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Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:28:58 EDTThere was a lot of pushing and shoving behind home plate in the third inning of the Nationals and Pirates' series finale Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. Plenty of give-and-take on the scoreboard, too. The Pirates pushed, but the Nats pushed back with a five-run eighth inning, pulling out a 10-7 win in the back-and-forth, four-hour affair.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:48:52 EDTIn the top of the third inning against Pirates right-hander Tyler Glasnow, Bryce Harper hit a triple down the right-field line. As he headed toward third base, Harper thought the Pirates were going to make a play on him. As it turned out, third baseman Jung Ho Kang's fake tag deked Harper. Pittsburgh never came close to making a play, and Harper hurt the thumb sliding awkwardly into the bag.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:25:20 EDTThe Nationals are back in the postseason as the NL East champs. Show your Natitude with official October gear from the Nationals Shop.
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 15:08:07 EDTDaniel Murphy, Trea Turner and Max Scherzer are vying for baseball's top honors in the 2016 Esurance MLB Awards. Vote now to help your Nats win big.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:14:20 EDTJose Fernandez's final game was against the Nationals last Tuesday, and he was dominating, pitching eight shutout innings and striking out 12 in a 1-0 victory at Marlins Park. Fernandez, who passed away Sunday morning in a boating accident, left a positive impression on the Nationals.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:12:51 EDTA feud between the Pirates and Nationals turned into a benches-clearing incident in the third inning Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. The ejection of Nats right-hander A.J. Cole for throwing behind Kang with two outs in the bottom of the third, touched off the fracas.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:28:48 EDTThe Nationals return home for the first time as 2016 National League East champions when they open a four-game series against the D-backs in Washington on Monday.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:53:04 EDTWhat felt inevitable all spring and summer became official Saturday night. For the third time in five years, the Nationals are National League East champions. The Nats officially clinched the division title and punched their postseason ticket with a 6-1 win over the Pirates and the Mets' 10-8 loss to the Phillies in New York.
Wed, 7 Sep 2016 18:12:19 EDTWho do the Nationals have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Washington's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:02:31 EDTNationals right-hander Reynaldo Lopez was outstanding during Saturday's 6-1 victory over the Pirates. He replaced Joe Ross in the third inning and pitched 5 1/3 innings without allowing a run and struck out six batters. Nationals manager Dusty Baker was so impressed that he said he hasn't ruled out putting Lopez, the third-best prospect in the Nationals' farm system according to MLB.com, on the postseason roster.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:50:12 EDTMax Scherzer left last season with a bitter taste in his mouth. After a season with World Series expectations ended in disappointment and not even a postseason berth, every member of the Nationals felt the same. That feeling fueled these 2016 Nationals, who led the National League East for all but four days this season. And on Saturday night, they clinched the division championship for the third time in the last five seasons.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:14:06 EDTThe Nationals won their third National League East title by a comfortable margin. They now head into the postseason, where they'll open against the Dodgers, who clinched the NL West Sunday, in the NL Division Series.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:16:27 EDTHarper celebrated clinching in a Ledecky swim cap
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:47:45 EDTVoting is underway through Nov. 11 at MLB.com/awards to help decide who wins Best Rookie regardless of league affiliation, and all five of your candidates are currently playing key roles in pennant races: Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer, Indians center fielder Tyler Naquin, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Nationals center fielder Trea Turner.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:27:52 EDTMark Melancon admitted it was a little strange to be sitting in the visitors' dugout at PNC Park, wearing his red Nationals hoodie, for the first time since he was traded from the Pirates in July.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:45:15 EDTIs Trea Turner eligible for the NL Rookie of the Year Award? Beat reporter Bill Ladson answers this question and others in the latest Inbox.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:26:34 EDTNationals manager Dusty Baker said an MRI revealed Daniel Murphy has a strain in his left buttocks. Murphy, who had missed four consecutive games entering Friday, has been shut down for the next few days.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:24:57 EDTAbout an hour after the Mets put the Nats' division-clinching party on hold in New York, the Pirates kept Washington from officially punching its ticket to the postseason. The Bucs cracked Mark Melancon, their former closer, then little-used September callup Jacob Stallings slapped a pinch-hit, walk-off single to left field in the 11th inning to cap a 6-5 comeback win over the Nats on Friday night.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:00:51 EDTSometime during the postseason, the Nationals will likely face a slugging left-handed hitter in a key late-inning situation. When this happens, manager Dusty Baker will have to make a vital decision: Which left-handed reliever to call on?
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:44:13 EDTThe Nationals have offered catcher Wilson Ramos a contract extension, a baseball source told MLB.com on Thursday. However, the source said that the offer was made "during the beginning of the season" and that the parties have not spoken in some time. The club did not confirm the report.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:51:52 EDTWashington's offense broke out in Wednesday night's 8-3 victory over the Marlins at Marlins Park, including a three-run homer from Ryan Zimmerman and a solo blast from Trea Turner, to back a strong start from right-hander Max Scherzer, who won No. 18.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:35:47 EDTRyan Zimmerman thought he had homered in the second inning Wednesday night, driving the ball a Statcast™-projected 406 feet from home plate with 106-mph exit velocity, but it was caught at the wall in center field by Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. It was a microcosm of a nightmare year for Zimmerman, who rarely shows emotion on the field but yelled in frustration nearing second base as the ball was caught. And he could let out a sigh of relief when he made up for it in the fourth.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EDTSome get it done with pure heat. Some dazzle with cartoonish curveballs. Some are so dialed in with command that they'd seemingly be able to paint the corners of the strike zone while blindfolded.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:05:59 EDTNationals center fielder Trea Turner showed off in front of family members Wednesday night, hitting a blistering home run in an 8-3 victory over the Marlins.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:50 EDTBabe Ruth once said of hitting, "All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it."
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:44:51 EDTAlthough he may not receive the national recognition, Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark has spent this breakout season in 2016 proving he belongs on par with pitchers such as the Marlins' Jose Fernandez.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:42:25 EDTNationals manager Dusty Baker often calls right-hander Tanner Roark his workhorse, and Tuesday was no different in a 1-0 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:36:02 EDTNationals manager Dusty Baker denied an SI.com report that outfielder Bryce Harper is currently dealing with a sore right shoulder. The skipper said that Harper was not playing a shallow right field in recent games due to throwing issues.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 01:27:38 EDTAfter playing each other 13 times during the first seven weeks of the season, the Marlins and Nationals were meeting for the first time since May. Washington is now closing in on the National League East crown, while Miami's recent struggles have them hanging on to the fringes of the NL Wild Card race.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:40:16 EDTWith two key members in the middle of their order not in the starting lineup, the Nationals were already at a disadvantage for Monday night's series opener at Marlins Park. Daniel Murphy was out of the lineup due to left leg soreness, while Bryce Harper was kept out for a "mental day" after his most recent struggles at the plate.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:05:08 EDTVoting is underway through Nov. 11 at MLB.com/awards to help decide the annual Esurance MLB Awards, recognizing 20 suspenseful categories and starting right now with Best Major Leaguer, Best Hitter, Best Pitcher and Best Rookie.
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 18:55:00 EDTSecond baseman Daniel Murphy put himself in the Nationals' record books in Saturday afternoon's 7-3 loss to the Braves at Turner Field. His double in the third inning tied Denard Span for the most hits in a season with 184.
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:00:00 EDTAdonis Garcia went 3-for -4 with three RBIs to help the Braves defeat the Nationals, 6-2, on Sunday at Turner Field. Washington's magic number to clinch the National League East remained at six as the second-place Mets edged the Twins, 3-2.
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 19:05:00 EDTNick Markakis drove in two runs and helped the Braves defeat the Nationals, 7-3, at Turner Field on Saturday afternoon. Washington's magic number to clinch the National League East crown remains at six games.
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 13:35:00 EDTNationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is showing signs that his arm is feeling better. He was playing catch with the team's trainer on flat ground for about five minutes on Saturday.
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 01:05:57 EDTNationals right-hander Max Scherzer couldn't stop gushing about teammate Trea Turner after the team's 7-2 victory over the Braves on Friday night. As Scherzer puts it, "Trea has his fingers all over it again."