Hearing from Strasburg, Harper and Span after 6-2 loss to Braves

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg was fairly pleased with his outing, even though he took the loss in a 6-2 setback to the Braves. In a scoreless game in the fifth, B.J. Upton was able to connect on Strasburg's first offering and hit it over the fence for a 1-0 Atlanta lead. "Ball just found his bat," Strasburg said. 'I just got to make a better pitch ... read more

Strasburg lasts six innings (Braves win 6-2)

The Nationals, looking for the series sweep against the Braves, got a couple of men on against right-hander Aaron Harang in the second inning. Asdrubal Cabrera led off with a single. After a loud out to deep right field by Bryce Harper, Danny Espinosa singled to put men on the corners. But Jose Lobaton was caught looking and Stephen Strasburg lined out to first base. ... read more

Williams on Soriano, Strasburg, Rendon, Desmond and more before Braves finale

Nationals manager Matt Williams said it is important for reliever Rafael Soriano to get into today's game after spending a few days refining his mechanics following a rough stretch. During Soriano's time off, Drew Storen has saved three consecutive games. "Oh, yeah, very important," Williams said of getting Soriano some game action. "We gave him a couple of days. He worked on some things. He ... read more

Update on Desmond's back and the pitchers speak after 6-4 win

The Nationals' quick start paid dividends late in a 6-4 series-clinching victory over the Braves on Tuesday night. First baseman Adam LaRoche, the co-Player of the Week in the National League, had two singles and two RBIs has the Nationals built a 5-0 lead against right-hander Ervin Santana after two innings. "That doesn't happen too often against that guy," LaRoche said. "He's a pretty good ... read more

Zimmermann twirls six innings (Nats win 6-4 for series victory)

Never underestimate the importance of getting the leadoff man on base. Factor in that your team is facing a 14-game winner in Ervin Santana and the importance ramps up. The Nationals offense has scored three runs or less in eight of its last 11 nine-inning games. So if Santana could get going, it would add pressure to the offense as the innings progressed. Denard Span ... read more

Zimmerman takes live batting practice for first time since injury

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman took another step in his rehabilitation from a right hamstring strain by taking live batting practice on the field prior to Tuesday's game with the Atlanta Braves. Zimmerman was happy to get back on the field, but he said that running at full speed will be more critical to him getting back into games. And he is still a ways ... read more

Williams' confidence in Fister key to 2-1 win over Braves

It was an important decision in a nail-biting moment of the game. With the Nationals leading 1-0 over the Braves and two out in the seventh, right-hander Doug Fister had walked two batters. The dangerous Andrelton Simmons was ready to dig in. Manager Matt Williams jumped out of the dugout and made his way to the mound. Fister at first did not see Williams coming ... read more

Nationals strike first versus Braves (Nats win 2-1)

The Nationals were able to break the ice early against the rival Braves. Each of these games are so important, but manager Matt Williams repeated during pregame that it is just another game. But a sweep either way would make a huge statement with games, and the season, dwindling down to a precious few. Doug Fister allowed just a Freddie Freeman base hit in the ... read more