Rzepczynski available to pitch tonight, Lopez optioned to Triple-A

Marc Rzepczynski has arrived in Washington. And apparently traffic was light enough getting into town from Dulles that the newly acquired reliever has made it to Nationals Park in time to be eligible for tonight’s game. “There’s a chance,” manager Dusty Baker said earlier this afternoon, perhaps underestimating how difficult it typically is to make that 30-mile drive into town during rush hour. Turns out ... read more

Game 127 lineups: Nats vs. Orioles

The Nationals didn’t expect to find themselves in this position, needing to beat the Orioles tonight to avoid a four-game sweep, but here they are nonetheless. They’ll ask Max Scherzer to stop the bleeding and give this team the dominant start it so desperately needs. No word yet if the newly acquired Marc Rzepczynski - I’m getting good at spelling his name without having to ... read more

Nats acquire lefty Rzepczynski from A’s for infielder Schrock

Desperate for left-handed relief after Felipe Rivero was traded, Sammy Solis was injured and Oliver Perez was ineffective, the Nationals have acquired veteran Marc Rzepczynski from the Athletics for minor league infielder Max Schrock. The trade also includes cash coming from the A’s to the Nationals to cover some of the roughly $600,000 Rzepczynski is still owed this season. Rzepczynski - his name is pronounced ... read more

Turner matches franchise record with 8-for-8 streak

Trea Turner knew he had gone 8-for-8 over the last two nights - “I mean, if you don’t, you’re lying,” he said. “Everyone thinks about it.” - but he didn’t know he had tied a franchise record in the process. Not until Turner went back to watch video of his final at-bat of Wednesday night’s game, his ninth-inning strikeout, did he see a graphic on ... read more

Nats stuck in losing streak, but encouraged by near-historic ninth

They came up to bat in the bottom of the ninth at the end of a miserable night during a miserable week during which it has felt like they’ve been fighting an uphill battle every step of the way. Three quick outs and the Nationals’ fourth straight defeat would be in the books, a second straight lopsided loss to the Orioles. It didn’t quite happen ... read more

Roark is latest starting pitcher to labor (Nationals lose 10-8)

For all their pitching struggles and overuse in the last two weeks, the Nationals had to at least take solace knowing one of their most reliable starters would be on the mound tonight: Tanner Roark. Then Roark took the mound and picked up where the rest of the Nationals pitching staff left off. And that’s not a good thing. Roark labored mightily through his first ... read more

Cole slated to start Saturday, but Giolito available this weekend

The Nationals plan to keep A.J. Cole and have him start Saturday night against the Rockies, but manager Dusty Baker said that plan remains tentative and Lucas Giolito will be available to rejoin the big league rotation this weekend if needed. Pressed into emergency duties Monday when Stephen Strasburg had to be placed on the disabled list with a sore elbow, Cole impressed in only ... read more

Game 126 lineups: Nats vs. Orioles

The Beltways Series has moved down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway - has anyone ever pointed out you don’t need to take either town’s beltway to drive from one ballpark to the other? - for the next two nights. The Nationals can only hope the results improve from the last two nights at Camden Yards. The good news: Tanner Roark and Max Scherzer take the mound for ... read more