Nationals center fielder Michael A. Taylor is looking to build off of a couple of solid games at the plate and on the field in the last week. He has six hits in his last six games.
Taylor smacked a two-run homer and added a double in Friday's 9-5 win over the Marlins. On Saturday Taylor demonstrated poise with two walks. Then on Sunday he lined a triple off the right center field wall in his first at-bat.
Martinez said he is seeing some positive steps forward for Taylor after starting off the...
MIAMI - Stephen Strasburg did not feel like he had his best stuff on Sunday.
Pretty scary notion for the rest of the National League, because the right-hander still went out and delivered five scoreless innings in a 5-2 Nationals win over the Marlins.
Strasburg surrendered only three hits, all singles, and did not allow the Marlins past second base.
He walked two and struck out eight. His first three strikeouts were with the changeup, two from the curveball, and three from his four-seam...
MIAMI - Right-hander Stephen Strasburg ran his scoreless string to 23 innings against the Marlins, and Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon slammed solo homers, as the Nationals won 5-2 to sweep the three-game series.
The Nationals have now won 11 straight meetings against the Marlins and this was their third road series sweep of the season.
Suddenly, the Nationals are 29-22, seven games above .500 for the first time this season. They are only one game back of the first-place Braves in the National...
MIAMI - Lost in the hoopla of another late surge and win Saturday for the Nationals were the struggles of right fielder Bryce Harper in this series.
He connected on a two-run double and a single late Friday, which were big in helping the Nats to a 9-5 win. But he has also struck out six times in the series.
Manager Davey Martinez has noted the building frustration for Harper at the plate.
"He'll snap out of it, that's the only thing I can say," Martinez said after Saturday's 4-1 win....
MIAMI - Nationals left fielder Juan Soto doubled with one out in the second inning, but Marlins left-handed starter Wei-Yin Chen notched two strikeouts against the next three batters to get out of the inning. It was Soto's first double in the majors.
Trea Turner singled and stole second in the third, but Bryce Harper struck out and Anthony Rendon popped up to end the threat.
J.T. Realmuto singled in the first inning, but Nationals right-handed starter Tanner Roark induced a fly out to center...
MIAMI - Matt Adams continues to demonstrate the worth of his signing, especially for his power bat. Adams' homer on Friday was his 12th of the season, second to Bryce Harper (15) on the club.
According to the Nationals' public relations staff, Adams would lead the National League in slugging percentage (.626) and would be second in OPS (.995) if he had the minimum plate appearances (3.1). Adams currently stands at 2.71 plate appearances per game.
Mark Reynolds, who gets the start at first...
MIAMI - The Nationals on Friday selected the contract of right-hander Justin Miller. The 30-year-old reliever had impressed the club in the offseason and then pitched well at Triple-A Syracuse to earn the promotion.
Miller has spent three years in the majors - eight games with the Tigers and 74 games with the Rockies from 2014 to 2016. He also has pitched in all or parts of eight minor league seasons.
"Very impressive. Known him for a while," said Nationals manager Davey Martinez. "He's...
After losing four Division Series in the last six seasons, the Nationals go into the season a clear favorite to win the National League East.
Last season, they won the division by 20 games over the second-place Marlins. No team has ever won consecutive division titles by at least 20 games. Maybe the Nationals will be the first.
Miami, though, is the odds-on favorite to finish last.
That leaves the Phillies, Mets and Braves to battle for second place. If the Mets get a healthy rotation, they'll...
Baseball's Winter Meetings start Monday in Orlando, and while a slow-moving market has defined the offseason so far, that doesn't mean that deals - and endless speculation about deals that aren't going to happen - won't start making headlines in the Magic Kingdom.
The Nationals are the defending National League East champions with 97 victories and it would be difficult to see why they wouldn't be the favorites to win the division in 2018, thanks to a rotation that has 2017 NL Cy Young...
Manager: Don Mattingly (2nd season)
Last 10 games: 4-6
Who to watch: RF Giancarlo Stanton (.285 average with 52 HR, 111 RBIs); LF Marcell Ozuna (.307 average with 32 HR, 107 RBIs); CF Christian Yelich (.288 average with 70 RBIs; 145 hits); LHP Adam Conley (6-6, 5.02 ERA); RHP AJ Ramos (3.63 ERA, 20 saves)
Season series vs. Nationals: 6-10
Sep. 4: TBA vs. LHP Adam Conley; 7:10 p.m., MASNSep. 5: RHP Stephen Strasburg vs. RHP Odrisamer Despaigne; 7:10 p.m.,...
In mid-June, the Nationals traveled to New York to face off against the Mets for a four-game series. The Nats were 39-26 and the Mets were 30-34. Sports talk radio in New York was buzzing for a possible four-game Mets sweep. If New York could pull it off, the Nats' lead would be only 4 1/2 games.
The Nats went into New York and promptly won three of the four games.
With each long road trip or matchup against playoff contending teams, the Nats were subjected to criticism like, "This will be...
September is here, and already the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton feels as if he's been asked a "zillion'' times about his surge in home runs.
So if Stanton winds up with more than Roger Maris' 61 home runs and fewer than Barry Bonds' 73, does he own baseball's single-season home run record?
Stanton paused and stared into his locker before answering the question at Nationals Park on Wednesday.
He said earlier this month that he thinks Maris' 61 is the legitimate record, but he...
Right-hander Stephen Strasburg fired a complete-game shutout for the Nationals against the Marlins in their 4-0 series-sweeping clincher Wednesday at Nats Park. It was the Nats' first series sweep of the Marlins since 2014.
Strasburg connected for the first run of the game with a solo homer, finishing 2-for-4 at the plate.
Strasburg was efficient: 110 pitches over nine innings works out to 12.2 per frame. Strasburg was also getting guys out with all of his pitches: fastball, curveball,...
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has kept the Marlins off the board through three frames. Dee Gordon led off the game with an infield single but was caught stealing at second a few pitches later.
J.T. Realmuto doubled in the second, but Strasburg recorded two more outs to get out of inning. Strasburg has one strikeout.
Wilmer Difo and Anthony Rendon singled in the first. Marlins starter Adam Conley then got Ryan Zimmerman on a lineout and Howie Kendrick struck out.
Michael A. Taylor...
The big moment defensively for the Nationals in Tuesday's divisional matchup with the Marlinscame in the top of the seventh.
The Nats were clinging to a 5-2 lead, but the Marlins started the inning with two singles off starter Edwin Jackson. Dee Gordon sacrificed back to Jackson, whose throw to Ryan Zimmerman at first base was off line, allowing a run to score. Suddenly, the Nats' lead was cut to 5-3.
Jackson intentionally walked the dangerous Giancarlo Stanton, who had already connected with...
Manager Dusty Baker was concerned coming into the series about facing Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. After all, Stanton had hit 50 homers already this season.
Baker said he would not give away the strategy to pitching against Stanton prior to the opener on Monday, for fear there were "double agents" in the room.
Edwin Jackson was unable to sneak a fastball by Stanton in the first. Stanton took the 1-1 offering over the left field wall to put the Marlins on the board. Jackson then walked...
The Nationals' Max Scherzer returns tonight just in time for an epic matchup against Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who has become the first batter to reach 50 homers in a season since 2013.
Manager Dusty Baker smiled when asked during pregame about his strategy in facing Stanton: "Can't tell you that. Cuz somebody in here may be a double agent."
"You can't stop him hitting home runs," Baker said. "You just hope they're solos and it's not when it really hurts you. It's...