Frustrations spill over for Strasburg in Nats' fourth straight loss

MIAMI - In the midst of a three-game losing streak, Nationals manager Matt Williams said he felt his team was close to turning things around before today's game against the Marlins. Four hours later, after being blanked 8-0, it appears that gap has widened significantly. "Well, 8-0 is pretty bad," Williams said. "But today was one of those days where there was not much to ... read more

Stanton, Koehler too much as Nats are shut out 8-0

MIAMI - Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg ran into difficulty to start the fourth when Marlins third baseman Martin Prado ripped a double to the right-center gap to lead off the inning. Right fielder Giancarlo followed with another double down the left line to score Prado easily for the game's first run. Stanton is 2-for-2 today and now 12-for-30 with three homers and six doubles against ... read more

Max Scherzer's thumb still swollen, Stephen Strasburg back at it

MIAMI - Nationals ace Max Scherzer is still experiencing pain in his right thumb, two days after jamming it while hitting a ground ball in his second at-bat in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals. As a result, Scherzer didn't throw his scheduled bullpen session today. "It's still a little sore and swollen, so we pushed his bullpen today," Nats manager Matt Williams said. "So we'll ... read more

Span gets day off, Harper moves to center field (with lineups)

MIAMI -Center fielder Denard Span gets his first day off since returning from the diabled list last Sunday when the Nationals face the Marlins this afternoon. Washington will be looking to end a three-game losing streak. The 31-year Span was tested in the outfield Friday night, especially on a couple of hard-hit balls that he tracked down in the fifth inning. After drawing a walk ... read more

Bryce Harper, Dan Uggla talk Nats' scuffling offense

MIAMI - The Nationals have played below expectations in the first month of the season. A 10-day road trip through three National League East cities seemed like an opportunity to reverse some ugly early trends and possibly build some momentum against some of the division's struggling teams. But in the loss to the Marlins last night in the trek's first game, it was the Nationals ... read more

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