Nationals News

  • Missed chances cost Nats in 12-inning loss

    The Nationals piled up 16 hits and numerous scoring threats in Thursday night's series opener against the Padres. They just couldn't get those hits at the right time, going 0-for-16 with runners in scoring position and stranding 14, a big reason why San Diego stole a 4-3 victory in 12 innings at Nationals Park.

  • Nats' challenge wipes out Pads' steal in ninth

    Nationals manager Matt Williams successfully challenged a ninth-inning call in Thursday's game against Padres. Yonder Alonso walked to open the ninth and tried to steal second base with Jedd Gyorko up and none out. Alonso was called safe and it appeared the Padres had a runner on second with none out in a 3-3 game. But Williams and the Nationals challenged the call.

  • Session goes well, Fister set for rehab start

    Doug Fister appears ready to make his next rehab appearance this weekend, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams. Williams, in his pregame news conference Thursday, said that Fister (lat strain) felt fine after a 40-pitch bullpen session earlier in the day. His next start is scheduled for Sunday, which the manager thinks will be with the Class A Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League.

  • Nats try to solve another Padres lefty

    Another day, another lefty, as the Padres turn to Robbie Erlin to start on Friday against the Nationals opposite Stephen Strasburg in the second game of a four-game series at Nationals Park.

  • Williams downplays Gio's shoulder tightness

    Manager Matt Williams said the Nationals will have a better idea of where pitcher Gio Gonzalez is with his shoulder in a few more days, but that he's not all that worried.

  • MLB removes error from Desmond's ledger

    After Tuesday's game, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond had been charged with nine errors, which led the Major Leagues. However, an error was taken away from Desmond by Major League Baseball before Wednesday's game against the Angels.

  • Hairston takes BP, moves closer to return

    Scott Hairston, on the disabled list since April 6 due to a left oblique strain, took batting practice again on Thursday and is also drawing closer to returning.

  • Werth, LaRoche rally Nats for walk-off win vs. Halos

    It looked like the Nationals were going to lose their third straight game, but big hits by Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche helped them walk off with a 5-4 win over the Angels on Wednesday night at Nationals Park.

  • Bauman: Nationals have yet to hit stride

    The Washington Nationals should be significantly better than their overall early-season performance has indicated. Perhaps they could even be as good as they were in the ninth inning Wednesday night.

  • Gio: Shoulder is fine, nothing to worry about

    Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez picked up a no-decision in Wednesday's 5-4 Nationals victory over the Angels. He left the game in the sixth inning because of tightness in his left shoulder, but says he's fine.

  • Williams: No problem with Harper's two-strike bunting

    A strange play occurred in the sixth inning during the Nationals' 5-4 victory over the Angels on Wednesday night. After Adam LaRoche singled off right-hander Jared Weaver to lead off, Bryce Harper tried to bunt for a hit on a 2-2 count, but he fouled out to catcher Chris Iannetta.

  • Clippard not pleased, but not concerned by start

    After allowing four unearned runs to the Angels in a 4-2 loss on Monday night, Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard indicated that he may be tipping his pitches. But manager Matt Williams believes Clippard has a problem with his location.

  • Nats put in extra work to get better in field

    The Nationals took infield practice Wednesday afternoon. The practice was supposed to be for the reserves, but regulars such as Ian Desmond, Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa were also getting in their reps. They asked manager Matt Williams to be part of the action, and Williams obliged.

  • Jordan on wrong end of history in Nats' loss to Halos

    Taylor Jordan was a part of history on Tuesday night at Nationals Park, as Albert Pujols collected his 500th career home run and helped the Angels roll past the Nationals, 7-2.

  • Challenge unsuccessful for Nats' Williams

    Nationals manager Matt Williams tried to take advantage of replay in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Angels but was unable to get the call reversed.

  • Barrett recalled, back in Nationals' bullpen

    The Nationals reshuffled their bullpen again on Tuesday, recalling rookie right-hander Aaron Barrett from Triple-A Syracuse and optioning lefty Xavier Cedeno. Tuesday was the first day Barrett was eligible to return to the big leagues after he was optioned to Syracuse on April 12.

  • Williams: We'll see how bullpen roles play out

    While Nationals reliever Drew Storen went through a rough patch last season, Tyler Clippard was the steady hand in the back of the bullpen, setting up closer Rafael Soriano. So far in 2014, their fortunes have been reversed.

  • Fister on track for rehab start on Sunday

    Doug Fister took another step in his recovery from a right lat strain on Tuesday, throwing his second simulated game in extended spring training in Viera, Fla. The three-inning, 44-pitch outing went well, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams, and the right-hander is expected to return to Washington on Thursday before making a Minor League rehab start on Sunday.