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

Werth day-to-day after spraining right ankle

MIAMI - Jayson Werth wasn't out on the field or in the dugout for the end of the Nationals' 7-6 loss to the Marlins. A sprained right ankle suffered in the top of the seventh inning when Werth tried to stretch a single into a double knocked Werth from the game, but the Nats' right fielder doesn't expect the injury to be anything serious. He ... read more

Quotes from the clubhouse after Nats' tough 7-6 walk-off loss

MIAMI - Their 6-0 lead turned into a four-run advantage after the Marlins got two in the seventh. The four-run edge was cut to three when Miami plated one more on an RBI groundout in the eighth. Still, a three-run lead with Rafael Soriano on the mound seemed secure, given that Soriano had been 25 of 28 in save chances entering today and had notched ... read more

Williams on second base rotation, Zimmerman, Soriano and more

Since losing third baseman/outfielder Ryan Zimmerman last Tuesday to a hamstring injury, Nationals manager Matt Williams has started Danny Espinosa, Zach Walters and Kevin Frandsen at second base. Espinosa has started three of the five games despite sporting a .214 average this season. He will also start tonight's series opener in Miami after picking up one hit in Sunday's win over the Reds. "I just ... read more

Espinosa back at second as Nats open series in Miami

MIAMI - Danny Espinosa went 1-for-4 yesterday in Cincinnati and struck the ball well three times. He's 4-for-14 over the past five games and finally looking like he's pulling out of his offensive funk even though his average remains at .214. He's back at second base tonight as the Nationals open a three-game series against the Marlins. Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (6-5, 3.20 ERA) opposes Miami ... read more