Advance scouts help Dusty Baker prepare for unfamiliar opponent

The Nationals have 19 games scheduled each against their four divisional foes. They have already played the Phillies 13 times in the first two months of the season. The have taken on the Braves six times, all on the road. The have faced the Mets six times and battle again June 15-18 in New York. They played the Marlins three times to open the season, ... read more

Dusty Baker says Trea Turner will have to adjust as league adjusts to him

Shortstop Trea Turner got out of the blocks quickly to begin this season. But he has recently slowed down a bit at the plate. Prior to Tuesday’s game, manager Dusty Baker said there is always a period of adjustment when the league sees you can hit the fastball. “What I’ve seen is the league has adjusted to him,” Baker said. “Now it’s up to him ... read more

For Joe Ross, it was just like old times in 10-1 win over Seattle

Joe Ross looked like the Joe Ross from the start of 2016 on Tuesday night, as the Nationals steamrolled the Mariners 10-1 at wet and rainy Nats Park. You remember that Joe Ross, right? He went 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA in his first four starts last season. But this season began with a win in Atlanta, and then a pair of starts where he ... read more

Stephen Drew rehabbing in Florida (Nationals roll 10-1)

Nationals manager Dusty Baker updated the rehab of infielder Stephen Drew prior to Tuesday’s matchup against Seattle. Drew has been the disabled list since April 12 with a right hamstring strain. Tonight’s game marks the 36th game out 44 he has missed to begin the season. Baker said Drew was supposed to rehab at an affiliate near D.C., but the inclement weather made that difficult. ... read more

Dusty Baker on the Joe Ross call, Jacob Turner and Brian Goodwin

Manager Dusty Baker explained the reasoning behind calling back up right-hander Joe Ross to start tonight’s series opener against the Seattle Mariners and sending outfielder Brian Goodwin to Triple-A Syracuse. Baker said Ross’ velocity is starting to get back to where it was when he was successful last season. “Well, I just heard his velocity was back up and he had maintained that velocity,” Baker ... read more

Baker likes work Murphy puts in on defense

Second baseman Daniel Murphy continues to hit for the Nationals, something he has been able to do in his two seasons with the team. He has not stopped hitting since the National League playoffs in 2015. One of the red flags that some brought up in Murphy’s move to D.C. was that his defense would be a question mark. But Murphy has made steady progress ... read more

Joe Ross to start Tuesday versus Seattle

Right-hander Joe Ross will make his fourth start of the season Tuesday night for the Nationals when they return home to take on the Seattle Mariners, the team announced this afternoon. Ross went 1-0 with a 7.47 ERA in three starts for the Nationals in April. His first start at Atlanta on April 19 was solid. He went seven innings, allowing three runs on six ... read more

Glover feeds off Strasburg, looks comfortable as closer

ATLANTA - All the issues the Nationals had faced during their four-game skid, which included laboring starters and a bullpen that couldn’t close the door, almost completely vanished Sunday afternoon as the Nationals found a way to stop the Braves 3-2. Stephen Strasburg pitched 7 2/3 innings, striking out a season-high 11 batters and allowing only two runs. Koda Glover, who was going to close ... read more