Marquee pitching matchup between Strasburg and Hamels (with lineups)

The Nationals enter this afternoon's contest against the Phillies as winners of 18 of their past 22 games dating back to April 28. Over the torrid stretch, the Nats are leading the majors in runs (138), runs per game (6.27), batting average (.299), on-base percentage (.366) and slugging percentage (.485). The 18-4 marks also ties the best 22-game record in Nationals' history (2005-present). Phillies left-hander ... read more

Scherzer taking Nats to next level

It seemed as though the Nationals were taking a big risk when signing free agent Max Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 million contract this offseason. The questions surrounding the monumental deal weren't necessarily about whether Scherzer was worth the money, but rather how he would affect a Nats team that already had the best record in baseball over the past three seasons and the game's ... read more

It's the Max Scherzer show

Phillies starter Sean O'Sullivan has probably seen enough of Max Scherzer this season and we're not even through May. Not only did Scherzer outpitch O'Sullivan for the third time this season, but he also beat him with a base hit in the sixth inning that led to Scherzer scoring the game-winning run in the Nationals' 2-1 victory. It's the Nationals' sixth straight win, their longest ... read more

Scherzer, Harper lead Nats to sixth straight win, 2-1

The Phillies used a pair of doubles from Ryan Howard and Odubel Herrera in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. Howard's two-bagger led off the inning, but Max Scherzer caught him in between second and third on Maikel Franco's grounder back to the mound moments later. It looked like Scherzer may get out of the inning unscathed until Herrera slammed one off the ... read more

Matt Williams: "I want Bryce to be Bryce"

Nationals manager Matt Williams returns to the dugout tonight after being tossed for defending Bryce Harper in the third inning of Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Yankees. "Without getting in to what happened three days ago, I know nobody's going to let it go," Williams said before tonight's game. "I would encourage everybody to do so because we're now playing the Phillies." Williams indicated he ... read more

Scherzer faces Phillies for third time (with lineups)

Max Scherzer enters tonight's game as a winner in his last three starts. The ace of the Nationals' rotation is 4-3 with a 1.75 ERA, having struck out 66 and walked only eight. Scherzer is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA against the Phillies this year, allowing just two earned runs in 14 innings pitched. "He's a gamer," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "He enjoys the ... read more

Nationals reinstate Casey Janssen, put Sammy Solis on 15-day DL

The Nationals reinstated right-handed pitcher Casey Janssen and placed lefty Sammy Solis on the 15-day disabled list today with left shoulder inflammation. Janssen joins the Nats' active roster for the first time after missing the first 41 games of the season. Janssen, who signed with Washington in February, was brought on to replace Tyler Clippard in the Nats bullpen, presumably to take on the eighth ... read more

Second thoughts on when Anthony Rendon returns

The turnaround the Nationals offense has made is almost quite as dramatic as some of their late-inning comebacks since their perplexing 7-13 start. Their 205 runs scored and 199 RBIs lead the National League and are second-best in all of baseball to Toronto. And, the scary thought is they continue to do it without one of the top run producers from 2014 in their lineup. ... read more