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As trade deadline nears, Nationals keep talking

The Washington Post (James Wagner) —   Just over 24 hours before Thursday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, a contingent of Nationals decision-makers are in Miami. General Manager Mike Rizzo is usually with the team, but...
  • 15 hr 52 min ago

Nationals-Marlins discussion thread: Game 105

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The Nationals have lost two straight and four of the past six. In order to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Marlins and a losing nine-game road trip, they need a win on Wednesday. They are 4-4 so...
  • 17 hr 5 min ago

Jayson Werth returns: Nationals-Marlins lineups

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Before he even arrived at Marlins Park, Jayson Werth sent Manager Matt Williams a text message telling him his sprained right ankle felt well enough to return to the lineup. ” ‘Let’s...
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Bryce Harper showing signs of improvement at the plate

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — If there was anything encouraging about the Nationals’ offense in Tuesday’s scoreless loss, it was the continued improvement of Bryce Harper at the plate. For much of the past week,...
  • 21 hr 25 min ago

Jayson Werth sits with sprained ankle, hopes for Wednesday return

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Jayson Werth woke up Tuesday morning and the right ankle he injured the night before trying to avoid a tag at second base was still sore and swollen. Both he and Manager Matt Williams still...
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Nationals-Marlins discussion thread: Game 104

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Stephen Strasburg (7-8, 3.67 ERA) takes the mound in an excellent match-up against all-star Henderson Alvarez (7-5, 2.62 ERA). In his career, Strasburg has been good and also bad against the...
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Today’s Nationals-Marlins lineups

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Even though he said he hoped to play Tuesday after spraining his ankle on Monday night, Jayson Werth is out of Tuesday’s lineup. He didn’t seem overly concerned about his right ankle...
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Looking back at the bullpen and Monday’s ninth-inning collapse

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The final two innings of Monday’s gut-wrenching walk-off loss to the Marlins exposed the various intricacies of the Nationals bullpen and Matt Williams’s reasoning behind them....
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Nationals prospect Austin Voth gets on the fast track

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — On June 24, Austin Voth took the mound at Pfitzner Stadium for his first start at Class A Potomac. The crowd had come to watch Bryce Harper on rehab assignment, and it paid little attention to the...
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Jordan Zimmermann returns to form

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Monday wasn’t all together bad for the Nationals. Beyond Rafael Soriano’s ninth-inning implosion and Jayson Werth’s twisted ankle, the Nationals found solace in Jordan...
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Jayson Werth leaves game with sprained right ankle

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — After landing awkwardly on his ankle trying to avoid a tag at second base, Jayson Werth left Monday’s 7-6 loss against the Marlins in the seventh inning with a sprained right ankle. Werth...
  • 2 days ago
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Matt Williams mixing and matching at second base

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — In the five games since Ryan Zimmerman strained his hamstring and Anthony Rendon shifted back to third base, Nationals Manager Matt Williams has used the following order of players to start at...
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Nationals-Marlins discussion thread: Game 103

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Jordan Zimmermann (6-5, 3.20 ERA) makes his second start of the second half of the season. In his last start, his first since he first dealt with a bicep strain, he allowed four runs on eight hits...
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Still no updates on Ryan Zimmerman, who may be out for a while

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore and James Wagner) — Five days after Ryan Zimmerman went on the disabled list with a “pretty substantial” right hamstring strain, the Nationals have yet to provide a timetable on Zimmerman’s return....
  • 2 days ago

Lucas Giolito named South Atlantic League pitcher of the week

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Hagerstown right-hander Lucas Giolito, the Nationals’ top prospect, was named the South Atlantic League pitcher of the week for the second time this season after throwing six almost-perfect...
  • 2 days ago

Today’s Nationals-Marlins lineups

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The Nationals have essentially mixed and matched second base since Ryan Zimmerman hurt his hamstring last week and Anthony Rendon shifted to third base. And against a right-handed starter again,...
  • 2 days ago

Nationals trade rumors as deadline nears

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline now stands only three days away, and the Nationals are, as ever, somewhat hard to read. They “seem to be very busy on multiple fronts,” as one executive from a...
  • 2 days ago

Doug Fister and Jose Lobaton form a formidable battery

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Doug Fister has been excellent for the Nationals all season but the results stand out when Jose Lobaton is behind the plate. It may be coincidence, but with Lobaton catching Fister is 7-0 with a...
  • 2 days ago

Rafael Soriano notches career save No. 200

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — After he struck out Reds pinch hitter Chris Heisey to finish Sunday’s 4-2 win, Rafael Soriano yanked his jersey out from under his belt. He high-fived catcher Jose Lobaton in between home...
  • 3 days ago
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The Nationals’ defense continues to shine

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — An underlying theme of the Nationals’ play over the past two months or so has been the dramatically improved defense. At last check a month ago, the Nationals had made great strides to...
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