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Homers, Zimmermann Power Nats To Victory Over Marlins

Thanks to a trio of home runs and a strong effort from starter Jordan Zimmermann, the Washington Nationals (65-63) gained ground on Saturday. The Nationals’ win over the Miami Marlins (52-78) allowed them to move up to 5 1/2 games behind the Mets, as the NL East leaders dropped a 3-1 contest to the Boston Red Sox. Continue reading…

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Ross Bosses Padres

They say good bosses are supposed to instill confidence in their employees. They’re responsible for setting an example and establishing a strong corporate culture. As many fans have said, Joe Ross is the Washington Nationals‘ boss, and he did his job Thursday night.

Ross was masterful, turning in the first zero-earned-run outing of his career as he carved up the team that gave him away, the San Diego Padres. Backed by home runs from Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman, Ross led the Nats (64-62) to a 4-2 win over the Padres (62-65), their fourth win in five games. But an extra-inning Mets win kept their division lead at 6.5 games.

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Federal Reserve: Lucas Giolito On The Road To Nationals Stardom

As the season winds down, top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito is only getting stronger. On Tuesday night at Richmond (San Francisco Giants), the right-hander had one of his best starts yet for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators, as he struck out eight batters over 6 2/3 innings pitched, while surrendering just one walk and allowing two runs on five hits.

Though he received the loss, Giolito continued his recent hot streak, as he has now allowed just four runs (three earned) in 18 2/3 innings over his past three starts. Within that span, he has struck out 24 and walked five, slashing his ERA at Harrisburg from 5.94 to 3.57. Continue reading…

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Zim’s Slam Seals Win Over Padres

So many things in life don’t work as well as they should unless they have all their pieces put together properly. The Washington Nationals are hoping that’s true for baseball teams too.

With a fully healthy lineup for the first time all season, the Nationals looked like the team they were supposed to be. Stephen Strasburg tossed six dominant innings and got eight runs of support as the Nats (63-61) ran roughshod over the San Diego Padres (61-64), 8-3, for their third straight win. The win helps the Nats keep pace with the Mets, who also won Tuesday, to stay 5.5 games back in the NL East.

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Rendon, Ramos Homer In Nats’ Offense-Studded Win

Since the off day they hoped would rejuvenate their lineup and help them break out of their six-game losing streak, the Washington Nationals (62-61) are 4-2 with a +13 run differential. Their 9-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers (53-72) on Sunday marked the end of a six-game stretch that showcased a team very different from the one that was left flummoxed by the Dodgers and the Giants last week. Continue reading…

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Turner’s Debut Turns Sour

Though Trea Turner‘s promotion sent Twitter into a frenzy, it did not energize the Washington Nationals quite as much. The shortstop’s debut was an ugly game, as some sorry pitching sent the Nationals (60-61) to yet another loss in their series opener with the Milwaukee Brewers (53-71), 10-3. Combined with the Mets’ win, the Nationals’ loss puts them five games back in the NL East. Continue reading…

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Nats Call Up Turner

One of the best infield prospects in baseball has arrived in Washington, as Trea Turner was promoted today to take the place of injured infielder/outfielder Tyler Moore. The Nationals—who cleared a 40-man roster space for Turner by placing reliever Aaron Barrett on the 60-day disabled list—announced the transaction this afternoon.

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Flande Stymies Nats, Prevents Sweep

The Washington Nationals (60-60) came up short in their effort to complete a sweep of the Colorado Rockies (49-70). After tying the score at two on a long home run by Michael Taylor in seventh, the Nationals turned around and ceded the game to the Rockies, who mounted a go-ahead rally against three different pitchers to claim a 3-2 victory.

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