Ross and Lopez demonstrate ability to sustain innings in win

Right-handers Joe Ross and Reynaldo Lopez provided answers to their ability to handle heavy workloads, which could be extrememly beneficial in next week’s opening round of the postseason, helping the Nationals past the Diamondbacks 5-3. Ross and Lopez combined to throw 7 2/3 innings, holding the D-backs to three runs. Pedro Severino and Wilmer Difo homered and Michael A. Taylor had three hits and two ... read more

Baker: Harper, Murphy and Strasburg updates all positive

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said second baseman Daniel Murphy (strained left buttocks) is make very good progress in his hopes to get back to close to 100 percent for the postseason. Baker said Murphy could even pinch-hit in one of the few regular season games remaining prior to the Dodgers series next week in the National League Division Series. And he plans to get Murphy ... read more

Severino homers to start offense (Nats win 5-3)

The Diamondbacks forced Joe Ross to have to make 32 pitches in a top of the first that spanned 16 minutes. But Ross worked around a 12-pitch leadoff walk to Jean Segura to keep Arizona off the board. The D-backs scored a run in the top of the third thanks to three singles. Jake Lamb delivered the run-scoring single to lift Arizona to the 1-0 ... read more

Ramos on knee injury and rehab: “All I can do is stay positive”

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos spoke for the first time following the announcement that he is out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Ramos said he has had a little bit of time to organize his thoughts and think about what is next after injuring his knee Monday night against the Diamondbacks. As with most ACL injury cases, team doctors will ... read more

Game 159 lineups: Diamondbacks at Nats

The Nationals hope to bounce back quickly with an early game today as they wrap up a four-game series against the Diamondbacks. Right-hander Joe Ross (7-5, 3.48 ERA) faces off against former Nats prospect lefty Robbie Ray (8-14, 4.77). Ray, a 12th round selection by the Nationals in 2010, is making his first-ever start at Nats Park. This is the Nationals’ final game against Arizona ... read more

Brian Goodwin making a name for himself with Nats

Right fielder Brian Goodwin played in his 19th game with the Nationals this season Tuesday and has demonstrated a solid approach at the plate and exceptional defense in the outfield. The 25-year-old lefty, Goodwin is hitting .324 having played all three outfield spots after being called up in early September. Meanwhile, Trea Turner has supplanted Ben Revere in the leadoff spot and in center field. ... read more

Following loss of Ramos, Lobaton and Severino spark Nats comeback

The Nationals began the day with the news that starting catcher Wilson Ramos is out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Manager Dusty Baker talked during pregame about the club’s catching depth, and how important Jose Lobaton and Pedro Severino would be on the run the Nats hope to be on for the next month. Then Baker watched as Lobaton ... read more

Rendon gets 500th hit as Nats come back and win 4-2

Right-hander Max Scherzer allowed a few hard-hit balls in his first three innings against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Jean Segura hit a mammoth solo shot on the game’s first pitch. Jake Lamb and Welington Castillo delivered doubles deep to center field in the third. The D-backs led early by two. But then, as he does many times, Scherzer started to connect. At one point he ... read more