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8/28/2014 | Williams reflects on stellar August, eyes strong finish

Nationals beat reporter Bill Ladson recently caught up with manager Matt Williams to talk about the Nationals and the status of Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper.

8/28/2014 | Nationals extend affiliation with Class A Auburn

The Nationals on Thursday announced the signing of a two-year player development contract extension through the 2016 season with the Auburn Doubledays of the short-season Class A New York-Penn League.

8/27/2014 | Sweep at hands of Phillies cools down Nats

The first-place Nationals entered a three-game series with the last-place Phillies having won 12 of their last 13, but after Wednesday night's 8-4 loss at Citizens Bank Park put the finishing touches on Philadelphia's sweep, the Nationals were left scratching their heads.

8/27/2014 | Asdrubal makes smooth transition to NL

Since donning a Nationals uniform, Asdrubal Cabrera has had to make two significant adjustments: playing in the National League and playing second base.

8/27/2014 | LaRoche playing through minor back tightness

Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has been dealing with minor back tightness, an issue he said has caused him discomfort on and off for a few years.

8/27/2014 | Nats, Mariners to clash in Interleague showdown

A rested Felix Hernandez will take the hill on Friday as the Mariners and Nationals begin a three-game Interleague set at Safeco Field. Jordan Zimmermann will be on the mound for Washington.

8/27/2014 | Kendrick aims to lead Phils to sweep of Nationals

On Wednesday, Philadelphia will go for a sweep over first-place Washington, which had previously won nine of 10. Phillies righty Kyle Kendrick looks to overcome his problems in the first inning as he squares off with Nats righty Doug Fister, who is taking the hill almost a week after he announced that he had skin cancer removed from his neck.

8/26/2014 | On wrong side of overturned call, Nats fall in Philly

The three-run deficit the Nationals were facing by the seventh inning seemed more like a 30-run hole with Cole Hamels mowing down Washington hitters. Hamels finally appeared mortal in the seventh, but after Asdrubal Cabrera's game-tying homer off the lefty in the eighth, the Nationals gave it right back and fell to the Phillies by a single run, 4-3, on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

8/26/2014 | Nationals plan to let Roark keep pitching

After Monday night's outing, Tanner Roark moved further past his previous high for innings in a single season. In 2013, the right-hander threw 159 1/3 innings between Triple-A Syracuse and the Major League club, but his six-inning effort Monday night gave him 166 2/3 innings with the Nationals this season.

8/26/2014 | Severino, Rivero among Nats' AFL-bound prospects

The Arizona Fall League announced its preliminary rosters for the 2014 season on Tuesday, and seven players in the Nationals' organization will head west to compete in the six-week league that begins its season on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

8/26/2014 | Souza named International League MVP, top rookie

Before his callup to the big leagues on Aug. 3, outfield prospect Steven Souza Jr. was lighting up the International League with Triple-A Syracuse. On Tuesday, it was announced that his efforts -- which included league leading marks for batting average (.354), on-base percentage (.435) and slugging percentage (.601) -- earned him the league's MVP and Rookie of the Year honors.

8/26/2014 | Phils score go-ahead run after winning challenge

The Phillies won their second challenge of Tuesday's night's 4-3 victory over the Nationals in the eighth inning, which led to the go-ahead run scoring.

8/26/2014 | AFL announces preliminary rosters for 2014 season

The Arizona Fall League announced its preliminary rosters for the 2014 season on Tuesday, and, for the second year in a row, the game's top prospect, Byron Buxton, is among myriad up-and-coming stars heading to the desert for some extra seasoning.

8/26/2014 | Rivero, Skole star in Double-A Harrisburg's win

Left-hander Felipe Rivero threw six scoreless innings and infielder Matt Skole scored or drove in all five runs Monday for Double-A Harrisburg, leading the Senators to a 5-3 victory at New Hampshire.

8/25/2014 | Hamels aims to give Phils rare NL East series win

It's been a while since the Phillies won a series against a National League East opponent. But if they beat the Nationals in Tuesday's game at Citizens Bank Park, they'll secure their first series victory vs. a divisional foe since mid-June. There might not be a better pitcher to take on that task than Cole Hamels. Washington looks to even the series behind Gio Gonzalez.

8/25/2014 | Nats held in check by Burnett, fall to Phillies

On the heels of a homestand that featured nine wins and just one loss, Nationals manager Matt Williams reiterated the age-old notion that success in sports necessitates a short-term memory. A 3-2 series-opening loss to the last-place Phillies on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park is one that the Nats should have no problem forgetting, being that they still hold a comfortable 7 1/2-game lead in the National League East.

8/25/2014 | Astros, Nats set to make Spring Training site proposal

Representatives from the Astros and the Nationals will present a proposed joint Spring Training complex in West Palm Beach, Fla., to the Palm Beach County Tourism Development Council on Sept. 11 and Palm Beach County Commissioners on Sept. 23.

8/25/2014 | Nationals get safe call at second overturned

Vying for an insurance run in a one-run game in the seventh inning, the Phillies' Domonic Brown hit a soft liner in front of Bryce Harper in left field. Brown busted out of the box and tried to stretch the hit into a double. He beat Harper's throw to the bag and was called safe on the field, but after the Nationals challenged, the ruling was overturned.

8/25/2014 | With tight right side feeling better, Asdrubal pinch-hits

Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera had a full workout prior to the Nats-Phillies series opener on Monday as he looks to get past the tightness in the right side of his rib cage that forced him to leave Sunday's contest against the Giants early. Cabrera proved he was OK when he got a chance to pinch-hit in the ninth inning of Monday night's 3-2 loss. He singled on a grounder to right field to put any lingering doubts about the injury to rest.

8/25/2014 | Souza progressing on rehab assignment

Nats outfielder Steven Souza Jr. is three games into his rehab assignment as he recovers from a right shoulder strain that he suffered on Aug. 8 after crashing into the outfield wall while attempting to rob Freddie Freeman of a homer. He has been on the disabled list since Aug. 10, and an MRI showed no structural damage.

8/24/2014 | Cabrera day to day with rib-cage tightness

Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera left Sunday's 14-6 win over the Giants before the eighth inning because of tightness in the right side of his rib cage. He suffered the injury while connecting on a ground ball to shortstop in the bottom of the seventh, and Danny Espinosa replaced him for the final two frames.

8/24/2014 | Harper continues power surge with homer vs. Giants

Bryce Harper launched a two-run homer in the eighth inning of Sunday's 14-6 victory over the Giants, the 21-year-old's fourth home run in his past 17 games. Before that stretch, Harper had three home runs all season.

8/24/2014 | Nationals pile on runs in comeback victory

The Nationals showed Sunday afternoon that they don't have that give-up mentality. They were down by five runs, but scored six in the sixth inning and downed the Giants, 14-6, at Nationals Park.

8/24/2014 | Thornton thriving with Nats by throwing strikes

Nationals reliever Matt Thornton's ability to respond after allowing back-to-back singles leading off the ninth inning Saturday illustrated the 37-year-old's enhanced approach in 2014.

8/24/2014 | Nats face Burnett in quest to extend East lead

The Phillies' A.J. Burnett will face off against Nationals starter Tanner Roark on Monday. The right-hander will look to build on Washington's eight-game lead in the National League East, which marks a season high.

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