Does Joe Ross need to employ the changeup with more frequency?

Right-hander Joe Ross continued to pitch to his strengths as the Nationals dropped the Padres 7-5 Friday night at Petco Park. Ross completed six innings, and allowed three runs on six hits, with two walks and six strikeouts. Between the end of the second and the beginning of the fourth inning, he set down eight straight batters. He finished with 95 pitches, 68 for strikes. ... read more

Kelley made it easy to close the committee at the closer spot

Manager Dusty Baker appears to be going with the closer-by-committee approach as the team waits for the return of closer Jonathan Papelbon. In last night’s late game against the Padres, Tanner Roark gave Baker six innings, allowing four runs. Blake Treinen arrived in the seventh and was able to get out of the frame. Treinen pitched around a hit and a walk with two strikeouts. ... read more

Notes on the bullpen, the bench, Baker and Werth

On Tuesday in a tie ball game, Nationals manager Dusty Baker went with left-hander Sammy Solis for the final two innings. Solis allowed an Albert Almora Jr., RBI double in the ninth to lead the Cubs past the Nationals 4-3. Then in the finale Wednesday, the Nats held a 2-1 lead heading into the top of the ninth. Kris Bryant led off with a double ... read more

Werth completes another walk-off win as Nats beat Cubs 5-4 in 12

There are 162 games in a regular season, but the Nationals are making a recent habit of “this win was better than that one” with each passing series victory. On a getaway Wednesday, the Nationals found a way to come back three separate times and shock the Chicago Cubs 5-4 in a 12-inning, four-hour and 17-minute heavyweight battle. The two of the three 40-win teams ... read more

Nats and Cubs trade early runs (Werth wins it again in 12th)

The Cubs raced out quickly against Stephen Strasburg. Ben Zobrist slammed a solo homer on a 1-2 pitch over the right field fence to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Strasburg then allowed a double to Jason Heyward on a drive that Ben Revere dove for but could not catch. Kris Bryant was called out on strikes. With Anthony Rizzo at the plate, Wilson Ramos ... read more

Baker believes Strasburg’s conditioning has improved

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg is seeking his 11th win of the season today against the visiting Chicago Cubs. The win would also give the Nationals a series victory over the first-place Cubs. An 11th win would match Strasburg’s win total from last season (11-7). Manager Dusty Baker didn’t know Strasburg before this season, but has noticed a calmness with the way Strasburg goes about his business ... read more

Game 66 lineups: Cubs at Nats

The Nationals and Cubs wrap up their regular season meetings today in D.C. The Cubs lead the season series 5-1, but the Nationals have the opportunity to win this three-game set with a victory today. The Cubs edged the Nationals 4-3 on Tuesday night. Center fielder Ben Revere knew it was going to be a battle. “It’s just one of the games just got away ... read more

Solis on late loss to Cubs: “It hurts”

The Nationals battled back to tie but were unable to take the lead late against the Cubs. Down 3-1, the Nats scored on a pair of sacrifice flies to tie the game heading to the ninth. After getting through the eighth, left-hander Sammy Solis ventured out to pitch the ninth. The Cubs opened with an Addison Russell walk. David Ross moved him up to second ... read more