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Zimmerman on return: “I think Tuesday is a realistic goal”

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (right thumb fracture) got his swings in a rehab game Friday night for the high Single-A Potomac Nationals in Woodbridge, Va. The P-Nats defeated Salem 5-4 in 10 innings. Zimmerman had a RBI sacrifice fly in the first inning, finishing 0-for-3 with the RBI. He was the designated hitter. Zimmerman told reporters at Pfitzner Stadium that he believes he will

Strasburg, Desmond and McLouth on 9-2 victory over Rangers

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg notched his fourth win of the season with a nine-strikeout six-inning performance against the Rangers on Friday night in a 9-2 victory. It did not start off well for Strasburg, however. In the second, the Rangers scored two runs with two outs. Strasburg allowed three hits in the inning and committed a fielding error, leading to two unearned runs. “It was

Rangers get early lead thanks to Strasburg’s bobble (Nationals win 9-2)

Friday marked the first visit to Nationals Park for the Texas Rangers since June 2008, when they won two out of three games against the Nationals. The last time the Nationals played in Arlington, Texas, was 2005. The three games in D.C. this season will be their only regular season meeting. Texas has won three of four in consecutive series against the Tigers and the

Williams on getting guys days off and the importance of the pinch-hitter

Nationals manager Matt Williams today offered some intriguing insight about how he puts together a lineup and how he decides who goes into pitch in the late innings. He said a lot of lineup decisions can be made by how the team is playing, especially when they are struggling. If they were on a winning streak, for instance, players like Ian Desmond or Jayson Werth

Williams on Zimmerman rehab start, Harper and Gonzalez

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, on the 15-day disabled list with a right thumb fracture, went to high Single-A Potomac on Friday night for a rehab game. Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman will be the designated hitter. “He has got to get some at-bats,” Williams said. “He hasn’t hit live. The field BP was great the other day. Did it again yesterday. Took some grounders

A look at how Blake Treinen’s throwing schedule changed since rainout

Nationals right-hander Blake Treinen could see work out of the bullpen in the next couple of games after his start was rained out Tuesday, according to manager Matt Williams. Treinen said he is happy with any arrangement, as long as he gets a shot at pitching. “I am here to help in any way I can,” Treinen said. “If the game gets delayed, I will

Hearing from McLouth, LaRoche, Zimmermann and Barrett after loss to Marlins

Left fielder Nate McLouth tied a career-high with four hits in the Nationals’ 8-5 loss to the Marlins in 10 innings. “It was nice, because I have been grinding,” McLouth said. “It is really nice to come through for your team at the plate a little bit and certainly is a chance to exhale a little bit. “Staying confident and positive. I don’t think you

Zimmermann suffers another rough May start (Marlins win 8-5 in 10 innings)

Following Tuesday’s rainout, Wednesday’s game turned into the series finale between the Nationals and Marlins. Prior to Monday, the three game set would have decided second place in the National League East in late May. Now that the series has been reduced to a pair of games and the Nationals dropped the opener Monday night 3-2, it is important they get a split before Miami

Williams, Zimmerman update third baseman’s first live BP since thumb injury

Nationals manager Matt Williams had another positive update on the status of third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who has been out with a right thumb fracture. Zimmerman went through batting practice Wednesday and even had former Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez throwing to him. “Today is a stepping stone for him,” Williams said. “He got on the field for live BP. Took a lot of swings. He

Hood has shown power potential during latest surge at Triple-A Syracuse

The Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs have won seven of their last eight games as Destin Hood and Steven Souza, Jr., heat up. It is great to see Hood excelling. Hood has been through some slumps and injuries, but has steadily made the climb within the Nationals organization. Now he is rolling. In his last 10 games, Hood has gone 17-for-40 (.425), with four doubles, two walks,

Marlins-Nats postponed due to rain (Zimmermann to pitch Wednesday)

The Marlins-Nationals game for Tuesday night has been postponed due to inclement weather. No makeup date has been set. Manager Matt Williams should be available to update this week’s pitching matchups, so stay tuned here. Tuesday’s matchup was intended to be right-hander Blake Treinen facing Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez, and Wednesday’s pitching matchup was supposed to be right-hander Jordan Zimmermann versus the Marlins Tom Koehler.

Hearing from LaRoche, Roark and Ramos after 3-2 setback

Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche played his first home game since coming off the disabled list and delivered a two-run homer to cut the Marlins’ lead to 3-2. But the Nationals were unable to get anything else going and settled for three hits, leaving four men on base. “Feels great to be back, no doubt,” LaRoche said. “I had to sit there and watch for

Marlins get early 3-0 lead against Roark (Nats fall 3-2)

The Nationals begin a nine-game home stand with a Memorial Day matinee against the division rival Miami Marlins, and are in the midst of a stretch of 15 of 19 at home. So far, they are just 4-6 in this stretch. The Marlins come into the series in second place in the National League East, three games back of the Braves. The Nationals, despite losing

Williams says Espinosa looking to rein in aggressiveness at plate

Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa has had a difficult May at the plate and is working on adjusting his approach, manager Matt Williams said prior to Monday’s series opener against the Marlins at Nationals Park. Espinosa has just four hits in his last 10 games, going 4-for-36 (.111) since May 11. In the month of May, Espinosa has just nine hits for a .127 batting

Williams updates Zimmerman, Gonzalez and Harper recoveries

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is scheduled for another X-ray today to check the progress on his broken right thumb, according to manager Matt Williams. “Doc will take a look at (the X-ray),” Williams said. “Expectation is it will be good. Hopefully, he will get cleared to take baseball activity and get the splint off of there, starting taking some batting practice. ... Been throwing

Jordan not the only Taylor making waves in Nats farm system

Triple-A Syracuse right-hander Taylor Hill continues to excel. He got off to a very good start in April and has been consistent in May. The first 10 games of the season have been close to masterful for the 6-foot-3 former Vanderbilt hurler. Hill has gone 6-1 with a 1.63 ERA in 10 outings, nine of them starts. In 60 2/3 innings, Hill has surrendered only

LaRoche’s return can provide calmness to struggling lineup

First baseman Adam LaRoche has been activated and returns to the Nationals lineup this afternoon for the series finale at Pittsburgh. Infielder Zach Walters was sent to Triple-A Syracuse in the corresponding move. With LaRoche back in the lineup, the bench gets better, with power hitter Tyler Moore now returning to a utility role. Maybe Moore’s return to the bench will also help ignite the

Could Giolito pitch Sunday for Hagerstown? (updated)

The low Single-A Hagerstown Suns have now placed a “to be determined” for Sunday’s starting pitcher against Asheville. Previously, Nick Pivetta was in that spot, but he was placed on the disabled list Friday. Pivetta is 7-2 with a 3.27 ERA. Nationals top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito, who hasn’t pitched in a game since May 11, is a candidate for Sunday’s start. Monday’s pitching probable

Williams, Span like idea of manufacturing runs with big boys out

Manager Matt Williams said earlier this week that nine-run games are rarities, and that if a team could score that many runs every game, they would be champions. Of course, every team would love to score that many times every game out. The pressure would be taken off the pitchers and the team would have much easier games. It is so easy to say, but

Team source: Top prospect Giolito skipping starts to have innings managed, not because of injury

Nationals top right-handed pitching prospect Lucas Giolito is not injured, despite not pitching since May 11. The low Single-A Hagerstown Suns starter is having his innings managed, according to a team source. Giolito has racked up 32 1/3 innings in seven starts this season and has pitched well. Giolito is 2-0 with a 2.51 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 14 walks. In his last start

Zimmerman could play the outfield before he plays first base

One way the Nationals could add the most power to their lineup prior to Bryce Harper’s July return would be to get Ryan Zimmerman back on the field and keep Anthony Rendon at third base. So Zimmerman would play at first base? Nope. Adam LaRoche returns Sunday and he would be back at his usual spot on the right corner of the infield. So where

Span on his first home run of season and loss to Reds

Nationals center fielder Denard Span had himself a series. He finished the three games with nine hits against the Reds, including a 5-for-5 performance Tuesday and a leadoff solo shot Wednesday. It was his first homer of the season. The home run off of Reds starter Alfredo Simon gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, they could not muster much else offensively, leaving two men

Williams on Roark, Simon, Treinen and homestand

After the 2-1 loss to the Reds on Wednesday night, Nationals manager Matt Williams addressed the media and announced that Blake Treinen will be called up from Triple-A Syracuse for Thursday’s opener at Pittsburgh. Right-hander Ryan Mattheus will be sent back to Syracuse to make room for Treinen on the 25-man roster. Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche confirmed he will play in a rehab game

Span picks up where he left off in series finale (Reds win 2-1)

“I had a good day,” Nationals center fielder Denard Span said Tuesday night. “Today was my day. I saw the ball good, and got to do it again tomorrow.” Wednesday arrived and he did it again. Fresh off a career-high-matching 5-for-5 performance in Tuesday’s 9-4 Nationals win over the Reds, Span launched the second pitch from Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon into the Nationals bullpen in

Williams updates LaRoche, Harper and Gonzalez’s recoveries

Manager Matt Williams said Wednesday during pregame that first baseman Adam LaRoche is right on target to be activated Sunday or Monday from the 15-day disabled list. LaRoche has been nursing a right quad strain. He has been on the disabled list since May 10. He is expected to play rehab games in the next day or two. “Adam is going to go play,” Williams

Solis will make another progression start Wednesday for Potomac (updated)

Left-hander Sammy Solis is making progress following his first pro start of the season Friday for Single-A Hagerstown Suns. His next start is Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for Single-A Potomac, a club source confirmed. Solis went six innings, allowing only four hits, no runs, no walks and struck out seven batters to notch the victory last week for the Suns. The 6-foot-5 southpaw had been

Former adversaries, Fister and Span, team up to take it out on the Reds

If you ask Doug Fister, Denard Span was always a tough hitter to face. If you ask Span, Fister always got great movement on his pitches, which were incredibly deceptive to the hitter in the box. Unfortunately for the Reds, they had to face both of them Tuesday. The Nationals, led by Fister’s seven strong innings and Span’s 5-for-5 performance, cruised past Cincinnati 9-4. Fister

Reds go after first pitches against Fister, grab early lead (Nats win 9-4)

The Reds picked up where they left off on Tuesday against the Nationals. Fresh off a 4-3, 15-inning marathon win Monday night (Tuesday morning), Cincinnati scored a run in its first at-bat. With one out, Skip Schumaker went after the first offering from Nationals starter Doug Fister and laced the two-seam fastball for a double to left field. Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier also went

Williams updates Zimmerman’s latest X-ray and LaRoche’s on field progress

Manager Matt Williams had another update on third baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s recovery from a right thumb fracture. Williams reported the latest X-ray showed the thumb was getting “better”. “He is seeing the occupational therapist to get a splint that will allow him to start throwing a baseball a little bit,” Williams said. “It is not really throwing, but it puts his thumb in a position

Nats source: Purke on disabled list with elbow injury

Double-A Harrisburg starting left-hander Matt Purke has been placed on the disabled list with an elbow injury, according to a club source. The Nationals are “still gathering information” regarding the injury and do not know yet what the next step will be. Purke was listed as the No. 10 Nationals prospect according to Baseball America. Elbow injuries in pitchers usually are rarely easy fixes. Recently,

Hearing from Strasburg, Detwiler, Storen, Rendon and Frandsen after marathon loss to Reds

Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg did not factor in the decision of Monday’s 4-3 loss in 15 innings to the Reds. But Strasburg was able to go seven innings and allowed just two runs. “Felt pretty good, battled,” Strasburg said. “Fastball was up a little bit tonight. Trying to keep it close.” A key play in the game came in the seventh when the Nationals were

Strasburg and Leake control game early (Reds win 4-3 in 15)

Monday’s series opener paired a matchup of two of the top eight overall selections from the 2009 first-year player draft as the Reds arrived in D.C. to face the Nationals. Top overall selection Stephen Strasburg faced off against the eighth overall pick Mike Leake. Strasburg had to deal with a runner in scoring position in each of the first two innings, but escaped unscathed. In

Williams updates Zimmerman, LaRoche, Treinen

Nationals manager Matt Williams said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will have another x-ray today to check on his recovering right thumb fracture. Zimmerman, on the 15-day disabled list since April 13, has been seen shagging fly balls in the outfield the last few batting practices. “He also has been taking grounders in the infield too,” Williams said. “We have to be very careful with him

Ramos’ request to play on Sunday pays big dividends for Nats

You have to think Wilson Ramos was trying to make up for lost time on Sunday. Way back on opening day, March 31 in New York against the Mets, the Nationals catcher had only three at-bats before he was removed with a hand injury. That hand injury turned out to be a fractured hamate bone in his left hand. Ramos missed 32 games. On Sunday,

Williams says Gonzalez’s shoulder is fine, but Gonzalez is not so sure

Manager Matt Williams said in his postgame news conference following a 5-2 loss to the Mets Saturday that Gio Gonzalez’s shoulder issue from earlier in the season is not the reason for the Nationals left-hander’s two rough outings in a row. But if it is not a health reason for Gonzalez’s problems on the hill, what is it? “I can’t put a finger on that

Werth and Ramos on 5-2 win over the Mets

The Nationals returned home with a 5-2 victory over the New York Mets, thanks to timely hits by Jayson Werth, Scott Hairston and Tyler Moore. Wilson Ramos also had a big RBI sac fly and scored a run in support of winning pitcher Tanner Roark. Werth went 2-for-4 with a first inning run-scoring single. But his catch at the right field wall to prevent a

Hagerstown spotlight: Starters and bullpen getting it done

It is amazing the amount of talent that is building up from rookie-level to low Single-A for the Nationals this season. A good amount of the players that helped guide the Gulf Coast Nationals to a 52-9 record and a league championship now play for the Hagerstown Suns. So far, the success this team had at the GCL level is translating to the South Atlantic

Williams: Desmond getting better defensively, doesn’t need days off

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond had a home run early in the Arizona series. On Wednesday, he delivered a clutch two-run single to put the Nationals ahead for good in a 5-1 series-clinching victory over the Diamondbacks. He finished with five RBIs in the three-game set. Thursday marks a rare day off for Desmond. Despite this week’s recent uptick at the plate, does manager Matt Williams

Williams: Fister needs to sink the ball; updates LaRoche’s recovery

Wednesday’s starter Doug Fister would like nothing more than to put aside his season debut from last Friday in an 8-0 loss at Oakland. Manager Matt Williams believes Fister will have a better showing in today’s start against Arizona. “I think he just needs to be down in the strike zone,” Williams said. “I anticipate that today being on normal rest. We pushed him through

Desmond with another extra-base hit to get Nationals on board (D-backs win 3-1)

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond slammed a home run on Monday for his first extra-base hit since May 2. Sometimes when a hitter finally puts a charge in the ball, it can start something bigger. Desmond continued his good feeling at the plate in the second inning Tuesday in Arizona. After Wilson Ramos singled off of Diamondbacks starter Bronson Arroyo, Desmond hit a RBI triple to

Williams updates Zimmerman, McLouth, Ramos, Desmond, Storen and Frandsen

Nationals manager Matt Williams received X-ray results on third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and his broken thumb. Zimmerman has been on the disabled list since April 13. Unfortunately, Zimmerman will not be able to begin strength exercises yet. “X-rays were good, but it is not fully healed yet,” Williams said. “So the doctor is not comfortable with him starting any strengthening stuff yet. I imagine we

Right-hander Suero advances to Potomac, continues to impress

Right-hander Wander Suero was called up to high Single-A Potomac last week. And for good reason. All he has been is impressive. Suero went 3-0 with one save and a 1.98 ERA in six games for the low Single-A Hagerstown Suns. In 27 1/3 innings, Suero allowed 24 hits, six earned runs, two walks and struck out 19 batters. Suero also went 8-1 with a

Nationals look to forget Oakland at Arizona (Nats rally for 6-5 win)

After being unable to ever get comfortable against the Oakland A’s and getting swept, the Nationals could ask for nothing more than to get off to a quick start in Arizona against the vulnerable Diamondbacks, a team that has won just three of their first 18 games at home. Facing Josh Collmenter, leadoff hitter Denard Span fought through four straight cutters before getting a changeup

Williams on being back in Arizona, updates Zimmerman and Harper injuries

Tonight, Matt Williams makes his return to Phoenix where he was a coach for the Diamondbacks, but now he is in his new role as the manager of the Nationals. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson was excited to see his old friend back in Arizona, but that doesn’t change his competitive fire to try to beat the opponent. “I want to beat his (butt), too,” Gibson Continue reading ....

Nats down to 67 percent of opening day offense

With the news the Nationals will be without first baseman Adam LaRoche for what could be until the end of the month of May, the offense is now without three of its top hitters. It feels like catcher Wilson Ramos just got back from a left hand fracture. Now, LaRoche takes his place on the sidelines, out with a quad injury on the 15-day disabled

Nationals need confident Detwiler to solidify left side of bullpen

Losing 8-0 is never fun. But getting Ross Detwiler some extended work is a promising sign. Doug Fister struggled in his first start for the Nationals, surrendering seven runs, five of them earned runs, in 4 1/3 innings. Detwiler had a very difficult May 6 against the Dodgers, giving up four runs on three hits himself, over one inning. But Friday he was able to

Notes on LaRoche, Zimmerman, Rendon, Rosenbaum and more

First baseman Adam LaRoche delivered one of the biggest hits of Wednesday’s 3-2 won over the Dodgers, but then had trouble moving around the bases. LaRoche was unable to score from first following a long double. This was a clear sign that he can hit with his very sore quad, but he can’t run as fast as he would like. It also bothers other parts

Strasburg erases tough first and bears down to beat Dodgers

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg has had trouble this season getting off to quick starts in the first inning. Before Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers, he had allowed nine runs, six earned, in seven previous opening innings. Same thing happened again in his eighth start. Four consecutive hits and two runs and the Dodgers led 2-0. But then that is when something unusual happened. All season it

Matt Williams on Strasburg, Ramos, LaRoche and win over Dodgers

Manager Matt Williams said Stephen Strasburg did not have to make any changes to his strategy after four hits and two runs allowed in the first inning. “He got what he wanted in the first inning, couple of grounders that got through,” Williams said. “Just found holes. I don’t think there was any major adjustments after inning No. 1. He had good location the rest

Ramos returns and instantly helps deliver Nats’ win over Dodgers (Moore optioned)

Wilson Ramos waited 38 days for a chance to get back with the Nationals. The catcher had a double, a walk and a sac fly that drove in the winning run in a 3-2 Nationals win over the Dodgers, which gave Washington a series victory. The double came on the first pitch he saw from Dodgers starter Dan Haren. I think the Nationals are glad

Dodgers get to Strasburg early again (Nats win 3-2)

First innings have not been kind to Stephen Strasburg this season. Prior to Wednesday’s game in seven starts this season, Strasburg had allowed nine runs, six of them earned, with an opponent batting average of .394 in the first inning. The Dodgers added to that trend with two runs on four hits to take a 2-0 lead early in the final game of the series.

Ramos back in lineup, batting fifth against Dodgers

March 31. May 7. Finally. Nationals manager Matt Williams announced that Wilson Ramos returns to the lineup today against the Dodgers, batting fifth and catching for Stephen Strasburg. Just like he did on opening day March 31. Ramos suffered a left hamate fracture in his hand in that first game against the Mets, had surgery and now has rehabbed to the point that he’s ready

Treinen suffers tough loss to Dodgers in first major league start

In your first major league start, you hold the Los Angeles Dodgers to no earned runs over five-plus innings. Your fielding error allows the opponent to start a rally. But it is just three runs. Nationals right-hander Blake Treinen took the loss in an 8-3 defeat, but it was not because he wasn’t ready or didn’t have the stuff to compete. He did. “Obviously, I

Treinen gets help from defense early against Dodgers (L.A. wins 8-3)

It is a pretty big night for Blake Treinen. In one day, he is called up again to the big leagues and later that night he makes his first major league start. Oh, and he has to face the Los Angeles Dodgers’ potent offense and ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw. The Nationals right-hander has pitched well for Triple-A Syracuse to begin this season, with four starts

Minor league injury updates on Solis, Taylor, Rivero, Kobernus and Renda (Solis arrival update)

Left-hander Sammy Solis threw four innings Monday in Florida and the club’s offseason facility and everything looked good, according to a team source. Solis’ velocity is there. He is playing extended spring training games against teams from the Braves, Astros and Tigers. Solis had a minor back strain right before end of spring training which set him back. Update: A Nats source confirms that Solis

Barrett and Williams on bullpen’s finishing of marathon game, Nats win

It was a game that officially took two hours and 59 minutes to play. But, in reality, it had another three hours and 17 minutes of a rain delay sandwiched inside the regular game. The Nationals ended up winning the opener against the Dodgers, 4-0. The pair of two-run shots by Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa were critical. Also crucial to the victory was the

Ramos completes nine innings in rehab game for Harrisburg

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos caught nine innings of a rehab game for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators on Monday night in their 8-2 loss to Richmond. Ramos went 0-for-4 and grounded into a pair of double plays, but called 149 pitches from four Senator pitchers. On Sunday, he was the designated hitter for the Hagerstown Suns and hit a three-run homer. Ramos has been out since

Nationals score first, courtesy of long homer by Rendon (Nats win)

In two starts against the Nationals last season, Dodgers starter Zack Greinke won both times and allowed a grand total of two earned runs. The Nationals managed to score two earned runs in their first inning against Greinke in 2014. After a double by Denard Span to lead off the bottom of the first, Anthony Rendon got a hold of a 1-2 offering from Greinke

Nats source: Purke to stay in rotation despite slow start

Double-A Harrisburg left-hander Matt Purke has had a tough start to the season, but the Nationals have no immediate intention of removing him from the starting rotation, a team source told MASNSports.com. They also confirm Purke’s shoulder is fine. Purke was a third-round 2011 selection for the Nationals who missed most of the 2012 season because of a shoulder injury. He had left shoulder surgery

Updates on Ramos, Hairston and Zimmerman

Manager Matt Williams is excited at the prospect of getting three starters back by the end of the week. He got one back Monday. Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (hand) started for Double-A Harrisburg on Monday night. Scott Hairston (oblique) was activated off the disabled list before Monday’s opener against the Dodgers. Doug Fister (lat) is expected to make his Nationals debut Friday night at Oakland.

Relief pitching one major key to Hagerstown’s success

The low Single-A Hagerstown Suns, a Nationals affiliate playing in the South Atlantic League, have started the season 21-7 with big hitting and some good games from the starters. But another reason for their fast start has been the relievers holding leads from the fifth inning on most nights. Hagerstown director of broadcasting Eli Pearlstein told me on 106.7 The Fan’s “Nats Insider” that this

Wilson Ramos making rehab appearance tonight for Hagerstown (updated)

Catcher Wilson Ramos (left hand fracture) will be making his first rehab start tonight for the low Single-A Suns against the Lexington Legends at 5:05 p.m. at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown. Ramos has not appeared in a game since opening day against the Mets on March 31. He had surgery soon after to remove the hamate bone in his left hand. Ramos will serve as

Drew Ward providing depth at third base in Nats system (updated)

Low Single-A Hagerstown third baseman Drew Ward is in the midst of a scorching run. The 6-foot-4, 210 lb. lefty-hitting Ward had a 4-for-4 performance May 1. He hit a home run in that game and is batting .425 his last 10 games. In the first game of the doubleheader that day, Ward drew three walks. Ward has made his way to pro ball similar

Fister works strong first two frames in second rehab start at Reading

Nationals right-hander Doug Fister (lat strain) completed 3 2/3 innings for Double-A Harrisburg Friday night at Reading in his second rehab start. Harrisburg defeated Reading 9-4. Fister worked a “very strong first two” innings according to Reading Phillies broadcaster Steve Degler. He allowed two hits, two runs, three walks and struck out five, firing 76 pitches, 46 for strikes. Fister threw 25 pitches in the

Hairston smacks RBI double in rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse

Nationals outfielder Scott Hairston (oblique strain) had a positive rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Syracuse. Hairston played left field, going 1-for-3, with an RBI double and a walk. He also grounded into a double play. His double scored Josh Johnson from second to tie the game in the third inning. The Chiefs went on to win the game, 4-3. The rehab assignment is expected to

Rendon and Espinosa keys to Nats offensive consistency

I had a feeling Anthony Rendon would feel comfortable back in his native Texas. And he did. Rendon contributed four hits for the second time in his last five games as the Nationals shut out the Astros 7-0. He also had two doubles and his forth home run of the season. Rendon has also displayed his glovework at third, making more than a few great

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