5/20/2015 | Not thrown by early blip, Zimmermann cruises
Jordan Zimmermann's Wednesday night outing against the Yankees did not start as he hoped it would. Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran, the first two batters he faced, both hit safely and scored. After that, however, Zimmermann was brilliant.
5/20/2015 | Harper too good, valuable to feud with umps
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper must stay on the field. It's that simple. He let an umpire get under his skin for the second time in eight days on Wednesday night and got himself ejected. This can't happen.
5/20/2015 | Nationals rolling into 3rd meeting vs. rival Phillies
The National League East foes will meet for the third time this season and the second time in the nation's capital. The Phillies took two of three in both teams' second series of the season, but the Nationals responded by taking three of four in mid-April.
5/20/2015 | Nats alone in 1st place after edging Yanks late
Denard Span's single broke a tie in the seventh inning and helped the Nationals edge the Yankees, 3-2, at Nationals Park on Wednesday night.
5/20/2015 | Harper, Williams baffled after being ejected
The Nationals took an unconventional route to first place this season and, especially, on Wednesday night. Bryce Harper, arguably "the best player on the planet" right now as his manager, Matt Williams, put it, was ejected after a relatively quick exchange that involved a borderline pitch, a show of frustration and some second-guessing from the dugout. Williams also was tossed from the game.
5/20/2015 | Rendon back in DC for workouts, evaluations
Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was working out at Nationals Park on Wednesday afternoon. Rendon was seen taking fielding drills at second base, playing catch with bullpen catcher Matt LeCroy and taking some light swings in the cage. Rendon also did a lot of strengthening work, but he is not yet close to joining the big league team.
5/20/2015 | Yankees, Nationals vie for edge in all-time series
Adam Warren and Jordan Zimmermann face off in Wednesday's finale of the two-game series in Washington. The Nationals won Tuesday night's game, 8-6 in 10 innings, tying the all-time series at 5-5. The winner of Wednesday's game will hold the advantage until June 9, when the teams resume their four-game Interleague season series in New York.
5/20/2015 | Zimmerman: 'Sometimes you feel lucky'
Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper has been getting most of the publicity lately, but Ryan Zimmerman is the face of the franchise because of what he does on and off the field since 2005.
5/20/2015 | Steady climb gives Nats share of 1st place
For the first time this season, the Nationals have at least a share of first place in the National League East.
5/20/2015 | Bullpen sets stage for 10th-inning heroics
Gio Gonzalez induced nine straight ground-ball outs to begin his Tuesday night but struggled mightily to record his next six outs. He exited after the fifth inning with a four-run deficit, leaving plenty of work for the Nationals' bullpen. They were up to the task, though.
5/20/2015 | Zimmerman's 10th walk-off homer an elite feat
Ryan Zimmerman capped off the Nationals' comeback in their 10-inning 8-6 win against the Yankees on Tuesday with yet another walk-off home run, the 10th game-ending homer of his career. His late-game heroics put him in some elite company.
5/19/2015 | Nats win rally battle in 10th on Zimmerman's HR
The Yankees and Nationals found themselves in a slugfest on Tuesday night, and it was Ryan Zimmerman's home run in the 10th inning that won it for the Nats, 8-6, at Nationals Park. It was Zimmerman's 10th walk-off home run of his career.
5/19/2015 | ASG debate: Stanton or Harper in outfield?
Giancarlo Stanton was baseball's (and all of American professional sports') first $325 million man. Bryce Harper, for all we know, could be the next. Which outfielder is more deserving of an All-Star Game vote?
5/19/2015 | Shreve gets best of old friend Harper with K
Yankees left-hander Chasen Shreve said that he has known Nationals star Bryce Harper going back to their high school years, when Harper was already smearing on eye black and wowing scouts, then earning national attention as he landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 16.
5/19/2015 | Rehabbing Janssen nearing return to Nationals
Nationals right-hander Casey Janssen, who is on the disabled list because of rotator cuff tendinitis, will have two more appearances with Double-A Harrisburg before he returns to the big leagues. His next appearance will be Wednesday, and he'll pitch again Saturday.
5/19/2015 | Auction winner joins Nationals' grounds crew
Lawrence Fung won the big prize, so now he gets to do the chores. Tuesday, Fung, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, served as an honorary member of the Nationals' grounds crew, his prize for winning an auction at Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings.
5/19/2015 | Difo singles in first MLB at-bat; Werth to DL
The Nationals on Tuesday called up infielder Wilmer Difo from Double-A Harrisburg and placed outfielder Jayson Werth on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday. Difo came into a tie game with the Yankees during the seventh inning and singled in his first Major League at-bat.
5/19/2015 | Harper vs. Trout could join ranks of great debates
Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were highly touted phenoms inextricably tied in our daily dialogue when they were promoted to the big leagues on the same day three years ago last month. Trout's astounding ascendance since had pushed Harper to the background. But Harper has reignited the conversation with his 2015 production.
5/19/2015 | Source: MRI shows no break in Werth's wrist
It's still not known if Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth will go on the disabled list. However, a baseball source said Werth had an MRI on Monday and it confirmed that there was no fracture or ligament damage in his left wrist.
5/18/2015 | Harper earns second straight Player of the Week nod
Bryce Harper was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday for the second consecutive week, becoming just the 10th player in the last 40 years to manage that feat.
5/17/2015 | Espinosa's big blast gets Nats offense rolling
Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa had the biggest hit in Sunday's 10-5 victory over the Padres.
5/17/2015 | 'Unbelievable' Harper wows again in 4-RBI day
Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper should be called Hammerin' Harper. The guy has been a hitting machine lately. On Sunday, Harper went 3-for-4, drove in four runs and was a double away from the cycle in a 10-5 victory over the Padres.
5/17/2015 | Strasburg shows flashes of vintage self in homecoming
This was more like the real Stephen Strasburg in his homecoming against the Padres on Sunday at Petco Park. Not the imposter, who has been pitching for the Nationals of late.
5/17/2015 | Harper stays hot as Nats pound Padres, take series
Danny Espinosa and Bryce Harper each connected on three-run home runs as the Nationals topped the Padres, 10-4, before a crowd of 37,032 at Petco Park on Sunday.
5/17/2015 | Eovaldi, Gio square off as Yanks head to DC
The Yankees and Nationals will open a two-game Interleague set on Tuesday at Nationals Park, as New York right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez face off. This is the first meeting of the year between the two clubs, who are also scheduled to meet June 9-10 at Yankee Stadium.
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