Lucas Giolito on ‘Start by Start’ Basis with Nationals

WASHINGTON — The Nationals called up top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito in a surprise move Monday. Making his first Major League start Tuesday against the Mets, Giolito is “ready for the task,” manager Dusty Baker says. “You don’t know if he’s ready or not until they actually get here and perform,” Baker said. “And then you still don’t know if they’re ready because...
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Trea Turner to see some time in center field at Syracuse

On the same day the Nationals announced their top pitching prospect will make his major league debut Tuesday, their top position-playing prospect made a move of similar significance to his big league trajectory. Trea Turner, spoken of by those in and outside the organization as the Nationals’ shortstop of the future since they acquired him last […]
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Washington Nationals Promote Lucas Giolito

Embed from Getty Images The long awaiting debut of the top RHP prospect in the MLB is over.  The Washington Nationals have promoted Lucas Giolito to make his MLB debut on Tuesday, against the New York Mets.  The Los Angeles Dodgers gave Julio Urias a first look against the Mets - same as the Pittsburgh Priates with Jameson Taillon.Giolito will be replacing Stephen Strasburg...
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Nationals Recall RHP Rafael Martin

WASHINGTON — The Nationals have recalled right-handed reliever Rafael Martin from Class-AAA Syracuse as the corresponding move to Stephen Strasburg being placed on the disabled list. Martin has a 4.40 ERA in 29 relief appearances — including 14 saves in 17 opportunities — for the Syracuse Chiefs in 2016. He has a 9.7 strikeouts-per-nine-innings rate with 31 total strikeouts...
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#IChallengeMax: Max Scherzer steps to plate for this season's Fan Challenge - Nationals Buzz

Two no-hitters. A 20-strikeout game. Three All-Star Games. A Cy Young Award. OK, now that we've listed a few of his credentials, it's pretty obvious that you probably can't beat Max Scherzer in baseball. But you could beat him at something else. So prove it! The CareFirst Fan Challenge is ... Read More
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Marty Niland: With skid over, Nats can focus on winning habits - Nationals Buzz

It's too early to say whether Tanner Roark's guile and Jayson Werth's guts actually saved the Nationals' 2016 season. But when they look back it all, their June 26 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers may be seen as an epiphany. For now, at least, the bleeding has stopped. In just ... Read More
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Late rally comes up short as Brewers fall to Nationals

MILWAUKEE -- Tanner Roark pitched seven shutout innings in place of injured ace Stephen Strasburg, and the Washington Nationals ended a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.Jose Lobaton and Clint Robinson homered for Washington. Lobaton hit his first homer of the season in the seventh off Milwaukee reliever Jacob Barnes (0-1). Robinson hit...
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Nationals place Stephen Strasburg on 15-day DL

After missing his last start and being scratched from his upcoming one, something was clearly not right with Stephen Strasburg. The Washington Nationals have decided to not take any chances with the ace, placing him on the DL. Stephen Strasburg has been placed on 15-day DL, retro to 6/16, w/ an upper back strain. A corresponding roster move will be announced tmrw. — #VoteNats...
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Stephen Strasburg to miss second straight start with bad back

MILWAUKEE — Washington ace Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday at Milwaukee.Manager Dusty Baker says Strasburg felt pain in his back while throwing before Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Brewers. Strasburg also missed his last scheduled start with an upper back strain.Baker says right-hander Tanner Roark will start in Strasburg's place, pitching on regular...
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Jonathan Papelbon throws bullpen session, could start rehab assignment on Monday

MILWAUKEE – Washington closer Jonathan Papelbon threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday morning in Milwaukee, taking the next step in his rehabilitation from a right intercostal strain. Papelbon could be headed to Class A Potomac to begin his rehab assignment as soon as Monday, although that timetable has yet to be set by the Nationals. […]
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Can Gio Gonzalez snap the Nationals' six-game skid?

Caught in their worst swoon of the season, the Nationals will turn to Gio Gonzalez to lead them out of a six-game losing skid. He will take the mound Saturday in Milwaukee against Matt Garza.
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Jayson Werth back in the lineup, Wilson Ramos will catch Saturday against Brewers

MILWAUKEE — After dropping a sixth straight game in the series opener on Friday night, the Nationals return to Miller Park for a Saturday matinee looking to build traction as the ten-day road trip comes to an end. It will also be an opportunity for left-hander Gio Gonzalez to halt his own individual skid on […]
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Washington Nationals: No need to panic

It has been a rough stretch recently for the Washington Nationals. In the midst of a season-long five game losing streak, the Nats have gone just 4-6 since completing a sweep of the Phillies on June 12. Having felt the heartbreak of collapse before, many Nationals fans are already worried about the team moving forward. However, this is not the time to jump to conclusions, and there...
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Danny Espinosa, Trea Turner, and the Value of Patience

When the Nationals decided to begin the year with Danny Espinosa as their starting shortstop, with top prospect Trea Turner beginning the year back in Triple-A, it was widely seen as another example of a team manipulating the service time rules in order to extend their controllable years over a valuable player. That narrative was seemingly reinforced when the Nationals stuck with...
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Bryce Harper visits Vin Scully in broadcast booth, posts tribute

With Vin Scully retiring at season’s end after a long, storied and unparalleled broadcasting career, Bryce Harper took some time before the Washington Nationals’ series finale showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday to pay a visit to the booth and chat with the legendary broadcaster. Harper, joined by Nationals skipper Dusty Baker, talked baseball with Scully and...
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Washington Nationals roster moves: Time to call up Trea Turner, sit down Ryan Zimmerman

The Washington Nationals were cruising. From May 29 to June 17, the Nats’ offense carried the team to a 14-4 record, posting over six runs per game. But now, as the offense has lost its way and the bullpen becomes more and more vulnerable, Washington has lost four straight winnable games. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman is not the only culprit in this slump, but a change needs to...
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Washington Nationals, Reddit help kids in Zambia play baseball

The Washington Nationals and a Reddit user teamed up to show kids in Zambia how to play baseball, and brought some joy to their lives in the process. Many pictures posted show the kids showing off their equipment, or just clowning around and having a great time. It was a great display of the sheer happiness that baseball can bring to a group of kids. From Reddit: These kids...
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