Three-year-old grudge fuels brawl between Harper, Strickland

SAN FRANCISCO - Baseball grudges are a strange thing. They carry over from year to year, sometimes longer. Events you think would bury the hatchet instead only allow the bad vibes to fester. Everybody in this game remembers everything that happened before. And so when Bryce Harper stepped to the plate in the top of the eighth this afternoon at AT&T Park, with Hunter Strickland ... read more

Harper-Strickland brawl mars Nationals’ 3-0 win over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO - The Giants won the war over the Nationals in the 2014 playoffs. That apparently didn’t stop Hunter Strickland from starting a fight against Bryce Harper three years later. A major benches-clearing brawl broke out after Strickland drilled Harper with a first-pitch fastball in the top of the eighth inning today as a long-festering vendetta marred what eventually ended as a 3-0 victory ... read more

Zimmerman inching up home run leaderboard (Nats win 3-0)

SAN FRANCISCO - Ryan Zimmerman’s ascent up the franchise home run leaderboard took a brief hiatus, but he’s back at it this afternoon in the opener of the Nationals’ long West Coast trip. Zimmerman launched a solo homer to left-center to lead off the top of the second and stake the Nationals to an early lead against the Giants. His 420-foot moonshot off left-hander Matt ... read more

Drew activated off DL, Heisey begins rehab assignment

SAN FRANCISCO - The Nationals’ bench got a major boost today at the start of a long West Coast trip when Stephen Drew was activated off the disabled list, his right hamstring strain finally healed enough to allow him to play on the big league roster. Drew had been out since April 12, suffering his hamstring injury only three days after teammate Trea Turner did ... read more

Game 50 lineups: Nats at Giants

SAN FRANCISCO - Hello from the banks of McCovey Cove, where it’s currently 54 degrees with a nice marine layer hovering over everything as the Nationals begin their week-long tour of the Bay Area. Yes, this is a rare (and nice) road trip that includes three games against the Giants, an off day and then three games against the Athletics on the other side of ... read more

Taylor’s numbers continue to rise since assuming everyday role

The caveats will continue, because it has only been 24 games and because he’ll need to do this over a much longer period of time before anything declarative can be said. But in those 24 games since he took over as the Nationals’ starting center fielder, Michael A. Taylor sure has done everything he can to make sure he can continue holding that role. With ... read more

With robotic precision, Strasburg dominates another opponent

When Max Scherzer does something big, you know it. Scherzer puts all his emotions on display, celebrates when he succeeds, laments when he fails. When Stephen Strasburg does something big, you have no idea. Strasburg rarely reveals any emotions, and his expressions and words aren’t much different after a win than they are after a loss. Take, for example, the Nationals right-hander’s response this evening ... read more

Strasburg strikes out career-high 15 Padres (Nats win 3-0)

Stephen Strasburg isn’t getting a ton of help from his defense, so he’s taking matters into his own hands this afternoon. Strasburg has seven strikeouts through three scoreless innings against the Padres, overcoming two errors by his Nationals infield but struggling to keep his pitch count manageable. Ryan Zimmerman and Trea Turner each were charged with errors in the game’s first two innings, prolonging things ... read more