Aaron Barrett wins epic post-anthem standoff

The reliever they call "The Bear" bore down to win a showdown of unparalleled proportions before Friday night's game.

Matt Williams on Harper: ‘I want Bryce to be Bryce’

The man whose opinion of Harper matters perhaps the most finally offered his take before Friday's game.

Nationals-Phillies discussion thread: Game 42

Discuss tonight's series opener with the Phillies -- Max Scherzer against Sean O'Sullivan -- here.



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Scherzer, Harper pace Nationals to sixth straight win

Right-hander throws eight strong innings and slugger blasts league-leading 16th homer in 2-1 victory over Phillies.

For Harper and Hamels, first meeting back in 2012 left a mark

Phillies left-hander plunked the Nationals’ rookie, who came around to steal home. They’ll meet again Saturday.

How could Nationals improve even more? Better starters, for starters.

Apart from newcomer Max Scherzer, Washington’s rotation has not dominated the way many predicted.

Tanner Roark likely to start in place of Doug Fister

With Doug Fister still on the disabled list, Roark is on schedule to start in his place early next week in Chicago.

Nationals activate RHP Casey Janssen, place Sammy Solis on 15-day disabled list (UPDATED)

The veteran right-hander is now eligible to make his Washington Nationals debut.

Tonight’s Nationals-Phillies lineups

The Nationals face right-hander Sean O'Sullivan in the first of three games against the Phillies this weekend.

MASN unhappy with Rob Manfred’s comments, file letter with NYC Supreme Court

Manfred told reporters Thursday "sooner or later MASN is going to be required to pay those rights fees" to the Nationals.

Nationals bullpen settling in, growing up

Washington has needed to rely on young relievers more and more this season, and those pitchers are really stepping up.

Wilmer Difo’s call-up is a success story for Nationals’ Latin American operation

"It means a lot," Difo said. "I know now that I’m here it’ll open the doors for the other guys."

Denard Span on his strong start, occasionally-needed rest

"My body is not in the shape that it normally is in. I’m working hard each day."

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