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Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that "all indications" are that Tanner Roark will be used out of the bullpen in the NLDS.

It's a testament to how talented the Nationals' rotation is, as Roark isn't able to crack the starting staff despite putting up a 2.85 ERA and 1.09 WHIP while winning 15 games. Roark could possibly join the rotation later in the postseason, but most likely it would take an injury for that to happen. Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister will hold down the team's four rotation spots.
Sep 29 - 7:53 PM

Denard Span doubled in one of his two at-bats against the Marlins Sunday, finishing the season with a .302 batting average.

Nationals manager Matt Williams removed most of his starters after two at-bats, but Span doubled off Henderson Alvarez before exiting to ensure he'd end the season with an average above .300. It's the second time in his seven-year career that Span has hit higher than .300. He finishes with five home runs, 94 runs scored and a career-high 31 stolen bases.
Sep 28 - 4:41 PM

Bryce Harper had two hits in his final game of the regular season against the Marlins Sunday.

Harper doubled off Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez among his two hits before being removed. The two hits raised his line to .273/.344/.423. Harper ends the year with 13 homers and 32 RBI in 100 games in a disappointing, injury-riddled 2014 season.
Sep 28 - 4:35 PM

Ian Desmond hit his 24th home run of the season in Sunday's season finale against the Marlins.

Desmond fell a homer shy of his career best mark, but it was still an extremely productive year for the 29-year-old. Desmond batted .255/.313/.430 with 73 runs scored and a career-high 91 RBI. He also had 24 steals, the third straight season Desmond has been a member of the 20/20 club.
Sep 28 - 4:31 PM

Jordan Zimmermann threw the Nationals' first no-hitter in their history Sunday, blanking the Marlins 1-0 in the season finale.

With home-field advantage locked up and nothing riding on the final game, Zimmermann could have easily mailed in his final start of the year. Instead, he struck out 10 Marlins hitters while walking just one over nine scoreless innings. The brilliant start gives Zimmermann a 14-5 record, 2.66 ERA and 1.07 WHIP to end the 2014 regular season.
Sep 28 - 4:10 PM

Stephen Strasburg delivered six shutout innings in Saturday's 5-1 defeat of the Marlins.

It was an impressive cap to an outstanding summer for Strasburg, who will start for the Nationals in Game 1 of the NLDS next week. He held Miami to two hits and a walk while striking out seven, and will finish the regular season with a 14-11 record, 3.14 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 242/43 K/BB ratio in 215 innings.
Sep 27 - 7:11 PM

Jayson Werth finished 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and an RBI in Friday's loss to the Marlins.

Werth stepped to the plate in the sixth inning a home run shy of the cycle, but was hit with a pitch from Carter Capps. In his second attempt at the cycle, Werth struck out in the ninth. Werth has had a fantastic season at the dish, hitting .291/.394/.455 with 16 home runs, 82 RBI, nine stolen bases, and 85 runs scored.
Sep 26 - 10:59 PM

Taylor Hill was shelled in a spot start for the Nationals on Friday, allowing seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in a loss against the Marlins.

Hill started the second game of Friday's double-header. The Marlins racked up 10 hits while the right-hander issued two walks, hit a batter, and struck out four. Hill has made three big league starts this season and now owns a 9.00 ERA with a 5/3 K/BB ratio in nine innings.
Sep 26 - 10:54 PM

Doug Fister's last regular season start in 2014 was a dandy, as he struck out nine while tossing his second career shutout in a 4-0 win over the Marlins.

Fister didn't walk anyone and allowed just three hits (two singles) in the gem. He even contributed a walk, a triple and a run scored at the plate. The right-hander got a late start to the season due to a lat injury, but he was excellent over his 25 starts, posting a 2.41 ERA and 1.08 WHIP while winning 16 games. The Nats clinched home field advantage in the National League with their victory in the first game of Friday's doubleheader.
Sep 26 - 4:16 PM

Anthony Rendon smacked a solo homer in Friday's win over the Marlins.

His longball in the bottom of the first inning got the scoring going and wound up being all the Nationals needed. Rendon's homer was his 21st of the season, and he now sports a .288/.350/.475 batting line with 83 RBI. It's been a tremendous first full major league season for the 24-year-old.
Sep 26 - 4:01 PM

Nationals recalled RHP Taylor Hill from Triple-A Syracuse.

Hill will start the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Marlins. The right-hander was up briefly in a relief role earlier this season but has spent nearly all year at Syracuse, posting a 2.81 ERA with 86 strikeouts over 144 innings.
Sep 26 - 1:44 PM

Drew Storen earned his 11th save with another 1-2-3 ninth inning, wrapping up Thursday's 3-0 victory over the Mets.

Three up, three down has been the theme for Storen since he claimed the closer's role from Rafael Soriano on September seventh -- he's accomplished the feat in six of his 10 appearances. In that span of time, he's 10-for-10 nailing down saves with a spotless ERA and a 10/0 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings.
Sep 25 - 11:42 PM

Anthony Rendon was productive in Thursday's win against the Mets, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base.

Rendon knocked in the run in the bottom of the fourth when he was hit by a Zack Wheeler pitch with the bases loaded. The stolen base was his 17th in 20 attempts this season. Rendon is arguably the biggest threat in the Nationals' lineup heading into the post-season. He's batting .288/.350/.472 with 20 home runs, 82 RBI, and 110 runs scored.
Sep 25 - 11:36 PM

Gio Gonzalez was dominant, holding the Mets to one hit over seven shutout innings en route to a win on Thursday.

Gonzalez eclipsed his previous season-high of nine strikeouts with 12 in one of his most dominating starts of the year. The Mets simply had no answers for the lefty, who walked only two while yielding just the one hit. Gonzalez ends his regular season 10-10 with a 3.57 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and a 162/56 K/BB ratio. The Nationals certainly hope Gonzalez can ride the momentum of this start into the playoffs.
Sep 25 - 11:30 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Thursday that Denard Span (knee) will be back in the lineup on Friday.

It's not clear whether he'll play one or both games of the doubleheader. Span left Tuesday's game after scraping up his right knee on a diving catch and didn't play in either of Thursday's contests, but the Nats were just being careful.
Sep 25 - 10:41 PM

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