Nats eye good Series starts from Scherzer, Strasburg et al
WASHINGTON (AP) — It had the feel of spring training Friday at Nationals Park, what with the clear blue sky, the crisp breeze and temperature in the low 60s that made it feel like time for the...
Nationals C Suzuki returns to lineup for Game 2 of NLCS
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Washington catcher Kurt Suzuki is in the starting lineup for Game 2 of the NL Championship Series after being sidelined by a head injury.
A capsule look at the Nationals-Cardinals playoff series
A look at the best-of-seven National League Championship Series between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals:
Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at St. Louis,...
A capsule look at the Nationals-Dodgers playoff series
A look at the best-of-five National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers:
Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Thursday, at Los Angeles,...
Nationals score 6 runs in 10th, beat Marlins 10-4
MIAMI (AP) — Kurt Suzuki made the most of his first at-bat following a lengthy absence.
Suzuki's pinch-hit, bases-clearing double capped a six-run, 10th inning and the Washington Nationals...
MRI results show no major setback for Suzuki
Washington catcher Kurt Suzuki might not miss extended time after an MRI on his right elbow revealed no serious injury.
Suzuki has inflammation and still feels tingling in his arm after an...
Mets bullpen bounces back, Alonso 45th HR to beat Nats 8-4
WASHINGTON (AP) — A night after a brutal loss, the New York Mets got back to doing what they have since the All-Star break: Winning another series.
LEADING OFF: Mets-Nats back after wild game, Springer hurt
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
SHAKE IT OFF
The Mets and Nationals are set for a matinee in Washington after playing a wild one Tuesday night. The Mets scored five...
Suzuki HR caps Nats’ best 9th-inning rally, beats Mets 11-10
WASHINGTON (AP) — A few cheering fans caught the attention of Nationals manager Dave Martinez as he finally began his nightly debrief with reporters.
Scherzer goes over 200 Ks as Nationals beat Orioles 8-4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer took another step toward returning to All-Star form, reached another milestone and helped the Washington Nationals get back on track in their pursuit of a playoff...
Nationals put up 10 runs in 5th, 6 in 6th, beat Reds 17-7
WASHINGTON (AP) — It all started with Stephen Strasburg flicking his bat to reach for an outside cutter and loop a flare into right field for a tiebreaking RBI single.
Struggling Giants look to stop 3-game skid against Nationals
Washington Nationals (60-53, second in the NL East) vs. San Francisco Giants (56-58, third in the NL West)
Kurt Suzuki hits two-run homer to lead Nationals past Giants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Washington Nationals are back to doing all the little things that make them winners: scoring early, starting pitchers working deep into games and then turning the ball...
Scherzer stays hot, Nationals blank Royals 6-0
WASHINGTON (AP) — A few days after the birth of his second daughter, Kacy, Max Scherzer was back to work.
Rendon homers, red-hot Nationals complete sweep of Marlins
WASHINGTON (AP) — Manager Dave Martinez gave Anthony Rendon the option of sitting out a late-morning start after a night game.
The All-Star third baseman told Martinez he wanted to play, and...
MIAMI (AP) — Another productive sixth inning helped the Washington Nationals reach a notable point of their season.
A night after they scored three runs in the sixth to build a lead and...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years ago, Matt Adams' dad initiated a holiday tradition with his slugging son: No matter where Adams was playing, he would be in the stadium on Father's Day.
Washington looks for series sweep against Chicago
Washington Nationals (31-35, fourth in the NL East) vs. Chicago White Sox (31-34, third in the NL Central)
Yelich hits 16th HR, Brewers top Nats 7-3 for 6th win in row
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Yet again, Christian Yelich quickly swung things in Milwaukee's favor.
The reigning NL MVP connected in the first inning for his major league-leading 16th home run and the...
After long travel delay, Nats lose 5-3 to Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Washington Nationals' long night and day of travel got even worse after they arrived at Miller Park.
Washington wasted a pair of leads, made four errors and lost to the...
Robles and the Nationals play division rival Philadelphia
Washington Nationals (14-18, fourth in the NL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (18-14, first in the NL East)
Suzuki, Robles homer in 8th to lead Nationals past Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A comeback rally soothed some of the pain of more injuries for the Washington Nationals.
Kurt Suzuki and Victor Robles hit consecutive home runs in the eighth inning to...
Rhys Hoskins’ 3-run homer lifts Phillies over Nationals 4-2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rhys Hoskins is making pitchers think twice about pitching around Bryce Harper.
Hoskins hit a three-run homer, Jerad Eickhoff threw five crisp innings and the...
Hoskins hits 2 solo homers, Phillies beat Nationals 4-3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rhys Hoskins has quite a knack for being clutch.
Hoskins hit two solo homers, Odubel Herrera hit a two-run shot and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington...
National League East capsules
Capsules of National League East teams, listed in order of finish last year:
Suzuki, Gomes bring stability, pop behind plate for Nats
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As important as setting his pitching rotation, Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez will begin to determine his catching platoon when Grapefruit League games...
NL East teams at the start of spring training
A team-by-team look at the National League East entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Manager: Brian Snitker (fourth season).
2018: 90-72, first place, lost to Dodgers in Division Series.
Training Town: Kissimmee, Florida.
Park: Champion Stadium.
First Workout: Feb. 16/21.
He's Here: 3B Josh Donaldson, C Brian McCann, C Raffy Lopez, pitching coach Rick Kranitz.
Nationals again boost rotation, agree to deal with Sanchez
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anibal Sanchez has a new team and his same catcher.
The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a two-year, $19 million contract with right-hander Anibal Sanchez on Thursday.
The deal includes a team option for 2021.
Sanchez, 34, will add depth to Washington's new-look rotation after boosting his appeal with a comeback season for NL East rival Atlanta. The Nationals signed Patrick Corbin to a six-year deal earlier this month.
Sanchez said the two-year deal was important at his age.
AP Source: Nationals have agreement in principle with Adams
WASHINGTON (AP) — Free agent first baseman Matt Adams has an agreement to return to the Washington Nationals, pending a successful physical exam.
A person familiar with the deal confirmed to The Associated Press that Adams and the Nationals agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with a mutual option for 2020. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club had not made an announcement.
Kurt Suzuki, Nationals finalize to $10M, 2-year deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even after his last trip to free agency dragged into January, Kurt Suzuki wanted to go the open market again.
This time, the catcher found a home much quicker.
Suzuki on Tuesday finalized a $10 million, two-year contract to return to the Washington Nationals. The 35-year-old gets $4 million next year and $6 million in 2020, up from $3.5 million last season, his second with the Atlanta Braves.
Braves decline to make qualifying offers, including Markakis
ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves did not extend a qualifying offer to any of their free agents, including cleanup hitter Nick Markakis.
If Atlanta had made $17.9 million, one-year offer to Markakis by Friday's deadline, it would have been in line to receive a draft pick if he signed elsewhere. But the team opted against such a move, not wanting to give the outfielder — who turns 35 this month — the option of taking such a lucrative deal.
Braves acquire veteran catcher Raffy Lopez from Padres
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have acquired catcher Raffy Lopez from the San Diego Padres in exchange for cash considerations.
The 31-year-old Lopez hit .176 and hit three home runs in 37 games with the Padres in 2018. He also spent time with Triple-A El Paso.
Lopez provides depth at catcher with Kurt Suzuki, who has split time with Tyler Flowers the past two seasons, headed toward free agency. Flowers signed a contract extension in August.
Newcomb goes 6 strong, Albies provides jolt as Braves top SF
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are threatening to turn a tight NL East race into a runaway finish.
Sean Newcomb pitched six strong innings, Ozzie Albies sparked the offense with two extra-base hits and Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Monday night.
The Braves moved five games ahead of Philadelphia atop the NL East and reduced their magic number to 15 with their fourth win in five games.
The Giants lost their ninth straight, matching their worst skid since 2006.
Red Sox beat Braves in matchup of division leaders
ATLANTA (AP) — Steve Pearce had three hits and three RBIs, Rick Porcello allowed two hits in five innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Tuesday night for their second straight win in a matchup of division leaders.
Porcello (16-7) gave up one run and struck out five, improving to 10-3 on the road this year. He had been 0-2 in his previous three starts overall since an Aug. 14 win at Philadelphia.
Braves score 4 runs in 8th, end Rays’ 8-game winning streak
ATLANTA (AP) — Tyler Flowers isn't a fan of pinch-hitting. On his memorable day, even that went right.
Pinch-runner Adam Duvall scored the tiebreaking run on a delayed dash from third base and Flowers hit a two-run homer in Atlanta's four-run eighth inning as the Braves beat Tampa Bay 9-5 on Tuesday night to snap the Rays' eight-game winning streak.
Braves, Flowers agree to 2019 deal with club option for 2020
ATLANTA (AP) — Catcher Tyler Flowers has agreed to a contract extension with the Atlanta Braves that could keep him with the team through the 2020 season.
The agreement announced Tuesday by the Braves includes a $4 million contract for 2019 and a $6 million club option, with a $2 million buyout, for 2020.
The 32-year-old Flowers is hitting .225 with five homers in his third year with Atlanta while sharing playing time with Kurt Suzuki. Flowers hit a career-high .281 with 12 homers in 2017.
Ahmed breaks tie in 7th as Diamondbacks top Braves 2-1
ATLANTA (AP) — Zack Godley's control was sharp. That usually means good things for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Nick Ahmed hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh after Godley allowed a run over six innings, and the Diamondbacks beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Friday night.
Braves C Tyler Flowers leaves game due to right knee injury
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers was removed from Friday's game at St. Louis after flying out to end the sixth inning.
Flowers, who came in hitting .248, appeared to hurt his right knee on a swing earlier in the at-bat. He walked off the field on his own, but with a noticeable limp.
Kurt Suzuki replaced him behind the plate to start the bottom of the sixth.
Camargo hits first career grand slam, Braves rout Jays 11-4
TORONTO (AP) — Johan Camargo came up big from the bottom of the Atlanta Braves' lineup.
The No. 9 batter hit his first career grand slam and went 4 for 5 with five RBIs, and the Braves beat the Blue Jays 11-4 on Tuesday night to snap Toronto's home winning streak at seven games.
The bottom four hitters in Atlanta's lineup, DH Kurt Suzuki, outfielders Charlie Culberson and Ender Inciarte, and third baseman Camargo, went 11 for 18 with five doubles and two home runs.