Strasburg mixes his pitches again for sixth straight victory

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg kept an aggressive Colorado batting order guessing on Tuesday night, allowing his club to build a steady lead before the Nationals blew the Rockies away in the end, 11-1, before 22,612 at Nats Park. Strasburg tossed six shutout innings for his sixth straight win, matching the second-longest streak of his career, pushing his record to 13-4. He surrendered only three hits, struck ... read more

Voth, Zimmerman and Strasburg notes (Nats win 11-1)

With Monday’s rainout and a doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday, the Nationals now have an opening Saturday in the second game of the Dodgers series. That could be a spot for right-hander Joe Ross to start. Right-hander Austin Voth, who last made a start July 16 in Baltimore, was placed on the injured list yesterday with right bicep tendinitis. Manager Davey Martinez said today that Voth ... read more

Renewed confidence in four-seam gets Blazek back to bigs

The Nationals made a somewhat surprising move to shore up their bullpen with addition of veteran right-hander Michael Blazek on Monday. Right-hander Justin Miller was moved to the 60-day injured list and right-hander Kyle McGowin was optioned to Double-A Harrisburg. The 30-year-old Blazek has not pitched in the majors since 2017, having spent most of his career with the Brewers. His best season was 2015, ... read more

Scherzer “feels good” after bullpen session; Zimmerman back to IL

He did not come right out and say it, but because today’s bullpen session went so well, it is likely that right-hander Max Scherzer will be back Thursday or Friday after recovering from bursitis in his right shoulder. Scherzer said Monday’s bullpen session at Nats Park went exactly as planned and he felt at full strength. “Got off the mound, did a full bullpen,” Scherzer ... read more

Game 99 lineups: Nats vs. Rockies (game postponed)

The Nationals wanted to win at least three of four in Atlanta this weekend. But they instead hold steady at 6 1/2 games back in the National League East after splitting four games, falling 7-1 in Sunday night’s series finale at SunTrust Park. Now the Nats return home for 10 games through July 31, beginning with four games against the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers and ... read more

Nationals now focus on “big series” in Atlanta starting tonight

The Nationals have 14 games remaining against the first-place Braves, who hold a 6 1/2-game lead in the National League East. But the Nats are only five games back in the loss column following Wednesday’s 9-2 loss at Baltimore. Tonight they embark on a critical four-game set at SunTrust Park. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg (11-4, 3.46 ERA) takes on right-hander Julio Teheran (5-6, 3.71) in the ... read more

Suero distracted as Nats relinquish late lead and fall 9-2

BALTIMORE - The Nationals built a precarious 2-1 lead heading to the bottom of the seventh following six masterful innings from right-hander Erick Fedde. The Orioles then exploded for eight runs in the seventh and eighth frames to put the game away and drop the Nats 9-2. The Birds scored five runs on six hits in blowing the game open in the eighth. Trey Mancini ... read more

Martinez finds a way to get Kendrick in the lineup (Nats fall 9-2)

BALTIMORE - Nationals infielder Howie Kendrick gets the start tonight as the designated hitter. Manager Davey Martinez likes to find a way to put Kendrick in as a starter, but also understands that he must balance that hope with making sure his 36-year-old veteran can stay healthy enough to play the entire season. And playing every day is not in the cards any longer. The ... read more