D-backs stun Scherzer with three straight homers (tied at 5)

PHOENIX - Asked this afternoon what, if anything, has made Max Scherzer an even better pitcher in 2017 than he was when he won the Cy Young Award in 2016, Nationals manager Dusty Baker noted the right-hander’s ability to reduce the number of home runs he has surrendered. You can probably guess what happened next. Or maybe not, given how improbable it still was. Scherzer ... read more

Kelley encouraged after pair of bullpen sessions

PHOENIX - They may have added two key arms to their bullpen this week, but the Nationals also know they’re going to need quality work from some members of their current relief corps before this season is over. And so the steps Shawn Kelley has been able to take over recent days in his recovery from an upper back strain can only be viewed as ... read more

Game 95 lineups: Nats at Diamondbacks

PHOENIX - Hello from Chase Field, where the roof is closed and the air conditioning is cranked up (thank God). It’s a scorcher here in the Valley of the Sun, with temperatures actually below normal (101 degrees, as we speak) but the humidity unusually high. Welcome to monsoon season. No, seriously, you can look it up. Anyway, the Nationals wrap up their long and winding ... read more

How Madson and Doolittle have evolved into elite relievers

PHOENIX - The arrival this week of Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle to the Nationals clubhouse was met with considerable exuberance. And why not, given the significance of the addition of two relievers with experience delivering in big moments to a bullpen that had all but lost the confidence of the rest of the roster. “It kind of sets your mind at ease,” left fielder ... read more

Injuries continue to force Baker to cobble together top of lineup

ANAHEIM, Calif. - It’s part of any manager’s job, trying to compensate for injuries, but the challenge for Dusty Baker over the last several weeks has been amplified. Baker already lost leadoff man Adam Eaton to a torn ACL at the end of April. Then he lost No. 2 hitter Jayson Werth to a significant bone bruise and slight fracture of his left foot in ... read more

In long-awaited start vs. original club, Meyer one-hits Nationals

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Alex Meyer’s name doesn’t garner much reaction from most current members of the Nationals or most members of a fan base that barely remembers the club using a first-round pick on the big right-hander way back in 2011. The handful of players who spent time with Meyer in the low minor leagues for one season, though, have fond memories of him. And ... read more

Meyer cruising against former organization (Nats lose 7-0)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Alex Meyer’s career hasn’t panned out as originally hoped, but the Nationals drafted the big right-hander in the first round back in 2011 for a reason. And Meyer is showing exactly why tonight - against his former club. Meyer, now pitching for the Angels, has retired the first 12 batters he’s faced, baffling one of the most potent lineups in baseball through ... read more

Ross has Tommy John surgery, plus other injury updates

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Joe Ross had Tommy John surgery this morning, a procedure that the Nationals said went smoothly but nonetheless will sideline the right-hander until at least the middle of the 2018 season. Ross had the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow replaced in Dallas by orthopedist Keith Meister, who reported it “went well,” according to manager Dusty Baker. The typical timeline for ... read more