Florida governor signs bill, final hurdle for new Nats-Astros spring complex

The Nationals will be moving to a new spring training facility in West Palm Beach, likely in time for the 2017 Grapefruit League season. Yesterday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott held a bill signing ceremony that will pave the way for the Nationals and Houston Astros to share a 160-acre facility at the corner of Haverhill Road and 45th Street. Barring any complications, the new complex ... read more

Matt of Matt's Bats: Picking the Nationals' all-time All-Stars

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is on Tuesday, July 14. At least one representative from each major league team plays for home field advantage in the World Series. Fans vote for the starting nine position players, a players' vote fills in reserves, and then the manager consults with the leagues and picks the pitching staff and remaining bench players. This year's contest is at ... read more

Opposite dugout: Reds looking to reverse fortunes with another big series against Nationals

Manager: Bryan Price (2nd season) Record: 36-44 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 3B Todd Frazier (.285/.344/.602 with 25 HR, 54 RBIs), 1B Joey Votto (.274/.387/.478 with 14 HR, 39 RBIs), 2B Brandon Phillips (.279 with 31 RBIs), RF Jay Bruce (12 HR, 40 RBIs), RHP Johnny Cueto (5-5, with 100 strikeouts, 2.984 ERA), LHP Aroldis Chapman (16 saves, 1.83 ERA) Season series vs. ... read more

Marty Niland: Bam-Bam, Big Train and the lore of legends

As if Bryce Harper had not already endeared himself to Washington baseball fans, his legend grew even further when he stepped into the batter's box at Nationals Park on the Fourth of July, wielding a star-spangled bat emblazoned with the D.C. skyline, and launched a two-run homer to spark a 3-for-4 day. Add that to Harper's other legendary shots: A reported 502-foot blast at Tropicana ... read more

Opposite dugout: Pitching hasn't yet caught up to bats, but Giants still in contention

Manager: Bruce Bochy (9th season) Record: 42-38 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: C Buster Posey (.304/.377/.496 with 13 HR, 56 RBIs), 2B Joe Panik (.316/.384/.463 with 30 RBIs), SS Brandon Crawford (.270 with 11 HR, 47 RBIs), LHP Madison Bumgarner (8-4, 2.99 ERA), RHP Santiago Casilla (4-2, 3.03 ERA, 20 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (2-5 in 2014) Pitching probables: July ... read more

Patrick Reddington: Clint Robinson making the most of his opportunities

After eight minor league seasons and a total of 3,836 minor league and 73 major league plate appearances, 30-year-old Nationals first baseman/outfielder Clint Robinson finally connected for his first major league home run in the Nats' June 11 game in Milwaukee's Miller Park. Robinson, 30, hit 141 homers in the minor leagues for Royals, Jays and Dodgers minor league affiliates, putting up a combined .302/.381/.510 ... read more

David Huzzard: Savoring July as baseball's most enjoyable month

Welcome to July, one of the busiest months on the baseball calendar. First off, today is the opening of the international signing period which means a bunch of 15- and 16-year- olds out of the Caribbean will be signed by major league teams with the hopes of one day making it to the American minor leagues and then possibly the majors. This is only interesting ... read more

Rachel Levitin: Nats' depth has come in handy

The Nationals are 3 1/2 games up over the New York Mets in the National League East after their 6-1 victory over the Braves in Atlanta on Tuesday night. They've won nine of their last 10 games, have battled through injuries to realign their starting rotation and have witnessed several hitting hot streaks for various players up and down the lineup. Despite a little bit ... read more