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Robles shining in GCL; Turner and Cole updates from Syracuse

Nationals outfielder Victor Robles is only 18 years old, but he is playing with the confidence and ability of a veteran in his first few weeks of Gulf Coast League competition. The outfielder from the Dominican Republic is batting .524 (11-for-21) with one double, one triple, two homers, three stolen bases and six RBIs in his first seven games. His on-base percentage is .600 and

Turner searching for first Triple-A hit; Harrisburg and Potomac Sunday winners

Shortstop Trea Turner is still looking for his first Triple-A base hit. On Sunday, Turner pinch-hit in the eighth inning and popped out for pitcher Rafael Martin. He is now 0-for-9 with Syracuse, with a run scored and a strikeout. After 68 Double-A games, Turner had accumulated an amazing 25 multi-hit games and a .327 average. In that span, he had a 16-game hitting streak

Williams on Turner, Barrett and Zimmerman

Shortstop Trea Turner made his Triple-A debut Friday night in a Syracuse 9-1 loss at Indianapolis. He was called out on strikes, lined softly to right fielder, grounded into a force out at second base, scored on a Kevin Keyes single, grounded into another force out and got to third later in the inning. He finished 0-for-4 with a run scored. Not a big deal,

What Trea Turner’s promotion to Triple-A means for the Nats

It didn’t take long for prospect Trea Turner to get to Triple-A. The talented shortstop is expected to join the Syracuse Chiefs today or tomorrow in Indianapolis, more likely today, according to a source familiar with the situation. Turner spent 10 days with Double-A Harrisburg. But really he spent 68 games at Double-A, where he started the season at Double-A San Antonio. With the Missions,

Nats offense gets to Wisler early and often in 7-0 win over Braves

The Nationals did not waste any time getting to Braves rookie right-hander Matt Wisler in Thursday’s getaway matchup. They scored six runs in the first three innings and cruised to a 7-0 win and a series sweep. The biggest hit was from shortstop Ian Desmond, who crushed a two-run shot to cap the scoring in the third. The Nationals pounded out seven hits in the

Williams on selection of Giolito and Turner to Futures Game

Two Nationals prospects - right-hander Lucas Giolito and shortstop Trea Turner - have been selected to play in the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. “I think it’s a great opportunity for both of them to get a chance to be on a national stage and show their

10 in 10: Diabetes Care Complex critical to Dream Foundation mission

From the time they arrived from Montreal before the 2005 season, the Nationals have been a mainstay in the Washington, D.C., sports scene. But the Nats are also very active in the community, working diligently over the past decade to touch the lives of many in the region and proving that baseball has a further reach than wins and losses, balls and strikes, batters and

Bryce Harper appeared to cramp up after double to start rally, status unknown for Thursday

Right fielder Bryce Harper scored the winning run as the Nationals dropped the Braves 2-1 in 11 innings. He started the rally with a double. But the big concern after the game was the way he went into second base awkwardly on his right leg. It appeared at first that maybe he had reinjured his left hamstring. Manager Matt Williams said during post game that

From utility to everyday starter: Versatile Espinosa and Robinson step up

Injuries, as with most teams, can take their toll on even the most talented teams and derail promising seasons. Fortunately for the Nationals, they have several players that can play in the infield and outfield and still hit and help bridge the gap until a starter returns. With injuries to players like Denard Span, Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon, Danny Espinosa and Clint

Span on Taylor and Carpenter; P-Nats play in high Single-A All-Star game

The California All-Stars dropped the Carolina All-Stars 9-2 Tuesday night from LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. High Single-A Potomac Nationals right-hander Nick Pivetta took the loss after allowing two runs on two hits in one inning of work. P-Nats catcher Spencer Kieboom went 0-for-2 and had two passed balls. He also grounded into a double play. California put up three runs in the fourth

Nats beat Braves 3-1 with top of order contributing just like last season

The Nationals offense waited over two hours and a half inning to finally get a shot at Braves left-hander Alex Wood. They jumped on him quickly thanks to the one-two punch of Denard Span and Anthony Rendon. In the first, Span doubled and Rendon brought him home with a RBI single for a 1-0 lead. In the third, Span had a RBI single to make

Bryce Harper tops in NL All-Star voting and bares all in upcoming Body Issue

The marketing of Bryce Harper? You better get in line. News broke Monday that Nationals right fielder will be featured in the upcoming ESPN The Magazine Body Issue. On Tuesday during pregame with the media, Harper said he was thrilled to be included in the offseason shoot and it was actually something he had hoped to be asked to do. “Very excited, very happy to

Kieboom, Pivetta represent Potomac in tonight’s Carolina-California League All-Star Game

Catcher Spencer Kieboom and pitcher Nick Pivetta have been selected from the high Single-A Potomac Nationals to play in tonight’s Carolina-California League All-Star Game in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. The game starts at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time from LoanMart Field. The 24-year-old Kieboom, who also was selected to the South Atlantic All-Star Game in 2014, is hitting .249 with 13 doubles, one triple, one homer and

Nationals bench steps up to help in three-game sweep of Pirates

After Thursday’s loss to Tampa Bay, the sixth straight non-winning series for the Nationals, manager Matt Williams said that he was looking for players to “step up.” Over the weekend, in three sold-out games at Nationals Park, the Nats stepped up with three wins against the red-hot Pirates, who had arrived with a season-high eight-game hit streak. In every game over the weekend, the Nationals

Gio bounces back in big way with seven strong in dropping Pirates 9-2

Left-hander Gio Gonzalez was looking for a bounce back performance after a struggle last Monday in Tampa Bay. He got exactly that in the Nationals’ 9-2 win over the Pirates and a series sweep. Gonzalez went a season-low 3 1/3 innings in the June 15 6-1 loss at Tampa Bay. He gave up eight hits, five runs, had three walks and only one strikeout. But

Danny Espinosa on play to nab Pedro Alvarez in eighth: “I was able to get him”

No-hitters are always about a dominant pitcher completely shutting down an opposing squad. More often than not, these pitching gems have a few plays in the field on defense that make the difference between a no-hitter and a one- or two-hitter. On Saturday in D.C., Max Scherzer was awesome in his no-hitter of the Pirates, with a final score of 6-0. One play that got

Matt Williams on Max Scherzer’s no-hitter: Command in and out of zone

Manager Matt Williams said Max Scherzer’s first career no-hitter, a 6-0 shutout of the Pirates, was something special and the team was proud to be able to share it with the hometown Nats Park crowd. “What’s the max capacity here?” Williams queried the media throng in the press conference room. “Forty-one thousand people on their feet from the time he went on for the ninth.

Matt Williams and Ian Desmond on another rest day for shortstop (updated, Desmond starts)

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is out of the lineup for a second game in a row as manager Matt Williams wants him to take a “mental rest.” Since June 9, Desmond has gone 4-for-36 (.111) with 16 strikeouts. “It’s rest, it’s clear,” Williams said. “It’s good work, it’s all of those things. It’s important for him to get back to where he wants to be,

Ramos on hitting and super subs; Carpenter thankful for another shot in the bigs

Nationals reliever David Carpenter was outstanding Friday in shutting down a potential late inning rally against the Pirates. His hold helped the Nationals to a 4-1 victory before a sellout crowd of close to 39,000 at Nats Park. “It was just fun to get back into that type of situation that I’m used to,” Carpenter said. “Just glad that I was able to come and

Harper and Werth updates following 4-1 win over Pirates

Following Friday’s 4-1 win over the Pirates, Nationals manager Matt Williams had an update on right fielder Bryce Harper. Harper did not play in the game as he nursed a sore left hamstring strain. Williams said Harper worked in the weight room and got treatment throughout the day after slipping on the wet field Thursday night against Tampa Bay when making a throw from the

Williams: Harper’s hamstring still “sore”

Nationals manager Matt Williams said outfielder Bryce Harper is still “sore” after suffering a mild strain of his left hamstring in slippery conditions at Nats Park during a 5-3 loss to the Rays on Thursday night. “He’s sore,” Williams said. “Hasn’t done a whole lot today. He’s getting treatment. I’m sure at some point he’ll get a few swings in and light (stretching). He’s off

Doug Fister “felt a lot better” in return, but Nats fall 5-3 to Rays

Despite the 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, Nationals starter Doug Fister felt pretty good about his return from the disabled list and first game since May 14. Fister had been on the disabled list with a right forearm flexor tendon strain. “I felt a lot better,” Fister said. “Obviously, it’s a work in progress. I mean, I keep saying that, but

10 in 10: Nationals look to improve D.C. Little Leagues with new uniforms, equipment and fields

From the time they arrived from Montreal before the 2005 season, the Nationals have been a mainstay in the Washington, D.C., sports scene. But the Nats are also very active in the community, working diligently over the past decade to touch the lives of many in the region and proving that baseball has a further reach than wins and losses, balls and strikes, batters and

Little League travel team, featuring Mo’Ne Davis, pays visit to Nationals

The Little League Anderson Monarchs, featuring 13-year-old Little League World Series pitcher Mo’Ne Davis, paid a visit to Nationals Park on Thursday for the Nationals game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Monarchs are a travel team, based out of Philadelphia, on a barnstorming tour across America as a tribute to Jackie Robinson, the Negro Leagues and the Civil Rights Movement. Anderson manager Steve Bandura

Doug Fister spent rehab time focusing on mental side of pitching

Right-hander Doug Fister returns to the starting rotation tonight as the Nationals wrap up their home-and-home interleague series with the Tampa Bay Rays. Fister, who will be activated from the disabled list after missing time with a strained right flexor forearm muscle, was impressive in his rehab assignment with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators last Friday night. He struck out four and allowed only two hits

Souza returns to Nats Park and lifts Rays past his former team, 5-0

It is the trade that is talked about a lot, mostly because the Nationals received right-hander Joe Ross and shortstop Trea Turner in the three-team deal that involved the Padres and the Rays. The Nationals traded for Ross, who is currently in the starting rotation, and now finally Turner, who had three hits for Double-A Harrisburg Wednesday, in their part of the 11-player deal. Tampa

Souza opens scoring against buddy Zimmermann (Rays win 5-0)

The Nationals and Rays play game three against each other tonight, but this time in D.C. It is the first time that right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and now Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. have been on the same field playing in the same game since Zimmermann’s first career no-hitter September 28, 2014. Souza arrived in that game in the ninth inning and played left field.

Fister to start Thursday; updates on Strasburg, Zimmerman, Ramos, Barrett and Span

Manager Matt Williams confirmed that Doug Fister (right forearm tightness) will be activated off the disabled list tomorrow to make the start against the Rays in the series finale. Fister last pitched in the 8-3 loss at San Diego on May 14. Stephen Strasburg (neck tightness) had a positive rehab start earlier today in Harrisburg at the Double-A level. With 80 pitches, the last nine

Denard Span gets night off as Nats return home to face Rays (with lineups)

The Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays play their third game in a row tonight, but this time at Nationals Park. The Nationals hope to build off of their 16-4 pasting of the Rays on Tuesday at Tropicana Field to finish the road trip 4-4. Tonight is the first of eight-straight games at home for the Nats. The Nationals have granted Triple-A RHP Mitch Lively his

Nats can build off of 16 runs; Turner debuts in Double-A Harrisburg

The Nationals can use a game like Tuesday’s 16-4 drubbing of the Rays. The 23 hits were the most ever by the Nats and the most since the Expos tallied 26 in a game against the Giants in 1997. Catcher Wilson Ramos told reporters afterwards he will use the video from his last two at-bats, both homers off position players, to help him because he

Notes on Turner, Hague, Keyes, Desmond, Jordan and Wooten

Ricky Hague had a smashing debut for Triple-A Syracuse with a three-run homer in the Chiefs’ 8-1 dispatch of Toledo. It was Hague’s first homer since June 27, 2014 while with Double-A Harrisburg. He finished 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs in his Triple-A debut. Kevin Keyes also debuted with an RBI double in his first at-bat. He also went 2-for-4 with two runs

Stephen Strasburg set for rehab start; Joe Ross’ second start opens doors for Nats

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is set for a rehab assignment Wednesday with Double-A Harrisburg as they take on Richmond. The game will be at noon at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, Pa. The gates open at 11 a.m. Strasburg has been on the disabled list since May 30 with a left trapezius strain. On Friday in Milwaukee, Strasburg threw 60 pitches in a bullpen session.

Danny Espinosa’s player value extends with ability to play first base

The Nationals opted to place Danny Espinosa in a position he had never played before in a major league game. Espinosa started at first base Saturday in the Nationals’ 7-2 win over the Brewers. As expected, he had to make some plays. He had to flip the ball to the pitcher, a little high and a little late, but it worked to record the out.

Fister scoreless rehab start and what about Chapman rumors? (updated)

The Nationals have hit a heavy skid the past two weeks, losing 11 of their last 14 games. One reason is the amount of starters that have been placed on the disabled list. Offensive starters like Denard Span, Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon have spent a good amount of time unable to play in regular season games due to various injuries and setbacks.

David Carpenter activated, Aaron Barrett placed on 15-day DL

The Nationals don’t have to worry about pulling an active pitcher off their 25-man roster to activate right-hander David Carpenter. Right-hander Aaron Barrett has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right biceps strain. Carpenter was activated officially today to take Barrett’s place on the roster. He has previously pitched for Houston, Atlanta, Toronto and the New York Yankees. Barrett appeared to swing

Could the Nationals work with Oakland again to get Tyler Clippard back to D.C.?

The Nationals bullpen has struggled to find its locked in 7-8-9 responsibilities as the season enters its third month. Drew Storen has been the closer and done a very good job, notching 19 saves. Casey Janssen was pegged as the eighth-inning setup man after the Nationals traded fan-favorite Tyler Clippard to the A’s for infielder Yunel Escobar. But Janssen is more of a finesse guy,

10 in 10: Dream Foundation builds off success to introduce new initiative

From the time they arrived from Montreal before the 2005 season, the Nationals have been a mainstay in the Washington, D.C., sports scene. But the Nats are also very active in the community, working diligently over the past decade to touch the lives of many in the region and proving that baseball has a further reach than wins and losses, balls and strikes, batters and

Solis roughed up in rehab for Harrisburg (Update: Solis reinstated and optioned)

Double-A Harrisburg’s offense opened up to drop New Britain 9-6. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak. Five Senators had multi-hit performances. Wilmer Difo went 3-for-5, Tony Renda 2-for-5, Brian Goodwin 2-for-4, Matt Skole 3-for-5 and Brian Jerolman 2-for-5. Harrisburg totaled 14 hits. Skole hit his ninth homer and finished with four RBIs. Austin Voth (3-4) went six innings for the win, allowing three runs

Nationals select three left-handers from 5th to 10th rounds

The Nationals added talent and depth with picks from the fifth round through the 10th round Tuesday in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. All of them came from the collegiate ranks. From the fifth through seventh rounds, the Nationals went on a run for southpaws. In the fifth round, the Nationals chose left-hander Taylor Hearn from Oklahoma Baptist University. Hearn went 9-0 with a 3.50

Stevenson on getting call from Nats: “I was just excited that they believe in how I play”

LSU center fielder Andrew Stevenson was the Nationals’ first pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft on Monday as the No. 58 selection. He leads the Tigers in hitting with a .356 average in 59 games, including 11 doubles, five triples, a homer, 26 stolen bases and 21 RBIs. “I’ve had a great year,” Stevenson said. “We got a great team over here and we’re

Nationals select a pair of outfielders to begin 2015 First-Year Player Draft

The Nationals selected a pair of outfielders to begin the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. With the 58th pick, the Nationals chose Louisiana State outfielder Andrew Stevenson. He is a 6-foot, 184-lb. speedy outfielder from Youngsville, La., who was All-First Team SEC for the Tigers, who have advanced to the College World Series this weekend in Omaha, Neb. Stevenson also ranked near the top of the

Nationals not fazed by picking No. 58 in the MLB Draft: “It’s the Super Bowl of the season”

The 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft commences tonight and the Nationals won’t make a big 1-1 splash like they have in the past with players like Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. They won’t even turn heads with a 1-6 pick like that of infielder Anthony Rendon. That’s because the Nationals don’t even pick in the first round this season. In the offseason, the

Span leaves with back spasms, Espinosa plays left field for first time in loss to Cubs

Nationals center fielder Denard Span had to leave Sunday’s 6-3 loss to the Cubs after the seventh inning with back spasms. Danny Espinosa replaced Span in the game and played left field. Michael A. Taylor switched over to center field. Span said the back spasms came upon him quickly and jolted him in the dugout after his at bat in the bottom of the seventh.

Despite loss, Joe Ross and his teammates felt confident in rookie’s debut

Right-hander Joe Ross started off well, did what he needed to do and kept the Nationals in the game in his major league debut Saturday versus the Cubs. Chicago won the game 4-2, but Ross did well for himself and the Nationals. He went five innings, allowed six hits, three runs, all earned, no walks and struck out four. He had to throw 91 pitches

Nats Rizzo has confidence A.J. Cole will be big league starter (Update: Cole to Syracuse)

The Nationals will start Double-A Harrisburg right-hander Joe Ross Saturday. The first-round 2011 selection, who started his career with the Padres, follows rookie A.J. Cole in making his major league debut with the Nats. Cole started April 28 at Atlanta, but allowed nine runs, only four earned, in two innings. Down 9-1, the Nationals rallied to win that game in dramatic fashion, 13-12. Cole was

Pitching prospect Joe Ross called up from Double-A to start Saturday

Nationals manager Matt Williams confirmed that right-hander Joe Ross will be called up to make his major league debut and start Saturday’s game against the Cubs. The 2011 first-round selection was acquired in a three-team trade from the Padres in the offseason, alongside shortstop Trea Turner. The deal, in part, sent outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to the Rays. Ross, the younger brother of San Diego

Source: Joe Ross to be called up from Double-A to start Saturday

The Nationals have had to be creative and aggressive in filling vacant turns in their rotation the last couple of weeks due to injuries to starters Doug Fister (right forearm tightness) and Stephen Strasburg (neck tightness). That assertive formula continues this weekend as the Nationals will call up Double-A Harrisburg right-hander Joe Ross to make his first major league start Saturday against the Chicago Cubs,

Update on Escobar’s wrist, Rendon’s return, Gonzalez’s bounce back after rough first inning

Nationals manager Matt Williams said third baseman Yunel Escobar left the game because of a right wrist injury. The X-Rays at the stadium were negative. “Yunel on the check swing, his right wrist wasn’t feeling good so we’ll evaluate that tomorrow and see where he’s at,” Williams reported postgame. “They took an X-Ray, he’s fine. There’s no issue there, he just tweaked it trying to

Updates on Fister, Strasburg, Solis, Zimmerman and facing Kris Bryant

Nationals manager Matt Williams updated how pitchers Doug Fister (right forearm tightness), Stephen Strasburg (neck tightness) and Sammy Solis (left shoulder inflammation) are going through the rehab process while on the disabled list. All three worked out at Nationals Park on Thursday. “Doug threw 40-ish pitches in the bullpen today, felt good,” Williams said. “Threw all of them. Threw his changeup and his curveball, his

Rendon plays in both ends of Harrisburg doubleheader

Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon (oblique strain) made another step toward returning to the team by playing in both ends of a doubleheader Wednesday night for Double-A Harrisburg. Rendon has not played this season for the Nationals. He has now had five rehab games since May 29. In Game 1, Rendon went 1-for-4 with a double in the seventh inning and struck out once. He

Pillar on homers off of Scherzer, Lobaton on the double steal

Nationals ace Max Scherzer gave up two homers in a game for the first time this season in Game 2 of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Blue Jays, a 7-3 loss. Scherzer last allowed more than one homer in a game on Aug. 30 of last season at the White Sox. Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar hit both of the round trippers, a solo shot

Span cautiously optimistic he will play in series finale

The Nationals decided right before Game 2 of their doubleheader with the Blue Jays on Tuesday that center fielder Denard Span would not play to give his sore right knee another full day to rest. An MRI revealed no significant damage, but there was still swelling and soreness. Manager Matt Williams made the call to keep his starting center fielder out of the lineup. “Just

Bryce Harper leading National League in early All-Star Game voting, plus Lucas Giolito notes

Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper continues as the leading vote-getter in the National League for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be played July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Harper has already garnered 2.3 million votes, which is fifth-best total in the major leagues. Kansas City’s Salvador Perez leads the way with 2.68 million votes, followed by Lorenzo Cain at 2.5 million.

Nats Notes: Wednesday starter, Span, Rendon, Giolito and bullpen

Nationals manager Matt Williams has an option to bring up a 26th player for Game 2 today against the Blue Jays. Williams said they have not announced the possible, and if they do add to the roster, they will make the move after Game 1. He also confirmed there was no thought to adding a starting pitcher for today’s Game 2. They don’t want to

Williams on Grace’s move to Syracuse and what to do late in games

The Nationals recalled left-hander Felipe Rivero on Monday and optioned left-hander Matt Grace to Triple-A Syracuse. Manager Matt Williams said Grace needs to work on keeping the ball down. The Reds scored four runs versus Grace on Sunday in an 8-2 win over the Nationals. “We want him to just be down in the strike zone,” Williams said. “He’s gotten hurt by that ball being

Rendon update, Turner hitting streak ends at 16 games, Giolito starts tonight

Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon, who is on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique injury, went 1-for-4 with a double in his third straight rehab start for Double-A Harrisburg. He was the designated hitter in the Senators’ 6-4 loss at Bowie. No word on when Rendon will return to Nationals, who are home through June 7. It appears Rendon will be getting a few more

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