Game 24 lineups: Nats at Giants

SAN FRANCISCO - The Nationals need a win tonight. It’s kind of that simple after losing three in row to the Dodgers and Giants. Beyond that, they need some other events as well to help make a win more possible. The Nats could certainly use a big-time start from Tanner Roark. Here’s the good news: He has owned the Giants in his career, to the ... read more

Sanchez and Bautista promoted, Reynolds demoted, Kelley to DL

SAN FRANCISCO - A long road trip for the Nationals has featured a host of roster transactions, and a bunch more are being added to the list today. The Nationals are calling up infielder Adrian Sanchez and outfielder Rafael Bautista from Triple-A, optioning infielder Matt Reynolds to Syracuse and placing reliever Shawn Kelley on the disabled list with an elbow injury, sources familiar with the ... read more

On scoring opportunities and missed opportunities

SAN FRANCISCO - The focus inside the Nationals clubhouse after Monday night’s 4-2 loss to the Giants was on the pitching staff, notably Gio Gonzalez’s frustration after getting pulled following a leadoff walk in the sixth and then Shawn Kelley immediately giving up a 464-foot home run and departing three pitches later with a recurrence of nerve irritation in his elbow. A clutch hit or ... read more

Gonzalez upset, Kelley injured during Nationals’ 4-2 loss

SAN FRANCISCO - The details of the Nationals’ 4-2 loss to the Giants tonight contained some familiar events. Squandered opportunities with runners in scoring position. An ill-advised play in the field. Decisive runs scored off the middle of the bullpen. Adding to the dismay of the Nats’ third straight loss, though, was the departure of Shawn Kelley with the latest in his long string of ... read more

Cole traded to Yankees for cash considerations (Nats lose 4-2)

SAN FRANCISCO - A.J. Cole’s time with the Nationals is officially over, but he’s going to get another chance to pitch in the big leagues. With the Yankees. The Nats announced tonight they traded Cole to the Yankees for cash considerations, receiving something in return for the right-hander who had been designated for assignment on Friday. Cole opened the season as the Nationals’ No. 5 ... read more

Madson available to pitch tonight; Baker stops by to say hello

SAN FRANCISCO - The Nationals should have their full complement of late-inning relievers available tonight should the situation arise in their series opener against the Giants. Ryan Madson, who was unavailable for all three games over the weekend in Los Angeles while his arm recovered from three straight days of work prior to that, told Davey Martinez he would be good to go tonight if ... read more

Game 23 lineups: Nats at Giants

SAN FRANCISCO - It’s not as warm here as it was a few hundred miles down the coast over the weekend, but it’s no less pleasant as the Nationals shift from Los Angeles to San Francisco for the final leg of their road trip. After dropping two-of-three in frustrating fashion to the Dodgers, the Nats have a chance to come home with a winning record ... read more

Injuries, lack of depth costing Nationals in tight games

LOS ANGELES - The Nationals head to San Francisco for the final leg of their three-city road trip with a 10-12 record that feels like it should at least be flipped around, if not even better than that. The Nats are 1-5 in one-run games so far this season, the lone victory coming way back in the opening series in Cincinnati after Sean Doolittle gave ... read more