Scherzer makes everyone dream of something special again

PHILADELPHIA - This is what it has come to, what Max Scherzer has done to our longstanding sense of baseball and how typically not to get too excited too soon about the possibility of history. Two innings into tonight’s 3-2 Nationals victory at Citizens Bank Park, only two measly innings into this one, you couldn’t help but think to yourself: Scherzer might just throw a ... read more

Nationals ride another Scherzer gem to 3-2 victory in Philly

PHILADELPHIA - Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Max Scherzer carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning tonight at Citizens Bank Park, only to have it broken up on a double down the right field line by Freddy Galvis. It happened last summer. And it happened again tonight, with the pesky Phillies shortstop spoiling another one of Scherzer’s attempts to make history with ... read more

Scherzer’s strikeout total continues to soar (Nationals win 3-2)

PHILADELPHIA - There’s still a long way to go, and who knows what could happen between now and season’s end. But if Max Scherzer can keep doing what he’s been doing up to this point, he’s going to wind up in some elite company. Especially in the strikeout department. Scherzer entered tonight’s game against the Phillies with a league-leading 227 strikeouts in 182 innings. And ... read more

Rehab updates on Drew and Strasburg

PHILADELPHIA - The Nationals have understood all along that Stephen Drew’s recovery from an inner ear ailment would have no set timetable. The veteran infielder would simply start to feel well enough at some point to resume playing. By all accounts, he’s nearing that point. Drew has ramped up his baseball activities over the last two days, taking batting practice and fielding grounders with the ... read more

Game 132 lineups: Nats at Phillies

PHILADELPHIA - Max Scherzer has faced the Phillies seven times over the last two years. In those seven starts, he’s 5-0 with a 1.94 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 10 walks. Needless to say, the Nationals have fair reason to expect more good things tonight when Scherzer takes the mound at Citizens Bank Park. Dusty Baker has his entire regular lineup out there for the second ... read more

Robinson making the most of his rare opportunities

PHILADELPHIA - Dusty Baker constantly talks about how hard it is for players to be productive off the bench in the big leagues, how the lack of consistent at-bats makes it difficult to find a rhythm, even when there are rare opportunities to start games and step to the plate four or five times in one night. Which perhaps makes Clint Robinson’s performance of late ... read more

Roark is dominant yet again in Nats’ win over Phillies

PHILADELPHIA - Ask a bunch of people around baseball - players, coaches, managers, executives, scouts, media members - for a list of the best pitchers in the National League, and you’re likely to get several recurring names: Kershaw, Arrieta, Scherzer, Strasburg, Bumgarner, Cueto, Lester, Syndergaard, Fernandez. All, of course, are excellent pitchers, all deserving of the recognition they receive. But how many voters are including ... read more

Nationals ride early offense, then Roark to 4-0 win in Philly

PHILADELPHIA - While their offense remains very much in hit-or-miss mode, the Nationals at least know they can still count on Tanner Roark to deliver a big-time start when they most need one. The Nationals scored two quick runs off the Phillies tonight, then sat back and watched as Roark and the bullpen took care of the rest, tossing a combined shutout during what became ... read more