May 19, 2015, 10:28 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: An enticing matchup between the red-hot Nationals (featuring the red-hot Bryce Harper) and the first-place Yankees produced some extra buzz at the ballpark Tuesday night. That the opener of this 2-game interleague showdown lived up to the hype only added to the intrigue. The Nationals burst out to a 2-0 lead…
May 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Bryce Harper is receiving a boatload of attention right now, and deservedly so. Win back-to-back NL Player of the Week honors, get talked about a whole lot. But Harper alone is not responsible for the Nationals’ resurgence over the last three weeks. Yes, he has contributed to their 15-4 record since April 28 more than…
May 13, 2015, 2:49 AM EDT
PHOENIX — Stephen Strasburg has never pitched like this, not for a somewhat-prolonged stretch. At least not since he came into anyone’s consciousness outside of his hometown of San Diego. Not in three seasons of college. Not in his two months in the minors. Not since he made his major-league debut nearly five years ago.…
May 12, 2015, 8:55 PM EDT
PHOENIX — The Nationals have always known Wilson Ramos could hit, with the obvious caveat always inserted to the end of that statement: “If he stays healthy.” Well, Ramos has stayed healthy through the season’s first six weeks. And he has hit. The question is: Could the Nationals have known he could hit quite like…
May 12, 2015, 12:23 AM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After sweeping the Braves to complete a impressive homestand, the Nationals headed west, hoping their red-hot bats would continue to show up in the hot, dry, desert air. Did it ever. The Nats blasted Josh Collmenter out of Chase Field, piling up 10 runs in the game’s first two innings to…
May 10, 2015, 5:49 PM EDT
When your teammate hits five home runs in three days including a walk-off shot the night before, it’s easy for accomplishments to go overlooked. Just because a player doesn’t make history, doesn’t mean he isn’t having a heck of a few days himself. Wilson Ramos, for one, has been swinging the bat about as well…
Apr 29, 2015, 9:57 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s far too soon to know whether Tuesday night’s stunning comeback will be the turning point in the Nationals’ season. But it’s probably safe to say this: It certainly woke this team’s bats up. After pounding the shell-shocked Braves for 13 runs during that record-setting rally, the Nationals came right back…
Apr 26, 2015, 5:56 PM EDT
MIAMI — You’re never as bad as you look during a long losing streak, and you’re never as good as you look during a long winning streak, but at what point does the losing start becoming an actual reflection of what you are as a ballclub? Not after a mere 19 games, the Nationals insist.…
Apr 26, 2015, 3:51 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Losers of four straight and in danger of a sweep in Miami, the Nationals desperately needed a good, all-around performance this afternoon. They’re still searching for one after another poorly played ballgame, in every facet. On the mound, Gio Gonzalez was roughed up for six runs over five erratic innings. In…
Apr 17, 2015, 11:51 PM EDT
If there was one minor knock on Max Scherzer upon signing his record-setting contract with the Nationals this winter, it was a reputation for not pitching as deep into games as you might normally expect from a starter who signs a record-setting contract. Three impressive starts into his career in D.C., Scherzer is bucking that…
Apr 15, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT
BOSTON — Odd as it may sound, Tuesday night’s ghastly 8-7 loss at Fenway Park might have been just what the Nationals needed. Yes, that loss featured a calamitous bottom of the seventh, in which the Red Sox scored three runs via three Nats errors and two hit batters. But it also featured a 6-run…
Apr 15, 2015, 4:47 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For the second time on this road trip, the Nationals took the field on getaway day needing a win to avoid an unsightly series sweep. And for the second time, they came through, pounding the Red Sox with their best offensive barrage of the young season to head home feeling much…
Apr 11, 2015, 10:33 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: This may sound familiar: The Nationals got an early home run, couldn’t do much else at the plate and then left little margin for error for their bullpen, which couldn’t hold a late lead. Wilson Ramos provided the early homer, an opposite-field shot in the top of the fourth off Cole…
Apr 4, 2015, 3:53 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals closed their 2015 exhibition schedule with a 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Saturday, a sunny but windy afternoon in Washington. Doug Fister closed the books on an inconsistent spring training with a strong outing and the Nats’ lineup looked sharp against New York starter Nathan Eovaldi. But…
Apr 3, 2015, 12:24 PM EDT
Today the Nationals play their final spring training game before heading north for Washington. They face off with the Yankees, whom they will also play in tomorrow’s exhibition at Nationals Park. The pitching matchup today is a good one, as both Stephen Strasburg and C.C. Sabathia are set for their final warmups before the 2015…
Mar 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The 2015 MLB season is just weeks away, which means it’s the time of year for fantasy baseball drafts. Don’t play fantasy baseball? Think that fantasy football is way, way better? Well, I certainly beg to differ. If you love baseball, fantasy can be a load of fun. It’s like fantasy football, but with a…
Feb 25, 2015, 1:08 PM EDT
Mark sat down with Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos on Tuesday for a one-on-one interview at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. Ramos is of course excited to be working with what many expect to be the best starting rotation in Major League Baseball. Ramos also shares some goals of his own, including staying healthy which…
Feb 19, 2015, 3:42 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Wilson Ramos entered 2014 with a clear goal in mind: Catch at least 120 games for the first time in his career. That, of course, didn’t happen. A broken hamate bone suffered on Opening Day and yet another hamstring strain later in the summer limited Ramos to 87 games behind the plate.…
Jan 29, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: Trade from Twins for RHP Matt Capps, July 2010 2015 salary: $3.55 million 2014 stats: 88 G, 361 PA, 32 R, 91 H, 12 2B, 0 3B, 11 HR, 47 RBI, 0 SB, 17 BB, 57 SO, .267 AVG, .299 OBP, .399 SLG, .698 OPS, 5 E,…
Jan 15, 2015, 5:35 PM EDT
Updated at 11:15 p.m. The Nationals avoided arbitration with four players Thursday evening, agreeing to terms on 2015 contracts with catchers Wilson Ramos and Jose Lobaton, infielder Danny Espinosa and reliever Craig Stammen. Ramos, in his second year of arbitration eligibility, will earn $3.55 million, a raise from his 2014 salary of $2.095 million. The…
Jan 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Hello and Happy New Year, everybody. The year of 2014 is finally in the books after the most eventful season in Nationals history. So many things happened and so many memories were made for Washington fans. As we get ready for a new season in a few months – pitchers and catchers report in six weeks…
Oct 23, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: Trade from Twins for RHP Matt Capps, July 2010 MLB service time: 4 years, 47 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $2.1 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2015, free agent in 2017 2014 stats: 88 G, 361 PA, 32 R, 91 H, 12 2B, 0 3B, 11 HR, 47 RBI,…
Oct 6, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Williams gave some thought to benching Wilson Ramos for Game 3 of the NLDS in favor of Jose Lobaton, the backup catcher who worked so well all season with right-hander Doug Fister. In the end, though, the Nationals manager felt like Ramos’ potential at the plate outweighed whatever Lobaton might bring…
Oct 4, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
The Nationals lost Game 1 of the NLDS, more than anything, because of their inability to produce one hit with a runner in scoring position. But had they not made three defensive miscues of varying degrees, they might not have ever needed that elusive clutch hit. Of the three runs the Giants scored Friday afternoon,…
Sep 30, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT
All throughout the 2014 season, the Washington Nationals and in particular their veteran leaders have talked about winning the NL East as step one in their long list of goals. Win the division, make the playoffs and give themselves an opportunity to play for a championship, a chance they did not get one year ago.…
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