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5/25/2016 | Giolito responds to adversity, throws seven strong innings

Giolito was on his game in Harrisburg's 2-1 walk-off win over Portland, whose lineup featured Red Sox No. 3 prospect Andrew Benintendi.


5/25/2016 | Even-steven: Mets, Nats expect long battle

The Mets rode a dominant outing from left-hander Steven Matz to a 2-0 victory Wednesday afternoon to take two out of three games from the Nationals at Nationals Park. They leave Washington a half-game behind the Nats for first place in the National League East and with a measure of revenge after Washington came to New York last week and won two out of three games at Citi Field.


5/25/2016 | Masterful Matz leads Mets' shutout of Nats

Steven Matz and Tanner Roark found themselves in a pitchers' duel on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park, but it was Matz who came out on top, helping the Mets blank the Nationals, 2-0. New York, which took two out of three games in the series, is a half-game behind Washington in the National League East.


5/25/2016 | Slumping Harper takes mental break in finale

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's 2-0 loss to the Mets at Nationals Park before grounding out as a pinch-hitter to end the eighth. Manager Dusty Baker saw it as a mental day off.


5/25/2016 | Cards, Nats to open four-game set in nation's capital

The Cardinals and Nationals start a four-game set in Washington on Thursday, with Mike Leake and Joe Ross squaring off in the opener.


5/25/2016 | Rare power: Revere hits 5th career home run

Whenever Nationals outfielder Ben Revere takes batting practice, he always talks about hitting the long ball, which doesn't please manager Dusty Baker. The way the skipper sees it, Revere doesn't get paid to hit home runs. As Baker puts it, Revere is the igniter who jump-starts the offense by getting on base.


5/25/2016 | Sizzling run for Stras dates back to last year

As Stephen Strasburg walked off the mound in the seventh inning Tuesday night, the crowd of 33,096 at Nationals Park, which included a strong and vocal contingent of Mets fans, let out a loud roar while giving him a standing ovation. For all the ups and downs throughout Strasburg's career, perhaps this recent stretch has established him among the best pitchers in baseball.


5/24/2016 | Nats blast 5 HRs as Stras improves to 8-0

It was a rematch between two power pitchers: Stephen Strasburg vs. Matt Harvey. But just like last week against the Mets, it went the Nationals' way as Washington won, 7-4, at Nationals Park on Tuesday night. The Nationals, who hit a season-high five home runs, increased their lead over the Mets in the National League East to 1 1/2 games.


5/24/2016 | Roark vs. Matz has potential to be marquee matchup

At first glance, the probables listed for Wednesday afternoon's season finale -- right-hander Tanner Roark for Washington vs. Mets left-hander Steven Matz - don't appear to have that same glitter, the same sparkle, the same appeal. Which could have more to do with perception than reality.


5/24/2016 | Belisle (calf strain) begins rehab assignment

Nationals reliever Matt Belisle began his Minor League rehab assignment with a scoreless inning for Class A Advanced Potomac on Monday.


5/24/2016 | Kelley quietly dominating in relief for Nats

Who has been baseball's best reliever over the past year? You might think Wade Davis or Aroldis Chapman or Craig Kimbrel. You might not think about Shawn Kelley, who has overcome multiple arm injuries to become a dominating force for Washington.


5/24/2016 | Harper adjusting to seeing fewer strikes

About 40 minutes after Monday's 7-1 loss to the Mets, Bryce Harper walked into the Nationals' clubhouse still wearing his full uniform, with his batting gloves on and carrying his bat. Had he gone straight to hit in the batting cage after he went 0-for-4?


5/24/2016 | First 3-homer start for Gio since joining Nats

Entering Monday's start, Gio Gonzalez had allowed only six earned runs in 23 innings during May. In the series opener against the Mets, the lefty allowed seven in a disappointing five-inning outing as the Nationals lost, 7-1.


5/24/2016 | Ortiz, Naylor among top prospect performers Monday

Luis Ortiz, baseball's No. 69 overall prospect, made a seamless transition to Double-A as he enjoyed a stellar debut for Double-A Frisco. The Rangers' No. 4 prospect limited San Antonio to just one run in six innings, striking out six batters against one walk in a 11-1 win.


5/23/2016 | We meet again: Stras, Harvey face off in DC

Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg square off Tuesday night in a rematch of last week's showdown turned mismatch.


5/23/2016 | Mets' power bats back Bartolo in win vs. Nats

In a reversal of a meeting between the same two pitchers last week, the Mets hammered left-hander Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals and rode a strong start from Bartolo Colon to a 7-1 victory at Nationals Park on Monday night. New York pulled to within a half-game of Washington in the National League East with the win.


5/23/2016 | Legends set to welcome stars of the future at 2016 MLB Draft

Major League Baseball announced the annual list of club reps for the 2016 MLB Draft on Monday, and as usual it is a star-studded gathering from the past that will man the phones and help welcome the future on the first night of selections.


5/22/2016 | Scherzer rounding into midseason form

After another dominant outing to lead the Nationals to an 8-2 victory Sunday afternoon over the Marlins at Marlins Park, Max Scherzer appears to be settling into a groove. He struck out eight in eight innings and made one mistake, which Justin Bour smashed for a two-run homer.


5/22/2016 | Mets, Nats to resume rivalry in nation's capital

The Nationals just took two of three from the Mets earlier this week in New York, so the Mets will try and repay them when the two teams begin a three-game series Monday night at Nationals Park.


5/22/2016 | Candelario among top prospect performers Saturday

A look at the best performances from top prospects Saturday.


5/21/2016 | Double play dashes Nationals' hopes in 9th

Nationals manager Dusty Baker was as aggressive as he's been all season long, emptying out his bench to try to steal a victory from the Marlins and closer A.J. Ramos on Saturday night.


5/21/2016 | Belisle set to begin injury rehab assignment

Nationals right-hander Matt Belisle will begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Monday, although manager Dusty Baker said the location has not been determined.


5/21/2016 | Nats hoping Scherzer can secure series win vs. Marlins

Right-hander Max Scherzer will square off against Marlins lefty Adam Conley when the National League East rivals wrap up their three-game series on Sunday at Marlins Park.


5/21/2016 | Fernandez pins down Nats for 5th straight win

Facing the the first-place Nationals has brought out the best in Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out nine in six innings, and backed by Justin Bour's two-run home run and Ichiro Suzuki's four-hits, Miami held on for a 3-2 win on Saturday night at Marlins Park.


5/20/2016 | Adjustment helps Roark slay nemesis Marlins

The Nationals spent the days leading up to right-hander Tanner Roark's Friday night start trying to answer why the Marlins had hit Roark harder than any other team this season. Their coaching staff and Roark wondered whether he had been tipping his pitches.




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