Aggressive approach pays off early vs. Kershaw

LOS ANGELES - How do you beat Clayton Kershaw, Davey Martinez was asked this afternoon. “You’ve got to be aggressive,” the Nationals manager said. “He’s going to be in the strike zone. So get a good pitch you can hit.” How about three pitches to three batters? Is that aggressive enough? The Nats came out swinging tonight against the Dodgers’ three-time Cy Young Award winner, ... read more

Nats expect Rendon back this weekend, Eaton during road trip

LOS ANGELES - Anthony Rendon fouled a ball off his left big toe one week ago, in the fifth inning last Friday night at Nationals Park. He hasn’t played since, and despite initial hope he’d be back for tonight’s series opener against the Dodgers, he’s not in the lineup. Which begs the question: Why, given the fact he’s now been out seven days, was Rendon ... read more

Game 20 lineups: Nats at Dodgers

LOS ANGELES - The sun is shining, the mountains in the distance aren’t being obscured by smog and Max Scherzer is facing Clayton Kershaw tonight at Dodger Stadium. Yep, this is about as good as it gets. The Nationals and Dodgers open up a big weekend series at Chavez Ravine, and they’re starting it off in style with as good a pitching showdown as you ... read more

Cole designated for assignment, Torres added to bullpen

LOS ANGELES - Needing a fresh arm in their bullpen after a taxing series at Citi Field, the Nationals promoted veteran right-hander Carlos Torres from Triple-A Syracuse and made the decision to cut ties with A.J. Cole. Cole, who was out of options, was designated for assignment and now is available to any other club to claim off waivers over the next week. If he ... read more

Nats in much better standing as road trip shifts to West Coast

LOS ANGELES - The Nationals left Washington five days ago, reeling from a 3-7 homestand, heading to New York to face a red-hot Mets club that had opened up a six-game lead in the National League East division, all the while knowing they still had to head out west to face the Dodgers and Giants to conclude this long road trip. Well, the East Coast ... read more

Reeling Nationals face suddenly critical series in New York

Davey Martinez won’t look at the standings, certainly not in April. He doesn’t believe it does him or his players any good to pay attention right now to the records of other teams in relation to their own record. Which is all well and good except for one teensy little fact: The Nationals head to New York tonight for the opener of a three-game series ... read more

Nats teetering on the brink after mistake-filled homestand

There were outs inexplicably made on the bases. There were home runs being served up despite pitchers being in advantageous counts. There were countless opportunities for long, sustained rallies, the kind of opportunities made possible when you draw 10 walks to the opposition’s one on the afternoon. Consider all the reasons the Nationals should have won today’s game against the Rockies, not the least of ... read more

Late mistakes doom Nationals in 6-5 loss to Rockies

If the Nationals intend to scrap their way back from a ragged start to their season, they’re going to have to do so playing smart, fundamentally sound baseball. They certainly didn’t do that today during a 6-5 loss to the Rockies that easily could have tilted in their direction had they simply not made a handful of drastic mistakes at critical moments. And because of ... read more