Patrick Reddington: Nats' advice shaped Walters

Zach Walters was 166 games into his professional career after Arizona drafted him in the ninth round of the 2010 Draft out of the University of San Diego when the Washington Nationals acquired him from the Diamondbacks in a July 2011 trade that sent veteran right-hander Jason Marquis to the D-Backs. "Zach Walters [is a] switch-hitting shortstop that we had seen as an amateur in ... read more

Hair Cuttery styling upcoming Social Media Weekend at Nats Park

Did you hear? We're at it again! We're excited to kick off another Social Media Weekend (#masnSMW) styled by Hair Cuttery this Friday, Aug. 1 at Nationals Park. Before our full weekend of giveaways, prizes, seat upgrades and more, Gio Gonzalez will be taking out a lucky group of MASN Word of the Day winners to lunch in the District. After lunch, the fun ... read more

David Huzzard: The Nationals at the deadline and the other deadline

When it comes to the Nationals front office as run by Mike Rizzo, there are no leaks. Any rumors about the Nationals leading up to this trade deadline have been mere speculation. Danny Espinosa doesn't have an major league-quality bat and with Ryan Zimmerman out for perhaps the rest of the season, the Nats lineup could use an upgrade. That is only marginally true. The ... read more

Opposite dugout: Phillies aim to keep Nats on toes with top four starters slated to pitch

Manager: Ryne Sandberg, second year Record: 47-61 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: RF Marlon Byrd (.270/.318/.477, 22 doubles, 20 HR, 60 RBIs); 2B Chase Utley (.289/.355/.436, 26 doubles, 9 HR, 54 RBIs); LHP Cole Hamels (6-5, 2.55 ERA, 1.13 WHIP); LHP Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.78 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) Season series vs. Nats: 3-6, 29 runs scored, 43 runs allowed Pitching probables July 31: ... read more

Rachel Levitin: Nats need to pay extra attention to NL East games down the stretch

It hasn't been an easy road trip for the Nationals. They're 4-4 against the Rockies, Reds and Marlins with one more game to be played before heading home on Thursday. The Nats have dropped two of three in Miami with their final game of that series this afternoon. Once they return to Washington, the next homestand - if played well - could help bolster their ... read more

Dave Nichols: With Zimmerman out, Nats should deal for infielder

The major league trade deadline is Thursday. The Nationals have won eight of their last 12 games and 15 of the last 23. But with Ryan Zimmerman's hamstring injury reportedly keeping him out of the lineup for six to eight weeks, most folks around baseball think the Nats will be active in the trade market for an infielder - either second base or third - ... read more

Marty Niland: History shows Rizzo deals for difference-makers

Aside from President Obama's golf scores, the most closely held secrets in Washington these days are how long Ryan Zimmerman's hamstring injury will keep him sidelined and whether the Nationals will make a trade to replace Zimmerman's potent bat if his absence is a long one. General manager Mike Rizzo has said publicly that he likes the current roster, and that he has confidence that ... read more

Opposite dugout: Streaking Marlins look to stay hot on mound with Nats in town

Manager: Mike Redmond, second year Record: 51-53 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: RF Giancarlo Stanton (.292/.391/.536, 24 doubles, 23 HR, 69 RBIs, 66 R); CF Marcell Ozuna (.270/.318/.456, 15 doubles, 16 HR, 55 RBIs); 3B Casey McGehee (.310/.376/.383, 24 XBH, 59 RBIs); RHP Henderson Alvarez (7-5, 2.62 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) Season series vs. Nats: 3-5, 35 runs scored, 46 runs allowed Pitching probables ... read more