Durability, effectiveness Solis' main objectives

January 22, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Nationals will be counting on Sammy Solis to be a crucial part of their bullpen this season, serving as the lefty anchor behind closer Sean Doolittle. When healthy, Solis has been one of Washington’s most solid options, but arm problems have hampered his career. WASHINGTON — The Nationals will be counting on Sammy Solis to be a crucial part of their bullpen this season, serving as the…

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Gallo: Harper 'as focused as I've ever seen him'

January 19, 2018

WASHINGTON — Rangers infielder Joey Gallo has been working out with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper regularly for the past three or four years in their hometown of Las Vegas, Nev. They played travel ball together and grew up together along with Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. As Gallo has trained with Harper this winter, he has noticed something in him. WASHINGTON — Rangers infielder Joey Gallo has been working out…

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Nationals unveil 2018 promotional schedule

January 8, 2018

The Washington Nationals released their promotional schedule for the upcoming season, introducing a number of intriguing bobblehead giveaways, theme nights and special-ticket events sure to have fans excited for baseball in the nation’s capital in 2018. The collectible giveaway items are highlighted by bobbleheads of Nationals stars Max Scherzer (May 4), Bryce Harper (July 6), Anthony Rendon (Aug. 3), Ryan Zimmerman (June 8) and Sean Doolittle (April 13). The club…

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Amid storm, Nats offer glimpse toward spring

January 4, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Nationals offered a welcome reprieve as a winter storm hit the nation’s capital Thursday, announcing their reporting dates for Spring Training. Washington’s pitchers and catchers will report to West Palm Beach, Fla., on Feb. 14, before the full squad reports Feb. 19. The Nats will hold their first full-squad workout Feb. 21. WASHINGTON — The Nationals offered a welcome reprieve as a winter storm hit the nation’s…

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Sources: Nats interested in Realmuto, Yelich

January 4, 2018

MIAMI — Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto and outfielder Christian Yelich are no strangers to the division-rival Nationals. So with Miami listening on potential trade offers for both, it’s not surprising that Washington would be on the list. According to multiple sources, the Nationals are interested in Realmuto and Yelich, either individually or perhaps together in what would be a mega package. MIAMI — Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto and outfielder Christian…

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Taylor driven to eclipse breakout campaign

January 4, 2018

WASHINGTON — One of the Nationals’ biggest breakout performers last season was Michael A. Taylor, who grabbed hold of his opportunity to play center field every day after Adam Eaton‘s torn ACL and showed signs of the five-tool prospect the team had touted for years. Washington had been waiting for this sort of performance from Taylor since his Major League debut in 2014. Each of the previous three seasons, he…

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Roark using the end of '17 as motivation

January 2, 2018

WASHINGTON — Tanner Roark recalled sitting in his hotel room in Chicago during the hours leading up to Game 4 of the National League Division Series. Originally, he was scheduled to start that game for the Nationals as they hoped to stave off elimination from the Cubs at Wrigley Field. But a rainout kicked off a whirlwind 24 hours that resulted in Stephen Strasburg overcoming an illness to take the…

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WS-hopeful Nats must answer questions in '18

December 31, 2017

WASHINGTON — Sustained winning like the Nationals have enjoyed the past few years has brought expectations. Standards are high. No longer are the Nationals happy with winning the National League East and making the postseason, which they have done in back-to-back years and in four of the past six seasons. Now, the Nationals expect more. And this upcoming year will mark one of the most important in franchise history. Washington…

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Nats' dominant 2017 replete with highlights

December 30, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Nationals continued their recent stretch of success during the 2017 season. This past year marked the first time in team history they made the postseason in consecutive years and the fourth time in the past six years they were bound for October. Washington was one of the best teams in baseball for the entire season, accumulating 97 wins and becoming the first team in baseball to secure…

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