Nationals Rumors & News

  • Nationals beat the Braves on Michael A. Taylor’s walk-off home run

    Washington Post "After Michael A. Taylor’s three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Washington Nationals a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night, Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon — who pitched the final two scoreless innings — was speaking with reporters, eyes on a clubhouse..." September 05

  • Nationals hammer Braves, 15-1; gain ground on idle Mets

    Washington Post "For one night at least, there was no need for blame, no reason for second-guessing, no decisive swing or pitch to yield regret. For one night, there was no stress, no doubt, no frustration. For one night, things came easily for the Washington Nationals. The Nationals battered the Atlanta..." September 04

  • Bryce Harper walks in all four of his plate appearances, scores four runs

    Hardball Talk "Bryce Harper didn’t have an official at-bat tonight, but he still made a major impact in the Nationals’ 15-1 blowout victory over the Braves. Harper walked in all four of his plate appearances and scored four runs. One of the walks came with the bases loaded, so he was also credited with an..." September 04

  • Bryce Harper is the National League MVP, playoffs or not

    Sporting News "The case for Bryce Harper to be the National League MVP is as clear as his name at the top of so many leaderboards. The Nationals’ 22-year-old superstar is tops in the National League in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+, runs created, isolated power, wOBA,..." September 04

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    Washington Nationals @Nationals

    The #Nats have returned from rehab and reinstated 1B/OF Tyler Moore, and recalled RHP A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse.

  • Nationals finally close one out as Papelbon shuts door on Cardinals, 4-3

    Washington Post "Another game against the St. Louis Cardinals brought a third dose of rallies and blown leads, clutch home runs and relief struggles, exhilaration and nail-biting tension for the Washington Nationals. The bullpen buckled again with a slim margin late, but this time Ryan Zimmerman came to the rescue..." September 03

  • Zimmerman leads Nats not with words but example

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Ryan Zimmerman is the last guy in the Nationals clubhouse who is going to gather his teammates together and offer an impassioned plea for better play on the field. There isn't an ounce of cheerleader in the man's body. Never has been, never will be. Which doesn't mean Zimmerman can't still be a..." September 03

  • Harper says fading Nationals trying to 'shock the world'

    The Score "From bravado to hyperbole, Bryce Harper and the reeling Washington Nationals know time is running out on their once-promising season. Following Tuesday's walk-off loss, their 25th defeat in their last 42 games, the preseason-favorite Nationals sit 6 1/2 games back of the division lead and nine..." September 02

  • Cards get past Nationals on show of power

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "It was only a week or so ago that folks were wondering where was all this power that newcomer Brandon Moss, who had 15 home runs for Cleveland, was supposed to provide. In his first 49 Cardinals at-bats, he had no homers and only eight hits. But in his last six games, Moss has slugged three home..." September 02

  • Mike Rizzo says Matt Williams did ‘a masterful job’ managing bullpen in Tuesday’s loss

    Washington Post "Mike Rizzo made his weekly appearance with Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday, and as he has all season, the Nationals GM defended Manager Matt Williams in the face of scrutiny about his bullpen management. Earlier in the day, Williams defended his decision to go with..." September 02

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    Dan Kolko @masnKolko

    Stephen Strasburg (back) will not start for the Nats Friday. Will need to throw a bullpen first and come out of it OK. Roark will start Fri.

  • Matt Williams puts up another strong performance in his quest to get himself fired

    Hardball Talk "It’s like watching a car crash. Wait, that’s not quite right. A car crash happens quickly and, in the moment, there’s a sense that you can’t do anything to stop it, so that’s not it. This is more like watching someone slowly peddle a tricycle over a cliff. Only you notice them heading toward..." September 02

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    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Strasburg (upper back) played without any issue, per MW. Whether he starts will hinge on his bullpen session though.

  • Cards have answer for Nationals

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Washington Nationals, having lost 18 of their past 20 games over seven years at Busch Stadium, should have known that their three-run, go-ahead burst in the seventh inning Monday night against Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist was way too early for them to be contemplating a rare victory..." September 01

  • Nationals will need September miracle to salvage once-promising season

    Sporting News "Even in a frustrating season that’s been one painful moment after another, the Nationals’ loss to the Cardinals on Monday night stands out. “It’s a tough one,” manager Matt Williams said, mastering the understatement. The Nationals had rallied from a 3-1 deficit to take the lead on the team..." September 01

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    Dan Kolko @masnKolko

    Stephen Strasburg (back) didn't do normal day-after-start throwing today. Nats giving him time to let medication kick in. Will evaluate tom.

  • Nats roar back to defeat Marlins

    Washington Post "No one marched out to the mound to retrieve Stephen Strasburg from the Washington Nationals’ 7-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday. He left quickly and quietly, done after four innings, not emerging for the fifth because of upper-back discomfort. Manager Matt Williams was unemotional as he..." August 31

  • Zimmermann stifles Marlins, Nats gain a game on Mets

    Washington Post "In the fourth inning of the Washington Nationals’ 5-1 win over Miami on Saturday night, Marlins third baseman Martin Prado lined a ball back at Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann, who collapsed to the ground, trying to catch it as he fell. He missed it, and as he lay on the ground, he slammed his..." August 30

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    Chelsea Janes @chelsea_janes

    Official diagnosis for Span is torn labrum, he said. Four to six months recovery, as he understands it.

  • Marlins touch up Max Scherzer early with 2 HRs, hang on to edge Nationals

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Martin Prado and Marcell Ozuna homered off Washington starter Max Scherzer, and the Miami Marlins built a three-run lead and held on to beat the Nationals 4-3 on Friday night. The Nationals began play 6 1/2 games behind the NL-East leading Mets. Scherzer (11-11) went seven innings, allowing..." August 29

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    William Ladson @washingnats

    Source: Denard Span is out for the season. He will have surgery on his left hip Tuesday. I'll have more on #Nats

  • Nats banged up in 4-2 victory over Padres, win third straight series

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Needing a win to take their third consecutive series — and then hoping beyond hope the Mets would actually lose a ballgame for a change — the Nationals turned to their surprising rookie right-hander and watched as he pitched yet another gem. Joe Ross allowed only one run (unearned) on one hit..." August 28

  • Span likely out for season after latest injury

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Denard Span's return from the disabled list earlier this week was as big an emotional boost as the Nationals had experienced in quite some time. Which only made the center fielder's return to the DL late Thursday night an even tougher punch to the gut. Span is out again, this time with..." August 28

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Escobar is out of the game after getting HBP in R hand last inning. Rendon moves to 3B, Espinosa now at 2B.

  • Padres hang on against Nationals

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Justin Upton swatted a pair of home runs. Tyson Ross dominated, then faltered. In the end, or at least at the most critical juncture of Wednesday's game at Nationals Park, a close contest boiled down to the Padres' ability, and inability, to throw strikes. For the second consecutive night,..." August 27

  • Fully healthy, Nats flex their muscles in an 8-3 rout of the Padres

    Washington Post "As the sun began to set on a comfortable Tuesday evening, Denard Span jogged out to his familiar stomping grounds in center field. The Nationals Park crowd applauded loudly for the veteran, playing his first game after missing the previous 40 with a back injury. For the first time all season, the..." August 26

  • Nationals' Reed Johnson sneezes, strains oblique muscle

    The Score "A frustrating year for Reed Johnson just got unimaginably worse. The Washington Nationals outfielder hasn't played since April 28 due to a torn tendon in his left calf. He was sent to Single-A Potomac for a rehab assignment Aug. 13 and things were looking promising as he went for 5-for-16 in..." August 26

  • Denard Span’s return means the Nationals finally have their projected Opening Day lineup

    Hardball Talk "Center fielder Denard Span is off the disabled list after missing the past six weeks with a lower back injury and for the first time all season the Nationals have their planned Opening Day starting lineup available for a game. Here’s the lineup it took 124 games for the Nationals to have..." August 25

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    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Denard Span expected to rejoin Nats tomorrow, as @washingnats said. He's been out since July 7. Played in six rehab games.

  • Nats again build momentum with another series win

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The beginning of the Nationals' weekend series against the lowly Milwaukee Brewers was about as unfortunate as they come. The Nats were blown out by a bad team on the first day of what is by all accounts a very important homestand. That followed a tough loss to the Colorado Rockies, one that..." August 24

  • Nationals get boost from struggling veterans in win against Brewers

    Washington Post "In some ways, the Washington Nationals’ 6-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers was a snapshot of a season that should have been, with the fourth inning as the most powerful image. Wilson Ramos, who reached on a double, rumbled home on a single to center by Jayson Werth. Anthony Rendon then blasted a..." August 23

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    Dan Kolko @masnKolko

    No Escobar, no Werth. Rendon 3B, Espinosa 2B, Harper RF, Zim 1B, Robinson LF, Desmond SS, Ramos C, Taylor CF, Ross P

  • Everyone contributes in Brewers' rout of Nationals

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "It was a fun night for the Milwaukee Brewers, both on the field and in the visiting clubhouse after the game. In a truly collaborative effort, on both the pitching and hitting sides, the Brewers pulled away Friday night for a 10-3 victory over the sagging Washington Nationals at Nationals..." August 22

  • Nationals call up shortstop prospect Trea Turner

    Hardball Talk "In an attempt to halt their free fall from the playoff picture the Nationals have made an unexpected move, calling up 22-year-old shortstop prospect Trea Turner from Triple-A. Turner was the Padres’ first-round draft pick in 2013 and came to the Nationals this offseason in the big three-team..." August 21

  • Yohan Flande delivers great start as the Rockies defeat the Nationals

    Denver Post "This was the kind of game the Rockies have grown much too accustomed to losing. But not Thursday night at Coors Field, where they beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 to avoid a three-game sweep. The Rockies got a stellar start from Yohan Flande, a sparkling big-league debut by catcher Dustin..." August 21

  • Nationals 4-1 over Rockies on Werth triple in 8th

    Federal Baseball "5. Strasburg in Coors Field: In his first start back following more than a month on the Disable List with a left oblique strain, Stephen Strasburg struck out 12 batters in seven innings against the Colorado Rockies in which he gave up three hits and one run, on a home run by Nolan Arenado, in what..." August 20

  • Nats find cure for what ails them: Colorado’s thin air, Rockies pitching

    Washington Post "No epic swing revived the Washington Nationals this time. No unfathomable comeback reminded them of their mettle. No near-perfect pitching performance stopped their swoon. The Nationals made errors, left runners on base, allowed homers and squandered leads Tuesday night. They scrapped, they hit,..." August 19

  • Madison Bumgarner stellar as Giants complete sweep of Nationals

    San Francisco Chronicle "They handed out tiny statues of Juan Marichal at the ballpark Sunday, replicas of the formidable sculpture outside. There’s nobody like Marichal in today’s game, or at any other time in the game’s history, but the Giants have a true original in Madison Bumgarner. Go through the long list of..." August 17

  • Span begins rehab with Class A Potomac

    CSN Washington "In the middle of a month filled with negative developments, something positive actually is happening for the Nationals on Sunday: Denard Span is beginning a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac. The injured center fielder and leadoff man, on the disabled list since July 10 with lower back..." August 16

  • Giants explode in third to bash Nationals

    CSN Bay Area "This weekend was supposed to make up a good chunk of the season’s toughest run of games. Instead, it’s turned into a party for a Giants team that continues to smoke tough pitchers. A night after bruising Max Scherzer, the Giants throttled Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals 12-6 to win their third..." August 16

  • When do you trade a former top prospect?

    SB Nation "If you bet on Jackie Bradley as the player who would post the highest number of total bases in a game this season, come on down! Nobody? Yeah, not really a surprise. Although Bradley, a former top-50 prospect in baseball, really flashed his full potential against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday..." August 16

  • Top prospect Lucas Giolitio settling in at the Double-A level

    Baseball Essential "Four pitches deep into the game, and baseball’s consensus top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito was visibly frustrated. Four straight balls to Bowie Baysox leadoff hitter Glynn Davis was not exactly how Giolito wanted to kick off his fourth start for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators. He especially..." August 15

  • Giants smash Scherzer early to beat Nationals

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants hammered one of the game’s most expensive pitchers Friday night, then held on when their own big-money right-hander couldn’t keep the party going. Max Scherzer and Matt Cain gave up 11 combined runs at AT&T Park, but the Giants got the better end of the offensive explosion, beating..." August 15

  • Bryce Harper joins elite club with 30th home run in age-22 season

    CBS Sports "Harper's three-run shot against the Giants wasn't enough in an 8-5 loss that dropped the Nats to 10-18 since the All-Star break. They're 4 1/2 games behind the Mets in the NL East and 8 1/2 off the wild-card pace thanks to the Cubs most recent surge. The Nats have 47 games to play, but if their..." August 15

  • Red Sox head list of Top 10 Minor League systems "The consensus pick to win the American League East, the Red Sox instead have posted the worst record in the circuit and are headed toward their third last-place finish in the past four years. Boston fans can take solace in the facts that the one exception, 2013, produced a World Series title and..." August 15

  • Vogelsong rebounds, Giants defeat Nats

    CSN Bay Area "Yunel Escobar ambushed Ryan Vogelsong. The veteran right-hander spent the rest of his night swinging back. Vogelsong gave up a leadoff homer but got the Giants through five and Gregor Blanco paced a lineup that did just enough for a 3-1 win over the Washington Nationals. With the Dodgers..." August 14

  • Jose Valverde suspended 80 games for PEDs

    Hardball Talk "Veteran reliever and current free agent Jose Valverde has been suspended 80 games by MLB following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Stanozolol. He’s a three-time All-Star who saved 35 games as recently as 2012, but has bounced around a ton since then and hasn’t pitched in the..." August 14

  • Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw gives striking performance in win over Nationals

    Los Angeles Times "Only three National League pitchers have struck out 200 batters or more in six consecutive seasons in baseball's modern era. The first was Sandy Koufax, the second Tom Seaver. The most recent pitcher to reach the benchmark was Clayton Kershaw, who became part of the exclusive group Wednesday..." August 13

  • Yasiel Puig's drive for 5 leads Dodgers over Nationals

    True Blue L.A. "Yasiel Puig came alive on Tuesday night, tying a career high with five runs batted in, leading the Dodgers to a 5-0 win over the Nationals on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, snapping a season-worst four-game losing streak. On the same day news broke that Puig was placed on waivers last week,..." August 12

  • Home teams win all 15 games for first time in MLB history "The Mariners' walk-off victory over the Orioles on Tuesday night capped an unprecedented slate in Major League Baseball. For the first time in the league's history, all 15 home teams won on the same day. Prior to Tuesday, the closest the home teams have ever come was 12 wins more than a century..." August 12