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Corbin struggles in delayed debut, Nats fall to Dodgers

Patrick Corbin got his pitches in, totaling 80 and pitching into the fifth inning of his 2021 debut for the Nationals on Saturday night. But the left-hander struggled with location and the Dodgers teed off on him for six hits and drew three walks, getting the early offense they needed to post a 9-5 victory. Juan Soto hit his first two homers of the season, ... read more

Nats, Martinez will keep watchful eye on Corbin in first start

Thanks to a simulated game thrown Wednesday at the alternate training site in Fredericksburg, Va., left-hander Patrick Corbin won’t be on a short leash tonight when he makes his first start of the season against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. “We’ll keep close eyes on him, but the last time he threw in a sim game in Fredericksburg, he threw 45 pitches, he went three ... read more

Game 5 lineups: Nats at Dodgers

Left-hander Patrick Corbin has been reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list and will start tonight’s game against the Dodgers, hoping to help the Nationals snap a three-game losing streak during which they’ve been unable to score for the past 16 innings. Corbin was one of nine players placed on the injured list as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak that spread through the team. He’s ... read more

Is Soto destined to be pitched around all season?

Victor Robles’ attempt to steal second base during the top of the eighth Friday afternoon in Los Angeles was ill-advised, as both the Nationals center fielder and his manager conceded following their 1-0 loss to the Dodgers. As Robles correctly noted, in getting caught trying to swipe second with runners on the corners and nobody out, he failed to recognize who was coming to bat ... read more

Nats waste another pitching gem, get shut out in L.A. (updated)

Until they get their remaining middle-of-the-order bats back from the COVID-19 injured list, the Nationals are going to need stellar performances from their pitching staff and a few clutch hits from a depleted lineup in tandem to emerge victorious. They got the pitching today at Dodger Stadium, most notably from Joe Ross in his 2021 debut. They did not get the one timely hit they ... read more

Four players activated, Corbin could start Saturday

The Nationals will have four of their previously ineligible players in uniform and available for today’s series opener at Dodger Stadium, and they could have their No. 3 starter back on the mound for Saturday night’s game. Alex Avila, Patrick Corbin, Yan Gomes, Brad Hand and Jordy Mercer all cleared their COVID-19 protocols and flew on a charter from Washington to Los Angeles this morning, ... read more

Game 4 lineups: Nats at Dodgers (four players activated)

Here’s some good news to share as the Nationals prepare to open their weekend series at Dodger Stadium against the 2020 World Series champs: They’ve got four of the nine players who were sidelined for COVID-19 reasons back on the active roster, including both catchers and their closer. Yes, the Nats announced the activation of Yan Gomes, Alex Avila, Brad Hand and Jordy Mercer from ... read more

New challenge awaits Nationals in L.A.

The Nationals flew west Wednesday night, all the way west for their first trip outside the eastern time zone since 2019. They were a fairly exhausted group, certainly more exhausted than you’d normally expect only three games into the season. Those first three games, of course, were anything but normal. Manager Davey Martinez wanted everyone to have a full day off in Los Angeles, a ... read more