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Bryce Harper wins Hank Aaron Award

An offseason that figures to end with an overfilled trophy case began for Bryce Harper this evening with the Nationals slugger capturing the Hank Aaron Award, honoring the National League’s best offensive performer. The 23-year-old secured the hardware following a breakout season that included the majors’ best on-base percentage (.460), slugging percentage (.649) and OPS (1.109). Harper lost out on an NL batting crown to

It promises to be a busy offseason for Bud Black

Matt Williams certainly deserved blame for the Nationals falling woefully short of sky-high expectations this season. But believing that general manager Mike Rizzo’s firing of Williams and hiring of Bud Black will simply solve all the Nationals problems is ignorant. Black, a pitching guru, assumes a team in desperate need of a bullpen rebuild. Order one will be how to handle Jonathan Papelbon after his

Prospects for Bud Black’s coaching staff

The reaction to Bud Black beating out Dusty Baker for the Nationals managerial job might have caused some head scratching at first. After all, the former managed the Padres - his only gig as a big league skipper - to a less-than-flattering 649-713 record over 8 1/2 years without tasting one sip of playoff-clinching champagne, while the latter took three different teams to the playoffs,

Bryce Harper, Wilson Ramos named Gold Glove finalists

Following his first full season playing right field, Bryce Harper was named as a National League finalist for a 2015 Gold Glove Award. Rawlings made the announcement earlier today with the winners set to be revealed on ESPN on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Beyond his eye-popping numbers at the plate, Harper routinely impressed with highlight-reel sliding catches in right field. His cannon of a

Bud Black gives Nats a manager who knows pitching

Many of the frustrations caused by former Nationals manager Matt Williams stemmed from his handling of the Nationals pitching staff - from top to bottom. Those concerns surfaced during controversial decisions in the 2014 National League Division Series, then carried over and lasted throughout the Nats’ most recent disappointing campaign. From pulling starters too early to old-school matchup approaches to overworking his bullpen, Williams never

Report: Bud Black to be hired as Nationals’ next manager

The Nationals have settled on Bud Black as their next manager, according to a report from the Washington Post. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo began his search for the team’s next skipper after dismissing Matt Williams on Oct. 5. Of the seven candidates who Rizzo reportedly auditioned over the past few weeks, only Black and veteran manager Dusty Baker returned to D.C. for second interviews.

Anthony Rendon qualifies for Super Two arbitration status

Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon is among a group of 25 major leaguers who have qualified for Super Two arbitration status this year, according to MLBTradeRumors.com. The site reports that Rendon came in right at 2.130 service time cutoff, earning an extra year of arbitration-eligible status. Typically, a major league player becomes arbitration-eligible when he accrues three years playing in the big leagues. As MLBTR writes,

Heading into free agency, Denard Span reacts after disappointing season

Of all the injuries the Nationals sustained this year, none were arguably as damaging as those Denard Span suffered. The veteran center fielder’s season began on the disabled list after undergoing offseason hernia surgery last December followed by core muscle surgery early in spring training. Despite missing opening day and the first two weeks of the season, Span sped up his recovery to rejoin his

Former Nats pitching coach Steve McCatty trying to catch on with hometown Tigers

A year ago, Steve McCatty was still recovering from the stinging disappointment of the Nationals’ early exit from the postseason. But there was still a bright offseason ahead, and added excitement and expectations when the Nats added ace Max Scherzer to McCatty’s pitching staff. Now the former Nationals pitching coach is attempting to land the same job with Scherzer’s old team. According to a report

Report: Bud Black emerges as frontrunner to become next Nats manager

Bud Black has emerged as the top candidate to land the Nationals’ managerial job and could be offered a deal as early as today, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden. Bowden, Washington’s former general manager, reports Black is in D.C. for his second meeting with the Nationals. The Washington Post is also reporting that Dusty Baker will interview again with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo today.

Breaking down the Nats’ managerial candidates

The Nationals began interviewing candidates for their managerial opening days after general manager Mike Rizzo relieved Matt Williams of his duties on Oct. 5. Since then, seven different candidates are known to have met with Rizzo and members of the Nationals brass about leading a roster believed to still be a World Series contender in 2016. Here is a look at each candidate and their

Mike Rizzo reportedly sets next round of interviews with Dusty Baker, Bud Black

After firing first-time manager Matt Williams following numerous late-inning strategic mistakes, it may have caused some head scratching when Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo included the likes of Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green and Triple-A skipper Phil Nevin in the ongoing managerial search. Green and Nevin, along with other Rizzo interviewees Giants bench coach Ron Wotus and Dodgers bench coach Tim Wallach, don’t have

Nationals reportedly interview Dodgers bench coach Tim Wallach

The news early Thursday of the Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly parting ways immediately led to the potential of adding a new, attractive candidate to the race for the Nationals’ opening. Meanwhile, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was reportedly interviewing Dodgers bench coach Tim Wallach for the managerial job, according to Yahoo Sports. If Wallach somehow ended up as skipper of the Nats, he would

Don Mattingly is suddenly available, but are Nationals interested?

If you were hoping against hope that the Cubs would pull off a miraculous comeback, you awoke this morning a disappointed baseball fan. Me, I’m always happy when there are different teams in the postseason, and this year’s final four guaranteed at least one new team in the World Series. But it’ll be at least another season full of references to the billy goat, black

The Mets, not the Nationals, are headed to the World Series

The Mets, not the Nationals, are headed to the World Series. New York just stormed through the Chicago Cubs, capping off a sweep of the National League Championship Series with an 8-3 win last night. Entering the season, the Nationals were the betting man’s favorite with 6-1 odds to win the Fall Classic. Most expected the Mets to be improved, but finish in the middle

Mike Rizzo reportedly dips back in Diamondbacks’ pool with Andy Green’s interview

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo’s affinity for the Diamondbacks organization surfaced again yesterday during his managerial search. Rizzo, Arizona’s director of scouting from 2000 to 2006, interviewed current Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green on Tuesday, according to a report from FOXSports.com. Recently dismissed manager Matt Williams also landed the job in 2013 after coaching third with Arizona. And Rizzo recently interviewed Phil Nevin, the

Ron Gardenhire reportedly next to interview with Nats for managerial opening

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo will interview Ron Gardenhire today in his search for the team’s new skipper, according to a report from MLB.com. Gardenhire led the Twins to six American League Central titles during his 13 years as manager. He compiled a 1,068-1,039 record over his tenure, but was dismissed in 2014 following four straight seasons of 90-plus losses. Gardenhire was drafted by the

Sammy Solis flashed in rookie season and finished strong

Beyond the enormous task of hiring the team’s next manager, there are a number of personnel decisions Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo faces as the winter coats come out early in the nation’s capital. Chief among the problems that helped the Nationals self-destruct in August and September is the bullpen. After trading away Tyler Clippard - who pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Mets

Looking back at the Nats’ top 10 quotes from the second half: “It’s pretty tired”

When we reflected on the Nationals’ top 10 quotes of the first half of the season during the All-Star break, the list was mostly filled with awestruck comments after Bryce Harper homers or sheer euphoria following epic comebacks. Back then the Nationals held a two-game division lead over the Mets. Now as we take inventory of the most significant words uttered during the Nationals’ second

Alex Cora has ties to the Nationals and Mike Rizzo’s respect

When names are floated as the potential next manager of the Washington Nationals, none has the ties to the organization as Alex Cora. Sure Cora only played one of his 14 years in the majors with the Nationals, but he quickly and clearly made an impression. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo signed Cora before spring training in 2011 and the veteran infielder batted .224 in

Giants bench coach Ron Wotus reportedly due to interview for Nats’ job

When Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo addressed the media after dismissing Matt Williams, much of the attention was focused on Rizzo’s repeated mention of the next manager bringing previous managerial experience in the majors to the table. But Rizzo also stressed several other important qualities. “As we go through the laundry list of things that we look for in our manager and the perfect leader

On Mike Rizzo and the Nationals’ managerial search

Well, the parade has begun. Just not the one Bryce Harper envisioned when he uttered, “Where’s my ring?” and thought hopefully of what a Constitution Avenue celebration might look like. The procession of potential candidates to replace the fired Matt Williams as manager of the Nationals is under way on South Capitol Street. Well, we assume the candidates are interviewing at the team’s Nationals Park

Nats forced to watch as Mets advance to NLCS

Maybe you share the sentiments of Bryce Harper in hoping the Mets proudly represent the National League East and carry on to win this year’s Fall Classic - if you actually believe the words of the future NL Most Valuable Player from late September. But most likely, you were probably angrily thinking last night how the Mets were able to accomplish what the Nationals couldn’t

Bud Black reportedly set to interview with Nationals today

Former Padres manager Bud Black will reportedly get his chance to impress Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo today. The Washington Post was first to report Black’s interview after the ex-San Diego skipper called the opening in the nation’s capital a “very attractive position” during an MLB Network Radio appearance last week. Black may be the early frontrunner to take over after Washington fired Matt Williams

A wave of experience for Rizzo in next round of interviews

It appears that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is focusing his attention on a few veteran managers in his next wave of interviews for the Nats’ vacancy. “We feel that where we’re at in our timetable of winning a championship, we certainly would lean toward someone that has some type of managerial experience, especially at the major league level,” Rizzo said last week. “But, again,

Nationals reportedly interview Phil Nevin

After firing Matt Williams eight days ago, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo indicated that his next skipper would likely have previous experience managing in the majors. It seems Rizzo has taken a different approach with his first interview. According to a report from USA Today, Phil Nevin, who has never managed past Triple-A, recently met with Rizzo about the opening. The Astros made Nevin

Anthony Rendon tested by “brutal” season

Anthony Rendon’s season was filled with inconsistencies. Injuries interrupted his year three different times beginning early in spring training. When Rendon did play, he was shifted back and forth from second base to third base, and shuffled all over the lineup. “It was brutal,” Rendon said. “It was rough. They always say baseball is 90 percent mental, 10 percent physical - whatever that saying is.

The Nationals and qualifying offers

Baseball is a game dictated by numbers, and we now know an important one that will help shape the offseason. Sports Business Journal reported late last week that the qualifying offer for pending free agents this year will be $15.8 million, up from $15.3 million last offseason. The figure is determined by averaging together the top 125 salaries in the major leagues. Teams have until

Cal Ripken Jr. shows interest in Nationals’ manager job

Before the Nationals hired the Matt Williams to be their manager in 2013, there was reportedly a bit of flirting with Cal Ripken Jr. Fast-forward two years and Williams is out while Ripken has yet to sit on bench as a major league manager. As speculation of Williams’ potential firing escalated as the Nationals’ playoff hopes faded away over the past two months, Ripken’s name

Jayson Werth battled through a tough season

As Jayson Werth sat in front of his locker late on Sunday afternoon, he reflected on one of the more chaotic seasons in his 13-year big league career. “Obviously, the injuries are the one thing that sticks out,” Werth said searching for reasons why the Nationals were heading home on separate flights instead of a charter to the playoffs. “We didn’t win games. You look

Nationals’ managerial opening is attractive to Bud Black

Hours after Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo fired first-time manager Matt Williams on Monday, he presented a more seasoned approach for choosing the team’s next skipper. “We feel that where we’re at in our timetable of winning a championship, we certainly would lean toward someone that has some type of managerial experience, especially at the major league level,” Rizzo said. Former San Diego Padres manager

Ian Desmond delivers gracious message to Nationals fans

The sentimental goodbyes unfortunately continue for Nationals fans. On Monday afternoon, it was veteran right-hander Jordan Zimmermann offering his gratitude for the Natitude over the last seven years. Beloved shortstop Ian Desmond, who had already poured his heart out following Sunday’s season finale, reflected further on his Nationals career in a message delivered on Twitter last night: pic.twitter.com/MIr1GunMpV -- Ian Desmond (@IDesmond20) October 7, 2015

Jordan Zimmermann pens heartfelt farewell to Nationals fans

Jordan Zimmermann likely made his final start with the Nationals on Wednesday, taking a hard-luck 2-0 loss to the Braves. Zimmermann, 29, is expected to leave in free agency this offseason after spending his entire professional career in the Nationals organization since he was drafted in 2007. Zimmermann went 70-50 with a 3.32 ERA over seven seasons with Washington. The bulldog of the rotation started

Plenty of blame falls on Mike Rizzo as well

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made a difficult decision yesterday. Sure, on the surface, it appeared an easy call to dismiss Matt Williams after the Nationals’ second-half collapse and the recent dugout fiasco. But recognize that it’s never easy for anyone, especially in a high-profile position, to admit their mistake and fire an employee they hired. “A tough day for me personally,” Rizzo said in

Experience is key for Mike Rizzo in searching for new manager this time around

With a turbulent season in the rear view mirror, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo immediately begins the task of staging a run back to the postseason in 2016. This morning, Rizzo took a giant first step in firing Matt Williams as manager. “We’re going to immediately begin the process of the search of the manager,” said Rizzo, wasting no time. “It will start this afternoon

Max Scherzer finishes season with NL Player of the Week honors after historic no-no

In a bittersweet ending to a rocky year, Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was named the National League Player of the Week after throwing his second no-hitter of the season on Saturday night. Yunel Escobar’s sixth-inning throwing error was the only blemish that stood between Scherzer and a perfect game. From the end of the sixth until the middle of the ninth, Scherzer went on a

Mike Rizzo explains decision for firing Matt Williams

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo met with Matt Williams early this morning in his office just outside the clubhouse to inform him that the organization decided to end his two-year run as manager. “It was face-to-face, man-to-man,” Rizzo said. “Matt took it as a professional. He was very thankful of the opportunity to manage this baseball team. He also was thankful for me showing a

Mike Rizzo speaks after firing Matt Williams: “A tough day for our entire organization”

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo addressed the media after firing Matt Williams a short time ago. Here are Rizzo’s opening comments from a conference call: “Really a tough day here at Nationals Park. A tough day for me personally. A tough day for our entire organization. But these are the first of the decisions we thought we needed to make as we meticulously evaluate why

Nationals fire Matt Williams and coaching staff

After a season that ended woefully short of championship expectations, the Washington Nationals will search for a new leader for 2016 after firing manager Matt Williams this morning, according to a report from The Washington Post. General manager Mike Rizzo made the difficult decision less than two years after handpicking Williams, who had never managed in the majors before, to direct the Nationals’ highly talented

Bryce Harper already has a wish list for 2016

FLUSHING, N.Y. - What was a stunningly impressive season for Bryce Harper turned out to be not as satisfying for the the young slugger as the Nationals exchanged handshakes and hugs on Sunday evening without a playoff series to move on to. “You look back on the year and you wish you were in the postseason,” Harper said. “That’s the main goal every single year

Bryce Harper ends remarkable “MVP-caliber” season

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Bryce Harper stepped to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning late this afternoon and the Nationals trailing 1-0. Harper, who couldn’t possibly end his historic season without a hit, slapped a sharp grounder off Mets closer Jeurys Familia down the left field line. As Mets left fielder Michael Conforto chased the ball, Harper charged for second base, narrowly sliding

Ian Desmond: “I’m extremely proud to say that I was a Washington National”

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Ian Desmond stood up in front of his locker as reporters approached. The bright lights of the cameras popped on reflecting off of the welling tears in Desmond’s eyes. Desmond, the only player left from the organization’s move from Montreal to D.C., had just finished playing most likely his final game with the Nationals. “When I got drafted by the Expos, they

Matt Williams: “I think we’re all disappointed in the outcome”

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Nationals manager Matt Williams decided against speaking on his future with the organization following today’s season-ending 1-0 loss to the division-winning Mets. “I’m with (general manager Mike Rizzo) in that everything will be evaluated,” Williams said. “So we’ll get home and evaluate everything.” Given the chance to defend himself further and asked how much he would like to return as Nationals manager

Nationals manage only two hits, losing season finale 1-0

FLUSHING, N.Y. - A day after their ace Max Scherzer fired his second no-hitter of the season, the Nationals have failed to come up with a hit through six innings. Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom held Washington hitless in the first four innings before leaving the game to stay rested for the National League Division Series later this week. deGrom struck out seven and walked two.

Nationals game blog: Tanner Roark starts the season finale

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Coming off the high of Max Scherzer’s dazzling no-hitter last night, the Nationals enter today’s finale with the realization that their season is coming to an end. A roller coaster season of bouncing back and forth from the bullpen to the rotation for Tanner Roark ends with a start today. Roark is coming off arguably his best outing of the season last

Rizzo’s decision on Williams soon: “We’re not gonna let people twist in the wind”

FLUSHING, N.Y. - As we come to the end of the road on a season that finished far too prematurely for the Nationals, many questions face the organization regarding the future. First on the general manager Mike Rizzo’s list is a decision on who will manage the Nationals in 2016. A report on CBSSports.com on Friday indicated that Williams will be relieved of his managerial

Bryce Harper chasing batting title, home run crown in finale (with lineups)

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Bryce Harper takes a shot at a National League batting title and home run crown in this afternoon’s season finale at Citi Field. Miami’s Dee Gordon and Harper share the batting lead with a .331 average. The Mets throw All-Star right-hander Jacob deGrom against Harper and the Nationals, while Gordon faces Phillies right-hander David Buchanan, who brings a 7.54 ERA in 14

Max Scherzer nearly reached baseball immortality with two perfect games this season

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Max Scherzer became just the sixth pitcher in Major League Baseball history to throw two no-hitters in the same season in the game’s storied history. But do you know how close he was to tossing two perfect games? How about Jose Tabata’s dropped elbow and Yunel Escobar’s skipped throw across the diamond. That close to baseball immortality. Of course you’ll remember Scherzer

Max Scherzer “speechless” after joining elite company with second no-hitter this season

FLUSHING, N.Y. - For much of the night, Max Scherzer faced a lineup filled with Mets reserves. But in the ninth inning of a 2-0 game, New York manager Terry Collins sent his heavy hitters - Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson - to the plate and Scherzer responded. “That’s where I had to check myself,” Scherzer recalled. “‘Hey, stay within yourself. Don’t let

With authority, Max Scherzer throws no-hitter: “I’m coming at you with all I’ve got”

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Max Scherzer did it again. The dominant right-hander became the first pitcher since Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan in 1973 to throw two no-hitters in the regular season as the Nationals shut out the Mets 2-0. “You’re speechless when you hear stuff like that,” Scherzer said. A sixth-inning throwing error from Yunel Escobar interfered with Scherzer’s bid for perfection but not much

Max Scherzer makes history with second no-hitter of season

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Nationals ace Max Scherzer has not allowed a baserunner through the first five innings. The right-hander has struck out eight Mets and only gone to two three-ball counts. This is the fourth time Scherzer has taken a perfect game into the sixth inning this season. It’s also the second time he has taken a no-hitter into the sixth against the Mets. Scherzer

Nationals game blog: Max Scherzer, Matt Harvey featured in marquee matchup

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Imagine the high drama there would have been at Citi Field tonight - with aces Max Scherzer and Matt Harvery taking the mound - if the Nationals were still in the playoff hunt. Scherzer was tagged for three homers and lost a two-run lead in the sixth in the second game of the Mets pivotal sweep at Nationals Park on Sept. 7.

Matt den Dekker and Clint Robinson ending strong

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Matt den Dekker starts in right field again tonight with Bryce Harper out of the lineup. den Dekker doubled in the first game and helped the Nationals to victory with a spectacular running catch in the third. With two on and one out and left-hander Gio Gonzalez laboring, Daniel Murphy belted a fastball deep to right-center field which appeared headed for extra

Bryce Harper not in Nats lineup for Max Scherzer’s final start

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Bryce Harper sits tonight after taking a fastball off his left shin in the sixth inning of this afternoon’s 3-1 win over the Mets. Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard ran a 97-mph heater inside which drilled Harper just below his knee. After the victory, Harper had a large ice pack wrapped around his left leg. “He’s gonna be sore,” Nationals manager Matt Williams

After plunking, Bryce Harper responds with game-winning homer

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Not that Bryce Harper needed to add anything more to his resume which should result in the National League’s MVP award, but late this afternoon the 22-year-old broke a tie with a mammoth two-run blast in the eighth as the Nationals dropped the Mets 3-1 in the series opener. With Yunel Escobar on first and two outs, Mets right-hander Addison Reed hung

Bryce Harper smacks 42nd homer in 3-1 win

FLUSHING, N.Y. -- Mets rookie right-hander Noah Syndergaard has allowed just three baserunners through six innings. Matt den Dekker roped a leadoff double in the third but was stranded. Syndergaard walked Yunel Escobar and then hit Bryce Harper with two outs in the sixth but Jayson Werth struck out looking to end the inning. Harper took a 97 mph fastball of his left shin, knocking

Matt Williams responds to questions on his future

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Matt Williams shied away from responding to yesterday’s report from CBSSPORTS.com that he will lose his job as Nationals manager at season’s end. “Nobody’s spoken to me about anything at this point and frankly it’s not a concern of mine right now,” Williams said. “We’ve got a guy that’s a potential MVP on our team and we got three games to play.

Gio Gonzalez aims to end season on high note (with lineups)

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Gio Gonzalez heads to the mound for the final time this season in the first game of today’s doubleheader with the Mets. Like many Nationals, Gonzalez’s year has been filled with inconsistencies. The left-hander is 11-8 with a 3.93 ERA over 30 starts this season. Gonzalez has been stellar against the Mets this year, going 2-0 with a 1.53 ERA and 19

Heavy rains force doubleheader for Nats and Mets Saturday

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Heavy rains in the northeast forced the postponement of tonight’s Nationals game against the Mets at Citi Field. The two teams will play a split-admission doubleheader with the first game scheduled for 1:10 p.m. and the nightcap at 7:10 p.m. The Nationals will keep the same pitching order with lefty Gio Gonzalez facing Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard in the afternoon and ace

Report says Nationals will fire Matt Williams after season

The odds of Matt Williams returning as Nationals manager in 2016 have continually dropped over the past two months as Washington lost hold of the division lead before eventually realizing playoff elimination with eight games still remaining in the season. According to a report from CBSSports.com, the Nationals’ brass has already determined Williams’ fate. Jon Heyman writes that Williams “will indeed be given his pink

Felipe Rivero fills closer role, recording first career save

Left-hander Felipe Rivero helped the Nationals close out the Braves in a 3-0 win, avoiding a sweep. The 24-year-old rookie threw two perfect frames with two strikeouts, claiming the first major league save of his young career. After making his big league debut on April 17, Rivero has appeared in 48 games, compiling a 2-1 record with a 2.85 ERA and 40 strikeouts over 47

In a season filled with frustrations, Strasburg dominates down the stretch

If you want to move past the disappointments of this season and instead focus on the upcoming positives of 2016, look no further than Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander finished his dominant second half off strong, tossing six scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over the Braves. As he has since returning from his second stint on the 15-day disabled list this year, Strasburg continued commanding

Stephen Strasburg impresses again, Nats win 3-0

Clint Robinson smacked a solo homer to left off Braves right-hander Ryan Weber with one out in the second. It was Robinson’s ninth home run of the season. Both Nats runs in this series have come from solo taters. Stephen Strasburg has yielded two hits with one walk through two scoreless frames. Update: Strasburg turned in his fifth straight quality start, tossing six shutout innings

Nationals game blog: Will Nats’ offense come alive for Stephen Strasburg?

Stephen Strasburg enters his final outing of the season red hot, having allowed just five earned runs while fanning 50 batters over four starts this month. But if the Nationals are going to make Strasburg a winner in his finale, they will need to step up their offense. Through the first two losses against the Braves, the Nats have barely lit up the scoreboard, scoring

In the rain, Stephen Strasburg brings the heat (with lineups)

It’s been a tale of two seasons for Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander never quite healed from a sprained left ankle coming out of spring training. Lingering pain led to overcompensation compounding the problem and leading to a baffling 6.55 ERA over his first 10 starts before landing on the disabled list for 21 days. Strasburg emerged with an improved demeanor on the mound. He won

Bryce Harper’s slump jeopardizing batting title

It’s been no fun being a Nationals starting pitcher the past two nights. Right-handers Tanner Roark and Jordan Zimmermann surrendered just two runs apiece over the last two games and both walked away losers. Rookie Trea Turner’s solo homer in Tuesday’s loss was the only run the Nats managed across the past 18 innings. Five times over the two anemic nights, the Nats had a

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