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5/27/2016 | Scherzer looks on bright side after odd outing

In one of his most perplexing starts this season, Max Scherzer issued four walks, one with the bases loaded, and allowed a grand slam by the third inning of Friday's 6-2 loss to the Cardinals. Then he proceeded to settle down and retire 14 consecutive batters to complete seven innings.


5/27/2016 | Gio looks to extend Cards' troubles vs. lefties

When Gio Gonzalez takes the mound for the Nationals on Saturday, opposing Cardinals hitters figure to have their hands full. Not only has Gonzalez been one of the Nationals League's best pitchers in 2016, he's also a tough lefty facing a lineup that consistently struggles to hit southpaws.


5/27/2016 | Jordan undergoes 2nd Tommy John surgery

Nationals right-hander Taylor Jordan underwent Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews on Thursday.


5/27/2016 | Cards ride grand slam over Scherzer, Nats

Max Scherzer's one bad inning proved costly on Friday night as the Cardinals defeated the Nationals, 6-2, at Nationals Park. The Nationals are now in a first-place tie with the Mets.


5/27/2016 | Gio rides high with a little help from his friends

Whenever Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez talks to the media after a quality start, it's like attending an award show. First, he credits the catcher behind the plate, then the solid defense behind him and the bullpen that preserved his victory. Even pitching coach Mike Maddux and manager Dusty Baker get honorable mentions.


5/27/2016 | Phillies' pair among top prospect performers Thursday

A look at the best performances from top prospects on Thursday.


5/26/2016 | Baker earns 1,700th victory in vintage style

The Nationals' 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Thursday night was the 1,700th victory in Dusty Baker's managerial career. When he thought about the round number, he considered that it meant he had been around for a long time. Although, he added, there were the past two years when he could not find a job. "So, in my mind, I'm really around 1,850," Baker said with a laugh.


5/26/2016 | Surging Scherzer provides challenge for Cards

It took some time, but Max Scherzer seems to have found his groove in 2016. The Nationals ace -- who takes the mound against Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals on Friday after Washington claimed the four-game series opener -- has allowed six runs in 23 1/3 innings over his last three starts, while fanning 38.


5/26/2016 | Nats' blasts deal Cards, Leake tough loss

Danny Espinosa's solo home run, which followed Bryce Harper's monster tying blast an inning earlier, lifted the Nationals over the Cardinals, 2-1, at Nationals Park in Thursday night's four-game series opener.


5/26/2016 | Harper busts homer slump with monster shot

Call it the Big Bang Theory. Everybody knew Bryce Harper's home run drought wouldn't last much longer, and it ended with quite a bang during Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Cardinals.


5/26/2016 | Murphy making extra effort to erase errors

Nationals manager Dusty Baker called Daniel Murphy, who signed a three-year, $37.5 million contract, the acquisition of the offseason. Entering Thursday's action, he led the Major Leagues with 24 multi-hit games in 46 games this season. He also paced MLB in batting average (.394) and hits (69) while ranking second in OPS (1.043). "Murphy's been more than I think anybody dreamed that he would be," Baker said.


5/26/2016 | Werth: Everything is lining up for Nationals

Outfielder Jayson Werth has been an integral part of the Nationals since 2011. During that period, the team has won two National League East titles and expects to be in the pennant race for a fifth time. But Werth wants more. He wants to win a World Series title before his contract expires after the 2017 season. MLB.com caught up with Werth to talk about the first quarter of the 2016 season.


5/26/2016 | Homers ruled the day among top prospects Wednesday

Wednesday's slate of Minor League action saw four Top 30 prospects connect on a pair of home runs on a day where the ball seemed to be flying out of the yard across all levels.


5/25/2016 | Giolito responds to adversity, throws seven strong innings

Giolito was on his game in Harrisburg's 2-1 walk-off win over Portland, whose lineup featured Red Sox No. 3 prospect Andrew Benintendi.


5/25/2016 | Even-steven: Mets, Nats expect long battle

The Mets rode a dominant outing from left-hander Steven Matz to a 2-0 victory Wednesday afternoon to take two out of three games from the Nationals at Nationals Park. They leave Washington a half-game behind the Nats for first place in the National League East and with a measure of revenge after Washington came to New York last week and won two out of three games at Citi Field.


5/25/2016 | Masterful Matz leads Mets' shutout of Nats

Steven Matz and Tanner Roark found themselves in a pitchers' duel on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park, but it was Matz who came out on top, helping the Mets blank the Nationals, 2-0. New York, which took two out of three games in the series, is a half-game behind Washington in the National League East.


5/25/2016 | Slumping Harper takes mental break in finale

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's 2-0 loss to the Mets at Nationals Park before grounding out as a pinch-hitter to end the eighth. Manager Dusty Baker saw it as a mental day off.


5/25/2016 | Cards, Nats to open four-game set in nation's capital

The Cardinals and Nationals start a four-game set in Washington on Thursday, with Mike Leake and Joe Ross squaring off in the opener.


5/25/2016 | Rare power: Revere hits 5th career home run

Whenever Nationals outfielder Ben Revere takes batting practice, he always talks about hitting the long ball, which doesn't please manager Dusty Baker. The way the skipper sees it, Revere doesn't get paid to hit home runs. As Baker puts it, Revere is the igniter who jump-starts the offense by getting on base.


5/25/2016 | Sizzling run for Stras dates back to last year

As Stephen Strasburg walked off the mound in the seventh inning Tuesday night, the crowd of 33,096 at Nationals Park, which included a strong and vocal contingent of Mets fans, let out a loud roar while giving him a standing ovation. For all the ups and downs throughout Strasburg's career, perhaps this recent stretch has established him among the best pitchers in baseball.


5/24/2016 | Nats blast 5 HRs as Stras improves to 8-0

It was a rematch between two power pitchers: Stephen Strasburg vs. Matt Harvey. But just like last week against the Mets, it went the Nationals' way as Washington won, 7-4, at Nationals Park on Tuesday night. The Nationals, who hit a season-high five home runs, increased their lead over the Mets in the National League East to 1 1/2 games.


5/24/2016 | Roark vs. Matz has potential to be marquee matchup

At first glance, the probables listed for Wednesday afternoon's season finale -- right-hander Tanner Roark for Washington vs. Mets left-hander Steven Matz - don't appear to have that same glitter, the same sparkle, the same appeal. Which could have more to do with perception than reality.


5/24/2016 | Belisle (calf strain) begins rehab assignment

Nationals reliever Matt Belisle began his Minor League rehab assignment with a scoreless inning for Class A Advanced Potomac on Monday.


5/24/2016 | Kelley quietly dominating in relief for Nats

Who has been baseball's best reliever over the past year? You might think Wade Davis or Aroldis Chapman or Craig Kimbrel. You might not think about Shawn Kelley, who has overcome multiple arm injuries to become a dominating force for Washington.


5/24/2016 | Harper adjusting to seeing fewer strikes

About 40 minutes after Monday's 7-1 loss to the Mets, Bryce Harper walked into the Nationals' clubhouse still wearing his full uniform, with his batting gloves on and carrying his bat. Had he gone straight to hit in the batting cage after he went 0-for-4?




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