Wilmer Difo highlights seven Nats prospects playing on Arizona Fall League squad

The Arizona Fall League announced their 2015 rosters Tuesday and the Nationals' entrant, the Salt River Rafters, includes seven Nationals prospects. The Rafters will be managed by high Single-A Potomac manager Tripp Keister. He guided the P-Nats to the 2014 Mills Cup by winning the Carolina League title. Nationals pitchers include Double-A Harrisburg right-handers Dakota Bacus and Abel De Los Santos, plus left-hander Nick Lee. ... read more

Bullpen inconsistency, rough August some of the reasons for Nationals' predicament

The bullpen has never really been able to get in a rhythm this season. It is one of the reasons the Nationals stumble into September after losing 17 of 29 games in August. Similar to the offense and injuries plaguing consistency, the bullpen lost right-hander Craig Stammen to a torn flexor tendon in early April just as the season was beginning. Stammen has the unique ... read more

Clint Robinson demonstrates value again with two homers in two days for Nats

Heading into 2015, he had 13 total at-bats at the big league level. Heading into 2015, he didn't know if he would even be playing in the majors. Then on August 30 in his 98th game with the Nationals, Clint Robinson crushed a pinch-hit two-run shot, his first pinch-hit homer of his major league career. He is the team leader in pinch-hits with six on ... read more

Werth again displays power stroke in Nats' 7-4 comeback win

The Nationals flexed their muscles again in a 7-4 come-from-behind victory over the Marlins, which gave them a fourth consecutive series victory. Jayson Werth clubbed a two-run homer and later added a run-scoring double, highlighting the Nationals' comeback from 3-0 and 4-2 deficits. They have now won eight of their last 12 games. Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond provided RBI singles in a three-run fifth. ... read more

Nats game blog: Nats seek series with over Marlins with Strasburg on hill

The Nationals are seeking their fourth consecutive series win and a chance to even their won-loss record against the Marlins with today's finale at Nationals Park. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg is looking for his 10th career win against the Marlins and is 3-1 with a 1.73 ERA since Aug. 8. The Marlins counter with left-hander Brad Hand, who is 0-3 with a 7.85 ERA in four ... read more

Jordan Zimmermann uses lethal fastball to cut down Marlins 5-1

Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann went old school on the Marlins in a 5-1 victory, perfectly in line with the 1980's theme celebration going on at Nationals Park Saturday night. Zimmermann (11-8) used his fastball, with his velocity spiking in the upper 90's mph, to toss seven innings and allow only one solo homer in recording his third straight win. Manager Matt Williams felt Zimmermann's outing was ... read more

Nats game blog: Bryce Harper has four homers vs. Tom Koehler this season

Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper hit three homers against Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler on May 6 here at Nationals Park. The Nationals won that game 7-5. He has five homers with nine RBIs in 23 plate appearances and 21 at-bats against Kohler with a 1.048 slugging percentage. Four of those homers have come this season. Harper has six homers this season against the Marlins, 15 ... read more

Williams on Desmond's durability, Span, Taylor and Escobar

With all the injuries the Nationals have had to deal with this season, one constant in the lineup has been starting shortstop Ian Desmond. He was given a day off here and there because his offensive game wasn't as consistent in the first half of the season, but any nagging nicks and bruises never prevented him from missing any time. The rest of the projected ... read more