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Nats take finale, move closer to home field

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:35:44 EDT

The Nationals' lineup Thursday was once again missing many of its usual stars, with Wilson Ramos out for the season and Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper nursing injuries. But that didn't stop Dusty Baker's squad, which rode big games from several replacements to a 5-3 win over the D-backs at Nationals Park.

Gear up for postseason with Nats merchandise

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:25:20 EDT

The Nationals are back in the postseason as the NL East champs. Show your Natitude with official October gear from the Nationals Shop.

Severino shows maturity as backup backstop

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:02:45 EDT

Pedro Severino's performance in Thursday's 5-3 Nats win over the D-backs -- in which he walked, hit a home run and earned praise for his game-calling -- showed he may be ready for increased responsibility.

#AwardWorthy: Vote for your Nationals

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 15:08:07 EDT

Daniel 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.

Ross hoping to help 'any way I can' in NLDS

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:10:49 EDT

Right-hander Joe Ross made in his third start since coming off the disabled list on Sept. 18. This time he threw 90 pitches in four innings in a 5-3 victory over the D-backs on Thursday at Nationals Park and left the game with a no-decision.

Ramos staying 'positive' after knee injury

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:47:09 EDT

Wilson Ramos said his spirits are good even though he will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ACL in his right knee. He is looking for the swelling in the knee to go down so he can have surgery.

Murphy unlikely to play until postseason

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:18:28 EDT

Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy is unlikely to play again during the regular season, aside from maybe a pinch-hit opportunity, manager Dusty Baker said Thursday.

Nats open series trying to lock up 2nd seed

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:00:16 EDT

The Marlins enter their weekend series at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday at Washington with heavy hearts, as they continue to grieve the death of Jose Fernandez, while the Nationals aim to lock up the second seed in the National League for the postseason.

Nationals' Top 30 Prospects list

Wed, 7 Sep 2016 18:12:19 EDT

Who do the Nationals have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Washington's Top 30 Prospects on's Prospect Watch.

Nats' home-field chase delayed by rainy loss to D-backs

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:03:17 EDT

During an interview on a Washington radio station earlier in the day, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo called left-hander Gio Gonzalez the team's most capable No. 3 starter in the postseason. But in what was likely his final start of what has been an uneven regular season, Gonzalez needed 100 pitches to complete 3 2/3 innings as the D-backs cruised to a 3-0 victory in a 5 1/3-inning, rain-shortened game at Nationals Park on Wednesday night.

Baker: Gio also was pitching for Fernandez

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:17:32 EDT

On Thursday, Gio Gonzalez will be in Florida to attend the funeral of his friend Jose Fernandez. On Wednesday night, Gonzalez had to pitch for the Nationals against the D-backs, with the Marlins pitcher, who died in a boating accident early Sunday morning, weighing heavily on his mind.

3 reasons why Nats can win it all in October

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:04:53 EDT

The Nationals have been one of the most consistent teams in baseball all year, right behind the Cubs with the second best record in the National League for most of the season, as they won their third NL East title in the past five years.

With Ramos out, can Nats win World Series?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:41:59 EDT

For the right visual in a World Series clincher, a team needs its shutdown reliever and stud catcher jumping on each other before being buried by a pile of teammates. That's the way it works. But for the Nationals, this won't be able to happen the way they intended. Not after Wilson Ramos tore the ACL in his right knee on Monday.

Nats ride Rendon's HR, Max's 10 K's past D-backs

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:01:03 EDT

Anthony Rendon launched a three-run homer to help guide the Nationals to a 4-2 win over the D-backs at Nationals Park on Tuesday. His homer helped back a strong effort from Max Scherzer, who struck out 10 in six innings.

Cy Max? Scherzer sets Nats' strikeout record

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:43:40 EDT

On Tuesday night, Max Scherzer struck out his Major League-leading 277th batter, breaking the record he had set the year prior for most strikeouts in a single season in Nationals (2005-present) history.

Ramos finished for season with torn ACL

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:22:02 EDT

Wilson Ramos, who had made his first All-Star team as part of a career year ahead of his impending free agency, tore the ACL in his right knee, the Nationals announced Tuesday, ending his season.

Strasburg unlikely to pitch in NLDS

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:09:00 EDT

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said it would be unlikely for Stephen Strasburg to be ready to pitch in the National League Division Series.

Scherzer, Dusty can't connect on high-five

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:47:07 EDT

Scherzer, Dusty can't connect on high-five

Cole appeals suspension for throwing behind Kang

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:35:35 EDT

A.J. Cole has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing a pitch at the head of Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang on Sunday, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.

Nats stung by homers in loss to D-backs

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:20:40 EDT

Yasmany Tomas homered and drove in five runs and Jean Segura hit two of the D-backs' five home runs in a 14-4 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday night at Nationals Park.

Harper out 'a few days' with injured left thumb

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:51:05 EDT

Bryce Harper's X-rays came back negative on his left thumb, a bit of encouraging news for a Nationals' team suddenly dealing with a few injuries to key players.

5 days that set the course for the Nationals

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:00:00 EDT

The Nationals were in turmoil by the end of the 2015 season. In came Dusty Baker, who guided the Nats to their third National League East title. The veteran skipper hopes to take them further than the NL Division Series. With that in mind, here are five key dates that changed the season for Washington.

Nats acquire Gushue from Bucs for Bostick

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:40:02 EDT

The Nationals acquired catcher Taylor Gushue and cash from the Pirates on Monday in exchange for infielder Chris Bostick, who was designated for assignment when the team reinstated Joe Ross from the 60-day DL last week.

Nats, Fernandez's final opponent, mourn ace

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:14:20 EDT

Jose 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.

Nats rally past Pirates with 5-run eighth

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:28:58 EDT

There 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.

Tempers flare in Pittsburgh after deke, near-HBP

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:12:51 EDT

A 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.

Nats jump on Bucs, wait out Mets, clinch NL East

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:53:04 EDT

What 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.

Baker: Lopez could make postseason roster

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:02:31 EDT

Nationals 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, on the postseason roster.

After tough '15, Nats rejoice in Step 1 of ultimate goal

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:50:12 EDT

Max 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.

Nats have choices before meeting Dodgers

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:22:44 EDT

The 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.

Harper celebrated clinching in a Ledecky swim cap

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:16:27 EDT

Harper celebrated clinching in a Ledecky swim cap

Vote: Turner up for Best Rookie Award

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:47:45 EDT

Voting is underway through Nov. 11 at 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.

Blown save aside, Melancon has warm Pittsburgh return

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:27:52 EDT

Mark 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.