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5/22/2015 | Werth: Nats benefiting from relaxed Harper

Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper has been carrying the Nationals for more than a month with his big bat, and teammate Jayson Werth called Harper's fast start "awesome."


5/22/2015 | Max takes over after Bryce's HR as Nats edge Phils

Nationals starter Max Scherzer was brilliant on the mound yet again, and it was his leadoff single in the sixth and run scored from first base on Ian Desmond's double that decided Washington's 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Friday night at Nationals Park.


5/22/2015 | Yunel appreciated as Rendon progresses

Anthony Rendon's rehabilitation from a strained left oblique progressed Friday, when he increased his defensive pregame work and hit live pitching for the first time.


5/22/2015 | Roark to make spot start in series at Wrigley

With Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list, Nationals manager Matt Williams has decided to put right-hander Tanner Roark in Fister's spot in the rotation either Monday or Tuesday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.


5/22/2015 | Janssen activated as Nats place Solis on DL

The Nationals activated right-hander Casey Janssen from the 15-day disabled list and placed left-hander Sammy Solis on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder inflammation on Friday.


5/22/2015 | After slow start, Nats should own division

Order has been restored in the National League East. The Washington Nationals are back in gear and back in first place.


5/20/2015 | Not thrown by early blip, Zimmermann cruises

Jordan Zimmermann's Wednesday night outing against the Yankees did not start as he hoped it would. Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran, the first two batters he faced, both hit safely and scored. After that, however, Zimmermann was brilliant.


5/20/2015 | Harper too good, valuable to feud with umps

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper must stay on the field. It's that simple. He let an umpire get under his skin for the second time in eight days on Wednesday night and got himself ejected. This can't happen.


5/20/2015 | Nationals rolling into 3rd meeting vs. rival Phillies

The National League East foes will meet for the third time this season and the second time in the nation's capital. The Phillies took two of three in both teams' second series of the season, but the Nationals responded by taking three of four in mid-April.


5/20/2015 | Nats alone in 1st place after edging Yanks late

Denard Span's single broke a tie in the seventh inning and helped the Nationals edge the Yankees, 3-2, at Nationals Park on Wednesday night.


5/20/2015 | Harper, Williams baffled after being ejected

The Nationals took an unconventional route to first place this season and, especially, on Wednesday night. Bryce Harper, arguably "the best player on the planet" right now as his manager, Matt Williams, put it, was ejected after a relatively quick exchange that involved a borderline pitch, a show of frustration and some second-guessing from the dugout. Williams also was tossed from the game.


5/20/2015 | Rendon back in DC for workouts, evaluations

Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was working out at Nationals Park on Wednesday afternoon. Rendon was seen taking fielding drills at second base, playing catch with bullpen catcher Matt LeCroy and taking some light swings in the cage. Rendon also did a lot of strengthening work, but he is not yet close to joining the big league team.


5/20/2015 | Yankees, Nationals vie for edge in all-time series

Adam Warren and Jordan Zimmermann face off in Wednesday's finale of the two-game series in Washington. The Nationals won Tuesday night's game, 8-6 in 10 innings, tying the all-time series at 5-5. The winner of Wednesday's game will hold the advantage until June 9, when the teams resume their four-game Interleague season series in New York.


5/20/2015 | Zimmerman: 'Sometimes you feel lucky'

Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper has been getting most of the publicity lately, but Ryan Zimmerman is the face of the franchise because of what he does on and off the field since 2005.


5/20/2015 | Steady climb gives Nats share of 1st place

For the first time this season, the Nationals have at least a share of first place in the National League East.


5/20/2015 | Bullpen sets stage for 10th-inning heroics

Gio Gonzalez induced nine straight ground-ball outs to begin his Tuesday night but struggled mightily to record his next six outs. He exited after the fifth inning with a four-run deficit, leaving plenty of work for the Nationals' bullpen. They were up to the task, though.


5/20/2015 | Zimmerman's 10th walk-off homer an elite feat

Ryan Zimmerman capped off the Nationals' comeback in their 10-inning 8-6 win against the Yankees on Tuesday with yet another walk-off home run, the 10th game-ending homer of his career. His late-game heroics put him in some elite company.


5/19/2015 | Nats win rally battle in 10th on Zimmerman's HR

The Yankees and Nationals found themselves in a slugfest on Tuesday night, and it was Ryan Zimmerman's home run in the 10th inning that won it for the Nats, 8-6, at Nationals Park. It was Zimmerman's 10th walk-off home run of his career.


5/19/2015 | ASG debate: Stanton or Harper in outfield?

Giancarlo Stanton was baseball's (and all of American professional sports') first $325 million man. Bryce Harper, for all we know, could be the next. Which outfielder is more deserving of an All-Star Game vote?


5/19/2015 | Shreve gets best of old friend Harper with K

Yankees left-hander Chasen Shreve said that he has known Nationals star Bryce Harper going back to their high school years, when Harper was already smearing on eye black and wowing scouts, then earning national attention as he landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 16.


5/19/2015 | Rehabbing Janssen nearing return to Nationals

Nationals right-hander Casey Janssen, who is on the disabled list because of rotator cuff tendinitis, will have two more appearances with Double-A Harrisburg before he returns to the big leagues. His next appearance will be Wednesday, and he'll pitch again Saturday.


5/19/2015 | Auction winner joins Nationals' grounds crew

Lawrence Fung won the big prize, so now he gets to do the chores. Tuesday, Fung, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, served as an honorary member of the Nationals' grounds crew, his prize for winning an auction at Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings.


5/19/2015 | Difo singles in first MLB at-bat; Werth to DL

The Nationals on Tuesday called up infielder Wilmer Difo from Double-A Harrisburg and placed outfielder Jayson Werth on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday. Difo came into a tie game with the Yankees during the seventh inning and singled in his first Major League at-bat.


5/19/2015 | Harper vs. Trout could join ranks of great debates

Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were highly touted phenoms inextricably tied in our daily dialogue when they were promoted to the big leagues on the same day three years ago last month. Trout's astounding ascendance since had pushed Harper to the background. But Harper has reignited the conversation with his 2015 production.


5/19/2015 | Source: MRI shows no break in Werth's wrist

It's still not known if Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth will go on the disabled list. However, a baseball source said Werth had an MRI on Monday and it confirmed that there was no fracture or ligament damage in his left wrist.




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