Lucas Giolito to start Sunday against Padres

All signs pointed to top prospect Lucas Giolito returning to the Nationals Sunday to start against the Padres and Manager Dusty Baker confirmed the obvious Saturday when he announced Giolito as the choice. Giolito will pitch in Joe Ross’s spot after his pitching schedule was aligned with the rotation vacancy in case he was needed. […]
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The Importance of Hitting with RISP

Despite Daniel Murphy and Jayson Werth both hitting home runs and Tanner Roark going on the mound, the Nationals fell to the San Diego Padres on Friday night. Roark had not given up a home run in 32 consecutive innings but chose Friday to make up some ground on his total for the season. Matt Kemp hammered two home runs off of the Nats’ starter, who lasted only five innings. In...
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On the toughest offensive stretch of Ben Revere’s career

Many afternoons, when most of his teammates have headed out to hit or stretch, Ben Revere stands in front of his locker, half-dressed with a bat in his hand. He takes his stance, relaxes, then does it again. Occasionally, he’ll take a half swing, track his hand path, then do it again. Revere has a […]
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Strasburg won’t go undefeated but could join elite company

On Thursday, July 21, the L.A. Dodgers did something that no team had done in almost a year: defeat Stephen Strasburg. The Dodgers beat Strasburg and the Nats, 6-3, to stop Strasburg’s streak of 13 straight wins to start the 2016 campaign. Strasburg’s last loss was on September 9 of last season, a 5-3 defeat […] The post Strasburg won’t go undefeated but could join elite...
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7.22.16: Bad inning for Roark ultimately sinks Nats vs. SD

One bad inning for Tanner Roark was ultimately enough to spell defeat for the Nationals on Friday night against San Diego.
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Werth and Ramos lift Nats to quick start - Byron Kerr

The Padres scored first against Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark. Right fielder Matt Kemp blasted a 3-1 pitch over the left-center field wall to give San Diego a 1-0 lead. The Nationals quickly answered in the bottom on the first. With one out, Jayson Werth slammed a home run over the ... Read More
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Report: Nationals ‘want in’ on Chapman sweepstakes

The Washington Nationals are looking to make a big splash before the trade deadline. Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reported Friday that the Nationals “want in” on the Aroldis Chapman market. Best Nats trade info: They want in on Chapman. Others very interested. Won't give up Giolito, Turner, Robles, Lopez. — Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) July 22, 2016 Chapman...
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Solis joins Zimmerman at Potomac, Ross rehab Sunday - Byron Kerr

Manager Dusty Baker announced that left-hander Sammy Solis will begin his rehab assignment and pitch tonight and tomorrow night for high Single-A Potomac as he recovers from right knee inflammation. He has been on the disabled list retroactive to July 8. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be the designated hitter ... Read More
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Game 97 lineups: Padres at Nationals - Byron Kerr

The Nationals welcome in the Padres searching to get back on track, after losing three of their last four games. Washington split four games with San Diego, winning the first two from June 16-19 at Petco Park. Five Nationals players, including Stephen Strasburg and Daniel Murphy, were invited to last ... Read More
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Manfred suggests limiting pitching changes

From the moment he took over as the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred has spoken publicly about many possible changes Bud Selig never mentioned. They possible changes started with limiting or preventing defensive shifts and have now gravitated towards limiting pitching changes. That’s right, Manfred suggested today the league is looking into possibly limiting...
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Dodgers’ Joc Pederson suffers from serious case of bed head (pic)

With a getaway day game scheduled for Thursday against the host Washington Nationals at 12:05 local time, the Los Angeles Dodgers were forced into a quick turnaround after playing a night game Wednesday, with players having to show up at the ballpark pretty early. Perhaps too early for some of them. Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson is a young pup at the spry age of 24. And...
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Ryan Zimmerman to begin rehab assignment with Class A Potomac

While the Nationals conclude their three-game set at home against the Dodgers with a Thursday matinee, starting first baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be preparing for a game 30 miles south. On the disabled list since July 8 with a left rib cage strain, Zimmerman will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac Wednesday night. […]
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Bryce Harper quotes Domingo Ayala to riff on mammoth homer (pic)

Even Bryce Harper was left utterly impressed with the vulgar display of power he demonstrated with a majestic mammoth home run that reached the third deck of Nationals Park during Wednesday’s 8-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. So much so, in fact, that he riffed on a quote from social media star, YouTube sensation and baseball quasi-folk hero Domingo Ayala to properly address...
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DPD: Urías Takes the Mound Against Strasburg

It’s a very short Thursday slate, but fireworks await us with a fantastic duel right out of the chute. We also have an ace in isolation as well. Check ’em out! Julio Urías (LAD) versus Stephen Strasburg (WAS) 12:00 p.m. ET It’s a really lean day pitching-wise as there’s only nine games going and not a ton of intriguing options, but right out of the gate you get a couple...
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WATCH: Bryce Harper smashes video game homer to third deck

Bryce Harper continues to defy gravity, physics and baseball logic during the 2016 season and on Wednesday things were turned up a notch — or should I say three decks. That’s because Harper knocked his 20th home run of the season all the way up to the third deck of right field in Nationals Park. What you know about that third deck? .@Bharper3407 will tell you ALL about it...
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Reds claim RH reliever Abel De Los Santos from Nationals

CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds claimed right-handed reliever Abel De Los Santos off waivers from the Washington Nationals on Tuesday and optioned him to Double-A Pensacola. The 23-year-old pitcher was 1-1 with five saves and a 3.67 ERA in 29 appearances at Double-A and Triple-A this season. The Reds need help in their bullpen. The bullpen has a 5.49 ERA, allowing 66 homers and 186...
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Nationals recall Lopez to make MLB debut, place Solis on DL

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals recalled pitcher Reynaldo Lopez to make his major league debut Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team selected the right-hander's contract from Triple-A Syracuse and placed left-handed reliever Sammy Solis on the disabled list with right knee inflammation. Lopez, who is the fifth-ranked prospect in the Nationals' organization...
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Trea Turner and the Recent History of Outfield Conversions

Nearly a month ago to the day, Dave Cameron wrote an article for this very site praising the Washington Nationals for their patience regarding Trea Turner‘s place as the club’s shortstop of the future, in deference to veteran Danny Espinosa. Espinosa had hit well up to that point, and has long graded as not only a plus defender at a premium position, but as a plus base-runner...
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Projecting Nationals Right-Hander Reynaldo Lopez

Less than a month ago, the Washington Nationals called up top prospect Lucas Giolito, with the hopes that he’d fill a hole in their rotation. However, as often happens with promising young pitchers, Giolito looked a bit overmatched in his first taste of the big leagues. He recorded more walks than strikeouts in his two starts with Washington, and was subsequently sent back to the...
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Reynaldo Lopez to Start Over Lucas Giolito Tuesday

WASHINGTON — Lucas Giolito’s time in the spotlight will be put on hold, it seems. Giolito, who started two games for the Nationals and put together one strong outing and one subpar outing, will remain in the minor leagues for the time being. In his place, 22-year-old Reynaldo Lopez will start for the big-league squad on Tuesday, Nationals manager Dusty Baker announced Sunday...
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Nationals Call Up Reynaldo Lopez

The rise of Reynaldo Lopez continues, as the right-hander will be promoted from Triple-A Syracuse to start for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. Those who have read the Federal Reserve over the last few years know that Lopez’s arrival on the prospect radar has been both swift and stirring. After being limited to two starts in 2013 because of an arm injury, the right-hander...
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Federal Reserve: Top 10 Prospects Midseason Update

Prior to this season, the Federal Reserve delivered a ranking of the top-10 prospects for the Washington Nationals. With the minor league campaign now past its halfway point, I’m revisiting the list to update the statuses of each player. The original top-10 was delivered in two parts; you can view prospects 10 through six here, and five through one here. For the purposes of readability...
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Bryce Harper: Mood depends on how good hair looks

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper wants to make baseball fun again, but his willingness to put forth the effort might vary from day to day. Why is this, you ask? Harper — perhaps with tongue in cheek, perhaps not — sent out a message to his Instagram followers that suggests a bad hair day could send him spiraling into a funk. A photo posted by Bryce Harper (@bharper3407...
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Washington Nationals trade rumors: bullpen edition

As we come out of the All-Star break and near the trade deadline, GM’s across the league are taking a careful look at their teams to identify weaknesses, strengths, surpluses and decide whether they are buyers or sellers. Right now Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is sitting in his office, looking at a roster, and thinking “boy we could use another arm in the pen.” So, Mr...
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Terry Collins, Daniel Murphy support Mets GM in Stand Up to Cancer

Terry Collins and Daniel Murphy did something really cool during the “Stand up to Cancer” portion of the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday. As they have been doing for a few years, MLB/FOX took a few minutes of the All-Star Game to have everyone in the stadium participate in “Stand up to Cancer” by holding up signs supporting someone who is/has fought cancer. This came after...
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