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4/18/2015 | Umpire hit by pitch, leaves Phillies-Nats game in ninth

Home plate umpire Brian Knight had to leave the game between the Phillies and Nationals in the ninth after he was hit in the head by a pitched ball thrown by Nationals right-hander Blake Treinen.


4/18/2015 | Zimmermann calls 4-walk start 'unacceptable'

On Saturday, Jordan Zimmermann pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits, struck out three batters and walked four, which is unusually high for the right-hander. The last time Zimmermann walked four in a game prior to Saturday was Aug. 2, 2013, against the Brewers. Two of the four walks he allowed against the Phillies scored.


4/18/2015 | Desmond vows to fix issues on defense

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond had a game he would like to forget on defense. He made a crucial error and mishandled a throw by second baseman Dan Uggla in the third inning of a 5-3 loss to the Phillies on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park.


4/18/2015 | Strasburg seeks return to form against Phils

The Phillies and Nationals close out their four-game set Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET with a matchup of two pitchers looking to pick up their first victory of the season.


4/18/2015 | Speed of Revere helps bring end to Phillies' skid

Ben Revere scored the go-ahead run on a fielder's choice by Grady Sizemore as the Phillies defeated the Nationals, 5-3, at Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon.


4/18/2015 | DL decision on Escobar depends on MRI

According to Nationals manager Matt Williams, third baseman Yunel Escobar will have an MRI on his left groin, which he strained against the Phillies on Friday night. The Nats will then decide if Escobar needs to be placed on the disabled list.


4/18/2015 | Espinosa rediscovering left-handed stroke

Danny Espinosa's days as a switch-hitter appeared to be over, but in the regular season, so far, he has been a hot hitter from the left side, including Friday's solo homer in a 7-2 win over the Phillies.


4/17/2015 | Dominant Scherzer finally gets first win with Nats

Max Scherzer may not have had his best fastball on Friday, but he did just fine without it, tossing eight dominant innings to earn his first win of the season, 7-2 over the Phillies.


4/17/2015 | Escobar leaves Friday's win with strained groin

Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar left Friday's game against the Phillies with a strained groin after running out a grounder in the fourth inning.


4/17/2015 | Zimmermann looks to bounce back facing the Phillies

Jordan Zimmermann will attempt to rebound from a rare poor start when he leads the Nationals against the Phillies on Saturday. The Phillies counter with Aaron Harang.


4/17/2015 | Harper, Espinosa power Scherzer to first win

Max Scherzer earned his first win of the season, and got support from home runs by Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa in Washington's 7-2 victory over the Phillies on Friday.


4/17/2015 | Stammen taking positive approach to injury

Craig Stammen did not turn self-pity when he found out he suffered a flexor tear in his right arm. Instead, the Nationals reliever accepted the challenge of facing the possibility of season-ending surgery.


4/16/2015 | Scherzer seeking initial Nats 'W' in start vs. Phils

The Nationals and Phillies will meet for the fifth time in this young season on Friday in the second game of a four-game weekend series between the National League East rivals. Max Scherzer starts for the Nationals, taking a 0.66 ERA -- and a losing record (0-1) -- into the outing after two starts this season. Phillies starter Sean O'Sullivan is looking for his first Major League win in four years.


4/16/2015 | Stammen needs surgery to repair flexor tear

The Nationals' bullpen took a significant blow Thursday when an MRI revealed right-hander Craig Stammen has a torn flexor tendon and will have surgery that could end his season.


4/16/2015 | Nats recall southpaw Rivero, option righty Jordan to Triple-A

The Nationals on Thursday recalled left-hander Felipe Rivero from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned right-hander Taylor Jordan to Syracuse.


4/15/2015 | Grinding Desmond embodies Nats as whole

Sometimes, the worst of times brings out the best in people. Just to be clear, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond would rather not be this kind of example. On the other hand, he's showing everyone in professional sports -- and perhaps beyond -- how to handle a few bad days.


4/15/2015 | Martin impresses Nats with dominant debut

The Nationals may have found their setup man in Rafael Martin. The right-hander made his Major League debut at Fenway Park in Wednesday's 10-5 victory over the Red Sox and dominated, pitching two shutout innings and striking out five batters.


4/15/2015 | Nats' offense finds form in final two games at Fenway

The Nationals are showing signs of life on offense. In the last two games, they have scored 17 runs and are 9-for-22 with runners in scoring position.


4/15/2015 | Nationals team up to deliver Beantown rout

After a tough first eight games to their season, capped by two ugly losses in Boston, the Nationals regrouped nicely on Wednesday with a 10-5 victory over the Red Sox in the finale of a three-game series at Fenway Park.


4/15/2015 | Nats join MLB in celebrating legacy of Jackie

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson signing his first professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers' organization in 1945, which was the first step toward his eventual breaking of the color barrier on April 15, 1947.


4/15/2015 | Forearm stiffness sends Stammen to disabled list

The Nationals placed right-hander Craig Stammen on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday because of right forearm stiffness and recalled right-hander Taylor Jordan from Triple-A Syracuse.




4/15/2015 | MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.


4/15/2015 | Taylor turns in better at-bats, notches career-high three RBIs

On a day dominated by defeat for the Nationals, Michael Taylor and his offensive colleagues provided a glimmer of hope for future improvement.


4/15/2015 | On Jackie Robinson Day, Sox eye sweep of Nats

Red Sox left-hander Wade Miley will make his Fenway Park debut in Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals on Jackie Robinson Day.




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