NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Goodwin's bat stakes Nats to quick advantage (D'backs lead 5-1) - Byron Kerr

One of the many bright spots among the Nationals' September callups has been the play of right fielder Brian Goodwin. Coming into this week, Goodwin is batting .313 with three RBIs. Manager Dusty Baker said early last week how impressed he has been with Goodwin, and the former North Carolina ... Read More
Via MASN
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Nationals don’t expect Bryce Harper’s thumb injury to be serious

A day after leaving Sunday’s win over the Pirates with a left thumb injury, Bryce Harper wasn’t in the Nationals’ lineup Monday night for the series opener against the Diamondbacks. He was scheduled to have X-rays of the thumb taken, but both Manager Dusty Baker and General Manager Mike Rizzo said they didn’t know the results […]
Via Nationals Journal
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Solis returns, will look to get into games before postseason - Byron Kerr

The Nationals announced that left-hander Sammy Solis has been activated from the disabled list. He had been out with left shoulder inflammation since Aug. 16. Solis makes the Nats roster total 39 active players. Catcher Spencer Kieboom is the only player on 40-man that is not currently on the active ... Read More
Via MASN
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Relive Nats Clinchmas through GIFs, videos and photos - Nationals Buzz

The Nationals have returned home as National League East champions! Before the team takes on the Diamondbacks, let's take a look back at Saturday night's party in Pittsburgh. The Nats headed into Saturday's game with the magic number at two. Needing a win and a Mets loss, the Nats jumped ... Read More
Via MASN
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Nats begin final homestand with Roark set to face Diamondbacks

Nats (91-64) vs. Diamondbacks (64-91) at Nationals ParkThe Nationals already have the NL East division locked up and know they will be playing the Los Angeles
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
6 hours ago

Playoff Dossier: The Nationals

The Washington Nationals have won the National League East for the third time in the past five seasons. But the Nats haven't been able to get past the NL Division Series. Will that change in 2016? Not if the Cubs have anything to say about it.
Via Sports On Earth
20 hours ago

NL East champion Nationals carrying out Werth’s vision

PITTSBURGH — Jayson Werth, dripping wet after being drenched by a combination of beer and champagne, stood in the corner of the visitor’s clubhouse late Saturday night and reflected for a moment while his teammates carried on a raucous celebration in the middle of the room “This is what I believed would happen here, but […] The post NL East champion Nationals carrying out...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Nationals rally against Rivero, beat Pirates 10-7

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pinch-hitter Jayson Werth hit a tying two-run homer, Chris Heisey drove in the go-ahead run, and the Washington Nationals scored five runs off former teammate Felipe Rivero in the eighth inning to rally past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-7 on Sunday. Clint Robinson added an RBI single and Pedro Severino drew a bases-loaded walk in the inning. Rivero (1-5) had allowed...
Via Associated Press
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Nats, Pirates get into it after fake tag leads to Harper injury

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates found themselves at odds on Sunday after a fake tag potentially led to a hand injury for Bryce Harper. It started when Harper tripled down the right field line and hurt his left wrist on the slide. The slide wasn’t necessary as the throw badly missed the cutoff men and the baseball wasn’t anywhere near third, but Pirates third...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Nationals follow frustrating 2015 season with NL East title

PITTSBURGH (AP) Dusty Baker couldn't help but smile as he watched his players pour champagne and beer on each other. The Washington Nationals clinched their third National League East title in five years on Saturday night. They beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 and watched on TV in the clubhouse as the New York Mets were eliminated from the division race 20 minutes later with a 10...
Via Associated Press
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Bryce Harper wears Katie Ledecky swim cap during Nats’ celebration

Bryce Harper gave Katie Ledecky the ultimate nod on Saturday when celebrating the Nationals’ division title. Washington beat Pittsburgh 6-1 while the Mets lost to the Phillies, giving the Nats the NL East. The team celebrated by spraying some bubbly and beer around the clubhouse, and nobody had on a better outfit than Harper. The reigning NL MVP was seen wearing a Katie Ledecky...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nats clinch playoff berth, beat Pirates 6-1 behind Lopez

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Washington Nationals clinched a postseason berth and no worse than a tie for the National League East title, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Saturday night behind 5 1/3 scoreless innings from rookie reliever Reynaldo Lopez. Stephen Drew's two-run single capped a three-run first inning for the Nationals, who return to the postseason after a one-year absence...
Via Associated Press
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Daniel Murphy has strained left buttocks, Stephen Strasburg’s playoff status still uncertain

PITTSBURGH — Daniel Murphy, whose left leg injury was not responding to treatment, has a mild strain in his left buttocks, Nationals Manager Dusty Baker said Friday. Murphy underwent an MRI, which revealed the strain, an issue that plagues him most when he is running. Baker said the Nationals are going “to have to shut […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

How much has Trea Turner impacted the Nationals?

When Trea Turner was called up for good on July 10th, the Nationals already had a 97% chance of winning their division. With players like Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos, and a resurgent Anthony Rendon leading the offense, it was not like the team struggled for offensive firepower. However, there were of course weak spots. Turner had started at SS for all but two of his minor league...
Via The Sports Quotient
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Nationals-Pirates series primer: Clinch time?

Within minutes of the Washington Nationals (89-63) beating the Marlins to avoid a three-game sweep and snap a four-game losing streak in Miami Wednesday, Ender Inciarte robbed Yoenis Cespedes of a three-run home run and robbed the Mets of a victory in New York. The combination dwindled Washington’s magic number to clinch the National League […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Zimmerman is Struggling

The Nationals have a problem, they have a black hole at first base. I mean that figuratively of course; the Nationals have gotten the least offensive production out of first base in all of baseball. There may be a hole in the space time continuum at first, though, because Ryan Zimmerman has gone missing this season. Zimmerman’s .213/.269/.365 batting is far from acceptable from...
Via The Nats Blog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals dismiss report about Bryce Harper shoulder injury

Two prominent members of the Washington Nationals on Tuesday dismissed a report discussing the extent of Bryce Harper’s shoulder injury. SI’s Tom Verducci wrote a column Tuesday about the Nats’ playoff hopes, which he said were dampened by Harper’s shoulder concerns. Verducci reported a source told him the neck/shoulder issue was such a problem that Harper could barely throw...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tanner Roark Has Been Washington’s Kyle Hendricks

Stephen Strasburg‘s been in the news lately for playing catch. It’s still unclear whether he’ll pitch again this season. Given that the Nationals are just a few weeks away from postseason baseball, and given that Joe Ross just returned from having missed 10 weeks with a shoulder injury and is currently working on a limited pitch count, it’s not an ideal situation for Washington’s...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

DPD: The Much-Needed Rise of Tanner Roark

We’ve got a nice balanced day planned out for you around this Tuesday MLB slate, as we’ve got a great premium matchup, another that’s right behind it and a Cy Young candidate toiling in isolation as well. Check ’em out! Tanner Roark (WAS) versus José Fernández (MIA) 7:10 p.m. ET In a lot of ways, Roark is like the poor man’s Kyle Hendricks this year. He lags behind...
Via The Sports Post
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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