Game 124 lineups: Nats at Pirates (Dozier on paternity leave)

PITTSBURGH - It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood here alongside the Allegheny River, where the Nationals tonight open a four-game series against the floundering Pirates. They’ve done a very good job this summer of beating up on bad teams. Here’s a golden opportunity to feast some more on a Pirates club that is a staggering 7-27 since the All-Star break, worst in the majors. ... read more

Nationals release 2020 spring training schedule

The calendar hasn’t even flipped to September, but Major League Baseball is already thinking ahead to spring training 2020. The Nationals’ Grapefruit League schedule was released this afternoon, and includes 31 dates - 15 home games at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla., and 16 road games. Of course, since the Astros and Nationals share the same home field ... read more

Looking at Nationals’ options in the ninth inning

It’s hard to believe Nationals manager Davey Martinez isn’t aware of the angst and frustration three simple words - “He’s our closer” - cause for a fan base tired of watching ninth-inning leads frittered away. For the three weeks Sean Doolittle has been struggling to lock down games, Martinez has dug his heels in and drawn a line in the sand, holding firm that the ... read more

Nats respond to defeat with barrage of longballs in 16-8 victory

It was as fair question to ask: After Saturday night’s - er, early Sunday morning’s - demoralizing 15-14 loss to the Brewers in 14 innings, how would the Nationals respond? Apparently soul-crushing defeats and lack of restorative sleep result in prodigious displays of home run power. The Nationals took full advantage of their home park’s launching pad characteristics in warm, humid weather, muscling up to ... read more

Feeling fine, Scherzer preparing to pitch Thursday (Nats win 16-8)

Max Scherzer has long posited that the day after an activity - be it long toss, simulated game or bullpen session - is the most important component to the evaluation of an injury. So after throwing a 65-pitch simulated game Saturday, how the right-hander felt this morning would go a long way toward determining if he’ll ramp up his normal schedule toward a Thursday start ... read more

Knee issue lands struggling Doolittle on injured list

The Nationals won’t be answering incessant questions about closer Sean Doolittle’s recent ineffectiveness - well, for at least another 10 days or so. Doolittle was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday morning with right knee tendinitis, hours after coughing up four runs in one-third of an inning and failing to protect an 11-8 lead in the ninth inning. The Nationals went on to lose ... read more

Game 123 lineups: Nats vs. Brewers

The Nationals close out a weekend series with the Brewers this afternoon, hoping resurgent right-hander Erick Fedde can deliver another strong outing and a series victory over the Brewers. Fedde’s start - and his ability to give the Nats some length - takes on additional importance after Saturday night’s 15-14 loss to the Brewers in 14 innings. The bullpen had to cover 10 innings after ... read more

Doolittle, Martinez will reconsider closer’s workload

Sean Doolittle insisted before Saturday night’s game, he was good to pitch. As soon as he actually tried to pitch in the top of the ninth, he realized he didn’t have what he needed to be effective. “Tonight, man, I just didn’t have anything,” the Nationals closer said. “So, yeah, we’re going to have to figure something out. I’m going to have to figure something ... read more