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Anthony Rendon headed to Viera to play in extended spring training games

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Anthony Rendon will head to Viera to begin playing in games as he returns from a left oblique strain. Rendon worked out at Nationals Park on Sunday, swinging in the batting cages and taking...
  • New: 3 hr 56 min ago

Ryne Sandberg upset with the Nationals’ batting practice music and times

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — All season, the Nationals have tried injecting a little humor — at least, that’s one way to look at it — into pregame batting practice. While the Nationals take batting practice and field...
  • New: 8 hr 47 min ago

Nationals-Phillies discussion thread: Game 44

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The Nationals can claim their sixth straight series win with a victory Sunday against the Phillies in the rubber match. Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 4.94 ERA) takes the mound for the Nationals and will face...
  • New: 10 hr 8 min ago

Casey Janssen ‘excited’ about pitching first inning as a National

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Until Saturday, nine-year veteran Casey Janssen had never pitched at Nationals Park. He’d worn a Nationals jersey, No. 44, but only in spring training and on opening day. Right shoulder...
  • New: 10 hr 15 min ago

Today’s Nationals-Phillies lineups

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The Nationals go with their day-game lineup. Jose Lobaton is starting behind the plate and Clint Robinson is in left field. Since Jayson Werth was hit by a pitch on the left wrist and landed on...
  • New: 10 hr 56 min ago

A.J. Cole, starter of the future, relieving well

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — If Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo had his way, he said Saturday, right-handed rookie A.J. Cole would be starting for Class AAA Syracuse right now, not serving sparing long relief...
  • 12 hr 23 min ago

Jayson Werth still has swelling in his wrist, Anthony Rendon takes batting practice

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — These days, despite the brace on his swollen left wrist, Jayson Werth hustles out to the outfield during batting practice and pursues fly balls, hat in hand. For now, the wrist is still too...
  • 1 day 7 hr ago

Nationals-Phillies discussion thread: Game 43

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The Nationals hunt a seventh straight win Saturday afternoon on a gleaming day at Nationals Park. Stephen Strasburg tries to continue his rebound from one of the toughest stretches of his career,...
  • 1 day 7 hr ago

Tanner Roark to start Monday against the Cubs

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Tanner Roark grew up an hour south of Chicago and attended the University of Illinois. His mother was a Cubs fan. When he pitched at Wrigley Field for the first time, friends and family chanted...
  • 1 day 8 hr ago

Today’s Nationals-Phillies lineups

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The Nationals look for a seventh straight win today against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels in a matchup of not “former” aces, exactly, but pitchers who have perhaps not pitched to...
  • 1 day 8 hr ago

Nationals visit D.C. Little Leaguers, who think Gio Gonzalez is old and Clint Robinson can’t jump

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Before Saturday afternoon’s game against the Phillies, Manager Matt Williams and 10 Nationals players headed out to eight D.C. little leagues, a show of support for the team’s...
  • 1 day 9 hr ago

Aaron Barrett wins epic post-anthem standoff

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The game hardly mattered by the time it began. A mere baseball game, especially one played in May between the charging Nationals and the sputtering Phillies, could not possibly carry the emotional...
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Matt Williams on Harper: ‘I want Bryce to be Bryce’

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Since Wednesday’s game, in which Bryce Harper was ejected for his dust-up with home plate umpire Marvin Hudson, all range of opinions have emerged about Harper’s emotion. Deserving or...
  • 2 days ago

Nationals-Phillies discussion thread: Game 42

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The Nationals come into Friday on a five-game winning streak, and host the struggling Phillies. Max Scherzer starts against right-handed Sean O’Sullivan, who faces the usual Nationals...
  • 2 days ago

Tanner Roark likely to start in place of Doug Fister

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Since the Nationals placed Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list May 15, they have not needed anyone to start in his place. Off-days allowed them to skip his fifth spot in the rotation and keep...
  • 2 days ago

Nationals activate RHP Casey Janssen, place Sammy Solis on 15-day disabled list

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Casey Janssen, the veteran right-handed reliever signed this offseason to fill the void left by Tyler Clippard, finally will pitch for the Nationals. The team activated the 33-year-old Friday,...
  • 2 days ago

Tonight’s Nationals-Phillies lineups

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The Nationals open a three-game series with the Phillies Friday night, and send Max Scherzer to the mound in the hopes he can build on their five-game winning streak. The Phillies throw...
  • 2 days ago

MASN unhappy with Rob Manfred’s comments, file letter with NYC Supreme Court

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — As the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles await a New York Supreme Court judge’s written decision in the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network dispute, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob...
  • 2 days ago

Nationals bullpen settling in, growing up

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Like many of his young colleagues in the Nationals bullpen, left-hander Matt Grace was plucked from a realm of relative minor league comfort and hurried to the majors, needing uncommon flight...
  • 2 days ago

Wilmer Difo’s call-up is a success story for Nationals’ Latin American operation

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — When prospect Wilmer Difo walked into the Nationals‘ clubhouse on Tuesday, unloaded his belongings into a locker with a No. 1 jersey and his last name on it, the moment meant more to the...
  • 3 days ago