Looking at Roark's role come the postseason

Tanner Roark will get the ball today for his 31st start of the season, and should he happen to work 7 2/3 or more innings, he'll top the 200-inning mark for the 2014 campaign, a milestone for many pitchers. Roark has posted a 2.85 ERA this season, which only ranks 17th among qualified major league starters. No big deal. He has an ERA-plus (which is ... read more

Is Soriano pitching himself off the playoff roster?

Is deposed Nationals closer Rafael Soriano pitching himself off the playoff roster for the National League Division Series? Two weeks ago, when Soriano was removed from ninth-inning duties after a terrible stretch since the All-Star break, I'd have told you no (in fact, I wrote that in response to several regular commenters on our blogs). The reasons were simple: Soriano had a track record, the ... read more

Nats return home with lots on their side (Perez assigned to Yankees)

When the Nationals' team plane landed at Dulles Airport last night following the team's long 11-game road trip, there was a sign waiting for them on the tarmac. "Congrats NL East Champs," it read. When the team buses pulled up to Nationals Park about an hour later, there were a bunch of visitors waiting for them. A group of probably close to 100 fans had ... read more

Clubhouse chatter after Nats finish 9-2 road trip with 2-1 win

There were a few tense minutes while Marlins hitters were crushing balls with authority in the ninth inning, but Rafael Soriano worked his way around a leadoff pinch-hit double by Reed Johnson and finished off a 2-1 Nationals win Sunday afternoon with his 32nd save. The Nats end their final regular season road trip with a 9-2 record and have upped the win count to ... read more

Strasburg exits in seventh with 2-0 lead (Nats win 2-1)

We're through three innings of scoreless baseball at Marlins Park. Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg has looked strong, even though he's battled an inconsistent strike zone by home plate umpire Paul Schrieber. Strasburg has allowed one hit, walked two, struck out three and benefited from a pair of double plays. The Nats have three singles off right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who has walked none and fanned three. ... read more

Williams rests handful of regulars for finale against Marlins

MIAMI - What do Ian Desmond, Ryan Zimmerman, Denard Span, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos have in common? They're all on the bench for this afternoon's finale of a four-game series against the Marlins. Manager Matt Williams is taking advantage of his team's early clinching of the National League East to rest a significant portion of his starting nine. The Nationals are going for their ... read more

Williams on Zimmerman, Zimmermann and more after 3-2 win

MIAMI - Ryan Zimmerman returned from a nearly two-month absence and delivered two hits, including a triple. Jordan Zimmermann got drilled by a comebacker in his pitching shoulder but still delivered six strong innings. Denard Span faced a tough lefty with two outs and a runner in scoring position in a big spot, and delivered the game-winning hit. The Nationals keep on rolling. Zimmerman went ... read more

Williams says Zimmerman will play left first, then move to first and third bases

Nationals manager Matt Williams says Ryan Zimmerman will start in left field, then move on to first base and third base sometime next week as he resumes meaningful games for the first time since July 22, when a right hamstring injury sent him to the disabled list for 55 games. The goal: to get Zimmerman back up to speed over the regular season's final nine ... read more