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Bryce Harper tallied three hits in four at-bats on Thursday as the Nationals beat the Marlins.

Harper has his average up to .274 with the effort, the highest it's been since early July, when he had just crossed the 100 plate appearance threshold. The 21-year-old has a respectable .274/.343/.433 slash line with 13 home runs and 32 RBI on the season.
Sep 18 - 10:10 PM

Denard Span was held hitless over five at-bats, but the Nationals were still able to send the Marlins to a defeat on Thursday.

The words "Denard Span" and "hitless" haven't often been used together lately. He was on a nine-game hitting streak and had hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games entering the contest. Span has turned in a solid season, batting .296/.349/.409 with 93 runs scored and 31 stolen bases.
Sep 18 - 10:07 PM

Anthony Rendon went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a pair of runs scored in Thursday's victory over the Marlins.

Rendon brought his league-leading runs scored total up to 110 with the effort. He's also up to 16 stolen bases on the season, leaving him four shy of a 20 HR/20 SB season. The Nationals' MVP is slashing .286/.348/.473.
Sep 18 - 10:05 PM

Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) went 1-for-7 as the DH on Thursday in a simulated game at the Nationals' spring training complex in Viera, Florida.

Zimmerman is slated to play seven innings in left field Friday before being reevaluated. The Nationals are hoping to have him back for the final few days of the regular season to get him ready for the playoffs.
Sep 18 - 5:29 PM

Adam LaRoche is resting his back Thursday.

Most of the Nationals' regulars are back in the lineup Thursday after resting on Wednesday, but LaRoche needs another day. He's expected to return Friday.
Sep 18 - 5:25 PM

Adam LaRoche is out of the Nationals' lineup Thursday against the Marlins.

Most the Nationals' regulars are back in the lineup Thursday, but LaRoche will sit for a second straight day. Kevin Frandsen is starting at first base.
Sep 18 - 4:00 PM

Nationals claimed INF Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Twins.

Florimon is a .204/.266/.300 career hitter in 692 career plate appearances at the major league level, but he is athletic enough to play all around the infield. The Nats designated outfielder Eury Perez for assignment to open up a 40-man roster spot.
Sep 18 - 2:55 PM

Nationals designated OF Eury Perez for assignment.

Perez has a decent .310/.354/.411 batting line with 63 stolen bases in 193 career games at Triple-A. The 24-year-old outfielder should draw interest on waivers.
Sep 18 - 2:02 PM

Blake Treinen shut the Braves out over five innings but got a no-decision as the Nationals suffered a loss on Wednesday.

Treinen was making his first start in the big leagues since June 28, and lasted more than two innings for the first time since an August 26 Triple-A start. The right-hander scattered three hits and a walk while striking out three. On the season, he owns a sterling 1.94 ERA with a 1.38 WHIP, and a 29/12 K/BB ratio. If the Nationals, who have already clinched the division, allow Treinen to start again, he's on schedule to face the Mets at home on Tuesday.
Sep 17 - 9:58 PM

Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) played five innings of defense in a simulated game Wednesday at the Nationals' spring training complex in Viera, Florida.

Zimmerman spent three of those innings at first base and the other two at third, reporting no issues with his hamstring. He's scheduled to DH on Thursday and will then play seven innings of left field on Friday. The Nationals are hoping to have him back on their active roster in some capacity for the final week of the regular season (and then into the playoffs).
Sep 17 - 5:29 PM

Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

As is customary the day after clinching a division title, the Nats are rolling out a "B" squad Wednesday, as not a single everyday player is in the lineup. With the club also starting Blake Treinen instead of Gio Gonzalez, it should be pickins for Alex Wood.
Sep 17 - 3:42 PM

Blake Treinen will make a spot start on Wednesday against the Braves.

The Nationals are rolling out their "B" squad a day after clinching the National League East. Treinen hasn't thrown more than two innings since his August 26 start at Triple-A Syracuse, when he tossed 4 2/3 frames. However, he does have a 2.18 ERA over 41 1/3 frames in the majors this season and isn't a bad streaming option in deeper formats against a struggling Braves offense.
Sep 17 - 10:56 AM

Gio Gonzalez has been scratched from Wednesday's start against the Braves.

The Nationals clinched the National League East Tuesday, so they'll give the ball to Blake Treinen Wednesday and give Gonzalez some extra rest. The Nats will also undoubtedly have many backups in the lineup, which is good news for Braves starter Alex Wood. Gonzalez will now presumably get the ball on Thursday in Miami instead.
Sep 17 - 10:53 AM

Drew Storen pitched a perfect ninth inning, allowing the Nationals to clinch the NL East with a 3-0 victory over the Braves on Tuesday.

Storen remains perfect since taking over the closer's role for Rafael Soriano, now 6-for-6 in save situations over the last nine days. Storen got Justin Upton to ground out to second base to end the game, allowing the Nationals to celebrate their division title on their rivals' turf. On the season, Storen has seven saves with a 1.23 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 42/11 K/BB ratio.
Sep 16 - 10:00 PM

Ian Desmond's sixth-inning two-run home run was all of the offense the Nationals needed to clinch the NL East division in a win against the Braves on Tuesday.

Desmond finished 2-for-4 with a double as well, but it was his two-run shot in the sixth inning off of Aaron Harang that broke a scoreless tie and helped send the Nationals to their second division title in three seasons. Desmond had been in a bit of an offensive funk, as he hadn't homered since August 29, but he's still sitting on 23 with 88 RBI, 22 stolen bases, and a .252/.308/.423 slash line.
Sep 16 - 9:54 PM

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