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Nationals trying out iPads in the dugout

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Just before the season, Major League Baseball announced a partnership with Apple to provide iPad Pros to all 30 teams pre-loaded with the MLB Dugout app. MLB also lifted the ban on laptops,...
  • 16 days ago
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Stephen Strasburg will start; Jayson Werth, Michael A. Taylor given ‘observation days’

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Stephen Strasburg will pitch Thursday afternoon against the Braves, Dusty Baker announced Thursday. Strasburg was too sick to pitch Tuesday and Wednesday, but told his manager he was well enough...
  • 16 days ago
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As Dusty Baker gets used to bullpen, Jonathan Papelbon notches another save

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Even though he knew who comprised the bullpen, the Nationals relief corps — except for Matt Belisle — was new to Dusty Baker. And there so was much turnover — in the bullpen and...
  • 16 days ago
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Dusty Baker sits Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman for scheduled days off

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Finally submerged in the everyday routine after a herky-jerky first week of days off and rainouts, the Washington Nationals will play the fourth of 16 consecutive games Wednesday night. Manager...
  • 17 days ago
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Stephen Strasburg scratched with illness; Tanner Roark to start Wednesday

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday because of illness, the team announced, and Tanner Roark will start in his place. Strasburg was under the weather earlier in...
  • 17 days ago
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Stephen Drew gets first hit as a National, scheduled for first start Wednesday

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Stephen Drew spent much of his first two regular-season weeks as a National asking questions. The former first-round pick has been a part-time player before, sure, but rarely this part time. An...
  • 17 days ago
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Dusty Baker: Bullpen hero Blake Treinen is ‘becoming a man’

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The Braves had a man at every base with only one out, and veteran Jeff Francoeur hovered at the plate in the eighth inning of the Nationals’ 2-1 win over the Braves Tuesday night. The game...
  • 17 days ago
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Nationals’ first controversy involves Danny Espinosa’s majestic beard photo

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The greatest controversy of this Washington Nationals season, the issue threatening to embroil a now-furious fanbase, and that could shave away the calm of their largely uneventful...
  • 18 days ago
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Catcher Jose Lobaton gets nod against Braves for first start this season

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Players joked with backup catcher Jose Lobaton in the Washington Nationals clubhouse before the game. “Congratulations on the start!” they told him. “Happy Opening Day to...
  • 18 days ago
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Under Davey Lopes’s tutelage, Nationals are more aggressive on the basepaths

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The sample size is small and the Nationals have played fewer games than most teams because of the weather, but they rank near the top already in a category they hoped to improve this season:...
  • 18 days ago
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Why Mike Maddux has starters sitting with a clipboard during games

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — During Joe Ross’s start on Sunday, Max Scherzer sat on the Nationals’ bench like he always does. But he had a clipboard with an intricate scorecard on his lap. As Ross pitched,...
  • 18 days ago
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Jonathan Papelbon pleased with his Nationals Park reception

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — In spring training, Jonathan Papelbon had a feeling Nationals fans might not receive him well for his role in a fight with Bryce Harper last September. Papelbon was suspended without pay for four...
  • 19 days ago
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Dusty Dances, Harper hits, and Ryan Zimmerman returns

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Warm weather finally coincided with a baseball game in D.C. Monday evening, so the Nationals enjoyed batting practice under a warm sun and pleasant breeze before their series opener with the...
  • 19 days ago
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Minor League Monday: Week 1

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Welcome to the first-ever installment of Minor League Monday, a weekly post in which we’ll wrap up the previous week’s action for the Nationals‘ minor league affiliates....
  • 19 days ago
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What you might have missed in Joe Ross’s impressive season debut

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Joe Ross impressed in his season debut Sunday in many ways. He was sharp facing batters for the first time in more than a week. He provided seven standout innings against a capable lineup. His...
  • 19 days ago
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Ben Revere’s MRI exam shows right oblique strain; recovery timetable uncertain

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — An MRI exam on Nationals center fielder Ben Revere‘s side revealed what the team expected it to, a strained right oblique, their manager Dusty Baker reported Sunday. “It’s what...
  • 20 days ago
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Ryan Zimmerman gets a day off, Clint Robinson starting

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Despite Friday’s off-day and Saturday’s postponement, Ryan Zimmerman has the day off Sunday because he ran a lot when he played this week and the weather is cold, Manager Dusty Baker...
  • 20 days ago
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Ryan Zimmerman Field dedicated in Southwest D.C.

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Snow was falling in southwest D.C. Saturday morning, but if Capitol Hill Little League players had wanted to play a game or two, they wouldn’t have had to worry about field conditions. Ryan...
  • 21 days ago
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Gio Gonzalez waits to make first start of 2016

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The last time Gio Gonzalez started a game, he was in Florida, pitching nearly meaningless innings near the end of spring training. He threw six innings against the Braves on March 27 —...
  • 21 days ago
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Saturday’s Nationals-Marlins game postponed; Joe Ross to start Sunday

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The Washington Nationals postponed their game with the Miami Marlins Saturday. Snow, then rain, then some combination of the two fell on South Capitol Street Saturday morning. High winds, cold...
  • 21 days ago
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