Nov 10, 2015, 5:06 PM EDT
Five weeks after he was fired by the Nationals, Matt Williams is returning to a big-league dugout, and returning to a familiar and comfortable locale. Williams has accepted an offer to serve as the Diamondbacks’ third base coach, according to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, returning to the same position he held before coming to Washington…
Aug 11, 2015, 1:07 PM EDT
The Nationals have signed journeyman outfielder Tony Campana to a minor-league contract, taking a flyer on the speedy 28-year-old coming off reconstructive knee surgery. The deal hasn’t been announced yet, but a club source confirmed the signing, first reported by CBSsports.com. The contract runs through the 2016 season. Campana will report to the Nationals’ spring…
Aug 6, 2015, 7:38 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After an embarrassing loss Wednesday night, Matt Williams gathered his players together before Thursday’s game with a simple message: Play the game their way, aggressively, and good things would be more likely to happen. They did display some of that in their series finale against the Diamondbacks, swiping some bases and…
Aug 6, 2015, 12:32 PM EDT
It’s a new day in D.C., and the Nationals can only hope that means a reversal of fortunes after last night’s debacle. There was one roster move made earlier today: Aaron Barrett, who didn’t surrender a run in July but gave up the decisive runs last night on a throwing error, was optioned to Class…
Aug 6, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
The circumstances were not ideal with his team down eight runs at home, but on Wednesday night Nationals utility man Tyler Moore was afforded an opportunity he had lobbied and waited for for quite some time. In the ninth inning of the Nats’ 11-4 loss to the Diamondbacks, Moore became just the second position player…
Aug 6, 2015, 1:18 AM EDT
If you were hoping for a closed-door meeting, for the postgame spread to be turned over, for the expletives to fly, for the panic button to be smashed with a closed fist … well, that didn’t happen Wednesday night. The tone coming out of the Nationals’ clubhouse following a hideous, 11-4 loss to the Diamondbacks…
Aug 5, 2015, 11:02 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: If Tuesday night’s victory gave Nationals fans reason to calm down and believe things were turning in the right direction, Wednesday night’s loss only gave them reason to completely reverse course and now fear the worst. This was among the ugliest games this team has played all season, and it only…
Aug 5, 2015, 3:32 PM EDT
If you add up their last nine offensive innings (beginning with the bottom of the ninth Monday night), the Nationals have scored nine runs on 14 hits against Diamondbacks pitching. That’s a potentially encouraging development for this struggling lineup, though we’ll see if it carries over into tonight’s game. One significant change to that lineup,…
Aug 5, 2015, 12:13 AM EDT
Since the Nationals traded for Wilson Ramos back in 2010, he has shown flashes of All-Star capabilities as a catcher who can at times look like one of the best hitters in the league at his position. Injuries have always been his problem, at least until this year. Ramos has been in the lineup more…
Aug 4, 2015, 10:48 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals woke up Tuesday morning looking up at somebody else in the NL East standings for the first time since June 19, with a town suddenly worried about its ballclub’s chances this season. There were some more nervous moments as the second game of this series against the Diamondbacks played…
Aug 4, 2015, 3:27 PM EDT
It’s been quite an interesting 24 hours around town. If nothing else, I guess the emotions on display all over the place confirm that D.C. is indeed becoming a baseball town. (You’d think the season ended last night.) The beauty of baseball, though, is that there’s always another game to be played the next night…
Aug 4, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Doug Fister was the Nationals’ most consistent pitcher for much of last season, but in 2015 he just hasn’t been the same. The right-hander struggled once again in Monday night’s 6-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks with five earned runs allowed on eight hits, including three home runs. The three homers were the most he’s…
Aug 3, 2015, 11:45 PM EDT
They were wholeheartedly anointed the team to beat in what looked like a weak NL East, and for most of the summer to date, the Nationals were living up to the billing. Baseball Prospectus publishes daily playoff odds, and pretty much for the last six weeks the Nats were given anywhere from a 75 percent…
Aug 3, 2015, 9:47 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of a weekend sweep in New York that left them in a virtual tie with the Mets atop the NL East, the Nationals hoped the opener of a homestand against the sub-.500 Diamondbacks and Rockies would serve as a much-needed elixir for this ailing ballclub. It didn’t. And…
Aug 3, 2015, 3:24 PM EDT
Well, that was a fairly eventful road trip the Nationals just completed. Now they open a 7-game homestand against the Diamondbacks and Rockies, desperate to get themselves back on track after getting swept in New York and seeing their lead in the NL East dwindle to percentage points. The good news: The Nats won’t be…
May 13, 2015, 9:18 PM EDT
PHOENIX — Michael Taylor strode to the plate in the top of the ninth Wednesday afternoon, the bases loaded with Nationals in a tight ballgame, and every one of the 19,026 souls at Chase Field had to have the same reaction. Of course it would happen like this. Really, could you have expected anything else?…
May 13, 2015, 7:18 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: When Bryce Harper and Matt Williams were ejected in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday afternoon, you couldn’t help but sense that controversy would end up affecting the outcome of this game, good or bad. Turns out it did have a dramatic effect on the outcome, in a surprisingly positive way.…
May 13, 2015, 1:18 PM EDT
PHOENIX — The Nationals talk about winning series, not individual games, and they’ve been quite good at that lately, winning their last four series (twice over the Braves, once apiece over the Mets and Marlins). They’ll need a win today at Chase Field, though, to continue that streak, with the rubber game of this series…
May 13, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
PHOENIX — There had been 1,651 games in Nationals history over the last decade, far too many of them blowout losses, especially during some of the lean, early years of the franchise’s existence in the District. But it wasn’t until Game No. 1,652 that the situation became so dire as to require the services of…
May 13, 2015, 2:49 AM EDT
PHOENIX — Stephen Strasburg has never pitched like this, not for a somewhat-prolonged stretch. At least not since he came into anyone’s consciousness outside of his hometown of San Diego. Not in three seasons of college. Not in his two months in the minors. Not since he made his major-league debut nearly five years ago.…
May 13, 2015, 12:39 AM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Stephen Strasburg took the mound Tuesday night at Chase Field with even more eyes focused on him than usual, everyone wondering if he would bounce back from last week’s abbreviated start that saw the right-hander wincing after several pitches, or whether there was any cause for lingering concern. Very quickly, it…
May 12, 2015, 6:13 PM EDT
PHOENIX — Score 11 runs, 10 of them in the first two innings, why change anything? The Nationals certainly aren’t, so it’s the exact same lineup for tonight’s second game of this series against the Diamondbacks, with Denard Span, Yunel Escobar, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Co. looking to keep things rolling and secure this…
May 12, 2015, 2:21 AM EDT
PHOENIX — Denard Span dug in, Josh Collmenter went into his funky, tomahawk-style windup and tried to sneak an 84-mph cutter over the inner half of the plate and then the ball went soaring toward right field. The game was all of 30 seconds old, many in the Chase Field crowd of 16,406 had yet…
May 12, 2015, 12:23 AM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After sweeping the Braves to complete a impressive homestand, the Nationals headed west, hoping their red-hot bats would continue to show up in the hot, dry, desert air. Did it ever. The Nats blasted Josh Collmenter out of Chase Field, piling up 10 runs in the game’s first two innings to…
May 11, 2015, 6:22 PM EDT
PHOENIX — Hello from Chase Field, where the roof is currently open and is scheduled to remain open for tonight’s series opener between the Nationals and Diamondbacks. As I type this, it’s 93 degrees here in the Valley of the Sun, but the wind chill is only 89! (This is what they mean when they…
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