Williams speaks after Nats' 3-2 win

MIAMI - The strong stretch of starting pitching continued tonight, and another victory came largely as a result. Doug Fister allowed just two runs over 6 2/3 innings, turning in yet another quality start, and Adam LaRoche helped provide most of the offense with a towering two-run homer in the first inning to lead the Nationals to a 3-2 win over the Marlins. Fister didn't ... read more

LaRoche's 25th homer gives Nats early 2-0 lead (Nats win 3-2)

Adam LaRoche has his 25th home run of the season and the Nationals have a 2-0 first-inning lead over the Marlins. Jayson Werth drew a two-out walk off Miami righty Tom Koehler and LaRoche crushed a 3-2 fastball into the upper deck in right field. Ian Desmond then tripled, but was stranded at third when Bryce Harper skied out to right. MASN cameras showed Ryan ... read more

Zimmerman heading to Miami, could be activated Saturday

Ryan Zimmerman cleared another hurdle today playing in the fall instructional league in Viera, Fla. He played seven innings in left field, got eight at-bats and hit a home run. The report was so positive that the Nationals will have Zimmerman, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring since July 23, scrap the planned final day of his rehabilitation ... read more

LaRoche returns to lineup

MIAMI - After sitting out the last two games with a sore back, first baseman Adam LaRoche is back in the lineup. With LaRoche returning, the Nationals will play their first game with all of the starting position players since clinching the National League East title on Tuesday. Doug Fister is seeking his 15th win of the season. Fister has made just two starts in ... read more

Gonzalez locking in as postseason approaches

MIAMI - Last night, pitching in his hometown for just the second time in his career, and first time since 2012, Gio Gonzalez kept the ball rolling in the right direction. The Nationals left-hander twirled seven innings, allowing just two runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked none, marking the second time in a three-start span that he hasn't issued a base-on-balls. ... read more

Williams recaps Nats' 6-2 win over Marlins

MIAMI - Can't get much more of a well-rounded win than tonight's victory over the Marlins. Gio Gonzalez threw seven strong innings, allowing just two runs, seven Nationals had at least one hit, the defense was solid and the baserunning was aggressive and smart in a 6-2 win over Miami. Gonzalez continued his string of solid outings by pitching well in his hometown in front ... read more

Updates on LaRoche and Zimmerman

Last night, none of the Nationals' regular starters played in the team's 3-1 loss to the Braves. Manager Matt Williams indicated most, if not all of the starters would return to the lineup tonight as the Nats begin a four-game series with the Marlins. First baseman Adam LaRoche is the lone starter that will be on the bench tonight. According to Williams, LaRoche is still ... read more

LaRoche remains out of lineup

MIAMI - Yesterday, Nationals manager Matt Williams hinted that most of the regular starters would return to the lineup. He didn't lie. All of the regulars are playing tonight except for first baseman Adam LaRoche, who will sit out his second straight game. LaRoche has been battling a tight back the last couple of weeks. Kevin Frandsen will take LaRoche's spot at first base. With ... read more