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Anthony Rendon is the Nationals’ best player right now

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Anthony Rendon explained the approach he carried to the plate against Felix Hernandez on Friday night with clarity and purpose. Hernandez loves to throw his wicked change-up, Rendon said, and so...
  • 17 hr 34 min ago

Trent Jewett will manage against the Nationals

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — At 3 p.m. Friday afternoon, former Nationals coach Trent Jewett stood on the warning track and leaned on the railing of the visitors dugout at Safeco Field. Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty...
  • 22 hr 4 min ago

Nationals-Mariners discussion thread: Game 133

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — In the Nationals’ first-ever game against Felix Hernandez, their own starter is a right-hander who doesn’t take a backseat to anyone. Behind Jordan Zimmermann, a two-time all-star...
  • 22 hr 29 min ago

Jayson Werth will serve as the Nationals’ DH

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — The Nationals will get to use the designated hitter over their next three games at Safeco Field. Manager Matt Williams had a pretty easy choice for the first DH. He wanted to rest Jayson Werth,...
  • 22 hr 34 min ago

Ryan Zimmerman steps up rehab from torn hamstring

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Third baseman Ryan Zimmermann stepped up his rehab from a torn right hamstring this week after he underwent a “very positive” MRI exam Monday, Manager Matt Williams said. Zimmerman still has yet...
  • 22 hr 37 min ago

Tonight’s Nationals-Mariners lineups

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — This is one worth staying up for. Felix Hernandez will face Jordan Zimmermann in his first ever start against the Nationals. Jayson Werth will serve as the Nationals’ designated hitter in an...
  • 1 day 1 hr ago

Nationals extend agreements with Hagerstown, Auburn

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Over the past day, the Nationals have announced the signing of two-year player development contracts with two minor league affiliates. On Thursday, the Nationals extended their agreement with...
  • 1 day 6 hr ago
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Nationals prepare to face Felix Hernandez for the first time

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — The three sections to the left of the right field foul pole at Safeco Field are reserved on days Felix Hernandez starts. The Mariners save those seats for the “King’s Court,” fans who purchase a...
  • 1 day 13 hr ago
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Wilmer Difo wins South Atlantic League MVP

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Wilmer Difo talks with his mother, Carmen Santos, a hair stylist who still lives in Santiago, Dominican Republic, every day. They speak over the phone, usually after he’s done playing shortstop...
  • 2 days ago
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Doug Fister is among the best in baseball at holding runners

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Even with Wednesday’s uneven start, Doug Fister has been the Nationals’ best starter all season. He throws strikes and has good command. His stuff, especially his darting sinker, is...
  • 2 days ago
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The Nationals have had trouble in Philadelphia

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The Nationals looked unstoppable after their 10-game winning streak, five walk-offs in six games and 9-1 homestand. Then they ran into the Phillies and were swept. The three-game series to start a...
  • 2 days ago
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Matt Williams stresses better offensive execution

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Managers talk often about executing when opportunities arise. During the past two losses against the Phillies, the Nationals have squandered a handful. Three times over the past 12 innings, the...
  • 3 days ago
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Adam LaRoche back in Nationals lineup, not concerned about back stiffness

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — First baseman Adam LaRoche returned to the Nationals lineup Wednesday after he sat out Tuesday’s loss with stiffness in his lower back. The ailment, which LaRoche has dealt with off and on for...
  • 3 days ago
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Nationals-Phillies discussion thread: Game 132

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — The Nationals need a victory to avoid getting swept and their first three-game losing skid since June 27. The Nationals’ rotation has essentially made them immune from losing streaks....
  • 3 days ago
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Tonight’s Nationals-Phillies lineups

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Adam LaRoche, who didn’t start Tuesday with back stiffness, is back in the lineup and hitting cleanup. Bryce Harper, who sat in favor of Scott Hairston on Tuesday against left-hander Cole...
  • 3 days ago
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Gio Gonzalez sees progress; Nationals want to see more curveballs

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Gio Gonzalez has not earned a win since July 5, which is of course an unfair assessment of his performance. In one of those nine winless starts, he allowed no runs in seven innings. In another, he...
  • 3 days ago
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Kevin Frandsen makes an impact

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Forget the play in the ninth inning Tuesday and consider Kevin Frandsen’s recent impact. Over the past 10 days, he has played in nine games, starting in three of them, and has gone 10 for 16...
  • 3 days ago
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Seven Nationals minor leaguers to play in Arizona Fall League

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Seven Nationals minor leaguers have been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League, which often features some of the best prospects in the sport. The Nationals representatives will play for the...
  • 3 days ago
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Tanner Roark not slowing down, may force difficult postseason decision

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday inside Citizens Bank Park, Tanner Roark jogged between rows of blue seats, up and down cement stairs. He dripped with sweat when he finished and walked into the Nationals...
  • 4 days ago
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Adam LaRoche out of Tuesday’s lineup with tight back

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Adam LaRoche was out of Tuesday’s starting lineup because of a tight back, according to Manager Matt Williams. LaRoche has been dealing with back tightness for the past three or four days....
  • 4 days ago
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