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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:23:26 EDTMax Scherzer's good health may not guarantee the Nationals their fourth postseason appearance in six seasons, but it's a step in the right direction.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:48:48 EDTAfter weeks of uncertainty marked by the possibility of a stint on the disabled list, an experiment with a three-finger fastball grip and slow signs of progress, Max Scherzer finally took the mound for his Grapefruit League debut in the National's 6-1 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:07:13 EDTMax Scherzer finished 4 2/3 innings in his Grapefruit League debut, but Cardinals infielder Greg Garcia stole the spotlight to help St. Louis to a 6-1 victory over Washington at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday.
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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:46:00 EDTMichael Taylor's absence from Nationals camp could be an extended one. He has been away from the team since being scratched suddenly from Saturday's lineup to tend to a family matter, and the Nationals have told him to take all the time he needs.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:55:34 EDTTanner Roark got Team USA off to a strong start against Japan on Tuesday in the World Baseball Classic semifinals.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:48:43 EDTIn the only matchup of the spring between the two National League East rivals, the Nationals defeated the Braves, 3-1, Tuesday afternoon at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Ryan Zimmerman and Emmanuel Burriss led the way with two hits and a run apiece.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:54:42 EDTEach of right-hander Koda Glover's last five Grapefruit League appearances have come in the ninth inning. The ninth innings of spring games normally mean very little, as most teams have removed the majority of their starters and the at-bats normally belong to players called up from Minor League camp for the day.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:06:45 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.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:23:51 EDTRoark's quick reflexes help USA to WBC '17 final
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:39:56 EDTOne of the biggest issues for Gio Gonzalez during his rough 2016 season was his trouble once runners got on base -- and especially once they reached scoring position. The left-hander gave up a .706 OPS to opposing hitters with the bases empty, but that rose to .764 with men on base and leaped to .913 with runners in scoring position. Once he got into trouble, he was usually unable to get out of it.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:06:52 EDTGear up for Spring Training with updated authentic caps, jerseys, socks and more, and wear what your favorite Nationals are wearing.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:46:15 EDTThe Nationals have some crucial decisions to make to fill out the final spots in their bullpen as Spring Training winds down during the next two weeks, including whether they will keep a long reliever in the bullpen. They received a look at a few of their potential options in Monday afternoon's 9-3 loss to the Yankees.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:08:39 EDTThe Nationals have a decision to make soon with veteran right-hander Joe Nathan as they approach the date of the opt-out clause in his contract, which is reportedly Friday.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:06:59 EDTFrom baseball's brightest stars to the next great fantasy steal lurking on the Nationals' depth chart, everything you need to know is one click away.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:28:34 EDTThe Nationals sold out the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches for the first time in its short history, as 7,675 fans were in attendance for Monday afternoon's matchup with the Yankees. Brett Gardner drove in a pair with a two-run single in the second and Matt Holliday launched a two-run home run as New York came away with a 9-3 victory.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:51:15 EDTNationals manager Dusty Baker and pitching coach Mike Maddux received phone calls from Team USA manager Jim Leyland and pitching coach Jeff Jones, to help ease their concerns about Daniel Murphy and Tanner Roark's lack of playing time in the World Baseball Classic.
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:40:55 EDTEven as Ryan Zimmerman got off to a slow start during Grapefruit League play, Nationals manager Dusty Baker had no concerns. As long as Zimmerman was healthy, Baker said, he would wait to judge Zimmerman until it became later in the spring.
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:19:22 EDTAfter a rocky first inning, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg settled into a comfortable groove, retiring 11 of the last 12 he faced on Sunday afternoon. Ryan Zimmerman belted a two-run homer, and had three hits and a walk as Washington defeated the Marlins, 10-4, at Roger Dean Stadium.
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:14:41 EDTThe Nationals will be without one of their hottest hitters this spring for a few days, with outfielder Michael Taylor away from the team to deal with a family issue.
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:13:16 EDTThe Nationals are incorporating three new players to the middle of their defense this season, with Matt Wieters taking over at catcher, Trea Turner transitioning as the full-time shortstop and Adam Eaton coming in as the starting center fielder.
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 18:49:00 EDTAlejandro Garcia singled home a run in the ninth inning to catapult the Astros to a 5-4 victory over the Nationals on Saturday at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. It was the first run of the spring surrendered by Koda Glover, the Nats' dynamic young reliever who had not allowed a run in his first six innings while striking out 10.
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 13:27:23 EDTThe Nats made a pair of late changes from their original starting lineup prior to Saturday's game against the Astros, scratching outfielders Jayson Werth because of a sore knee and Michael Taylor, who had replaced Werth in the lineup but is dealing with a family issue.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:21:11 EDTThis projection of the 25-man roster will look different than it did before the start of camp. Washington still has a few unknowns in the bench and bullpen, but here is how the Nats' roster likely will look when the team breaks camp.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:21:34 EDTWhile watching Erick Fedde in the bullpen for the first time this spring, what struck Nationals manager Dusty Baker the most was how frequently he threw strikes.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:43:47 EDTThe Nationals made two more cuts Friday morning, optioning right-hander Austin Adams and outfielder Rafael Bautista to Triple-A Syracuse.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:36:45 EDTMarcell Ozuna's three-run homer in the second inning boosted the Marlins to a five-run advantage, but the Nationals rallied back with four runs in the seventh inning and pulled even on Isaac Ballou's RBI double. The game ended in a 5-5 tie on Friday at Roger Dean Stadium.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:10:32 EDTMax Scherzer returned to using his normal two-finger fastball grip to complete his Minor League start on Thursday afternoon, a significant step forward in his progress from the stress fracture in his right ring finger.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:33:41 EDTBryce Harper hit his Major League-leading sixth spring home run, and the Nationals carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of a 3-1 win Thursday over the Mets at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:50:51 EDTJohn Lannan was throwing for a scout, as a favor, while working out in Tampa last year when he had the conversation that could change the course of his career.
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:18:18 EDTThe Nationals released catcher Derek Norris on Wednesday morning, bringing an end to his second stint with the Nats just three months after the club traded for him. The end had been imminent for Norris for weeks, however, since the team signed free-agent catcher Matt Wieters on Feb.24.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:16:49 EDTThe Washington Nationals believed they were getting a promising young hitter when they signed Dominican outfielder Juan Soto for $1.5 million, a franchise-record bonus for a Latin American teenager at that time, at the outset of the 2015-16 international period. However, not even they expected Soto to make an immediate impact like he did in his professional debut last season.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:17:15 EDTAs part of MLBPipeline.com's visit to all 30 Spring Training facilities, we'll be sitting down with prospects and getting to know them a little better. At Nationals camp, it was No. 4 prospect Carter Kieboom.
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:08:05 EDTJon Kemmer belted a three-run homer and Brian McCann added a solo blast to lead the Astros to an 8-2 win over the Nationals on Wednesday at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:49:08 EDTTake a glance at Adam Eaton's Instagram page and one thing that stands out -- aside from his adorable son, Brayden -- is that it's filled with pictures of cars.
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:06:26 EDTWith each start this spring, Stephen Strasburg said he will continue to grow more comfortable as he learns to pitch entirely from the stretch. He made a slight adjustment in Monday's 3-3, 10-inning tie against the Tigers, after he believed he was tipping his pitches when he was hit hard in his last outing against the Cards.
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:06:20 EDTTwo of the top pitchers in baseball matched up Monday afternoon at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, as the Tigers' Justin Verlander dueled with the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg in a 3-3 tie in 10 innings.
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:18:18 EDTThis is what Nationals manager Dusty Baker calls his toughest decisions of the year, having to making cuts from his Spring Training roster. The Nats made their second round of cuts Monday morning, sending 10 players to Minor League camp and trimming their roster to 50.
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:54:00 EDTAdam Eaton and Bryce Harper homered as the Nationals beat the Astros, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:43:07 EDTNationals ace Max Scherzer, who has been slowed this spring by a stress fracture in his right ring finger, took another step forward on Sunday when he pitched two innings in a simulated game on a back field at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 13:58:42 EDTIt's still a little too early in Spring Training to say he has solidified a spot on the 25-man roster, and manager Dusty Baker won't commit to it yet, but Michael Taylor is making a strong case to be the Nationals' fourth outfielder when the club breaks camp at the end of this month.
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:50:48 EDTIf he can stay healthy, Joe Ross could be a valuable back-of-the-rotation starter for the Nationals this season. The 23-year-old right-hander showed that Sunday in the Nationals' 5-4 walk-off Grapefruit League win over the Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 16:03:23 EDTHarper homer winds up with Nats fan grandma
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:46:42 EDTErick Fedde's first Major League Spring Training camp has gone about as well as he or anyone in the Nationals' organization could have hoped.
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:27:55 EDTStarting pitching ruled Saturday at Port St. Lucie, Fla., with Steven Matz and Erick Fedde each allowing no earned runs over three innings in a 6-0 Nationals win over the Mets at First Data Field.
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 10:46:12 EDTMike Rizzo dreamed of a long, successful career in the Major Leagues, but after a three-year stint in the Minors, it wasn't meant to be. The next best thing? A long, successful career as a Major League executive, one he achieved after years of grinding his way through the scouting ranks on his way to his current job of general manager and president of baseball operations for the Washington Nationals.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:07:01 EDTNationals manager Dusty Baker is confident that Gio Gonzalez has a 20-win season still left in him, and Gonzalez is bent on not letting down his manager.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:33:38 EDTJoe Blanton's debut with the Nationals on Friday was short and sweet, and that pleased manager Dusty Baker.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:32:59 EDTMike Leake tossed four strong innings and was backed by his teammates' bats Friday as the Cardinals defeated the Nationals 7-1 at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:44:22 EDTThe Nationals re-assigned five players, all pitchers, to their Minor League camp prior to Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.