Harper hitting his stride at plate crucial for Nats to get rolling again

The Nationals downed the Orioles 4-0 to end their four-game losing streak behind eight shutout innings from Max Scherzer. Right fielder Bryce Harper perfectly placed a two-run double down the left field line to highlight a three-run eighth inning, adding crucial insurance to a 1-0 lead. After watching the Orioles put up 18 runs in their last two games against the Nats, Harper knew that ... read more

Scherzer returns to vintage form in Nats’ shutout of Orioles

The Nationals were desperate to end their four-game losing streak on Thursday. In order to accomplish that task, they needed a solid outing from their ace right-hander Max Scherzer. Scherzer delivered. It was vintage Max. Allowing only two hits over seven innings, Scherzer and the Nationals finally got to the Orioles 4-0. Scherzer allowed no runs on two hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts ... read more

Baker says Strasburg’s elbow soreness in different location from Tommy John surgery

Nationals manager Dusty Baker went out to watch Joe Ross (right shoulder inflammation, July 3) and Reynaldo Lopez through their bullpen sessions. While out there, he got to see right-hander Stephen Strasburg (right elbow soreness, August 21) throw the baseball, too. “It was coming out pretty easy,” Baker noted. “I asked him how he felt afterwards. He said he felt pretty good. I had seen ... read more

Harper designs cap for Harper’s Heroes, charity seeking cure for leukemia

Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper co-announced with the New Era Cap Company a new cap that he helped to design for Harper’s Heroes, a charitable organization created to raise awareness and benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. On Wednesday, Bill Adams, vice president of U.S. Sales for New Era, Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo and Harper made the joint announcement ... read more

Roark on erratic first inning: “Couldn’t locate, it’s as simple as that”

The Nationals hoped a return to their home field would jumpstart a weary bunch after a tough nine-game road trip ended Tuesday in Baltimore. On the mound was right-hander Tanner Roark, who had worked at least seven innings in 11 of his previous 16 starts. But Roark was not his usual reliant self on Wednesday night. Roark allowed four runs in the first inning, including ... read more

Late rally fizzles in 10-8 loss to Orioles, Nats’ fourth straight

The Orioles continued their mastery of the Nationals with a 10-8 win at Nats Park before a sellout crowd of 39,100. Baltimore has defeated the Nationals in 17 of 23 meetings dating to 2011. With the win, the Orioles have now won the season series from the Nationals for five straight seasons. The Nationals have lost four straight games. Right-hander Tanner Roark could not find ... read more

Solis makes progress with left shoulder rehab

Left-hander Sammy Solis has been on the disabled list since with left shoulder inflammation since Aug.16. Before today’s game, he was in the Nationals clubhouse preparing for another workout. Solis confirmed that he initially felt soreness in his shoulder after earning the win in a 5-4 victory over the Rockies on Aug. 15. Solis (2-3) notched the victory by pitching one inning, scattering two hits ... read more

Revere’s struggles have not deterred Baker’s confidence

Manager Dusty Baker opted to give center fielder Ben Revere the night off in Baltimore on Tuesday. Revere has struggled, hitting .186 (18-for-97) in his last 30 games, with one homer, seven RBIs and nine strikeouts. Revere has not played as much recently with the addition of Trea Turner and his introduction to center field. His on-base percentage is just .259 this season, well off ... read more