Best-in-majors Nats make early statement with sweep of Mets

NEW YORK - It’s three weeks into April, the Mets aren’t anything close to 100 percent healthy right now and 89 percent of the regular season remains to be played. So the Nationals aren’t gloating too much about their weekend sweep at Citi Field, punctuated by Sunday’s 6-3 victory. Neither are they apologizing for doing what needed to be done against a weakened opponent. “I ... read more

Monday notes on the lineup, Scherzer, Werth and tonight’s starter

NEW YORK - Some more news and notes from Sunday night’s 6-3 victory over the Mets, for anyone who couldn’t stay up that late (or perhaps was watching the local hockey team come up big in overtime )... * There’s a lot to like about what the Nationals are doing right now, and among the things to like the most is the way their lineup ... read more

Nats top Mets 6-3 to complete second straight road sweep

NEW YORK - Daniel Murphy’s latest big hit off the Mets gave the Nationals an early jolt of offense. Max Scherzer then did the rest, pitching the Nats to a 6-3 victory to seal a three-game sweep at Citi Field and a seven-game winning streak for the team that now owns baseball’s best record. Murphy’s first-inning grand slam capped a big early rally for the ... read more

Murphy terrorizes Mets again with grand slam (Nats win 6-3)

NEW YORK - Daniel Murphy is back to terrorizing his former team again. Not to mention tearing the cover off the ball again. Murphy launched a grand slam off Zack Wheeler in the top of the first inning tonight, helping the Nationals take a quick 4-0 lead on the Mets in their series finale at Citi Field. The Nats loaded the bases before ever making ... read more

Strasburg going on paternity leave, Turner likely to start Monday

NEW YORK - Stephen Strasburg is heading home to San Diego for the birth of his second child and won’t pitch for the Nationals in Colorado this week. Strasburg’s wife, Rachel, is expecting, so the Nationals plan to place Strasburg on the paternity leave list Monday. He would be required to be activated three days later, but he’s not scheduled to pitch again until either ... read more

Game 18 lineups: Nats at Mets

NEW YORK - The Nationals are on Sunday Night Baseball, looking to complete a series sweep of the Mets and head out to Colorado on a seven-game winning streak. Max Scherzer gets the ball for this finale at Citi Field, looking forward to facing New York on the big national TV stage. Scherzer has been phenomenal against the Mets in his career, going 5-3 with ... read more

Road trip halfway complete, Nationals are a perfect 5-0

NEW YORK - Dusty Baker has been doing this - and by “this” we’re talking about playing, coaching and managing in the major leagues - long enough to know what he should and not worry about. And Baker legitimately was worried about the road trip his Nationals began a week ago, when they departed D.C. following Bryce Harper’s walk-off homer to beat the Phillies and ... read more

Bullpen leads the way again as Nationals keep rolling

NEW YORK - When this road trip began at the beginning of the week, the Nationals bullpen looked like an unsightly blackhead on an otherwise clean face. The 10-game trip now halfway complete, the Nationals having won all five games to date, that blackhead has all but disappeared thanks to the application of some Clearasil. Or, more accurately, the redefinition of roles for this relief ... read more