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Nationals’ defense can’t back Jordan Zimmermann

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Facing the lineup that battered him more than any other, Jordan Zimmermann found his most difficult opponent lurking behind him. On the rare day Zimmermann solved the Cardinals, his defense...
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Matt Williams removes Bryce Harper for ‘lack of hustle’

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Nationals Manager Matt Williams yanked Bryce Harper from the Nationals’ 4-3 loss to the Cardinals this afternoon for “lack of hustle” and “the inability to run 90...
  • New: 11 hr 22 min ago

Bryce Harper leaves Nationals-Cardinals game after six innings

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper exited Saturday’s game against the Cardinals after six innings. The Nationals offered no  details. Harper has been dealing with tightness in his quad,...
  • 13 hr 5 min ago

Stephen Strasburg sticks to routine following rough start

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — During spring training, Stephen Strasburg vowed he would change his routine between starts, particularly following outings that turn disastrous. Last year, ragged starts would eat at Strasburg to...
  • 15 hr 39 min ago

Nationals-Cardinals discussion thread: Game 18

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — The Nationals exorcised their team-wide demons against the Cardinals last night. This afternoon, Jordan Zimmermann will have a chance to snap his personal funk against them. In seven career starts...
  • 15 hr 41 min ago

Denard Span returns from concussion

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Nationals center fielder Denard Span came off the seven-day disabled list after clearing tests and successful rehab following a concussion he suffered last weekend. “He feels good this morning, so...
  • 16 hr 19 min ago

Today’s Nationals-Cardinals lineups

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — The Nationals welcomed back center fielder Denard Span from the seven-day disabled list following a concussion and optioned outfielder Steven Souza Jr. back to Class AAA Syracuse. Span is in the...
  • 17 hr ago

Drew Storen’s strong start, crucial two outs in win over the Cardinals

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — With two runners on base and only one out in the eighth inning of a 3-1 game, Manager Matt Williams called on Drew Storen. Storen, who came in after the struggling Tyler Clippard worked himself...
  • 1 day 4 hr ago

Denard Span plays second rehab game, expected back Saturday

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Denard Span played his second minor league rehab game on Friday night with Class A Hagerstown and is expected back with the Nationals on Saturday, the first day he is eligible to come off the...
  • 1 day 6 hr ago

Matt Williams ‘not concerned’ about Nationals’ play

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — The Nationals’ four-error performance Thursday night became a three-error game Friday afternoon, when the Nationals Park official scorer changed the liner Jayson Werth lost in the lights from an...
  • 1 day 9 hr ago

Nationals expect to see Blake Treinen again soon

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Blake Treinen made a loop around the Nationals clubhouse this afternoon before batting practice, shaking hands with teammates and coaches. His teammates repeated the same refrain: We’ll see you...
  • 1 day 9 hr ago

Nationals-Cardinals discussion thread: Game 17

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — After a brutal 8-0 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday, the Nationals have the second-worst ERA among starters in baseball at 5.21. Only the Diamondbacks are worse — and considerably worse, at...
  • 1 day 9 hr ago

Wilson Ramos progressing in his hand rehab

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Wilson Ramos was in the Nationals clubhouse on Friday. He ran sprints in the outfield with a strength and conditioning coach before the game. He bounced around the clubhouse talking with...
  • 1 day 9 hr ago

Xavier Cedeno called up to replace Blake Treinen; plus Nationals-Cardinals lineups

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — The Nationals recalled left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno and optioned rookie Blake Treinen back to Class AAA Syracuse, giving them an extra, fresh relief arm after Treinen threw 60 pitches over 2...
  • 1 day 12 hr ago

Ian Desmond confronts another defensive challenge

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — In the fourth inning Thursday night, Ian Desmond bent at the waist and placed his hands on his knees, staring across the diamond, out of answers. He had just fired a throw 10 feet short of first...
  • 1 day 16 hr ago
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Nationals player confused, upset about the ‘transfer’ rule

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Two plays this season epitomize the confusion and frustration in the Nationals’ clubhouse over the interpretation of a new rule. One occurred on Saturday in Atlanta when Nate McLouth snagged...
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Denard Span ready for return from concussion after successful rehab game

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — After scoring three runs in a rehab assignment Thursday night at Class A Hagerstown, center fielder Denard Span is hopeful he will return from a concussion on Saturday, the first day he eligible...
  • 2 days ago
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Bryce Harper talks about his change of approach at the plate

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Bryce Harper went hitless in the April 5 loss to Atlanta, sending his season-opening slump to its nadir at .143 through five games. The slugging outfielder declared he was “lost” at...
  • 2 days ago
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Nationals-Cardinals discussion thread: Game 16

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — The Nationals last beat the Cardinals on Oct. 11, 2012, in Game 4 of the National League Division Series. Ever since Jayson Werth’s walk-off homer crash landed in the visitors’...
  • 2 days ago
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Doug Fister pitches in extended spring training, could debut in roughly three weeks

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Nationals right-hander Doug Fister pitched two innings Thursday afternoon in Viera, Fla. and, barring another setback, is scheduled to make his Washington debut in roughly three weeks, Manager...
  • 2 days ago
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