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Kershaw looks to reverse postseason trend

WASHINGTON – It is one of baseball’s enduring mysteries in recent years and will be front-and-center in Game 1 of the N.L. Division Series between the Dodgers and Nationals that …


MLB Notes: Washington Nationals clinch third N.L. East title

The Washington Nationals clinched their third National League East title in five years, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Saturday night behind 5 1/3 scoreless innings from rookie reliever Reynaldo Lopez.


MLB Notes: Nationals acquire Mark Melancon from Pirates

Washington sent reliever Felipe Rivero and pitching prospect Taylor Hearn to the Pirates for Mark Melancon, who supplants struggling Jonathan Papelbon as Washington’s closer.


Baseball Notes: Nationals announce $175M, 7-year deal with Strasburg

A day after Stephen Strasburg deflected questions about a new contract, the Washington Nationals announced that they had, indeed, agreed to a seven-year deal with the right-hander that starts next …


Nationals’ Jonathan Papelbon apologizes for altercation with Harper

Jonathan Papelbon expressed remorse and apologized for going after Harper in the dugout during the Nationals’ Sept. 27 game against the Philadelphia Phillies


MLB executives head home as top hitters remain on the market

Baseball executives headed home from Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday with top free-agent sluggers still on the market and trade talk percolating that could lead to more swaps in coming weeks.


Bryce Harper becomes youngest unanimous MVP winner, taking National League award

Bryce Harper became the youngest unanimous MVP winner in baseball history, capturing the National League award during a season in which his Washington Nationals missed the playoffs.


Dusty Baker takes reins in nation’s capital

Dusty Baker got another managing job, this time with the Washington Nationals. And Major League Baseball got another black skipper, something the man in charge of the sport called “encouraging.”


Nationals ace Max Scherzer throws his second no-hitter of season

NEW YORK – Max Scherzer says he can get even better. Imagine that.


MLB notes: Washington National suspend closer Jonathan Papelbon for dugout fight

The Washington Nationals have suspended closer Jonathan Papelbon for four games without pay for his dugout fight with star slugger Bryce Harper, which will end the pitcher’s season. General manager …


Max Scherzer pitches no-hitter after losing perfect game in 9th

WASHINGTON – Just one strike from a perfect game, Max Scherzer saw it slip away with a misplaced slider. Or, some thought, a misplaced elbow. Scherzer lost his bid in …


Nationals OF Bryce Harper sore, but avoids disabled list for now

Bryce Harper has temporarily avoided a trip to the disabled list, although his ailing left hamstring sidelined the right fielder for Washington’s Friday home game against Pittsburgh. Nationals manager Matt …


Scherzer strikes out 16 in throwing one-hitter

MILWAUKEE – Max Scherzer struck out a team-record 16 and threw a one-hitter, losing his perfect-game bid on a bloop single that barely fell in during the seventh inning while …


MLB notes: Surging Nationals celebrate wins with chocolate syrup dousing

Let the chocolate syrup flow. As the Washington Nationals have set aside a slow start and grabbed a one-game lead in the N.L. East, they developed an unusual way to …


MLB notes: Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman making transition to 1st base

The way Ryan Zimmerman sees it, change is not something to get all worked up about. After being the Washington Nationals opening day third baseman for the past nine seasons, …


Baseball Notebook: Nationals sign ace Max Scherzer to bolster rotation

Max Scherzer will become the highest-paid right-handed pitcher in the major leagues after agreeing to a $210 million, seven-year contract with the Washington Nationals that includes a record $50 million …


Yankees sign third-baseman Chase Headley; Alex Rodriguez a man without a position

Alex Rodriguez appears to be returning to the New York Yankees as a man without a position. Chase Headley agreed Monday to a $52 million, four-year contract and said the …


Nats ‘disappointed’ in Byrce Harper no-show at fan event

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that the club was “disappointed” that outfielder Bryce Harper did not show up Saturday at the NatsFest fan festival in Washington. In a statement …


Giants top Nationals 3-2, return to NLCS vs Cards

Joe Panik scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Aaron Barrett’s bases-loaded wild pitch, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night to …


Nationals emerge from fog

SAN FRANCISCO – Eye black and uniform still on, Bryce Harper emerged from a different kind of fog than is typically seen in San Francisco. This was the celebratory stuff …


Giants beat Nationals in 18-inning thriller

WASHINGTON – Brandon Belt, Yusmeiro Petit and the rest of the San Francisco Giants did what they do so well in October: They never give in, never give up, and …


Jake Peavy, Giants edge Stephen Strasburg, Nats in NLDS opener

WASHINGTON – Put Jake Peavy on the San Francisco Giants, and he suddenly turns into quite a postseason performer. Same for a couple of rookies, Hunter Strickland and Joe Panik.


A capsule look at the NLDS

N.L. Division Series 6: Season series: Nationals won 5-2.


Souza’s catch preserves Zimmermann’s no-hitter

WASHINGTON – One out away from pitching the Washington Nationals’ first no-hitter, Jordan Zimmermann watched his 104th pitch on a crisp, clear Sunday afternoon get smacked toward deep left-center. Zimmermann …


Mariners fall again to Nationals

SEATTLE – If there is such a thing as momentum in baseball, the Seattle Mariners had plenty of it entering this homestand. They won six of nine games on their …


Stephen Strasburg pitches Nats to win over Mariners

Stephen Strasburg pitched into the eighth inning and Jayson Werth hit his second home run in two nights to lead the Washington Nationals past the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Saturday.


Nationals hit six HRs; Felix gives up career-high four

SEATTLE – Is it a disturbing trend and a sign of things to come? Or is it just a small bump in an otherwise brilliant season? Given two days’ worth …


MLB Notes: Rangers’ Darvish cleared to make Saturday start

Yu Darvish showed up to the ballpark on Wednesday with his stiff neck feeling much better, and the Texas Rangers were able to breathe a sigh of relief knowing their …


Washington Nationals hire Matt Williams as manager

Former major league third baseman Matt Williams is the new manager of the Washington Nationals. The Nationals will hold a news conference today to introduce Williams as the team’s fifth …


Nats, Tigers win divisions

Thanks to strong pitching from Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper’s burst of energy and Adam LaRoche’s slugging, the Washington Nationals won enough from April through September that even …