Miller to IL, Rainey recalled; Robles available to pinch-hit

The Nationals have recalled right-hander Tanner Rainey from Triple-A Fresno and placed right-hander Justin Miller on the 10-day injured list with a right rotator cuff strain. Rainey arrived from Fresno approximately 2 1/2 hours before the Nationals are to take on the Chicago Cubs in game two of their three-game weekend set. The 26-year-old has not allowed an earned run in his last seven appearances ... read more

Game 45 lineups: Nats vs. Cubs

The Nationals look to bounce back from the series-opening loss to the Cubs on Friday night behind one of their top shutdown starters in Stephen Strasburg. Second baseman Brian Dozier said the Nats cannot let the 14-6 score demoralize them or lessen their drive to play better tonight. It is still just one loss, and the Nats must to turn the page, as the age-old ... read more

More from Barraclough on what’s wrong with beleaguered bullpen

The Nationals bullpen has failed this season at times, but the way they gave up the game Friday night was pretty spectacular. When it counted most, the ‘pen allowed a whopping nine runs on nine hits. Push back to the seventh inning, and the total rises to 11 runs on 12 hits. It was a miserable night after Max Scherzer had fought back from a ... read more

Bullpen can’t help Scherzer again, Nats fall 14-6 to Cubs

Right-hander Max Scherzer kept the Nationals in the game against the Cubs Friday night, battling back from a slow start to pitch six innings. But it was what happened after he left that will be remembered most. Down 5-4 in the seventh, the Nationals bullpen surrendered nine runs on nine hits - including four homers in the onslaught - in the final two frames as ... read more

Scherzer struggles early, but Rendon helps out (Nats fall 14-6)

The Cubs took advantage of some uncharacteristic wildness from Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer to begin the opening game of their weekend series in D.C. Scherzer walked Kyle Schwarber on four pitches and Kris Bryant laced a single to left field. The Nats fought back when Scherzer induced a 3-6-1 double play from Anthony Rizzo. But Javier Báez doubled off the glove of Juan Soto, the ... read more

Turner is back, plus updates on injured players and other notes

For the first time since April 2, Trea Turner is back with the Nationals, playing shortstop and leading off tonight against the Cubs. Turner missed 39 games with a broken right index finger. “It was real nice to write his name in the lineup,” said Nationals manager Davey Martinez. “He’s been itching to get back, as we all know. He’s excited to be back. No ... read more

Game 44 lineups: Nats vs. Cubs

The Nationals embark on a challenging three-game series tonight at home at they welcome in the first-place Cubs. Fresh off their first series win since April 18, the Nats face a Cubs squad that has gone 9-1-1 in their last 11 series. Chicago’s loss to Cincinnati last night marked its first series loss since April 7 against the Brewers. Since starting the season 2-7, the ... read more

Martinez has his young players speak to umpires before game

Last week outfielder Victor Robles was caught off second base in a game at Los Angeles. After the game, manager Davey Martinez said Robles assumed he could stroll over to third base when Juan Soto drew a walk because he thought there was a runner at first base. There was also some confusion as to whether or not a time out was called on field. ... read more