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  1. 2013 Preview: Washington Nationals

    Mar 13, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

    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…

  2. Bryce Harper batting third for Nationals would make history

    Mar 7, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Ryan Zimmerman has been the Nationals’ primary No. 3 hitter for several years now, but manager Davey Johnson said yesterday that he’s leaning strongly toward moving Bryce Harper into the third spot this season because “he’s a tough out, he doesn’t swing at bad pitches, and he uses the whole field.” He’s also still just…

  3. Ryan Zimmerman makes spring debut

    Mar 3, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman made his spring training debut this afternoon against the Cardinals. The veteran underwent off-season surgery to fix the acromioclavicular joint in his right shoulder, which ailed him throughout most of the 2012 season. It was particularly noticeable in the first half, when Zimmerman hit eight homers and posted a .694 OPS…

  4. No, Anthony Rendon isn’t making the Nationals’ Opening Day roster

    Mar 2, 2013, 9:08 AM EDT

    Anthony Rendon AP

    With Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals have two of the most exciting young players in the sport. Which makes it all the more impressive that the sweet-swinging Anthony Rendon has drawn so much attention this spring. But we’re going to have to wait a little while for his major league debut. Rendon, selected…

  5. Ryan Zimmerman throws on field for first time since shoulder surgery

    Feb 28, 2013, 8:08 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman AP

    Ryan Zimmerman has yet to make his spring debut, but he continues to make encouraging progress from offseason surgery on his right shoulder. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Zimmerman threw to second base for the first time today for the first time this spring. He’s hoping to make throws across the infield…

  6. Ryan Zimmerman will DH in early spring games

    Feb 19, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

    zimmerman getty

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post explains: In an effort to move [Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman] along slowly, [manager Davey Johnson] plans to use Zimmerman as a designated hitter early in the spring. He does not expect Zimmerman to be able to play defense in a game until two weeks into the Grapefruit League…

  7. The Mets lowball David Wright

    Nov 27, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    David Wright Getty

    UPDATE: The Mets have sweetened their offer. 8:23 AM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets have made David Wright an offer he’s almost certain to reject: six years, $100 million. Executives around the league have figured that Wright would get something north of $125 million. Sources close to Wright have said that he wants seven years.…

  8. Executive consensus: David Wright will get a 7-year, $127 million deal

    Oct 27, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    David Wright Getty

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post spoke with multiple MLB executives about David Wright and the Mets and he says that the consensus from them is that Wright is going to get a seven year deal for about $127 million. Add the $16 million option the Mets have on him for 2013 and it works…

  9. Chad Tracy undergoes arthroscopic surgery on knee

    Oct 25, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Chad Tracy AP

    Ryan Zimmerman wasn’t the only member of the Nationals who went under the knife today. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Chad Tracy underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Like Zimmerman, he’s expected to be fine in time for spring training. Tracy functioned mostly as a pinch-hitter for the National League East champions this…

  10. Ryan Zimmerman undergoes shoulder surgery

    Oct 25, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    zimmerman getty

    Cortisone injections kept Ryan Zimmerman playing–and playing remarkably well–despite season-long shoulder problems and today the Nationals third baseman underwent arthroscopic surgery. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that the recovery timetable is six weeks, so barring any setbacks Zimmerman should have plenty of time to get healthy for spring training. Prior to his first injection Zimmerman…

  11. An early guess at Team USA’s WBC lineup

    Oct 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    trout getty

    If Derek Jeter‘s broken ankle didn’t take him out of the mix for the World Baseball Classic the moment it happened, today’s news that he needs surgery definitely makes the issue moot. But as unfortunate as Jeter’s injury is for the Yankees, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for Team USA in next spring’s World…

  12. Nationals put a hurting on Adam Wainwright, lead 6-0 through three innings

    Oct 12, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper Reuters

    The Nationals are pouring it on against the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS. Bryce Harper led off the top of the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run. After entering tonight’s action 1-for-19 in the series, the 19-year-old phenom has a triple and a homer in his first two at-bats…

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

    Oct 12, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    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…

  14. NLDS Game 5 lineups: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 12, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    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.…

  15. NLDS Game 4 lineups: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 11, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    Oct 10, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    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…

  17. NLDS Game 3 lineups: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    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.…

  18. The Mets are expected to offer “in the neighborhood of $100 million” to David Wright

    Oct 9, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    David Wright

    Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are preparing an offer for David Wright: The Mets are expected to open negotiations with an offer for somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million for star third baseman David Wright, people familiar with the team’s thinking said. That had better be a big neighborhood, because $100 million seems…

  19. Mike Matheny’s quick hook pays off as Cardinals even NLDS with Nationals

    Oct 8, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Mike Matheny Getty

    UPDATE: Well, this adds a new wrinkle to Matheny’s decision. According to Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jaime Garcia was pulled from the game because he aggravated a previous shoulder injury. He has been sent for an MRI. 8:13 PM: After being outmaneuvered by Davey Johnson in the Cardinals’ Game 1 loss to…

  20. NLDS Game 2 lineups: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Davey Johnson, Mike Matheny

    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Nationals, in St. Louis: 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…

  21. NLDS Game 1 lineups: Nationals vs. Cardinals

    Oct 7, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    busch stadium third base gate getty

    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the NLDS between the Nats and Cards, scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET: 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…

  22. NLDS Preview: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 7, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

    busch stadium getty

    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 Nationals have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams St. Louis Cardinals (88-74) vs. Washington Nationals (98-64) The Matchups Game 1 Sunday in St. Louis: Gio Gonzalez vs.…

  23. Catch the Nationals-Braves series tonight on “Caught Looking” at 9PM on the NBC Sports Network

    Sep 20, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Tonight’s Caught Looking, airing at 9 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, goes behind the scenes at last weekend’s Nationals-Braves series. Spoiler alert! The Braves swept the series. But Caught Looking is about more than the game action: … the episode features compelling in-game audio, highlighted by wireless microphones worn by Braves third baseman Chipper Jones and Braves…

  24. Ryan Zimmerman gets another cortisone shot, likely needs offseason shoulder surgery

    Sep 19, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    zimmerman getty

    Ryan Zimmerman went from having a miserable season to being one of the best hitters in baseball after getting a cortisone injection in his injured right shoulder on June 24, but with the effects starting to wear off the Nationals third baseman got another shot today. Prior to the injection Zimmerman hit just .218 with…

  25. Baseball announces the Roberto Clemente Award nominees

    Sep 18, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” David Ortiz won it last year.  The 2012 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. One complaint first. It’s the same complaint I lodge every…

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