Nationals Rumors & News

  • Matz pitches eight scoreless innings as Mets blank Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Steven Matz had never gone eight innings in a major league start, so it was a pretty tense moment when Bryce Harper came to the plate as pinch hitter with two outs in the eighth on Wednesday afternoon. The Nationals had two outs and a runner on first base after Clint Robinson,..." May 25

  • Strasburg improves to 8-0 as Nats top Mets

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Pitching coach Mike Maddux walked slowly to the mound, then was surrounded by his infielders as he talked to right-hander Stephen Strasburg in the top of the seventh inning. The New York Mets had two runners on base with one out and had cut the lead to 5-2. Whatever advice..." May 24

  • Colon, Mets cruise past Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Bartolo Colon decided before the game Monday that he was going to keep the bat on his shoulder when he was at the plate to be sure he did not aggravate his back. "I am not going to swing," the New York Mets right-hander told Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos after he..." May 24

  • Bartolo Colon told Nats catcher he wouldn’t swing during at-bats

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bartolo Colon halted a personal two-game losing streak on Monday night, going seven innings and allowing one run on five hits while walking two and striking out two in the New York Mets’ 7-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. The stellar pitching performance came one day ahead of Colon..." May 24

  • Bour homers as Marlins hold off Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- It wasn't exactly a called shot by the Miami Marlins, but it was close enough. Justin Bour hit a two-run, tiebreaking homer and Jose Fernandez improved his record at Marlins Park to 21-1 as the Miami Marlins defeated the first-place Washington Nationals 3-2 in Saturday night's game..." May 21

  • Jersey from Bryce Harper-Jonathan Papelbon scuffle for sale at auction

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "You can now own a unique piece of Washington Nationals history, as the jersey Bryce Harper wore during his dugout fight with Jonathan Papelbon last September is now up for auction. Harper even signed it. The game-worn, dirt-stained uniform is now available to the highest bidder through..." May 21

  • Zimmerman, Taylor support Roark in Nationals' win over Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Leave it to the birthday guy, 37-year-old left fielder Jayson Werth, to provide a comical perspective to his Washington Nationals' 4-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. After Tanner Roark finally solved the Marlins after going 0-3 with an 8.40 ERA in three previous starts..." May 20

  • Nationals star Bryce Harper ‘feels bad’ for Mets’ Matt Harvey

    New York Daily News "Bryce Harper began Thursday’s game 0-for-20 for his career against Matt Harvey, before extending that personal futility string by flying out in his first bat. But the reigning NL MVP wasn’t in any mood to gloat about breaking that schneid with a single in his next at-bat, nor especially for..." May 20

  • Seven-run inning, Strasburg lift Nats past Mets

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Few managers in baseball know the innermost thoughts of a hitter better than Washington Nationals skipper Dusty Baker, who won two Silver Sluggers as an outfielder and spent four seasons as a hitting coach before moving into the manager's office. "You feel good about yourself..." May 19

  • Gonzalez, Nationals shut down Mets

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Asked late Wednesday night about his success at Citi Field following yet another impressive start against the New York Mets, Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez offered up a well-rehearsed answer in which he thanked the pitchers that followed him, his catchers and the lineup..." May 19

  • Baker has Nationals rising to the top after Washington went stale under Williams

    Sporting News "It probably always has been the case that a manager’s biggest job is to keep his players confident and motivated, that managing personalities is more important than in-game decisions in a sport where so often the right move fails to pay off anyway. With the ever-increasing role of analytics in..." May 19

  • MLB players confronting realities of smokeless tobacco laws in major cities

    The Comeback "Cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have all passed bans on the use of smokeless tobacco at ticketed sporting events, leaving teams like the Washington Nationals are beginning to confront a new reality and some big time issues. Player now have to decide whether..." May 18

  • Mets ride Syndergaard to win over Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- A night that began with appreciation for reigning National League Championship Series MVP Daniel Murphy ended with New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard providing more evidence that his emergence on the national stage last October was no fluke, either. Syndergaard struck..." May 17

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred unhappy with length of games

    ESPN "The average time of a nine-inning baseball game is up nearly seven minutes compared with this point last season, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn't happy about it. "We think the single biggest thing we had going for us early in the year [last season] was player focus on the topic," Manfred..." May 17

  • Barry Bonds advises Nationals’ Harper to steal more bases

    Today's Knuckleball "Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press quotes Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds, who advises Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper to steal more bases as long as teams are going to decide to intentionally walk him. Bonds’ comments were incredibly encouraging towards the..." May 17

  • Post Columnist Claims Nats GM Mike Rizzo Is Worth $450 Goddamn Million, Is Wrong

    Deadspin "The column linked in that tweet argues that Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is worth much more than his handsome $2.5 million annual salary. The tweet itself suggests (half-jokingly, I hope) that Rizzo may even have been worth $450 million during his time in Washington, which is..." May 16

  • ESPN Radio host calls Bryce Harper a selfish player and a jerk

    Washington Post "Bryce Harper’s ejection and one-game suspension last week prompted another minor outbreak of “people complaining about Bryce Harper.” Among those people: ESPN Radio host Danny Kanell, who has had just about enough of Harper’s attitude. “I’m finding myself more and more not liking Bryce Harper,..." May 16

  • Marlins earn split with Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Miami center fielder Marcell Ozuna saw right fielder Giancarlo Stanton out of the corner of his eye as he tracked a long fly to right-center in the fourth inning by Washington's Ryan Zimmerman. "I thought I could get that ball," Ozuna said. "I called it first and then he said,..." May 15

  • Stanton, Ozuna help Marlins earn split with Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Giancarlo Stanton helped make a name for himself early in his career as a hitting star at Nationals Park, where his 15 homers are the most of any visiting player. Late Saturday night he showed off his defensive ability, running toward the right-field line and making a diving..." May 15

  • Nationals pick up GM Rizzo's 2-year option

    Washington Post "Off to the best start in team history, the Washington Nationals guaranteed the immediate future of their team’s architect by picking up the two-year option on General Manager Mike Rizzo’s contract, keeping him in Washington through the 2018 season. In between games of Saturday’s doubleheader,..." May 15

  • Harper using 'make baseball fun again' bat decal

    The Score "Bryce Harper is back to having fun. Again. The Washington Nationals superstar snapped his modest power drought Friday with a go-ahead two-run shot in the seventh inning against the Marlins, and on Saturday, he resumed his role as baseball's fun ambassador with a bat decal celebrating his new..." May 14

  • Bryce Harper drops appeal of one-game suspension, will serve it tonight

    Federal Baseball "Dusty Baker hinted before the day half of today's split doubleheader that a resolution might be forthcoming in Bryce Harper's appeal of the one-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball this past week. Harper was suspended and fined for his actions after he was ejected from Monday..." May 14

  • Harper homer propels Nats past Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- It was not a question of how hard the ball was hit against Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez on Friday night. It was more of a question of where. Paying homage to Wee Willie Keeler, who said "hit 'em where they ain't" more than 100 years ago, the Marlins..." May 13

  • Scherzer strikes out 20 in Nationals' win over Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The song "Can't Buy Me Love" by The Beatles played on the sound system at Nationals Park before the finale of a three-game Interleague Series here Wednesday. It was an ironic selection as a pair of free agent right-handed pitchers who signed with their new teams for a combined..." May 12

  • Harper, Nats haven't discussed extension

    The Score "Stephen Strasburg's extension made one thing clear: The Washington Nationals aren't afraid to pay up. The right-hander joined Max Scherzer as the second starter in as many years to sign a lucrative seven-year deal with Washington, which raises the question: What will the Nats do with Bryce..." May 12

  • Max Scherzer ties MLB record with 20 strikeouts against Tigers

    SB Nation "Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals tied a major league record with 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game on Wednesday night in a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers at Nationals Park. Scherzer walked none, though he did allow a pair of solo home runs, one to Jose Iglesias in the third inning..." May 12

  • 5 pitchers next in line for Stephen Strasburg-esque extensions

    MLB Daily Dish "Stephen Strasburg's 7-year, $175 million contract extension has caused quite the conversation, from how big of risk it can be for the Nationals to its impact on the rest of baseball. That impact goes to a number of young pitchers that are looking to cash in on their early success in the majors,..." May 12

  • MLB suspends Harper 1 game for altercation with umpire

    The Score "Major League Baseball has suspended Bryce Harper one game for an altercation with an umpire Monday. Harper is also expected to receive a fine for the incident." May 11

  • Why MLB’s domestic violence policy does not require a criminal conviction

    Hardball Talk "When Aroldis Chapman was suspended under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, a good number of people — some of them commenters at this site — took issue with it because “hey, he wasn’t charged with a crime.” The same has been said about Jose Reyes and will be said about him again..." May 11

  • Dusty Baker: I might have to ‘spank’ Bryce Harper sometimes

    Larry Brown Sports "Dusty Baker is an old-school manager, and he apparently isn’t afraid to resort to some old-school parenting styles with his players if he has to. On Tuesday, Baker was asked about Bryce Harper’s outburst during and after Monday night’s game, in which Harper was ejected for arguing a called..." May 11

  • Relay helps Tigers snap seven-game slide

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Victor Martinez had four hits and scored two runs and Nick Castellanos hit a home run for the second night in a row. But it was a defensive play that may be lost in the box score that paved the way for the Detroit Tigers to beat the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Tuesday, ending a..." May 10

  • Report: Harper facing league discipline after F-bomb

    The Score "Bryce Harper said he didn't care if camera's caught him yelling "f*** you" to home plate umpire Brian Knight, adding "Let him hear it again." The league heard it again, and they'll likely have something to say back. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Harper is facing a fine or..." May 10

  • Justine Siegal will be first woman to manage independent minor league game

    The Comeback "Justine Siegal continues to break down baseball barriers. The San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club has announced that Siegal will be the first ever woman to coach at the independent minor league level when she’ll manage the team in late June. The specific event “Women Run the Show” was created..." May 10

  • Bryce Harper will not apologize for F-bomb on umpire Brian Knight

    Larry Brown Sports "Bryce Harper was ejected during the 9th inning of his team’s walk-off win over the Detroit Tigers Monday night, but he managed to get the last word in while celebrating the victory with his teammates. Harper was unhappy with a called third strike on teammate Danny Espinosa to lead off the..." May 10

  • Stephen Strasburg's Nationals deal changes landscape - and shows loyalty exists

    USA Today "Well, what do you know: There really is loyalty in the game of baseball. Stephen Strasburg’s seven-year, $175 million contract extension with the Washington Nationals, officially announced Tuesday, is definitive proof. Sure, the Nats may be paying Strasburg a fat contract - $15 million a..." May 10

  • Stephen Strasburg signs seven-year, $175 million extension

    SI "Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has signed a seven-year, $175 million contract extension, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post first reported that Strasburg had signed an extension. The deal includes an opt-out after the third or fourth year, Fox..." May 10

  • Robinson's walkoff homer lifts Nationals past Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Clint Robinson didn't know what inning it was and Stephen Strasburg wouldn't comment about his future. But what was certain Monday night was that Robinson hit a pinch-hit, walk-off home run with one out in the last of the ninth to give the Washington Nationals a 5-4 win over..." May 09

  • Report: Nationals and Strasburg agree on a “significant long-term extension”

    Hardball Talk "Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post is reporting that the Nationals and starter Stephen Strasburg have agreed on a “significant long-term” contract extension. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman is reporting the same. Per Janes, the official announcement is expected to come on Tuesday. Details of the..." May 09

  • Bryce Harper gave a jar of money to a homeless woman on Sunday

    CBS Sports "The weekend did not go well for the Nationals. They were swept in a four-game series by the Cubs, dropping them below the Mets in the standings and into second place in the NL West. The four losses did not stop Bryce Harper from helping someone in need in Chicago, however. According to a..." May 09

  • Puig talks new mindset, why he's joining Harper's campaign

    ESPN "Yasiel Puig has been called many things during his four seasons with the Dodgers: a star, absolutely, but also a slacker, a reckless outfielder and even an awful teammate. This year, he says, he just wants to be a good guy. Here, he shares the 10 motivations that most define his new, true..." May 09

  • Bryce Harper's controversial, frustrating, record-setting day versus the Cubs

    Fox Sports "This weekend, in a hotly anticipated matchup against the teams with the two best records in the National League, the Chicago Cubs wanted no part of reigning MVP Bryce Harper. Despite being in a recent cold slump (but still having 10 home runs so early in the season), Harper was pitched around like..." May 09

  • Harper reaches base seven times without an official at-bat

    The Sports Daily "The anticipated battle between baseball’s best pitcher and the game’s best hitter didn’t register much in the way of excitement. Bryce Harper came away the slight victor by drawing two walks off the seemingly unhittable Cubs right-hander, Jake Arrieta — one in the top of the first and the other..." May 09

  • Red-hot Cubs complete sweep of Nats

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta wasn't his usual dominant self. It didn't matter. The red-hot Chicago Cubs rallied in the seventh and won the game in the 13th on Javier Baez's home run to beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Sunday. The Cubs swept the four-game series and extended their..." May 08

  • Harper: 'I'm not going to run into the wall' anymore

    Masn "There was the slicing soft liner by Ryan Kalish that just barely got past a lunging Danny Espinosa and brought home two runs to give the Cubs a temporary lead over the Nationals in the bottom of the sixth. Then there was the double down the left field line by Anthony Rizzo that narrowly landed..." May 08

  • Joey Votto following Bryce Harper’s advice to make baseball fun again

    Larry Brown Sports "When Bryce Harper said he wanted to make baseball fun again, his statement had far-reaching effects. In fact, Joey Votto says he has taken Harper’s advice. Votto homered in the first inning of the Reds’ victory over the Brewers on Friday and did a jump celebration with teammate Brandon..." May 08

  • Russell sparks Cubs past Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- It almost doesn't matter who Joe Maddon calls on to start or sub these days, the Chicago Cubs just keep on winning. The Cubs improved to 23-6 -- their best 29-game start since 1907 -- with Saturday's 8-5 victory over the Washington Nationals. "The vibe within the group is..." May 07

  • Hendricks sharp as Cubs improve to 21-6

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Joe Maddon had nothing but raves as starter Kyle Hendricks collected his first victory in nearly a month Thursday. Hendricks (2-2) allowed two hits in six shutout innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 5-2 in the opener of a four-game series between National..." May 06

  • Manfred disagrees with Harper's 'tired' barb

    The Score "Rob Manfred reiterated his support Thursday over Bryce Harper's comments about unwritten rules in today's game, but the commissioner is taking issue with the reigning MVP's assertion that baseball has become "tired." "I bet if he could have that word back maybe he wouldn't agree with it, but..." May 06

  • What the Cubs think of Bryce Harper's fun campaign

    ESPN Chicago "You might be surprised but when it comes to fist pumps and bat flips, 62-year-old Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon and his mild-mannered NL Rookie of the Year don't have a real problem with it. We know how Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper feels about the concept -- he's outspoken about it --..." May 05

  • Ben Revere’s Return Close for Nationals

    Baseball Essential "According to William Ladson of MLB.com, outfielder Ben Revere will rejoin the Washington Nationals on Thursday. It is still unclear when Revere will be activated. The Nationals are set to wrap up a three-game set in Kansas City with the Royals this afternoon before travelling to Chicago to play..." May 04

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