Nationals win, but without Strasburg

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Nats, Giants jockey for October position

Nats, Giants jockey for October position

Washington and San Francisco are doing their best to beat each other now, but their real attention is on October.

Bryce Harper’s bat featured the D.C. skyline in red, white and blue

Bryce Harper’s bat featured the D.C. skyline in red, white and blue

The Nationals right-fielder said he doesn’t know if he’ll get in trouble for using the bat, but it worked pretty well for him.

Nationals win, but without Strasburg

Nationals win, but without Strasburg

Starter Stephen Strasburg leaves with ‘tightness in his left side,’ but Washington batters San Francisco in a 9-3 victory.

On Independence Day, Nationals fans show up dressed to celebrate team and country

On Independence Day, Nationals fans show up dressed to celebrate team and country

Some went harder than others, but it was all red, white and blue.

Strasburg exits early, but Nats win

Strasburg exits early, but Nats win

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was throwing a one-hitter when he showed signs of discomfort in his side. But Washington got to Madison Bumgarner in a 9-3 win.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera to miss six weeks with calf injury

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera to miss six weeks with calf injury

This marks the first time the 32-year-old has gone on the disabled list.

Giants reliever Javier Lopez, a D.C. area native, has the most rings among active players

Giants reliever Javier Lopez, a D.C. area native, has the most rings among active players

After Derek Jeter retired, Lopez became the active leader with four World Series rings.

Nationals-Giants discussion thread: Game 81

Nationals-Giants discussion thread: Game 81

Discuss the Nationals’ Fourth of July showdown with the GIants here.

Today’s Nationals-Giants lineups

Today’s Nationals-Giants lineups

Lineups for today’s morning matchup of Stephen Strasburg and Madison Bumgarner.

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Nationals Manager Matt Williams is not one for looking back

Nationals Manager Matt Williams is not one for looking back

As playoff nemesis San Francisco returns to Nationals Park, the manager prefers to think on this season, not last.

In rematch, Nats get better of Giants

In rematch, Nats get better of Giants

Gio Gonzalez outduels Jake Peavy and Clint Robinson delivers a clutch two-run home run as the Nats take the opener of three-game set.

Report: Feds recommend charges against St. Louis Cardinals employee

Report: Feds recommend charges against St. Louis Cardinals employee

Conviction could bring hefty fine and prison terms. What remains unclear is which employee could face charges.

Emmanuel Burriss returns to D.C. as a National

Emmanuel Burriss returns to D.C. as a National

“Being able to put this uniform on, being able to come home for this homecoming is a dream come true,” Burriss said.

Nationals Park wins the psychological battle, again with glorious pregame BP music

Nationals Park wins the psychological battle, again with glorious pregame BP music

Keep the pregame batting practice slow jams pumping. They’re obviously working.

Nationals-Giants discussion thread: Game 80

Nationals-Giants discussion thread: Game 80

Discuss tonight’s game between the Nationals and Giants -- their first matchup since Game 2 of the NLDS -- here.

Tonight’s Nationals-Giants lineups

Tonight’s Nationals-Giants lineups

Lineups for tonight’s series opener with the Giants.

CB Bucknor’s no-look fair/foul call does the Nationals no favors in Atlanta

There’s a reason he’s been thrice chosen by MLB players as the worst umpire in the game.

Scherzer strong but can’t quite finish

Scherzer strong but can’t quite finish

A game-ending chopper falls fair — barely — scoring the winning run off of the Nationals starter with one out in the ninth.

Daily Nationals injury update: Ryan Zimmerman, Aaron Barrett and Anthony Rendon

Daily Nationals injury update: Ryan Zimmerman, Aaron Barrett and Anthony Rendon

Zimmerman is hitting and fielding, Barrett feels good, and Rendon is swinging.

Ian Desmond tweaking hand position in hopes of improving results at the plate

Ian Desmond tweaking hand position in hopes of improving results at the plate

Mired in a frustrating offensive season, the Nationals’ shortstop is working to improve his swing path.

Nationals-Braves discussion thread: Game 79

Nationals-Braves discussion thread: Game 79

Discuss tonight’s game, when Max Scherzer faces the Braves, here.

Max Scherzer named National League pitcher of the month for second straight month

Max Scherzer named National League pitcher of the month for second straight month

Scherzer becomes the first pitcher to win the award in back-to-back months since Clayton Kershaw last season.

Tonight’s Nationals-Braves lineups

Tonight’s Nationals-Braves lineups

Lineups for the rubber game in Atlanta,in which Max Scherzer faces the Braves for the first time this season.

ESPN’s Curt Schilling says Stephen Strasburg should be 100,000 times better

ESPN’s Curt Schilling says Stephen Strasburg should be 100,000 times better

Schilling has been impressed by Bryce Harper and says Strasburg’s upside is still ‘stratospheric.’

National League All-Stars: Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer and the other most-deserving players

National League All-Stars: Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer and the other most-deserving players

Voting for MLB’s All-Star Game ends Thursday night. But we don’t care about the votes. Here are the 34 National League players who deserve to be in Cincinnati.

American League All-Stars: Alex Rodriguez, Dallas Keuchel and the other most-deserving players

American League All-Stars: Alex Rodriguez, Dallas Keuchel and the other most-deserving players

Balloting for the All-Star Game ends Thursday night. The teams will be announced Sunday. Here’s who should represent the American League.

Young left-hander Felipe Rivero finding consistency with opportunity

Young left-hander Felipe Rivero finding consistency with opportunity

The young left-hander with explosive stuff has been solid for the Nationals over the past month.

Nats’ Fister falters in loss to Braves

Nats’ Fister falters in loss to Braves

The right-hander yields back-to-back homers to A.J. Pierzynski and Juan Uribe as Atlanta captures a rain-delayed victory.

Aaron Barrett pitches scoreless inning in Potomac; Ryan Zimmerman still sore

Aaron Barrett pitches scoreless inning in Potomac; Ryan Zimmerman still sore

The Nationals’ right-hander threw 16 pitches in his first rehab outing.

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