Talking Chop "Last night's win was good. This one was better. Cameron Maybin made up for a costly missed catch earlier in the game with the walk-off hit in the ninth inning to beat the Nationals 2-1. Manny Banuelos debuted for the Braves opposite Max Scherzer and was very impressive. In 5.2 innings,..." July 03
ESPN "If you subscribe to the notion that smart, analytically savvy front offices determine a team's success and the manager is little more than an appendage clad in cap and spikes, chances are you haven't spent much time following the National League West. Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave..." July 03
7/2 @Nationals lineup vs ATL Span CF Espinosa SS Escobar 3B Harper RF Ramos C Uggla 2B Moore 1B Taylor LF Scherzer P
CSN Washington "The Nationals have signed Dominican outfielder Juan Soto to a $1.5 million bonus, the organization's first international signing of any significant consequence since the notorious Esmailyn Gonzalez fiasco nearly a decade ago. The signing has not been formally announced yet, but it was confirmed..." July 02
Talking Chop "It feels good to finally beat the Nats again. The Braves had their own four-run inning, and Matt Wisler earned his second win of the year in helping break Washington's nine-game winning streak over the Braves with one-hit ball over 5.1 innings, leading the Braves to a 4-1 win. Wisler looked..." July 02
Washington Post "Atlanta Braves right-hander Shelby Miller has been one of the most effective starters in baseball. When he faced the Nationals last week, he overpowered them. They chased his mid-90s fastball up and out of the strike zone and struggled to square up those he threw in it. But in the Nationals’..." July 01
MLB.com "While you continue to vote in these final and frenetic days of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Major League Baseball announced today that the starting position players will be unveiled in a new manner at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN,..." June 30
Washington Post "With a burgeoning list of bruises leaving few healthy options on the bench, the Washington Nationals entered the weekend ill equipped for a doubleheader. They were therefore inconvenienced when one became necessary after rain ended Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second..." June 29
Boston Globe "It’s a rule casually broken hundreds of times a day by players on every team in baseball. Umpires will not enforce it unless asked to, and even then they would rather leave well enough alone. “The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” That is what Rule 8.02(a)(4)..." June 29
Asked how frustrating today was, Williams said "extremely." "Burned our pitcher. I'm not very happy about it."
#Nats still checking on Harper and Span, but Williams says Escobar is "no-go" for today.
CBS Sports "When he hit a big home run for the Washington Nationals on Thursday afternoon, Ian Desmond did it while wearing a No. 53 sticker on his batting helmet. Desmond doesn't wear uniform No. 53 -- bench coach Randy Knorr does -- but Knorr has been away from the team for the past several days. His wife,..." June 27
Preliminary X-Rays on Escobar's hand were negative but it was swollen.
Washington Post "Max Scherzer did not throw another no-hitter in Friday night’s 5-2 win over the Phillies, and only in the context of his remarkable stretch of dominance could that qualify as a regression. He was not perfect Friday night, his bid for history extending to one out in the sixth inning before..." June 27
MLB.com "Burriss, a Washington, D.C. native and a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Northwest D.C., joins the Nationals for his first Major League assignment since 2012 (San Francisco). The 30-year-old infielder is coming off one of his finest professional seasons,..." June 26
Washington Post "After only 10 days at Class AA Harrisburg, Nationals shortstop prospect Trea Turner has been promoted to Class AAA Syracuse, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. His stay at Harrisburg has been brief but he has been impressive. Turner, 21, was the “player to be named” in..." June 25
Harper's R leg cramped up as he went into 2B in 11th. Told Williams he could score on a hit. Getting treatment now, re-evaluate tomorrow.
Washington Post "The season’s first three months haven’t been easy for Ian Desmond. A key piece of the Washington Nationals the past three years, the three-time Silver Slugger winner leads the National League in errors (16, including one more Wednesday) and owns a .220 average, more than 40 points below his career..." June 25
Fox Sports "The activity at the 2014 non-waiver deadline was so frenetic that certain details went largely unnoticed. Here’s one: The low-revenue Indians agreed to pay all of infielder Asdrubal Cabrera’s remaining $3.3 million when they traded him to the Nationals for infielder Zach Walters. That fact was..." June 25
Washington Post "The Washington Nationals’ vaunted rotation, the backbone of the roster, is finally whole again. After a three-week stint on the disabled list with neck spasms, Stephen Strasburg returned rejuvenated. He no longer needed to push through any nicks and bruises. The time away allowed him to recover..." June 24
Hardball Talk "Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is off the disabled list after missing the past three weeks with a strained trapezius muscle. He moves back into the starting rotation tonight against Atlanta and Washington has demoted 22-year-old prospect Joe Ross back to the minors despite a very..." June 23
Washington Post "Pittsburgh Pirates starter Charlie Morton entered Sunday’s start against the Washington Nationals on a 14 1/3 -inning scoreless streak, the third-longest active streak of that sort in the majors. In baseball’s best rotation by ERA, he had been the stingiest recently, pitching to a 1.62. So it..." June 22
#Nationals sign Chris Nelson to minor-league deal.
CSN Washington "When it didn’t happen six days earlier, when Carlos Gomez’s broken-bat blooper fell to the ground just beyond Anthony Rendon’s outstretched glove in the seventh inning in Milwaukee, Max Scherzer could only shrug off his bad luck and wonder if he’d ever get another chance like that to pitch a..." June 21
Washington Post "Max Scherzer retired the first 26 Pittsburgh Pirates in order. One remained, and pinch-hitter Jose Tabata was one strike away from becoming the final out of the first perfect game in Washington Nationals history Saturday. Tabata put up a fight. Scherzer threw an inside slider, but it didn’t break..." June 21
Yunel Escobar scratched with a stomach bug: Span CF, Rendon 3B, Harper RF, Ramos C, Espi 2B, Moore 1B, Desmond SS, Taylor LF, Scherzer P.
Jayson Werth is progressing nicely, per MW. He held a bat but didn't swing. "I don't anticipate any issues with (his rehab)."
Bryce Harper is back in the Nats' lineup after missing just one game with his hamstring injury.
Nats lineup vs. LHP Liriano: Span CF, Rendon 2B, Escobar 3B, Harper RF, Ramos C, Espinosa SS, Moore 1B, Taylor LF, Scherzer P.
MW said Harper didn't take swings but did physical therapy, leg exercises & saw doc. "A good work day for him." To be revaluated tomorrow.
Washington Post "Washington Nationals starter Joe Ross was 6 years old when A.J. Burnett, his opponent Friday night, made his major league debut. Ross began this season at Class AA Harrisburg, blocked by five established starters and prospects at higher levels deemed more ready. But injuries required the Nationals..." June 20
The Score "Bryce Harper understands that things could have been much worse. The Washington Nationals outfielder departed Thursday's game in the sixth inning after a scary looking incident that resulted in him laying on the grass in pain grabbing his left knee. Harper was able to walk off the field..." June 19
Harper's coming out. Favoring that left knee as he limps off.
CSN Washington "Competitor that he is, Doug Fister never wants to admit he's not physically fit to pitch. But it was the realization and then acceptance of that fact five weeks ago that put Fister into the position he is today: Ready to rejoin the Nationals rotation, ready to be the contributor he expected to be..." June 18
Tampa Tribune "Steve Geltz knew the probability of batting Wednesday was remote, but that didn’t stop him from carrying a bat around the clubhouse at Nationals Park three hours before the game while wearing a batting helmet, batting gloves and an arm shield. “I’m happy to do whatever they ask,” Geltz said..." June 18
Washington Post "Slow-working starters like Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Colome are not usually the kind of pitchers teams like to face on nights like Tuesday, when a night game will be followed by a late flight home, when a game the next day leaves no time to catch up on sleep after a grueling road trip. But as it..." June 17
Tampa Tribune "From Erasmo Ramirez’s six shutout innings to the five walks drawn by Steven Souza Jr., to another hustle double for Kevin Kiermaier to Joey Butler’s hot bat and all the hits from Logan Forsythe, the Rays played one of those rare games Monday that was stress free. The Rays began a four-game,..." June 16
CBS Sports "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred appeared on Monday's episode of Boomer & Carton, and among the topics he addressed were the DH issue and possible expansion into other other markets. Regarding the current designated hitter rule -- DH in AL games, no DH in NL games, Manfred seems disinclined to..." June 15
Washington Post "As soon as the ball broke Carlos Gomez’s bat and floated out to right field, Anthony Rendon raced back. Washington Nationals starter Max Scherzer was perfect to that point, sitting down all 18 batters he had faced. Playing closer to second base because Gomez often hits the ball to the left side,..." June 15
Matt den Dekker will pinch run for Bryce Harper after Harper was hit by a pitch in the left knee.
Washington Post "For much of this season, the Washington Nationals have relied heavily on Bryce Harper. His historic May run propelled the Nationals to a hot streak. And even as the team slumped the past two weeks, Harper has remained the most productive hitter in the Nationals’ lineup. In Saturday’s 7-2 win..." June 14
Washington Post "Bryce Harper left Saturday’s game in the top of the ninth inning after taking a 95-mph fastball from Brewers reliever Michael Blazek to the left knee. Blazek tried to pitch inside to Harper but the fastball was too far in. Harper tried to jump out of the way but the ball still hit him on the top..." June 14
Span CF, Rendon 2B, Escobar 3B, Harper RF, Ramos C, Espinosa 1B, Desmond SS, Taylor LF, Ross P
Doug Fister came out of yesterday's rehab start feeling good. Will throw a bullpen, then should be good to rejoin Nats' rotation.
Span CF, Rendon 2B, Escobar 3B, Harper RF, Ramos C, Espinosa 1B, Desmond SS, Taylor LF, Ross P