Only two more left until the focus shifts to postseason ball

It cannot be easy playing four games in two days. Heck, all I did was sit around and watch four games in two days and talk about it on TV a bit, and I'm exhausted right now. I can't imagine how the players or coaches feel after going through that physical and mental wringer. It cannot be easy, especially at this point in the season, ... read more

Williams discusses Nats' 15-7 loss

The Nationals concluded their four-game-in-two-day stretch tonight by getting pounded by the Marlins 15-7, but that means nothing. Matt Williams' ball club had already clinched home-field advantage through the National League side of the playoffs earlier today by way of their 4-0 win over Miami, so the nightcap was meaningless from a standings perspective. The Nats got in their work, got a couple regulars some ... read more

Williams on Fister's Game 1 performance (with Game 2 lineups)

With Doug Fister's complete-game shutout against the Marlins in Game 1 of the doubleheader, the Nationals secured home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs. Fister threw 104 pitches, 77 for strikes, allowed just three hits, walked none and struck out nine. It was the seventh complete game of Fister's career and his 16th win of the season, which is a career-high. Here is what manager ... read more

Span returns to lineup in Game 1 against Marlins

Denard Span is in the starting lineup for the first time since leaving Tuesday's game early with a scraped knee. Span left in the third inning after making a diving catch to end the inning against the Mets. Ryan Zimmerman will get the start in left field with Bryce Harper moving over to right. Right-hander Doug Fister seeks his career-high 16th win of the season. ... read more

Williams on Gonzalez's stellar outing and various injuries after 3-0 win

A long day ends with a win, one that trims the Nationals' magic number to clinch the best record in the National League to one. Gio Gonzalez threw seven stellar, scoreless innings, striking out a career-high 12, leading the Nats to a 3-0 win over the Mets. Anthony Rendon went 2-for-3 with an RBI and the Nats did enough to get to Zack Wheeler the ... read more

Williams, Zimmerman recap Nats' 7-4 loss (Game 2 lineups)

The Nationals are busy trying to clinch the top seed in the National League postseason. Ryan Zimmerman is just trying to get back to full strength. Zimmerman - playing in just his second game since July 23 - played seven innings Thursday, going 1-for-4 and scoring a run in the Nationals' 7-4 loss to the Mets. The final score wasn't what Zimmerman or the Nationals ... read more

Nats turn to Treinen in Game 1 vs. Mets

Following last night's postponement, the Nationals will have a slightly different lineup. Michael A. Taylor will lead off and get the start in center field, with Denard Span still out with a scraped right knee. Ryan Zimmerman is starting in left field for the first time since Saturday. Jayson Werth will also sit out Game 1 of the doubleheader and Bryce Harper will start in ... read more

Span sits, Zimmerman in left, Harper in center

As expected, Nationals center fielder Denard Span is getting today off. And as expected, Ryan Zimmerman is back in the lineup. Span will rest tonight after banging and scraping his knee on the warning track while making a sliding catch last night. That will free up a spot for Zimmerman to return to the lineup after getting the last three days off. Zimmerman will play ... read more