Williams speaks after Nats beat Braves 4-2, cut magic number to two

ATLANTA - The magic number is now two. A win here at Turner Field tomorrow or Wednesday and the Nationals are division champs. The Nats cut that magic number in half tonight, beating Atlanta 4-2 in a game that turned really tight late. Washington took a 4-0 lead to the ninth, but Rafael Soriano allowed two runs and Drew Storen needed to come in with ... read more

Span stakes Nats to 1-0 lead in third (Nats survive scare for 4-2 win)

The Nationals have drawn first blood in tonight's game against the Braves. In the third, Wilson Ramos drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sac bunt by Stephen Strasburg and scored on Denard Span's two-out double to right. It's 1-0 Nationals heading to the bottom of the third. Update: Left fielder Bryce Harper is out of the game in the top of the ... read more

Zimmerman arrives in Viera, LaRoche reacts to being named award finalist

Ryan Zimmerman has reported to the Nationals' fall instructional league camp in Viera, Fla., and was scheduled to undergo a full workout today. The next step in Zimmerman's rehabilitation from the right hamstring strain that has kept him sidelined since July 23 will be three innings in the field in a simulated game Tuesday. Because instructional league games have not begun, the Nationals will schedule ... read more

Nats open series in Atlanta with Strasburg on hill (plus an honor for LaRoche)

ATLANTA - The Nationals open their final three-game series at Turner Field - barring an unlikely late-season run by the Braves to secure one of the National League wild cards - with right-hander Stephen Strasburg on the mound. Strasburg hasn't traditionally fared well here - he's 1-3 with a 6.99 ERA in seven career starts. But he'll try for his 12th victory while making his ... read more

Some fun could be had in Atlanta (with postseason ticket update)

Turner Field has been a house of horrors for the Nationals over the last couple of years. Within the next three days, the Nats could find themselves storming the mound at Turner Field, popping bottles in the visitors clubhouse and punching their playoff ticket at their top rival's expense on the Braves' home turf. Following this weekend's activity, in which the Nats took three of ... read more

Ramos homers, Zimmermann gets 12th win as Nats blank Mets; magic number at four

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann isn't dominating. He's had to work out of trouble in two of three innings today. But he's through three frames against the Mets and the game is still a scoreless tie. After a 1-2-3 first, Zimmermann allowed a one-out triple to Wilmer Flores, who got a break when center fielder Denard Span dove and missed his drive to left-center. But Flores ... read more

Zimmermann gets ball in finale against Mets

Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball for the Nationals in this afternoon's finale of a four-game series against the Mets. A win gets the Nats the series victory, and the right-hander hasn't lost since July 11, going 5-0 in the 10 starts since. Against the Mets this season, Zimmermann is 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA and the Nats have won all three of his starts. Third ... read more

Some Nationals notes for Sunday brunch

The magic number for the Nationals to clinch their second National League East title in three seasons sits at six entering today's finale of a four-game series with the Mets at Citi Field. It would be nice if they could clinch at home - remember the raucous celebration in 2012? - but it's looking more and more like you'll need to make plane and hotel ... read more