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For hot Nats, Max's return 'icing on the cake'

Scherzer goes four innings of one-run ball in first start off IL
@JakeCrouseMLB
12:34 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH -- It was an odd sight. Max Scherzer entered the dugout after recording a 1-2-3 fourth inning, but he didn’t reappear to start the fifth, nor was he spotted arguing hard in favor of staying in. It’s a new reality right now for Scherzer, who returned from the injured

Five NL East players with something to prove

@mlbbowman
August 22, 2019

Each of the four National League East teams still in the thick of the postseason race are hopeful to benefit from this year’s version of Chris Taylor or Corey Knebel. After exiting last August hitting .243 and a .745 OPS, Taylor proceeded to hit .345 with a 1.019 OPS over

Each club's best Players' Weekend nickname

@williamfleitch
12:00 AM EDT

It’s Players' Weekend! And for many, the true fun of this annual event is in the names on the back of the uniforms. Baseball player culture has often discouraged (arguably to the game’s detriment) players from showing their true personalities, so this weekend gives them that opportunity. It lets you

Corbin cruises with arm, bat in stellar outing

@JakeCrouseMLB
August 21, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- Thursday has been the date circled in red for many Nationals fans, as they await the return of ace Max Scherzer. But the rest of Washington's rotation has flexed its collective muscle in the first three contests of a four-game series against the Pirates. That stretch of dominance

Rendon reaches 100-RBI mark for 2nd time

@JakeCrouseMLB
August 21, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- For the second time in his seven-year career, Anthony Rendon has reached the 100-RBI mark for the Nationals. Rendon reached the century mark with a two-run single in the third inning of Wednesday’s 11-1 win over the Pirates at PNC Park. It was part of a six-run rally

2019 Draft pick continues to deal

August 22, 2019

Here’s a look at the top performances of the past week by Nationals prospects in the Minor Leagues:

Here are Nats' Players' Weekend nicknames 

@JamalCollier
August 18, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Players’ Weekend is an opportunity for Major Leaguers to put some of their own personality and flair into their uniforms, with nicknames on the back of their jerseys that often carry a special or sometimes hilarious meaning. Players’ Weekend is back for the third straight year from Friday

Strickland 'knocked out by a bar' in gym mishap

Scherzer expected to start Thursday's series finale
@JakeCrouseMLB
August 21, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- When the barbell dropped and struck his face Tuesday, it took Hunter Strickland a minute to gain clarity on what just happened. “I had no idea. I mean, I didn’t know what happened,” Strickland said Wednesday. “Obviously, it hit me pretty good, so it kind of dazed me

Players' Weekend 2019: What you need to know

@castrovince
August 22, 2019

Players’ Weekend -- a time when charisma, color and creativity are celebrated with looser uniform rules -- returns this weekend across MLB. Here’s everything you need to know about the festivities in a handy FAQ format.

15 players who will decide playoff berths

@RichardJustice
August 21, 2019

Reputations can be made -- and unmade -- over these next six weeks. Madison Bumgarner was at his dominating best -- 8-3, 2.29 ERA in 13 starts -- at the end of 2014 as the Giants captured the National League’s second Wild Card berth, and then a World Series title,

Bullpen unravels Strasburg's first-rate outing

@JakeCrouseMLB
August 21, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- Rarely in baseball do plans go the way they’re drawn up. The Nationals learned that hard truth again Tuesday, as the Pirates rallied in the eighth to come from behind and beat Washington, 4-1, at PNC Park. “This game is weird,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. • Box

Make it 62 runs in 5 games for Nationals

@JakeCrouseMLB
August 20, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- The Nationals are without their ace and their closer right now, but a historic stretch of offense can cure all woes. The Nats’ batting order drove Pirates starter Trevor Williams from Monday night’s game at PNC Park in just two innings with a barrage of home runs, and

Closer role is Doolittle's despite recent setbacks

@JakeCrouseMLB
August 19, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- Washington manager Dave Martinez has stuck with his belief that Sean Doolittle will be the Nationals’ closer as long as he is available at this point in the season. Even with Doolittle on the injured list, Martinez has doubled down on his thinking, saying the bearded left-hander has

The Nats' 2020 Spring Training schedule is here

@JakeCrouseMLB
August 19, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- Before the chill of autumn arrives, the Nationals and their fans can already begin to look ahead to the warm action of Spring Training. Major League Baseball released the 2020 Spring Training schedules for all 30 clubs on Monday. The main date to remember is Feb. 22, when

Nats tie club record with home run barrage

Washington hits 8 homers; Soto, Dozier club 2 apiece
@JamalCollier
August 18, 2019

WASHINGTON -- How did the Nationals respond following their marathon 14-inning loss to the Brewers from the previous night? By matching a club record with eight home runs against the Brewers on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park, an offensive onslaught that carried Washington to a 16-8 victory in the series

Knee tendinitis forces Doolittle to injured list

@JamalCollier
August 18, 2019

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals are giving closer Sean Doolittle a breather in the midst of his roughest stretch of the season, putting him on the 10-day injured list with right knee tendinitis on Sunday morning. The move comes one night after one of the worst outings of Doolittle’s career, when

Scherzer 'probable for Thursday' in return from IL

@JamalCollier
August 18, 2019

WASHINGTON -- The word “ornery” has been used more than once by his manager to describe Max Scherzer over the past few weeks, as Scherzer works his way back from the back and shoulder injuries that have bothered him for most of the last month and a half. “It’s probably

Power Rankings: Biggest jump? Biggest drop?

@alysonfooter
August 18, 2019

Strength of schedule isn't necessarily a deciding factor to determine who is going to win two tightly contested divisions, but, with no more than 40 games remaining in the regular season, it's at least worth examining who has the easier route from now until the end of September. In the

Which jersey number will each team retire next?

@williamfleitch
August 18, 2019

There is something special, something immortal, about having your number retired. No matter what happens with your team, or the rest of your life really, no one will ever wear the number on their back that you did. It’s an almost indescribable honor. So, today, we take a look at

Nats come back 4 times in 14-inning defeat

@JamalCollier
August 18, 2019

WASHINGTON -- The wildest and wackiest game of the season for the Nationals ended with starting pitcher Joe Ross at the plate. He was pinch-hitting in the 14th inning, after Saturday night’s game between the Nationals and Brewers had continued into Sunday morning, after both teams had used up their

Longest home runs for every MLB team

Statcast measures farthest blast since 2015 for all 30 clubs
August 10, 2019

Ever since Babe Ruth launched Major League Baseball into the live-ball era with his awe-inspiring home runs, wowed fans have been asking: "How far did that ball go?" Teams had their own methods for estimating home run distance for nearly a century. But now, the launch of Statcast™ has given

We're in a golden age of young hitters

@AndrewSimonMLB
August 18, 2019

“Let the kids play.” It’s an apt baseball slogan for 2019. The kids are playing, and in particular, they are hitting. There are rookies who have taken Major League Baseball by storm, such as the Mets’ Pete Alonso, the Astros’ Yordan Alvarez and the Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. There are