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3/26/2015 | Gio grooves on success in start against Mets

Gio Gonzalez fired five shutout innings with as many strikeouts in a stellar spring outing as the Nationals dropped an 8-3 decision to the Mets on Thursday at Space Coast Stadium.


3/26/2015 | Harper misses 2nd straight game with flu bug

Bryce Harper arrived at Space Coast Stadium initially on Thursday afternoon expecting to play against the Mets. After taking some light swings in the batting cages, however, the outfielder did not feel good and the Nationals sent him home.


3/26/2015 | Bryan Harper happy to rub elbows with Nats

Bryan Harper, younger brother of Bryce, was up from the Minor League camp for the day to practice with the Nationals. Bryan was listed as one of the team's emergency pitchers for Thursday's game, although he was just happy to get a chance to spend the day in big league camp.


3/25/2015 | Stewart playing his way into valuable role

If Anthony Rendon is not ready for Opening Day on April 6 against the Mets, Ian Stewart will be considered a candidate to start at third base for the Nationals.


3/25/2015 | Scherzer able to work out of jam in dominant start

Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was dominating in a 1-0 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon. Scherzer pitched six shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out nine. The only time he was in trouble was in the fifth inning. After Yadier Molina singled with one out and Jon Jay followed with a double, Scherzer struck out Kolten Wong and Michael Wacha to end the threat.


3/25/2015 | Nationals equipped to survive early injury test

The Washington Nationals don't have to get it right in April or even May. That's a handy reminder on a week like this one. OK, so maybe the Nationals won't open the 2015 season with the team they'd drawn up on paper. No big deal there. At least, it's no big deal at this point.


3/25/2015 | Scherzer piles up K's before Nationals edged late

Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha and Nationals Opening Day starter Max Scherzer were engaged in a terrific pitchers' duel to start Wednesday's matchup at Roger Dean Stadium, before the Cards broke through in the eighth inning for a 1-0 victory.


3/25/2015 | Knee sprain hurting Rendon's chances for opener

There is a possibility that Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon may not be ready for Opening Day, according to manager Matt Williams.


3/25/2015 | Zimmerman remains driven in 10th season with Nats

Now in his 10th full season with the Nationals, Ryan Zimmerman, 30, said he is still having fun after a decade with the organization. He is one of few links to 2005, the franchise's first year in Washington after relocating from Montreal.


3/24/2015 | Bell's final toll: Longtime closer elects to retire

Heath Bell, a three-time All-Star with the Padres in 2009-11, is bowing out after an 11-season career. The reason, Bell said, was pretty simple. "My kids wanted me home," said Bell, 37.


3/24/2015 | Pipeline Perspectives: Nats' system has had best five-year run

The Nationals' farm system has had a fabulous five-year run, not to mention an impressive display of trading acumen by general manager Mike Rizzo. It already has resulted in two division titles and has helped make the Nationals one of the current favorites to win this year's World Series.


3/23/2015 | 10 MLB players, one fantasy mock draft

Here at MLB.com, we have plenty of fantasy baseball expertise. But no one can dispute that the Major League players whom we analyze have their own level of knowledge. Knowing this, we decided to solicit advice from them about how to build the perfect fantasy team. The result is the first ever -- that we know of -- players-only fantasy mock draft.


3/23/2015 | Nats release reliever Bell among roster moves

After beating the Yankees, 7-6, on Monday afternoon, the Nationals released reliever Heath Bell. According to Bell, the Nationals told him they didn't have a roster spot for him.


3/23/2015 | Prospect Ward gets brief taste of big leagues

Third baseman Drew Ward, the eighth-ranked prospect in the Nationals' organization according to MLB.com, received quite the shock when he was told Sunday that he was leaving the Minor League side for a day to play with the big league team on Monday. Ward went 1-for-2 with an infield single in a 7-6 victory over the Yankees.


3/23/2015 | Escobar notches hit, flashes leather in spring debut

Yunel Escobar played his first game of the spring on Monday, and the second baseman showed that he is over his Grade 1 oblique strain in the Nationals' 7-6 victory over the Yankees.


3/23/2015 | Fister does part on hill, with lumber vs. Yankees

The Nationals scored three runs in the seventh inning off Kyle Davies to edge the Yankees, 7-6, at Space Coast Stadium on Monday afternoon. Doug Fister started the game and pitched into the fifth inning while contributing to a four-run fourth with a two-run single.


3/23/2015 | Scherzer gets Nationals' Opening Day nod

Nationals manager Matt Williams announced on Monday that right-hander Max Scherzer will be the team's Opening Day starter on April 6 against the Mets at Nationals Park. It will be Scherzer's first Opening Day start of his career.


3/22/2015 | Williams doesn't feel Nats need to make deal

With injuries to several key players, is it time for the Nationals to make a trade before Opening Day? Manager Matt Williams believes the answer is no because he expects third baseman Anthony Rendon and second baseman Yunel Escobar to be ready for Opening Day.


3/22/2015 | Dykstra showing hustle, making good impression on Nationals

Nationals infielder/outfielder Cutter Dykstra is in his first big league camp, and he has left a good impression with manager Matt Williams.


3/22/2015 | Tailored approach helps Nats prospect to thrive

Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor continued his productive Spring Training with an impressive two-homer performance against Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander during a 7-7 tie at Joker Marchant Stadium on Sunday afternoon.


3/22/2015 | Nats tag Verlander for 3 homers, 2 by Taylor

Michael Taylor, the Nationals' No. 2 prospect, hit two home runs as part of a three-homer barrage from Washington batters off Justin Verlander, building an early lead until Joey Pankake's ninth-inning homer forged a 7-7 tie with the Tigers on Sunday at Joker Marchant Stadium.


3/22/2015 | Strasburg actively backs SDSU in NCAA tourney

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg gave his alma mater, San Diego State University, a pep talk before it beat St. John's, 76-64, in the NCAA Tournament on Friday.


3/22/2015 | Strasburg successfully tests ankle sprain in 'pen session

Two days after spraining his left ankle, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg said Sunday morning he is feeling better and still trying to get the swelling down.


3/21/2015 | Zimmermann plunked in strong outing vs. Marlins

Jordan Zimmermann was not pleased with the amount of hits he gave up during his fourth Grapefruit League start, but he was even more upset after being hit in the left elbow by a pitch from Henderson Alvarez in the second inning of Nationals 4-2 victory over the Marlins on Saturday.


3/21/2015 | Strasburg to miss start after twisting left ankle

Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from Sunday's start against the Tigers after he twisted his left ankle while conditioning on Friday. Nationals manager Matt Williams said the issue was not serious, but the team will push Strasburg's start back a few days.




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