Lucas Giolito and other top prospects begin instructional league today

The top Nationals prospects have descended on the team's practice and training facility in Viera, Fla. Joining these prospects are the club's coaching and development staff, including Single-A Carolina League champion Potomac Nationals manager Tripp Keister, as instructional league competition commences today with the first game. The season was intended to begin Saturday, but the Nationals' first game versus Houston was rained out. The instructional ... read more

Nationals benefiting from meaningful baseball in late September

The Nationals clinched their second division title in the past three seasons on Tuesday in Atlanta. On Wednesday, they rested most of their regulars. On Thursday, they got back to business. They haven't lost since. This club has done a really nice job of setting its goals and then going about accomplishing them as the season goes on. Early on, they just searched for consistency. ... read more

Zimmerman singles in first at-bat since July 22 (Nats win 3-2)

The Marlins came out hitting against Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann in the first inning. Christian Yelic and Casey McGehee had early singles and first baseman Justin Bour then slapped a single to right field and for a 1-0 Marlins lead. The Nationals earned a pair of base hits in the first inning from Denard Span and Jayson Werth, but a double play grounder from Adam ... read more

Rendon and Roark could be the difference-makers in 2014 postseason

One of the differences between the Nationals' 2014 postseason appearance versus their 2012 run is the emergence of a pair of sophomores. Ray Knight and I discussed this on "Nats Xtra" pregame Thursday night and I asked him about the importance of Tanner Roark and Anthony Rendon to this team. Roark has been on a tear, continues to be consistent and has the ability to ... read more

Marlins get to Gonzalez, take early advantage (Nats win 6-2)

The Marlins greeted Miami native Gio Gonzalez rudely in the second inning. Jeff Baker singled to lead off the frame. Reed Johnson, who is replacing the injured Giancarlo Stanton, then smacked a double that bounced off the center field wall and the Marlins led 1-0. Gonzalez managed to get the next three outs to end the rally. Brad Hand has not allowed a hit in ... read more

For one night, Souza and company showed why they belong

It did not result in a victory, but it was certainly intriguing to watch what amounted to the Nationals' 1A team stay with the Braves, and even lead 1-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth. The Braves ended up winning 3-1, but the Nationals' starters Wednesday displayed why they belong. Tyler Moore and Steven Souza Jr., both former minor league Players of the Year ... read more

Quick notes on the playoff rotation, today's lineup, who makes October roster

The Nationals are the 2014 National League East division champions. Tonight, it's likely that manager Matt Williams will give several regulars the day off. The Braves had scheduled right-hander Alex Wood. Here's a possible starting scenario for the Nationals tonight: Starting pitcher - right-hander Blake Treinen Catcher - Sandy Leon First base - Tyler Moore Second base - Asdrubal Cabrera Shortstop - Danny Espinosa Third ... read more

Desmond and Roark lift Nationals past Braves for NL East crown

The Nationals have done it again. For the second time in three seasons, after a 3-0 shutout of the Atlanta Braves, the Nationals have won the National League East. They become the first team to clinch a division title and a playoff berth in the 2014 major league postseason, and they were able to win the pennant on Atlanta's home turf of Turner Field. Ian ... read more