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Nationals’ Daniel Murphy gains ground in All-Star Game fan voting

Major League Baseball released an abbreviated update to the All-Star Game voting totals Wednesday, and Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy is closing in on a starting spot for the National League. Murphy, baseball’s second-leading hitter at .349 entering Wednesday, has pulled within 185,000 votes of the Chicago Cubs’ Ben Zobrist for first place at […]
Via Nationals Journal
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg’s next step still unknown

Stephen Strasburg threw a bullpen session Tuesday and said he felt good afterwards, but Nationals Manager Dusty Baker was reluctant Wednesday to declare Strasburg ready to take the next step in his return from an upper back strain that has him on the 15-day disabled list. “I haven’t gotten reports on how he felt today […]
Via Nationals Journal
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon throws simulated game, will continue rehab in minors

Jonathan Papelbon looked the part on the mound Wednesday afternoon. He was in his full crisp white Nationals uniform tossing pitches to major league hitters. But Nationals Park was empty and the hitters were teammates in shorts. It was a simulated game, the next step in his rehabilitation process from a strained right intercostal that put him […]
Via Nationals Journal
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Behind Max Scherzer, Nationals go for the sweep against Mets

BY JEREMY FIALKOW (@JeremyFialkow)Nationals (46-32) vs. Mets (40-36) at Nationals ParkThe Nationals are on the verge of discovering the 'perfect' response to a dismal
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper crushes 16th HR off former Nat Jerry Blevins

Facing an old friend, Bryce Harper crushed his 16th home run of the season Tuesday night versus the New York Mets. Harper crushed a 1-1 pitch from former National Jerry Blevin, sending the ball over the right field fence into the Nationals’ bullpen. The #Nats bullpen approves of Bryce's 16th HR of the season. https://t.co/4puyxFqNE7 pic.twitter.com/4N4dw4WH5d — #VoteNats (@Nationals...
Via KCM Sports
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

DPD: Scherzer Leads a Trio of Aces

It’s not an overwhelming day on this baseball Wednesday, but it’s a pretty solid slate with a trio of aces and an intriguing secondary setup. Check ’em out! Aces in Isolation Danny Salazar (CLE) versus Atlanta’s Joel De La Cruz It’s been an up-and-down June for Salazar, as the Indians have won all four of his starts and he’s posted a 2.42 ERA, but the peripheral numbers...
Via The Sports Post
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals mid-season grades: Infield edition

The first-place Washington Nationals are approaching the mid-point of the 2016 season, so it’s a good time to hand out individual grades. Each day, we’ll look at a different positional group. Yesterday, we graded the outfielders; today, we’ll move to the infield. Ryan Zimmerman: D+ 2016 has not been a banner season for the former franchise-cornerstone. His walks are down, strikeouts...
Via isportsweb.com
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Charlie Fliegel: Where would Ben Revere be most productive? - Nationals Buzz

Ben Revere had a really good day on Monday, going 4-for-5. Maybe it's a sign that he's returning to form. Then again, he didn't get a hit last night. But even if he is getting back to his old self, he still can be a divisive player. That's because he's ... Read More
Via MASN
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Lucas Giolito's debut cut short by rain in Nats' 5-0 win - Nationals Buzz

Given all the hype and hoopla that surrounded tonight's Mets-Nationals game featuring the major league debut of top prospect Lucas Giolito, the first word that comes to mind to sum up the night for the right-hander is bummer. Not because of his performance, far from it. No, it was a ... Read More
Via MASN
1 day ago  |  Discuss

NERD Game Scores: Lucas Giolito World Premiere

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric nobleman Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here. *** Most...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

State of the Nats: All eyes on Giolito, Papelbon fares well in rehab outing

The Nationals are set to pitch top prospect Lucas Giolito in his big league debut on Tuesday. Plus, Jonathan Papelbon is getting closer to a return.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Nationals Right-Hander Lucas Giolito

It’s raining prospects. The prospect gods gave us Brandon Nimmo and A.J. Reed over the weekend, and today we’re treated with another prospect debut: hard-throwing righty Lucas Giolito. The former first-rounder will take the hill for the Nationals in tonight’s game against the New York Mets.  Giolito pitched exclusively at the Double-A level this year, where he posted a 3...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Promote Lucas Giolito

Embed from Getty Images The long awaiting debut of the top RHP prospect in the MLB is over.  The Washington Nationals have promoted Lucas Giolito to make his MLB debut on Tuesday, against the New York Mets.  The Los Angeles Dodgers gave Julio Urias a first look against the Mets - same as the Pittsburgh Priates with Jameson Taillon.Giolito will be replacing Stephen Strasburg...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

#IChallengeMax: Max Scherzer steps to plate for this season's Fan Challenge - Nationals Buzz

Two no-hitters. A 20-strikeout game. Three All-Star Games. A Cy Young Award. OK, now that we've listed a few of his credentials, it's pretty obvious that you probably can't beat Max Scherzer in baseball. But you could beat him at something else. So prove it! The CareFirst Fan Challenge is ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Unlikely Nats Play Hero to End Losing Streak

MILWAUKEE — Tanner Roark pitched seven shutout innings in place of injured ace Stephen Strasburg, and the Washington Nationals ended a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. Jose Lobaton and Clint Robinson homered for Washington. Lobaton hit his first homer of the season in the seventh off Milwaukee reliever Jacob Barnes (0-1). Robinson hit...
Via CBS DC
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals place Stephen Strasburg on 15-day DL

After missing his last start and being scratched from his upcoming one, something was clearly not right with Stephen Strasburg. The Washington Nationals have decided to not take any chances with the ace, placing him on the DL. Stephen Strasburg has been placed on 15-day DL, retro to 6/16, w/ an upper back strain. A corresponding roster move will be announced tmrw. — #VoteNats...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mythbusting Zimmerman’s Bases-Loaded Struggles

In Saturday’s loss against the Brewers, Ryan Zimmerman hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded, which means he didn’t get a hit in yet another high leverage situation this season. Despite flashes here and there, Zimmerman has struggled offensively this season. Those struggles have been exposed in high leverage situations thanks to the new found strategy of intentionally...
Via The Nats Blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg to miss second straight start with bad back

MILWAUKEE — Washington ace Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday at Milwaukee.Manager Dusty Baker says Strasburg felt pain in his back while throwing before Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Brewers. Strasburg also missed his last scheduled start with an upper back strain.Baker says right-hander Tanner Roark will start in Strasburg's place, pitching on regular...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: No need to panic

It has been a rough stretch recently for the Washington Nationals. In the midst of a season-long five game losing streak, the Nats have gone just 4-6 since completing a sweep of the Phillies on June 12. Having felt the heartbreak of collapse before, many Nationals fans are already worried about the team moving forward. However, this is not the time to jump to conclusions, and there...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa, Trea Turner, and the Value of Patience

When the Nationals decided to begin the year with Danny Espinosa as their starting shortstop, with top prospect Trea Turner beginning the year back in Triple-A, it was widely seen as another example of a team manipulating the service time rules in order to extend their controllable years over a valuable player. That narrative was seemingly reinforced when the Nationals stuck with...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper visits Vin Scully in broadcast booth, posts tribute

With Vin Scully retiring at season’s end after a long, storied and unparalleled broadcasting career, Bryce Harper took some time before the Washington Nationals’ series finale showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday to pay a visit to the booth and chat with the legendary broadcaster. Harper, joined by Nationals skipper Dusty Baker, talked baseball with Scully and...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth Foul Ball Lands in Vin Scully’s Booth

WASHINGTON — One of the cool things about going to a baseball game is the possibility of catching a foul ball, or better yet, a home run. Vin Scully, who has been doing Dodgers broadcasts since before they moved to Los Angeles, doesn’t get too excited about that possibility anymore. Instead, he uses the opportunity to make a fan’s day, if he can. Such an opportunity presented...
Via CBS DC
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals, Reddit help kids in Zambia play baseball

The Washington Nationals and a Reddit user teamed up to show kids in Zambia how to play baseball, and brought some joy to their lives in the process. Many pictures posted show the kids showing off their equipment, or just clowning around and having a great time. It was a great display of the sheer happiness that baseball can bring to a group of kids. From Reddit: These kids...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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