Scherzer pitches around two mistakes to notch 7-5 win over Marlins

Coming into Wednesday afternoon's game, Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer had allowed two or fewer earned runs in all three of his losses this season. So, of course, on the day he gave up five runs, Bryce Harper delivered three home runs as the offense erupted to earn him a 7-5 win. The Nationals have now won three series in a row. Since starting the season ... read more

Harper's walk total could be turned into more stolen bases

Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper continues to show patience at the plate. He walked twice in the series opener against the Marlins, putting his total for the young season at 26 free passes in 28 games, which is tops in the majors. Nationals manager Matt Williams has noticed how Harper has waited for his pitches early this season. "The ability to understand the strike zone, ... read more

Werth sitting out second straight game due to "cranky" shoulder

Nationals manager Matt Williams decided to allow left fielder Jayson Werth to rest for a second straight game in Wednesday's series finale with the Marlins. Williams said Werth's shoulder is still sore as he recovers from offseason surgery. The day off is "part of the progression" toward 100 percent health, the manager explained. "It's going to be cranky from time to time," Williams said. "You ... read more

Solis, Uggla and Williams after 2-1 loss to Marlins

The Nationals lost a tough 2-1 decision to the Marlins on Tuesday night, and were only able to squeeze out three hits on the night. The Nationals went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. In the ninth, the Nationals got a potential rally off to a good start against Marlins late inning specialist Steve Cishek. Thanks to a base ... read more

Nationals showing ability to connect with two-out base hits and runners on base

During his media availability before Tuesday's game, Nationals manager Matt Williams was asked about the team building confidence in its offense after winning six of seven games. The Nationals have been able to win these games in a variety of ways, whether it be a late-inning comeback or grinding out a one-run lead for innings on end. On Saturday and Sunday, the Nats scored only ... read more

Club source: Giolito and Lopez joining high Single-A Potomac (updated)

Two of the Nationals' top right-handed pitching prospects, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez, will officially join high Single-A Potomac this week, a high-ranking club source confirmed to The duo has been working out and logging innings at the Nationals training facility in Viera, Fla., over the past month. Giolito and Lopez's first starts with the P-Nats are imminent, and will be announced this week. ... read more

Zimmermann and Roark find a way to deliver another Nationals win

The Nationals once again got seven innings from their starter, but needed to rally in the eighth inning to come back and beat the Marlins 6-4. Jordan Zimmermann allowed a couple of hits in the first. Marcell Ozuna's RBI single game Miami the early 1-0 lead. But then Zimmermann did not give up another run until the seventh inning. Zimmermann knew after the first frame ... read more

One-run wins are good, but can offense help out some more?

The Nationals hung on for a pair of thrilling 1-0 wins over the Mets over the weekend to win the four-game series in New York. The pitching was incredible, allowing the Mets only 11 hits over the last two games. But the Nationals left 21 men on base and scored only two runs in those final two wins at Citi Field. In Sunday's series finale, ... read more