X-rays on Desmond's hand come back negative, plus more from 4-3 loss

BALTIMORE - It appears the Nationals dodged a bullet in regard to Ian Desmond's health. Desmond needed to leave tonight's game in the eighth inning shortly after taking a Darren O'Day fastball off the right hand, but Nats manager Matt Williams said after the game that X-rays on Desmond's hand came back negative. That's the good news. The bad is that the Nats dropped tonight's ... read more

Frandsen playing second, Zimmerman DHing, Espinosa sits

BALTIMORE - While the Orioles are throwing left-hander Wei-Yin Chen tonight and that would seemingly be a chance to get Danny Espinosa - who hits lefties well - another start, manager Matt Williams is going another route. Kevin Frandsen will start at second base today, with Espinosa returning to the bench after getting the start last night. Ryan Zimmerman will again DH tonight, and Anthony ... read more

Sitting all alone in first place in the NL East

The Nationals won last night. The Braves didn't. As a result, the Nats find themselves alone in first place in the National League East as of this morning, a game up on Atlanta with two games in hand. The Nats have now won eight of their last 10. They've won 12 of their last 17. And they're continuing to build some momentum as the All-Star ... read more

Williams discusses Nats' 6-2 win over Orioles

BALTIMORE - Even though the Nationals were eight games over .500 and tied for first place in their division coming into tonight's action, their power potential really hasn't been realized to this point. A large part of that is due to injuries, certainly. But there haven't been many games this season where the Nats slugged their way to a win. They did to an extent ... read more

Zimmerman DHing, Espinosa back at second base

BALTIMORE - Here's one way to get Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa all in the lineup on the same day: Play in an American League park. Nationals manager Matt Williams has the luxury of the designated hitter today, and he'll use it by having Zimmerman DH and moving Rendon over to third base. That allows Espinosa to make his first start ... read more

More coming out of last night's postponement

There was some chatter in the press box during last night's lengthy 2-hour, 30-minute rain delay about whether the Nationals and Orioles would consider a day-night, two-city doubleheader today, if last night's game was to get postponed. Well, last night's game was postponed. And according to Nats manager Matt Williams, that doubleheader split between Nats Park and Camden Yards was not considered. A similar doubleheader ... read more

Nats send Fister to hill against Orioles

The Nationals send right-hander Doug Fister to the mound against the Orioles tonight, hoping for a split in the two-game D.C. portion of the Battle of the Beltways. Fister is 3-2 with a 5.30 ERA in six lifetime starts against Baltimore. The Nats are hoping he'll pitch more in line with his 2014 numbers: a 7-2 mark with a 2.93 ERA in 11 starts. He ... read more

On the Battle of the Beltways atmosphere and the Nats' extra-inning struggles

You might hold the belief that the Battle of the Beltways isn't really a rivalry, despite some who try and portray it that way. And frankly, you might be right. It's not like the Nationals have Orioles games on in the clubhouse and monitor Buck Showalter's club on a daily basis. It's not as if Ryan Zimmerman and Chris Davis dislike each other just because ... read more