Dave Martinez gets four innings of scoreless relief from bullpen in 5-3 win over the Braves.

(John Bazemore / AP)

  • Analysis

Pitchers Joe Ross and Michael Blazek are expected to join the 25-man roster Sunday. How will the Nats make room for them?

Dave Martinez gets four innings of scoreless relief from bullpen in 5-3 win over the Braves.

Max Scherzer is sidelined with inflammation in the bursa under the right shoulder blade. He could return next week.

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.

  • Perspective

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.

  • Perspective

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.

  • Perspective

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.

  • Perspective

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

  • Perspective

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.

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