Stephen Strasburg named Nationals’ Opening Day starter

  Stephen Strasburg will take the mound for the Washington Nationals as the starter on Opening Day Apr. 3 versus the Miami Marlins. It’s his fourth time throwing the first pitch of the season for Washington, a club record since the team moved to D.C. from Montreal in 2005. Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer is dealing with a stress fracture in his ring finger on his pitching hand....
Via KCM Sports
1 hour ago

Stephen Strasburg named Washington Nationals’ Opening Day starter as expected...

Stephen Strasburg will take the mound as the Nationals Opening Day starter for the fifth time in his career next Monday against Miami in Nationals Park. With Max Scherzer a little behind schedule but likely ready to go for his first turn in the rotation, and things lining up like they were, it was pretty clear who would get called up to start on Opening Day even before the official...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 hour ago

Relive "Nationals Classics": Some baseball to whet your appetite for the regular season - Nationals Buzz

The regular season is so close, you can almost taste the Ben's Chili Bowl half smokes, popcorn and peanuts. It'll be April 3 before you know it. But before the Nationals host the Marlins on South Capitol Street next Monday, there are still a couple of exhibition games left - ... Read More
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Washington Nationals option four to AAA: Brian Goodwin, Pedro Severino, Matt Grace and Rafael Martin...

The Nationals announced the latest round of roster cuts on Saturday afternoon, optioning four players to Triple-A and sending one to minor league camp.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
12 hours ago

Tanner Roark and Daniel Murphy return to action, and to form

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — For the last few weeks, Dusty Baker worried about Daniel Murphy. He worried Murphy would not have time to get his swing ready after six at-bats in two-plus weeks at the WBC. He worried he would have to push him too hard, perhaps to the point of risking injury, to […]
Via Nationals Journal
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Washington Nationals see Koda Glover as a closer. The question is when.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The legend of Koda Glover, if someone with so little on his big league resume can inspire such a thing, dates from a few weeks after the 2015 draft, when the Washington Nationals chose the big right-hander in the eighth round. As the story goes, when Glover reported to Viera for the […]
Via Nationals Journal
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

A.J. Cole gets awesome greeting from kids during his latest mission trip to Kenya

NC State punter A.J. Cole has been taking mission trips to Kenya since before he enrolled at NC State, so by now the kids over there know him pretty well. ESPN’s Andrea Adelson shared this video from his most recent visit: Cole spends every spring break in Kenya. He posted this a few weeks ago: He was also featured on as a freshman in 2015 (rocking those bama bangs...
Via Backing the Pack
2 days ago

Nats fans will run for a chance to meet speedy Trea Turner

Do you think you’re faster than Trea Turner? Well, you’re not, but you’re invited to see how your wheels compare to the speedy Nationals shortstop’s on Friday, March 31, ahead of Washington’s exhibition game at Nationals Park against the Red Sox. The “Stealing Home Challenge” will be held at Ryan Zimmerman Field at Randall Recreation Center off […]
Via DC Sports Blog
2 days ago

Nationals are creating new field-level seats at Nats Park

Less than two weeks before their season opener, the Nationals are still working on a new field-level seating section that figures to be among the most exclusive seating areas in Nationals Park. Fans have, in recent weeks, spotted photographic evidence of the new section — which will be located beyond the home dugout up the […]
Via DC Sports Blog
2 days ago

Yoenis Cespedes: MLB would grow if they played with Latin culture

Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes has a message for American baseball players and fans.The New York Mets outfielder recorded a video shared by “We are Mitu” on Facebook in which he explained the difference between the Latin and American cultures of baseball. He said that Latin players celebrate because it’s part of the culture and not a sign of disrespect. He also said he thinks...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Ian Kinsler hopes kids appreciate US way of baseball over Puerto Rico, Dominican

The United States has reached the final of the World Baseball Classic, which is reason enough for American baseball fans to celebrate. But comments like what Ian Kinsler had to say is rubbing some the wrong way.The New York Times published an article on Wednesday ahead of the WBC championship game between the US and Puerto Rico and talked about the differences between how each country...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer says finger is healed, no longer an issue

The Washington Nationals and their fans can rest easy. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer — who was dealing with a knuckle injury — threw in Grapefruit League action on Wednesday and had no negative effects. Scherzer went 4.2 innings, surrendered five hits, walked one, allowed two earned runs and struck out four.But as is so often the case with pitchers in spring...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tanner Roark throws four scoreless innings for Team USA in WBC semifinal win

Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo spent most of the first month of camp wandering the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in a USA Baseball hat, a departure from his usual “Harpers Heroes” model, or the less noticeable Nike type. Rizzo, never one to hide his feelings, has been far less vocal about whether the […]
Via Nationals Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 Player Preview: Trea Turner

Trea Turner might have been the most exciting story coming out of the 2016 season. Sure, Max Scherzer won a Cy Young award, but he’s expected to be one of the best pitchers in baseball year in and year out. The Nationals did make the playoffs, but by coming up short in the NLDS yet again, it’s not something many fans are celebrating. Turner, though, made a huge impact on the...
Via The Nats Blog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nats need Daniel Murphy in-form and healthy

World Series requirements for the Washington Nationals, Part III: Daniel Murphy As I stated in a previous article: “Daniel Murphy was spectacular in his first season as a Nat. He hit 47 doubles, 25 home runs, had a .347 BA, a .390 OBP, and an NL-leading slugging percentage of .595. He finished second in the NL MVP voting. Since going off in the 2015 post-season with the New York...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Setting's guest blogging rotation for 2017 - Nationals Buzz

One of the things that sets apart from its competition is the myriad of voices on the site. It's one thing to have world-class daily Nationals coverage provided by Mark Zuckerman, Byron Kerr and the rest of the site's staff; but it's another to offer a platform for some ... Read More
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins split squads split games against Nationals, Mets

NATIONALS 10, MARLINS (ss) 4 Working on ways to prevent tipping his pitches, Stephen Strasburg worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out three. Ryan Zimmerman hit his first spring home run in the sixth. Miami starter Adam Conley went 2 2/3 innings was touched for seven runs on five hits and three walks. MARLINS (ss) 7, METS 5 Marlins starter...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Relive "Nationals Classics": Sweet '16 - Nationals Buzz

The second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament will wrap up today, meaning there will be only 16 teams remaining with national championship hopes. Here's hoping your bracket's not busted. With the Sweet 16 starting on Thursday, MASN is bringing you a couple of sweet Nationals games from 2016 ... Read More
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Eaton’s Defensive Numbers Keep Getting Even Crazier

In 2017, I am probably more interested in Adam Eaton than I am any other player in baseball. As the centerpiece of a controversial blockbuster, coming off a monster season where a lot of his value was tied a huge swing in his defensive value, Eaton was always going to be a fascinating experiment for paying a perceived premium price for outfield defense. But it gets even more interesting...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer likely to miss Washington Nationals' opener

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer probably will miss the Washington Nationals' opener against Miami on April 3 because of a stress fracture in his right ring finger. The stress fracture caused Scherzer to change the grip on his fastball, placing three fingers on top of the ball instead of two. Scherzer has thrown batting practice twice during spring...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals release C Derek Norris; bumped from job by Wieters

WASHINGTON (AP) The Nationals have unconditionally released catcher Derek Norris, who at one point appeared to be penciled in as Washington's starting catcher but became expendable after the club signed free agent Matt Wieters. The Nationals announced the move Wednesday via Twitter. Norris, originally a first-round draft pick by Washington in 2007, was reacquired by the team...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Would Bryce Harper shave beard, keep hair trimmed to join Yankees?

The possibility of Bryce Harper joining the New York Yankees has long titillated a lot of baseball fans, or at least piqued the interest of many. The Washington Nationals slugger, for what it's worth, has never shied away from the fact he grew up a Yankees fan.And while it seems trivial, almost absurd, recent developments in the Yankees organization beg one curious question: Would...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Noah Syndergaard has no problem with bat flipping by opponents

Spring training has already been underway for a couple of weeks, which means soon enough we will be in prime “bat flipping hot take” season. You won’t hear any such talk from New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard however. He also told the New York Post that he’d even respect someone who flipped a bat in his face if such an act were to occur.“Just sheer enjoyment and excitement...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 20 Prospects: Washington Nationals

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the Washington Nationals farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on thes 20-80 scouting scale by which...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg considers eliminating windup to simplify mechanics

Stephen Strasburg struggled with injuries and inconsistency down the stretch in 2016, and now he’s making some changes to his delivery.Strasburg said Friday that he is planning to experiment in pitching without a windup, as he did in his first spring appearance against St. Louis.“I’m not trying to reinvent myself, but just trying to simplify things as much as I can and be able...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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