Roark on erratic first inning: "Couldn't locate, it's as simple as that" - Byron Kerr

The Nationals hoped a return to their home field would jumpstart a weary bunch after a tough nine-game road trip ended Tuesday in Baltimore. On the mound was right-hander Tanner Roark, who had worked at least seven innings in 11 of his previous 16 starts. But Roark was not his ... Read More
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Trea Turner ties franchise mark with hits in consecutive plate appearances

Trea Turner may be a rookie, but there is no stopping him right now.The 23-year-old tied a Nationals/Expos franchise record on Wednesday night by landing
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Why Nationals Relievers Hold Up Three Fingers

The next time Dusty Baker makes a call to the Nationals’ bullpen, look for the relievers to hold up three fingers in unison. Perhaps you’ve already noticed this and dismissed it as another quirky bullpen ritual. That’s partly correct. The inspiration for it comes from bullpen coach Dan Firova, who lost his right pinkie finger to a wood shop accident in high school. Nats reliever...
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Harper holds Ledecky's medals as she throws 1st-pitch strike

Katie Ledecky handed her medals -- one by one by one -- to Bryce Harper so she could comfortably fire a strike to home plate at Nationals Park.
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A.J. Cole slated to start Saturday for the Nationals, but that could change

On Tuesday night, Nationals top prospect Lucas Giolito threw a perfect first inning for Class AAA Syracuse in Pawtucket, R.I. He needed just 13 pitches to record the three outs. Two of them came via strikeouts. It was an impressive start, and it was the entirety of the outing. Giolito didn’t come back out to […]
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10 hours ago  |  Discuss

123 minutes you’ll never get back: Nats’ replay review by the numbers

Dusty Baker, Trea Turner and radio broadcasters Dave Jageler and Charlie Slowes were among those who voiced their displeasure with MLB’s replay review system during and after the Nationals’ 8-1 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday. “I’m kind of new this year to replay, but it’s tough to lose three of them,” Baker said after Baltimore benefited […]
Via DC Sports Blog
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Strasburg's Absence Won't Sink Washington

There aren't too many things worse than learning that your staff ace, who has previously had Tommy John surgery, is going on the disabled list with elbow soreness. Unfortunately for the Washington Nationals, that's precisely the scenario in which they found themselves on Monday when Stephen Strasburg was placed on the 15-day DL. It's not a wholly unexpected move. Although Strasburg...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Did two broadcasters just add a bid of spice to the Orioles-Nationals rivalry?

The Orioles-Nationals on-field rivalry has occasionally sizzled, but more often hasn’t elicit as much passion as a typical divisional rivalry. Now a couple of MASN broadcasters are coming to the rescue. First came Bob Carpenter, the Nats TV voice, who appeared on ESPN 980’s “The Sports Reporters” Monday afternoon, not long after Stephen Strasburg was sent […]
Via DC Sports Blog
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Nationals OF Harper designs cap to raise money for charity

BALTIMORE (AP) Bryce Harper's many talents now include hat designer. The Washington Nationals outfielder has created a limited edition baseball cap that will go on sale Wednesday. Proceeds will go to Harper's Heroes - a charity for children battling cancer - as well as the Leukemia & Lymphoma society. ''I'm really hoping these hats sell and shed some light on a good cause...
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Why people just can't get behind the Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals. Ugh. Just the mention of this uninspiring “patriotic” team name drums up feelings of mediocrity, hopelessness and despair; a certain level of inferiority; a knowledge that the team being spoken about is not quite good enough — kind of like an 1100 on an SAT test or a seven on the Wonderlic. Harsh? Hardly. For a team that has consistently tried to...
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Steve Mears: Nats have struggled with situational hitting - Nationals Buzz

Last night, situational hitting once again was a focus by the discerning eye as to why the Nationals offense sputtered. The lack of execution in productive outs, and hitting with runners in scoring position was beyond poor. In fact the RISP hitting finished at 1-for-9 and there were no productive ... Read More
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Stephen Strasburg headed to DL with sore elbow

The Washington Nationals are running away with the NL East, holding an 8.5-game lead over the second place Miami Marlins with just 39 games left to play. But the Nationals rotation took a hit on Monday when the team placed Stephen Strasburg on the DL with a sore right elbow. Major news: Strasburg placed on DL with sore elbow. AJ Cole recalled and will start tonight. — Mark...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Updates on Giolito and Fedde - Byron Kerr

With all the talk of right-hander Reynaldo Lopez's outstanding start at Atlanta last week, many might have wondered what's going on with the No. 1 pitching prospect. Remember him? That's right. Right-hander Lucas Giolito. After a couple of losses at Triple-A Syracuse, Giolito has had two tremendous starts in a ... Read More
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Werth’s Streak in Review

Jayson Werth’s record-setting on-base streak came to an end over the weekend. He set the Nationals’ team record, surpassing Ryan Zimmerman, and tied the franchise record of 46 games, set by Expo Rusty Staub. After Werth’s slow start to the year, the streak served as a reminder of the impact Werth can still have on this team. Over the course of the streak, Werth hit .264/...
Via The Nats Blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats bring Zimmerman, Lobaton off DL; option Cole, Severino

ATLANTA (AP) The Washington Nationals have reinstated first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and catcher Jose Lobaton from the 15-day disabled list. Zimmerman is starting in Saturday night's game against the Atlanta Braves. Right-hander A.J. Cole and catcher Pedro Severino were optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. Zimmerman has been out since Aug. 1 with a bruised left wrist. Lobaton has been...
Via Associated Press
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MLB clears Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Howard of PED allegations from Al Jazeera Documentary

Major League Baseball announced today that it has completed its investigation into allegations made by news outlet Al Jazeera in the documentary, “The Dark Side,” which claimed that Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard used performance enhancing drugs, finding neither player guilty of any violation. The league’s official statement...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
5 days ago

MLB clears Zimmerman, Howard in PED investigation

Major League Baseball completed its investigation into the allegations made against Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman and Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard by an Al-Jazeera documentary, and has found neither player guilty of any wrongdoing. The league said in a statement released Friday that both players fully cooperated with the investigation, and the league found no evidence that they...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals who’ve played in at least 2 All Star Games

Since their inception in 1969, the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals franchise has featured a number of great players. 20 of them have appeared in multiple All Star Games, 15 in an Expos uniform. How many of these 20 All Stars can you name? Clue: Number of All-Star Games/Position/Years with team in which feat was accomplished
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Nationals Trust Gio?

As every Nationals fan knows, some days the team gets Good Gio and some days it’s Bad Gio on the mound. In Gonzalez’s 23 starts coming into Tuesday’s game, he’s actually allowed three or fewer runs 15 times. That’s not to say he hasn’t had a couple of clunkers, though, as he’s had three starts of allowing over five runs. Those big blow ups have resulted in a disappointing...
Via The Nats Blog
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon says Cubs haven’t discussed Jonathan Papelbon

Jonathan Papelbon is expected to choose his new team among a reported several interested parties as soon as Wednesday. According to Joe Maddon, the Chicago Cubs won’t be among the potential suitors. The Cubs experienced some bullpen breakdowns over the weekend, but Maddon says he hasn’t been contacted about bringing in Papelbon, who was recently released by the Washington...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox have discussed bringing back Papelbon

Jonathan Papelbon is expected to make a decision by Wednesday on where he wants to play next, and there have been some rumblings that he could return to the Boston Red Sox. John Farrell isn’t exactly denying those reports. In an appearance on MLB Network Radio, the Red Sox skipper admitted the team has had discussions about bringing Papelbon back. Farrell on Jonathan Papelbon...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Papelbon played pro-Donald Trump song in clubhouse

We already knew that Jonathan Papelbon was an opinionated and outspoken ballplayer not unlike his former Boston Red Sox teammate Curt Schilling. What we didn’t realize was that his attitude spilled over to sharing his tastes with his teammates and the press. According to a story from The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg, Papelbon would play a pro-Donald Trump song while reporters...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

DPD: Let’s Keep Talking About Max Scherzer

We were bound to be up against it a bit on a short slate like this one — just 10 games dot the Monday schedule — but all we’ve got for you is one single, solitary ace in isolation. Check ’em—or rather, him —out! Aces in Isolation Max Scherzer (WAS) versus Colorado’s Jorge De La Rosa Scherzer was up to his old tricks in a 3-1 loss to the Indians last time out. And...
Via The Sports Post
9 days ago  |  Discuss

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