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4/17/2014 | Nationals ready to resume rivalry with Cards

If you include Game 5 of the 2012 National League Division Series and last year's regular season, the Nationals have now lost eight straight games to the Cardinals following Thursday's 8-0 defeat in the opener of a four-game series. Is it safe to a say the Cardinals have their number? The answer is no, according to Nats first baseman Adam LaRoche.

4/17/2014 | Results positive for Fister in simulated game

Right-hander Doug Fister pitched in a simulated game on Thursday and worked two innings without any problems, according to manager Matt Williams.

4/17/2014 | Despite quad issue, Harper plays vs. Cards

Despite experiencing left quad tightness, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was in Thursday's lineup and playing left field against the Cardinals. Manager Matt Williams isn't worried that the injury could get worse.

4/17/2014 | Nationals stuck in neutral vs. Wainwright, Cards

Taylor Jordan labored in a three-run first and the defense committed four errors behind him, while the offense managed just two hits in an 8-0 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday night at Nationals Park.

4/17/2014 | Nats looking for Gio to turn tide against Cardinals

Southpaw Gio Gonzalez is looking to help the Nationals even the series against Michael Wacha and the Cardinals on Friday night at Nationals Park.

4/16/2014 | Cards, Nats open four-game set of NL heavyweights

It may be a stretch to suggest two teams from different divisions have established themselves as rivals, but in some ways, the Cardinals and Nationals have done just that. And the Nationals may feel they have some work to do this week, beginning with the first of a four-game home set on Thursday.

4/16/2014 | Walters records another career first vs. Marlins

After tallying his first career hit against Miami last year, Zach Walters hit his first MLB homer Tuesday also vs. the Marlins.

4/16/2014 | Souza cherishes long-awaited first MLB hit

Steven Souza Jr., who replaced Jayson Werth as a defensive substitution in right field in the sixth inning on Tuesday, singled up the middle off Dan Jennings two innings later for his first Major League hit.

4/16/2014 | Prospects Harvey, Giolito impress in pitchers' duel

In a South Atlantic League pitchers' duel that lived up to expectations Wednesday, the Orioles' No. 4 prospect Hunter Harvey slightly edged the Nationals' No. 1 prospect Lucas Giolito.

4/16/2014 | Werth's tying homer confirmed by replay in Miami

Jayson Werth had some long drives during this series held in play by the spacious dimensions of Marlins Park. But off Jose Fernandez in the sixth inning on Wednesday night, the right fielder was not denied of a home run by instant replay in the Nationals' 6-3 win.

4/16/2014 | Nats go deep twice to rally past Fernandez, Marlins

Home runs by Jayson Werth and Zach Walters powered the Nationals to a 6-3 comeback win over the Marlins in front of 20,178 fans Wednesday night at Marlins Park.

4/16/2014 | Nationals not worried about rotation's slow start

After right-hander Stephen Strasburg allowed six earned runs on eight hits over four innings on Tuesday, the Nationals' rotation ERA rose to 5.06 for 26th in the big leagues. Last year, the Nationals posted the seventh-best ERA at 3.60.

4/16/2014 | Williams appreciates Harper's boldness on bases

Nationals manager Matt Williams talks to Bryce Harper daily about his aggressiveness, but in general, the club likes how the outfield takes charge on the bases.

4/16/2014 | Harper a late scratch in Miami with tight left quad

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was a late scratch with left quad tightness about an hour prior to Wednesday night's finale at Marlins Park. Harper, who left the previous two games with the same issue, has hit 10-for-19 (.556) with three doubles, a triple, three runs and an RBI on the Nationals' two-city road trip.

4/15/2014 | Tempers fizzle after benches clear in Miami

Benches and bullpens cleared and there was some jawing going on Tuesday night, but the dust quickly settled without further incident at Marlins Park. In the Marlins' 11-2 win over the Nationals, tempers heated up in the fourth inning after Tom Koehler's pitch ran inside on Ian Desmond.

4/15/2014 | Fernandez faces off against Roark in series finale

Jose Fernandez (2-1, 3.78 ERA) looks to bounce back from his previous start (six earned runs in four innings) in the series finale against Tanner Roark (1-0, 5.91 ERA) and the Nationals.

4/15/2014 | Span eyeing Saturday return from concussion

Nationals center fielder Denard Span continues to make progress in his recovery from a concussion and eyes a return on Saturday.

4/15/2014 | Leon getting more time behind plate

When catcher Wilson Ramos went on the disabled list to open the season for the Nationals, Jose Lobaton took over the starting catcher duties. Sandy Leon, however, has started four of the past six games.

4/15/2014 | Strasburg, Nationals stumble in loss to Miami

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg gave up a season-high six runs over four innings, and the Nationals collected just five hits in an 11-2 loss to the Marlins in front of 19,931 Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

4/15/2014 | Jackie Robinson Day conjures memories for Gonzalez

For Gio Gonzalez, remembering Jackie Robinson brings him back to childhood backyard baseball games in his neighborhood.

4/14/2014 | No. 7 prospect Skole delivers clutch hits

First baseman Matt Skole, the Nationals' No. 7 prospect, began the season mired in a deep slump at Double-A Harrisburg, but he broke out in a big way Monday night in a 4-3 victory over Altoona.

4/14/2014 | Harper nursing tight left quad, expects to play Tuesday

Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper exited Monday night's 9-2 win over the Marlins with a tight left quad for precautionary reasons. Harper expects to play Tuesday night.

4/14/2014 | Zimmermann, Nats get back on track in Miami

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann redeemed himself for a poor outing in his previous start against the Marlins with a solid seven-inning outing in a 9-2 win in Miami on Monday in the series opener at Marlins Park. Tyler Moore and Sandy Leon each homered and drove in a pair of runs.

4/14/2014 | Werth's confirmed double gets Nats off to quick start

Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth hit a ball off the top of the wall in left-center field at Marlins Park, and the ruling was confirmed after umpires reviewed the play with instant replay.

4/14/2014 | Fister completes bullpen session, eyes sim game

Nationals right-hander Doug Fister took the next step in his rehabilitation process Monday afternoon at Marlins Park. Fister, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain, threw 50 pitches -- including his entire repertoire -- during a two-inning bullpen session.

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