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

    Apr 16, 2014, 6:38 AM EDT

    Night court

    I only watched a little baseball last night. Watched a lot of “Night Court” though.

  2. Mike Rizzo says the Nationals are better than the Braves

    Apr 14, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

    Mike Rizzo

    Exactly one year ago Danny Espinosa and Stephen Strasburg claimed the 2013 Nats were better than the Braves. They weren’t. Now Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo has gone and done it again.

  3. 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?

  4. 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…

  5. Stephen Strasburg gets Opening Day start for Nationals

    Mar 20, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    For the third straight season the Nationals have turned to Stephen Strasburg as their Opening Day starter, choosing him over Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann. “He’s earned it,” rookie manager Matt Williams told Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, noting that he also gave serious consideration to Zimmermann. Last season Strasburg threw 183 innings with a 3.00…

  6. Smart money on Hanley Ramirez, Jay Bruce in prop bets

    Mar 12, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez Getty

    Bovada released its player prop bets for the 2014 season on Wednesday, providing odds on the AL and NL MVP and Cy Young races, as well as MLB’s home run leader. Here’s a look at what I consider to be the best bets in each category. Please do note, though, all information here is for…

  7. 2014 Preview: Washington Nationals

    Mar 5, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    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 2014 season. Next up: The Washington Nationals. The Big Question: Can the Nationals reclaim their throne atop the NL East? The Nationals were everybody’s…

  8. Livan Hernandez likely to join the Nationals in spring training as an instructor

    Jan 25, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals starter Livan Hernandez pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of their National League baseball game in Washington

    Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports that Livan Hernandez says it’s “99 percent” that he will be a part of Nationals’ spring training as an instructor. Hernandez turns 39 on February 20 and did not pitch in 2013, so it’s reasonable to believe his time as a player is done. Hernandez last pitched out of…

  9. Ranking the best 1-2 rotation punches in baseball

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

    kershaw getty

    The Yankees made headlines when it was announced that they had signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year deal worth $155 million. They were in need of rotation help and satisfied that need in a big way by signing the best free agent pitcher on the market. That the Yankees signed him came as…

  10. ESPN announces its Sunday Night Baseball matchups for the first half

    Jan 15, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

    old TV

    ESPN has sent out a press release revealing its “Sunday Night Baseball” matchups through July 20. Insert your “____ coast bias!” comments below: Just eyeballing it, the biggest oversights I see are no games involving either the Washington Nationals — who should be a strong contender and who have exciting young players like Bryce Harper…

  11. Nationals and Stephen Strasburg agree to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:46 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Washington Nationals

    The Nationals and right-handed starter Stephen Strasburg have agreed to a one-year, $3.975 million deal with performance bonuses, avoiding arbitration. The report comes to us from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Strasburg, 25, was eligible for arbitration for the first time and is entering 2014 with the momentum of back-to-back solid seasons. He posted a…

  12. Could baseball return to Montreal?

    Dec 12, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Expos in a line

    The Montreal Gazette is reporting that one of Canada’s great cities could once again be a home for a Major League Baseball team as long as a new stadium is built in the downtown area. A study was performed by Ernst and Young and the law firm BCF, which found that it would cost Montreal…

  13. Report: Cubs offering Jeff Samardzija around five years and $55 million

    Dec 6, 2013, 7:57 AM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    It was reported Wednesday that the Cubs intend to listen to offers on right-hander Jeff Samardzija during next week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, but they haven’t given up all hope in retaining him for the long-term. Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago was told by a source that the Cubs have offered Samardzija…

  14. Nationals acquire Doug Fister from Tigers

    Dec 2, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    doug fister getty

    UPDATE: It’s done. The Nationals just announced that prospect left-hander Robbie Ray will also be sent to Detroit. So it’s Fister for Ray, Krol, and Lombardozzi. Interesting. Ray has really improved his stock as a prospect over the past year, but it’s surprising that the Nationals were able to acquire Fister without giving up a…

  15. What if MLB’s season were only 16 games?

    Nov 1, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    kershaw getty

    So, a couple of friends suggested to me that instead of making this a series of rule changes I would like to see (and will never happen), I should instead come up with “Five things that might make you think differently about baseball.” That does seem to make a bit more sense. My first rule…

  16. Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, and Adam LaRoche all had surgery

    Oct 26, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

    Nationals cap logo

    The Nationals must have received the group discount. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com passes along word that Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, and Adam LaRoche all underwent surgery in recent days. Fortunately for the Nationals, all of them appear to be minor. Strasburg had surgery yesterday to remove bone chips from his right elbow. The 25-year-old is…

  17. Davey Johnson calls John Feinstein “an idiot”

    Sep 25, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Davey Johnson

    Yesterday we ripped into John Feinstein’s stupid and evidence-free column in which he argued that the Nats missing the playoffs in 2013 was directly attributable to the Nats shutting down Stephen Strasburg in 2012. Someone asked Davey Johnson what he thought of it: “I say he’s an idiot,” Johnson said. “You do what is best…

  18. No, the Strasburg shutdown in 2012 is not why the Nats missed the playoffs in 2013

    Sep 24, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

    strasburg getty

    The worst part of narrative-driven sports journalism is that it usually results in those who engage in it bending the facts to fit the narrative rather than identifying a narrative that springs logically from those facts. As an example I give you John Feinstein’s column on the Nats. Which came out today, but which you…

  19. Maybe MLB needs a draft lottery, too

    Sep 23, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

    Carlos Rodon

    In case you missed it, the Astros, by virtue of losing their ninth straight game, clinched the first overall pick in 2014 MLB draft. Technically, they can still end up tied with the Marlins at 57-105 if they win the rest of their games and the Marlins lose out, but they’d own the tiebreaker by…

  20. Stephen Strasburg is the third-fastest to reach 500 career strikeouts

    Sep 22, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    With a fifth-inning strikeout of Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich, Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg became the third-fastest — in terms of innings pitched — to reach 500 career strikeouts, tweets James Wagner of the Washington Post. The two to do it faster: former Cubs teammates Kerry Wood and Mark Prior. Strasburg entered tonight’s start with a…

  21. Stephen Strasburg passes test, will start Saturday

    Sep 20, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    With the Nationals still alive in the hunt for a wild card berth, there will be no shutting down Stephen Strasburg just yet. He passed his throwing test Friday and will start Saturday, manager Davey Johnson said. Strasburg hasn’t pitched since Sept. 8 because of forearm tightness. He was scratched from his scheduled start last…

  22. Stephen Strasburg scratched from another start with forearm problems

    Sep 19, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    strasburg getty

    Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his scheduled start last week due to forearm tightness, but the Nationals insisted it was a minor injury and later rescheduled him to start today. Unfortunately that’s not going to happen, as the team announced last night that Strasburg has been scratched from that start because his forearm problems haven’t…

  23. Stephen Strasburg scheduled to start Thursday

    Sep 17, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his scheduled start Friday with forearm soreness, but the Nationals insisted at the time that it was minor and sure enough Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com reports that he’s slated to rejoin the rotation Thursday. Strasburg threw a problem-free bullpen session Monday to get clearance for the start, which would be…

  24. Is there a speed limit for pitchers?

    Sep 17, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    Speed Limit

    An interesting story at the New York Times about the research into injuries to pitchers who throw hard: Fleisig, a biomedical engineer, knows what an arm can handle, and years of research give him the confidence to answer one of baseball’s more intriguing questions: Is there a limit to how fast a human being can…

  25. Stephen Strasburg expects to return this week

    Sep 15, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    stephen strasburg getty

    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his scheduled Friday start against the Phillies after experiencing forearm tightness while working on a new pitch during his pregame bullpen session. But it wasn’t a major concern then and signs are looking promising for a quick return. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Strasburg played long toss…

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