defense

The Nationals’ defense continues to shine

Over the past seven weeks, the Nationals lead the majors in fielding percentage.

Shifts or no shifts, the Nationals’ defense has improved

The Nationals don't shift as much as other teams, but under Matt Williams the process is becoming more effective.

Nationals’ defense costing runs, causing frustration

Matt Williams wanted to make the Nationals' defense better, but instead it has been among baseball's worst.

Defensive mistakes undermine the Nationals again

With three errors on Friday, the Nationals have 32 on the season, the third largest total in the majors.

Jayson Werth wants the Nationals to respond better after errors

The Nats are making too many errors, and Jayson Werth thinks they need to respond better after making them.

Nationals players rejoice at ‘transfer rule’ change

MLB ruled Friday afternoon that it would revert back to the original interpretations of a catch and transfer,

Nationals infielders show up early to work on their defense

Early defensive work is meant for bench players, but Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa and Anthony Rendon showed up on their own Wednesday.

Matt Williams on the early defensive, starting pitching troubles

The manager addresses two of the team's biggest weaknesses early in the season.

Additional tidbits about the Nationals and defensive shifting

Leftovers notes and bits of information about defensive shifts and the new style of defense the Nationals want to play.

Stephen Strasburg brings out slider in first start — and other notes

Strasburg was happy with his start; Storen was too excited in his first outing; and Williams tested out some situational defense and baserunning.

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