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  1. Jayson Werth has blossomed into Nats’ leader

    Mar 24, 2013, 6:05 PM EST

    Jayson Werth

    The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore has a fantastic article about Jayson Werth up on the website today, looking in depth at his transition from new guy to team leader. Kilgore discusses Werth’s off-beat personality, his stern suggestions to anybody and everybody on the team, and how the right fielder changed the culture both in terms…

  2. Bruce Rondon has bounced back after rough start to spring

    Mar 18, 2013, 10:01 PM EST

    Bruce Rondon AP

    Bruce Rondon‘s early struggles this spring led to reports that the Tigers were trying to acquire a closer, but the rookie fireballer has bounced back quite nicely of late. Rondon allowed three runs on five hits and five walks over his first 3 2/3 innings during Grapefruit League action, but after taking a few days…

  3. 2013 Preview: Washington Nationals

    Mar 13, 2013, 9:44 AM EST

    Bryce Harper Reuters

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up first: the Washington Nationals. The Big Question: Are the Washington Nationals the best team in baseball? It’s probably easier to make…

  4. Bryce Harper is 6-for-8 so far in the Grapefruit League and “taking extra bases at will”

    Feb 26, 2013, 10:39 PM EST

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    Jedd Gyorko isn’t the only on-fire spring hitter. Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper — who doesn’t turn 21 years old until October — went 3-for-3 with two doubles Tuesday in the Nationals’ 9-5 Grapefruit League loss to the Braves. Harper is now 6-for-8 (.750) this spring and “taking extra bases at will,” writes Mark Zuckerman…

  5. Drew Storen was dealing with “excruciating” back pain during the NLDS

    Feb 22, 2013, 8:05 PM EST

    Drew Storen

    This is of little consolation to Nationals fans after the club lost in heartbreaking fashion during the NLDS against the Cardinals, but it turns out that Drew Storen wasn’t quite at 100 percent when the season came crashing down. In fact, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman hears that Storen was pitching through “excruciating” back pain. It…

  6. Expect the Nationals to trade Michael Morse

    Jan 8, 2013, 12:49 PM EST

    Mike Morse Getty

    It took Adam LaRoche a couple months to cave in and accept the Nationals’ two-year offer, but now that he’s returning to Washington expect Michael Morse to be on the way out. Morse has somewhat quietly been one of the better right-handed hitters in baseball since becoming a regular in 2010, but there’s nowhere for…

  7. Adam LaRoche accepts two-year deal from Nationals

    Jan 8, 2013, 12:20 PM EST

    Adam LaRoche Reuters

    Adam LaRoche was holding out for three years and the Nationals were steadfast in sticking with a two-year offer. Today the free agent first baseman decided that was good enough, as Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that LaRoche has agreed to a two-year deal to return to Washington. Having draft pick compensation attached to his…

  8. Nationals are “definitely shopping Mike Morse”

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Mike Morse Getty

    With their trade for Denard Span the Nationals’ outfield is set with Span in center field and Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth flanking him in the corners. That would shift Michael Morse from left field to first base and seemingly signal the end of free agent Adam LaRoche‘s time in Washington, but general manager Mike…

  9. The Red Sox are talking to Adam LaRoche

    Nov 29, 2012, 8:43 PM EST

    Adam LaRoche Getty

    The Red Sox have reportedly identified Mike Napoli as their No. 1 target in free agency, but they are also weighing the alternatives. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Red Sox are talking to Adam LaRoche as a potential fallback option for first base. The Red Sox have made a three-year offer to Napoli,…

  10. The Nationals want to move to Fort Myers, but apparently don’t want to pay for it

    Nov 29, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    City of Palms Park

    We mentioned this over the weekend in that post about the misgivings local officials have about helping the Red Sox build their new spring training facility, but James Wagner of the Washington Post has a more in-depth story about the Nationals flirtation with Fort Myers. The upshot: the Nationals approached Hammond Lee County officials about moving…

  11. Will the Nationals look to trade Michael Morse?

    Nov 20, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Michael Morse

    If the National succeed in re-signing free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche to a multi-year deal it could lead to a first base/corner outfield logjam in the not-so-distant future and Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com has an interesting article wondering if that means Michael Morse could be on the trading block soon: Signed for one more…

  12. The Phillies’ former batting practice pitcher is suing the team for defamation

    Nov 6, 2012, 9:50 AM EST

    Phillies Logo

    This is fun. At least if you’re not one of the parties to the lawsuit. Former Phillies’ batting practice pitcher Ali Modami is suing the Phillies and Ruben Amaro personally, saying that Amaro defamed him. The upshot: Modami was fired, and when he tried to get jobs with the Dodgers and Nationals, he claims that…

  13. NLCS Preview: Cardinals vs. Giants

    Oct 14, 2012, 11:39 AM EST

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    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Cardinals and Giants have in store for us in the National League Championship Series. The Teams St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants The Matchups Game 1 Sunday in San Francisco: Lance Lynn vs.…

  14. Nationals have all of the pieces for a longer run in 2013

    Oct 13, 2012, 2:04 AM EST

    Bryce Harper

    Yeah, that was a particularly gruesome way to lose. But that will only make the eventual payoff that much sweeter. Of course, the Nationals aren’t guaranteed anything going forward after losing in the NLDS to the Cardinals on Friday night. Shutting down Stephen Strasburg early was a move geared towards protecting the future, but the…

  15. Daniel Descalso cuts Nationals’ lead to 6-5 with solo homer

    Oct 12, 2012, 11:43 PM EST

    Daniel Descalso Getty

    Oh boy. We have a one-run game in Washington. Daniel Descalso hit a leadoff home run off Tyler Clippard in the top of the eighth inning to cut the Nationals’ lead to 6-5. After hitting only four home runs in 143 games during the regular season, he has two during the NLDS. He would have…

  16. Nationals grab quick 3-0 lead in Game 5 of NLDS against Cardinals

    Oct 12, 2012, 9:01 PM EST

    Ryan Zimmerman Getty

    The Nationals won Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cardinals yesterday in thrilling fashion thanks to a walkoff solo home run from Jayson Werth. And Nationals Park is rocking again after one inning tonight. Werth led off the bottom of the first inning with a double off Adam Wainwright before the scuffling Bryce Harper…

  17. NLDS Game 5 lineups: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 12, 2012, 6:03 PM EST

    Davey Johnson, Mike Matheny

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Nationals, in Washington: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS WASHINGTON NATIONALS 1. Jon Jay, CF 1. Jayson Werth, RF 2. Carlos Beltran, RF 2. Bryce Harper, CF 3. Matt Holliday, LF 3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B 4. Allen Craig, 1B 4. Adam LaRoche, 1B 5.…

  18. Behold, the Jayson Werth cupcake

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    jayson werth cupcake

    After last night’s walk-off homer Fluffy Thoughts Cakes in Washington, D.C. decided to make a Jayson Werth cupcake to sell today for $5. Sarah Kogod of the Washington Post has a photo and it’s pretty great:

  19. Deep Thoughts: ex-Phillies edition

    Oct 12, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Forgot to mention this earlier, but I was really wondering last night how it felt for Phillies fans to see Raul Ibanez play hero on Wednesday night and then, less than 20 hours later, seeing Jayson Werth play the hero for the Nats. If Scott Rolen had gone yard instead of striking out to end…

  20. Looking ahead to two more Game 5s

    Oct 12, 2012, 9:11 AM EST

    Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth rounds the bases after hitting a game-winning walk-off solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game 4 of their MLB NLDS baseball series in Washington

    Four best of five playoff series, four Game 5s. Life is good. We do it again two more times tonight, with the following action on tap: Orioles at Yankees, 5:07 PM ET, TBS:  It has been an offense-free zone for both teams, but it’s not surprising given the big names and big contracts that the Yankees…

  21. And That Happened: Thursday’s playoff highlights

    Oct 12, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    Division Series - San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Five

    What a ripoff. Instead of the 12 hours of baseball craziness we got on Wednesday, Thursday’s games only gave us eleven and a half hours. I want my money back. Giants 6, Reds 4: Buster Posey with the big bomb. Dusty Baker with a bomb of his own. San Francisco moves on to face the…

  22. Jayson Werth delivers walkoff homer vs. Cardinals to force a Game 5 in NLDS

    Oct 11, 2012, 7:23 PM EST

    Jayson Werth AP

    We’re going to have yet another Game 5 in this already thrilling postseason. Jayson Werth clubbed a walkoff solo homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning this evening to power the Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLDS. It forces a fifth and deciding game…

  23. NLDS Game 4 lineups: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 11, 2012, 1:48 PM EST

    Davey Johnson, Mike Matheny

    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Nationals, in Washington: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS WASHINGTON NATIONALS 1. Jon Jay, CF 1. Jayson Werth, RF 2. Carlos Beltran, RF 2. Bryce Harper, CF 3. Matt Holliday, LF 3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B 4. Allen Craig, 1B 4. Adam LaRoche, 1B 5.…

  24. NLDS Game 3 Live Blog: Cardinals vs. Nationals, baby!

    Oct 10, 2012, 12:31 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals' Kozma hits a three run home run in front of Washington Nationals catcher Suzuki during the second inning in Game 3 of their MLB NLDS baseball series in Washington

    4:42 PM: Bryce Harper flies out to second and that’s the ballgame. Cardinals win 8-0 and take a 2-1 lead. The Nats’ backs are up against the wall. Stay tuned to HBT for some postgame analysis and all kinds of other things on a busy, busy evening of playoff baseball. 4:41 PM: Jayson Werth walks. He’s…

  25. NLDS Game 3 lineups: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Davey Johnson, Mike Matheny

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Nationals, in Washington: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS WASHINGTON NATIONALS 1. Jon Jay, CF 1. Jayson Werth, RF 2. Carlos Beltran, RF 2. Bryce Harper, CF 3. Matt Holliday, LF 3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B 4. Allen Craig, 1B 4. Adam LaRoche, 1B 5.…

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