4/23/2014 | Nats put in extra work to get better in field
The Nationals took infield practice Wednesday afternoon. The practice was supposed to be for the reserves, but regulars such as Ian Desmond, Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa were also getting in their reps. They asked manager Matt Williams to be part of the action, and Williams obliged.
4/23/2014 | Clippard not pleased, but not concerned by start
After allowing four unearned runs to the Angels in a 4-2 loss on Monday night, Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard indicated that he may be tipping his pitches. But manager Matt Williams believes Clippard has a problem with his location.
4/23/2014 | Zimmermann tasked with taking on visiting Friars
The Padres will send left-hander Eric Stults to the mound in the opening game of the four-game series on Thursday night against Washington. Stults is coming off a one-run, six-inning outing in his last start against the Giants. The Nationals will counter with Jordan Zimmermann, who's looking to throw his third consecutive quality start.
4/23/2014 | Nats have yet to hit stride, but Williams confident
The Washington Nationals should be significantly better than their overall early-season performance has indicated. Perhaps they could even be as good as they were in the ninth inning Wednesday night.
4/23/2014 | Werth, LaRoche rally Nats for walk-off win vs. Halos
It looked like the Nationals were going to lose their third straight game, but big hits by Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche helped them walk off with a 5-4 win over the Angels on Wednesday night at Nationals Park.
4/22/2014 | Williams issues unsuccessful challenge vs. Angels
Nationals manager Matt Williams tried to take advantage of replay in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Angels but was unable to get the call reversed.
4/22/2014 | Williams: We'll see how bullpen roles play out
While Nationals reliever Drew Storen went through a rough patch last season, Tyler Clippard was the steady hand in the back of the bullpen, setting up closer Rafael Soriano. So far in 2014, their fortunes have been reversed.
4/22/2014 | Fister on track for rehab start on Sunday
Doug Fister took another step in his recovery from a right lat strain on Tuesday, throwing his second simulated game in extended spring training in Viera, Fla. The three-inning, 44-pitch outing went well, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams, and the right-hander is expected to return to Washington on Thursday before making a Minor League rehab start on Sunday.
4/22/2014 | Nats team up with EPA, Coca-Cola for Earth Day
The Nationals teamed up with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Coca-Cola to celebrate Earth Day at Nationals Park on Tuesday, when they hosted the Angels.
4/22/2014 | Weaver looks to help Halos complete sweep of Nats
Bryce Harper and Mike Trout got their first regular-season meeting out of the way on Monday, and Albert Pujols joined the 500-home run club on Tuesday. Wednesday's series finale between the Angels and Nationals is all about pitching.
4/22/2014 | Jordan on wrong end of history in Nats' loss to Halos
Taylor Jordan was a part of history on Tuesday night at Nationals Park, as Albert Pujols collected his 500th career home run and helped the Angels roll past the Nationals, 7-2.
4/22/2014 | Barrett recalled, back in Nationals' bullpen
The Nationals reshuffled their bullpen again on Tuesday, recalling rookie right-hander Aaron Barrett from Triple-A Syracuse and optioning lefty Xavier Cedeno. Tuesday was the first day Barrett was eligible to return to the big leagues after he was optioned to Syracuse on April 12.
4/21/2014 | Special occasion when Trout, Harper intersect
Mike Trout and Bryce Harper may be inextricably linked, now and for some time to come, as phenoms of the same generation. But they are distinctly different people.
4/21/2014 | Harper not interested in Trout comparisons
The comparisons between the Angels' Mike Trout and the Nationals' Bryce Harper come naturally. A lot of people make them, but Harper isn't one of them.
4/21/2014 | Williams: Pujols one of best hitters of generation
Nationals Park could see some history made over the next few nights with the Angels and Albert Pujols in town for a three-game series starting on Monday night. Pujols entered the series with 498 career home runs, two shy of the 500 milestone.
4/21/2014 | Count Pujols among Harper's admirers
The first time Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper met Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was at the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim. Pujols signed a bat for Harper during that time.
4/21/2014 | Eckstein has fond memories of time with Nats
Angels player information coach Rick Eckstein said he doesn't have any bitterness toward the Nationals, who relieved him of his duties as hitting coach last July and replaced him with Rick Schu. Why? He said the Nationals gave him the chance to be with a team that went from a last place to a National League East winner in 2012.
4/21/2014 | Young arms to feature again in second game in DC
Monday hero Raul Ibanez figures to start in left field on Tuesday, in the second of a three-game series that will see Angels 22-year-old lefty Tyler Skaggs match up against Nationals 25-year-old righty Taylor Jordan.
4/20/2014 | Trout, Harper face off for first time Monday in DC
The 2012 Rookies of the Year will oppose each other for the first time of their blossoming careers Monday when Mike Trout's Angels visit Bryce Harper's Nationals to open a three-game series at Nationals Park.
4/20/2014 | Nats edge Cards in ninth on Span's walk-off sac fly
Denard Span's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Nationals over the Cardinals, 3-2, at Nationals Park on Sunday afternoon. The clubs split the four-game series.
4/20/2014 | Harper in lineup day after being pulled out of game
Just as Nationals manager Matt Williams said after Saturday's game, left fielder Bryce Harper was right back in the team's lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Harper was batting second a day after getting pulled to start the seventh inning for not hustling to first base on a ground ball back to the mound.
4/20/2014 | Storen picking up where he left off last season
When Drew Storen returned from a midseason demotion to Triple-A last year, he was a much different pitcher. And in 2014, that change has held. The Nationals right-hander entered Sunday with eight relief appearances. He'd thrown seven innings, holding the opposition to one run on two hits, with no walks, nine strikeouts and an .091 batting average.
4/20/2014 | Hairston progressing, but sets no timetable on return
Nationals outfielder Scott Hairston, who is on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, has been taking swings in the batting cage and hopes to progress to a Minor League rehab assignment soon.
4/19/2014 | Power arms from '09 Draft set to showcase arsenals
Twenty-eight pitchers were taken in the first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, beginning with highly touted starter Stephen Strasburg. Eighteen picks after Washington chose Strasburg, the Cardinals plucked a high schooler from Texas by the name of Shelby Miller. Those two power right-handers will face each other for the first time in their careers on Sunday at Nationals Park.
4/19/2014 | Defensive lapse sinks Nats, Zimmermann
The Nationals' defense has become a weakness. Entering Saturday's action, the team led the Major Leagues in errors with 19. The Cardinals took advantage of Washington's latest defensive lapse and Bryce Harper's absence late in the game on Saturday afternoon in a 4-3 victory over the Nats in front of sellout crowd of 41,084 at Nationals Park.
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