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Jonathan Papelbon’s new teammates share their thoughts on the new Nationals closer

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — MIAMI — There were rumblings before Tuesday’s game, word of a deal, of a new back-end reliever, which is what everyone said the Washington Nationals need these days. A list of names...
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Nationals acquire Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — In their search to upgrade their bullpen for the pennant race, the Washington Nationals settled on a longtime opponent, acquiring Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. In a complicated...
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Nationals-Mets discussion thread: Game 98

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Tuesday afternoon was a busy one in the visitors’ clubhouse at Marlins Park, where Nationals players went about their usual business as trade rumors ran across the TV screens in the...
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Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman return from the disabled list

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — As expected, two key members of the Nationals lineup — Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth — were activated from the disabled list after long absences for Tuesday’s game in Miami. In...
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Tonight’s Nationals-Marlins lineups

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The Nationals try to bounce back after losing three out of four in Pittsburgh, and do so against another ace in 10 days full of them, Marlins’ right-hander Jose Fernandez. Fernandez is 3-0...
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Nationals have made progress in trade talks with Phillies about Jonathan Papelbon

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The Nationals have cast a wide net in seeking bullpen help and, as of late Tuesday morning, they have made progress in talks to acquire Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, according to a person...
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What Ian Desmond has meant to Bryce Harper

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — When Bryce Harper was selected to his third all-star game earlier this month, one of the people he thanked without prompting was Ian Desmond. “He’s one of the guys who keeps me even...
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As Mets improve, the Nationals add Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Whether you agree with the moves or not, there is no mistaking: the Mets are a better team today than they were last week. They fended off competition from the Nationals to land Tyler Clippard...
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Jayson Werth to rejoin Nationals on Tuesday

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Jayson Werth will rejoin the Nationals on Tuesday in Miami, according to a person familiar with the situation, returning after a two-and-a-half-month absence recovering from two small fractures...
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Mets trade for Tyler Clippard, ending Nationals’ pursuit

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Until this afternoon, the Nationals were still in the mix for old friend Tyler Clippard, the steady right-handed reliever (who was also a fan and clubhouse favorite) whom the Nationals traded to...
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Stephen Strasburg to make rehab outing Wednesday in Syracuse

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Stephen Strasburg will try it again Wednesday. He is scheduled to pitch in a rehab game for Class AAA Syracuse, his first in-game work since July 4 when he strained his left oblique midway through...
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Nationals don’t have to do anything at the trade deadline but here’s what they’re exploring

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is four days away, the time of the season when rumors rage incessantly and all sorts of moving parts are in play. And over the past few days, the Nationals...
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Jayson Werth rehabs again; Ryan Zimmerman gets the day off

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Jayson Werth played in his ninth rehab game on Sunday, going 1 for 3 with a double and two RBI for Class AAA Syracuse while starting in left field. Werth has logged 30 at-bats during this rehab...
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Felipe Rivero impressing with velocity, command

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Over the past month and a half, Felipe Rivero has gone from somewhat of an unknown to a capable fireballing left-handed reliever. The Nationals have long liked Rivero’s arm; they acquired...
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Nationals-Pirates discussion thread: Game 97

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Joe Ross (2-2, 2.70 ERA), the pitching revelation of the Nationals season, makes his fifth start of the season. Because he is only 22 and hasn’t thrown much more than 120 innings in any...
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Today’s Nationals-Pirates lineups

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The Nationals can earn a series split with the Pirates by winning Sunday. A day after returning from the disabled list, Anthony Rendon gets a day off. Including his rehab start and...
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Matt Thornton’s quiet production

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The trade deadline is less than a week away and the Nationals have been linked to a handful of relievers on other teams. But quietly, within their own existing bullpen, one reliever has been...
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Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman nearing returns to the Nationals

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The Nationals already welcomed the return of Anthony Rendon on Saturday, and Yunel Escobar following a wrist injury that kept him out a few days, and two more may be coming. Jayson Werth and Ryan...
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Nationals-Pirates discussion thread: Game 96

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — With the Nationals losers of two straight, Gio Gonzalez (7-4, 3.93 ERA) takes the mound to face the Pirates. All-star A.J. Burnett (8-3, 2.44 ERA) starts for the Pirates. Gonzalez has been strong...
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Tonight’s Nationals-Pirates lineups

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The Nationals are inching closer towards becoming whole again. Saturday brings Anthony Rendon after 25 games away with a strained left quad. He will start and play second base while Yunel Escobar...
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