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  1. Nats add Grace, Martin as September call-ups

    Sep 2, 2015, 4:59 PM EDT

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    The second wave of September call-ups for the Nationals took place on Wednesday, as relievers Matt Grace and Rafael Martin were added to the roster, which now sits at 30. Both pitchers were recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. Grace, 26, joins the Nats for the first time since going to the minors on June 1. In…

  2. The Baseball Show: Is Span’s Nats career over?

    Sep 1, 2015, 11:53 AM EDT

    USA Today

    The Nationals are coming off a bad loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, one that puts them in jeopardy of losing the momentum they had built over the previous 12 games. But although they were winning before they traveled to St. Louis, it was a tough week in regards to their overall health. Denard Span went down…

  3. State of the Nats: Cardinals up next

    Aug 31, 2015, 11:31 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Cardinals up next – The Nationals must feel pretty good about themselves coming out of the weekend. They beat the Marlins to secure their fourth consecutive series win. They have now won six of their last eight and nine of their last 12. They even gained a rare game on New York on Saturday, while the…

  4. Taylor returns to lineup with a bang

    Aug 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    When the Nationals realized on Thursday that center fielder Denard Span would be lost for the season, they knew exactly who to turn to. Sitting on their bench was rookie Michael Taylor, the heir apparent at the position, who had mostly thrived this season while Span was recovering from injuries. But then Thursday night’s game…

  5. Strasburg leaves Nats win with injury

    Aug 30, 2015, 6:32 PM EDT

    USA Today

    For the second time in a span of four days, the Nationals won a game that was defined by an unfortunate injury to one of their best players. On Thursday, they beat the Padres but lost Denard Span. Michael Taylor and Yunel Escobar also left the game banged up. It was a pyrrhic victory. They…

  6. Nats 7, Marlins 4: Nationals start slow, rebound for series win

    Aug 30, 2015, 4:42 PM EDT

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals came out flat on Sunday afternoon against the Marlins and went down early as Stephen Strasburg ran into trouble in the first inning. For the first half of the afternoon, it looked like they were going to stumble their way into St. Louis for a big series beginning on Monday. But…

  7. Game 129: Marlins at Nats

    Aug 30, 2015, 12:05 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to win their fourth consecutive series, a feat that would set them up rather nicely for a huge series early this coming week in St. Louis against the MLB-best Cardinals. It’s a good opportunity for some positive momentum to take on the road and the Nats will have…

  8. Nats gain a rare game on the Mets

    Aug 29, 2015, 10:57 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Ten days over the course of a six-month baseball season is not a long time, but in a pennant race it can seem like an eternity. For the Nats, that’s how long it took for them to finally gain a game in the NL East on the New York Mets, who lately seem like they…

  9. Nats 5, Marlins 1: Zimmermann, Nationals bounce back

    Aug 29, 2015, 9:30 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: As bad as things have looked after the many disappointing losses the Nats have endured recently, including Friday’s, much can change on a given night. Saturday’s 5-1 win didn’t solve all of their problems, but coupled with a Mets’ loss to the Red Sox, and the fortunes of both teams look a…

  10. Span’s season is over, and maybe his Nats career as well

    Aug 29, 2015, 5:51 PM EDT

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    Just 72 hours before he was set to undergo season-ending surgery on his left hip, Denard Span stood at his locker in the Nationals clubhouse to address the media, all but resigned to the fact his career in Washington is almost certain to be over. Just four days earlier he spoke to reporters in the…

  11. Game 128: Marlins at Nats

    Aug 29, 2015, 4:50 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals dropped the series opener in disappointing fashion on Friday night, but they have a chance on Saturday to get even with the Marlins and set themselves up for another series win. Starting for the Nats will be Jordan Zimmermann (8-10, 3.54), who has not been good in his two most recent outings. He…

  12. Ross shines, but pulled early for innings limit

    Aug 28, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    The Nationals alluded to the limitations they were ready to apply on starter Joe Ross on Tuesday, as the rookie is already in uncharted territory in terms of innings pitched this season. Tanner Roark was sent to Single-A Potomac to stretch out his arm with the plan to return in September and take Ross’ rotation…

  13. Updated: Taylor leaves game after colliding with wall

    Aug 27, 2015, 11:13 PM EDT

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    [Updated: 11:13 p.m.] Just two innings after Yunel Escobar left with a right hand contusion, the Nationals saw another player go down in their game against the Padres on Thursday night. Michael Taylor was removed after colliding with the center field wall on a long flyball hit by Melvin Upton, Jr. in the top of…

  14. Updated: Escobar leaves game with right hand contusion

    Aug 27, 2015, 11:09 PM EDT

    USA Today

    [Updated 11:09 p.m.] Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar left Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Padres with a right hand contusion after being hit by a 97 mile per hour fastball during an at-bat against Andrew Cashner. Escobar with hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning. The HBP scored a run, but…

  15. Span sits to rest sore back; notes on Carpenter, Johnson & McLouth

    Aug 27, 2015, 5:16 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    Denard Span returned off the disabled list on Tuesday to give the Nationals’ their first complete lineup of the season. Then, on Wednesday night he landed two doubles and scored a run. But on Thursday, Span was out of the lineup after feeling soreness in his back, the same area of the injury that kept him…

  16. Game 126: Padres at Nats

    Aug 27, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    It was a tough loss on Wednesday night, but the Nationals enter Thursday with a chance to win their third consecutive series, something they haven’t done since June 19-28. Rookie Joe Ross (4-5, 3.56) will get the start against his former organization. The Padres traded Ross to the Nationals as part of a three-team deal…

  17. Strasburg keeps leading the charge

    Aug 26, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Stephen Strasburg has quite easily been the Nationals’ best pitcher over the last few weeks since he returned from the disabled list on Aug. 8, and that trend continued in Tuesday night’s win over the San Diego Padres. The Nationals right-hander overcame a second-inning home run by Jedd Gyorko to go six strong innings of…

  18. Roark to become starter and likely replace Ross

    Aug 25, 2015, 7:10 PM EDT

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    With Denard Span ready to rejoin the team after an extended stint on the disabled list, the Nationals have optioned reliever Tanner Roark to Single-A Potomac. While that may seem like a demotion for Roark, the three-year veteran will have a rewarding goal to work towards. The Nats plan to transition Roark back to starting and…

  19. Updated: Nats call up Span, option Roark

    Aug 25, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT

    AP

    [Updated 5:35 p.m.] With just 39 games remaining on their schedule and a 5 1/2-game deficit to make up in the NL East, the Nationals got a big boost to their chances on Tuesday with the activation of Denard Span from the disabled list. Span returns after over six weeks on the DL while he…

  20. The Baseball Show: Positive signs as Span nears return

    Aug 25, 2015, 12:10 PM EDT

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    On this week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show,’ much of the focus was on the productive last few days for the Nats and whether they can continue moving in the right direction. Mark discussed several topics with Joe Orsulak and host Sebastian Salazar including Anthony Rendon’s recent surge, Jayson Werth’s success in the leadoff spot…

  21. Espinosa again makes most of opportunity

    Aug 24, 2015, 5:35 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Since the return of Anthony Rendon on July 25, the Nationals have had a logjam in their infield. And lately that has become even more evident thanks to the improved play of not only Rendon, but Ian Desmond as well. Finding Danny Espinosa playing time, in particular, has become a challenge at times. When Desmond and…

  22. State of the Nats: Span very close; Harper on shifts

    Aug 24, 2015, 12:39 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Span looks very close – Denard Span completed his sixth minor league rehab assignment game on Sunday and went 1-for-3 with Double-A Harrisburg. The Nats center fielder is now 7-for-17 (.412) with a homer, three walks, an RBI, six runs and one steal in 20 total plate appearances since he began playing again. Those are…

  23. Nats again build momentum with another series win

    Aug 23, 2015, 6:53 PM EDT

    USA Today

    The beginning of the Nationals’ weekend series against the lowly Milwaukee Brewers was about as unfortunate as they come. The Nats were blown out by a bad team on the first day of what is by all accounts a very important homestand. That followed a tough loss to the Colorado Rockies, one that saw Max Scherzer lose to Yohan…

  24. Nats 9, Brewers 5: Offense explodes to secure series win

    Aug 23, 2015, 4:39 PM EDT

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It had been nearly two months since the Nationals won consecutive series, and it finally came against two of the worst teams in baseball, but the Nats’ performance to finish the weekend was a convincing sign of progress, nonetheless. After dominating the Brewers on Saturday night, the Nats followed suit with a 9-5…

  25. Game 123: Brewers at Nats

    Aug 23, 2015, 12:15 PM EDT

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    The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to win their second consecutive series, something they have not done since June 23-28. That is yet another mind-boggling fact about the 2015 Nationals, but here we are in August with the Nats hoping for an important series win against one of the worst teams in baseball. Jordan…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

WLGB
NEW YORK7459
WASHINGTON67656.5
MIAMI557919.5
ATLANTA547920.0
PHILADELPHIA538121.5
*Through Wednesday's games

NL WILD CARD STANDINGS

WLGB
PITTSBURGH7952+4.5
CHICAGO7557
SAN FRANCISCO69646.5
WASHINGTON67658.0
*Through Wednesday's games

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