Cabrera, Werth and Fister following 2-1 setback to Phillies

New second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera went 0-for-4 in his Nationals debut, but was able to hit three balls hard and made an impressive sliding play to prevent a base hit and record the out on defense in the third inning against Jimmy Rollins. Cabrera was not able to record a hit despite three line outs. "That's baseball, man," Cabrera said. "I got to keep doing ... read more

Nationals answer Phillies quickly in second (Phils win 2-1)

Nationals right-hander Doug Fister has been a perfect 5-0 in five starts at Nationals Park this season. But he struggled a bit in the second inning of Friday's matchup against the Phillies. After notching the first two outs, Grady Sizemore hit a ball to deep left field. Bryce Harper was able to get a glove on the hit, but was unable to catch the ball. ... read more

Williams on Barrett option and Cabrera on his new team

The Nationals activated infielder Asdrubal Cabrera prior to Friday's game against the Phillies. The team optioned right-hander Aaron Barrett to Triple-A Syracuse. Manager Matt Williams said there were a couple of reasons they decided to send Barrett back to the minors. "(Ross Detwiler's) pitched really well. So we want to get him some higher leverage lefty-lefty situations," Williams said. "Aaron has been in a lot ... read more

Cabrera activated, Barrett optioned; Lobaton talks trade (plus lineup)

The Nationals officially activated infielder Asdrubal Cabrera today and optioned right-handed reliever Aaron Barrett to Triple-A Syracuse. The club acquired Cabrera and cash considerations yesterday in exchange for infielder Zach Walters. Cabrera has made 149 starts at second base in his career and is a career .270 hitter. The 26-year-old Barrett is 3-0 with a 3.21 ERA in 40 appearances for the Nationals. Blake Treinen, ... read more

Gonzalez, Ramos and Frandsen on loss to Phillies

Left-hander Gio Gonzalez was looking to build off a seven-inning, one-run performance Saturday at Cincinnati. He took a hard luck 1-0 loss, but still managed to pitch well, allowing the Reds only four hits and striking out eight. But in his first game back at Nats Park since July 20, Gonzalez struggled against the Phillies, giving up five runs in 3 2/3 innings in a ... read more

Phillies pouring it on (Nats fall 10-4)

The Nationals have finally returned home for the first time since July 20 and left-hander Gio Gonzalez looked to get off to a good start in front of the Nationals Park faithful. He started that last game at home and recorded a no-decision in a 5-4 win over the Brewers. Despite falling to the Reds on Saturday, Gonzalez allowed only one run on four hits ... read more

Williams on Walters' "big potential" in Cleveland, Rizzo on 2011 trade that got him to Nats

The Nationals decided to trade future potential for playoff experience and depth for their infield on Thursday, sending prospect Zach Walters to the Cleveland Indians for veteran infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. Manager Matt Williams said Walters thought he was in trouble when his skipper called him into the office early Thursday to deliver the news. "Shocked as anybody else would (be)," Williams said. "I said, 'No,' ... read more

Williams and Rizzo on acquisition of Cabrera

Manager Matt Williams was excited with the news that the Nationals had acquired two-time All-Star infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians. Williams said during pregame availability on Thursday that Cabrera brings to the Nationals postseason experience. "He is a guy that has been in pennant races," Williams said. "He understands that. He understands the pressures of this time of year and getting where you ... read more