Patriotic Harper uses star-spangled bat to slay Giants

The message from Bryce Harper and the Nationals was clear: Happy birthday, America! The Nationals dropped the Giants 9-3 on Independence Day thanks to a huge first inning, highlighted by a two-run line drive home run from Harper, his 25th round-tripper of the season. Harper, donning plenty of patriotic colors in his uniform, swung a special star-spangled bat. He took the third offering from San ... read more

After extra time off, Gonzalez keeps the ball down for win against Giants

The Nationals edged the Giants 2-1 on a dramatic two-run shot from Clint Robinson and the calm and methodical pitching of left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez was frustrated last Saturday when the rain in Philadelphia forced a postponement after he had tossed only 18 pitches. The rainout also forced Gonzalez into an extra day of rest. Sometimes that additional time off throws some starters out of ... read more

Williams updates Zimmerman, Rendon, Barrett, Gonzalez and Desmond

Nationals manager Matt Williams had an update on first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and the plantar fasciitis in his right foot that has kept him out of the lineup since June 10. "Good. (He's) progressing," Williams said. "Zim's not quite running yet, but he's doing the other things that he needs to do to get prepared. Once that pain gets out of there, he'll be able ... read more

Nationals sign a pair of teenage international players; Suero promoted to Double-A

Several teams are making news with the signings of Dominican baseball teenagers. The Nationals have spent a great deal of time and resources combing the Dominican for the best talent available and have had continued success with the opening of their Dominican baseball academy. Today the team announced they have agreed to terms with outfielder Juan Soto and infielder Luis Aquino. Nationals president of baseball ... read more

10 in 10: ziMS Foundation has raised more than $1 million for MS research

From the time they arrived from Montreal before the 2005 season, the Nationals have been a mainstay in the Washington, D.C., sports scene. But the Nats are also very active in the community, working diligently over the past decade to touch the lives of many in the region and proving that baseball has a further reach than wins and losses, balls and strikes, batters and ... read more

Curveball big key to Jordan Zimmermann's recent surge

Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann has been able to locate and establish his curveball early in counts, which has helped his fastball and approach in his last two starts. On Tuesday night, he held the Braves scoreless for 7 2/3 innings on six hits with no walks while striking out six for the win, 6-1. "I had a good curveball the last two starts and felt ... read more

Robles shining in GCL; Turner and Cole updates from Syracuse

Nationals outfielder Victor Robles is only 18 years old, but he is playing with the confidence and ability of a veteran in his first few weeks of Gulf Coast League competition. The outfielder from the Dominican Republic is batting .524 (11-for-21) with one double, one triple, two homers, three stolen bases and six RBIs in his first seven games. His on-base percentage is .600 and ... read more

Turner searching for first Triple-A hit; Harrisburg and Potomac Sunday winners

Shortstop Trea Turner is still looking for his first Triple-A base hit. On Sunday, Turner pinch-hit in the eighth inning and popped out for pitcher Rafael Martin. He is now 0-for-9 with Syracuse, with a run scored and a strikeout. After 68 Double-A games, Turner had accumulated an amazing 25 multi-hit games and a .327 average. In that span, he had a 16-game hitting streak ... read more