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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Nats-Caps bond; Miller called up; Solis’ workload

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of today’s series opener with the Marlins...

Today begins the season series between the Nationals and Marlins. If they want to make up some ground in the division, the time is now.

Here’s the scoop from South Beach:

Reload, Don’t Rebuild
Bryce Harper is on the verge of free-agency. It doesn't really matter: Plenty of teams have lost stars and then still dominated. For instance, the 2012-2017 Washington Nationals.

Even with...

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Washington Nationals’ Injury Updates on Ryan Madson and Daniel Murphy and Brian Goodwin and more...

There are plenty of injuries to discuss. Mike Rizzo talked about a few of the injured Nationals in his weekly visit with the 106.7 the FANs Sports Junkies. Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (oblique) took 50 swings last week, and Adam Eaton was throwing on the field in Nationals Park after surgery on his ankle.

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Ryan McFadden

FBB’s Nationals Minor League Report: Erick Fedde, Austin Voth, Daniel Johnson + more...

While the Nationals are off tonight, take a quick tour of Washington’s minor league system...

Washington Nationals’ outfielder Juan Soto has given the team a glimpse of his potential during his time in the majors.

Soto, who was ranked the Nationals’ second best prospect by MLB. com, is hitting .300 with a home run, three RBI and three walks in an extremely small sample size in the majors.

To see what some of the other top prospects in the Nationals’ farm system are doing, I decided...

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Will Juan Soto stay with Washington Nationals when/if the Nats get healthy?

Juan Soto is up to play every day-ish while hes in the majors, but will he stay in Washington once the Nationals get healthy? Juan Soto struck out in a pinch hit appearance in his MLB debut, went 2 for 4 with a home run and single in his first major league start, and 1 for 1 with three walks and the winning run in his third game after getting the call to the big leagues this past weekend. He got off to a really good start in the majors. He really did.

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Patrick Reddington

Confident Erick Fedde impresses in return to Nationals’ rotation: “He wasn’t afraid of anybody tonight.” - Davey Martinez

Erick Fedde, the top pitching prospect in the Washington Nationals’ organization, impressed in his return to the majors.

Davey Martinez told reporters he liked what he saw from Erick Fedde in Grapefruit League action this Spring.

“We thought that he took another step in his progress last year, and he’s a guy that we think is right on the cusp of being a very valuable commodity for us in the big leagues.” - Mike Rizzo on Erick Fedde, Winter Meetings, 2017/18

“I love his demeanor, I...

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There’s still hope for the Washington Nationals

As of May 23, the Washington Nationals are struggling… by Washington Nationals standards. The club is 26-22, and looks unsure of itself in its worst start since 2014. Of course there are many teams out there who would love to be even close to the hallowed .500 mark (See: Baltimore Orioles), but for a team that’s won 192 games the past two years, this early season checkpoint does not look good. Luckily for Nats fans, a turnaround could be right around the corner. Leading off on a good...

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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Fedde impresses; Soto moved up in lineup

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we all wait for Max Scherzer to take the mound tomorrow night...

If you wanted to ignore the Nats for a while, that would be totally okay. However, there’s no Caps game until Monday, so for now, you can placate your need for exciting sports with a game against the... Miami Marlins.

Here’s what’s fresh in Florida.

Erick Fedde shows he belongs, but Nationals’ bats give him little support
The offense wasn't good, but Erick Fedde was...

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Hellickson keeps Padres off the board in 2-1 Nats win - Byron Kerr

Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson was solid again for the Nationals in a 2-1 walk-off win over the Padres. He was not credited with the decision, but Hellickson only allowed one run on five hits over 5 1/3 innings with one walk and five strikeouts. His ERA has dipped to 2.13. Franchy ... Read More

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Patrick Reddington

Failure to sweep: Nationals drop finale to Padres, 3-1, take 2 of 3 in series in D.C.

Erick Fedde impressed in his first start of the 2018 campaign, but the San Diego Padres avoided a sweep with a 3-1 win over Washington in the series finale in Nationals Park.

Erick Fedde returned to the majors to make his four career start this afternoon in the series finale with the San Diego Padres, with the doubleheader in D.C. this past Saturday forcing Washington’s Nationals to either throw one of their starters (Tanner Roark) on short rest or dip down into their minor league system,...

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Eaton reports he is "healthy"; updates on Zimmerman and Murphy - Byron Kerr

I checked in with Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton, who is rehabbing his ankle surgery. Last week he was sporting a cast on his left ankle that went all the way up to his knee. Today he rolled down his ankle sock to show no tape and just the scar from ... Read More

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Patrick Reddington

Nationals’ lineup for series finale with the Padres + Davey Martinez talks MAT...

Washington and San Diego wrap up their three-game set in D.C. at 4:05 PM EDT in Nationals Park.

Going back to the start of the last series with the San Diego Padres, in Petco Park, Michael A. Taylor is just 8 for 45 (.178/.196/.289) with three doubles, one triple, one walk, and 19 Ks over 47 plate appearances. That rough stretch has left the Nationals’ 27-year-old outfielder with a .190/.254/.319 line on the season, 10 doubles, one triple, three home runs, 14 walks, and 15 Ks in 178 PAs....

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals call Erick Fedde up to start finale with San Diego Padres...

Erick Fedde’s back in the majors to start for the Nationals in this afternoon’s series finale with the Padres. Will he fare better than when he came up last season?

Tanner Roark started the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the LA Dodgers, so the right-hander’s next turn in the rotation would be in the finale of the three-game set with the San Diego Padres this afternoon in Nationals Park, but it would be on just three days’ of rest, which didn’t seem likely.

In...

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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Nats will need to make deadline moves; Madson’s workload

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the series finale with the Padres at 4:05 PM EDT.

So, today’s a decently big day for D.C. sports... Erick Fedde comes back up! (Probably?)

Here’s the news from Nats Park:

Whatever it is Juan Soto can give them, the Nationals still need a lot more
Juan Soto could be a phenomenal addition to the team. But ultimately, he can't replace the versatility of Howie Kendrick, nor will his bat likely be as consistent. Who can the...

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Liz Barr: Hellickson deserves a chance to go deeper in starts - Nationals Buzz

The Nationals rotation has been nothing but dominant this season. It is leading the National League in just about every fathomable category, including innings pitched and pitches per start. Nats starters have been going deeper, staying in longer, and pitching more than anybody else. That is, except for Jeremy Hellickson. ... Read More

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Patrick Reddington

Nationals’ phenom Juan Soto has power, but plate discipline sets him apart...

Juan Soto singled when he got something to hit, walked three times... on 12 pitches ... and scored the winning run after leading off the ninth with his third free pass of the night on Tuesday.

Juan Soto’s power is impressive, yes. Washington’s 19-year-old left fielder has hit 15 home runs in 187 plate appearances across four levels in the Nationals’ organization this season, starting at Low-A Hagerstown and rising all the way to the majors with his power on display at each stop, but...

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Patrick Reddington

Nationals’ Jeremy Hellickson leaves start vs Padres with blister on his finger...

Jeremy Hellickson didn’t yell about it like Ringo Starr at the end of “Helter Skelter”, but he did have to leave Tuesday night’s start with a blister on his finger.

When he faced the San Diego Padres in Petco Park on May 8th, Jeremy Hellickson flirted with perfection, retiring eighteen-straight before he gave up a hit.

“He was throwing strikes. All his pitches were working. He was working ahead in the count. And that’s what you get from Jeremy when he’s on.” - Davey Martinez...

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Patrick Reddington

Michael A. Taylor hits walk-off double to lift Nationals to 2-1 win over Padres...

It’s been a rough first two months for Michael A. Taylor, but he made a great throw to get a runner at the plate tonight in a tight game, then won it with a walk-off double.

To say Michael A. Taylor has “struggled” at the plate so far this season, and particularly in the month of May, would be really polite. Going into tonight’s matchup against the San Diego Padres in the nation’s capital, the 27-year-old Washington Nationals’ center fielder had a .189/.254/.314 line, after he...

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Patrick Reddington

Nationals walk off on Padres on Michael A. Taylor double, 2-1 final

Juan Soto didn’t get much to hit, but he connected for a single and took three walks, including one to lead off the ninth, and he scored the winning run on a walk-off double by Michael A. Taylor.

Jeremy Hellickson (5 1?3 IP) and Eric Lauer (6 IP) gave up one run each in the second game of three between the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres tonight in D.C., and the bullpens kept it tied at 1-1 through eight and a half before Juan Soto walked (for the third time in four plate...

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Twitter gushes over Willy Adames homering in first MLB game

For the second day in a row, a highly touted prospect has hit a home run for his first MLB hit. On Monday, it was Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto. On Tuesday, Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames homered in his first game, taking Chris Sale deep. The long ball drew reactions from Twitter. — tylergilbert (@tylergilbert4) May 23, 2018 The kid certainly knows how to make an impression.

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Patrick Reddington

Nationals’ lineup for the 2nd of 3 with the Padres in D.C.

After snapping a three-game losing streak, the Washington Nationals try to make it two in a row over San Diego in the second of three with the Padres in D.C.

Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez discussed what he’d identified as one of the issues for his struggling offense after the third straight loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday afternoon in the nation’s capital.

“We’ve got to start,” he began, before shifting gears slightly, “as the games get in progress,...

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