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7/30/2015 | Storen-Papelbon tandem dominates first test

In Thursday's 1-0 victory over the Marlins, the Nationals saw a glimpse of what could be a powerful 1-2 combination at the back end of their bullpen.


7/30/2015 | Scherzer shrugs off mechanical glitch to prevail

Even without his best stuff, right-hander Max Scherzer was locked in during the Nationals' 1-0 victory over the Marlins on Thursday afternoon.


7/30/2015 | Rest key for Werth following return from DL

Left fielder Jayson Werth was out of the starting lineup -- given a routine day of rest -- as the Nationals closed their series against the Marlins with a 1-0 win on Thursday afternoon. The club is letting Werth take it slow after he missed two months with two small fractures in his left wrist.


7/30/2015 | New Nat Papelbon saves Scherzer's 11th win

All of the Nationals' offense in Thursday's series finale against the Marlins came on one swing of the bat -- a Ryan Zimmerman home run -- and that's all Max Scherzer needed. The All-Star right-hander tossed seven strong innings and allowed just three singles on 109 pitches as Washington downed Miami, 1-0, at Marlins Park to take the three-game series. Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon, acquired in a deal with the Phillies on Tuesday, earned the save in his first outing with Washington.


7/30/2015 | Strasburg likely to need one more rehab start

The Nationals are planning another rehab start next week for right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who struck out five and allowed three runs on four hits over four innings for Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday night.


7/30/2015 | Gio-Harvey duel to open key NL East set

Citi Field will host a big three-game set between the National League East-leading Nationals and the second-place Mets starting on Friday night at 7:10 ET, when New York will tab righty Matt Harvey against Washington's Gio Gonzalez in an MLB Network Showcase featuring Statcast technology. The Nationals enter the set with a three-game lead on the Mets, who lost an 8-7, twice-delayed heartbreaker to the Padres on Thursday.


7/30/2015 | Trade candidate Haren meets Scherzer in Miami

Veteran righty Dan Haren could make his final start with Miami when he takes on Washington's Max Scherzer in Thursday's series-ending matinee at Marlins Park. Haren's a candidate to be dealt before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.


7/30/2015 | Strasburg allows 3 runs in 4 innings in rehab start

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who is on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique, pitched in a rehab game for Triple-A Syracuse in an 8-5 loss to the Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday night.


7/29/2015 | Storen perfect in first outing since losing job

Nationals reliever Drew Storen lost his closer's job after the team's new acquisition, Jonathan Papelbon, arrived Wednesday afternoon. Later that night, getting demoted had no effect on Storen on the field in a 7-2 victory over the Marlins.


7/29/2015 | Harper hits upper deck twice to take NL homer lead

Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper offered his Babe Ruth impression on Wednesday night, hitting two Ruthian clouts in a 7-2 victory over the Marlins. Harper went 3-for-4 with the two homers, which were his National League-leading 28th and 29th of the season.


7/29/2015 | Harper homers twice, lifts Nats over Marlins

Propelled by two towering Bryce Harper home runs for his National League-leading 28th and 29th blasts of the year, the Nationals beat the Marlins, 7-2, on Wednesday night at Marlins Park to even the three-game set.


7/29/2015 | Nationals prospect Turner impresses Werth

During his rehab stint with Triple-A Syracuse recently, Nationals veteran outfielder Jayson Werth was impressed with what he saw from shortstop Trea Turner, the Nats' No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com.


7/29/2015 | Papelbon wants to win, eyes saves record

A day after agreeing to a trade to the Nationals, new Washington closer Jonathan Papelbon said he felt free and is starting a new life with his new team. As he put it, he gave up $2 million to win and be at a place where he is happy.


7/29/2015 | Fish face Fister, aim to avoid Papelbon's Nats debut

Jonathan Papelbon enjoyed much success against the Marlins as a member of the Phillies. After the All-Star closer's trade to fellow National League East rival Washington on Tuesday, Miami could be tested by him again -- perhaps as soon as Wednesday night.


7/28/2015 | Jose stops Nats, improves to 15-0 at home

Not that Jose Fernandez is too shabby on the road, but home certainly has been where the wins are for the Miami ace. The right-hander, despite not being his sharpest, gave up one run with five strikeouts in six innings on Tuesday night in the Marlins' 4-1 win over the Nationals.


7/28/2015 | Nats land All-Star closer Papelbon from Phillies

The Nationals acquired Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon on Tuesday night in exchange for prospect Nick Pivetta, the team announced. The Nats also agreed to terms with Papelbon for next season.


7/28/2015 | Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominees announced

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.


7/28/2015 | Nats get Werth, Zimmerman back from DL

The return of left fielder Jayson Werth and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list on Tuesday didn't ultimately produce enough runs in the Nationals' 4-1 series-opening loss to the Marlins. Still, manager Matt Williams looked at the positives as Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with a double and Werth went 1-for-4.


7/27/2015 | Bullpen help at top of Nats' Deadline wish list

The Nationals are trying to add strength to the bullpen in a big way by showing interest in Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, according to a baseball source.


7/27/2015 | Younger Games: 25-and-unders dominating

Here are our Top 25-and-Unders, our ranking of the top 25 players age 25 and younger. All players who were 25 and under as of July 1, 2015 -- their age-25 season or younger -- were eligible for votes, and the list was selected by a panel of MLB.com and MLB Network analysts, including two former Major League general managers (Dan O'Dowd and Jim Duquette).


7/26/2015 | Stras to start rehab assignment Wednesday

Stephen Strasburg will begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Wednesday as he tries to make his way back from the disabled list for the second time this season. The affiliate for which he will pitch has not been announced.


7/26/2015 | Ross continues to show he belongs on big league stage

Rookie Joe Ross' composure was showcased yet again in a 3-1 series-finale loss to the Pirates on Sunday at PNC Park.


7/26/2015 | Harper, Fernandez set to match wits in opener

Bryce Harper owns a .313 batting average, a .379 on-base percentage and .589 slugging percentage in his career against Miami. But Marlins ace Jose Fernandez will look to continue his personal hold on the Nationals' star.


7/26/2015 | Cole outduels Ross to pick up MLB-best 14th win

All-Star right-hander Gerrit Cole picked up his Major League-leading 14th win of the season, as the Pirates beat the Nationals, 3-1, at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon.


7/26/2015 | Once again, Gio delivers against Bucs

Entering Saturday night, the Nationals were 5-0 since 2012 in the five games Gio Gonzalez started against the Pirates. Complemented by run support and an understanding with catcher Jose Lobaton, Gonzalez delivered yet again in a 9-3 win over Pittsburgh at PNC Park, moving that record to 6-0.




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