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5/24/2016 | Nats blast 5 HRs as Stras improves to 8-0

It was a rematch between two power pitchers: Stephen Strasburg vs. Matt Harvey. But just like last week against the Mets, it went the Nationals' way as Washington won, 7-4, at Nationals Park on Tuesday night. The Nationals, who hit a season-high five home runs, increased their lead over the Mets in the National League East to 1 1/2 games.

5/24/2016 | Roark vs. Matz has potential to be marquee matchup

At first glance, the probables listed for Wednesday afternoon's season finale -- right-hander Tanner Roark for Washington vs. Mets left-hander Steven Matz - don't appear to have that same glitter, the same sparkle, the same appeal. Which could have more to do with perception than reality.

5/24/2016 | Belisle (calf strain) begins rehab assignment

Nationals reliever Matt Belisle began his Minor League rehab assignment with a scoreless inning for Class A Advanced Potomac on Monday.

5/24/2016 | Kelley quietly dominating in relief for Nats

Who has been baseball's best reliever over the past year? You might think Wade Davis or Aroldis Chapman or Craig Kimbrel. You might not think about Shawn Kelley, who has overcome multiple arm injuries to become a dominating force for Washington.

5/24/2016 | Harper adjusting to seeing fewer strikes

About 40 minutes after Monday's 7-1 loss to the Mets, Bryce Harper walked into the Nationals' clubhouse still wearing his full uniform, with his batting gloves on and carrying his bat. Had he gone straight to hit in the batting cage after he went 0-for-4?

5/24/2016 | First 3-homer start for Gio since joining Nats

Entering Monday's start, Gio Gonzalez had allowed only six earned runs in 23 innings during May. In the series opener against the Mets, the lefty allowed seven in a disappointing five-inning outing as the Nationals lost, 7-1.

5/24/2016 | Ortiz, Naylor among top prospect performers Monday

Luis Ortiz, baseball's No. 69 overall prospect, made a seamless transition to Double-A as he enjoyed a stellar debut for Double-A Frisco. The Rangers' No. 4 prospect limited San Antonio to just one run in six innings, striking out six batters against one walk in a 11-1 win.

5/23/2016 | We meet again: Stras, Harvey face off in DC

Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg square off Tuesday night in a rematch of last week's showdown turned mismatch.

5/23/2016 | Mets' power bats back Bartolo in win vs. Nats

In a reversal of a meeting between the same two pitchers last week, the Mets hammered left-hander Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals and rode a strong start from Bartolo Colon to a 7-1 victory at Nationals Park on Monday night. New York pulled to within a half-game of Washington in the National League East with the win.

5/23/2016 | Legends set to welcome stars of the future at 2016 MLB Draft

Major League Baseball announced the annual list of club reps for the 2016 MLB Draft on Monday, and as usual it is a star-studded gathering from the past that will man the phones and help welcome the future on the first night of selections.

5/22/2016 | Scherzer rounding into midseason form

After another dominant outing to lead the Nationals to an 8-2 victory Sunday afternoon over the Marlins at Marlins Park, Max Scherzer appears to be settling into a groove. He struck out eight in eight innings and made one mistake, which Justin Bour smashed for a two-run homer.

5/22/2016 | Mets, Nats to resume rivalry in nation's capital

The Nationals just took two of three from the Mets earlier this week in New York, so the Mets will try and repay them when the two teams begin a three-game series Monday night at Nationals Park.

5/22/2016 | Candelario among top prospect performers Saturday

A look at the best performances from top prospects Saturday.

5/21/2016 | Double play dashes Nationals' hopes in 9th

Nationals manager Dusty Baker was as aggressive as he's been all season long, emptying out his bench to try to steal a victory from the Marlins and closer A.J. Ramos on Saturday night.

5/21/2016 | Belisle set to begin injury rehab assignment

Nationals right-hander Matt Belisle will begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Monday, although manager Dusty Baker said the location has not been determined.

5/21/2016 | Nats hoping Scherzer can secure series win vs. Marlins

Right-hander Max Scherzer will square off against Marlins lefty Adam Conley when the National League East rivals wrap up their three-game series on Sunday at Marlins Park.

5/21/2016 | Fernandez pins down Nats for 5th straight win

Facing the the first-place Nationals has brought out the best in Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out nine in six innings, and backed by Justin Bour's two-run home run and Ichiro Suzuki's four-hits, Miami held on for a 3-2 win on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

5/20/2016 | Adjustment helps Roark slay nemesis Marlins

The Nationals spent the days leading up to right-hander Tanner Roark's Friday night start trying to answer why the Marlins had hit Roark harder than any other team this season. Their coaching staff and Roark wondered whether he had been tipping his pitches.

5/20/2016 | Reigning NL Player of Week Jose starts rematch vs. Ross

Jose Fernandez has dominated Major League hitters ever since he burst onto the scene with the Marlins, but he has been especially perplexing for the Nationals. Washington will get its latest opportunity to solve Fernandez when the two teams continue a three-game series at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday at Marlins Park.

5/20/2016 | Murphy haunts former club at old haunt

After helping the Nationals pound the Mets, 9-1, on Thursday night at Citi Field, second baseman Daniel Murphy was like the returning king of New York in the visitors' clubhouse as he talked to the media.

5/19/2016 | Nats rout Harvey, Mets to take series at Citi

It was supposed to be power vs. power between Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey, but it turned out to be a one-sided affair as the Nationals pounded the Mets, 9-1, at Citi Field on Thursday night. The Nationals took two out of three games in the series between National League East rivals and remain in first place in the division, one game ahead of the Phillies.

5/19/2016 | Harper hitless no more against Mets' Harvey

Matt Harvey is Bryce Harper's nemesis no more.

5/19/2016 | Blash joining potent Triple-A El Paso outfield trio

Red-hot outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Alex Dickerson each homered again Tuesday, as Triple-A El Paso scored an 11-7 win over New Orleans at Southwest University Park in El Paso.

5/19/2016 | Higher plan: Werth responds to No. 2 spot

Before Wednesday's game, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth found himself in a 26-for-124 (.210) slump. Manager Dusty Baker thought Werth would be better off moving up in the order, going from the sixth spot in the lineup to the second, where he could see more fastballs. The plan worked in Wednesday's 7-1 victory over the Mets.

5/19/2016 | Nats know where they are, where they need to go

The Nationals have reached the quarter point of the season after Wednesday's 7-1 victory over the Mets, and manager Dusty Baker said he is pleased with what he has seen from the team so far.

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