Ramos said 2011 video of his swing fueled Tuesday's game-winning hit

When a losing streak starts to pile up, one inevitable reoccurrence in almost every game is an inability to produce that clutch hit. Mired in a four-game slump, the Nationals needed someone to step up a deliver a game-changing hit. Enter catcher Wilson Ramos, who had already produced a walk and a base hit in three earlier at-bats in the game. With men on second ... read more

Nationals game blog: Nats need former Diamondback Max Scherzer to be their stopper tonight

The Nationals and Diamondbacks play Game 2 of their four-game series tonight at Nationals Park. This is the game blog. You've come to the right place. The Nationals have lost four in a row, their longest losing streak since they dropped six dating back to April 27. They need Max Scherzer to be their stopper tonight. He is 11-8 with a 2.22 ERA. This is ... read more

Williams hopes to blend returning players with substitutes

Nationals manager Matt Williams provided an update on the returns of Anthony Rendon (quad), Jayson Werth (wrist) and Ryan Zimmerman (foot). All three starters got back in the lineup during last week's 10-game road trip. Rendon returned July 25 and has eight hits in his last nine games with two doubles, a homer and three RBIs. "Anthony I think is fine," Williams said. "He was ... read more

Nationals looking ahead after falling to second place; Strasburg 11 K in second rehab start

With the 6-4 loss Monday to the Diamondbacks and the Mets 12-1 shellacking of the Marlins, the Nationals fell to second place in the National League East for the first time since June 19. After the game, manager Matt Williams said his concern is about Tuesday's game. "It can all change tomorrow," Williams said. "It's about tomorrow's game. We can be back where we want ... read more

Nationals game blog: Nats hope home cooking will end losing streak

Game blog! Our first game blog at home this season. It's a special moment. Don't hesitate to ask me a question about the Nats as we cruise along tonight. The Nationals are looking to end a three-game losing streak, after getting swept in New York over the weekend by the Mets, as they play host to the Arizona Diamondbacks. One way to stop all the ... read more

Williams updates Span, Carpenter and Werth in preparation for Arizona

The Nationals have been able to get pretty close to what they envisioned as their opening day lineup but are still waiting on center fielder Denard Span. Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth are the latest injured starters to return. But Span has now missed 20 games since back tightness forced him to the disabled list July 7. Manager Matt Williams updated Span's status ... read more

Trea Turner exceeding expectations in Syracuse, continuing whirlwind season

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs shortstop Trea Turner is ranked as the No. 9 overall prospect in the mid-season Baseball America updated list. Turner has played 34 games with the Chiefs after playing 68 games in Double-A, 10 of those with the Harrisburg Senators. Syracuse Chiefs play-by-play broadcaster Kevin Brown joined me Sunday on "Nats Insider" on 106.7 The Fan and quoted a familiar refrain when discussing ... read more

Strasburg making second rehab start Monday (updates on Turner, Robles, Voth, Bleier and more)

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs shortstop Trea Turner has seven hits in his last five games. He is hitting .256 over his last 10 games but .316 overall for the season. Turner had a 3-for-5 day on July 30 and went 2-for-5 on July 27. To get a better measure of how good of a hitter Turner is capable of being is to view how he did ... read more