Nats working to finalize minor league deal with Francisco Rodríguez

The Nationals are finalizing a minor league deal with Francisco Rodríguez, hoping the veteran closer might resurrect himself after a horrible start to his season in Detroit that got him released last week. The deal isn’t done yet, but a club source said it is expected to be completed soon. At that point, Rodríguez would report to Triple-A Syracuse and attempt to right his wayward ... read more

Game 76 lineups: Nats vs. Cubs

There is a distinct big-game vibe here at Nationals Park, with the Cubs in town for the first of a four-game series that promises to bring big crowds, plenty of media and (hopefully) some compelling baseball to South Capitol Street. The opener sees Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nationals, looking to continue his resurgent first half and improve to 8-1. The left-hander has ... read more

Trio of Nats continue to lead in final days of All-Star voting

They’ll have to wait along with everyone else until All-Star roster are fully announced Sunday night, but based on voting results throughout the last two months, the Nationals sure look like they’re going to be well-represented in Miami. The final ballot update was released this afternoon by Major League Baseball, and Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman continue to lead their respective positions in ... read more

Underachieving Cubs come to town for rare big series with Nats

The nature of the Nationals’ schedule so far in 2017 - and the overall state of both the National League East Division and the National League as a whole - has left this team in an unusual position: They haven’t played very many games the average observer would consider to have been “big.” The 10 head-to-head contests with the Mets to date may have drawn ... read more

As ERA balloons to 5.15, Roark tries to find the positives

This is what it has come to for Tanner Roark, who at this stage of a frustrating season has to try to find the positives, even in a start in which he gave up five runs in the top of the first and dug his team into an insurmountable hole. “I’ll build off this one and keep chugging along,” the right-hander said. For Roark, this ... read more

Reds jump on Roark early, Nationals never rally in 6-2 loss

They already had won the first two games of this weekend’s series - one via dramatic comeback, one via complete blowout - so the Nationals essentially were playing the bonus round against the Reds this afternoon. Then Tanner Roark got shelled in the top of the first, and today’s game became less about trying to get extra credit and more about just trying to survive ... read more

News and notes before today’s series finale

Some pregame news and notes before the Nationals and Reds wrap up their series ... * It got lost in the shuffle of Friday night’s extra-inning comeback win, but Daniel Murphy reached a nice career milestone: his 100th home run. That number may not carry a whole lot of weight in today’s game, but what’s most impressive in Murphy’s case is that nearly half of ... read more

Game 75 lineups: Nats vs. Reds

The Nationals go for a series sweep today, having already beaten the Reds twice (a 10-inning thriller on Friday, then an 18-3 rout on Saturday) this weekend. They’ll attempt to do so with several regulars getting a rest, including Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Wieters. That’s nothing new, of course, and with this series in the bag and the Cubs coming to town tomorrow for a ... read more