Josh Donaldson gives Atlanta a 4-3 win as Fernando Rodney, in his second inning of work, falters.

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Josh Donaldson gives Atlanta a 4-3 win as Fernando Rodney, in his second inning of work, falters.

Washington's ace, initially diagnosed with a back strain, is dealing with inflammation under the shoulder blade.

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Not all huge free agent deals pay dividends, but the Nationals’ investment in the ace right-hander might be the best ever.


The right-hander finished 3 for 3 with five RBI as Washington opened a key four-game series with a laugher.

If the Nationals win three of these four games, they would make up more ground in one weekend than they have in the past two months.

Starter Erick Fedde delivers six strong innings, but Baltimore pounds Washington relievers for eight runs in 9-2 win at Camden Yards.

Sanchez, who has bounced around all season, takes another trip down to make room for Fedde.

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Manager has justified his players’ faith and the organization’s patience. Now he can prove his mettle.

Washington looked like a much different team once Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy left. But the Nationals have maintained their power stroke.

Voth allows one run in six solid innings, and Washington takes care of business in an 8-1 win over the lowly Orioles.

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Bitterness between the teams’ ownership groups has seemingly prevented any transactions, but a deal could be mutually beneficial.

Fedde seemed to have a strong hold on the fifth starter's spot earlier this season. Now he has a chance to earn it back.

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We’ve been here before, wondering how special a young Nats player will be.

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It’s easy to look at Giolito’s numbers and think Washington gave away an arm they could desperately use, but MLB trades are rarely that simple.

Washington sent a clear message with this roster construction: Age matters. Experience does, too.

Washington must choose whether it will start Stephen Strasburg on schedule or ask him to bump his start back a day.

An auspicious start to the second half of the season for the Washington bullpen hit a pothole when Matt Grace was dinged for the winning home run.

Washington is chipping away at its rotation situation but still needs to decide who will start Wednesday against Baltimore before an important four-game set in Atlanta over the weekend.

An offense that failed to capitalize on chances all night finally comes through in 4-3 victory.

The 34-year-old right-hander had been optimistic he would still be ready to start Tuesday in the series opener against Baltimore.

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