Sep 20, 2014, 10:09 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Boosted by the return of Ryan Zimmerman after a two-month DL stint, the Nationals came out of the gates a bit sluggish tonight. They fell into a 2-0 hole via a Little League home run that featured errors by both Denard Span and Jordan Zimmermann. They also grounded into three straight…
Sep 20, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT
MIAMI — Ryan Zimmerman is back in the Nationals’ lineup, that much he knows. What the veteran slugger doesn’t know is how much of a factor he’ll be in the Nats’ upcoming postseason run after missing the last two months with a major hamstring injury that still hasn’t completely healed. “I won’t be 100 percent…
Sep 20, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT
MIAMI — The Nationals have played great baseball for the last two months, going 34-21 to win the NL East and assume the top spot in the entire NL heading into the season’s final week. But they have every reason to believe they’re an even better team now that Ryan Zimmerman has returned from a…
Sep 19, 2014, 11:39 PM EDT
MIAMI — They’ve got the National League’s best record. They’ve been on a tear this month, going 12-6 in September. They’ve been even better on this final road trip of the regular season, winning 7 of 9 after Friday night’s 3-2 victory over the Marlins. And now the Nationals are about to be completely healthy…
Sep 19, 2014, 9:57 PM EDT
GAME IN NUTSHELL: With Adam LaRoche back in the lineup and Ryan Zimmerman back in the dugout, the Nationals looked complete as a ballclub for this game. And though they didn’t necessarily play their best game of the last week, they still managed to do enough right to improve to 7-2 on this final road…
Sep 19, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT
MIAMI — Ryan Zimmerman has completed his rehab stint in Viera, Fla., will rejoin the Nationals tonight at Marlins Park and is likely to be activated off the disabled list in time for Saturday night’s game. Manager Matt Williams said the injured slugger passed his final test in Viera — seven innings in left field…
Sep 19, 2014, 3:43 PM EDT
MIAMI — Matt Williams, as promised, will keep playing all his regulars down the stretch. And tonight, that really means all his regulars. Adam LaRoche returns after sitting out last night’s game to nurse his ailing back. Everybody else remains. (And Ryan Zimmerman could rejoin the group tomorrow, by the way). Meantime, Doug Fister is…
Sep 19, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
MIAMI — We’ve seen several moments in the last few weeks that have suggested Bryce Harper has finally turned a big corner at the plate, and we saw another one Thursday night late in the Nationals’ 6-2 win over the Marlins. Facing left-hander Dan Jennings out of the bullpen, Harper mashed a double off the…
Sep 18, 2014, 11:28 PM EDT
MIAMI — A month ago, when he was laboring through the toughest stretch of his Nationals career, Gio Gonzalez noted that he felt like he was still trying to catch up to the rest of his rotation mates after missing a month with shoulder inflammation. Perhaps that was Gonzalez’s biggest problem all along: He was…
Sep 18, 2014, 9:57 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals put most of their regulars — all but Adam LaRoche, still nursing a sore back — in the lineup Thursday, but for three innings you would’ve thought the backups were again. Miami left-hander Brad Hand retired the first 10 batters he faced, causing perhaps a mild stir among the…
Sep 18, 2014, 6:40 PM EDT
MIAMI — While the rest of the Nationals regulars returned to the lineup Thursday night against the Marlins, Adam LaRoche was given another day off to rest his lower back, which has been tight off and on for several weeks now. LaRoche’s condition actually is better now than it was in the past when he…
Sep 18, 2014, 3:44 PM EDT
MIAMI — Hello from Marlins Park … well, actually I’m not at Marlins Park at the moment I type this. I’m at a TV studio in downtown Miami getting ready for today’s Baseball Show on Comcast SportsNet. We’ll be on live at 4 p.m., talking about the Nationals’ division clincher, what they’re going to do…
Sep 18, 2014, 11:11 AM EDT
30,000 FEET ABOVE GEORGIA — With the NL East title locked up, the focus for the Nationals shifts away from the field and toward the questions this team must answer before its postseason run begins two weeks from Friday. And there is no greater question, as manager Matt Williams admitted yesterday, than Ryan Zimmerman’s status…
Sep 17, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT
ATLANTA — On the day after they clinched the NL East title, they rested. Having expended significant amounts of effort both physical and mental over the last six months to win their division — and having celebrated the accomplishment deep into Wednesday morning — members of the Nationals starting lineup were given a collective day…
Sep 17, 2014, 9:52 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: They won the NL East title Tuesday and celebrated deep into the night, so Matt Williams decided to give all of his regulars Wednesday night off. Really, all of them. The Nationals fielded a lineup made up entirely of veteran backups and September call-ups, with rookie Blake Treinen getting the ball…
Sep 17, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Though the lineup they fielded Wednesday night wouldn’t suggest it, the Nationals say they will play most of their regulars over the final week and a half of the regular season and attempt to secure home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs. Manager Matt Williams gave all of his regulars Wednesday’s game off,…
Sep 17, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Contrary to what you might think when you look at tonight’s lineup, the Nationals are not playing a split-squad game in Lake Buena Vista. They are indeed playing an actual Major League Baseball game in Atlanta. It counts in the standings and everything. You just won’t find any regulars on the field. Matt…
Sep 17, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Nearly every member of the Nationals organization made a point last night, amid the flowing champagne and beer and other chaos that ensued, to say their clinching of the NL East title is only the first step toward what they hope are several more celebrations to come in the next few weeks. Most…
Sep 17, 2014, 1:11 PM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance… Record: 5-2 Team slash: .253/.333/.407 Team ERA: 2.18 Runs per game: 4.42 STOCK UP Matt Williams, Manager This is a little unorthodox of a selection, but since the Nationals clinched the NL East Tuesday night you almost have to take a step back and credit the manager.…
Sep 17, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
ATLANTA — When the Nationals clinched their first-ever NL East title two years ago, the ensuing celebration stayed mostly on the field at Nationals Park, where fans could soak it all in along with the players. This time, the Nats clinched the division on the road, so everything was confined to the visitors’ clubhouse at…
Sep 16, 2014, 9:48 PM EDT
Updated at 11:55 p.m. ATLANTA — It wasn’t supposed to be this easy. Sure, the Nationals entered 2014 as consensus favorites to win the NL East on the heels of a disappointing, 86-win season. But most teams don’t just run away with a division title, certainly not when they’re deadlocked with their chief rivals as…
Sep 16, 2014, 6:37 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Ryan Zimmerman played three innings at first base and roped a pair of doubles in five at-bats Tuesday during a simulated game in Viera, Fla., emerging healthy and confident he’ll be able to rejoin the Nationals soon. “Zim did great today,” manager Matt Williams said, based on the reports he got from the…
Sep 16, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT
ATLANTA — They gathered in Viera, Fla., seven months ago with this in mind, then survived the grind of spring training and a long baseball season to put themselves on the precipice of a division title. And tonight, the Nationals have a chance to do something they didn’t get to do even when they won…
Sep 16, 2014, 1:54 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES Simply put, it’s not looking good for Atlanta’s postseason chances. In a week in which their season was on the line in each and every game, the Braves dropped five of six and are perilously close to elimination. They’re now 4 1/2 games out of the second wild card spot and there’s no reason to…
Sep 16, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT
ATLANTA — It unfortunately got overshadowed amid the EKG that was the bottom of the ninth inning last night, but it should not be lost altogether: Stephen Strasburg pitched one of the best games of his life to beat the Braves and put the Nationals on the cusp of the NL East title. And given…
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