Sep 4, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper finally admitted Wednesday his ailing left hip is bothering him, so manager Davey Johnson gave his young outfielder the night off. Harper, though, also admitted he hasn’t been close to 100 percent healthy for the vast majority of this season, certainly not since he collided with the right field wall in…
Sep 4, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals, at minimum, need to win every series they play over the season’s final month. So they’ve put themselves in position to do that tonight at Citizens Bank Park, if they can take the series finale from the Phillies and take two of three here. Obviously, they’ll need to win more than…
Sep 4, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT
The Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 4-3 Team slash: .298/.365/.450 Team ERA: 3.77 Runs per game: 5.0 Opponent runs per game: 4.4 Opponent slash: .262/.323/.375 HOT Tanner Roark, RP: 0-0/1.69 ERA/1.31 WHIP/5.1 IP/5 K Row-ark has emerged as quite the valuable bullpen piece, and while he isn’t always called upon in the highest-leverage…
Sep 4, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals know Wilson Ramos has the skills to be an everyday catcher in the big leagues. They just don’t know if he has the body to do it. So they’re using this final month of the season to find out once and for all. Ramos on Tuesday started his 12th consecutive game…
Sep 4, 2013, 12:51 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — They won’t be adding the footage of Tuesday night’s 9-6 Nationals victory over the Phillies to one of those instructional baseball videos that are advertised late at night. Any evidence of this game — which featured a combined 347 pitches, 13 walks, five wild pitches, a hit batter, a balk, four errors, a…
Sep 3, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: This won’t go down as the prettiest game the Nationals have played this season. But it’s a win, and at this point that’s the only thing that matters. Gio Gonzalez battled wildness (three walks, two wild pitches) and poor defense behind him (three errors). Wilson Ramos, starting his 12th consecutive game…
Sep 3, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals made their final round of September call-ups on Tuesday, promoting five more players from Class AAA Syracuse, including infielder Zach Walters. More significant than those were were brought up for the season’s final month, though, was one player who didn’t get the call: Danny Espinosa. The Nationals’ Opening Day second baseman,…
Sep 3, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Despite all the hubbub last night and this morning over Bryce Harper and whether he’s fit to play or not, Davey Johnson was pretty clear all along he planned to keep Harper in his lineup. And sure enough, Bryce is batting third and starting in left field tonight against the Phillies. Obviously, there…
Sep 3, 2013, 10:11 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Anybody watching Bryce Harper during Monday night’s 3-2 loss to the Phillies could tell the Nationals outfielder was less than 100 percent healthy. Harper took awkward swings, he labored to get down the first-base line and he gingerly took his position in the field between innings. In the middle of the third inning,…
Sep 3, 2013, 12:29 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — If and when the Nationals officially are eliminated from the playoff race later this month — and “when” is looking more and more likely than “if” at the moment — they may be tempted to harken back to their toughest losses of the season, the ones that they just knew would come back…
Sep 2, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: A 9-game road trip for the Nationals opened with a big-time pitching showdown between Stephen Strasburg and Cole Hamels, and the matchup lived up to the billing. Each ace allowed only one run on two hits, though neither factored into the decision, departing with the game tied 1-1. The Nationals took…
Sep 2, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Roger Bernadina never wanted to leave the Nationals, the organization that signed him as a teenager and retained him for 12 years. But the outfielder understood why Washington released him two weeks ago and has embraced his new affiliation with the Phillies. “Of course you want to be in the organization. Of course…
Sep 2, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where it was raining a short while ago (hence the tarp covering the infield in the accompanying photo) but has since cleared up. There is a slight chance of more rain later tonight, which at this point should come as no surprise because Stephen Strasburg is on the…
Sep 2, 2013, 1:40 AM EDT
You could look at the Nats’ chip-away, comeback win Sunday night against the Mets as their most satisfying victory of the season thus far, or merely an avoidance of disaster. The alternative would have been a sweep to an injury-riddled team just as they head on a pivotal road trip. However you classify it, the…
Sep 1, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT
After losing the first two of this weekend series with the New York Mets, the Nationals will send Ross Ohlendorf to the mound looking to avoid the sweep. They sit 7 1/2 games out of the NL Wild Card with 27 games remaining on their schedule, this the first of their final month of the…
Sep 1, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT
[Updated 6:35 p.m.] The Washington Nationals began expanding their roster with September call-ups on Sunday, promoting pitchers Erik Davis and Ian Krol from Triple-A Syracuse, as well as catcher Sandy Leon from Double-A Harrisburg. The Nats are expected to call up more players in the coming days as both the Chiefs’ and Senators’ schedules end…
Sep 1, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT
Coming off a series opening loss to the New York Mets, the Nats entered Saturday’s game hoping for the consistent Dan Haren they’ve come to know over the last two months. Perhaps the resurgent veteran could be their stopper. Instead Haren imploded early for the second consecutive outing and left his team with what proved…
Aug 31, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT
The Nationals didn’t exactly start this series in the ideal way, taking the loss with some questions about Bryce Harper’s effort coming out on Friday night. Today they try to turn the page and get back to their recent winning ways with Dan Haren on the mound. Haren (8-11, 4.66) is coming off his worst…
Aug 31, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT
With the Nationals closing the NL Wild Card deficit to 6.5 games this past week, there is a renewed hope that a playoff berth is possible. Mark, Jim Duquette and Chris Miller took stock of the Nats as they move into the month of September on last night’s Baseball Show. In the first video they…
Aug 30, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT
Davey Johnson had to leave Friday night’s game in the fourth inning after feeling lightheaded following a bout of dehydration earlier in the day, but the Nationals manager insisted he’s fine. “I’ll survive,” the 70-year-old skipper said as he departed the Nationals clubhouse only a few minutes after his team lost 3-2 to the Mets.…
Aug 30, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: After feasting on the hapless Marlins to begin this homestand, the Nationals hoped to continue the trend against a Mets club that has been decimated by injuries and trades. But the Nats forgot they had to face Dillon Gee, who for some reason has been as tough a foe as they’ve…
Aug 30, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT
Fresh of a sweep of the Marlins, their fifth series win in their last six overall, the Nationals pick up again on Friday night against the lowly New York Mets. It presents yet another opportunity for the Nats to take advantage of a reeling opponent as they try to chip away at a 6.5 game…
Aug 30, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT
It’s easy to over-analyze everything that happens in baseball, with so many nuances and so much downtime fostering that tendency, but the Nationals right now are trying their darndest to avoid that temptation. They know they’ve been playing much better ball for three weeks, they know they’ve been making up ground in the standings and…
Aug 29, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: The Nationals have lacked a killer instinct much of this season, but when presented with the opportunity to deliver a knockout blow to the woeful Marlins tonight, they did just that. Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond all clubbed multi-run homers to ignite this suddenly resurgent lineup. Ryan Zimmerman reached…
Aug 29, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT
The Nationals entered this homestand knowing they had an opportunity to feast on the bottom feeders of the NL East, and so far they’ve made the most of the opportunity. They’ve taken back-to-back games from the last-place Marlins and tonight they seek a series sweep, their eighth win in nine games and their 14th in…
NL EAST STANDINGS
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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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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