Starter Jeremy Hellickson is hurt as the August slide continues and NL East rivals pull farther away.

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“They told us he would get lefties out because he has a cutter — but here he is getting lefties and righties out. So it's good to see,” Dave Martinez said of his 26-year-old reliever.

Starter Jeremy Hellickson is hurt as the August slide continues and NL East rivals pull farther away.

Strasburg and Erick Fedde threw in a simulated game on Wednesday.

“The injury factor, that’s frustrating because that’s something you can’t control,” Washington's general manager said Wednesday on 106.7 The Fan's “Sports Junkies” show.

The Nationals' everyday catcher is hitting much better now than he has at almost any time as a National.

Left-hander fails to get through five innings in 6-4 loss at St. Louis that drops them eight games behind Atlanta.

The Nationals' bullpen overhaul continued Tuesday.

National parks are more fun than anything that's been happening among those Nats Park denizens lately.

Washington hadn't been walked off in consecutive games since 2005.

  • Analysis

Sammy Solis is struggling, and the his struggles are at the center of it all.

  • Perspective

Washington followed up Sunday’s devastating loss with even more heartbreak Monday. They’re quickly running out of time.

A night after a stunning defeat at Wrigley Field on a walk-off grand slam, the Nationals rally to tie it in the ninth but fall on Paul DeJong’s solo home run to lead off the bottom half.

"Apparently he didn't want to say anything, he wanted to pitch through it," Martinez said of his late-inning reliever.

The next week will help determine how Nationals fans remember David Bote's walk-off grand slam.

  • Analysis

Heading into Monday night's games, the Nationals have a 37 percent chance to make the playoffs per FanGraphs.

The Nats will try to move past Sunday night's deflating loss as they begin a four-game series in St. Louis.

Ryan Madson gives up the home run to David Bote with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning.

The third baseman was hit by a pitch on his left wrist Friday.

"To be portrayed by someone who's not even in that clubhouse, it's pretty hurtful,” the jettisoned reliever said.

Tanner Roark continues recent run, giving Washington the chance to capture series in Chicago with Max Scherzer on hill Sunday night.

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