After sluggish few days, Martinez trying out different lineup

In making some changes to his lineup for tonight’s game, Davey Martinez had a couple of goals in mind: * Get Matt Adams and Howie Kendrick, both swinging hot bats in recent days, in the lineup. * Give Brian Dozier, who fouled a ball off his toe Tuesday night, a breather. * Move Anthony Rendon, the team’s best hitter to date this season, up to ... read more

Game 16 lineups: Nats vs. Giants

Davey Martinez has stuck with a pretty consistent lineup since opening day. When he’s made changes, he’s simply plugged in a Matt Adams or a Howie Kendrick or a Kurt Suzuki into the same spot in the batting order as the regular said player is replacing. But after struggling to score runs Sunday and again Tuesday night, Martinez is going with a different look. Adams ... read more

Strasburg laments predictability of pitches that led to homers

Stephen Strasburg gives up home runs, but typically not in bunches. He entered Tuesday night’s game against the Giants having surrendered three homers in a start only two previous times in his career. So when it happened this time, when he surrendered three long balls in a span of only eight batters, to the least productive lineup in the National League, it obviously raised some ... read more

Little goes according to script in Nats’ 7-3 loss (updated)

Stephen Strasburg was serving up home runs with alarming regularity. The Giants, owners of the least productive lineup in the National League, were piling up runs. Davey Martinez was getting fired up and getting ejected. And Trevor Rosenthal was throwing strikes and retiring batters. No, very little went according to script tonight during the Nationals’ 7-3 loss to the Giants. Was this just one of ... read more

Sources: Rendon, Nationals resumed negotiations today

Both the Nationals and Anthony Rendon have insisted they’re willing to hold contract negotiations in-season, and they’re staying true to their word. Rendon and general manager Mike Rizzo met this afternoon prior to batting practice before the Nationals’ series opener against the Giants, according to multiple sources familiar with the meeting, which took place in the team’s family room just outside the home clubhouse at ... read more

Game 15 lineups: Nats vs. Giants

We’ve got a pretty cool pitching matchup here in tonight’s series opener between the Nationals and Giants. It’s Stephen Strasburg versus Dereck Rodríguez, son of Iván, who of course was behind the plate for Strasburg’s major league debut nine years ago. Yep, it’s OK to start feeling old after reading that tidbit. After a great rookie season, Rodríguez has pitched OK through his first three ... read more

Some positive early-season developments (non-bullpen division)

You know what the dominant storyline of the Nationals’ season has been to date. It’s been the overriding narrative in nearly all of their 14 games so far. Which sometimes pushes other players and facets of this team out of the spotlight, through no fault of their own. So as a new week begins and the Nationals prepare to host the Giants for three games, ... read more

Sánchez turns in latest gem for Nationals rotation

Before Wander Suero pitched a 1-2-3 top of the eighth, before Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick hit back-to-back homers in the bottom of the eighth, before Sean Doolittle closed it out in the top of the ninth for the Nationals’ first save of the season, there was Aníbal Sánchez. The Nats’ dramatic 3-2 win over the Pirates on Saturday wouldn’t have been possible without the ... read more