Nationals not distracted by delay, get started quickly (Phillies win 8-4)

The Nationals were not slowed by Wednesday's delayed first pitch. The Phillies honored their local Little League World Series team during pregame. The first pitch was expected at 7:35 p.m., but instead came at 7:44 p.m. Denard Span didn't waste any time with a single against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick to lead off the game. Anthony Rendon followed with a double that rattled around the ... read more

Rundown of Nationals' invitees to Arizona Fall League

Here is a rundown of the Arizona Fall League invitees from the Nationals. Included on the team is one coach and one trainer. They will play for the Mesa Solar Sox and the first game is Oct. 7. The list includes two catchers, two left-handers, two right-handers and one second baseman. 2B Tony Renda, high Single-A Potomac - Renda has fought through injury this season. ... read more

A pair of left-handers battle in Philly (Phillies win 4-3)

A pair of southpaws doing battle tonight in Philadelphia. Cole Hamels was off to smooth start with two quick outs in the first. Against Anthony Rendon, a grounder to third base was fielded by Andres Blanco, who threw to first for the out. But first base umpire Gary Cederstrom ruled that first baseman Darin Ruf drifted off the bag and called Rendon safe. Phillies manager ... read more

Souza named International League MVP; Gardner, Burriss and Laird honored

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs outfielder Steven Souza Jr. has been named International League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, according to a club press release. Souza becomes the sixth International League MVP in Syracuse history and first since Chad Mottola in 2000. He's also the seventh IL Rookie of the Year in Chiefs history and first since Shawn Green in 1994. Souza is hitting ... read more

Burnett not allowing contact (Phillies win 3-2)

Right-hander A.J. Burnett is on his game after two innings. He already has three strikeouts, including the last two of the second inning. He caught both Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper looking at a called strike three. Right-hander Tanner Roark was not as fluid as he wanted to be in the first inning. He gave up a hit to Jimmy Rollins who stole second base. ... read more

LaRoche on magic number: "My advice is to keep winning"

It felt like it happened in the blink of an eye. Eight hits in one inning. Some wondered when the Giants would be able to record an out after all the hits in a row. "I tell you what, you talk to the opposing pitchers on that, and it happens real quick," said Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche. "I've been on that end, too, unfortunately. ... read more

Hearing from Strasburg, Lobaton, Hairston, Harper and Espinosa after 14-6 win

It did not work out for right-hander Stephen Strasburg on Sunday, after allowing five runs on eight hits in four innings. But his teammates got back in the game and then overtook the Giants 14-6. "Yeah, it's huge. They picked me up," Strasburg said of his teammates. "Obviously, I didn't go out there and pitch like I wanted to, but there's going to be games ... read more

Nats score 12 runs after fifth inning, stun Giants 14-6

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg allowed another first inning run and it came from the lead off man. Center fielder Gregor Blanco launched a 3-2 95 mph fastball over the right field wall and the Giants led 1-0. It was Blanco's second career leadoff home run after hitting one at Turner Field against the Braves last season. It was also the third leadoff home run by ... read more