NATIONALS WATCH

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

  • Washington Nationals catcher Jhonatan Solano dives to tag Phillies second baseman Chase Utley as Craig Stammen tries to avoid a collision. (Associated Press photo)

    Defense comes up huge in Nationals' thrilling victory over Phillies

    By Amanda ComakPublished September 5, 2013 Comments

    The Washington Nationals’ season charged onward on Wednesday night when their thrilling 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies pushed one more breath of life into them. And then they stared at the television screens in the clubhouse hoping a Cincinnati Reds loss might give them another.

  • Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tanner Roark (59) during a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    Tanner Roark to make first MLB start Saturday vs. Marlins

    By Amanda ComakPublished September 4, 2013 Comments

    Tanner Roark will make the first start of his major league career on Saturday when the rookie right-hander takes the ball for the Nationals against the Marlins.

  • Denard Span scored the game-winning run for the Nationals in their 4-3 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday night. They celebrated their seventh win in their last eight games. (Associated Press photo).

    Denard Span feeling like himself again at the plate during 16-game streak

    By Amanda ComakPublished September 4, 2013 Comments

    There were times, earlier this season, when Denard Span drove himself crazy trying to figure out what was wrong. That has not been an issue for the Washington Nationals' center fielder of late. Span is hitting .313 with a .349 on-base percentage with a .431 slugging percentage since the All-Star break. And during his current 16-game hitting streak that dates back to Aug. 17, Span is hitting .415 with a .457 on-base percentage and a .569 slugging percentage.

  • Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper walks through the dugout after his team was swept by the Atlanta Braves Wednesday night. (Associated Press photo)

    Bryce Harper sits in finale with Phillies with 'barking' hip

    By Amanda ComakPublished September 4, 2013 Comments

    Bryce Harper has started every game since Aug. 17, and he has not missed an entire game since July 24. He has battled injury, however, pretty much throughout the season, including missing 31 games on the disabled list with bursitis in his left knee.

  • Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos gets high fives in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the second inning Tuesday night. (Associated Press photo)

    Nationals best Phillies in ugly game

    By Amanda ComakPublished September 4, 2013 Comments

    By the time it was over, the box score was ugly enough to at least marginally describe what had transpired in the previous three hours and 38 minutes between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies. It had the usual important facts, like the final score, which marked a 9-6 Nationals victory -- their 70th of the 2013 season. And then it had the rest. Thirteen walks, four errors, four homers, one balk and five wild pitches between the two teams in one of the sloppiest games of the season.

  • Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) strikes out in the eight inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, October 10, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Davey Johnson explains why Danny Espinosa did not receive a September promotion

    By Amanda ComakPublished September 3, 2013 Comments

    The Washington Nationals had indicated for a few weeks that they did not plan to call second baseman Danny Espinosa back up to the major leagues when rosters expanded in September. That became somewhat official on Tuesday when they added five more players to their roster and Espinosa was not among them.

  • Washington Nationals second baseman Zach Walters fails to throw out St. Louis Cardinals' Ronny Cedeno at first during the seventh inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game Friday, March 15, 2013, in Jupiter, Fla. The Cardinals won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Nationals call up Zach Walters, Corey Brown, Jeff Kobernus, Eury Perez and Xavier Cedeno

    By Amanda ComakPublished September 3, 2013 Comments

    The Washington Nationals added five more players to their active roster on Tuesday, calling up infielder Zach Walters, outfielders Corey Brown and Eury Perez, utility man Jeff Kobernus and left-hander Xavier Cedeno in their second round of September additions.

  • Bryce Harper looks down the first base line during the Washington Nationals' 3-2 loss to the New York Mets. (Associated Press photo)

    Bryce Harper dealing with hip "soreness" but OK to play

    By Amanda ComakPublished September 3, 2013 Comments

    Bryce Harper was in the Washington Nationals' lineup on Tuesday, but head trainer Lee Kuntz confirmed that the outfielder is dealing with "soreness," in his left hip and has been receiving treatment on it. Kuntz declined to say how long Harper has been getting treatment on his hip, and he did not know what originally caused the pain. But he indicated it was not an uncommon thing at this point in the year, with 137 games in the rearview mirror.

  • Bryce Harper stretches during the Washington Nationals' 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. (Associated Press photo)

    Bryce Harper receiving treatment on hip

    By Amanda ComakPublished September 3, 2013 Comments

    Monday night, after the Nationals' 3-2 loss, manager Davey Johnson revealed he'd recently learned Bryce Harper has been receiving treatment on one of his hips.

  • Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos tries to sweep the tag on Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins as he scores the decisive run in the Nationals 3-2 loss. (Associated Press photo)

    Phillies stage comeback, deal Nationals significant blow

    By Amanda ComakPublished September 3, 2013 Comments

    When the bullpen doors opened and he descended the steps that lead to the right center field entrance at Citizens Bank Park, the Nationals handed the ever-reliable Tyler Clippard a newly-acquired one-run lead. By the time manager Davey Johnson reluctantly came to take the ball from him six batters later, they trailed 3-2.

  • Washington Nationals right-hander Taylor Jordan throws during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. (Associated Press photo)

    Taylor Jordan heads to Florida for throwing program, Davey Johnson talks Bryce Harper

    By Amanda ComakPublished September 2, 2013 Comments

    The Washington Nationals shut Taylor Jordan down for the season just more than two weeks ago, but it wasn't until Monday that they sent him home to Florida to begin a throwing program.

  • Washington Nationals' Roger Bernadina hits an RBI-double off a pitch from Boston Red Sox's Alfredo Aceves as Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia looks on in the ninth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Sunday, June 10, 2012. The Nationals beat the Red Sox 4-3. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Nationals face old friend Roger Bernadina

    By Amanda ComakPublished September 2, 2013 Comments

    The Washington Nationals will see a familiar face in a strange uniform on Tuesday night when Roger Bernadina, previously one of the longest-tenured members of the Nationals organization, heads out to right field for the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Washington Nationals shortstop Zach Walters (60) throws to first base as the Washington Nationals play the Florida Marlins during spring training at Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Fla., Wednesday, February 27, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Nationals set to add five more September call-ups on Tuesday

    By Amanda ComakPublished September 2, 2013 Comments

    The Washington Nationals will add four or five more players to their major league roster on Tuesday, manager Davey Johnson said, plucking a pitcher and a few more position players from the Triple-A Syracuse roster.

  • Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Nationals - Phillies lineups: Stephen Strasburg looks to keep Nationals momentum going

    By Amanda ComakPublished September 2, 2013 Comments

    About two weeks ago, Jayson Werth sat in the clubhouse at Wrigley Field and evaluated the Washington Nationals' chances to make a late-season run at the playoffs. He said then that, in his estimation, his team could maybe afford to lose about 10 more games. Maybe. And he acknowledged that even if they did that they'd still need a lot of help. Since then, the Nationals have lost just three times, meaning if Werth's calculation is correct their margin for error is down to seven more losses before the end of the season.

  • Jayson Werth, center, celebrates the Nationals' comeback victory with Bryce Harper, right, and Denard Span, left. (Associated Press photo)

    Jayson Werth leads Nationals as they rally past Mets

    By — Published September 2, 2013 Comments

    Jayson Werth helped get the Washington Nationals a little bit closer in the wild-card race. Werth's two-out RBI double in the eighth inning capped a late rally and the Nationals avoided a series sweep with a 6-5 win over the New York Mets on Sunday night.

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