9/27/2016 | Cy Max? Scherzer sets Nats' strikeout record
On Tuesday night, Max Scherzer struck out his Major League-leading 277th batter, breaking the record he had set the year prior for most strikeouts in a single season in Nationals (2005-present) history.
9/27/2016 | Strasburg unlikely to pitch in NLDS
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said it would be unlikely for Stephen Strasburg to be ready to pitch in the National League Division Series.
9/27/2016 | Cole appeals suspension for throwing behind Kang
A.J. Cole has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing a pitch at the head of Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang on Sunday, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.
9/27/2016 | Rendon's HR, Max's 10 K's rally Nats
Anthony Rendon launched a three-run homer to help guide the Nationals to a 4-2 win over the D-backs at Nationals Park on Tuesday. His homer helped back a strong effort from Max Scherzer, who struck out 10 in six innings.
9/27/2016 | Gio, Nats continue quest for NLDS home field
Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez will make his final start of the regular season Wednesday night against the D-backs, but it won't be the last time he takes the ball this season.
9/26/2016 | Nats brace for Ramos' MRI on injured knee
With the Nationals already nursing Bryce Harper (thumb), Daniel Murphy (buttocks) and Stephen Strasburg (forearm) back to full strength as the postseason draws closer, they might also have to be prepared to play without catcher Wilson Ramos after he left in the sixth inning of Monday's 14-4 loss to the D-backs.
9/26/2016 | D-backs-Nats delayed by rain in 6th inning
The Nationals and D-backs entered a rain delay in the top of the sixth inning Monday night with Arizona leading, 5-4.
9/26/2016 | Nats acquire Gushue from Bucs for Bostick
The Nationals acquired catcher Taylor Gushue and cash from the Pirates on Monday in exchange for infielder Chris Bostick, who was designated for assignment when the team reinstated Joe Ross from the 60-day DL last week.
9/26/2016 | Harper out 'a few days' with injured left thumb
Bryce Harper's X-rays came back negative on his left thumb, a bit of encouraging news for a Nationals' team suddenly dealing with a few injuries to key players.
9/26/2016 | Bucs strike deal for Nats prospect Bostick
The Nationals and Pirates have agreed on a deal that will send infielder Chris Bostick to Pittsburgh in exchange for catcher Taylor Gushue and cash considerations.
9/26/2016 | High 5: D-backs slug to rout of Nationals
Yasmany Tomas homered and drove in five runs and Jean Segura hit two of the D-backs' five home runs in a 14-4 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday night at Nationals Park.
9/26/2016 | Scherzer aims for 19th win as Nats face D-backs
Matt Koch is hoping to pitch his way into consideration for the D-backs' 2017 rotation with his first big league start Tuesday at Nationals Park, while Nationals ace Max Scherzer looks to continue to improve his resume in the race for the National League Cy Young Award.
9/26/2016 | 5 days that set the course for the Nationals
The Nationals were in turmoil by the end of the 2015 season. In came Dusty Baker, who guided the Nats to their third National League East title. The veteran skipper hopes to take them further than the NL Division Series. With that in mind, here are five key dates that changed the season for Washington.
9/25/2016 | Tempers flare in Pittsburgh after deke, near-HBP
A feud between the Pirates and Nationals turned into a benches-clearing incident in the third inning Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. The ejection of Nats right-hander A.J. Cole for throwing behind Kang with two outs in the bottom of the third, touched off the fracas.
9/25/2016 | Harper exits with sore thumb after awkward slide
In the top of the third inning against Pirates right-hander Tyler Glasnow, Bryce Harper hit a triple down the right-field line. As he headed toward third base, Harper thought the Pirates were going to make a play on him. As it turned out, third baseman Jung Ho Kang's fake tag deked Harper. Pittsburgh never came close to making a play, and Harper hurt the thumb sliding awkwardly into the bag.
9/25/2016 | Nats rally past Pirates with 5-run eighth
There was a lot of pushing and shoving behind home plate in the third inning of the Nationals and Pirates' series finale Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. Plenty of give-and-take on the scoreboard, too. The Pirates pushed, but the Nats pushed back with a five-run eighth inning, pulling out a 10-7 win in the back-and-forth, four-hour affair.
9/25/2016 | Baker: Lopez could make postseason roster
Nationals right-hander Reynaldo Lopez was outstanding during Saturday's 6-1 victory over the Pirates. He replaced Joe Ross in the third inning and pitched 5 1/3 innings without allowing a run and struck out six batters. Nationals manager Dusty Baker was so impressed that he said he hasn't ruled out putting Lopez, the third-best prospect in the Nationals' farm system according to MLB.com, on the postseason roster.
9/25/2016 | Nats, Fernandez's final opponent, mourn ace
Jose Fernandez's final game was against the Nationals last Tuesday, and he was dominating, pitching eight shutout innings and striking out 12 in a 1-0 victory at Marlins Park. Fernandez, who passed away Sunday morning in a boating accident, left a positive impression on the Nationals.
9/25/2016 | Nats return home as NL East champs to face D-backs
The Nationals return home for the first time as 2016 National League East champions when they open a four-game series against the D-backs in Washington on Monday.
9/25/2016 | After tough '15, Nats rejoice in Step 1 of ultimate goal
Max Scherzer left last season with a bitter taste in his mouth. After a season with World Series expectations ended in disappointment and not even a postseason berth, every member of the Nationals felt the same. That feeling fueled these 2016 Nationals, who led the National League East for all but four days this season. And on Saturday night, they clinched the division championship for the third time in the last five seasons.
9/25/2016 | Cole steps in for Nats' road finale in Pittsburgh
The day after wrapping up the National League East championship, the Nationals will play their final road game of the regular season in the finale of a three-game series with the Pirates at PNC Park.
9/24/2016 | Nats have choices before meeting NL West winner
The Nationals won their third National League East title by a comfortable margin. They now head into the postseason, where they'll open against the NL West winner, likely the Dodgers, in the National League Division Series.
9/24/2016 | Nats jump on Bucs, wait out Mets, clinch NL East
What felt inevitable all spring and summer became official Saturday night. For the third time in five years, the Nationals are National League East champions. The Nats officially clinched the division title and punched their postseason ticket with a 6-1 win over the Pirates and the Mets' 10-8 loss to the Phillies in New York.
9/23/2016 | Pirates delay Nats' party with walk-off in 11
About an hour after the Mets put the Nats' division-clinching party on hold in New York, the Pirates kept Washington from officially punching its ticket to the postseason. The Bucs cracked Mark Melancon, their former closer, then little-used September callup Jacob Stallings slapped a pinch-hit, walk-off single to left field in the 11th inning to cap a 6-5 comeback win over the Nats on Friday night.
9/23/2016 | Nats hope to sew up playoff spot in Pittsburgh
As they get ready for an expected postseason run, the Nationals get another chance to secure their spot Saturday night in the second game of a three-game series against the Pirates at PNC Park.
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