Williams updates LaRoche's back, discusses facing Kershaw

Adam LaRoche's back has landed him on the bench for the second time in seven games. After his bout with his back last week against the Phillies, LaRoche didn't miss a game, pinch-hitting in the one contest he didn't start, and then returning to the lineup the next five in a row before being removed from Monday's game in the seventh because of tightness. LaRoche ... read more

LaRoche, Span get night off as Nats face Kershaw

LOS ANGELES - Adam LaRoche and Denard Span both get the day off with the Nationals facing Cy Young Award favorite Clayton Kershaw tonight at Dodger Stadium. LaRoche's back has been bothering him and he's considered day-to-day after leaving Monday's game with tightness. Span isn't in the lineup for the first time since Aug. 13. The Nats center fielder had played every inning of each ... read more

Some morning notes and quotes

LOS ANGELES - The division lead is back to seven games. Only 26 games remain on the Nationals' schedule. You can do the math. The Nats' magic number is now down to 19. When is it appropriate to start talking about what a division leader's magic number is? I asked a fellow reporter that question last night. He said when the magic number dips below ... read more

Williams on the homer barrage, LaRoche's back and more after 6-4 win

LOS ANGELES - The longball barrage continues. The Nationals pounded out four more homers tonight - this after hitting 40 home runs in August - and hung on to a shrinking lead late, taking the opener of a three-game series agains the Dodgers by a 6-4 final. Denard Span ripped two homers, giving him three in his last five games, and Jayson Werth and Asdrubal ... read more

Williams on call-ups: "You have more bullets"

While the ">Nationals get set to take on the Dodgers for a three-game series in Los Angeles, Matt Williams will get used to a more crowded clubhouse. September is here, allowing for expanded rosters. To kick off the month, the Nats added six players: right-hander Aaron Barrett, left-hander Xavier Cedeno, catcher Sandy Leon, first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore, outfielder Steven Souza Jr., and right-hander Blake Treinen. ... read more

Nationals continue West Coast swing in Los Angeles (with Dodgers lineup)

LOS ANGELES - September is here, meaning that rosters have expanded. The Nationals have taken advantage of the expansion already, calling up six players to join them here for the series opener vs. the Dodgers. The Nats are probably sad to see August go. They went 19-10 last month, outscoring opponents 135-95. Gio Gonzalez is on the mound tonight. In August, he pitched to a ... read more

Nats add six players to active roster

LOS ANGELES - The Nationals added six additional players to their roster prior to tonight's game against the Dodgers. The club is taking advantage of Major League Baseball's Sept. 1 40-man roster expansion. The Nats will add right-handers Aaron Barrett and Blake Treinen as well as left-hander Xavier Cedeno to the bullpen. Additionally, catcher Sandy Leon, first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. ... read more

Williams and Harper on slugger's resurgence, plus more clubhouse chatter

Two wins in three games against a Mariners team fighting for a spot in the postseason is nothing to sneeze at. Though the Nationals have largely had their way with the Mariners over the years, a series win in Seattle this season is significant. Losing pitcher Tanner Roark lamented one bad pitch to Dustin Ackley on Sunday afternoon: a meaty fastball that Ackley turned on ... read more