark left the Nationals in a 3-0 hole and surely left some wondering whether this would continue to spiral downward as several…

  24. Game 15: Nats at Marlins

    Apr 16, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

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    On the heels of a blowout loss last night, which came on the heels of a sweep in Atlanta last weekend, the Nationals wrap up their road trip tonight facing quite a stiff challenge: Jose Fernandez. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year is on the mound for the Marlins, having thoroughly dominated the Nats…

  25. Harper finding his groove at last

    Apr 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Ever since declaring himself “pretty lost right now” at the plate nine days ago, Bryce Harper has been reluctant to say much of anything about himself. Even though the results of the last week suggest he’s anything but lost anymore. “I feel pretty good,” was the extent of Harper’s self-evaluation Sunday evening after…

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