No-hitter earns Max Scherzer NL Player of the Week honors

After pitching his first career no-hitter on Saturday, Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer earned National League Player of the Week honors this afternoon. Scherzer was one strike away from throwing the 24th perfect game in Major League Baseball history when he hit Pirates pinch-hitter Jose Tabata in the left elbow. That was the only baserunner Scherzer allowed as he re-focused and was able to get Josh ... read more

Bryce Harper keeps slugging away during gritty weekend performance

Bryce Harper's health has been well-chronicled and the 22-year-old has lived under a microscope for most of his four-year career. Fluke injuries have interfered with lofty expectations, causing Harper to miss more than 100 games over the last two seasons. But aside from missing games after two plunkings this season, Harper has largely been on the field, arguably performing as arguably the game's best player. ... read more

Records fall as Nats sweep Pirates

The Nationals limped into this weekend just a game above .500, with their star slugger wounded and a rookie on the mound facing the red-hot Pirates, winners of their past eight. Not only did the Nats bring a screeching halt to Pittsburgh's scorching streak, they did it in record fashion, sweeping the Pirates after this afternoon's 9-2 thumping. And just like that, the Nationals find ... read more

Jose Tabata robs Max Scherzer of perfection

Jose Tabata simply ruined Max Scherzer's bid for perfection in a way that some would say is weak or cheap. With Scherzer standing one strike away from becoming just the 24th pitcher in Major League Baseball's storied history to spin a complete game without allowing a single baserunner, Tabata compromised the game's integrity. The electricity of a closing thunderstorm rivaled the moment with a sold-out ... read more

Nats explode for nine in the first, sweep Pirates

Inspired by Max Scherzer's stunning no-hit performance yesterday, the Nationals offense exploded by tying a club record with nine runs scored in the first inning. Pirates starter Charlie Morton came into today's start riding a five-game winning streak and boasting a sterling 1.62 ERA. He was able to get Denard Span to line out to begin the game, but then the wheels fell off. Yunel ... read more

Rendon sits, Tabata in for Pirates and Roark back (with lineups)

The Nationals reinstated right-hander Tanner Roark from the Paternity List (on Father's Day no less) and optioned righty Taylor Hill back to Triple-A Syracuse. Yunel Escobar is back at third base while Anthony Rendon sits today. Danny Espinosa gets the start at second base where he made a spectacular defensive play yesterday to get Pedro Alvarez out at first base, preserving Max Scherzer's perfect game ... read more

It's a no-hitter for Max Scherzer

Six days ago, Max Scherzer's bid for perfection was ruined on a broken-bat bloop single in the seventh inning. Scherzer, in the proverbial zone, carried his dominant swagger into this afternoon where he fell one strike shy of perfect game before finishing off his first career no-hitter in the Nationals' 6-0 win over the Pirates. "Let's go. Let's get on the mound, I'm coming after ... read more

Almost perfect, Max Scherzer throws no-hitter in Nats' 6-0 win

Max Scherzer's dominance from last Sunday's one-hit shutout has carried over into today's start. Scherzer has retired the first 12 Pirates he's faced. He whiffed the side in the fourth, with Andrew McCutchen the final victim to go down swinging. Scherzer has struck out 21 batters in his last 13 innings. Bryce Harper put the Nationals on the scoreboard with a leadoff bomb in the ... read more