Nationals come up short against Phillies

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Bryce Harper’s mammoth homer isn’t enough to overcome Ian Desmond’s eighth error and spotty control from Jordan Zimmermann.

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Today’s Nationals vs. Phillies lineups

Today’s Nationals vs. Phillies lineups

Denard Span is back in center and the leadoff spot for the Nationals today.

Pete Rose is back in baseball … as a studio analyst with Fox

Pete Rose is back in baseball … as a studio analyst with Fox

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Nationals come up short against Phillies

Nationals come up short against Phillies

Bryce Harper’s mammoth homer isn’t enough to overcome Ian Desmond’s eighth error and spotty control from Jordan Zimmermann.

Bryce Harper follows mammoth home run with another strong hair flip

Bryce Harper follows mammoth home run with another strong hair flip

Harper hits the hair off the ball and then shows off his locks.

Denard Span back with team, could be activated tomorrow (UPDATED)

Denard Span back with team, could be activated tomorrow (UPDATED)

The Nationals projected starting center fielder should return soon, which poses questions about what happens to the rookie who has been filling in for him.

Yunel Escobar will have MRI, not in Saturday’s lineup vs. Phillies (UPDATED)

Yunel Escobar will have MRI, not in Saturday’s lineup vs. Phillies (UPDATED)

The Nationals third baseman and leadoff man will undergo an MRI on his groin today, and the team will evaluate his status based on the results.

Nationals vs. Phillies discussion thread: Game 12

Nationals vs. Phillies discussion thread: Game 12

Jordan Zimmermann hopes to pitch better Saturday than he did in a rough outing Monday, and in so doing lead the Nationals to a fourth straight win.

Today’s Nationals vs. Phillies lineups

Today’s Nationals vs. Phillies lineups

Yunel Escobar is out of the lineup today with a sore groin, so Michael A. Taylor is back at the top of Matt Wiliams’s order.

Felipe Rivero makes major league debut

Felipe Rivero makes major league debut

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Harper homers, Scherzer cruises

Harper homers, Scherzer cruises

New ace strikes out nine in eight innings, and Harper’s three-run blast in first sets the tone in 7-2 win over Phillies.

Yunel Escobar leaves Friday’s game with groin strain (UPDATED)

Yunel Escobar leaves Friday’s game with groin strain (UPDATED)

He pulled up gimpy after trying to beat out a grounder in the bottom of the fourth.

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Craig Stammen on flexor surgery: ‘Bring it on’

Craig Stammen on flexor surgery: ‘Bring it on’

“I got another challenge to try to overcome. It’s a part of my career and maybe something that will define it later on.“

Dan Uggla, career starter, adjusting to not starting

Dan Uggla, career starter, adjusting to not starting

The veteran second baseman is filling an unfamiliar role with the Nationals, but he is “rolling with it.”

Nationals vs. Phillies discussion thread: Game 11

Nationals vs. Phillies discussion thread: Game 11

Discuss the second game of this weekend’s Nationals and Phillies series -- Scherzer’s third start as a National -- right here.

Matt LeCroy’s good-luck banana-mayo sandwiches will be back this season

Matt LeCroy’s good-luck banana-mayo sandwiches will be back this season

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No longer worried about Cooperstown, Maury Wills enjoys induction into D.C. Sports Hall of Fame

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Bryce Harper runs through stop sign, avoids TOOTBLAN

Bryce Harper runs through stop sign, avoids TOOTBLAN

Harper shows off his speed on Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run double.

An opponents’ view of Max Scherzer’s new cutter

An opponents’ view of Max Scherzer’s new cutter

Two left-handed hitters that faced him offer a scouting report on Scherzer’s work-in-progress pitch.

Baseball’s most predictable move: Kris Bryant to be promoted by Cubs

Baseball’s most predictable move: Kris Bryant to be promoted by Cubs

Chicago will add the sport’s top prospect to its major league roster for this weekend’s series against San Diego.

Yunel Escobar adjusting, contributing to the Nationals

Yunel Escobar adjusting, contributing to the Nationals

He is tied for the team lead in hits and average, and has played solid defense. He’s been a solid addition so far.

Cubs call up super-prospect Kris Bryant

Cubs call up super-prospect Kris Bryant

The third baseman put on a Ruthian display of power during spring training.

Nationals handle Hamels, Phillies

Nationals handle Hamels, Phillies

Escobar opens the game with a home run and Washington wins its second straight, 5-2, over Philadelphia.

Denard Span rehabbing, inching closer to Nationals return (UPDATED)

Denard Span rehabbing, inching closer to Nationals return (UPDATED)

The center fielder is scheduled to play at least two more rehab games in his return from core muscle surgery.

Nationals vs. Phillies discussion thread: Game 10

Nationals vs. Phillies discussion thread: Game 10

The Nationals will look to win their first series opener today against Cole Hamels.

Craig Stammen diagnosed with torn right flexor, will require surgery

Craig Stammen diagnosed with torn right flexor, will require surgery

The Nationals bullpen lost another crucial piece Thursday, as Craig Stammen will miss significant time.

Tonight’s Nationals-Phillies lineups

Tonight’s Nationals-Phillies lineups

Doug Fister is back on the mound today for his second start of the season against Phillies ace Cole Hamels.

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