Harper's 16th homer another to admire in Nationals' 2-1 win over the Phillies

Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper makes the incredible look commonplace. The back-to-back National League player of the week hit another home run Friday, No. 16 on the year, to open the scoring in a 2-1 win over the Phillies. He leads the National League in home runs and is one behind Nelson Cruz of Seattle (17) for the most homers in the majors. In the ... read more

Williams: Roark will start Monday or Tuesday as Fister heals on D.L.

With Doug Fister (right forearm tightness) still recovering on the disabled list, Nationals manager Matt Williams announced during Friday's pregame media availability that Tanner Roark will get the next start to fill Fister's spot. "He's getting stretched out for either Monday or Tuesday," Williams said. "We have the availability for either one of those days. He threw to some hitters today. It depends on what ... read more

Grace and Treinen big finds for Nats bullpen, P-Nats break out with 11 runs

Left-hander Matt Grace has been a find for the Nationals this season. The UCLA product has been left in to face lefties and righties recently and has not allowed a run in three straight appearances. Grace is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA. In his last two outings, he battled and worked around walks to a dangerous hitter in the Yankees lineup, Mark Teixeira. Tuesday night ... read more

Giolito notches first high Single-A win; updates on Janssen, Rendon, Davis and others

Last week it was a new career high in strikeouts. This week it's his first high Single-A victory. His teammates took care of that for him with a nice comeback. Right-hander Lucas Giolito (1-2) also went a season-high seven innings and fired 87 pitches. This is a rarified air for the kid the Nationals have been uber careful with since he recovered and returned from ... read more

Zimmermann and Moore star in another Nats comeback win

The Nationals survived an early deficit and the emotions from losing their best player to an ejection in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Yankees. Despite giving up two runs in the first inning, starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann felt pretty confident about his outing, lasting seven innings and holding the Yankees to five hits with one walk and six strikeouts. "Everything was working. I had pretty ... read more

Following return from surgery, Span employs measured pace to reach mid-season form

Center fielder Denard Span started the 2015 season on the disabled list as he recovered from core surgery. Since his return, Span has hit .327 (32-for-98) with nine doubles, three homers, three stolen bases and 12 RBIs in 23 games. He has been provided scheduled days off and has recovered well to start the following game. The next day soreness has been normal, what you ... read more

Treinen's bounceback fueled by confidence of entire bullpen

It has been an amazing turnaround for the Nationals. After losing 13 of their first 20 games, the Nationals have rebounded, winning 16 of the next 20. The bullpen has been a major part of the run with a healthy mix of veterans and younger guys, some getting their first shot at high-leverage situations and delivering. Right-hander Blake Treinen struggled earlier in the season, especially ... read more

Nationals bullpen manages to outduel Yankees bullpen in extra-inning win

A big key to the Yankees' nice start to the season has been their bullpen, especially right-hander Dellin Betances and left-hander Andrew Miller. In 36 combined appearances, the duo accumulated a 0.00 ERA. Miller arrived with 13 saves already this season, but the veteran hurler allowed the game-ending, two-run shot to Ryan Zimmerman in the bottom of the 10th as the Nationals stunned the Yankees, ... read more