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Clint Robinson demonstrates value again with two homers in two days for Nats

Heading into 2015, he had 13 total at-bats at the big league level. Heading into 2015, he didn’t know if he would even be playing in the majors. Then on August 30 in his 98th game with the Nationals, Clint Robinson crushed a pinch-hit two-run shot, his first pinch-hit homer of his major league career. He is the team leader in pinch-hits with six on

Werth again displays power stroke in Nats’ 7-4 comeback win

The Nationals flexed their muscles again in a 7-4 come-from-behind victory over the Marlins, which gave them a fourth consecutive series victory. Jayson Werth clubbed a two-run homer and later added a run-scoring double, highlighting the Nationals’ comeback from 3-0 and 4-2 deficits. They have now won eight of their last 12 games. Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond provided RBI singles in a three-run fifth.

Nats game blog: Nats seek series with over Marlins with Strasburg on hill

The Nationals are seeking their fourth consecutive series win and a chance to even their won-loss record against the Marlins with today’s finale at Nationals Park. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg is looking for his 10th career win against the Marlins and is 3-1 with a 1.73 ERA since Aug. 8. The Marlins counter with left-hander Brad Hand, who is 0-3 with a 7.85 ERA in four

Jordan Zimmermann uses lethal fastball to cut down Marlins 5-1

Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann went old school on the Marlins in a 5-1 victory, perfectly in line with the 1980’s theme celebration going on at Nationals Park Saturday night. Zimmermann (11-8) used his fastball, with his velocity spiking in the upper 90’s mph, to toss seven innings and allow only one solo homer in recording his third straight win. Manager Matt Williams felt Zimmermann’s outing was

Nats game blog: Bryce Harper has four homers vs. Tom Koehler this season

Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper hit three homers against Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler on May 6 here at Nationals Park. The Nationals won that game 7-5. He has five homers with nine RBIs in 23 plate appearances and 21 at-bats against Kohler with a 1.048 slugging percentage. Four of those homers have come this season. Harper has six homers this season against the Marlins, 15

Williams on Desmond’s durability, Span, Taylor and Escobar

With all the injuries the Nationals have had to deal with this season, one constant in the lineup has been starting shortstop Ian Desmond. He was given a day off here and there because his offensive game wasn’t as consistent in the first half of the season, but any nagging nicks and bruises never prevented him from missing any time. The rest of the projected

Nats lineup again without Yunel Escobar and Michael A. Taylor (Marlins lineup added)

Here are the starting lineups for Saturday’s second game of the series between the Nationals and Marlins. Amazingly, the second to last place Marlins have a 6-4 record versus the Nationals this season. One reason why the Mets have the lead in the NL East is they do well against teams with losing records. Danny Espinosa is back at second base tonight while Clint Robinson

Turner displays speed on defense in start, now looking for first base hit in majors

Trea Turner made his first major league start at a new position, second base, and made a couple of impressive plays on defense that showcased his speed, balance and glove work. Turner is still looking for his first major league base hit. He went 0-4 with three of the four outs on fly balls or a line out to right field. Turner looked comfortable at

Scherzer not crisp, inability to generate big inning leads to Nats’ 4-3 loss

The Nationals fell to the Marlins 4-3 on Friday night in a game they pretty much had to have against a team near the basement in the National League East. Right-hander Max Scherzer allowed a couple of early home runs and the Nationals failed to score more than one run with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth. That all added to a

Scherzer allows two homers, Desmond and Ramos homer for Nats (Marlins win 4-3)

It didn’t take the Marlins long to get to Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer. Left fielder Derek Dietrich slapped a run-scoring double high off the right-center field wall to score Martin Prado, who had singled to right with two down, and Miami led 1-0. Center fielder Bryce Harper had a single to right field with two outs in the bottom of the first. He has now

Nats game blog: Nationals face Fish with September on the horizon

The Nationals and the Marlins begin a three-game set at Nationals Park with right-hander Max Scherzer moved up in the rotation to take on left-hander Adam Conley. Scherzer was pushed to today so he could pitch Wednesday night on schedule in St. Louis. He is 11-10 with a 2.79 ERA. Conley is 1-1 with a 4.88 ERA for the Marlins, who are 26 games below

Williams on Span’s hip surgery; Taylor “thankful” knee is OK; Escobar update

Nationals manager Matt Williams reported that center fielder Denard Span is out for the season because he will have to undergo surgery on Tuesday. “He’s going to have left hip surgery, it’s a labrum surgery,” Williams said. “He has some damage in there that needs to get fixed.” Span has dealt with core surgery recovery, his back and now his hip. Were the Nationals given

Who will replace Span in the Nationals lineup?

The news that center fielder Denard Span has a left hip injury and will go back on the disabled list will make it difficult for him to return this season - unless the Nationals can win the National League East and play deep into October. But without their leadoff man, the scenario becomes tougher as the regular season games wind down. The Nationals will have

Ross delivers another standout performance

Rookie right-hander Joe Ross was again outstanding - on a night when the Nationals lost two position players during a 4-2 win and announced after the game that their leadoff man could be done for the season. Yunel Escobar left in the fifth with a hand injury and Michael A. Taylor hurt his knee in the seventh. Taylor was in for Denard Span, who did

Injuries to Span, Escobar and Taylor take luster off of Nats’ gutsy 4-2 win

The Nationals dropped the Padres 4-2 Thursday night behind strong pitching from Joe Ross and home runs from Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman. But news about three injured players - center fielder Denard Span, third baseman Yunel Escobar and center fielder Michael A. Taylor - made it feel a bit like a loss rather than a joyous series-clinching victory. The worst news involved Span, who

Werth and Zimmerman homer, Ross another quality start (Nats beat Padres 4-2)

The Padres tallied the first run of the game after Joe Ross rolled through the first three innings. The Nationals right-hander did not allow a hit through the first three frames. But in the fourth, Cory Spangenberg hit a dribbler in front of home plate. Catcher Wilson Ramos retrieved it, but through wildly to first. The ball was not close to first baseman Ryan Zimmerman

Nats game blog: Nats have one more shot at series win over Friars

The Nationals have another shot tonight at a series win as they wrap up a three-game set against the San Diego Padres. Washington has gone 4-2 against the Friars this season and is 16-9 against San Diego since 2012. But the Padres lead the overall series 38-30. The Nationals also haven’t lost a series to the Padres since 2011. Right-hander Joe Ross (4-5, 3.56 ERA)

Span gets day off with back tightness, Roark shines at Potomac

Center fielder Denard Span is not in the lineup tonight. The Nationals put left fielder Jayson Werth back in the leadoff role for Thursday night’s series finale against the San Diego Padres. Manager Matt Williams said it was nothing serious for Span, who has been on the disabled list already twice this season and has had recurring issues with his back. Instead, it is just

Brotherly love: Little brother Joe Ross looks to return favor to Tyson Ross in series finale

Nationals 22-year-old right-hander Joe Ross has impressed from his major league debut as a pitcher who doesn’t get rattled. That is sometimes a surprising trait in a rookie hurler. In his last start against the Brewers on Saturday, Khrys Davis slammed a solo homer to start the seventh inning. Ross did not let the run alter his goal and was able to get the next

Gonzalez on loss to Padres: “You got to make a better pitch”

The Nationals got down early against the Padres with left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the mound. San Diego led 4-0 after three innings and 5-1 after four. The Padres would eventually hold on for the 6-5 win. It marked Gonzalez’s third straight loss. Unfortunately, this trend of early deficits has been repeated in his three most recent starts. Gonzalez has now allowed four or more earned

Derek Norris looks back at time with Nats as important to his MLB development

The Nationals are taking on the Padres this week and there has been talk about rookies Trea Turner and Joe Ross playing for the first time against the team that drafted them. But San Diego also has a starting catcher/first baseman in Derek Norris who began his career in the Nationals system and was drafted by the team in 2007 as a fourth-round selection. Norris

Nats game blog: Nationals seek third straight series win tonight against the Padres

The Nationals can win their third straight series with a victory in tonight’s second game of the series against the San Diego Padres. The Nationals toppled the Friars 8-3 last night behind a grand slam from Ryan Zimmerman. They also dropped the Rockies (2-1) and Brewers (2-1) in their last two series. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez (9-6, 3.98 ERA) looks to bounce back from two losses

Nationals starter Joe Ross came within one day of facing older brother Tyson Ross

According to Baseball Almanac, it has happened only 21 times. The last time was 2009 when Jered faced his brother Jeff Weaver. Phil and Joe Niekro squared off nine times in their careers. It almost happened in this series here at Nationals Park this week. Brother vs. brother on the starting pitching mound. The Nationals and Padres came within one day of pulling it off

Trea Turner on facing his former team for first time since trade

Nationals shortstop Trea Turner was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the first round in June, 2014. This season, in the middle of June, he was the player to be named later as part of a three-team, 11-player trade that finally brought him to the Nationals. This week, Turner is getting a chance to face the team that selected him with their top pick

Zimmerman’s grand slam highlights Nationals’ 8-3 win over Padres

The Nationals subdued the Padres 8-3 to start their series Tuesday at Nationals Park. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman broke the game open with a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth that provided the Nationals with an 8-2 lead. Facing Bud Norris, Zimmerman was able to get ahead in the count and then drove a fastball over the right-center field fence. It was his

Nats game blog: Strasburg faces hometown Padres in D.C.

The Nationals and the San Diego Padres begin a three-game set tonight at Nats Park. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg needs to maintain the pace for the Nationals after a pair of series wins for the club over the last six days. Strasburg (7-6, 4.22 ERA) has now won four of his last five decisions, including an outstanding seven innings at Colorado on Wednesday in which the

Span is activated (again), says it “feels good to be back”

Nationals center fielder Denard Span returned to the club Tuesday and was inserted in the starting lineup, leading off and playing center field against the Padres. Span has been on the disabled list with back tightness since July 7. Previously, he missed the first three weeks of the season as he recovered from right core muscle surgery. He has played only 59 games this season.

Nationals’ two-out RBIs, patient at-bats key to series win over Brewers

It was nice to see the offense take advantage of opportunities in winning their series against the Brewers. In 6-1 and 9-5 wins over the weekend against Milwaukee, the Nationals went 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position. Even more importantly, the Nationals were able to get two-out base hits that scored runs. In wins Saturday and Sunday, the Nationals combined for 12 two-out RBIs. Danny

Zimmermann battles without one of his best pitches to beat Brewers 9-5

It says a lot about the top pitchers in the league that even when they don’t have their best stuff, they still figure out a way to win. Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann did Sunday. Battling through a rough first inning and a couple of other tough situations to last 5 2/3 innings and down the Milwaukee Brewers 9-5. Zimmermann threw a season-high 116 pitches and surrendered

Nats game blog: Garza winless against the Nationals

The Nationals seek their second consecutive series win today as they battle the Milwaukee Brewers. Wisconsin-native right-hander Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball for the seventh time against Milwaukee. He is 4-1 with 3.71 ERA in six starts against the Brewers. He also has a 3.06 ERA in 88 home starts in his career. The Brewers counter with veteran right-hander Matt Garza (6-13, 4.98 ERA). He

Joe Ross mixes in changeup more to drop Brewers 6-1

Nationals right-hander Joe Ross bounced back well from a pair of losses on the West Coast with a commanding performance in a 6-1 win over the Brewers Saturday night. Ross went seven innings and allowed only six hits, the only run a solo homer, with no walks and four strikeouts. It was his second win of the season against Milwaukee. It was also with only

Game blog: Nats need to make something happen for Ross against Brewers tonight

The Nationals are running out of time to get something going. Only 41 games remain, and they pretty much have to win every series the rest of the way to have a chance to catch the Mets. It is impressive to view the impact Yoenis Cespedes has had on the Mets. Last night, driving home from the Nationals game and listening to the Oakland A’s

Williams addresses Werth, Ramos and improving outfield defense, throws to the plate

Manager Matt Williams announced in pregame that Jayson Werth is back in the lineup and leading off, which wasn’t exactly the plan earlier Saturday afternoon. “We planned on giving him a day off, tough travel, late night, into yesterday,” Williams said. “The fact that (Ryan Zimmerman) was scheduled for a day off yesterday, we planned on Jayson today. But he got here, feels good, and

Trea Turner on first game: “It was just fun to be out there”

Shortstop Trea Turner made his major league debut Friday in the Nationals’ 10-3 loss to the Brewers. Turner went 0-for-2 with a couple of groundouts after arriving in the top of the seventh during a double switch. Maybe not the debut the rookie would have wanted? On the contrary, said Turner. “Every debut is good, I would like to say,” Turner said. “Can’t necessarily have

Game blog: Gonzalez looking to erase last outing, get Nats going at home against Brewers

The Nationals looking to erase the memory of a tough 3-7 road trip by getting something going at home. The Nats begin a nine-game homestand tonight against the 52-70 Milwaukee Brewers, fresh off of taking a series from the 49-win Colorado Rockies. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez faces Milwaukee right-hander Jimmy Nelson. Gonzalez suffered his first loss since June 15 in his last start Saturday at San

Turner on call-up the big leagues: “It’s what everyone plays for”

Straight out of Boynton Beach. Straight out of Raleigh. Straight out of Syracuse. Trea Turner is here. The Nationals summoned their top infield prospect today in shortstop Trea Turner. First baseman Tyler Moore was placed on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle. Also, right-hander Aaron Barrett was transferred to the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain. The 22-year-old Turner met with

Fedde has solid outing for Hagerstown, Hearn shows upside for Auburn

Right-hander Erick Fedde has made a positive first step this season as he rebounds from Tommy John surgery. The 22-year-old UNLV product was the Nationals’ first-round selection in 2014 and then immediately had the ligament replacement procedure. Although Fedde gave up six runs in his first low Single-A start on Aug. 11, he did quite well in his most recent outing, not allowing a run

Reetz, 19, has “intangibles” to become one of the top catchers in Nats system

Catching prospect, 19-year-old Jakson Reetz, continues to gain experience at the professional level with the short-season Single-A Auburn Doubledays in the Nationals system. Auburn manager Gary Cathcart, who is also the Nationals coordinator of instruction, said Reetz truly is a baseball player who shows he has all the makeup to be a good one. Cathcart said Reetz just needs the repetition of game experience while

Report: Doug Harris could be a front-runner for Milwaukee GM job

There appears to be some Nationals-related buzz brewing in Milwaukee, where there is a vacancy for the Brewers’ general manager position. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote Sunday that Nationals assistant general manager and vice president of player development and pro scouting Doug Harris is a front-runner for the vacancy created when Doug Melvin stepped down after 13 seasons earlier this month. “(Harris) could

Giolito earns first Double-A win; Turner and Robles updates

Right-hander Lucas Giolito produced his best outing of the year Friday in Double-A Harrisburg’s 2-0 win over Bowie. It was Giolito’s first win in Double-A. Giolito (1-1) fired 99 pitches, 63 for strikes over seven strong innings, allowing only one hit, one walk and tying a career high with 11 strikeouts. Giolito also struck out 11 on May 14 for high Single-A Potomac. He struck

Stevenson excelling at Hagerstown after big season for LSU

Outfielder Andrew Stevenson has already been promoted from short-season Single-A Auburn to low Single-A Hagerstown. The 2015 second-round selection from Louisiana State played in the College World Series and gained valuable experience by playing for a top-flight collegiate program in the Southeastern Conference. The SEC had four teams earn trips to the College World Series in Omaha to start this summer (LSU, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Florida).

10 in 10: Youth Baseball Academy welcomes Nats to showcase summer progress

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

Syracuse has won nine straight; Lopez strikes out career-high 11 for Potomac

The Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs are on a nine-game winning streak after Wednesday’s 9-5 win over Lehigh Valley. The Chiefs were 6-for-13 (.462) with runners in scoring position. Emmanuel Burriss, Jason Martinson and Dan Butler each had two RBIs and a double. Shortstop Trea Turner went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and is now batting .304. Turner also had his 12th stolen base. Burriss is hitting

First-rounder Fedde promoted to low Single-A, makes initial start

Right-hander Erick Fedde was promoted to the low Single-A Hagerstown Suns on Tuesday and started against Augusta. Fedde went 4 1/3 innings and allowed five hits and six runs. He had two walks and struck out three. The Suns lost the game 9-1. Early on, Fedde allowed two runs in the second. He hung in there until the fifth inning where the Green Jackets tallied

18-year-old Dominican outfielder Victor Robles shining for Auburn

A lot of buzz has been generated by the start for 18-year-old Dominican outfielder Victor Robles, who moved quickly from the Dominican Summer League Nats to the Gulf Coast League and is now playing for the short-season Single-A Auburn Doubledays. Robles has hit .342 in his last 10 games and is batting .363 overall in 44 minor league games. I checked in with Auburn manager

Scherzer looking to build off of changeup; Zimmerman on “big” western trip

There are very few starting pitchers that I have come across in all my years of covering major league baseball that are as articulate and thoughtful as Max Scherzer. Win or lose, he can eloquently break down what went right and what went wrong, and he already is devising a plan of attack for his next outing. Scherzer had a no-decision Sunday. He went six

Storen victimized and missed opportunities cost Nationals series against Rockies

The eighth inning turned into a big inning for the Rockies in this series. Their ability to score runs in that frame against Nationals right-hander Drew Storen helped them to a series win. Friday night, Carlos Gonzalez belted a grand slam off Storen in a Rockies 5-4 win. The Nationals had entered the inning with Storen on the hill and a 4-1 lead. On Sunday,

Game blog: Nats seek first series win in August against Rox today

The Nationals look to win their first series since Miami on July 30 with a win over the Rockies today. Right-hander Max Scherzer (11-8, 2.31 ERA) battles left-hander Yohan Flande (2-1, 3.54). The Nationals will face three southpaw starters in their next four games. Yunel Escobar is back in the lineup for the Nationals and will lead off. He is hitting .301 with 22 hits,

Harper, Zimmerman and Robinson put on show in middle of lineup, Nats win 6-1

For the second night in a row, the Nationals offense was ignited with Bryce Harper on first base and Ryan Zimmerman at the plate. On Friday night, Harper reached first base on single in the fourth. Zimmerman followed with a double, and Harper scored all the way from first base. Saturday night in the fifth, Harper was on first base thanks to a walk. Zimmerman

Game blog: Nats need to get off to good start as Strasburg returns

The Nationals look to get on the board in their series with the Rockies and welcome back right-hander Stephen Strasburg, making his first start since July 5. Not only do the Nats need to get off to a good start in this game to benefit Strasburg, they also need to find a way to get off to a good start in each series they play.

Espinosa adjusts to new role as utility hitter (updated)

With the return of three starters, players like Danny Espinosa have had to go back to their utility role planned from opening day. Espinosa is extremely valuable because of his defensive ability and has had a pretty good season at the plate. Obviously, he went through a tough period beginning in late June, but despite the loss Friday, had a solid night at the plate.

Harper can’t deliver in ninth and is seeing less opportunity to impact games

Unless the Nationals can get some power from those around Bryce Harper in the lineup, this is how it’s going to be for the slugger the rest of the season: lots of walks. The Rockies defeated the Nationals 5-4 thanks to a grand slam from Carlos Gonzalez in the eighth. The Nationals had one last chance in the bottom of the ninth. With a man

Nationals game blog: Zimmermann seeks sixth win against Rockies

The Colorado Rockies are in D.C. for three games against the Washington Nationals. The teams match up in Denver next week. The Rockies are an amazing 21-13 on the road in D.C. against the Nationals, but Washington swept last year’s Nats Park matchup, outscoring the Rockies 36-19 behind Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg and Doug Fister. Zimmermann is 5-0 with a 2.20 ERA in his career

Williams said he’s not worried about Werth’s power numbers right now

With the Nationals’ offense struggling to score runs, part of the issue has been the power numbers from the three returning hitters: Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth. Rendon hit one home run in New York. Zimmerman has crushed two since his return. But Werth hasn’t hit a home run since May 13. Manager Matt Williams was asked during Friday’s pregame session with the

Joe Ross earns more starts with sterling performance to beat Diamondbacks 8-3

Right-hander Joe Ross continued to showcase his ability to pitch at the major league level with another solid six innings Thursday in an 8-3 win over the Diamondbacks. Ross allowed only five hits, one run and no walks while striking out seven over 89 pitches, an amazing 62 for strikes. His only mistake was a changeup to Jarrod Saltalamacchia for a solo homer. Manager Matt

Nationals game blog: Nats look to Ross to split series with Arizona

The Nationals and Diamondbacks wrap up their four-game series today. Rookie right-hander Joe Ross (2-3, 3.00 ERA) faces Arizona right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (7-7, 4.95 ERA). The season series is split 3-3. The Nationals have won eight of their last 11 games in the series. Ryan Zimmerman gets the day off for the Nationals, and Ian Desmond is back in the lineup. The Nationals wrap up

Matt Williams’ pregame message to Nats: “We’re best when we’re aggressive”

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday night after his team’s 11-4 loss to Arizona that he would have a pregame team meeting on Thursday prior to the series finale to discuss some important topics. Williams gave the media gathering hints as to what the subject of that pregame team meeting would be and what he wants his team to get back to doing well. “I

Strasburg likely to start Saturday, Treinen available today, plus Fister update

Nationals manager Matt Williams all but confirmed that right-hander Stephen Strasburg will return to the team and start Saturday night’s matchup against the Rockies. Strasburg has been on the disabled list with an oblique issue since July 5. He has had two promising rehab starts and came out of each feeling back to full strength. “We’ve got some options, certainly his day falls Saturday, but

Nationals recall Treinen, option Barrett (with lineups, updated)

The Nationals look for a series split with the Arizona Diamondbacks in Thursday’s late afternoon tilt. The club announced prior to the game that right-hander Blake Treinen has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. Right-hander Aaron Barrett, who took the loss Wednesday night, was optioned to Syracuse to make room for Treinen, who has had five scoreless appearances with the Chiefs. Treinen recorded 14 strikeouts in

10 in 10: Military is an integral part of Nationals family

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

Tyler Moore makes pitching debut in Nats’ 11-4 loss

There was nothing comfortable about the Nationals’ 11-4 loss to the Diamondbacks. The game lasted four minutes shy of four hours. Arizona left fielder Ender Inciarte and center fielder A.J. Pollock were each credited with six at-bats. The Diamondbacks pounded out 17 hits, which tied the season high of hits allowed by the Nationals (also April 28 at Atlanta.) The Nationals had to go to

Nationals game blog: Gonzalez seeks his fifth straight win as Nats face D-backs

Welcome to the Nats game blog! The Nationals look for two wins in a row as left-hander Gio Gonzalez (8-4, 3.75 ERA) takes on Arizona right-hander Rubby De La Rosa (8-5, 4.59). Gonzalez has not lost a game since June 15 at Tampa Bay and has not surrendered more than two earned runs in six consecutive starts. Danny Espinosa gets the call to start at

Denard Span battles emotions in recovery from back issue

Center fielder Denard Span (back spasms) took another step toward finally returning to the Nationals with an outside batting practice session Wednesday, plus defensive drills, as his team prepared for Game 3 against the Diamondbacks. “Felt pretty good the first couple of rounds,” Span said. “By the third round, I got a little bit gassed. A lot of that is just conditioning. But felt good

Jayson Werth said timing at the plate helping him get back into a good groove

In building back into full strength since breaking his wrist, Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth has been able to see a ton of pitches each at-bat by staying patient and making the pitcher show his entire repertoire. Tuesday he dove into first base to try to break up a potential double play in his first at-bat. The RBI fielder’s choice helped score the last of

Ramos said 2011 video of his swing fueled Tuesday’s game-winning hit

When a losing streak starts to pile up, one inevitable reoccurrence in almost every game is an inability to produce that clutch hit. Mired in a four-game slump, the Nationals needed someone to step up a deliver a game-changing hit. Enter catcher Wilson Ramos, who had already produced a walk and a base hit in three earlier at-bats in the game. With men on second

Nationals game blog: Nats need former Diamondback Max Scherzer to be their stopper tonight

The Nationals and Diamondbacks play Game 2 of their four-game series tonight at Nationals Park. This is the game blog. You’ve come to the right place. The Nationals have lost four in a row, their longest losing streak since they dropped six dating back to April 27. They need Max Scherzer to be their stopper tonight. He is 11-8 with a 2.22 ERA. This is

Williams hopes to blend returning players with substitutes

Nationals manager Matt Williams provided an update on the returns of Anthony Rendon (quad), Jayson Werth (wrist) and Ryan Zimmerman (foot). All three starters got back in the lineup during last week’s 10-game road trip. Rendon returned July 25 and has eight hits in his last nine games with two doubles, a homer and three RBIs. “Anthony I think is fine,” Williams said. “He was

Nationals looking ahead after falling to second place; Strasburg 11 K in second rehab start

With the 6-4 loss Monday to the Diamondbacks and the Mets 12-1 shellacking of the Marlins, the Nationals fell to second place in the National League East for the first time since June 19. After the game, manager Matt Williams said his concern is about Tuesday’s game. “It can all change tomorrow,” Williams said. “It’s about tomorrow’s game. We can be back where we want

Nationals game blog: Nats hope home cooking will end losing streak

Game blog! Our first game blog at home this season. It’s a special moment. Don’t hesitate to ask me a question about the Nats as we cruise along tonight. The Nationals are looking to end a three-game losing streak, after getting swept in New York over the weekend by the Mets, as they play host to the Arizona Diamondbacks. One way to stop all the

Williams updates Span, Carpenter and Werth in preparation for Arizona

The Nationals have been able to get pretty close to what they envisioned as their opening day lineup but are still waiting on center fielder Denard Span. Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth are the latest injured starters to return. But Span has now missed 20 games since back tightness forced him to the disabled list July 7. Manager Matt Williams updated Span’s status

Trea Turner exceeding expectations in Syracuse, continuing whirlwind season

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs shortstop Trea Turner is ranked as the No. 9 overall prospect in the mid-season Baseball America updated list. Turner has played 34 games with the Chiefs after playing 68 games in Double-A, 10 of those with the Harrisburg Senators. Syracuse Chiefs play-by-play broadcaster Kevin Brown joined me Sunday on “Nats Insider” on 106.7 The Fan and quoted a familiar refrain when discussing

Strasburg making second rehab start Monday (updates on Turner, Robles, Voth, Bleier and more)

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs shortstop Trea Turner has seven hits in his last five games. He is hitting .256 over his last 10 games but .316 overall for the season. Turner had a 3-for-5 day on July 30 and went 2-for-5 on July 27. To get a better measure of how good of a hitter Turner is capable of being is to view how he did

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