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4/19/2014 | Power arms from '09 Draft set to showcase arsenals

Twenty-eight pitchers were taken in the first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, beginning with highly touted starter Stephen Strasburg. Eighteen picks after Washington chose Strasburg, the Cardinals plucked a high schooler from Texas by the name of Shelby Miller. Those two power right-handers will face each other for the first time in their careers on Sunday at Nationals Park.

4/19/2014 | Defensive lapse sinks Nats, Zimmermann

The Nationals' defense has become a weakness. Entering Saturday's action, the team led the Major Leagues in errors with 19. The Cardinals took advantage of Washington's latest defensive lapse and Bryce Harper's absence late in the game on Saturday afternoon in a 4-3 victory over the Nats in front of sellout crowd of 41,084 at Nationals Park.

4/19/2014 | Nats pacing Majors in bunt hits

When Danny Espinosa pushed a perfect bunt toward second base and beat it out for a single in the second inning of Friday's game against the Cardinals, it gave the Nationals infielder his fourth bunt hit of the season in only 43 plate appearances. By contrast, no Major League team besides the Nats finished Friday with more than three total bunt hits. Washington has eight.

4/19/2014 | McLouth looking to get his bat back on track

With Denard Span returning from the 7-day disabled list on Saturday, it meant a return to the bench for Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth, who had started the past four games.

4/19/2014 | Nationals reinstate Span from 7-day DL

The Washington Nationals recalled from rehab and reinstated outfielder Denard Span from the 7-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to Syracuse on Saturday.

4/19/2014 | Nats announce their 20 millionth fan

The Nationals announced their 20 millionth fan at Nationals Park on Friday night. The winner, Wayne Gonsorcik, was given an autographed Jordan Zimmermann jersey and tickets to a Nationals game of his choice.

4/18/2014 | Recovering Ramos takes five swings with bat

Catcher Wilson Ramos, who is on the disabled list because of a broken hamate bone in his left hand, began gripping the bat and took five dry swings on Friday.

4/18/2014 | Lynn looks to get Cards back on track vs. Nats

Lance Lynn will try to continue his hot start to the season on Saturday afternoon against Jordan Zimmermann and the Nats.

4/18/2014 | Wild pitch helps lift Gio, Nats over Cards

The way the Nationals played on Friday night was the antithesis of how they played the previous night. They played much better defense and Gio Gonzalez pitched his best game of the season as the Nationals defeated the Cardinals, 3-1.

4/18/2014 | Nats recall lefty Cedeno, send down righty Treinen

The Nationals recalled left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned right-hander Blake Treinen to Syracuse on Friday.

4/18/2014 | Span sees action with first rehab assignment

Denard Span played in his first rehab assignment for Class A Hagerstown and went 1-for-2 with two walks, three runs scored and an RBI. Span is on the seven-day disabled list due to a concussion.

4/17/2014 | Nationals ready to resume rivalry with Cards

If you include Game 5 of the 2012 National League Division Series and last year's regular season, the Nationals have now lost eight straight games to the Cardinals following Thursday's 8-0 defeat in the opener of a four-game series. Is it safe to a say the Cardinals have their number? The answer is no, according to Nats first baseman Adam LaRoche.

4/17/2014 | Results positive for Fister in simulated game

Right-hander Doug Fister pitched in a simulated game on Thursday and worked two innings without any problems, according to manager Matt Williams.

4/17/2014 | Despite quad issue, Harper plays vs. Cards

Despite experiencing left quad tightness, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was in Thursday's lineup and playing left field against the Cardinals. Manager Matt Williams isn't worried that the injury could get worse.

4/17/2014 | Nationals stuck in neutral vs. Wainwright, Cards

Taylor Jordan labored in a three-run first and the defense committed four errors behind him, while the offense managed just two hits in an 8-0 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday night at Nationals Park.

4/17/2014 | Nats looking for Gio to turn tide against Cardinals

Southpaw Gio Gonzalez is looking to help the Nationals even the series against Michael Wacha and the Cardinals on Friday night at Nationals Park.

4/16/2014 | Cards, Nats open four-game set of NL heavyweights

It may be a stretch to suggest two teams from different divisions have established themselves as rivals, but in some ways, the Cardinals and Nationals have done just that. And the Nationals may feel they have some work to do this week, beginning with the first of a four-game home set on Thursday.

4/16/2014 | Walters records another career first vs. Marlins

After tallying his first career hit against Miami last year, Zach Walters hit his first MLB homer Tuesday also vs. the Marlins.

4/16/2014 | Souza cherishes long-awaited first MLB hit

Steven Souza Jr., who replaced Jayson Werth as a defensive substitution in right field in the sixth inning on Tuesday, singled up the middle off Dan Jennings two innings later for his first Major League hit.

4/16/2014 | Prospects Harvey, Giolito impress in pitchers' duel

In a South Atlantic League pitchers' duel that lived up to expectations Wednesday, the Orioles' No. 4 prospect Hunter Harvey slightly edged the Nationals' No. 1 prospect Lucas Giolito.

4/16/2014 | Werth's tying homer confirmed by replay in Miami

Jayson Werth had some long drives during this series held in play by the spacious dimensions of Marlins Park. But off Jose Fernandez in the sixth inning on Wednesday night, the right fielder was not denied of a home run by instant replay in the Nationals' 6-3 win.

4/16/2014 | Nats go deep twice to rally past Fernandez, Marlins

Home runs by Jayson Werth and Zach Walters powered the Nationals to a 6-3 comeback win over the Marlins in front of 20,178 fans Wednesday night at Marlins Park.

4/16/2014 | Nationals not worried about rotation's slow start

After right-hander Stephen Strasburg allowed six earned runs on eight hits over four innings on Tuesday, the Nationals' rotation ERA rose to 5.06 for 26th in the big leagues. Last year, the Nationals posted the seventh-best ERA at 3.60.

4/16/2014 | Williams appreciates Harper's boldness on bases

Nationals manager Matt Williams talks to Bryce Harper daily about his aggressiveness, but in general, the club likes how the outfield takes charge on the bases.

4/16/2014 | Harper a late scratch in Miami with tight left quad

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was a late scratch with left quad tightness about an hour prior to Wednesday night's finale at Marlins Park. Harper, who left the previous two games with the same issue, has hit 10-for-19 (.556) with three doubles, a triple, three runs and an RBI on the Nationals' two-city road trip.

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