Scratch B.J. Upton off the list of free agent outfielders.
And get ready to see him in the National League East for the next few years.
The Braves have signed Upton to a five-year deal worth a shade over $75 million, according to multiple reports.
That not only gives the Braves their center fielder and a middle-of-the-order bat, but it also pushes Michael Bourn out of Atlanta.
Bourn now has a benchmark contract off which to work and a host of teams which will be calling, looking to fill a...
As the offseason kicks into high gear, the Nationals are a defending champion in an unusual position: They could stand pat and be picked to win the National League East for a second consecutive season in 2013.
But that's not how the Nationals operate. They'll likely be looking for an experienced pitcher and a leadoff batter.
The Nationals rotation will have Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Ross Detwiler, but the fifth guy is up for debate. It could be Zack Greinke,...
The Nationals are going to St. Louis. We think.
In the first game of the new wild card era, the Cardinals beat the Braves 6-3, and will move on to the National League Division Series.
They'll host the Nats for Games 1 and 2, which will be held Sunday at 3:07 p.m. and Monday at 4:37 p.m., respectively.
The topic that everyone will be discussing tomorrow, however, was the incredibly bizarre play in the bottom of the eighth inning when Aldrelton Simmons' fly ball to shallow left was ruled an...
Major League Baseball has announced the start times for the first two games of each Division Series.
And the schedule they've gone with might leave some D.C. sports fans a little frustrated.
The Nationals will start their first postseason game in team history (and the first playoff game in D.C. baseball history in 79 years) at 3:07 p.m. on Sunday. Monday's Game 2 will start at 4:37 p.m.
Both games will air on TBS.
This means that Game 1 will start sometime just after halftime of the...
This is uncharted territory for the Washington Nationals.
They've played 162 games, yet their season isn't over. The goodbyes, tee times and trips to tropical locations will have to wait.
For the first time in team history, there's postseason baseball to be played.
With yesterday's action in the books,
ST. LOUIS - The Nationals will not clinch the National League East title tonight, regardless of what happens here at Busch Stadium.
The Braves have just put the finishing touches on a 2-0 win over the Mets down in Atlanta, meaning that even with a win over the Cardinals tonight, the Nationals' magic number will only be cut to one.
They'll have to wait until tomorrow, at the earliest, to wrap up the division title.
The Mets threatened in the ninth against Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, but...
ST. LOUIS - Davey Johnson has waved the white flag tonight, emptying his bench with the Nationals trailing 9-1 in the middle innings.
But even with the blowout here in St. Louis, the Nats still can clinch the NL East title tomorrow night, thanks to the Mets.
The Braves lost to the Mets 3-1 tonight, cutting the Nationals' magic number to two. A Nats win and a Braves loss tomorrow, and the division title belongs to Washington.
See, you got something positive out of tonight.
For what it's...
The playoff picture in the National League is close to being set with four teams already assured of spots in the postseason. The Nationals, Reds, Giants and Braves have clinched berths, while the Cardinals are the second-closest wild card team with eight regular season games remaining.
Manager Davey Johnson has said he is not going to speculate as to who his starters will be for the postseason, but you can bet at his desk he has penciled in his thoughts on how he wants to set up his top guns...
ATLANTA - Despite a slow start offensively and a sloppy first few innings from starter Gio Gonzalez, the Nationals still trailed by just a run after six innings.
Things then got away from the Nats in the bottom of the seventh.
Two tough defensive plays allowed the Braves to turn a 2-1 lead into a 5-1 advantage, effectively wrapping up a three-game sweep in a 15-minute span.
With one out in the seventh and the speedy Michael Bourn on first, Reed Johnson hit a high chopper to third base. Ryan...
ATLANTA - For a guy who'd allowed just one earned run over his last 22 innings coming into tonight, Gio Gonzalez sure is having a tough time getting outs.
Gonzalez has thrown 83 pitches through three innings so far tonight, as Braves hitters have battled him deep into counts, fouling off pitches and laying off the stuff just off the black.
The Nationals' lefty has gotten to a three-ball count to eight of the 15 hitters he's faced, and has had at-bats last 10, nine, eight, eight and seven...
Based on last year's playoff format, the Atlanta Braves would be the only wild card team and the Nationals would know what to expect once October rolls around.
Of course, the Nationals still need to maintain first place for that scenario to play out. The Nats will have 10 of their remaining 16 games at home after Sunday.
Sunday is a big game, even if it doesn't mean the Nationals' lead will be relinquished, and they could use a win after two hard fought, one-run losses at Turner...
ATLANTA - A despondent Ryan Mattheus sat at his locker after today's 5-4 loss to the Braves, quietly staring straight ahead at nothing in particular.
Mattheus allowed the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning tonight, loading the bases on two walks and a single. He then grazed the jersey of Andrelton Simmons with a sinker, plating Jeff Baker to give the Braves the lead.
Only nine of Mattheus' 23 pitches were strikes, so it's obvious what the issue was.
"I just couldn't...
ATLANTA - Davey Johnson was already dressed in his street clothes when he met with reporters after today's game. He'd had a good bit of time to get showered and changed after getting ejected for the first time this season during the sixth inning of today's 5-4 Nationals loss.
Johnson got tossed by first base umpire Marvin Hudson for arguing a play at first base in which Hudson ruled that Adam LaRoche was off the bag when he caught a throw from pitcher Edwin Jackson. Replays showed...
ATLANTA - Adam LaRoche has admitted that this season has felt pretty good on a personal level given all that he went through during a disastrous 2011 campaign.
The 2012 season got even better for LaRoche in the top of the first inning today when he turned on an 0-1 pitch from Tommy Hanson and drove it out into the seats in right for his 30th homer of the year.
LaRoche now has 94 RBIs to go along with his 30 jacks - quite an accomplishment for the veteran first baseman. He's just the fifth...
ATLANTA - A quick reminder that today's 4:05 p.m. game between the Nationals and Braves won't be airing on MASN, as FOX has picked it up and will have the rights for today's broadcast.
Daron Sutton and Eric Karros will have the call.
I'll still have full coverage on MASNsports.com here from Turner Field, however. You can't get rid of me that easily.
The Nats will send Edwin Jackson to the mound today as they look to take the middle game of this three-game set.
Jackson has put up two...
ATLANTA - Most of the Nationals beat writers covering last night's game at Turner Field felt that there was a bit of a playoff vibe surrounding the division battle between the Nats and Braves.
The pitching was excellent, the game was tight, the crowd was large and rockin', and the game ended in dramatic fashion.
Not all the guys in the Nationals' clubhouse agreed with our line of thinking. Some brushed off the idea that last night's game had a postseason feel to it, saying that it was...
ATLANTA - From the Nationals' perspective, this was just one of those tip-your-hat type of games.
They ran into a scorching hot starting pitcher in Atlanta's Kris Medlen, surrendered just two extra-base hits, faced arguably the best closer in the majors in the ninth and then allowed the game-winning run on an infield single, a soft line drive to right and a fielder's choice.
They didn't play all that poorly, they just got beat.
Ross Detwiler was pitching out of the stretch nearly the...
ATLANTA - They're far from the only team which can say this lately, but the Nationals are having a really tough time against Braves right-hander Kris Medlen tonight.
They trail 1-0 after four innings thanks to some solid work on the mound by Ross Detwiler, but Medlen has kept the Nats out of striking distance all night so far.
He has a whopping nine strikeouts through four innings, six of which have been looking.
Nationals hitters have been befuddled by Medlen's pinpoint-accurate two-seam...
ATLANTA - For the second straight game, a left wrist injury is holding Michael Morse out of the Nationals' lineup.
Morse has been bothered by the left wrist for some time now, and he told manager Davey Johnson after Tuesday night's game in New York that he felt he was hurting the team by trying to play through it. The initial plan was for Morse to try taking batting practice prior to tonight's game against the Braves, and then see how he feels.
Once the clubhouse opens, we'll see if that...
ATLANTA - Greetings from Atlanta, where I'm all set up after an interesting journey through an airport which always seems to confuse the heck out of me.
The weather is absolutely gorgeous down here, not anywhere close to the record temperatures that affected Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals so much when they last visited in late June. We're set up for three straight days in the mid-80s with what should be clear skies the whole weekend.
It looks like the Nationals have gotten some good...