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7/29/2016 | Giants tab Peavy, welcome back Pence vs. Nats

The home run has victimized Giants pitcher Jake Peavy since the All-Star break. The right-hander has allowed just seven hits in his last two starts, but five of those have been shot over the fence.

7/29/2016 | As Deadline nears, Nats in need of 'pen help

The non-waiver Trade Deadline is Monday at 4 p.m. ET and the Nationals are still looking for bullpen help. Their closer, Jonathan Papelbon, has been in a serious slump. In his last three games, Papelbon has allowed seven earned runs in a total of one inning, while his ERA has climbed from 2.56 to 4.41.

7/29/2016 | Harper to appear on MLB Network's 'Play Ball'

Bryce Harper will be featured on this week's edition of "Play Ball," a weekly children's show on MLB Network that features one-on-one baseball demonstrations and conversations with some of the biggest stars and personalities in baseball. The segment will air Saturday morning at 10 a.m. ET.

7/29/2016 | Nationals recall Severino, place Lobaton on DL

The Nationals have recalled catcher Pedro Severino from Triple-A Syracuse and placed catcher Jose Lobaton on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 20) with left elbow tendonitis, the club announced Friday.

7/29/2016 | Questions loom after Papelbon's early hook

As the rest of his teammates emerged from the showers and dressed around him, Jonathan Papelbon sat at his locker and stared in silence on Thursday night. He had just been pulled three batters into the ninth inning, unable to lock down the save despite being given a three-run lead.

7/29/2016 | Nats survive Giants' ninth-inning rally

Thanks to a three-run second inning against Johnny Cueto, the Nationals took a three-run lead into the ninth, but the Giants didn't go quietly and chased closer Jonathan Papelbon before Washington was able to lock down a 4-2 series-opening win on Thursday night at AT&T Park.

7/29/2016 | Max faces Shark in battle of division leaders

With Max Scherzer squaring off with Jeff Samardzija, the Nationals and Giants will continue their four-game series on Friday night in this potential postseason preview at AT&T Park.

7/29/2016 | Murphy, Rutherford among top prospect performers Thursday

Tom Murphy is likely hoping July never ends considering the Rockies' No. 11 prospect has raised his batting average over 100 points in 16 games so far this month. And Yankees first-round pick Blake Rutherford is scorching at Pulaski, hitting .429 after back-to-back four-hit games.

7/28/2016 | Nats have 3 of top 17 prospects in midseason rankings

Washington continues to boast one of the top farm systems in baseball, with three of the top 17 players on's Midseason Top 100 Prospects list. The Nationals own the highest ranking trio, with Lucas Giolito (down from the top spot to No.4), shortstop Trea Turner (No.11) and outfielder Victor Robles (No.17).

7/28/2016 | 10 potential bullpen upgrades for Nationals

Dusty Baker admitted Wednesday that the Nationals "don't know" what the solution is for the struggling Jonathan Papelbon. And because the effects of age are something even a wise pitching coach like Mike Maddux will struggle to fix, it's time -- especially with the non-waiver Trade Deadline fast approaching -- for the Nats to consider alternatives.

7/27/2016 | Returning to form, Stras plays role of stopper

Part of the unofficial job description of being an ace is to serve as a stopper when a team endures any sort of skid. So the Nationals, having dropped six of their past eight games, needed a strong outing from Stephen Strasburg.

7/27/2016 | First-place Giants, Nats clash at AT&T Park

The Nationals and Giants begin a four-game series Thursday at AT&T Park in a matchup of two first-place teams that have struggled a bit since the All-Star break.

7/27/2016 | Strasburg silences Tribe, improves to 14-1

In the aftermath of a second consecutive blown save, the Nationals needed a strong showing from starter Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander delivered, stifling the Indians in a 4-1 win Wednesday afternoon to split the two-game Interleague set at Progressive Field.

7/27/2016 | Nats place Drew on DL, recall prospect Difo

The Nationals finally placed Stephen Drew on the disabled list Wednesday, retroactive to Sunday, with vertigo-like symptoms. Wilmer Difo, the club's No. 6 prospect as rated by, was recalled from Double-A Harrisburg to take Drew's place.

7/27/2016 | Dusty on change at closer: 'Too early to say'

Despite the fact that the Nationals began the day tied for the best bullpen ERA in the Majors, Tuesday night's game at Progressive Field underscored why they are aggressively searching for relief help before Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

7/26/2016 | Game-ender Lindor sinks Nats' 'pen

Indians manager Terry Francona paid the Nationals the ultimate compliment before Tuesday's game, saying Washington is "built for October baseball." In the opener of this series between potential postseason teams, the Indians looked like they fit that description as well, pulling off a 7-6 walk-off win at Progressive Field.

7/26/2016 | Pipeline preview: Mejia looks to extend streak again

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in Wednesday in Minor League action:

7/26/2016 | Cleveland contender clash: Carrasco v. Stras

One of the main reasons the Nationals and Indians are in first place is strong starting pitching, which will be on display Wednesday in a matchup between Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg and Cleveland righty Carlos Carrasco.

7/26/2016 | Strong after rehab start, Ross needs more time

Fresh off his first Minor League rehab outing, Joe Ross joined the Nationals in Cleveland on Tuesday, feeling strong as he nears a potential return.

7/26/2016 | Nationals give rookie Turner chance in center

Nationals manager Dusty Baker had been initially reluctant to start Trea Turner in center field. After all, Turner's experience there was limited after spending much of the season in the Minors playing shortstop and second base.

7/25/2016 | Nats running wild thanks to Lopes

WASHINGTON -- In the third inning of the Nationals' July 16 win over the Pirates, Danny Espinosa timed Pittsburgh righty Gerrit Cole's delivery and took off for third base, sliding in ahead of the tag for his sixth stolen base of the year.

7/24/2016 | Lopez among top prospect performers Sunday

Nationals No. 5 prospect Reynaldo Lopez is among the top prospect performers in the Minors on Sunday.

7/24/2016 | Giolito sent back to Minors to work on command

When the Nationals sent Lucas Giolito to the Minors after his last Major League start, they pointed to the fact that he would need more work on his offspeed pitches.

7/24/2016 | Nationals option Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse

After Sunday's 10-6 loss to the Padres, the Nationals optioned outfielder Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.

7/24/2016 | Padres storm past Nationals late in slugfest

The Nationals and Padres found themselves in a slugfest on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. When it was over, the Padres outslugged the Nationals, 10-6.

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