After best April in club history, what does May have in store for Nats?

ST. LOUIS - The calendar has shifted at last, the baseball season has entered its second month and the Nationals (unlike a year ago) are thrilled to have no reason to be shouting “Mayday!” right now. April could not have gone much better for the Nats, who at 16-7 are off to the best start in club history and the best start by any Washington ... read more

Ross shows no rust after layoff, carves up Cardinals

ST. LOUIS - He had thrown a grand total of two innings in the last 15 days. He hadn’t pitched at all in 10 days. And he was facing one of the toughest lineups in baseball. Potential recipe for disaster? Not for Joe Ross, who hadn’t been fazed by any situation he’d faced so far in the major leagues and wasn’t about to start now. ... read more

Nats clinch series with 6-1 win in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - The Nationals have been coming to this version of Busch Stadium for a decade now, and there may be no ballpark in America that has been less welcoming to the club from Washington than this one. That storyline may finally be changing. With a 6-1 win over the Cardinals this afternoon, the Nationals have now won two in a row and clinched ... read more

Lineup busts out early vs. Garcia (Nats win 6-1)

ST. LOUIS - Dusty Baker faced Jaime Garcia countless times while managing the Reds, offering him plenty of opportunity to figure out how best to beat the Cardinals left-hander. “This guy knows how to pitch,” Baker said this morning before his Nationals faced Garcia at Busch Stadium. “You’ve got to get to him early.” Is a four-run top of the first early enough for you, ... read more

Baker on Ross, the bullpen and Murphy’s defense

ST. LOUIS - The skies have cleared, the field has been prepped and the starting pitchers have made their way to the bullpens to begin warming up. So it looks like we’ll have baseball on time this afternoon. They’ll just have to hope they get the full game in before the next wave of rain strikes sometime later. Could be a close call. It’s not ... read more

Game 23 lineups: Nats at Cardinals

ST. LOUIS - It’s been raining steadily here since late last night, and more is expected later today. But there does appear to be a potential window of opportunity for the Nationals and Cardinals to play the second game of their weekend series, in between the two cycles of precipitation. We’ll see. If and when they do play, Joe Ross will be on the mound ... read more

Strasburg dominates late to improve to 4-0 for first time

ST. LOUIS - Take a snapshot of Stephen Strasburg’s first trip through the Cardinals lineup last night and you find a whole lot of hard-hit balls, four of them landing for hits, leading to a pair of runs. Take a snapshot of Strasburg’s second trip through that lineup and you find better results, though still a couple of hits including his third double surrendered in ... read more

Taylor, Espinosa lead Nationals out of scoring funk

ST. LOUIS - Michael A. Taylor insisted he had no idea how many innings the Nationals had gone without scoring, but he - like everyone else on the roster - knew it had been awhile. So when he was presented with an opportunity to do something about it, Taylor put an end to that streak and set the Nationals on their way to a 5-4 ... read more