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On emotional night in Miami, Gonzalez pitches game of his life

MIAMI - When it was over, when Dee Gordon lined his 1-1 curveball cleanly into left-center field to open the bottom of the ninth to end his flirtation with history, Gio Gonzalez knew it was time to call it a night. There were still three outs to go before the Nationals could secure a 1-0 victory over the Marlins, and Gonzalez’s pitch count was a

Gonzalez loses no-hitter in ninth, Doolittle saves 1-0 victory

MIAMI - Imagine the emotions Gio Gonzalez must have felt when he took the mound tonight at Marlins Park. He was pitching in his hometown, with family and friends in attendance. He was pitching in the ballpark that hosted the All-Star Game three weeks ago, a game the left-hander desperately wanted to participate in. And he was pitching on what would have been José Fernández’s

Taylor begins rehab assignment with Potomac (Nats win 1-0)

MIAMI - Michael A. Taylor began a rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac this evening, the first of several much-anticipated steps for the Nationals as they try to get their starting lineup healthy again. Taylor, who has been out since July 7 with a strained right oblique muscle, led off and served as designated hitter for the Potomac Nationals in his first game action in nearly

Nationals “really like the look of our bullpen” after latest trade

MIAMI - As the clock wound down to today’s 4 p.m. trade deadline, the Nationals were still in discussions with several teams over several late-inning relievers. “A lot of balls in the air,” general manager Mike Rizzo said. “You’ve got a lot of options.” When it came time to say yes to one of the deals on the table, the Twins’ proposal to send Brandon

Nats acquire Twins closer Kintzler for Single-A lefty

MIAMI - The Nationals have pulled off a deadline deal for the Twins’ Brandon Kintzler, adding another late-inning arm to their reconfigured bullpen for the season’s final two months, according to a source familiar with the trade. In exchange for Kintzler, who converted 28-of-32 save opportunities with a 2.78 ERA this year, the Nationals are sending Single-A left-handed Tyler Watson to Minnesota, according to the

Game 104 lineups: Nats at Marlins

MIAMI - It has been pouring most of the day here in South Florida, with a tropical storm sweeping through much of the state. Fortunately, the roof at Marlins Park is closed (and hasn’t sprung a leak) so the Nationals and Marlins are good to go for tonight’s series opener. Gio Gonzalez takes the mound, making yet another start in his hometown. It’s the left-hander’s

Nats still discussing relievers on trade deadline day

MIAMI - It’s officially July 31, and that means we’re now talking about the non-wiaver trade deadline in terms of hours instead of days. The final countdown to 4 p.m. Eastern time has begun. The Nationals, like all 30 clubs, will be engaged in conversations all day, seeing if there’s a last-minute deal to be made. But let’s be honest: They’ve probably already made their

Fedde takes loss in tough assignment debut vs. Rockies

In a perfect world, the Nationals wouldn’t have sent Erick Fedde to the mound to make his major league debut in this particular situation. A Sunday doubleheader, with the league’s second-most productive lineup on the other side of the field? That’s not exactly putting a guy in the best possible position to succeed. “If we had to pick a first time out for him, we

Zimmerman sets D.C. home run record (Nats lose 10-6)

Ryan Zimmerman now stands alone as the greatest home run hitter in Washington baseball history. With a three-run, opposite-field shot in the bottom of the third this afternoon, Zimmerman recorded his 238th home run with the Nationals, surpassing Frank Howard’s record for a D.C. major league ballplayer. Zimmerman, the Nationals’ first draft pick in 2005 and the longest tenured member of the organization, set the

Heisey released in latest round of roster maneuvering

A busy week of transactions continued this morning when the Nationals tweaked their roster for their doubleheader against the Rockies by officially promoting top pitching prospect Erick Fedde, releasing veteran outfielder Chris Heisey and making a necessary procedural move involving catcher Pedro Severino. Fedde’s contract was purchased from Triple-A Syracuse, allowing the 24-year-old right-hander to start today’s opener and make his major league debut. Because

Game 102 lineups: Nats vs. Rockies (Heisey released)

It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame. Let’s play ... well, you know. Yes, it’s a doubleheader day at Nationals Park, with the Nationals and Rockies meeting in their regularly scheduled contest at 1:35 p.m. and then making up Friday night’s rainout at 7:05 p.m. And there’s no shortage of interesting storylines to come. The big one for the opener, of course, is the debut

Nats get veteran Kendrick from Phillies for minor league pitcher

The Nationals added another veteran to their bench tonight, acquiring utilityman Howie Kendrick from the Phillies for minor league left-hander McKenzie Mills in a deal that will help alleviate recent injury concerns while providing manager Dusty Baker with more options later this season after his roster is closer to 100 percent healthy. Kendrick is hitting .340 with two homers, 16 RBIs, a .397 on-base percentage

Even with trip to DL, Desmond savoring return to Nationals Park

Ian Desmond has never been one to try to hide from his emotions, so he wasn’t afraid to circle this weekend on his calendar and psyche himself up over the idea of returning to Nationals Park for the first time as a visiting player. And when the 31-year-old former-National-now-Rockie arrived at the park this afternoon and walked through the hallways he called home for seven

Game 101 lineups: Nats vs. Rockies (game rained out)

You’ve probably seen the forecast here, not only for tonight but for most of the day tomorrow. If you haven’t, it’s not good. That creates a problem for the Nationals and Rockies, who don’t face each other again after this weekend and need to do everything humanly possible to play three games before either club leaves town. As always, you’ll know when we know. Tonight’s

Stevenson’s first career hit comes in unconventional fashion

Any child who has ever picked up a bat has dreamed of recording his or her first big league hit. And anybody fortunate enough to become a professional ballplayer starts dreaming of that moment in more realistic terms, wondering when, how and against whom it will occur. Andrew Stevenson is no different than any other young ballplayer. He had envisioned what his first major league

A home run barrage the likes of which D.C. has never seen

Ryan Zimmerman isn’t one to get caught up in a moment, so it’s understandable he would say he felt no pressure when he stepped into the batter’s box in the bottom of the third inning today, in spite of what Brian Goodwin, Wilmer Difo and Bryce Harper had just done before him. But for Zimmerman to claim he still didn’t realize what happened after he

Nats launch eight home runs in 15-2 drubbing of Brewers

When it was over, when this two-inning explosion of offensive might was complete and the crowd of 32,118 had a moment to catch its breath and consider what exactly it had just witnessed, all that was left to do was tally up the numbers and marvel at how ludicrous it all was. In the third and fourth innings this afternoon, the Nationals sent 21 batters

Strasburg will keep throwing during DL stint

The Nationals placed Stephen Strasburg on the 10-day disabled list this morning, a move they continue to say is one of precaution and one they hope will only sideline the right-hander for one start. Nothing changed in Strasburg’s diagnosis over the last 48 hours, according to Dusty Baker. The organization wanted to be cautious all along and made adjustments to Erick Fedde’s pitching schedule so

Some shaky moments, but Gonzalez delivered when needed

Five batters into Wednesday night’s game, Gio Gonzalez had served up the longest home run in Nationals Park history, allowed a double and then that same player to steal third without any attempt to throw him out, and allowed a run to score on a strikeout. Sounds like the recipe for a disastrous outing, right? Not exactly. Despite a shaky top of the first, Gonzalez

Wildly eventful bottom of the eighth leads Nationals to victory

They had, as Ryan Zimmerman put it, “played 15 innings of terrible baseball over the last day and a half,” leaving themselves in the precarious position of losing two straight to the Brewers without so much as scoring a run. But then Daniel Murphy lofted a seventh-inning pitch from Jimmy Nelson over the right field fence, and now at least the Nationals were on the

Source: Fedde to be promoted to Nationals this weekend

The Nationals are planning to promote right-hander Erick Fedde this weekend, putting their top pitching prospect on track to make his major league debut and perhaps give Stephen Strasburg more time to rest his arm. Fedde’s promotion from Triple-A Syracuse, confirmed by a source familiar with the club’s decision, comes as the Nationals take a cautious approach with Strasburg’s forearm. Though Strasburg has been able

2018 All-Star Game logo, date and details revealed

Washington officially was on the clock as host of the 2018 All-Star Game the moment this year’s Midsummer Classic in Miami ended two weeks ago. But what’s a big event without a logo or a press conference with important people sitting at the dais? So consider today the unofficial start of an 11 1/2-month countdown to an event many people in this town have anticipated

Game 99 lineups: Nats vs. Brewers

The Nationals will try to even their series with the Brewers tonight, and right fielder Bryce Harper will try to extend his 17-game hitting streak, which is already a career high. He’s 28-for-64 (.426) with six doubles, one triple, seven homers, 17 RBIs, 12 walks and 23 runs scored during the streak. Harper is also in the midst of a 25-game on-base streak, the second-longest

Nats keep producing, but they miss their injured regulars

It has at times been easy to overlook, because the group collectively continues to produce, but the Nationals do miss their injured position players. How could any lineup not miss Jayson Werth, Trea Turner and Michael A. Taylor, who progressively have gone on the disabled list over the last six weeks? “Do you want all your guys healthy? I think, of course,” first baseman Ryan

After Jackson’s ragged start, Nationals face rotation dilemma

When the Nationals suddenly found themselves in need of a No. 5 starter during the All-Star break, they turned to an old friend. Edwin Jackson, who had recently returned to the organization for which he pitched five years earlier, was performing well at Triple-A Syracuse and was a logical replacement for the injured Joe Ross. And when Jackson proceeded to dominate the Angels over seven

Nationals shut out by Brewers in homestand opener

Dusty Baker mentioned this afternoon he wanted to see the Nationals start playing better at home, noting in particular his team’s struggles when it returns from the West Coast. Tonight’s performance in an 8-0 loss to the Brewers didn’t do anything to allay Baker’s fears. It only underscored his point. Some sloppy defense, some poor hitting with runners in scoring position and a ragged start

Strasburg had nerve impingement, hopes to make start

The forearm discomfort that caused Stephen Strasburg to depart Sunday’s start after only two innings was the result of nerve impingement, which has since been alleviated according to the Nationals, allowing the club to remain optimistic the right-hander will make his next scheduled start. Strasburg played long-toss catch in the outfield at Nationals Park this afternoon, his typical routine four days before a start, further

Game 98 lineups: Nats vs. Brewers

There’s only one National League team the Nationals have yet to see in person this season. That will change tonight when they take the field to face the Brewers in the opener of a three-game series. It’s been a surprising year for Milwaukee, which took advantage of the Cubs and Cardinals’ struggles to lead the Central Division for most of the last 3 1/2 months.

Nats face good test in extended stretch vs. playoff contenders

There’s a ballgame tonight at Nationals Park, the first such ballgame there in 16 days. Such is life when you have a three-city road trip coming out of the All-Star break. The Nationals team that takes the field tonight will be markedly different than the one that was last seen here July 9, when Joe Ross departed with an injury that turned out to be

Monday morning Q&A from 37,000 feet above America

It’s a beautiful morning for a cross-country flight. (At least, I assume it is. I actually typed this last night.) After an eventful week out west, the Nationals are headed home and so is your trusty beat writer. No charter flight for me, though. No, it’s Seat 27A on United Flight 236, departing Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport at (gulp!) 6:25 a.m. MST and scheduled

Strasburg playing it cautious with forearm “achiness”

PHOENIX - Stephen Strasburg has been through enough in eight seasons in the big leagues to have felt just about every possible ache and pain in just about every possible part of his body when he pitches. Perhaps he has dealt with more ailments than most, but if nothing else, that has helped him recognize which ailments he needs to worry about and which ones

Nats overcome injuries to Strasburg, Romero in 6-2 victory

PHOENIX - They lost Stephen Strasburg to an apparent injury in the third inning. They lost Enny Romero to an apparent injury in the seventh inning. They had a makeshift lineup after losing two more outfielders on Saturday. They were facing an opponent with a potent lineup and an All-Star on the mound. Recipe for disaster for the Nationals, right? No, not at all. In

Rizzo OK waiting for injured outfielders (Strasburg out)

PHOENIX - Despite their sudden influx of injuries, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he’s not likely to look outside the organization for outfield help before next week’s non-waiver trade deadline, believing at least some of his regulars will be back in early to mid-August. Jayson Werth (fractured left foot) and Michael A. Taylor (strained right oblique) are both on the disabled list, with Werth

Stevenson, Severino get promotions with Heisey, Raburn out

PHOENIX - In a perfect world, the Nationals wouldn’t have promoted Andrew Stevenson to the big leagues for the first time in this manner, with a late-night phone call and an early-morning flight from Columbus to Phoenix in advance of a 1:10 p.m. ballgame. But rarely does a baseball season play out perfectly, so when they lost Chris Heisey to a strained groin late in

Game 97 lineups: Nats at Diamondbacks (with roster moves)

PHOENIX - It’s another scorcher outside Chase Field, but thankfully the roof is closed inside and it’ll be another comfortable day inside the big hangar for a ballgame as the Nationals and Diamondbacks wrap up their weekend series. There’s plenty of intrigue to this one, with the Nats scrambling to get enough healthy outfielders on site to field a starting lineup. No official word yet

Nationals may need emergency additions today to fill outfield

PHOENIX - Already dealing with a thin outfield following the long-term injuries to two starters and their primary backup, the Nationals now may find themselves in a full-fledged outfield crisis for today’s series finale against the Diamondbacks. Ryan Raburn is going on the bereavement list today following his grandfather’s death. And Chris Heisey may need to go on the disabled list after tweaking his groin

New bullpen duo finishes off Roark’s strong start

PHOENIX - There are two traits required to pitch the eighth and ninth innings in the big leagues. The obvious one is stuff, the exceptional repertoire of pitches that gives a guy the best chance to retire hitters with the game on the line. But the other one, many believe, is more important. There’s no one word for it, and some of them aren’t clean

Harper launches fifth homer in seven games (Nats win 4-3)

PHOENIX - Others in the Nationals lineup may be slumping a bit right now. Bryce Harper most certainly is not. The slugger continued his recent torrid stretch at the plate tonight, blasting a towering home run off Diamondbacks rookie Anthony Banda in the top of the first to give the Nationals a quick 1-0 lead at Chase Field. Harper’s homer against the lefty, who is

Zimmerman trying to stick to simple tweaks during slump

PHOENIX - It’s no secret Ryan Zimmerman has been in a prolonged funk at the plate, masked only by the MVP-caliber first 2 1/2 months of his season, a start that allows him to take the field tonight at Chase Field still sporting a .319 batting average and .939 OPS. That batting average, though, stood at .372 back on June 13, his OPS at 1.140.

Game 96 lineups: Nats at Diamondbacks

PHOENIX - Good afternoon from Chase Field, where after last night’s wild 6-5 loss, the Nationals return to action and attempt to beat a quality Diamondbacks club that is handing the ball to a rookie for his major league debut. Left-hander Anthony Banda gets the call-up from Triple-A, filling the vacancy created when Taijuan Walker was placed on the paternity leave list. Banda’s numbers at

Scherzer makes surprising history with first-inning homers

PHOENIX - Max Scherzer has made his share of history over the years. He’s one of only 30 pitchers to throw multiple no-hitters. He’s one of only 18 pitchers to win multiple Cy Young Awards. He’s one of only four pitchers ever to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game. But the history Scherzer made Friday night in a 6-5 loss to the Diamondbacks

Nats overcome early homers, rally to tie, but lose in ninth

PHOENIX - After two wholly unexpected innings at Chase Field tonight, the notion of Dusty Baker facing a tough pitching decision for the bottom of the ninth seemed nothing more than wishful thinking. The Nationals trailed the Diamondbacks by five runs, all five scoring against Max Scherzer, three of them via a historic spurt in the bottom of the first. What were the odds the

D-backs stun Scherzer with three straight homers (Nats lose 6-5)

PHOENIX - Asked this afternoon what, if anything, has made Max Scherzer an even better pitcher in 2017 than he was when he won the Cy Young Award in 2016, Nationals manager Dusty Baker noted the right-hander’s ability to reduce the number of home runs he has surrendered. You can probably guess what happened next. Or maybe not, given how improbable it still was. Scherzer

Kelley encouraged after pair of bullpen sessions

PHOENIX - They may have added two key arms to their bullpen this week, but the Nationals also know they’re going to need quality work from some members of their current relief corps before this season is over. And so the steps Shawn Kelley has been able to take over recent days in his recovery from an upper back strain can only be viewed as

Game 95 lineups: Nats at Diamondbacks

PHOENIX - Hello from Chase Field, where the roof is closed and the air conditioning is cranked up (thank God). It’s a scorcher here in the Valley of the Sun, with temperatures actually below normal (101 degrees, as we speak) but the humidity unusually high. Welcome to monsoon season. No, seriously, you can look it up. Anyway, the Nationals wrap up their long and winding

How Madson and Doolittle have evolved into elite relievers

PHOENIX - The arrival this week of Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle to the Nationals clubhouse was met with considerable exuberance. And why not, given the significance of the addition of two relievers with experience delivering in big moments to a bullpen that had all but lost the confidence of the rest of the roster. “It kind of sets your mind at ease,” left fielder

Injuries continue to force Baker to cobble together top of lineup

ANAHEIM, Calif. - It’s part of any manager’s job, trying to compensate for injuries, but the challenge for Dusty Baker over the last several weeks has been amplified. Baker already lost leadoff man Adam Eaton to a torn ACL at the end of April. Then he lost No. 2 hitter Jayson Werth to a significant bone bruise and slight fracture of his left foot in

In long-awaited start vs. original club, Meyer one-hits Nationals

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Alex Meyer’s name doesn’t garner much reaction from most current members of the Nationals or most members of a fan base that barely remembers the club using a first-round pick on the big right-hander way back in 2011. The handful of players who spent time with Meyer in the low minor leagues for one season, though, have fond memories of him. And

Meyer cruising against former organization (Nats lose 7-0)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Alex Meyer’s career hasn’t panned out as originally hoped, but the Nationals drafted the big right-hander in the first round back in 2011 for a reason. And Meyer is showing exactly why tonight - against his former club. Meyer, now pitching for the Angels, has retired the first 12 batters he’s faced, baffling one of the most potent lineups in baseball through

Ross has Tommy John surgery, plus other injury updates

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Joe Ross had Tommy John surgery this morning, a procedure that the Nationals said went smoothly but nonetheless will sideline the right-hander until at least the middle of the 2018 season. Ross had the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow replaced in Dallas by orthopedist Keith Meister, who reported it “went well,” according to manager Dusty Baker. The typical timeline for

Game 94 lineups: Nats at Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Did you know the Nationals haven’t lost a baseball game in 11 days? OK, so that’s a bit misleading when you consider four of those days included the All-Star break. Nevertheless, the Nats will carry a six-game winning streak into tonight’s contest against the Angels, seeking to sweep this abbreviated, two-game interleague series. They’ll attempt to do so without Bryce Harper in

Harper turns it up a notch with near-cycle vs. Trout’s Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Maybe it was the presence of Mike Trout in the opposing dugout. Maybe it was the knowledge he was getting the next day off. Maybe it was just another ballgame and the opportunity to show off his skills like he does so many other nights. Whatever the case, it was hard to watch Tuesday night’s game at Angel Stadium and not believe

Trio of newcomers pitch Nationals to tense win over Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Dusty Baker handed the ball to three pitchers during tonight’s 4-3 victory over the Angels. Not one was a member of the active roster until 2:30 p.m., each summoned to join this staff at this particular moment in time out of necessity. Edwin Jackson was here because Joe Ross blew out his elbow and suddenly this team with All-Stars anchoring its rotation

Fracture and bone bruise keeping Werth out (Nats win 4-3)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jayson Werth is back with the Nationals, and that part he likes. But he’s not back playing with the Nationals, and likely won’t be for some time with his left foot still ailing, and that part he does not like. “It’s doing better,” Werth said this afternoon. “It’s just frustrating because this injury, the bone that’s injured is crucial for running.” The

No designated closer (yet) between Madson and Doolittle

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle are both here, both wearing Nationals uniforms - Madson wearing No. 44, Doolittle wearing No. 62 - and both insist they’re ready and available for whatever role Dusty Baker envisions for the newly acquired relievers. What roles exactly will those be? Well, the answer for now is a simple-yet-unsatisfying one: Baker doesn’t know. Madson and Doolittle certainly

Game 93 lineups: Nats at Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Nationals have made only two previous trips to Angel Stadium in their history, and boy were they eventful. In 2005, Frank Robinson (with some help from Jose Guillen) fought Mike Scioscia. In 2011, Davey Johnson returned to a big league dugout for the first time in a decade. Now, in 2017, Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson officially join the Nats, and

Eventful night in Anaheim ahead for ever-changing Nationals

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Hello from Orange County, home of Disneyland, reality TV stars and - for a quick two nights - the ever-changing Washington Nationals. Fresh off a four-game sweep in Cincinnati, the Nats have made their way west for the second and third legs of a strange road trip to open the season’s second half. They’ll play two against the Angels, then fly to

Goodwin on his comfort zone, Baker on Difo’s progress

CINCINNATI - If you’ve looked at Brian Goodwin in the past couple of weeks and thought he looked a lot more comfortable as the Nationals’ leadoff hitter and center fielder, you’re probably right. Pressed into service atop the lineup and in his natural position when Michael A. Taylor went down with a right oblique strain that has been slow to heal, the 26-year-old Goodwin has

Early offense, landmark longball help Nats finish sweep

CINCINNATI - Most of the crowd for today’s series finale matinee at Great American Ball Park hadn’t even settled into their Reds-red seats yet. Perhaps they were still in line for Skyline Chili or Frisch’s Big Boy burgers, trying to decide between sweet treats at the bulk candy store on the ballpark’s main concourse or some of the meat treats at the Porktopia stand. Whatever

Nationals continue home run barrage (Nats win 6-1)

CINCINNATI - Well, that didn’t take long. Three batters into the game, the Nationals had a 3-0 lead over the Reds courtesy of a Bryce Harper home run. Brian Goodwin doubled, Stephen Drew singled and Harper crushed his 23rd homer of the season over the wall in right field. The blast extended Harper’s hitting streak to 12 games and his on-base streak to 20 games.

Baker on roster move, Taylor, bullpen makeup and more

CINCINNATI - Dusty Baker knows who his starting pitcher will be for tomorrow’s series opener in Anaheim. He’s just not ready to make an announcement yet. “It’s the same as yesterday: I can’t tell you yet,” Baker said before Monday’s series finale against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. “There’s an update. Same as yesterday.” However, general manager Mike Rizzo, in an interview this

Game 92 lineups: Nats at Reds

CINCINNATI - The Nationals have selected the contract of right-hander Jacob Turner, who takes Blake Treinen’s spot on the 25-man roster as a long-relief option out of the bullpen. Edwin Jackson is still in line to start Tuesday’s game in Anaheim. To create a 40-man roster spot, right-hander Koda Glover has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Turner is 2-3 with a 5.08 ERA

Thoughts on the Nationals’ blockbuster bullpen trade

We knew it was coming, there wasn’t any question about that. We only didn’t know when it was coming, whether the Nationals would be able to strike a big deal to address their bullpen early in the summer or whether they would have to wait until the final flurry at the July 31 trade deadline to fix the most glaring hole on their roster. So

Contributions come from many in Nats’ 14-4 romp over Reds

CINCINNATI - A little perspective makes the Nationals’ 14-4 thumping of the Reds on Sunday afternoon all that much more enjoyable. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman got the day off, just as manager Dusty Baker had promised. Three regulars - left fielder Jayson Werth, center fielder Michael A. Taylor (who replaced the injured Adam Eaton) and shortstop Trea Turner - remain on the disabled list with

Rizzo and Baker on trade for Doolittle and Madson

CINCINNATI - Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo had been chatting with his A’s counterpart, Billy Beane, over the past couple of weeks. Their conversations began centered around a single relief pitcher to help stabilize the Nats’ bumbling bullpen. But when both righty Ryan Madson and lefty Sean Doolittle became available, Rizzo couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add a pair of pitchers who have worked

Nats acquire Madson, Doolittle from A’s (Nationals win 14-4)

CINCINNATI - The Nationals have moved to shore up their sagging bullpen by acquiring two relievers - righty Ryan Madson and lefty Sean Doolittle - from the A’s in a deal announced Sunday afternoon. In return, the A’s will receive one major league piece, right-handed reliever Blake Treinen, and two prospects, Single-A Hagerstown third baseman Sheldon Neuse and rookie-level Gulf Coast League left-hander Jesus Luzardo.

Examining Nats’ interest in A’s relievers, possible Tuesday starters

CINCINNATI - Yes, the Nationals are interested in obtaining a pair of A’s relievers to bolster their beleaguered bullpen. And that should not come as a surprise. Last night’s report by Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network that the Nationals are interested in acquiring relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson is indeed accurate and would seem to check a couple of boxes heading into the July

Game 91 lineups: Nats at Reds

CINCINNATI - If Tanner Roark is going to revert to form and once again become a dependable member of the Nationals rotation, there’s no time like the present. With right-hander Joe Ross scheduled to undergo Tommy John ligament replacement surgery Wednesday in Texas, the rotation could use a boost. Lefty Gio Gonzalez and righty Max Scherzer have thrown 14 1/3 scoreless innings in the first

Scherzer, Rendon help Nats survive late meltdown in 10-7 win

CINCINNATI - What should have been a cakewalk - a feel-good story punctuated by another 10-strikeout start by Max Scherzer and another offensive outburst by Anthony Rendon - turned into another reminder of why the Nationals so desperately need to find a couple of reliable bullpen arms - and fast. First the good news: The Nats won again Saturday night, prevailing in a 10-7 slugfest

Nats top Reds 10-7, plus updates on Kelley, Taylor and Werth

CINCINNATI - If reliever Shawn Kelley can get through throwing long toss and on flat ground today and Sunday, he could be in line to throw a bullpen session early next week “It could be Monday (or) Tuesday,” Kelley said. “The bullpen depends on how the next two days of throwing goes.” Kelley has been on the 10-day disabled list since June 18 (retroactive to

Joe Ross to undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday

CINCINNATI - The MRI arthrogram performed on Joe Ross’ right elbow confirmed a “full-thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Saturday afternoon, and the right-hander will undergo Tommy John ligament replacement surgery Wednesday in Texas. “I think we knew (based on) the MRI it was going to be serious,” said Rizzo. “Obviously, you don’t know to what degree and

Game 90 lineups: Nats at Reds

CINCINNATI - For a pitcher prone to the home run ball - and Nationals ace Max Scherzer certainly qualifies - pitching in a bandbox like Great American Ball Park can be a challenge. Though he’s turned in one sterling start after another this season, the right-hander has still yielded 13 homers through 128 1/3 innings. That’s an improvement over the pace that saw him serve

By answering the call, Grace making Baker take note

CINCINNATI - It took Matt Grace one pitch to escape a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night. But the 90 mph sinker he got Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart to ground to second base for the game’s final out was more than just a shining example of pitch efficiency of a pitcher whose stock continues to rise. When Stephen Drew

Harper and Gonzalez play workhorses in series-opening 5-0 win

CINCINNATI - So much for the notion that Bryce Harper could benefit from a day off because he was tired from all of the festivities surrounding the All-Star Game in Miami. Harper passed when offered the chance to take a breather in the opener of a four-game series against the Reds and the Nationals are glad he did. Harper supplied the bulk of the offense

Baker on days off, Glover, Kelly and Adams (Nats win 5-0)

CINCINNATI - Second baseman Daniel Murphy’s absence from the Nationals lineup for tonight’s opener of a four-game series against the Reds is nothing more than a day off, manager Dusty Baker’s way of making sure a guy who was busy during the All-Star break gets some much-needed rest. “I’ve just learned over the years that whoever goes to the All-Star Game - I’ve had Barry

Nats awaiting results after Ross undergoes MRI arthrogram

CINCINNATI - Right-hander Joe Ross, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain on Friday afternoon, has undergone an enhanced diagnostic procedure called an MRI arthrogram, where dye is injected into the joint to determine the severity of an injury. News that Ross, who left Sunday’s start after 3 1/3 innings with what was termed triceps tenderness, has a sprained

Game 89 lineups: Nats at Reds (Ross heads to DL)

CINCINNATI - The Nationals open the second half tonight with the first of four games against the Reds at Great American Ball Park in the second 2017 meeting between the teams. The Nationals have gone 38-42 against the Reds since moving from Montreal to D.C. before the 2005 campaign, and haven’t won a season series against them since 2011, when they went 4-2. Since then,

Nationals release veteran closer Francisco Rodríguez

CINCINNATI - The Nationals’ search for a dependable ninth-inning arm continues. It won’t be veteran closer Francisco Rodríguez, who was released this afternoon by the Nationals after five minor league outings. Rodríguez was signed June 27 to a minor league contract, but allowed five runs (one earned) in five innings over five appearances (one start) for low Single-A Hagerstown, high Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg.

Nationals hope to return recharged after All-Star break

Rarely does anyone ever try to claim the All-Star break came at a bad time. Just about every team in baseball happily takes the four-day midsummer hiatus offered to the entire league, uses that time to rest up physically and mentally and then returns recharged for the second half of the season. The Nationals certainly fall in that category. They limped a bit into the

Solís optioned to Syracuse, weekend rotation announced

The Nationals will open the second half of their season Friday with at least one change to their roster. Struggling reliever Sammy Solís was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, the club announced today. A corresponding move will be made before Friday’s second-half opener in Cincinnati. Solís’ demotion comes less than two weeks after he was activated off the disabled list following a long rehab from nerve

Top second-half storylines for the Nationals

As the second half of the season arrives, we have a pretty good idea just what the 2017 Nationals are. This is perhaps the most talented team they’ve had during their now-six-year run of contention, with an imposing and deep lineup, dominant starters atop the rotation and an experienced and productive bench. This is also, of course, a team with one gigantic hole that could

Nationals’ first-half report card

Hope everybody enjoyed the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game the last two nights. One proved to be quite an exciting event. The other proved to be kind of a boring event. But it was nonetheless something to see four Nationals starting for the National League, especially when the camera would pan to the right side of the field and the screen would be awash

Zimmerman is a “completely different” All-Star eight years later

It wasn’t exactly a joyous occasion for Ryan Zimmerman. Sure, he was excited to be an All-Star for the first time in his career, but his trip to St. Louis for the 2009 Midsummer Classic coincided with several developments that were not to be celebrated. Only five days earlier, Zimmerman’s grandmother Ilene had died, forcing him to leave the Nationals and head to North Carolina

Scherzer chosen to start for NL in All-Star Game (with NL lineup)

To no one’s surprise, Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was this afternoon named as the starting pitcher for the National League in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game in Miami. NL manager Joe Maddon of the Cubs made the announcement Monday afternoon in a press conference televised live on MLB Network. Maddon said he’d have chosen Scherzer over Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw even if Kershaw hadn’t taken himself

Despite rough stretch, Nationals in strong position at the break

When the Nationals convened at Oakland Coliseum way back on June 2, having just enjoyed a lovely day off in the Bay Area, they knew they were about to begin a particularly difficult and prolonged stretch that would take them right up to the All-Star break. Staring at the Nats at that moment were 20 games in 20 days, then after one day off, another

“Triceps tenderness” ends Ross’ afternoon early

The diminished velocity was noticeable from the outset, with the radar gun at Nationals Park consistently flashing “89” or “88” on Joe Ross’ fastballs, with only an occasional “90” or “91” sprinkled in there. But because Ross coasted through his first two innings against the Braves with little trouble, there wasn’t much reason for those inside the home dugout to start asking questions. It was

Nats overcome early Ross departure to beat Braves 10-5

For the second straight afternoon, the Nationals lost a starting pitcher by the fourth inning. This time, they still managed to find a way to win. Despite the early departure of Joe Ross, pulled in the top of the fourth with his velocity diminished, the Nationals rode a wave of clutch hits and solid relief work to a 10-5 victory over the Braves to close

Roark’s relief appearance a small silver lining

If you’re searching for silver linings from Saturday’s 13-0 drubbing at the hands of the Braves - an admittedly difficult proposition - how about Tanner Roark’s relief appearance? It may not have done anything to help put the Nationals in position to win the game, but on a personal level it was a positive development for Roark, who needed one in the worst way. The

Game 88 lineups: Nats vs. Braves

The final day of the first half of the 2017 season has arrived, and while it may feel like this day has come quickly, it also comes at the end of a particularly difficult portion of the schedule for the Nationals. They had 37 games scheduled in the last 38 days - one of those was Wednesday night’s game that was postponed - and during

After disastrous relief appearance, Solís back to square one

Saturday’s game was already out of hand before Sammy Solís ever took the mound at Nationals Park. The Braves held a 9-0 lead after eight innings, so this was supposed to be nothing more than an opportunity for Solís to get some work in and further distance himself from a long stint on the disabled list. And then over the course of one agonizing inning

Strasburg “fine” after comebacker, worst loss of season

First things first: Stephen Strasburg says he feels fine after taking a comebacker off his right hip in the top of the third inning today, and says that won’t impact his ability to pitch in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game. The decision to remove Strasburg from the game at the end of that inning, with the Braves already leading by six runs and on their way

Nationals battered by Braves during first shutout loss of 2017

They didn’t get the start they needed from Stephen Strasburg. They didn’t get the defense they needed to aid their All-Star pitcher. And they didn’t get the offense they typically have produced against Julio Teheran. The Nationals didn’t do much right this afternoon, and so the ensuing result - a 13-0 whitewashing at the hands of the Braves - shouldn’t come as much of a

Strasburg hit by comebacker, departs (Nats lose 13-0)

Stephen Strasburg’s All-Star first half ended with a thud this afternoon. And that might end up keeping him from pitching in Tuesday night’s Midsummer Classic in Miami. Strasburg departed after only three innings today, giving up six runs (three earned) to a Braves lineup that has given him fits plenty of times before. Whether his early departure was a due to the comebacker he took

Who starts Sunday’s first-half finale?

They haven’t made any formal announcement yet, but the Nationals appear to be setting things up for Joe Ross to start Sunday’s first-half finale against the Braves. Officially, the Nationals are still deciding between Ross and Tanner Roark for the assignment. “We don’t know,” manager Dusty Baker said when asked if Ross will make the start. “It just depends on if we might have to

Game 87 lineups: Nats vs. Braves

The Nationals and Braves resume their four-game series later this afternoon, with Stephen Strasburg on the mound for his final start of the season’s first half. Strasburg is headed to the All-Star Game after this, but it’ll be interesting to see if he ends up pitching Tuesday night in Miami on only two days’ rest. It may depend on how far he goes today. Julio

On the decision to let Scherzer try to finish the eighth inning

Max Scherzer communicates with his manager and pitching coach as well as anybody in the sport, and for that and many other reasons he has earned the trust of both to dictate (most of the time) how long he can remain in a ballgame. So if you’re wondering who decided Scherzer should remain on the mound in the top of the eighth inning Friday night,

Contributions abound in Nationals’ come-from-behind win

How did the Nationals pull a 5-4, 10-inning victory over the Braves out of their caps tonight? Take your pick. There was Daniel Murphy’s game-winning hit to deep left field in the bottom of the 10th, but that wouldn’t have been possible without Adrián Sanchez’s first career hit to ignite the rally. And the Nationals only found themselves in a situation where one run would

Furious rally propels Nationals to 5-4 10-inning win over Braves

They endured through a miserable Thursday night (and Friday morning) at the ballpark that included a controversial rain delay, the injury of their center fielder and a loss to the Braves. And then they endured through eight frustrating innings tonight in which they couldn’t produce against a 42-year-old knuckleballer and were on the verge of another loss. And then came one of those magical bottom-of-the-ninth

Veteran starters dueling on South Capitol Street (Nats win 5-4)

Max Scherzer has been very good but had one little slip-up. R.A. Dickey, meanwhile, has been near-perfect. And so the veteran right-hander on the mound tonight at Nationals Park making a run at history isn’t Scherzer, but rather Dickey, who has tossed four no-hit innings so far to lead the Braves to a slim lead over the Nationals. Dickey and Scherzer each retired the first

With Taylor on DL and Werth weeks away, outfield shuffled again

They lost Adam Eaton to a season-ending ACL tear on April 28. They lost Jayson Werth to a bone bruise on the inside of his left foot on June 3. And now that they’ve lost Michael A. Taylor to a strained right oblique muscle, the Nationals are finding their outfield depth tested like never before. With Taylor officially placed on the 10-day disabled list this

Game 86 lineups: Nats vs. Braves

The sun is shining, the tarp is all rolled up, everybody is (sort of) refreshed after sleeping in this morning and the Nationals and Braves are preparing to play the second game of their four-game series tonight. The Nationals have issued a public apology for their handling of last night’s (non-)rain delay and have begun to take some other steps toward appeasing those who were

Nats expect to finalize deal with top pick Romero today

The Nationals and left-hander Seth Romero are expected to finalize a deal before today’s 5 p.m. EDT deadline, ensuring the organization’s first-round draft pick can begin his professional career in short order. Romero, the 25th overall selection of last month’s draft, has - like many first-round picks - delayed signing until deadline day, but he’s expected to come to terms on time, according to a

After aggravating delay, Nationals lose game and Taylor

The 3-hour, 5-minute rain delay - or the 3-hour, 5-minute non-rain delay, a more accurate description - was bad enough and will have long-lasting negative ramifications for the Nationals, who mishandled an admittedly tricky situation. The subsequent 5-2 loss to the Braves that required 3 hours, 10 minutes to play and was completed at 1:20 a.m. didn’t help matters, though the result of one game

Storm’s approach delays series opener (Nats lose 5-2)

The foul lines and batter’s boxes had been chalked, the infield dragged. The starting pitchers were beginning to stretch in the outfield. The sky above Nationals Park included a fair amount of blue. Yet the start of tonight’s game between the Nationals and Braves has been delayed due to approaching weather, the club announced at 6:40 p.m. There is indeed a line of storms approaching

Rendon finishes third in Final Vote; Baker explains rotation plan

Despite a furious push from the Nationals, Anthony Rendon won’t be attending the All-Star Game. Rendon finished third out of five National League candidates in this year’s All-Star Final Vote, losing out to Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (who earned a ticket to Miami) and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds and Marlins first baseman Justin Bour finished fourth and fifth,

Game 85 lineups: Nats vs. Braves

Let’s cut right to the chase: No, I have no idea if they’re going to be able to play tonight’s game. As was the case last night, the forecast doesn’t look good, maybe even worse. But that doesn’t mean the Nationals and Braves won’t try to get their series opener in. In other words: Stay tuned. As soon as we know, you’ll know. If they

Newly acquired Rodriguez pitches ninth in Harrisburg’s victory

Francisco Rodriguez officially became a member of the Nationals organization Wednesday night, pitching an inning of relief for Double-A Harrisburg. Rodriguez, the veteran closer signed to a minor league contract last week after he was released by the Tigers, officially joined the roster at Harrisburg. That was a bit of a surprise, considering he was expected to pitch for Triple-A Syracuse. The Nationals, though, aren’t

Series finale vs. Mets postponed, no makeup announced

The Nationals’ series finale against the Mets was postponed when heavy rain converged upon the District shortly before scheduled first pitch and didn’t show signs of letting up anytime soon. No makeup date was immediately announced. The two clubs do share a common off-day on Sept. 11, which falls in the middle of a 10-game homestand for the Nationals and the start of a nine-game

Harper gets day off; Baker explains (start delayed)

Bryce Harper is not starting tonight’s series finale against the Mets. That may disappoint fans who have tickets to this game, but there could’ve been even more disappointed fans Tuesday because Dusty Baker initially planned to sit Harper for the Nationals’ Independence Day game. “It was planned,” Baker said. “I was planning on doing it yesterday, but we talked about it and he loves playing

Game 85 lineups: Nats vs. Mets

The Nationals are going for a sweep of the Mets tonight, but in order to pull that off they’ll need not only to beat Jacob deGrom but to do it without Bryce Harper in their lineup. Harper is getting a rare day off, only his second this season for a reason not involving minor injury or suspension. We’ll find out shortly from Dusty Baker if

Wednesday morning Nats Q&A

Hope everybody out there had a safe and enjoyable Independence Day. I’m curious how Nationals fans feel about the annual 11:05 a.m. game. Seems like it’s pretty popular, because it allows folks to both go to the game (or cover it) and still have plenty of time in the afternoon/evening for Fourth of July festivities. The Nats certainly had fun yesterday in trouncing the Mets

With extra pitch and extra stamina, Ross enjoying a resurgence

It has happened quietly, and it hasn’t garnered the kind of attention afforded other members of the Nationals rotation ... or the members of their lineup who seem to explode for double-digit runs every time he takes the mound. But one of the most encouraging developments of the last month, from the Nationals’ perspective, has been the re-emergence of Joe Ross as something more than

Nats provide Ross with big support again in 11-4 win over Mets

Nobody brings out the best from the Nationals lineup like Joe Ross. Even though he doesn’t throw a single pitch to any of its members. With Ross on the mound, the Nationals seem to turn what already is one of the most potent offensive groups in the majors into something otherworldy. And it happened again today, even with Dusty Baker sitting a bunch of his

Early Fourth of July fireworks at Nationals Park (Nats win 11-4)

The big show is later tonight on the National Mall, but there already have been some early fireworks on South Capitol Street today. (Sorry, I believe I was legally obligated to make that hacky joke.) The Mets have launched two home runs off Joe Ross, including José Reyes’ shot down the right field line on the day’s third pitch. The Nationals have scored a pair

Werth rehabbing in West Palm Beach, will join affiliate soon

Jayson Werth has progressed in his recovery from a badly bruised foot, heading to West Palm Beach, Fla., to work out with the Nationals’ Gulf Coast League club. Werth has been out since fouling a pitch off the inside of his left foot June 3 in Oakland, unable to even put weight on the foot for several weeks. He finally was able to start baseball

Game 84 lineups: Nats vs. Mets

Good morning to you from the nation’s capital, where the Nationals and Mets will celebrate the national pastime with the traditional 11:05 a.m. Independence Day ballgame. The early start time always catches visiting teams and media by surprise, but I’ve always found this to be a cool tradition, and I sense fans like it as well. What better way to spend your Fourth of July

Resilient Nats fight back to take opener in 3-2 walk-off over Mets

When the ball hit off his bat, Ryan Raburn was hoping for the best. But he honestly wasn’t sure whether he’d won the game for the Nationals or come up short with a flyout to left that would take the contest to the 10th inning. “I was watching the umpire,” Raburn said of his walk-off single off Fernando Salas in the ninth inning that provided

Baker on juggling days off against desire to win (Nats win 3-2)

Daniel Murphy’s omission from Monday’s starting lineup was a clear indication that Nationals manager Dusty Baker is still keen on using the final week before the All-Star break to give his key players a rest here and there. All the Nationals’ All-Star second baseman has done since bolting Flushing for D.C. is torch the Mets, his former team and the first squad up on a

Nationals’ All-Stars stump for Rendon to join them in Miami

Four of the Nationals’ five representatives for next week’s All-Star Game in Miami - everyone save for tonight’s starting pitcher, Stephen Strasburg - met with the D.C. media this afternoon to discuss their selections. Near the end of the group interview, those chosen made sure to stump for a teammate they think is equally deserving of a trip to the Midsummer Classic. Third baseman Anthony

Game 83 lineups: Nats vs. Mets

We begin today with sad news: Longtime Washington, D.C.-based Major League Baseball official scorer David W. Vincent died Sunday evening after a long bout with stomach cancer. The Centreville, Va., resident was 67. Vincent was a member of the Society of American Baseball Research and a founding secretary of Retrosheet, which works to collect and archive box scores and play-by-play accounts of every major league

On Harper’s homers, Taylor’s table-setting and the Mets

ST. LOUIS - More thoughts on Sunday night’s 7-2 Nationals victory at Busch Stadium before heading home ... * Does any major league hitter enjoy playing on the big stage more than Bryce Harper? We’ve seen Harper go bonkers on opening day. We’ve seen him come through on Independence Day. We’ve seen him launch towering home runs in the postseason. And we saw him show

With another gem on big stage, Scherzer earns elite praise

ST. LOUIS - Dusty Baker, in his five decades in baseball, has seen enough pitchers to be able to compile a short list of the very best of the best. He rattled off some of the names that came to mind tonight: Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, Nolan Ryan, J.R. Richard, Clayton Kershaw. And Max Scherzer, who a bit earlier had wrapped up yet another of

All-Stars Scherzer and Harper carry Nationals to 7-2 victory

ST. LOUIS - Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer are the Nationals’ two brightest stars, and on the day each earned the fifth All-Star selection of his career, each shone bright on the national stage. Harper clobbered two early home runs and Scherzer tossed seven scoreless innings to carry the Nationals to a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals in tonight’s nationally televised ballgame and avoid a

Harper homers twice, Scherzer piles up strikeouts (Nats win 7-2)

ST. LOUIS - Bryce Harper learned this afternoon he had received the most All-Star votes of any player in baseball, and now tonight is showing everybody why that was the case. Max Scherzer learned this afternoon he had received his fifth consecutive All-Star selection, and now tonight he is showing everybody why he deserves to start the Midsummer Classic. Harper has homered in each of

Nationals get five All-Stars, club record three starters

ST. LOUIS - There was a time, not all that long ago, when the thought of the Nationals having three players voted into the starting lineup of the All-Star Game was laughable. Even when they had talented players, the Nationals never had the kind of fan base in D.C. or the overall recognition of baseball fans around the world to merit the kind of overwhelming

Game 82 lineups: Nats at Cardinals

ST. LOUIS - The Nationals need a win tonight to avoid getting swept by the Cardinals and dropping their sixth game in the last eight days. The good news: They have Max Scherzer on the mound. The bad news: They’ll be facing Carlos Martínez, with something less than their “A” lineup. Scherzer brings his league-best 2.06 ERA, 0.783 WHIP and 151 strikeouts to his hometown,

More on Saturday’s agonizing loss in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - The focus of Saturday night’s 2-1 loss to the Cardinals wound up being the final at-bat of the game, when Adrian Sanchez was rung up by Manny Gonzalez on a 3-2 pitch outside the strike zone to strand the bases loaded. But there’s more worth dissecting from the game, so let’s take a look back at some other developments ... * Gio

In long-awaited debut at-bat, Sanchez battles but gets burned

ST. LOUIS - Throughout a childhood spent learning the game in Venezuela, throughout a decade in the minors that included lengthy stops at every level of the Nationals farm system, throughout the better part of his first two nights as a major leaguer, Adrian Sanchez had ample time to think about the first at-bat of his career. Maybe it would come in a blowout. Maybe

Nationals waste Gonzalez’s gem, lose 2-1 to Cardinals

ST. LOUIS - The Nationals, owners of the majors’ most productive lineup throughout the first half of the season, haven’t exactly played the part so far this weekend. Held to one run in Friday night’s blowout loss to the Cardinals, the Nationals did it again tonight. They avoided their first shutout of 2017 thanks to a two-out rally in the ninth, but they couldn’t complete

Wacha outdueling Gonzalez early at Busch (Nats lose 2-1)

ST. LOUIS - Gio Gonzalez is doing his part to put the Nationals in position to win (and perhaps earn himself a spot in the All-Star Game). But Michael Wacha is up to his usual tricks against the Nats, leaving Gonzalez in danger of yet another hard-luck loss. Wacha has tossed five scoreless innings to begin tonight’s game at Busch Stadium, the Nationals having managed

Nats relieved to have Solís back; J. Turner is DFA

ST. LOUIS - When Sammy Solís landed on the disabled list way back on April 19 with what he was told was some minor inflammation in his elbow, he assumed he’d be back pitching for the Nationals within two weeks. Then two weeks became two months, Solís forced to shut down for a period of time and then start a throwing program over from scratch

Game 81 lineups: Nats at Cardinals (Solís off DL)

ST. LOUIS - We are just slightly more than 24 hours away from the announcement of this year’s All-Star rosters, so in theory tonight presents the last opportunity for players to make their case for a trip to Miami and the Midsummer Classic. Which means this could be an especially big start for Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez has put together All-Star credentials over the last three

Harper gives Nationals a scare after taking errant throw off ankle

ST. LOUIS - It was just about the last thing anybody associated with the Nationals wanted to see at that moment: Bryce Harper falling to the ground in a heap in obvious pain after running down the first base line. Given the fact Adam Eaton tore up his knee on a very similar looking play two months ago, and given the fact Trea Turner fractured

Roark’s latest ragged start leaves Nationals in a lurch

ST. LOUIS - The Nationals have spent the better part of the last three months trying to figure out what’s wrong with Tanner Roark. How has one of the majors’ most consistent starters since he debuted nearly four years ago has fallen apart in the first half of this season? And after yet another ragged outing in which the right-hander lasted only three innings and

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