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Orioles blasts upend Lester in 5-3 loss (updated)

Though Davey Martinez may rely on a “Go 1-0 every day” mantra, the unspoken subtext of the Nationals manager’s repetitive refrain is that his team must take care of business by asserting itself against weaker competition. Seeking to prove to general manager Mike Rizzo that they are contenders instead of pretenders, the Nats came to Camden Yards hoping to have their way with an inferior ... read more

Triceps discomfort scratches Scherzer from start vs. Orioles

Neither Nationals manager Davey Martinez nor Max Scherzer believe the mild right triceps discomfort that caused the right-hander to be scratched from Saturday’s starting assignment against the Orioles is anything serious. But out of an abundance of caution - which might as well be baseball’s unofficial motto for 2021 - the Nats opted to let Scherzer rest and chose lefty Jon Lester to start the ... read more

Game 97 lineups: Nats at Orioles (Scherzer scratched)

The Nationals need a stopper, someone to prevent a single loss from turning into a losing streak and give them some momentum against a weaker opponent. Facing the Orioles in the middle of three interleague games at Camden Yards, it seemed right-hander Max Scherzer (7-4, 2.83 ERA) would be just the tonic for what ails the Nats. In his career, Scherzer is 7-2 with a ... read more

Could Stevenson supplant Robles in center field?

Andrew Stevenson has played an important role for the Nationals since debuting in 2017. A left-handed hitter who can play all three outfield positions with a great glove and speed that also poses a threat on the basepaths is a manager’s dream player off the bench. The only role Stevenson hasn’t played is that of a regular starter, aside from filing in for players dealing ... read more

Corbin can’t sustain command in loss to Orioles (updated)

It’s been an up-and-down season for Patrick Corbin so far in 2021. After struggling out of the gate, he seemed to have fixed his issues for a couple of starts. Then they resurfaced before a couple of strong outings ahead of the All-Star break. But Corbin did not get the second half off on the right foot after giving up six runs and 10 hits ... read more

Strasburg backed down after continued issues with neck

A frustrating 21 months since being named the 2019 World Series Most Valuable Player continues for Stephen Strasburg, who once again experienced neck pain while throwing during his latest bullpen session. The veteran right-hander was able to throw a bullpen session and then long toss earlier this week, but his second bullpen session caused more discomfort in his neck and forced the Nationals to keep ... read more

Game 96 lineups: Nats at Orioles

This season’s edition of the Battle of the Beltways concludes this weekend in Baltimore after the Nationals swept the Orioles in D.C. in May. Manager Davey Martinez has been asked a lot recently about how he can use Josh Bell and Ryan Zimmerman in the same lineup, with Bell getting some reps in left field during batting practice recently and Zimmerman trying to get his ... read more

Rizzo’s plan for Cavalli doesn’t appear to include D.C. in 2021

There may no prospect in baseball, certainly no pitching prospect, whose stock has risen around the sport this season more than Cade Cavalli. The Nationals felt all along they had something special in their 2020 first-round draft pick. Now the rest of the industry is catching on and recognizing the right-hander’s immense talent and potential, which was on full display during the All-Star Futures Game ... read more