Derek Norris looks back at time with Nats as important to his MLB development

The Nationals are taking on the Padres this week and there has been talk about rookies Trea Turner and Joe Ross playing for the first time against the team that drafted them. But San Diego also has a starting catcher/first baseman in Derek Norris who began his career in the Nationals system and was drafted by the team in 2007 as a fourth-round selection. Norris ... read more

Nats game blog: Nationals seek third straight series win tonight against the Padres

The Nationals can win their third straight series with a victory in tonight's second game of the series against the San Diego Padres. The Nationals toppled the Friars 8-3 last night behind a grand slam from Ryan Zimmerman. They also dropped the Rockies (2-1) and Brewers (2-1) in their last two series. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez (9-6, 3.98 ERA) looks to bounce back from two losses ... read more

Nationals starter Joe Ross came within one day of facing older brother Tyson Ross

According to Baseball Almanac, it has happened only 21 times. The last time was 2009 when Jered faced his brother Jeff Weaver. Phil and Joe Niekro squared off nine times in their careers. It almost happened in this series here at Nationals Park this week. Brother vs. brother on the starting pitching mound. The Nationals and Padres came within one day of pulling it off ... read more

Trea Turner on facing his former team for first time since trade

Nationals shortstop Trea Turner was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the first round in June, 2014. This season, in the middle of June, he was the player to be named later as part of a three-team, 11-player trade that finally brought him to the Nationals. This week, Turner is getting a chance to face the team that selected him with their top pick ... read more

Zimmerman's grand slam highlights Nationals' 8-3 win over Padres

The Nationals subdued the Padres 8-3 to start their series Tuesday at Nationals Park. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman broke the game open with a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth that provided the Nationals with an 8-2 lead. Facing Bud Norris, Zimmerman was able to get ahead in the count and then drove a fastball over the right-center field fence. It was his ... read more

Nats game blog: Strasburg faces hometown Padres in D.C.

The Nationals and the San Diego Padres begin a three-game set tonight at Nats Park. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg needs to maintain the pace for the Nationals after a pair of series wins for the club over the last six days. Strasburg (7-6, 4.22 ERA) has now won four of his last five decisions, including an outstanding seven innings at Colorado on Wednesday in which the ... read more

Span is activated (again), says it "feels good to be back"

Nationals center fielder Denard Span returned to the club Tuesday and was inserted in the starting lineup, leading off and playing center field against the Padres. Span has been on the disabled list with back tightness since July 7. Previously, he missed the first three weeks of the season as he recovered from right core muscle surgery. He has played only 59 games this season. ... read more

Nationals' two-out RBIs, patient at-bats key to series win over Brewers

It was nice to see the offense take advantage of opportunities in winning their series against the Brewers. In 6-1 and 9-5 wins over the weekend against Milwaukee, the Nationals went 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position. Even more importantly, the Nationals were able to get two-out base hits that scored runs. In wins Saturday and Sunday, the Nationals combined for 12 two-out RBIs. Danny ... read more