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Strasburg sticks to routine

Strasburg sticks to routine

The Nationals starter made vowed this spring not to overwork after bad starts, and he had an unwanted opportunity this week.

Discuss: Nats-Cards

Discuss: Nats-Cards

Jordan Zimmermann will try to break the spell the Cardinals have over him.

Span returns from disabled list

Span returns from disabled list

The outfielder is back after missing seven days recovering from a concussion.

Nats-Cards lineups

Nats-Cards lineups

Denard Span returns to the leadoff spot and Anthony Rendon moves down to fifth.

What a difference a night makes

What a difference a night makes

Gio Gonzalez yields just four hits in seven strong innings as the Nationals beat the Cardinals for the first time since 2012.

Span could play Saturday

Span could play Saturday

Denard Span played three innings in center field for Hagerstown on Friday as he recovers from a concussion.

Williams ‘not concerned’ with Nats

Williams ‘not concerned’ with Nats

The Nationals’ manager is thinking about his team’s psyche, but at least publicly he’s not ready to panic about their sloppy play.

Treinen likely to return

Treinen likely to return

Matt Williams compared Blake Treinen’s fastball to Justin Verlander’s.

Nationals-Cardinals discussion thread: Game 17

Nationals-Cardinals discussion thread: Game 17

Gio Gonzalez vs. Michael Wacha.

Ramos progressing in hand rehab

Ramos progressing in hand rehab

The catcher took five “nice and easy” swings with a bat on Friday and was happy to have a bat back in his hands.

Cedeno replaces Treinen

Cedeno replaces Treinen

The Nationals called up lefty Xavier Cedeno, giving them a fresh arm after Blake Treinen carried a heavy workload.

Desmond leads league in errors

Desmond leads league in errors

Ian Desmond has bounced back from vicious defensive slumps before, and he must try to again.

Bryce Harper stars in black-and-white MLB throwback ad

Nats outfielder is still a youngster, but a new MLB ad imagines him next to baseball’s all-time greats.

Nationals players confused, upset about the ‘transfer rule’

The issue has come up twice already for the Nationals but it doesn’t mean players are happy with the new interpretation.

Nats lose in 8-0 blowout to Cardinals

Nats lose in 8-0 blowout to Cardinals

Shoddy defense and an inept offense produce an 8-0 blowout at the hands of defending NL champions.

Span ready to return

Span ready to return

Denard Span expects to come off the seven-day DL on Saturday after a successful rehab game.

Machado is making progress

Machado is making progress

Injured 3B Manny Machado is running and hopes to return to the Orioles’ lineup soon.

Nats’ Gonzalez relying more on his change-up

Nats’ Gonzalez relying more on his change-up

While the two were working together during spring training, Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton noticed how effective pitcher Gio Gonzalez’s change-up could be.

Harper on his improvements

Harper on his improvements

After an early slump, Harper is 14 for 29 with four walks, five extra-base hits and six strikeouts, and has an eight-game hitting streak.

Discuss: Nats-Cards

Discuss: Nats-Cards

The Nationals will try to beat the Cardinals for the first time since Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS.

Fister pitches two innings

Fister pitches two innings

If all goes well, Doug Fister could make his Nationals debut in the first week of May.

Column

Early in the season, panic springs eternal

Early in the season, panic springs eternal

COLUMN | There are many reasons to panic about the Nats, and a few might even turn out to be true.

Nats-Cards lineups

Nats-Cards lineups

Bryce Harper returns to the Nationals’ lineup against the Cardinals.

Denard Span to begin rehab assignment at Class A Hagerstown

Denard Span to begin rehab assignment at Class A Hagerstown

The outfielder hopes to return from his concussion on Saturday.

Yasiel Puig received threats from human traffickers, reports say

Yasiel Puig received threats from human traffickers, reports say

The cost of defection from Cuba continues to follow the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder.

Bryce Harper scratched with quad tightness, expected to play Thursday

Bryce Harper scratched with quad tightness, expected to play Thursday

The outfielder was pulled from the lineup an hour before the game.

Joel Ward to throw ceremonial first pitch

Joel Ward to throw ceremonial first pitch

Caps forward wears No. 42 because of Jackie Robinson and will throw out the first pitch as part of Jackie Robinson Day.

Defending NL champion St. Louis Cardinals come to town

Defending NL champion St. Louis Cardinals come to town

The Nationals went 0-6 against the Cardinals last season, and are 6-11 since the start of the 2012 season including the playoffs.

Werth, Walters rescue Nationals

Werth, Walters rescue Nationals

Jayson Werth hits tying homer in the sixth inning. Then, rookie Zach Walters delivers in a pinch in the eighth in a win at Miami.

Matt Williams on the early defensive, starting pitching troubles

Matt Williams on the early defensive, starting pitching troubles

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

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A veteran works through the grind

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