Harper's balanced game leads to another Nationals win, 4-1 victory

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper's quest to become a complete baseball player took another positive step forward with a game that mixed timely at-bats with pinpoint accuracy courtesy a rifle of an arm from right field. Harper contributed both offensively and defensively in the Nationals' 4-1 series-clinching win over the Phillies. He had a RBI single, a RBI groundout and an outfield assist to lift the ... read more

Minor league notes: Ramsey, den Dekker, Kieboom, Ward and more

Right fielder Caleb Ramsey had two hits including a home run, but Double-A Harrisburg could not hold a lead in a 4-3 loss to New Britain. Ramsey went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and cranked his first homer of the season. He had two of the three hits for Harrisburg. Starter Joe Ross allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings, but Gilberto Mendez and Brian ... read more

Williams on defense, Cole and Janssen; players react to 8-1 "clunker"

Saturday's 8-1 loss to the Phillies was a tough one for the Nationals with Stephen Strasburg allowing six runs, five earned over just 3 2/3 innings. It's the third start in the past four where he did not complete four frames. But, the defense was not stellar either. The sloppy fielding netted four errors, tying a season-high from the April 27 8-4 loss at Atlanta. ... read more

Williams confirms Tanner Roark will start Monday at Cubs; Strasburg note

Nationals manager Matt Williams confirmed that right-hander Tanner Roark will start Monday's afternoon game in Chicago against the Cubs. "Tanner is going to pitch Monday," Williams said. "So the way it lines up, it gives (Jordan Zimmermann) an extra day." Roark made a career-high 31 starts in 2014. He won a career-high 15 games to 10 losses, throwing close to 200 innings and sporting a ... read more

Updates on Lopez, Turner, former Nats and other notes

High Single-A Potomac Nationals right-hander Reynaldo Lopez had a tough outing Friday in a 8-4 loss at Myrtle Beach. Lopez (2-1) lasted only 2 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on five hits with one walk, a wild pitch and two strikeouts. The P-Nats did crank three homers. Isaac Ballou, Brandon Miller and former Pelican Christopher Bostick went yard, but it wasn't enough as the ... read more

Harper's 16th homer another to admire in Nationals' 2-1 win over the Phillies

Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper makes the incredible look commonplace. The back-to-back National League player of the week hit another home run Friday, No. 16 on the year, to open the scoring in a 2-1 win over the Phillies. He leads the National League in home runs and is one behind Nelson Cruz of Seattle (17) for the most homers in the majors. In the ... read more

Williams: Roark will start Monday or Tuesday as Fister heals on D.L.

With Doug Fister (right forearm tightness) still recovering on the disabled list, Nationals manager Matt Williams announced during Friday's pregame media availability that Tanner Roark will get the next start to fill Fister's spot. "He's getting stretched out for either Monday or Tuesday," Williams said. "We have the availability for either one of those days. He threw to some hitters today. It depends on what ... read more

Grace and Treinen big finds for Nats bullpen, P-Nats break out with 11 runs

Left-hander Matt Grace has been a find for the Nationals this season. The UCLA product has been left in to face lefties and righties recently and has not allowed a run in three straight appearances. Grace is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA. In his last two outings, he battled and worked around walks to a dangerous hitter in the Yankees lineup, Mark Teixeira. Tuesday night ... read more