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4/19/2015 | Espinosa's sliding grab shows his glove versatility

Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa may be having difficulty hitting with consistency, but he is having no trouble with the glove, and he proved it once again Sunday during a 4-1 victory over the Phillies.


4/19/2015 | Changeup command fuels Strasburg's dominant outing

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was the antithesis on Sunday of what he was his last time out against the Red Sox. He was solid for 7 1/3 innings, allowed one run on five hits and struck out seven in a 4-1 victory over the Phillies.


4/19/2015 | Strasburg strong-arms Phillies for his first win

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg was solid across 7 1/3 innings for his first win of the season, leading the Nationals past the Phillies, 4-1, at Nationals Park on Sunday afternoon. Freddy Galvis' RBI single in the eighth inning accounted for the Phillies' lone run and led to Strasburg's exit after 95 pitches.


4/19/2015 | Escobar targeting Tuesday return from groin strain

It looks like Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar will not need to go on the disabled list. He had an MRI on his left groin recently and the results were encouraging. He tweaked the groin, according to manager Matt Williams.


4/19/2015 | Span motors home from first in DL return; Taylor optioned

The Nationals reinstated outfielder Denard Span from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday and optioned fellow outfielder Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move.


4/18/2015 | Umpire hit by pitch, leaves Phillies-Nats game in ninth

Home plate umpire Brian Knight had to leave the game between the Phillies and Nationals in the ninth after he was hit in the head by a pitched ball thrown by Nationals right-hander Blake Treinen.


4/18/2015 | Zimmermann calls 4-walk start 'unacceptable'

On Saturday, Jordan Zimmermann pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits, struck out three batters and walked four, which is unusually high for the right-hander. The last time Zimmermann walked four in a game prior to Saturday was Aug. 2, 2013, against the Brewers. Two of the four walks he allowed against the Phillies scored.


4/18/2015 | Desmond vows to fix issues on defense

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond had a game he would like to forget on defense. He made a crucial error and mishandled a throw by second baseman Dan Uggla in the third inning of a 5-3 loss to the Phillies on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park.


4/18/2015 | Strasburg seeks return to form against Phils

The Phillies and Nationals close out their four-game set Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET with a matchup of two pitchers looking to pick up their first victory of the season.


4/18/2015 | Speed of Revere helps bring end to Phillies' skid

Ben Revere scored the go-ahead run on a fielder's choice by Grady Sizemore as the Phillies defeated the Nationals, 5-3, at Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon.


4/18/2015 | DL decision on Escobar depends on MRI

According to Nationals manager Matt Williams, third baseman Yunel Escobar will have an MRI on his left groin, which he strained against the Phillies on Friday night. The Nats will then decide if Escobar needs to be placed on the disabled list.


4/18/2015 | Espinosa rediscovering left-handed stroke

Danny Espinosa's days as a switch-hitter appeared to be over, but in the regular season, so far, he has been a hot hitter from the left side, including Friday's solo homer in a 7-2 win over the Phillies.


4/17/2015 | Dominant Scherzer finally gets first win with Nats

Max Scherzer may not have had his best fastball on Friday, but he did just fine without it, tossing eight dominant innings to earn his first win of the season, 7-2 over the Phillies.


4/17/2015 | Escobar leaves Friday's win with strained groin

Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar left Friday's game against the Phillies with a strained groin after running out a grounder in the fourth inning.


4/17/2015 | Zimmermann looks to bounce back facing the Phillies

Jordan Zimmermann will attempt to rebound from a rare poor start when he leads the Nationals against the Phillies on Saturday. The Phillies counter with Aaron Harang.


4/17/2015 | Harper, Espinosa power Scherzer to first win

Max Scherzer earned his first win of the season, and got support from home runs by Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa in Washington's 7-2 victory over the Phillies on Friday.


4/17/2015 | Stammen taking positive approach to injury

Craig Stammen did not turn self-pity when he found out he suffered a flexor tear in his right arm. Instead, the Nationals reliever accepted the challenge of facing the possibility of season-ending surgery.


4/16/2015 | Scherzer seeking initial Nats 'W' in start vs. Phils

The Nationals and Phillies will meet for the fifth time in this young season on Friday in the second game of a four-game weekend series between the National League East rivals. Max Scherzer starts for the Nationals, taking a 0.66 ERA -- and a losing record (0-1) -- into the outing after two starts this season. Phillies starter Sean O'Sullivan is looking for his first Major League win in four years.


4/16/2015 | Stammen needs surgery to repair flexor tear

The Nationals' bullpen took a significant blow Thursday when an MRI revealed right-hander Craig Stammen has a torn flexor tendon and will have surgery that could end his season.


4/16/2015 | Nats recall southpaw Rivero, option righty Jordan to Triple-A

The Nationals on Thursday recalled left-hander Felipe Rivero from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned right-hander Taylor Jordan to Syracuse.


4/15/2015 | Grinding Desmond embodies Nats as whole

Sometimes, the worst of times brings out the best in people. Just to be clear, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond would rather not be this kind of example. On the other hand, he's showing everyone in professional sports -- and perhaps beyond -- how to handle a few bad days.


4/15/2015 | Martin impresses Nats with dominant debut

The Nationals may have found their setup man in Rafael Martin. The right-hander made his Major League debut at Fenway Park in Wednesday's 10-5 victory over the Red Sox and dominated, pitching two shutout innings and striking out five batters.


4/15/2015 | Nats' offense finds form in final two games at Fenway

The Nationals are showing signs of life on offense. In the last two games, they have scored 17 runs and are 9-for-22 with runners in scoring position.


4/15/2015 | Nationals team up to deliver Beantown rout

After a tough first eight games to their season, capped by two ugly losses in Boston, the Nationals regrouped nicely on Wednesday with a 10-5 victory over the Red Sox in the finale of a three-game series at Fenway Park.


4/15/2015 | Nats join MLB in celebrating legacy of Jackie

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson signing his first professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers' organization in 1945, which was the first step toward his eventual breaking of the color barrier on April 15, 1947.




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