9/18/2014 | LaRoche keeping sore back rested for playoff run
Although one bruised National, Jayson Werth, appeared in the lineup on Thursday night against the Marlins, first baseman Adam LaRoche didn't join him for the second straight day. The 34-year-old LaRoche, who has been dealing with a sore back for weeks, told manager Matt Williams he was feeling better. But he wanted an extra day of rest so he could be sure he'd be able to help the Nationals throughout the rest of their playoff run.
9/18/2014 | Improving Zimmerman tests hammy, unsure of return
Ryan Zimmerman said he's getting closer to being 100 percent healthy, but there's still no timetable on when the injured veteran third baseman will return to Washington's lineup.
9/18/2014 | Nationals claim Florimon off waivers from Twins
The Nationals announced Thursday that they claimed infielder Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Twins. They also designated outfielder Eury Perez for assignment.
9/16/2014 | Braves focus on WC race as Nats seek NL's top record
When the Braves and the Nationals take the field again on Wednesday, one club will keep its sights set on clinching home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs, while the other will try to pull off what seems improbable and win a Wild Card spot.
9/16/2014 | Desmond is Nats' nominee for Clemente Award
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is one of 30 nominees for the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award.
9/16/2014 | Zim has productive first sim game in rehab process
Ryan Zimmerman played in his first simulated game Tuesday and was productive at the Nationals' Spring Training complex, according to manager Matt Williams. Zimmerman was able to get five at-bats, had two doubles and ran the bases without any problems.
9/16/2014 | Nats celebrate, but focus is on bigger picture
On Tuesday, the Nationals wrapped up their second National League East title in three years, but they feel they are far from done celebrating.
9/16/2014 | Finishing atop NL means Nats would draw Wild Card
If the season were to have ended on Tuesday night, the Nationals would have the best record in the National League, which means they would have home-field advantage until the World Series.
9/16/2014 | Nats' accomplishments shouldn't be diminished
The Nationals are back on top. Two division titles in three seasons, in this time of parity, should not be scoffed at, diminished or in any way belittled.
9/16/2014 | Roark's effort clinches NL East crown for Nats
In manager Matt Williams' first year at the helm, the Nationals clinched their second National League East title in three seasons on Tuesday with a 3-0 win over the Braves.
9/16/2014 | MLB announces Clemente Award nominees
Major League Baseball and Chevrolet announced on Tuesday the names of the 30 club nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, and fan voting will begin Wednesday, Roberto Clemente Day, to help decide who succeeds Carlos Beltran as the winner of the prestigious community honor handed out annually at the World Series.
9/15/2014 | Soriano struggles with Nats up by four in ninth
After Monday's 4-2 victory against the Braves, Nationals manager Matt Williams declined to name a closer. He was still talking about going with the best matchups whenever possible. However, it may be hard for Rafael Soriano to get his job back.
9/15/2014 | Nats on verge of what could be many celebrations
The Washington Nationals are within one well-placed victory of a division title. Their triumph in this matter is, by all that is logical, a question of when, not if. The real question about the Nats' short-term future would seem to be whether they can finish with the National League's best record, thus qualifying for home-field advantage in two rounds of the postseason.
9/15/2014 | Nats go with Roark in first chance to clinch division
If the Nationals win one of their two remaining games at Turner Field this week, the Braves will have to watch their rivals celebrate winning the National League East on their home turf. If that was not incentive enough, Atlanta is hanging on by a thread in the NL Wild Card race as it sends Aaron Harang to the hill to face Washington's Tanner Roark on Tuesday night.
9/15/2014 | Harper exits game after feeling lightheaded
Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper left Monday's game against the Braves in the top of the fourth inning after feeling lightheaded. According to manager Matt Williams, Harper may have caught the same bug that third baseman Anthony Rendon and first baseman Adam LaRoche dealt with recently.
9/15/2014 | LaRoche honored to be Man of Year Award finalist
Adam LaRoche is one of six players -- Carlos Beltran, Josh Hamilton, Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Max Scherzer are the others -- to be selected by fans as finalists for 2014 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.
9/15/2014 | Nats have plan for Zim in instructional league games
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is currently in Viera, Fla., to start playing in simulated games with instructional league players starting Tuesday. Zimmerman spent Monday having a full workout at the team's Spring Training facility. In the first game, Zimmerman will play three innings at first base.
9/15/2014 | Zimmermann meets Hall of Famer Aaron in Atlanta
Before Monday's game against the Braves, Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann had the pleasure of meeting Hall of Famer Hank Aaron at Turner Field.
9/15/2014 | Battery charges Nationals toward NL East crown
The magic number is now 2. That is the combined number of Nats wins and Braves losses needed for the Nationals to win the National League East after Monday night's 4-2 Washington victory at Turner Field. Stephen Strasburg tossed seven shutout innings and had an RBI single, while Wilson Ramos homered in the series-opening win.
9/14/2014 | After jacking homer, Ramos ready for postseason action
Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos made it clear after the team's 3-0 victory over the Mets on Sunday afternoon that he wants to play in the postseason.
9/14/2014 | Braves set to host Nats in crucial division matchup
The Nats will try to inch closer to winning the NL East when they send out Stephen Strasburg to face Ervin Santana and the Braves on Monday night. Atlanta will try to gain ground in the Wild Card race.
9/14/2014 | Ramos, Zimmermann fuel Nats' win over Mets
Wilson Ramos' two-run homer in the seventh was enough to back Jordan Zimmermann's 6 2/3 scoreless frames, as the Nationals blanked the Mets, 3-0, at Citi Field on Sunday.
9/14/2014 | Span eyeing more milestones this season
Nationals center fielder Denard Span reached a personal milestone on Friday, when he stole his 30th base of the season. But Span has two other goals he would like to reach before the regular season ends.
9/14/2014 | Soriano discovers form during recent relief work
Nationals right-hander Rafael Soriano, who spent most of the season as the team's closer, entered Saturday night's 10-3 victory over the Mets in a mop-up role. In his last two outings, Soriano has pitched two shutout innings.
9/13/2014 | Desmond in exclusive SS club with third 20/20
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond set a personal milestone in Saturday night's game against the Mets, as he reached the 20/20 (homers and stolen bases) plateau for the third straight season.
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