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  1. On JZ’s battle, Harper’s homer and 9th inning gaffes

    May 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals’ 3-2 loss in Chicago on Tuesday had a little bit of everything. A gutty pitching performance by Jordan Zimmermann. Another jaw-dropping home run by Bryce Harper. And some inexplicable mental mistakes by Yunel Escobar and (to a lesser extent) Ian Desmond during the decisive ninth inning. All of that made for one of…

  2. Hot-hitting Nats not named Bryce Harper

    May 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  3. Another 5-hit night raises Escobar’s average to .342

    May 12, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX — Plenty of members of the Nationals’ roster and coaching staff had seen Yunel Escobar over the years and thought they had a decent sense of him as a player. Most did not, however, think he would be what he has proven to be through his first six weeks in a Washington uniform. “You…

  4. Staying red-hot in the desert

    May 12, 2015, 2:21 AM EDT

    ROSS D. FRANKLIN / Associated Press

    PHOENIX — Denard Span dug in, Josh Collmenter went into his funky, tomahawk-style windup and tried to sneak an 84-mph cutter over the inner half of the plate and then the ball went soaring toward right field. The game was all of 30 seconds old, many in the Chase Field crowd of 16,406 had yet…

  5. Nats 11, Diamondbacks 1: Fifth straight win is a rout

    May 12, 2015, 12:23 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    May 7, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) watches the ball after hitting a second home run against the Miami Marlins during the third inning of their baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    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…

  7. A blast and a bloop keep Nats rolling

    May 4, 2015, 11:53 PM EDT

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    It took nearly a month, but perhaps the 2015 Nationals are beginning to forge an identity, one that bears some strong resemblance to the 2014 version of this club. Whether overcoming injuries to key regulars, a sloppy play here and there or a late deficit, these Nationals are beginning to show a characteristic key to…

  8. Nats 6, Marlins 4: Desmond, Escobar key late rally

    May 4, 2015, 9:47 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of an eventful, 10-game road trip that ended on a high note, the Nationals were right back at the park Monday night to open a 6-game homestand, with another surging division rival in town. What transpired was another taut, low-scoring affair that was decided late. As has been…

  9. Impressive win for Nats to open series in New York

    May 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    If the Nationals’ intention Thursday night was to make a statement to the Mets, consider their mission accomplished. With a lopsided, 8-2 victory at Citi Field, the Nationals took the first game of this big weekend series, won their third straight, moved to within five games of first place in the NL East and thoroughly…

  10. Can Nats channel last night’s emotion into something?

    Apr 28, 2015, 10:23 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Amid the uproar over Andrelton Simmons’ questionable takeout slide that injured Yunel Escobar, the back-and-forth between the Nationals and Braves that ensued and then news of prospect A.J. Cole getting called up to make his major-league debut in place of the injured Max Scherzer, everyone seemed to gloss over a teeny little fact…

  11. UPDATE: Nats upset at Simmons for injuring Escobar

    Apr 28, 2015, 12:30 AM EDT

    AP

    Updated at 12:30 a.m. ATLANTA — Yunel Escobar is expected to miss a day or two after his left hand was cut in multiple places on a late, hard slide by Andrelton Simmons during Tuesday night’s game that left several Nationals teammates fuming over what they perceived as a dirty play by the Braves shortstop.…

  12. Braves 8, Nats 4: Streak at 6 after another ugly night

    Apr 27, 2015, 10:18 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals showed up at Turner Field on Monday, hoping a change of scenery would be the impetus for a change of fortunes. Instead, they dug themselves into an even deeper hole with another ugly performance that extended their losing streak to six games and may have cost them their starting…

  13. Still searching for answers

    Apr 26, 2015, 5:56 PM EDT

    AP

    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.…

  14. Marlins 6, Nats 2: Another misplay opens the floodgates

    Apr 26, 2015, 3:51 PM EDT

    AP

    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…

  15. Cardinals 7, Nats 5: Big comeback goes to waste

    Apr 22, 2015, 9:58 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Rarely do things turn out well when your starter puts you in a 5-0 hole after three innings. But somehow the Nationals managed to overcome Doug Fister’s rare early struggles and storm all the way back with a 5-run bottom of the third. Yunel Escobar once again provided the biggest hit,…

  16. Understanding the game, Escobar proves his worth

    Apr 22, 2015, 12:54 AM EDT

    AP

    Yunel Escobar, in his very brief time with the Nationals, has been many things for this team. He’s been a second baseman. He’s been a third baseman. He’s been a leadoff hitter. He’s been a contact hitter. He’s been a burst of energy and charisma for a ballclub that sometimes feels like it needs that.…

  17. Nats waiting for MRI on Escobar before making DL decision

    Apr 18, 2015, 12:31 PM EDT

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    The Nationals will wait until they get MRI results on Yunel Escobar’s injured left groin muscle before deciding whether the veteran infielder needs to be placed on the disabled list, leaving their infield dangerously thin for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Phillies. Escobar, who hurt himself running down the first-base line in the fourth inning…

  18. Game 12: Phillies at Nats

    Apr 18, 2015, 12:07 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the District, a perfect day for some matinee baseball as the Nationals try to extend their winning streak to four game and get back to the .500 mark overall, facing a Phillies club that has lost six in a row. Yunel Escobar is not in the lineup after straining…

  19. Nats 7, Phillies 2: Harper homers, Scherzer cruises

    Apr 17, 2015, 9:43 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals wasted no time jumping all over Phillies right-hander Sean O’Sullivan, getting a 3-run homer from Bryce Harper in the bottom of the first. That’s one way to relax everybody and let them settle in for a nice Friday night at the ballpark, and the Nationals certainly looked relaxed in…

  20. UPDATED: Escobar leaves game with groin strain

    Apr 17, 2015, 8:52 PM EDT

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    Updated at 11:00 p.m. Third baseman Yunel Escobar had to leave Friday night’s game after straining his left groin muscle running down the first-base line in the fourth inning, but the Nationals are hopeful he’s not seriously hurt. Escobar was trying to leg out a grounder to the hole at short, but was thrown out…

  21. Ugly win, but better days are ahead for Nats

    Apr 12, 2015, 6:50 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — They struggled yet again to string together hits and mount something that remotely resembled a rally. They blew a late lead yet again and watched as their work-in-progress bullpen kept teetering on the brink of disaster. This time, though, the Nationals did just enough to win a ballgame. And thanks to Sunday’s 4-3,…

  22. Nats vs. Mets — 3/31/15

    Mar 31, 2015, 12:20 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    VIERA, Fla. — This could prove to be “Awkward Day” at Space Coast Stadium, when the Nationals and Mets square off in the Viera finale of the spring. Why awkward? Let’s count the ways… 1. Yunel Escobar is playing third base for the first time since 2007 as the Nats try to figure out how…

  23. Scherzer dominant vs. Cardinals’ “A” lineup

    Mar 25, 2015, 5:56 PM EDT

    AP

    JUPITER, Fla. — It was a spring training game, and so all the usual caveats must apply. But it was a spring training game against the entire regular Cardinals lineup, one of the better top-to-bottom lineups in baseball, and Max Scherzer knew that. So while it would be easy to brush off any serious accolades…

  24. Nats vs. Yankees — 3/23/15

    Mar 23, 2015, 12:45 PM EDT

    AP

    The news out of Viera today that will draw the most attention, of course, is the naming of Max Scherzer as Opening Day starter. But the more important development down there today might well be the fact Yunel Escobar is making his long-awaited spring training debut this afternoon. Sidelined the last three weeks with an…

  25. Nats injury concern meter

    Mar 20, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT

    AP

    As you stare out the window this morning and see snow falling in the D.C. area, it’s difficult to believe they’ll be playing a real baseball game here in a mere 17 days. Believe it, though, because not even Mother Nature can get in the way of this. Baseball season has almost arrived. Which, in…

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