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Livan Hernandez has a role with the Nationals this season

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — A familiar face was back in the Nationals‘ clubhouse before Wednesday’s game for the second time in a week. Last week in Miami, Livan Hernandez also appeared in the Nationals...
  • New: 1 hr 16 min ago

Nationals infielders show up early to work on their defense

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — More than four and half hours before Wednesday’s game, the afternoon after committing another two defensive errors, most of the Nationals‘ infielders and backups were on the field at...
  • New: 1 hr 23 min ago

Nationals-Angels discussion thread: Game 22

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The Nationals hope to avoid a sweep on Wednesday at the hands of the Angels. They send left-hander Gio Gonzalez, and perhaps the team’s most consistent starter so far this season, to the...
  • New: 1 hr 59 min ago

Rehab updates on Ryan Zimmerman, Scott Hairston

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — With his right thumb still in a splint, Ryan Zimmerman has been in the Nationals clubhouse before games the past few days. He has gone for weekly x-rays on his fractured right thumb, a check-up to...
  • New: 2 hr 23 min ago

Tonight’s Nationals-Angels lineups

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — A day after hitting cleanup against a left-handed starter, Anthony Rendon is back hitting second in the lineup. Bryce Harper is hitting fifth. The Nationals face right-handed starter Jered Weaver....
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Nationals’ offensive trends to watch

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The Nationals are 11-10 but not without some struggle. After a rough start, the starting pitching is slowly trending up. Taylor Jordan, however, delivered another rocky performance on Tuesday and...
  • New: 8 hr 33 min ago

Gio Gonzalez: Mike Trout stopper?

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Mike Trout has become the consensus best player in baseball, a hitter scouts, seamheads and statisticians can love in equal measures. He can do everything there is to do on a baseball field, but...
  • 13 hr 49 min ago

How Tom Sherrill caught Albert Pujols’s 500th home run, gave up the ball

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Tom Sherrill, a California native, was in Washington this week of Air Force training. Along with a fellow serviceman, the 29-year-old staff sergeant decided to catch the second game of the...
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Albert Pujols hits career home run No. 500 off Taylor Jordan

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — In the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Angels, fans at Nationals Park witnessed a moment of baseball history. Albert Pujols hit the 500th home run of his career, a towering...
  • 23 hr 40 min ago

Nationals-Angels discussion thread: Game 21

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Taylor Jordan makes his fourth start of the season, and faces an Angels lineup that has scored 101 runs, the third-highest total in the majors. Jordan (0-2, 5.94 ERA) has received a bit of bad...
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Rafael Soriano, Drew Storen have bounced back big from last season

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — At various points last season, Rafael Soriano and Drew Storen endured the worst struggles of their career. Soriano blew six saves and pitched one game with such lethargy that the bench coach,...
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Doug Fister throws three innings, Adam LaRoche has quad soreness

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Doug Fister threw three innings and 44 pitches in his second start in extended spring training in Viera. According to Nationals Manager Matt Williams, Fister “felt good,” induced a lot...
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Nationals recall Aaron Barrett, send down Xavier Cedeno

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Ten days after the Nationals optioned him to Class AAA Syracuse in order to add a fresher relief, on the first day he was eligible to return, the Nationals recalled right-hander Aaron Barrett on...
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Today’s Nationals-Angels lineups

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — With Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs starting, Manager Matt Williams tweaked the lineup again. Adam LaRoche is sitting and Tyler Moore is starting instead at first. Danny Espinosa, who is second...
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Nationals starting pitching is slowly trending up

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Four days ago, the Washington Nationals’ starting rotation was near the bottom of the majors. Through 16 games this season, their starting pitchers had a 5.19 ERA. At one point, only one...
  • 1 day 13 hr ago

Former hitting coach Rick Eckstein returns to Washington with the Angels

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Monday’s series opener against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim marks not only the first regular season meeting between stars Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, but the return of a familiar face....
  • 2 days ago

Mike Trout, Bryce Harper prepare to clash amid comparisons, hype

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Tonight’s Angels-Nationals game had been circled on the schedule since winter. ESPN sent a crew and a reporter for live shots starting in mid-afternoon – which, uncomfortably, played in the...
  • 2 days ago

Nationals-Angels discussion thread: Game 20

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — The Nationals will try to pull above .500 on their homestand as they open against the Angels. Mike Trout and Bryce Harper have grabbed most of the attention, but Albert Pujols, perhaps the best...
  • 2 days ago

Today’s Harper-Trout lin … er, Nationals-Angels lineups

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — About 10 minutes before 3 p.m., Bryce Harper walked out of the Nationals dugout as several Angels pitchers were taking early batting practice at Nationals Park. A certain player with a crew cut...
  • 2 days ago

Danny Espinosa continues his re-emergence

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — About one-tenth of the way through the season, the Nationals’ most pleasant and essential development has been the re-emergence of Danny Espinosa. Last year at this time, injuries sapped...
  • 2 days ago