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May 18

Solid Scherzer is Nats’ anchor

Lots of people thought the Nationals already had the best starting pitching in the major leagues before Jan. 21, when Max Scherzer joined the team with a seven-year, $120 million free-agent deal. Some might even have thought it was a superfluous move by the Nats, an investment that might have been better made in another …

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May 04

Pitchers take over as Nats find footing

This is the Washington Nationals’ pitching staff we’ve been waiting to see. Since coming back from 9-1 and 10-2 deficits to beat the Braves 13-12 last Tuesday, in a game that may well be remembered as the defining moment of the 2015 season, the Nats have won four of five games behind starting pitching that …

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Apr 27

A veteran club like the Nats shouldn’t be playing like this

There are many ways to break out of a losing streak. A good way to extend one, however, is to make silly plays, something the Nationals have gotten good at during their current five-game skid. Let’s review the fun, shall we? On Wednesday, after the Nats rally to tie the Cardinals at 5-5 with a …

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Apr 20

Welcome back Mr. Span

Two weeks into the 2015 season, the Washington Nationals’ lineup as it was envisioned at the start of spring training is beginning to take shape. The most recent addition – and the most welcome so far – was the return of leadoff man and center fielder Denard Span on Sunday. With all due respect to …

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Apr 13

Three reasons Nats fans should remain optimistic

Repeat after me: “It’s still early… It’s a marathon, not a sprint… Nobody ever won a pennant in April… Three of our best hitters haven’t played yet.” Can we think of any other worn-out clichés to perk up the spirits of Nats fans expecting more after a 2-4 first week? There are probably plenty. Quite …

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Mar 30

Nats’ debut in Nationals Park a memorable one

March 30, 2008 The Washington Nationals made their debut in the new Nationals Park a special one.  The Nationals 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves was the team’s first opening day victory since the team moved to Washington D.C. in 2005.  The young Nationals showed a lot of poise when they were able to keep …

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Nov 12

Williams named National League Manager of the Year

Nationals manager Matt Williams, who in his first season guided an injury-riddled team to the National League’s best record and its second division title in three years, has been named the 2014 National League Manager of the Year. Williams received 18 of 30 possible first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to finish …

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Oct 06

In a game of inches, Nationals coming up short all around

We’ve all heard that baseball is a game of inches. It’s a seemingly small measurement that can make the difference between a ball and a strike, a hit and an out or even a win and a loss. Such measurements are also apparently important to San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson, who questioned the Nationals’ …

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Sep 22

One blogger’s votes for the Nats’ 2014 awards

Each year, the D.C. chapter of the Internet Baseball Writers Association polls members of the Nats blogosphere to determine its Player Achievement Awards. The voting is organized by District Sports Page Editor and fellow MASN guest blogger Dave Nichols. This year’s winners will be announced on Monday, Sept. 29 on the DC-IBWAA website. This blogger …

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Sep 15

No slow lane on the road to the 2014 postseason

It comes down to this: With 14 games left in the regular season, the Nationals visit their division archrivals in Atlanta with a chance to clinch the National League East, drop the Braves below .500 and send them to the outer fringes of the postseason picture. In a season where they’ve overcome numerous injuries and …

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