MASN booth comes back to Nats Park with giveaways

Don’t you hate it when you and your friends get to a game at Nats Park and the Nationals haven’t even batted through the order yet and your phone starts dying? How are you supposed to stay social with the latest photos, GIFs and Tweets from the game when your battery is below 10 percent? Well, have no fear, the MASN booth is back to ... read more

Patrick Reddington: Murphy the right choice for Nats in offseason

Daniel Murphy started 44 games and appeared in 46 of the Washington Nationals’ first 47 games before Dusty Baker gave the veteran infielder a night off in the series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals last night. In those 46 games, the 31-year-old former New York Met, who signed a 3-year/$37.5M deal with the Nats this winter, put up a .394/.427/.617 line, 14 doubles, two ... read more

Opposite dugout: Cardinals still trying to figure things out

Manager: Mike Matheny (5th season) Record: 24-23 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: SS Aledmys Diaz (.331, 24 RBIs), 3B Matt Carpenter (9 HR, 32 RBIs), RF Stephen Piscotty (.328, 5 HR, 26 RBI), RHP Trevor Rosenthal (8 saves, 2.25 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 0-3 Pitching probables: May 26: RHP Mike Leake vs. RHP Joe Ross, 7:05 p.m., MASNMay 27: LHP Jaime Garcia ... read more

David Huzzard: Trea Turner is the first wave of improvement

In late July 2015, the Washington Nationals held a three-game lead over the New York Mets in the National League East. A couple of weeks later, they were eight games back. It was a depressing and shocking turn of events for Nats fans. Injuries played a role in the Nationals’ struggles as several stars returned to the lineup and performed worse than those they replaced. ... read more

Charlie Fliegel: It’s time for Nats to call Turner to majors

The Nationals’ offense has made some strides in the last few weeks now that Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon and Ben Revere have started hitting. Unfortunately, Danny Espinosa has yet to get on track, and it’s time to consider making a move there. Espinosa’s hit a paltry .203/.305/.287 this season, and it’s bad even if you dismiss his early performance as a slow start. Going ... read more

Steve Mears: Opportunity in offing as Zimmerman awaits blessed event

Have you looked lately to see what the one-two punch for the Syracuse Chiefs have been doing? Trea Turner and Brian Goodwin are just tearing up Triple-A while wreaking havoc on the base paths. They are usually running the bases two times a game if they get up five times since both are hovering around a .380 on-base percentage and have found other ways to ... read more

Opposite dugout: Mets riding momentum following recent sweep

Manager: Terry Collins (6th season) Record: 25-18 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: CF Yoenis Cespedes (.298, 14 HR, 35 RBIs), LF Michael Conforto (.284, 8 HR, 12 2B), SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.278, 44 hits), RHP Noah Syndergaard (5-2, 1.94 ERA), RHP Jeurys Familia (15 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 1-2 Pitching probables: May 23: RHP Bartolo Colon vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez, 7:05 p.m., ... read more

Patrick Reddington: Murphy’s return to New York a successful one

Daniel Murphy arrived in New York for Washington’s three-game set with the Mets a .400 hitter after 37 games with the second organization he’s known as a professional. Murphy signed a 3-year/$37.5M free agent deal with the Nationals in January after seven seasons with the Mets, who drafted him in the 13th Round of the 2006 Draft. “A lot of great memories in here,” he ... read more