Blackmon homers twice (Harper ejected in 10th, Nats fall 9-4 in 11)

A.J. Cole and Jorge De La Rosa shared the labor of a 33-minute first inning but did not allow a run on a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon matchup between the Nationals and the Rockies. Cole didn’t give up a hit until the top of the third. On a 3-2 pitch, Charlie Blackmon launched a solo shot, his 22nd homer of the season, over the right field ... read more

Ross on rehab assignment, Giolito likely Sunday starter

The Nationals announced that right-hander Joe Ross (right shoulder inflammation, July 3) will make a rehab start Sunday afternoon for Triple-A Syracuse as they host Pawtucket at 1:05 p.m. That starting slot at the Triple-A level had recently been occupied by right-hander Lucas Giolito. But Giolito is expected to be the Nats starter on Sunday in the series finale against the Rockies, although no official ... read more

Game 129 lineups: Rockies at Nats

With Trea Turner doing Trea Turner things, hitters 2-3-4 in the Nationals lineup are settling in for good at-bats. The opposing pitcher is preoccupied with the speed and havoc Turner provides on the basepaths. That allows Jayson Werth, Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper to be themselves. The trio delivered six RBIs in the Nats’ 8-5 series opening win over the Rockies. Werth has hit homers ... read more

Lobaton’s unique skill set provides perfect change of pace for Nats hurlers

Right-hander Max Scherzer returned to form Thursday night in the Nationals’ 4-0 victory over the Orioles. Scherzer recorded at least 10 strikeouts for the 11th time this season to improve to 14-7. His 227 strikeouts this season lead the major leagues. One element of yesterday’s win that was different than most of his previous starts this season was his batterymate. Backup catcher Jose Lobaton replaced ... read more

Harper hitting his stride at plate crucial for Nats to get rolling again

The Nationals downed the Orioles 4-0 to end their four-game losing streak behind eight shutout innings from Max Scherzer. Right fielder Bryce Harper perfectly placed a two-run double down the left field line to highlight a three-run eighth inning, adding crucial insurance to a 1-0 lead. After watching the Orioles put up 18 runs in their last two games against the Nats, Harper knew that ... read more

Scherzer returns to vintage form in Nats’ shutout of Orioles

The Nationals were desperate to end their four-game losing streak on Thursday. In order to accomplish that task, they needed a solid outing from their ace right-hander Max Scherzer. Scherzer delivered. It was vintage Max. Allowing only two hits over seven innings, Scherzer and the Nationals finally got to the Orioles 4-0. Scherzer allowed no runs on two hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts ... read more

Baker says Strasburg’s elbow soreness in different location from Tommy John surgery

Nationals manager Dusty Baker went out to watch Joe Ross (right shoulder inflammation, July 3) and Reynaldo Lopez through their bullpen sessions. While out there, he got to see right-hander Stephen Strasburg (right elbow soreness, August 21) throw the baseball, too. “It was coming out pretty easy,” Baker noted. “I asked him how he felt afterwards. He said he felt pretty good. I had seen ... read more

Harper designs cap for Harper’s Heroes, charity seeking cure for leukemia

Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper co-announced with the New Era Cap Company a new cap that he helped to design for Harper’s Heroes, a charitable organization created to raise awareness and benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. On Wednesday, Bill Adams, vice president of U.S. Sales for New Era, Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo and Harper made the joint announcement ... read more