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  1. Bryce Harper uses a lot of different guys’ bats. Here’s why.

    Aug 25, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

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    Harper just test-drives bats. Which makes a lot of sense, actually.

  2. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 20, 2014, 6:54 AM EDT

    Bases loaded walk

    A bases-loaded walk helped the Tigers win a game. A walkoff plunking gave the Cardinals the win. And the crew in Chicago couldn’t get a tarp on the field. Can anyone around here play this game anymore?

  3. Nationals rout Diamondbacks for eighth straight win

    Aug 19, 2014, 10:22 PM EDT

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    The Nationals are the hottest team in the majors. Stephen Strasburg yielded just three hits over eight inning of one-run ball and shortstop Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with four RBI in an 8-1 stomping of the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.

  4. It’s been a trying year for Bryce Harper

    Aug 8, 2014, 7:44 PM EDT

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    It’s been a trying year for Bryce Harper, but the Washington Nationals are in first place despite the struggling star.

  5. Things are not adding up for the Nationals right now

    Aug 6, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

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    Something’s just not adding up at the moment for a Nationals club that at times looks like the most-dominant team in the National League yet lately has been finding creative and agonizing ways to lose ballgames.

  6. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    Jacob deGrom

    The last baseball that counts for a few days. Enjoy it, folks.

  7. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 3, 2014, 7:23 AM EDT

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    Edwin Encarnacion: “He hanged it, I banged it.” He actually said that.

  8. Nationals manager Matt Williams: “I’ve got Bryce’s back, in every way”

    Jul 2, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Matt Williams met with Bryce Harper yesterday and then made a concerted effort to diffuse any notion of perceived animosity between the Nationals manager and his 21-year-old star.

  9. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 1, 2014, 6:34 AM EDT

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    Every ten years or so, the Tigers get a walkoff grand slam. Like, every ten years or so, basically to the week.

  10. What they’re saying about the passing of Tony Gwynn

    Jun 16, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Gwynn

    If you’re looking for an unkind word about Tony Gwynn among those who knew him, played against him, played under him, covered him or merely watched him play, well, you’re going to be looking for a long, long time.

  11. The Nationals are the hottest team in baseball

    Jun 10, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals

    Don’t look now, but the Nats are poised to take control of the NL East.

  12. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 10, 2014, 6:28 AM EDT

    Lonnie Chisenhall

    Lonnie Chisenhall went 5 for 5 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI. Mercy.

  13. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 15, 2014, 6:30 AM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    There is no word for “lose” in Masahiro Tanaka’s vocabulary. It’s not even a translation thing. There is no “lose” in his Japanese or his English. He’s just a giant bag of win and dominance and stuff.

  14. The life of a baseball wife

    May 9, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

    Ian Desmond

    As Ian Desmond does his job, his wife Chelsea shuffles and juggles their two toddlers and everything else.

  15. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 11, 2014, 6:15 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    If a pitcher has a foreign substance on his hand and no one is there to complain about it, does it still raise a stink?

  16. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 7, 2014, 6:02 AM EDT

    Kemp Ramirez

    Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez each went yard twice. And I contemplate the return of the game-winning RBI stat.

  17. Bryce Harper out of Nationals starting lineup Sunday, admits that he is feeling “pretty lost”

    Apr 6, 2014, 10:21 AM EDT

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    Bryce Harper went 0-for-4 in Saturday night’s 6-2 loss to the Braves and acknowledged to CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman after the game that he’s feeling “pretty lost right now, actually.” He will sit out Sunday.

  18. Report: Ian Desmond turned down contract extension worth about $90 million over the winter

    Mar 23, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Washington Nationals

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond turned down a hefty multi-year contract extension over the winter. Heyman’s sources estimate the extension was at least six years in length and between $80 to $90 million in value. The two sides eventually agreed on a two-year, $17.5 million deal in January…

  19. Jayson Werth is a fan of the Nationals’ plan to be more aggressive on the bases

    Mar 7, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    You might not guess it by looking at him, but Jayson Werth is a very good base runner. The 34-year-old veteran has stolen 37 bases in 43 attempts in three somewhat injury-plagued seasons with the Nationals. In his prime with the Phillies, under the tutelage of first base coach Davey Lopes, Werth stole 60 bases…

  20. Jayson Werth isn’t fond of his 2014 Topps baseball card

    Feb 28, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    There have been some bad baseball cards in the past. Billy Ripken’s infamous “[Expletive] Face” bat. Jay Johnstone’s umbrella hat. Chuck Finley’s bat/guitar. But at least it was unmistakable who was in it. Jayson Werth isn’t the only visible National in his card in the Topps 2014 set, something he isn’t too happy about, according…

  21. Nationals and Doug Fister agree to deal to avoid arbitration

    Feb 1, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

    Doug Fister Getty

    The Nationals announced this morning that they have reached an agreement with Doug Fister to avoid arbitration. No word yet on the exact terms of the deal. Fister, who was acquired from the Tigers in December, requested $8.5 million and was offered $5.75 million from the Nationals when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month.…

  22. Nationals, Ian Desmond avoid arbitration with two-year deal

    Jan 17, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies

    Shortly after signing Jordan Zimmermann to a two-year contract the Nationals have done the same with shortstop Ian Desmond, avoiding arbitration. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Desmond will get $17.5 million for his final two seasons of arbitration eligibility, and can then become a free agent following the 2015 season. Desmond has established himself…

  23. Silver Slugger Award winners, as they’re announced …

    Nov 6, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball is unveiling the 2013 Silver Slugger Award winners Wednesday evening (6:00 p.m. ET) in an hour-long special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the top offensive player at each position in each league, as determined by MLB’s coaches and managers. We’ll post the recipients here as they…

  24. Projecting the 2013 Gold Glove winners

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Manny Machado

    Let’s go down the list: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez Mauer is still the AL’s best defensive catcher, but he played a mere 660 innings behind the plate this year, compared to 1,200 for Wieters and 1,115 for Perez. Wieters has won the last two, so he’s the favorite here. Still, I…

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