7/28/2016 | Nats have 3 of top 17 prospects in midseason rankings
Washington continues to boast one of the top farm systems in baseball, with three of the top 17 players on MLBPipeline.com's Midseason Top 100 Prospects list. The Nationals own the highest ranking trio, with Lucas Giolito (down from the top spot to No.4), shortstop Trea Turner (No.11) and outfielder Victor Robles (No.17).
7/28/2016 | 10 potential bullpen upgrades for Nationals
Dusty Baker admitted Wednesday that the Nationals "don't know" what the solution is for the struggling Jonathan Papelbon. And because the effects of age are something even a wise pitching coach like Mike Maddux will struggle to fix, it's time -- especially with the non-waiver Trade Deadline fast approaching -- for the Nats to consider alternatives.
7/27/2016 | Returning to form, Stras plays role of stopper
Part of the unofficial job description of being an ace is to serve as a stopper when a team endures any sort of skid. So the Nationals, having dropped six of their past eight games, needed a strong outing from Stephen Strasburg.
7/27/2016 | First-place Giants, Nats clash at AT&T Park
The Nationals and Giants begin a four-game series Thursday at AT&T Park in a matchup of two first-place teams that have struggled a bit since the All-Star break.
7/27/2016 | Strasburg silences Tribe, improves to 14-1
In the aftermath of a second consecutive blown save, the Nationals needed a strong showing from starter Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander delivered, stifling the Indians in a 4-1 win Wednesday afternoon to split the two-game Interleague set at Progressive Field.
7/27/2016 | Nats place Drew on DL, recall prospect Difo
The Nationals finally placed Stephen Drew on the disabled list Wednesday, retroactive to Sunday, with vertigo-like symptoms. Wilmer Difo, the club's No. 6 prospect as rated by MLBPipeline.com, was recalled from Double-A Harrisburg to take Drew's place.
7/27/2016 | Dusty on change at closer: 'Too early to say'
Despite the fact that the Nationals began the day tied for the best bullpen ERA in the Majors, Tuesday night's game at Progressive Field underscored why they are aggressively searching for relief help before Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
7/26/2016 | Game-ender Lindor sinks Nats' 'pen
Indians manager Terry Francona paid the Nationals the ultimate compliment before Tuesday's game, saying Washington is "built for October baseball." In the opener of this series between potential postseason teams, the Indians looked like they fit that description as well, pulling off a 7-6 walk-off win at Progressive Field.
7/26/2016 | Pipeline preview: Mejia looks to extend streak again
Here's a look at top prospects to watch in Wednesday in Minor League action:
7/26/2016 | Cleveland contender clash: Carrasco v. Stras
One of the main reasons the Nationals and Indians are in first place is strong starting pitching, which will be on display Wednesday in a matchup between Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg and Cleveland righty Carlos Carrasco.
7/26/2016 | Strong after rehab start, Ross needs more time
Fresh off his first Minor League rehab outing, Joe Ross joined the Nationals in Cleveland on Tuesday, feeling strong as he nears a potential return.
7/26/2016 | Nationals give rookie Turner chance in center
Nationals manager Dusty Baker had been initially reluctant to start Trea Turner in center field. After all, Turner's experience there was limited after spending much of the season in the Minors playing shortstop and second base.
7/25/2016 | Nats running wild thanks to Lopes
WASHINGTON -- In the third inning of the Nationals' July 16 win over the Pirates, Danny Espinosa timed Pittsburgh righty Gerrit Cole's delivery and took off for third base, sliding in ahead of the tag for his sixth stolen base of the year.
7/24/2016 | Lopez among top prospect performers Sunday
Nationals No. 5 prospect Reynaldo Lopez is among the top prospect performers in the Minors on Sunday.
7/24/2016 | Giolito sent back to Minors to work on command
When the Nationals sent Lucas Giolito to the Minors after his last Major League start, they pointed to the fact that he would need more work on his offspeed pitches.
7/24/2016 | Nationals option Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse
After Sunday's 10-6 loss to the Padres, the Nationals optioned outfielder Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.
7/24/2016 | Padres storm past Nationals late in slugfest
The Nationals and Padres found themselves in a slugfest on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. When it was over, the Padres outslugged the Nationals, 10-6.
7/24/2016 | Griffey's sweet swing, personality resonate with Harper
Bryce Harper was just like so many other children who grew up in the 1990s and early 2000s and mimicked Ken Griffey Jr.'s swing while playing ball in the yard.
7/24/2016 | Zimmerman expected to be activated Tuesday
After playing three rehab games for Class A Potomac, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman had the day off on Sunday. However, he is expected to travel with the Nationals to Cleveland after Sunday's game against the Padres and be activated in time to play in Tuesday's game against the Indians.
7/24/2016 | Salazar leads Tribe against first-place Nats
The Nationals will visit Cleveland for a brief two-game series with the Indians beginning Tuesday at Progressive Field, in a battle of two first-place teams.
7/24/2016 | 'Super sick' Drew strong enough to be a hero
Nobody knew if Stephen Drew was strong enough to pinch hit. Over the last three days, he had a bad case of the flu and was unavailable to do anything on the baseball field until Saturday night, and it was big.
7/23/2016 | Triple threat! Drew, Nats walk off on Padres
Stephen Drew had been battling an illness that prevented him from taking an at-bat since Sunday before he roped a walk-off, pinch-hit triple in the ninth inning to lead the Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the Padres on Saturday night at Nationals Park.
7/23/2016 | Baseball's top prospect leads Nats in finale vs. Padres
Top prospect Lucas Giolito will get another crack at facing a Major League lineup when he pitches against the Padres on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series at Nationals Park.
7/23/2016 | Giolito to start for Nats in finale vs. Padres
Right-hander Lucas Giolito, the top prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, will pitch for the Nationals on Sunday against the Padres, manager Dusty Baker announced Saturday.
7/23/2016 | Baker: Changes needed to fix Nats' RISP struggles
For much of this season, Nationals manager Dusty Baker has bemoaned his team's approach in crucial situations, particularly their seeming inability to collect a two-out hit. His latest and perhaps strongest statement on his team's approach came after Friday night's 5-3 loss to the Padres, Washington's fourth loss in five games.
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