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Will the Nationals finally be as good as they think they are?

Will the Nationals finally be as good as they think they are?

With the return of injured players and the addition of Jonathan Papelbon, it’s time to find out if Washington is really the best team in baseball.

Denard Span swings, throws for the first time since landing on the disabled list

Denard Span swings, throws for the first time since landing on the disabled list

The Nationals center fielder made tangible progress toward a return.

On Wilson Ramos, Jose Lobaton, and their playing time behind the plate

On Wilson Ramos, Jose Lobaton, and their playing time behind the plate

As the season pushes into August, Matt Williams faces daily choices about his catchers -- their defense, their offense and their health.

Nationals-Mets discussion thread: Game 102

Nationals-Mets discussion thread: Game 102

Discuss tonight’s game at Citi Field, in which Joe Ross and Jacob deGrom will duel, here.

Tonight’s Nationals-Mets lineups

Tonight’s Nationals-Mets lineups

Lineups for the middle game of this weekend’s series with the Mets at Citi Field.

Tyler Clippard on being a Met, facing the Nationals and Drew Storen

Tyler Clippard on being a Met, facing the Nationals and Drew Storen

The former long-time Nationals reliever faced his old team for the first time on Friday in New York.

Bryce Harper ejected in 11th inning of a crucial game for arguing a called strike three

Bryce Harper ejected in 11th inning of a crucial game for arguing a called strike three

“I’m sticking up for my team and myself at the same time. He was bad all night. I didn’t get up the next inning so nothing hurt.“

Extra dramatic: Nats fall to Mets in 12 innings

Extra dramatic: Nats fall to Mets in 12 innings

Bryce Harper is ejected after arguing a called third strike and New York’s Wilmer Flores — nearly traded earlier in the week — launches a walk-off home run to give Mets a 2-1 victory.

Mets fan Jerry Seinfeld makes Festivus joke after team acquires Yoenis Cespedes

Jerry Seinfeld had a humorous tweet about the Mets’ newest player.

Mets, hoping to catch Nationals, cap deadline moves by acquiring Yoenis Cespedes

Mets, hoping to catch Nationals, cap deadline moves by acquiring Yoenis Cespedes

New York was aggressive in adding players at the trade deadline for the first time in eight years.

After Papelbon, Nationals stay quiet at the deadline

After Papelbon, Nationals stay quiet at the deadline

As the Mets clubhouse buzzed with rumors, the Nats prepared to play with the same 25 players they used the day before.

Tigers, Orioles show different paths, realities at the trade deadline

Tigers, Orioles show different paths, realities at the trade deadline

Separated by just 1 1/2 games, the Tigers completed an in-season teardown and the Orioles pushed for the playoffs.

Denard Span in D.C. working with physical therapist, David Carpenter getting second opinion

Denard Span in D.C. working with physical therapist, David Carpenter getting second opinion

Matt Williams expects Span to begin baseball activities soon, while Carpenter is not yet resuming his throwing program.

Drew Storen and his agent meet with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo

Drew Storen and his agent meet with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo

Storen’s agent: “We continue to have ongoing communication regarding his role and his future with the organization.“

Nationals-Mets discussion thread: Game 99

Nationals-Mets discussion thread: Game 99

Discuss tonight’s series opener at Citi Field here.

Today’s Nationals-Mets lineups

Today’s Nationals-Mets lineups

Lineups for tonight’s series opener at Citi Field, in which Gio Gonzalez tries to outduel Matt Harvey.

MLB Trade Deadline Winners/Losers: Astros and Mets add, Yankees and Red Sox whiff

MLB Trade Deadline Winners/Losers: Astros and Mets add, Yankees and Red Sox whiff

Some teams added key components for a playoff push ... but the Mets?

Jonathan Papelbon says he ‘kind of became the scapegoat’ with Phillies

Jonathan Papelbon says he ‘kind of became the scapegoat’ with Phillies

New Nats closer just wants to win and be a good teammate in D.C.

Bryce Harper again boasts that Nats are baseball’s best

With Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth returning to the lineup, Harper is back to bold proclamations.

Ryan Zimmerman on Drew Storen: ‘If it’s possible we respect him even more now’

Ryan Zimmerman on Drew Storen: ‘If it’s possible we respect him even more now’

Storen’s teammates on their new set-up man, and more from Papelbon on why he would not give up closing to join them.

Newseum celebrates Nats fandom with new exhibit as much as it celebrates the Nats

Newseum celebrates Nats fandom  with new exhibit as much as it celebrates the Nats

The exhibit is short and sweet, but fans turned out in droves.

Why teams want Craig Kimbrel

Why teams want Craig Kimbrel

Kimbrel is 30 for 31 in save chances this season

Max Scherzer bounces back despite high walk total

Max Scherzer bounces back despite high walk total

Despite not feeling locked in mechanically, Max Scherzer threw seven scoreless innings Thursday.

Watch J.J. Watt crush home runs at the Astros’ ballpark

Watch J.J. Watt crush home runs at the Astros’ ballpark

There’s really very little the superstar Texans defensive end can’t do.

Carlos Gomez finally does get traded — to Astros, not Mets

Carlos Gomez finally does get traded — to Astros, not Mets

The outfielder, along with pitcher Mike Fiers, goes to Houston in exchange for four prospects.

David Price takes coveted arm to Toronto, as Blue Jays cash in prospects for playoff shot

David Price takes coveted arm to Toronto, as Blue Jays cash in prospects for playoff shot

The Jays landed the top arm in the trade market, but had to part with some of their top prospects to do so.

Papelbon opens with a save

Papelbon opens with a save

New closer Jonathan Papelbon has a save in his debut and Ryan Zimmerman homers in a 1-0 win over the Marlins.

Adding David Price won’t help Blue Jays catch Yankees in AL East

Adding David Price won’t help Blue Jays catch Yankees in AL East

Toronto has a 34 percent chance at making the playoffs

Blue Jays land trade deadline prize David Price

Blue Jays land trade deadline prize David Price

In return, the Tigers are reportedly getting Blue Jays pitching prospect Daniel Norris.

Michael Wilbon does a cruel Drew Storen impression on ‘PTI’

Michael Wilbon does a cruel Drew Storen impression on ‘PTI’

Tony Kornheiser says bringing in Papelbon was the smart thing to do.

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