Turner makes it through Cubs series, Rendon hitting for power again

The Nationals’ Trea Turner played each game of the three-game series against the Chicago Cubs over the weekend. That was no small feat considering the shortstop had not played in a major league game since April 2 following recovery from a broken right index finger. He went 0-for-4 Sunday, but drew a walk, scored a run and reminded those watching of his ability to make ... read more

Hellickson believes mechanics to blame for choppy loss

The night got off to a slow start for the Nationals and Jeremy Hellickson. Then the Nats rallied to make a game of it, but were unable to take that final step, and fell 6-5 to the Chicago Cubs in the series finale. Hellickson walked the first three batters he faced and struggled to get into a groove. The Cubs scored a run against him ... read more

Martinez concerned about Robles getting hit by pitch (Nats fall 6-5)

The subject of Victor Robles and getting hit by pitches is not a new one. Robles has never been afraid to stand close to the plate. Since his arrival with the Nationals in 2014 for the Dominican Summer League Nats, Robles has always set up close to the plate in the batter’s box, not allowing the pitcher to get an advantage with pitches down and ... read more

Updates on Zimmerman, Rosenthal, Adams, Sipp

First baseman Ryan Zimmerman - on the injured list since April 28 with plantar fasciitis in his right foot - and first base coach Tim Bogar were working on the field during pregame at first base with Gerardo Parra and Juan Soto. They were relaying pointers and defensive strategies for positioning and glove awareness unique to playing first base. Martinez said Zimmerman is “going to ... read more

Game 46 lineups: Nats vs. Cubs

Even with losing the series opener to the Cubs, the Nationals have once again put themselves in position to win a series. Early in the week against the Mets, the Nats lost the lidlifter, then roared back for two wins in a row. On Friday, they lost to Chicago to begin the series, but won 5-2 on Saturday. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg had a calming influence ... read more

Soto returning to form to help Nats offense get back on track

If you asked Juan Soto how his second season with the Nationals would begin, he certainly would not have hoped for a copious amount of off-speed pitches to work with and then an injury to his core. But in this league one has to adapt and Soto is finding a way to do just that, a week into his return from back spasms. Saturday night, ... read more

Despite late controversy, Nats pull off 5-2 win over Cubs

The Nationals secured a much-needed 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night, thanks to Stephen Strasburg, big hits from the middle of their lineup and the undeterred Sean Doolittle. Strasburg pitched eight innings for the win. Brian Dozier hit his sixth homer. Juan Soto had two hits and three RBIs. Howie Kendrick also added a run-scoring double as Washington improved to 19-26 to ... read more

Dozier homer, big doubles support Strasburg (Nats win 5-2)

The Nationals collected a couple of hits early on against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester. Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon had back-to-back singles in the first inning. But Lester settled in to get out of the inning unscathed, getting the dangerous Juan Soto to pop up behind the plate. But in the second inning, Brian Dozier led off with a solo shot over the left-center field ... read more