Game 25 lineups: Nats at Royals

KANSAS CITY - Hello from beautiful Kauffman Stadium, maybe baseball’s most underrated ballpark. This is only the Nationals’ second trip here; they took two of three in 2013, but this is a far different Royals team they’re facing now than they did back then. The defending World Series champs are off to a bit of a ragged start, but they remain an imposing foe, making ... read more

Bryce Harper wins NL Player of the Month Award

KANSAS CITY - Bryce Harper was named National League Player of the Month for April this afternoon, further confirmation of the reigning league MVP’s torrid start to the 2016 season. Harper hit .286 with nine homers, 24 RBIs, five stolen bases and a 1.120 OPS in 23 game for the month, which the 23-year-old actually ended in a 1-for-13 slump. He was hitting .328 with ... read more

Ramos remembers his grandfather, ready to return to baseball

ST. LOUIS - Wilson Ramos ambled onto the field at Busch Stadium yesterday morning, his Nationals teammates having already been out there for a little while taking batting practice, and began the process of returning to his professional life after a five-day break to take care of his personal life. Ramos, who had gone home to Venezuela following the death of his grandfather, admittedly was ... read more

Nationals rediscover their swagger during St. Louis sweep

ST. LOUIS - That the Nationals just swept the Cardinals at Busch Stadium for the first time ever was notable enough. That they did it despite Bryce Harper going hitless in all three games this weekend was downright scary. Scary for future competition. “That tells me that somebody’s in trouble,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Somebody’s in trouble because Bryce ain’t going hitless for too long ... read more

Nats cap off historic sweep of Cardinals with 6-1 win

ST. LOUIS - With a big-time bounceback performance from Max Scherzer and back-to-back homers from a couple of previously slumping hitters, the Nationals beat the Cardinals yet again this afternoon, pulling off their first-ever series sweep in St. Louis. The Nationals’ 6-1 victory at Busch Stadium, on the heels of 5-4 and 6-1 triumphs, capped off an impressive weekend and kicked off a daunting road ... read more

Scherzer, Martinez dealing and dueling (Nats win 6-1)

ST. LOUIS - Max Scherzer looks like his old self so far today. And that must be bringing some semblance of relief to any Nationals fan who might have started worrying about their previously struggling ace. Scherzer mowed through the Cardinals lineup in his first crack this afternoon, striking out four and displaying much better command than he did in his last two troublesome starts. ... read more

Ramos returns from bereavement leave, Severino optioned

ST. LOUIS - Wilson Ramos rejoined the Nationals this morning and was activated off the bereavement list, making the veteran catcher eligible to play in today’s series finale against the Cardinals. Ramos had been away from the team five days following the death of his grandfather, Jesus Campos, missing the Nats’ entire series against the Phillies and then this weekend’s first two games in St. ... read more

Game 24 lineups: Nats at Cardinals

ST. LOUIS - In their 11-plus seasons of existence, the Nationals have never found themselves in this particular situation: a chance to sweep a series in St. Louis. Shoot, they had only taken two of three once before at either version of Busch Stadium, back in 2007 when Manny Acta’s club pulled it off. Today, though, the Nats are in position to do it. They ... read more