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Red hot Nationals have turned their season around, but the best has yet to come

On April 28, the Washington Nationals found themselves in last place in the mediocre National League East division. A team with all the talent in the world, but one that had underperformed and was five games below .500. On that night against the Braves, the Nationals fell behind by eight runs twice in the game before battling back and winning 13-12 to snap a six game losing streak...
Via isportsweb.com
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tanner Roark set to rejoin Nationals rotation

The Washington Nationals appear to be making yet another change to their pitching rotation. Righty Tanner Roark faced live batters today at Nationals Park and appears set to be making his first start of 2015 next Tuesday against the against the upstart Chicago Cubs, as reported by James Wagner of the Washington Post.Roark hasn’t made a pitching appearance in five days and hasn’t...
Via Baseball Essential
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Barrett beats Aaron Harang in pregame staredown (Video)

Washington Nationals pitcher Aaron Barrett beat Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Harang in a pregame staredown prior to Friday night's game in D.C.Barrett and Harang began the standoff after the National Anthem, with Barrett wearing a backwards batting helmet and Harang wearing catcher's gear. Neither one moved from their spot until Max Scherzer threw the first pitch, at which...
Via Holdout Sports
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Harper, Matt Williams have special handshake

Teammates frequently have special handshakes and routines they do with each other, but it’s not too often we see a coach or manager join the mix. But that is the case with Bryce Harper and Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams. Harper hit an opposite field home run in the bottom of the second of Nationals’...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Minor League Team to Wear Lando Calrissian Jerseys

So many teams have held “Star Wars” nights that, let’s be honest…it would be easier to do stories (blog posts?) on teams that aren’t honoring the ironic movie. Then there’s the Potomac Nationals. The “P-Nats” have gone and done the impossible. The single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals have made me, the most jaded of “Star Wars Night” fans to take notice...
Via Hall of Very Good
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Washington Nationals Have a Dangerous Amount of Hershey’s Syrup

Ever wonder what a shipment of 108 bottles of Hershey’s chocolate syrup looks like? If so, you’re in luck, because Washington Nationals clubhouse assistant, Darwin Beacham, tweeted out the following photo of the team’s shipment Thursday morning: I think we are set for awhile! Thanks @HersheysKisses #Nats #HersheysSyrup pic.twitter.com/yuRradz6vj — DB (@SpartyDB) May 21,...
Via Busted Coverage
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Hershey’s supplying Nationals chocolate syrup for celebrations

The Washington Nationals have been putting an interesting — albeit sticky — spin on the custom of assaulting a game hero with some kind of barrage during his postgame interview. Typically, it used to involve dumping a big jug of water or sports drink — or even the good old shaving cream pie — but...Read More The post Hershey’s providing Nationals chocolate syrup for victory...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rendon takes batting practice, grounders as rehab progresses

It's been a lengthy process for Anthony Rendon to work his way back to the Washington Nationals after being mired in injuries that have kept him off the field for the beginning of the 2015 season. However, the third baseman appears to be headed in the right direction after suffering an oblique strain while on a rehab assignment for a torn MCL, both injuries occurring on the left...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper ejected for not getting in the batter’s box

During Wednesday night’s Yankees-Nationals game at Nationals Park, home plate umpire Marvin Hudson ejected both Bryce Harper and Matt Williams because…Harper didn’t get in the batter’s box? What the hell? Check out the video. Harper stepped out of the box after a bad call by Hudson, stepped back in, and stepped out when Hudson started yelling at Williams. Hudson then ejected...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper is really good ... and good for baseball

What were you doing when you were 22 years old? No matter how cool it was, it was not as cool as what Bryce Harper is doing now at 22 years old.  The young star for the Washington Nationals is becoming a household name and, considering the spotlight that was on him from such a young age, it’s remarkable to think that just now is he really coming into his own and taking his...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Werth: Wrist 'about as bad as it could be without being broke'

The good news for the Washington Nationals is that outfield Jayson Werth's wrist isn't broken. However, that doesn't serve as much of a consolation to him. Werth caught up with reporters following the Nationals' 8-6 win on Tuesday and gave an update on his injured wrist, which has sent him to the disabled list. "It's still swollen," Werth said. "It was bad. About as bad as it could...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Williams explains adding Wilmer Difo to Nationals' 25-man roster

Many Nationals fans were scratching their heads at a recent move the team made to call up prospect Wilmer Difo to the 25-man roster in the wake of Jayson Werth being placed on the disabled list. After all, it seemed strange for the Nationals to replace Werth, an outfielder, with an infielder in Difo. Nonetheless, the move fits well with the Nationals' needs, particularly their lack...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Ryan Zimmerman Hits 10th Career Walk-off HR to Push Nats past Yankees

  View image | gettyimages.com Bryce Harper may be the Nationals‘ headliner, but the “Original” Ryan Zimmerman stole the show with his 10th walk-off home run of his career to give the Nationals a 8-6 win over the New York Yankees in the 10th inning. Nearly nine years to the date of his first walk-off homer, coincidentally against the Yankees, Zimmerman stole another...
Via KCM Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth Joins Doug Fister on Washington Nationals 15-day Disabled List

Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals prepares to scoop up a line drive single hit by A.J. Pierzynski #15 of the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Turner Field on April 28, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) The Washington Nationals placed star outfielder Jayson Werth on the team’s 15-day disabled list Tuesday afternoon. The move is retroactive...
Via The Sports Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Replacing Doug Fister in the rotation

Tanner Roark has played a big role in the bullpen, but he may be better suited replacing Fister in the rotation. Doug Fister of the Washington Nationals has been placed on the disabled list after complaints of forearm tightness. The Nationals quickly called up prospect A.J. Cole from Syracuse on Friday, likely to replace Fister in the rotation. Fister, the leading man of the Nationals’...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals place Doug Fister on 15-day Disabled List

The Washington Nationals placed Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list on Friday, throwing into doubt the strength of what was supposed to be Major League Baseball most fearsome starting pitching corps. Fister reported feeling tightness in his right forearm to manager Matt Williams last night after getting rocked for eight hits, seven runs and two homers in just two innings in an...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Rendon to Resume Baseball Activity, Washington Nationals Need his Youth in the Infield

Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals hits a single to center field against Tim Hudson #17 of the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning during Game Two of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Anthony Rendon arrived at the Washington Nationals training complex in Viera, Florida...
Via The Sports Journal
8 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s going on with Stephen Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg has an ERA over 6. We don’t talk about ERA very often. OK, then, Stephen Strasburg has an overall RA over 7. I don’t bring these numbers up because they conclusively demonstrate that Strasburg has a problem. I bring them up because an ERA over 6 is just embarrassing, and a pitcher like […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Washington Nationals OF Michael Taylor Hits First Grand Slam of his Career

Over the last couple weeks if the news coming from a Washington Nationals game involved someone crushing a home run Bryce Harper's name was typically in the conversation. That was not the case in Wednesday's  game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.Harper had been ejected after arguing a call which gave Michael Taylor a shot to get in the game. The youngster certainly made the most...
Via FatManWriting
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg is hurt again

On Tuesday night, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg left his start after just three innings thanks to a shoulder injury. Strasburg appeared to be in some discomfort starting in the first inning, but continued to pitch before leaving early. It is yet another set back for a guy who seems to always be getting injured. Strasburg is set to see a chiropractor on...
Via Rumors and Rants
17 days ago  |  Discuss
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