Quiet bats lead Nationals to three-game skid

MIAMI - After a terrible start, the Nats' offense seemed to be coming around during the season's second week. But that appears to be just a tease as the futile bats have returned in a three-game losing streak. The Nationals are just 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position over the past two games and have scored a lowly three runs. Marlins starter Mat Latos brought ... read more

Bullpen struggles continue as Nats lose third straight

MIAMI - The Nationals manufactured a run to get on the scoreboard first in the fourth inning. Shortstop Ian Desmond smacked a double to lead off the inning and left fielder Jayson Werth immediately advanced him to third on a fly ball to right. Desmond trotted home easily when right fielder Bryce Harper sent a rocket to center that Marcell Ozuna was able to run ... read more

Scherzer dealing with swollen thumb, Rendon back in action

MIAMI - Just as the Nationals' medical report was beginning to clear up, more nagging injuries to a couple of the team's starters have popped up. Nationals ace Max Scherzer jammed his right thumb in his second at-bat in the fifth inning of yesterday's loss to the Cardinals. He remained in the game to pitch the next two innings before leaving with discomfort. Swelling developed ... read more

Nats hope history repeats itself for Jordan Zimmermann (with lineups)

MIAMI - The last time tonight's starter Jordan Zimmermann faced the Marlins when it counted, he tossed a hair-raising no-hitter in the 2014 regular season finale. That's all but irrelevant as he takes the mound tonight, looking to get back on track after a surprising 1-2 start with a 6.14 ERA. Marlins superstar Giancarlo Stanton wasn't in the lineup for Zimmermann's no-hitter. But when he ... read more

A healthy Denard Span returns to form, plus options for Ryan Zimmerman with foot injury

Center fielder Denard Span came up with the Nationals' only hit with runners in scoring position in the team's 11 attempts yesterday. His fifth-inning RBI single not only tied the game but also meant that he's hit safely in all four games since returning from the disabled list last Sunday. "Whenever somebody's in scoring position, I go up there with an aggressive mentality," said Span. ... read more

Offense struggles as Nats drop second straight (Zimmerman injury update)

This script has been written too many times throughout the first month of the season. Once again, poor situational hitting combined with shoddy defense led to the Nationals losing. With today's 4-1 loss to the Cardinals, the Nats drop the first series between the teams and St. Louis now holds a 13-3 record against the Nats over the past three years. "We get guys on ... read more

Poor fundamentals doom Nats in 4-1 loss

Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter jumped on the first pitch of the game from Nationals starter Max Scherzer and roped a double off the wall in right-center field. He advanced to third base on right fielder Jason Heyward's soft single to left and scored the game's first run when Scherzer uncorked a wild pitch. Scherzer was able to work out of the inning, getting two ... read more

Rendon at Nats Park to see Scherzer, Wacha face off in rubber match

It's just the rubber match of an early season three-game set between the Nationals and Cardinals, but it features a marquee pitching matchup between two of the game's most talented right-handers. Washington's Max Scherzer, 30, brings his sterling 0.83 ERA to the hill to face 23-year-old Michael Wacha of the Cards. "We run out there today hoping that we've got our ace going and to ... read more