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‘Hey, you’re really good’: Anthony Rendon sums up Sean Doolittle and Nats bullpen

Anthony Rendon interrupted MASN sideline reporter Dan Kolko’s postgame interview with Sean Doolittle after the Nationals’ 4-3 win in Houston on Tuesday to offer a quintessentially Rendon-like assessment of Washington’s closer. “Hey, you’re really good,” the Nationals’ third baseman said while squeezing Doolittle’s shoulder. Agree to agree. pic.twitter.com/6AvE63kWLQ — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 23, 2017 Doolittle […]

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Washington takes series opener in Houston: Nationals & Astros play tight game in Minute Maid Park...

Dusty Baker talked before and after the Nationals win last night about facing the Astros and the Nats testing themselves against an injured but impressive opponent. Houstons offense started the night leading the majors in runs scored (699), total hits (1240), doubles (266), AVG (.287), OBP (.351), and SLG (.491). Theyre capable of a big inning, you know what I mean, so we might have to take the air out of the ball a few times, because they strike and they strike in a hurry. - Dusty Baker on...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington takes series opener in Houston: Nationals & Astros play tight game in Minute Maid Park...

Dusty Baker talked before and after the Nationals’ win last night about facing the Astros and the Nats testing themselves against an injured but impressive opponent.

Houston’s offense started the night leading the majors in runs scored (699), total hits (1240), doubles (266), AVG (.287), OBP (.351), and SLG (.491).

“They’re capable of a big inning, you know what I mean, so we might have to take the air out of the ball a few times, because they strike and they strike in a hurry.” -...

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Luke Erickson: Stadium woes for Nats' Single-A teams - Nationals Buzz

For most of this century, the Nationals' full-season Single-A teams have been seeking new stadiums. Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown was built in 1930 and has been hosting professional ball for 61 of its 87 years. G. Richard Pfitzner stadium in Woodbridge was built in 1984 and has been home to ... Read More

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Rizzo says Harper starting to be more mobile, moving around clubhouse

Nats GM Mike Rizzo told the Junkies his team is taking the necessary precautions to make sure Bryce Harper isn't rushing his comeback.

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Mike Rizzo not worried about return date for Max Scherzer

Nats GM Mike Rizzo is more concerned about star pitcher Max Scherzer being healthy than getting him off the DL in a timely manner.

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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Is Dusty Baker overworking Nationals’ starters?; Max Scherzer planned for Friday; Trea Turner and Jayson Werth near return

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the second of three with the Astros in Houston.

Game 1 of the West Palm Beach World Series goes to the good guys!

More importantly: does the winner of the series get to choose who’s at home for when the two teams match up in Florida?

Here’s the news from Minute Maid Park.

Dusty Baker is throwing caution -- and pitch counts -- to the wind
The Nationals are allowing their pitchers to go longer, and they let them go longer more often....

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For the Nationals’ bullpen, every pitch counts as a potential audition for the postseason

HOUSTON — For so many long, exhausting weeks, the Washington Nationals’ bullpen was so frustratingly ineffective that the idea of having good options to choose from seemed ridiculous, a luxury afforded the baseball bourgeoisie, but not the pitching-poor proletariat. But after Dusty Baker turned to Joe Blanton in the seventh inning of a one-run game […]

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Tanner Roark, Nationals’ bullpen come up big in 4-3 win over Astros in Houston...

Washingtons starter Tanner Roark retired the last ten Astros he faced, and the Nationals bullpen kept Houston off the board in a series-opening win. Things werent going well for Tanner Roark early on Tuesday night in Houston, Texas, where Roark took on the Astros in the series opener in Minute Maid Park.

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Patrick Reddington

Tanner Roark, Nationals’ bullpen come up big in 4-3 win over Astros in Houston...

Washington’s starter Tanner Roark retired the last ten Astros he faced, and the Nationals’ bullpen kept Houston off the board in a series-opening win.

Things weren’t going well for Tanner Roark early on Tuesday night in Houston, Texas, where Roark took on the Astros in the series opener in Minute Maid Park.

“He found his breaking ball and he found the proper speed on the breaking ball, and he was locating his fastball.” - Dusty Baker on Tanner Roark vs the Astros

Two, two-out RBI...

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Just How Good Has Wilmer Difo Been?

On June 29th, after Trea Turner unsuccessfully tried to turn away from a 96 mph 2-1 fastball up and in from Pedro Strop of the Cubs, a lot of things happened: First, Turner walked slowly to first on a hit by pitch, the Nationals scored three runs that inning and took the lead, and the (then) horrific bullpen coughed up that lead in the top of the 9th. The other thing that happened was Turner’s right wrist was broken, sidelining him for what appears to be an approximately 8-week stint on...

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Nationals beat Houston for the ninth straight time

HOUSTON -- Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer, Howie Kendrick had a two-run triple and the Washington Nationals beat Houston for the ninth straight time,

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Washington Nationals 4-3 over Houston Astros: Matt Wieters’ two-run blast in fourth lifts Nats to win...

Tanner Roark gave up three runs early, but the Nationals battled back and their bullpen locked down the series opening, 4-3 win over the Astros in Minute Maid Park.

Tanner Roark gave up three runs early, one in each of the first three innings, but then settled in and retired the last ten Houston Astros’ hitters he faced as the Nationals got back in the game with a two-run triple by Howie Kendrick in the top of the third and took the lead on a two-run home run to center by Matt Wieters in...

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Jayson Werth, Trea Turner taking final steps toward returning to the Nationals

ALLENTOWN, Pa.— Jayson Werth has played in 1,560 major league games, recorded 6,273 plate appearances, been an all-star and won a World Series. Monday night, wearing the cap of the Syracuse Chiefs and facing an opponent known as the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, he took his spot in left field and was downright giddy. “I […]

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Nationals’ Dusty Baker is ‘planning’ for Max Scherzer to start Friday

HOUSTON — Max Scherzer spent much of Tuesday afternoon doing what Max Scherzer does when he encounters unexpected down time: looking antsy. Scherzer received treatment on his sore neck, wandered through the clubhouse looking for a catch partner, found a catch partner, played catch and wandered back into the clubhouse tossing a ball back and […]

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Updates on Scherzer, Madson, Harper, Werth and Turner - Byron Kerr

HOUSTON -- It has been a couple of days since the last update on right-handers Max Scherzer and Ryan Madson, so they were a hot topic with manager Dusty Baker prior to Tuesday night's opener against the Astros. Scherzer was getting treatment with the club at Minute Maid Park and ... Read More

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Washington Nationals’ lineup for series opener with Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park...

Washington and Houston start a three-game set in Minute Maid Park tonight at 8:10 PM EDT. Here is the Nationals’ lineup for the series opener...

Houston is 76-48 on the season with a 12.0-game lead in the AL West heading into this week’s three-game set with the Washington Nationals, who arrive in Minute Maid Park with a 74-48 record and a 14.0-game lead in the NL East.

Both teams lead their respective divisions, but each team is dealing with numerous injury issues as the series gets...

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Matt Weyrich

Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros Series Preview: Who stacks up as the biggest threat to the Dodgers’ World Series hopes?

The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros are within a game of each other in the race for the second best record in the majors.

Nationals (74-48) vs Astros (76-48) Series Info:

Game 1: Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 8:10 p.m. EST (MASN2/106.7 The Fan)

Game 2: Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 8:10 p.m. EST (MASN/106.7)

Game 3: Thursday, Aug. 24 at 8:10 p.m. EST (MASN/106.7)

Pitching Matchups:

Tuesday: Tanner Roark (9-8, 4.70 ERA) vs. Charlie Morton (10-5, 3.69)

Wednesday: Edwin Jackson (4-2, 3.43) vs. Mike...

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Dusty Baker on Daniel Murphy, the Washington Nationals’ depth plus more before series with Houston Astros...

Dusty Baker has talked often recently about getting all his players to the finish line, and doing what he can to keep them healthy and sharp...

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Patrick Reddington

Dusty Baker on Daniel Murphy, the Washington Nationals’ depth plus more before series with Houston Astros...

Dusty Baker has talked often recently about getting all his players to the finish line, and doing what he can to keep them healthy and sharp...

Daniel Murphy was scuffling, in a 1 for 11 stretch over three games that followed back-to-back, two-hit games against the Los Angeles Angels last week in Washington. Dusty Baker saw the signs and noticed his second baseman needed a break, so he gave him a night off on Saturday after he’d initially penciled the 32-year-old infielder in the lineup...

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