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Max Scherzer gets the better of Tim Tebow in a Cy Young vs. Heisman showdown

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — When historians chronicle this Washington Nationals season, years or decades or generations hence, they will almost certainly write a chapter about the events of March 27, 2017, when two decorated gladiators clashed in the Nationals’ 6-0 win. First Data Field served as a modern-day Colosseum, half-full for the showdown between […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Two Tommy John surgeries haven’t halted Tim Collins’s improbable career

When the Washington Nationals break camp and head north Thursday night to begin their regular season, Tim Collins will stay behind in West Palm Beach preparing for his own Opening Day, one tentatively scheduled for later this summer. He was among the first round of Nationals reassigned to minor league camp early this month because he […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Scherzer makes Tebow look silly in spring training at-bat

What would it look like if Tim Tebow actually got a shot to play in the majors? Max Scherzer gave us a glimpse of how it might turn out in a spring training game on Monday.Scherzer pitched five innings in the Washington Nationals’ exhibition against the New York Mets, and he got a chance to face Tebow. He put him away on three straight fastballs. Observe: The chances of Tebow ever...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals release Joe Nathan, Matt Albers

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The Washington Nationals released veteran right-handers Joe Nathan and Matt Albers Monday, a move that felt inevitable from the moment the Nationals added Joe Blanton to their bullpen mix. Now, Neal Cotts, Vance Worley, Jeremy Guthrie and Jacob Turner are the only nonroster pitchers left in camp. Nathan’s deal included […]
Via Nationals Journal
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

MASN booth gearing up Natstown with giveaways on opening day - Nationals Buzz

After almost six cold, baseball-less months, opening day is finally here! The Nationals welcome the Marlins to kick off the 2017 season, and MASN is gearing you up for the new season so you're ready to back the Nats! The MASN booth returns to South Capitol Street on opening day, ... Read More
Via MASN
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals announce Joe Nathan and Matt Albers have been unconditionally released...

Veteran relievers Joe Nathan and Matt Albers will have an opportunity to catch on elsewhere after the Nationals unconditionally released both right-handers this morning. Though both veteran right-handers impressed as they battled for roster spots this Spring, Joe Nathan and Matt Albers were granted their unconditional releases this morning.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
9 hours ago

Predicting the Washington Nationals Starting Lineup 2017

Its March and one the best part of the sports calendar is right around the corner. I’m not talking about the Final Four, although that is not to minimize anything that South Carolina, Gonzaga, Oregon and UNC will accomplish next weekend. I’m talking about Sunday afternoons at the ballpark, home runs, strikeouts, and eventually, the World Series. The Washington Nationals return...
Via isportsweb.com
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Closer Remains Secret For Now

Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Stephen Strasburg named Nationals’ Opening Day starter

  Stephen Strasburg will take the mound for the Washington Nationals as the starter on Opening Day Apr. 3 versus the Miami Marlins. It’s his fourth time throwing the first pitch of the season for Washington, a club record since the team moved to D.C. from Montreal in 2005. Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer is dealing with a stress fracture in his ring finger on his pitching hand....
Via KCM Sports
1 day ago

Relive "Nationals Classics": Some baseball to whet your appetite for the regular season - Nationals Buzz

The regular season is so close, you can almost taste the Ben's Chili Bowl half smokes, popcorn and peanuts. It'll be April 3 before you know it. But before the Nationals host the Marlins on South Capitol Street next Monday, there are still a couple of exhibition games left - ... Read More
Via MASN
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Yoenis Cespedes: MLB would grow if they played with Latin culture

Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes has a message for American baseball players and fans.The New York Mets outfielder recorded a video shared by “We are Mitu” on Facebook in which he explained the difference between the Latin and American cultures of baseball. He said that Latin players celebrate because it’s part of the culture and not a sign of disrespect. He also said he thinks...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ian Kinsler hopes kids appreciate US way of baseball over Puerto Rico, Dominican

The United States has reached the final of the World Baseball Classic, which is reason enough for American baseball fans to celebrate. But comments like what Ian Kinsler had to say is rubbing some the wrong way.The New York Times published an article on Wednesday ahead of the WBC championship game between the US and Puerto Rico and talked about the differences between how each country...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer says finger is healed, no longer an issue

The Washington Nationals and their fans can rest easy. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer — who was dealing with a knuckle injury — threw in Grapefruit League action on Wednesday and had no negative effects. Scherzer went 4.2 innings, surrendered five hits, walked one, allowed two earned runs and struck out four.But as is so often the case with pitchers in spring...
Via Sportsnaut
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 Player Preview: Trea Turner

Trea Turner might have been the most exciting story coming out of the 2016 season. Sure, Max Scherzer won a Cy Young award, but he’s expected to be one of the best pitchers in baseball year in and year out. The Nationals did make the playoffs, but by coming up short in the NLDS yet again, it’s not something many fans are celebrating. Turner, though, made a huge impact on the...
Via The Nats Blog
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nats need Daniel Murphy in-form and healthy

World Series requirements for the Washington Nationals, Part III: Daniel Murphy As I stated in a previous article: “Daniel Murphy was spectacular in his first season as a Nat. He hit 47 doubles, 25 home runs, had a .347 BA, a .390 OBP, and an NL-leading slugging percentage of .595. He finished second in the NL MVP voting. Since going off in the 2015 post-season with the New York...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Setting MASNsports.com's guest blogging rotation for 2017 - Nationals Buzz

One of the things that sets MASNsports.com apart from its competition is the myriad of voices on the site. It's one thing to have world-class daily Nationals coverage provided by Mark Zuckerman, Byron Kerr and the rest of the site's staff; but it's another to offer a platform for some ... Read More
Via MASN
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins split squads split games against Nationals, Mets

NATIONALS 10, MARLINS (ss) 4 Working on ways to prevent tipping his pitches, Stephen Strasburg worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out three. Ryan Zimmerman hit his first spring home run in the sixth. Miami starter Adam Conley went 2 2/3 innings was touched for seven runs on five hits and three walks. MARLINS (ss) 7, METS 5 Marlins starter...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Eaton’s Defensive Numbers Keep Getting Even Crazier

In 2017, I am probably more interested in Adam Eaton than I am any other player in baseball. As the centerpiece of a controversial blockbuster, coming off a monster season where a lot of his value was tied a huge swing in his defensive value, Eaton was always going to be a fascinating experiment for paying a perceived premium price for outfield defense. But it gets even more interesting...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Would Bryce Harper shave beard, keep hair trimmed to join Yankees?

The possibility of Bryce Harper joining the New York Yankees has long titillated a lot of baseball fans, or at least piqued the interest of many. The Washington Nationals slugger, for what it's worth, has never shied away from the fact he grew up a Yankees fan.And while it seems trivial, almost absurd, recent developments in the Yankees organization beg one curious question: Would...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Noah Syndergaard has no problem with bat flipping by opponents

Spring training has already been underway for a couple of weeks, which means soon enough we will be in prime “bat flipping hot take” season. You won’t hear any such talk from New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard however. He also told the New York Post that he’d even respect someone who flipped a bat in his face if such an act were to occur.“Just sheer enjoyment and excitement...
Via The Comeback
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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