WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven weeks ago, the Washington Nationals didn't have much to dance about.
They were 12 games below .500 with the fourth-worst record in baseball. They weren't giving ace...
SAN DIEGO (AP) — With four swings in the span of seven pitches, the Washington Nationals put on a stunning power display that made major league history.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says second-year manager Dave Martinez's job is safe for now despite Washington's sluggish start to the season.
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...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Washington Nationals have placed left fielder Juan Soto on the 10-day injured list due to back spasms.
The 20-year-old Soto missed three straight games entering...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon is finally heading to the injured list with a bruised left elbow after sitting out seven of Washington's past eight games.
Nats’ Zimmerman on injured list after hurting right foot
WASHINGTON (AP) — First baseman Ryan Zimmerman was put on the 10-day injured list Sunday by the Washington Nationals because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
MIAMI (AP) — Stephen Strasburg walked off the field after a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and when his manager and teammates lined up in the dugout to punctuate his performance with a round of handshakes,...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Every team has a "next big thing" in the minors, waiting for the chance to dazzle in the majors, and Washington Nationals fans have been hearing about Victor Robles for...
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time since 2011, the Washington Nationals will go through a season without any help from Bryce Harper.
So it's rather likely this year will be viewed, at...
Nats’ Zimmerman gets in lineup, hopes to stay there
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman has made his first appearance this spring in the Washington Nationals lineup. Now he wants to be a fixture there.
Nats’ Ryan Zimmerman sick, delaying spring training debut
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman is feeling sick, delaying his debut in exhibition games.
"He came in today to see a doctor but I sent him home," manager...
Nats’ Zimmerman: Trying to win should be norm, not exception
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman finds it odd that so many teams now feel the need to announce they are trying to win.
Nationals finalize $4M, 1-year deal with Adams
WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Adams is returning to a Nationals team he believes is better than the one he was traded from and has the potential to make even more moves this offseason.
Adams finalized a $4 million, one-year deal on Tuesday that includes a $3 million salary for next season and a $4 million mutual option for 2020 with a $1 million buyout. The 30-year-old first baseman is back with Washington after being traded to St. Louis in August for $50,000.
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.
Nats have done work, but Bryce Harper looms over offseason
WASHINGTON (AP) — Everywhere Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman goes these days, the same topic arises: What is going to happen with free agent outfielder Bryce Harper?
"As if they think — I guess because I've been here forever — I know all the answers to everything," Zimmerman said Saturday at Nationals Park during the club's annual fan festival. "Yeah, you get that question quite a bit."
Strasburg strikes out 9, Nats beat Phillies 5-1 for sweep
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Aaron Nola can't stop Philadelphia's skid, the Phillies are in trouble.
Stephen Strasburg threw seven impressive innings, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Juan Soto homered and the Washington Nationals beat the freefalling Phillies 5-1 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
"We haven't played good baseball due to a ton of variables," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.
- The Washington TimesNationals reinstate first baseman Matt Adams from injured listMay 22, 2019
- The Washington TimesNationals activate Anthony Rendon off injured listMay 8, 2019
- The Washington TimesNationals injuries begin to pile up with Soto, Adams out of lineupMay 5, 2019
- The Washington TimesMatt Adams' homer in 11th lifts Nats over PadresApril 28, 2019
- The Washington TimesRyan Zimmerman out at least 10 days with foot injuryApril 28, 2019
GM Rizzo indicates manager Martinez will be back in 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo indicated during a session with reporters Wednesday that first-year manager Dave Martinez will return next season.
"I haven't considered any other scenario," Rizzo responded when asked if Martinez would be back.
The Nationals, expected to contend for a third straight NL East title, entered Wednesday with a 69-70 record, 7 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the East and eight games back in the wild card.
Cards beat Nats behind Molina grand slam, 4 other homers
WASHINGTON (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt changed his lineup after arriving at Nationals Park, dropping catcher Yadier Molina from second to sixth.
Molina responded with a grand slam, Marcell Ozuna homered twice and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 11-8 on Tuesday night.
Molina's sixth career grand slam provided a cushion for St. Louis, making it 11-5 with two outs in the ninth.
Zimmerman hits 2-run HR in 9th, Nationals beat Phillies 8-7
WASHINGTON (AP) — The players remaining on the Washington Nationals don't want to be written off just yet.
Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Nationals over the Philadelphia Phillies 8-7 on Wednesday night.
Nationals activate Strasburg, Zimmerman from DL
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals activated right-hander Stephen Strasburg from the 10-day disabled list and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the 60-day DL ahead of Friday's series opener against the Atlanta Braves.
Strasburg (6-6, 3.46 ERA) started Friday against Washington's NL East foe. The right-hander landed on the DL June 10 with right shoulder inflammation. In 13 starts, Strasburg has 95 strikeouts and 19 walks.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg will come off the disabled list and start for the Washington Nationals in their first game after the All-Star break.
Manager Dave Martinez says Tuesday the team also hopes to get back first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and closer Sean Doolittle against NL East rival Atlanta.
The Nationals host the Braves for a three-game series beginning Friday.
Strasburg is 6-6 this season with a 3.46 ERA in only 13 starts. He has struck out 95 and walked 19 in 80 2/3 innings.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Lerner's first letter to then-commissioner Bud Selig after his family bought the Nationals asked to host the All-Star Game.
"It's something I've wanted from the moment we got the team," Lerner said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom dreamed about the road less traveled.
Driving down Constitution Avenue on his way to each home game since his NHL debut in 2007, he imagined the street lined with overjoyed Washington Capitals fans.
"It always popped up in my head that one time we're going to have a parade here, and finally that day is here," Backstrom said.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Washington Nationals have reinstated outfielder Brian Goodwin from the disabled list after he missed 39 games with a left wrist contusion.
Manager Dave Martinez put Goodwin in Friday's lineup batting sixth against the Atlanta Braves to give center fielder Michael Taylor an off day.
Left fielder Adam Eaton will begin a rehab assignment this weekend at Double-Harrisburg and continue early next week at Single-A Potomac. He has missed 46 games with a left ankle bone bruise.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The season is barely two months old, and the Washington Nationals have already been asked to adjust to a new manager, overcome a rash of injuries and jump into bounce-back mode following a poor start.
With Bryce Harper leading the way, they've handled every obstacle while becoming the hottest team in the big leagues.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Washington Nationals placed first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 10-day disabled list Saturday and promoted veteran infielder Mark Reynolds from Triple-A Syracuse.
Zimmerman has been hampered by a right oblique strain. He last played on Wednesday at San Diego.
"Last couple of days he felt the same, so we decided to just give him the 10 days," manager Dave Martinez said. "See if we can get this thing knocked out, calmed down."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Throughout the bumpy opening weeks of the Washington Nationals' season, first-year manager Dave Martinez counseled patience and reiterated that victories would eventually materialize.
They've come this week at the expense of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Trea Turner and Ryan Zimmerman homered in the sixth inning and the Nationals beat Pittsburgh 3-1 Thursday, completing a four-game sweep and extending their winning streak to a season-high five games.
The Nationals bullpen still ranks near the bottom in ERA for National League clubs. And first baseman Ryan Zimmerman is in his annual spring funk, with a batting average of .121 in games through Tuesday.
But while the Nationals have had some early-season woes, one area of strength for first-year manager Dave Martinez is the play of his bench.
NEW YORK (AP) — Gio Gonzalez has kidded about what makes him so successful at Citi Field — the Latin cuisine in the clubhouse, the jets that fly overhead, the odd angles and neat architecture.
His career record at the New York Mets' home is no joke: 11-1 with a 1.78 ERA.
Gonzalez won again at his home away from home, Trea Turner kept Washington in gear all game and the Nationals beat the Mets 5-2 Tuesday night.
"Food, I don't know, airplanes," Gonzalez said. "It's a beautiful ballpark."
Michael A. Taylor, standing on third base with the bases loaded, sped home to score a run as the ball deflected off the glove of Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta.
Taylor then ducked his head to get out of the way of a throw by Iannetta towards the plate as Trea Turner, who is even faster than Taylor, came around from second to score another run on the passed ball with Ryan Zimmerman at the plate.
Congressman John Lewis of Georgia threw out the first pitch Sunday as part of Jackie Robinson Day/Black Heritage Day at Nationals Park.
Major league teams around the country honored Robinson on Sunday on the anniversary of the legend breaking the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
Strasburg’s 8 scoreless innings help Nats stymie Braves
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg didn't duplicate fellow Washington Nationals starter Max Scherzer's stolen base from Monday night. He did nearly match Scherzer zero for zero against the Atlanta Braves.
Strasburg threw eight scoreless innings a day after Scherzer produced a two-hit shutout as the Nationals handled the Braves 4-1 on Tuesday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Once again, albeit maybe for the last time, the Washington Nationals enter a season counting on Bryce Harper to lead their offense, with Anthony Rendon, Daniel Murphy, Ryan Zimmerman and Trea Turner expected to do some heavy lifting, too.
Once again, the Nationals figure they have among the best starting rotations in baseball, led by three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.
National League East capsules
Capsules of National League East teams, listed in order of finish last year:
2017: 97-65, first place, lost to Cubs in NLDS.
Manager: Dave Martinez (first season).
He's Here: 1B-OF Matt Adams, C Miguel Montero, RHP Jeremy Hellickson, RHP Joaquin Benoit, INF Matt Reynolds.
He's Outta Here: Manager Dusty Baker, LF Jayson Werth, 1B-LF Adam Lind, C Jose Lobaton, RHP Matt Albers.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hump day had a more tangible meaning for the Washington Nationals.
New manager Dave Martinez had a trio of camels brought to spring training camp Wednesday, four-legged visual aids to help players launch a journey aimed at getting over the franchise's playoff hump.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Sean Doolittle arrived at the University of Virginia late in the summer of 2004 from New Jersey, where he had led Shawnee High to the state title as a pitcher and first baseman.
One of the first teammates he met at Virginia was Ryan Zimmerman, two years ahead of Doolittle and a junior on the 2005 squad.
The Nationals' 40-man roster that began spring training this week has several ties to the region.
The two most obvious are former University of Virginia products Ryan Zimmerman and Sean Doolittle. Zimmerman, a first baseman, has been with the club since 2005 while Doolittle was acquired in a trade with the Oakland A's last summer.
Adams can earn $500,000 in performance bonuses with Nats
WASHINGTON (AP) — First baseman/outfielder Matt Adams can earn $500,000 in performance bonuses as part of his $4 million, one-year contract with the Washington Nationals.
Adams would get $50,000 for 375 plate appearances, $100,000 each for 400, 425 and 450, and $150,000 for 475 as part of the deal announced Dec. 22.
In a vacuum, what's not to like?
Bryce Harper is back. So is Max Scherzer, who may again win the National League Cy Young Award this offseason. Stephen Strasburg has reached his peak. Daniel Murphy is around for one more year. Ryan Zimmerman just had a career season. The bullpen, that dreaded rectangular abyss for much of last season, has a clear closer and setup man.
Bryce Boost: Nats thrilled Harper set to provide playoff pop
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Bryce Harper slipped on a rain-slicked first base and tumbled awkwardly to the ground in apparent agony back in August, many members of the Washington Nationals feared the worst.
"Watching that live ..." pitcher Gio Gonzalez said, shaking his head as his voice trailed off at the thought of it. "Seemed serious. Devastating."