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  • Zimmermann leads Nats to sweep of Giants

    Washington Post "A muggy weekend in early July does not avenge a few chilly October evenings, the memories irrelevant and the outcomes unrelated. Baseball seasons are too long, rosters too fluid and injuries too fickle to allow an autumn grudge to find satisfying resolution in the middle of summer. But when the..." July 06

  • Jayson Werth is swinging again in recovery from wrist injury

    Washington Post "Sunday’s Nationals injury update starts with good news for Washington: Jayson Werth has a bat in his hands again. Werth, who is recovering from a wrist injury suffered in mid-May, swung a fungo bat Saturday. The bat is lighter than Werth’s normal model, but Nationals Manager Matt Williams said..." July 06

  • University of Toronto engineering students build first knuckleball pitching machine

    Toronto Star "R.A. Dickey often speaks of submitting to his fickle pitch, embracing its unpredictability and accepting the mystery. He has described the knuckleball as a “metaphor for letting go.” Engineers, by nature, are less inclined to leave such mysteries unsolved. Armed with their pesky math and..." July 06

  • AL and NL Starters for the 2015 All-Star Game announced

    Hardball Talk "The starters for the American and National League teams for the 2015 All-Star Game, hosted at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, were announced tonight on ESPN’s Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show. The starters: National League C: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 1B: Paul..." July 06

  • Strasburg exits early in Nationals' 9-3 win over Giants

    CSN Washington "Buster Posey had just grounded out to second base, and Stephen Strasburg felt tightness in his left side. Matt Williams, pitching coach Steve McCatty and trainer Lee Kuntz quickly came to the mound. They talked for a few moments. Strasburg lobbied to stay in the game, but with two outs in the..." July 05

  • Strasburg placed on the 15-day DL with oblique strain

    CSN Washington "The Nationals announced Sunday that right hander Stephen Strasburg has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. The injury occurred in Saturday's game against the Giants, after Strasburg induced a ground ball in the fourth inning and was seen grimacing before being..." July 05

  • Nationals Robinson's seventh-inning homer good enough for 2-1 win over Giants

    CSN Washington "In spring training, it was no certainty Clint Robinson would make the Nationals. The final outfield spot came down to Mike Carp and Robinson. Carp had six years of major league experience, and at 28, had 318 major league games and a World Series ring with the 2013 Boston Red Sox. Robinson,..." July 04

  • Stephen Strasburg exits start with apparent side injury

    Hardball Talk "According to MASN Sports’ Dan Kolko, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg exited today’s start against the Giants in the top of the fourth inning due to an apparent injury to his left side. Strasburg was in obvious discomfort on his final three pitches. He tried to make his case to stay in..." July 04

  • Maybin, Braves walk off on Max Scherzer and the Nats in the ninth, win 2-1

    Talking Chop "Last night's win was good. This one was better. Cameron Maybin made up for a costly missed catch earlier in the game with the walk-off hit in the ninth inning to beat the Nationals 2-1. Manny Banuelos debuted for the Braves opposite Max Scherzer and was very impressive. In 5.2 innings,..." July 03

  • Who is baseball's best manager? The survey says ...

    ESPN "If you subscribe to the notion that smart, analytically savvy front offices determine a team's success and the manager is little more than an appendage clad in cap and spikes, chances are you haven't spent much time following the National League West. Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave..." July 03

  • 3d
    MLB Lineups @mlblineups

    7/2 @Nationals lineup vs ATL Span CF Espinosa SS Escobar 3B Harper RF Ramos C Uggla 2B Moore 1B Taylor LF Scherzer P

  • Nats sign 1st significant Latin prospect in years

    CSN Washington "The Nationals have signed Dominican outfielder Juan Soto to a $1.5 million bonus, the organization's first international signing of any significant consequence since the notorious Esmailyn Gonzalez fiasco nearly a decade ago. The signing has not been formally announced yet, but it was confirmed..." July 02

  • Pierzynski, Uribe go back-to-back; Braves snap losing streak to Nats with 4-1 win

    Talking Chop "It feels good to finally beat the Nats again. The Braves had their own four-run inning, and Matt Wisler earned his second win of the year in helping break Washington's nine-game winning streak over the Braves with one-hit ball over 5.1 innings, leading the Braves to a 4-1 win. Wisler looked..." July 02

  • Zimmermann stays in the zone as Nationals hold Braves at bay, 6-1

    Washington Post "Atlanta Braves right-hander Shelby Miller has been one of the most effective starters in baseball. When he faced the Nationals last week, he overpowered them. They chased his mid-90s fastball up and out of the strike zone and struggled to square up those he threw in it. But in the Nationals’..." July 01

  • All-Star starters to be revealed Sunday night "While you continue to vote in these final and frenetic days of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Major League Baseball announced today that the starting position players will be unveiled in a new manner at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN,..." June 30

  • Nats split doubleheader in Philadelphia

    Washington Post "With a burgeoning list of bruises leaving few healthy options on the bench, the Washington Nationals entered the weekend ill equipped for a doubleheader. They were therefore inconvenienced when one became necessary after rain ended Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second..." June 29

  • Major League Baseball is open to a rules change to let pitchers use some sticky goo

    Boston Globe "It’s a rule casually broken hundreds of times a day by players on every team in baseball. Umpires will not enforce it unless asked to, and even then they would rather leave well enough alone. “The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” That is what Rule 8.02(a)(4)..." June 29

  • 8d
    Washington Nationals @Nationals

    #Nats Game 1: Span CF, Espinosa 3B, Harper RF, Ramos C, Robinson 1B, Uggla 2B, Desmond SS, Taylor LF, Strasburg P

  • 8d
    Chelsea Janes @chelsea_janes

    Asked how frustrating today was, Williams said "extremely." "Burned our pitcher. I'm not very happy about it."

  • 9d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    #Nats still checking on Harper and Span, but Williams says Escobar is "no-go" for today.

  • Nationals mourn death of Kimberly Knorr, wife of coach Randy Knorr

    CBS Sports "When he hit a big home run for the Washington Nationals on Thursday afternoon, Ian Desmond did it while wearing a No. 53 sticker on his batting helmet. Desmond doesn't wear uniform No. 53 -- bench coach Randy Knorr does -- but Knorr has been away from the team for the past several days. His wife,..." June 27

  • 9d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Preliminary X-Rays on Escobar's hand were negative but it was swollen.

  • Scherzer flirts with perfection again, settles for a win as Nats handle Phillies

    Washington Post "Max Scherzer did not throw another no-hitter in Friday night’s 5-2 win over the Phillies, and only in the context of his remarkable stretch of dominance could that qualify as a regression. He was not perfect Friday night, his bid for history extending to one out in the sixth inning before..." June 27

  • Nationals select contract of INF Emmanuel Burriss, place INF Anthony Rendon on 15-day DL "Burriss, a Washington, D.C. native and a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Northwest D.C., joins the Nationals for his first Major League assignment since 2012 (San Francisco). The 30-year-old infielder is coming off one of his finest professional seasons,..." June 26

  • Trea Turner promoted to Class AAA Syracuse

    Washington Post "After only 10 days at Class AA Harrisburg, Nationals shortstop prospect Trea Turner has been promoted to Class AAA Syracuse, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. His stay at Harrisburg has been brief but he has been impressive. Turner, 21, was the “player to be named” in..." June 25

  • 11d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Harper's R leg cramped up as he went into 2B in 11th. Told Williams he could score on a hit. Getting treatment now, re-evaluate tomorrow.

  • A little redemption for Desmond as Nationals clip Braves in 11th

    Washington Post "The season’s first three months haven’t been easy for Ian Desmond. A key piece of the Washington Nationals the past three years, the three-time Silver Slugger winner leads the National League in errors (16, including one more Wednesday) and owns a .220 average, more than 40 points below his career..." June 25

  • Nationals have decisions to make by trade deadline

    Fox Sports "The activity at the 2014 non-waiver deadline was so frenetic that certain details went largely unnoticed. Here’s one: The low-revenue Indians agreed to pay all of infielder Asdrubal Cabrera’s remaining $3.3 million when they traded him to the Nationals for infielder Zach Walters. That fact was..." June 25

  • Strasburg makes a triumphant return as Nationals top Braves, 3-1

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals’ vaunted rotation, the backbone of the roster, is finally whole again. After a three-week stint on the disabled list with neck spasms, Stephen Strasburg returned rejuvenated. He no longer needed to push through any nicks and bruises. The time away allowed him to recover..." June 24

  • Stephen Strasburg returns from disabled list, Nationals send Joe Ross back to minors

    Hardball Talk "Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is off the disabled list after missing the past three weeks with a strained trapezius muscle. He moves back into the starting rotation tonight against Atlanta and Washington has demoted 22-year-old prospect Joe Ross back to the minors despite a very..." June 23

  • 13d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Sources: #Nats have expressed interest in #DBacks middle infield depth; #DBacks have Owings, Hill, Ahmed, Pennington. @FOXSports

  • Nationals score nine runs in the first to knock around Pirates, complete sweep

    Washington Post "Pittsburgh Pirates starter Charlie Morton entered Sunday’s start against the Washington Nationals on a 14 1/3 -inning scoreless streak, the third-longest active streak of that sort in the majors. In baseball’s best rotation by ERA, he had been the stingiest recently, pitching to a 1.62. So it..." June 22

  • 15d
    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    #Nationals sign Chris Nelson to minor-league deal.

  • Max Scherzer no-hits Pirates, loses perfect game in 9th, Nationals win

    CSN Washington "When it didn’t happen six days earlier, when Carlos Gomez’s broken-bat blooper fell to the ground just beyond Anthony Rendon’s outstretched glove in the seventh inning in Milwaukee, Max Scherzer could only shrug off his bad luck and wonder if he’d ever get another chance like that to pitch a..." June 21

  • Nationals Max Scherzer throws no-hitter after hit-by-pitch spoils perfect game

    Washington Post "Max Scherzer retired the first 26 Pittsburgh Pirates in order. One remained, and pinch-hitter Jose Tabata was one strike away from becoming the final out of the first perfect game in Washington Nationals history Saturday. Tabata put up a fight. Scherzer threw an inside slider, but it didn’t break..." June 21

  • 15d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Yunel Escobar scratched with a stomach bug: Span CF, Rendon 3B, Harper RF, Ramos C, Espi 2B, Moore 1B, Desmond SS, Taylor LF, Scherzer P.

  • 15d
    Jacob Emert @JacobEmert

    Jayson Werth is progressing nicely, per MW. He held a bat but didn't swing. "I don't anticipate any issues with (his rehab)."

  • 16d
    Dan Kolko @masnKolko

    Bryce Harper is back in the Nats' lineup after missing just one game with his hamstring injury.

  • 16d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Nats lineup vs. LHP Liriano: Span CF, Rendon 2B, Escobar 3B, Harper RF, Ramos C, Espinosa SS, Moore 1B, Taylor LF, Scherzer P.

  • 16d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    MW said Harper didn't take swings but did physical therapy, leg exercises & saw doc. "A good work day for him." To be revaluated tomorrow.

  • A gleaming performance from Joe Ross in Nats win over the Pirates

    Washington Post "Washington Nationals starter Joe Ross was 6 years old when A.J. Burnett, his opponent Friday night, made his major league debut. Ross began this season at Class AA Harrisburg, blocked by five established starters and prospects at higher levels deemed more ready. But injuries required the Nationals..." June 20

  • Nationals' Harper diagnosed with mild left hamstring strain, will be re-evaluated Friday

    The Score "Bryce Harper understands that things could have been much worse. The Washington Nationals outfielder departed Thursday's game in the sixth inning after a scary looking incident that resulted in him laying on the grass in pain grabbing his left knee. Harper was able to walk off the field..." June 19

  • 17d
    Dan Kolko @masnKolko

    Harper's coming out. Favoring that left knee as he limps off.

  • 17d
    Chase Hughes @chasehughesCSN

    Joe Ross will start Saturday. Williams wouldn't be specific, but Roark appears headed to the bullpen. #Nats #NationalsTalk

  • Arm healthy and mind clear, Fister ready to return

    CSN Washington "Competitor that he is, Doug Fister never wants to admit he's not physically fit to pitch. But it was the realization and then acceptance of that fact five weeks ago that put Fister into the position he is today: Ready to rejoin the Nationals rotation, ready to be the contributor he expected to be..." June 18

  • Geltz, bullpen come through in soggy Rays win over Nationals

    Tampa Tribune "Steve Geltz knew the probability of batting Wednesday was remote, but that didn’t stop him from carrying a bat around the clubhouse at Nationals Park three hours before the game while wearing a batting helmet, batting gloves and an arm shield. “I’m happy to do whatever they ask,” Geltz said..." June 18

  • 18d
    MASN Nationals @masnNationals

    TONIGHT’S LINEUP: The #Nats crossed the plate 16 times last night! Can they keep it up at Nats Park? #ToppleTampa

  • Nationals pound out 23 hits in 16-4 rout of Rays

    Washington Post "Slow-working starters like Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Colome are not usually the kind of pitchers teams like to face on nights like Tuesday, when a night game will be followed by a late flight home, when a game the next day leaves no time to catch up on sleep after a grueling road trip. But as it..." June 17

  • Rays in first place after fourth straight win

    Tampa Tribune "From Erasmo Ramirez’s six shutout innings to the five walks drawn by Steven Souza Jr., to another hustle double for Kevin Kiermaier to Joey Butler’s hot bat and all the hits from Logan Forsythe, the Rays played one of those rare games Monday that was stress free. The Rays began a four-game,..." June 16

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred inclined to leave DH situation as is

    CBS Sports "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred appeared on Monday's episode of Boomer & Carton, and among the topics he addressed were the DH issue and possible expansion into other other markets. Regarding the current designated hitter rule -- DH in AL games, no DH in NL games, Manfred seems disinclined to..." June 15