Happy Strasmas anniversary: Remembering Strasburg's debut

Six years ago today, Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 batters in his big league debut for the Nationals against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Nationals won the game 5-2 before 40,315 fans at Nationals Park. The Nationals moved to D.C. from Montreal in 2005. At the time, Strasburg's debut was the biggest baseball event in Washington since the 1933 World Series. Among the highlights: * Fans ... read more

In an offseason full of acquisitions, Murphy proving to be top choice

Looking back to the offseason, it's difficult to believe that Daniel Murphy was the Nationals' third choice when they were looking for a second baseman. They wanted to trade for Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips, but, per his contract, Phillips vetoed a trade and wanted to stay with the rebuilding Reds. Who knows why he didn't want to play for his former Reds manager, Dusty Baker, in ... read more

Phillies have been biggest surprise in competitive NL East

As Memorial Day arrives, the Nationals lead the National League East because of their excellent starting pitching and improved bullpen. That's not unexpected. But how about the Phillies? The team that lost 99 games last season has started the first two months as a contender because of their rotation and bullpen. They are proving that a team doesn't need to score a lot of runs ... read more

Checking out the AL East at Memorial Day weekend

After two months, the Orioles are contending in the American League East, but their biggest rival has been the Red Sox, not the defending champion Blue Jays.The Rays have done a turnaround: They have a dangerous power lineup, but their rotation has questions. The Red Sox, with David Ortiz in his final season, are pounding the ball, playing tight defense and growing a nucleus of ... read more

Answering the most-often asked questions in baseball

You have questions and we have answers to the most-often asked ones in baseball: Q: The San Francisco Giants are leading the National League West after investing $230 million in two pitchers - Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto - who were not effective pitchers last season, but are lights-out this season. What gives? A: Samardzija was 11-13 with a 4.96 ERA for the Chicago White ... read more

After 20-strikeout gem, what will Max Scherzer do for an encore?

Pitcher Max Scherzer returns to the mound Tuesday night when the Nationals start a three-game series in Citi Field against the New York Mets, the team that beat them in the National League East last season. And while Nationals-Mets rivalry - with all that starting pitching on both sides - is one story, there's another to watch: How will Scherzer follow up his historic 20-strikeout ... read more

Tigers clubhouse reacts to Max Scherzer's 20-strikeout performance

The Nationals' Max Scherzer became history's fifth pitcher to have 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game when Washington beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Wednesday night. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has been involved three of the 20-strikeout games. He was the Houston catcher when the Chicago Cubs' Kerry Wood struck out 20 Astros on May 6, 1998 at Wrigley Field in a 2-0 Cubs win. And ... read more

Contract extension with Nationals makes sense for Strasburg

Let's say, for the sake of argument, that the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg wanted to become a free agent after the season and pitch on the West Coast where he'd be closer to home in San Diego. Strasburg, 27, never talked about his future with reporters, but it's reasonable that a West Coast guy would give up the rush-rush pace of the East Coast for the ... read more