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  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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:…

  4. Despite loss, Nats happy to welcome Rendon back

    Jun 5, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT

    Jun 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon (6) at bat against the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    It was all setting up for a Hollywood-esque ending for Anthony Rendon in his first game back with the Nationals. The 24-year-old infielder, who made his long-awaited 2015 debut Thursday night after months rehabbing from knee and oblique injuries, stood at the plate in bottom of the ninth inning with two on and two out…

  5. Williams gives updates on Fister, Solis and Strasburg

    Jun 4, 2015, 6:17 PM EDT

    May 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) pitches during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Pitchers Doug Fister, Sammy Solis and Stephen Strasburg have all made progress in their respective rehab stints, according to manager Matt Williams. Fister, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 17 with forearm tightness, threw around 40 pitches in the bullpen Thursday afternoon. The Nationals have had Tanner Roark in the rotation…

  6. Around the NL East: Will the Mets’ six-man rotation work?

    Jun 4, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee throws a pitch against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of baseball game Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    ATLANTA BRAVES If Nationals fans thought their team’s bullpen had issues, take a look at what’s going on with the Braves these days. In a recent 10-game road trip, Atlanta relievers allowed 22 earned runs in 22 innings of work, with the most egregious effort coming Wednesday night after a 6-0 Braves lead turned into…

  7. Stock Watch: Bullpen has a rough week

    Jun 3, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton (59), shortstop Ian Desmond (20) and relief pitcher Blake Treinen (64) talk on the mound during the seventh inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays at Nationals Park, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in Washington. The Blue Jays won 7-3. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    The Nationals had a rough time trying to hold teams down late in games this past week. That and more on this edition of Stock Watch.

  8. MLB Power Rankings: Astros, Twins are early season surprises

    May 29, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 27, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis (right) high fives catcher Jason Castro (left) after scoring a run in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-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 – Hughes: (LW: 29) After looking like a playoff team at times last year, the Brewers look headed towards a lengthy rebuild right now. 29. Marlins – Hughes: (LW: 30) I can’t imagine…

  9. Stock Watch: Scherzer showing why he’s the ace

    May 28, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 22, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws to the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 2 - 1. 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: .220/.275/.403 Team ERA: 3.53 Runs per game:  2.3   STOCK UP  Max Scherzer, SP:  2-0/ 19 K/ 0.60 ERA  Who knows if there’s any way a player can truly justify…

  10. Around the NL East: Another week of drama for the Marlins

    May 27, 2015, 2:12 PM EDT

    May 26, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins manager Dan Jennings (26) looks on from the dugout before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES  The retooling Braves continue to tinker with their roster, as the team is reportedly about to send infielder Alberto Callaspo and pitchers Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for veteran third baseman Juan Uribe and reliever Chris Withrow. Callaspo’s departure makes sense, as he had…

  11. Harper showing he can excel at ‘the little things’

    May 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    May 24, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    In the midst of Bryce Harper’s torrid May that has taken the baseball world by storm, it’s been easy to forget that the skill set of the Nationals’ phenom goes well beyond hitting the long ball. Just ask the Philadelphia Phillies, who saw Harper hurt them in more ways than one in the Nats’ 4-1…

  12. Nationals call up Taylor Jordan, option A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse

    May 24, 2015, 11:56 AM EDT

    Apr 28, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher A.J. Cole pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals have called up right hander Taylor Jordan and optioned A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse, the team announced before Sunday’s game vs. the Phillies. The move comes one day after Cole pitched four-plus innings in relief. With Tanner Roark slated to start his first game of the season in Chicago Monday, the Nationals were in…

  13. MLB Power Rankings: Marlins falling, Phillies rising

    May 22, 2015, 10:33 AM EDT

    May 15, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) connects for a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Braves won 5-3. 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. Marlins – Zuckerman: (LW: 18) Name one reason why anyone should trust Loria/Samson on anything. You can’t. 29. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Starting rotation (4.80 ERA, 1.374 WHIP) is killing them.…

  14. Stock Watch: More than just Harper’s bat getting hot

    May 21, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT

    May 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) hits a home run in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-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: .286/.363/.468 Team ERA: 3.75 Runs per game: 6.3   STOCK UP     Bryce Harper, RF:  .500 AVG/ 3 HR/ 1.751 OPS As Mark Zuckerman stated out recently, at what…

  15. MLB Power Rankings: Cardinals, Royals standing out

    May 15, 2015, 11:50 AM EDT

    May 14, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (13) hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-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 – Hughes: (LW: 30) Scooter Gennett looked like a future All-Star last season, his first full year in the bigs. He’s been awful so far in 2015. 29. Phillies – Hughes: (LW:…

  16. Around the NL East: Can Mets hit consistently?

    May 14, 2015, 1:21 PM EDT

    May 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer (23) grounds out to Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (not pictured) scoring New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (not pictured) in the sixth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES Atlanta continues to scuffle, losing five out of its last six games, including a weekend sweep at the hands of the Nationals. Pitching has been the Braves’ Achilles heel recently, so you’d have to figure it’s only a matter of time before the organization shakes things up to generate a spark. That was…

  17. Stock Watch: Harper’s hot streak continues

    May 13, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 12, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run in sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-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: .357/.396/.619 Team ERA: 5.26 Runs per game: 7.8   STOCK UP     Bryce Harper, RF: 7 HR/ 16 RBI/ 2.181 OPS The way he’s going these days, we’re not sure…

  18. After solid series, Zimmerman hoping to get back on track

    May 11, 2015, 9:16 AM EDT

    May 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) hits a three run home run during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    When the Nationals were scuffling at the plate for the majority of April, the club remained confident that most of its veterans would soon begin performing up to the level of their track records. And if this past weekend is any indication, the hope is that might be the case with Ryan Zimmerman. During the…

  19. Lobaton making the most of his limited opportunities

    May 10, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

    Apr 18, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton (59) hits an RBI double during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    While Saturday’s walk-off win will be remembered for Bryce Harper’s heroics, it was the performance of a part-time bat that underscored the true depth of the Nationals’ lineup. Backup catcher Jose Lobaton, who Matt Williams inserted into the lineup because of his previous success against Braves starter Julio Teheran, justified his manager’s faith in him…

  20. Robinson reflects on Nats tenure after induction to Ring of Honor

    May 9, 2015, 5:52 PM EDT

    May 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Former major league baseball player and manger Frank Robinson speaks with the media on the field before the game between Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals  at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Just before the start of Saturday’s game against the Braves, Nationals fans had a chance to welcome back one of the franchise’s most beloved members. The club honored its first-ever manager, Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who threw out the first pitch and was inducted to the Ring of Honor as apart of celebrating the…

  21. MLB Power Rankings: Nationals, Dodgers climbing

    May 8, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 6, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) is congratulated by manager Matt Williams (9) after the game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 7 - 5. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-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) Craig Counsell is a hero in Milwaukee, but not sure he can save this sinking ship. 29. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Chase Utley’s OPS is…

  22. Stock Watch: Harper’s power display caps bounce-back week

    May 7, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

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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: 5-2 Team slash: .262/.322/.373 Team ERA: 2.32 Runs per game: 3.42   STOCK UP     Bryce Harper, RF: 3 HR/ 8 RBI/ 1.047 OPS   Was there any way he wouldn’t make it…

  23. Around the NL East: Are the Mets falling back to earth?

    May 5, 2015, 1:19 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves have been scuffling of late, especially since last week’s meltdown against the Nationals. The Braves are 2-5 in their last seven games and have fallen to third place in the NL East at 12-14 (not that it matters this early in the season). And even though the season’s barely a month…

  24. MLB Power Rankings: Cubs, Yankees rising fast

    May 1, 2015, 11:48 AM EDT

    Photo by 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. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 30) Injuries have killed their lineup and their rotation may be the worst in baseball. 29. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 29) Aaron Harang (2-2, 2.51) has been a nice…

  25. Around the NL East: Marlins climbing out of early-season hole

    Apr 30, 2015, 11:20 AM EDT

    MLB: Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies

    ATLANTA BRAVES  While Nats fans are still reveling in Tuesday night’s historic comeback victory, imagine what Braves fans are feeling right now. Their hot start to April has dissipated, losing seven of the last 10 games and falling below .500 for the first time this season at 10-11. Worst of all for Atlanta was that…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

WLGB
NEW YORK7056
WASHINGTON63626.5
ATLANTA547316.5
MIAMI517619.5
PHILADELPHIA507720.5
*Through Wednesday's games

NL WILD CARD STANDINGS

WLGB
PITTSBURGH7649+3.0
CHICAGO7352
SAN FRANCISCO67596.5
WASHINGTON636210.0
*Through Wednesday's games

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