For Max Scherzer, it's been a hard knock life

FLUSHING, N.Y. - When Max Scherzer was introduced to the media at Nationals Park in January, he was asked why - beyond the astronomical $210 million contract he was offered - he chose to sign with the Nationals. "It's pretty easy," Scherzer said. "And it's one (reason): winning. I think this team is capable of winning, and winning a lot." That hasn't happened yet for ... read more

Harvey outduels Scherzer to end Nats' winning streak

FLUSHING, N.Y. - A night before the world will convene for the largest boxing event of the decade, two of major league baseball's heavyweight pitchers battled it out at Citi Field. Mets right-hander Matt Harvey outdueled Nationals ace Max Scherzer as the Mets won this decision 4-0. Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer delivered the damaging blow to Scherzer on a one-out solo home run in ... read more

Harvey cools down Nats' offense in 4-0 loss

FLUSHING, N.Y. - So far, the blockbuster pitching matchup between Nationals ace Max Scherzer and Mets fireballer Matt Harvey is as advertised. The Mets have yet to collect a hit against Scherzer through the first three innings. But the right-hander still found himself in some trouble in the third after he hit Mets second baseman Dilson Herrera and walked right fielder Curtis Granderson. But Scherzer ... read more

Denard Span out tonight after experiencing surgery-related soreness

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Center fielder Denard Span chose to leave last night's game in the sixth inning after experiencing abdominal discomfort. "Just around the surgery site just felt a little sore," Span said. "Just follow my intuition, basically." Span underwent hernia surgery in December and core muscle surgery on March 9. Nationals manager Matt Williams has taken Span out of the lineup for the second ... read more

Scherzer returns for marquee pitching matchup with Matt Harvey (with lineups)

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Nationals ace Max Scherzer returns to the mound eight days after injuring his right thumb at the plate. Swelling forced Scherzer to miss his scheduled start Tuesday in Atlanta and the result was arguably the wildest game in Nationals history. Scherzer experienced tough luck on opening day against the Mets at Nats Park. He held the Mets without a hit through 5 ... read more

Bryce Harper is back in the New York groove

FLUSHING, N.Y. - The Mets entered the ninth inning last night with the game still in reach, trailing by three runs. But any hopes of a late comeback were crushed in one swing of the bat by right fielder Bryce Harper's bases-loaded three-run double that featured a rare double slide at the plate from third baseman Yunel Escobar and left fielder Jayson Werth. Harper, the ... read more

Nats ride momentum into May after impressive team win

FLUSHING, N.Y. - On the final day of the season's first month, suddenly the vibe has changed around the Nationals after tonight's 8-2 win. The team handed the Mets their first loss this season at Citi Field. For the third straight night, the Nats pounded out double-digit hits, led by the heart of their lineup. Third baseman Yunel Escobar, left fielder Jayson Werth, right fielder ... read more

Offense keeps rolling as Nats hand Mets first home loss in 8-2 win

Flushing, N.Y. - Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg has labored through the first two innings tonight. He has already racked up 52 pitches. The Mets turned a pair of doubles from shortstop Wilmer Flores and catcher Kevin Plawecki into the game's first run in the second. Two batters later, right fielder Curtis Granderson followed with an RBI single, which left Strasburg and the Nats in a ... read more