Roark, Desmond and Storen on Nats' 4-3 win over Marlins

Tanner Roark might've walked the first batter of Wednesday's sweep-avoiding 4-3 win over the Marlins, but he was exceptional from there. Roark allowed just one run on three hits and two walks while striking out seven in seven innings. The Nationals right-hander has held opponents to exactly one run in seven innings in each of his last four starts for a sparkling 1.29 ERA and ... read more

Williams: Rizzo "will not make a trade just to make a trade"

One day remains until baseball's non-waiver trade deadline and whether the Nationals will be active or stand pat remains to be determined. The pitching staff is just fine, and entered play today leading the majors in ERA. Maybe the only obvious area for improvement is second or third base with third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) now out for the foreseeable future. But there's no guarantee ... read more

Werth returns to Nats lineup

MIAMI - Jayson Werth is back in the Nationals lineup after a sprained right ankle relegated him to pinch-hitting duty in Tuesday's game. Werth is batting third and playing right as the Nats look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Marlins. And they'll need to go through Miami lefty Brad Hand to do it. Adam LaRoche is 3-for-5 with a homer and ... read more

Depth getting tested once again

MIAMI - It doesn't seem like it was too long ago that we were talking about how the Nationals were finally healthy, and possessed a deep lineup that was torturous to opposing pitchers from one through eight in the order. On this road trip, however, that depth has been tested yet again. Ryan Zimmerman landed on the disabled list with a severe hamstring injury a ... read more

Hearing from Williams, Desmond, Strasburg and Harper after Nats' 3-0 loss

MIAMI - The Nationals jumped out to a 6-0 lead after six innings yesterday. Since then, it's been all Marlins. Stephen Strasburg and Henderson Alvarez were locked in a scoreless duel through five innings tonight, but Giancarlo Stanton drove in a run in the sixth on a hanging Strasburg breaking ball, then brought in one of two Marlins runs in the ninth, leading Miami to ... read more

Werth on his ankle and availability

Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth thinks his sprained right ankle is a "minor" injury and hopes he'll be available off the bench tonight. Werth hurt the ankle in the seventh inning of last night's game, and is out of tonight's starting lineup. He had hoped the ankle would feel better this morning, but that wasn't the case. Instead, Werth said, it was "sore, sore and ... read more

Werth out of Nats lineup a day after spraining right ankle

MIAMI - Jayson Werth said last night that he hoped his sprained right ankle, an injury suffered in the seventh inning of last night's loss to the Marlins, would be well enough for him to be back in the lineup for Game 2 of this three-game series in Miami. That won't turn out to be the case. Werth is out of the Nationals lineup tonight, ... read more

Ready to put last night in the rear view mirror

MIAMI - Luckily for the Nationals, they haven't had too many nights like last night. There haven't been many grit-your-teeth, clench-your-fist type of losses to this point in the season, games that the Nats had in their grasp but let slip away late. Yes, last night was Rafael Soriano's fourth blown save of the season, but one of those four games ended up turning into ... read more