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Jordan Zimmermann pitched well in a no-decision, yielding one run in seven innings of work as the Nationals lost to the Cubs on Tuesday.

Zimmermann allowed six hits and three walks while striking out five. His only big mistake resulted in a Dexter Fowler home run in the first inning. All five of the right-hander's May starts have been quality starts, helping lower his ERA to 3.26 with a 1.27 WHIP and a 41/14 K/BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings. Zimmermann will toe the rubber against the Blue Jays at home in his next start.
May 26 - 10:05 PM

Bryce Harper belted his 17th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Cubs on Tuesday.

Harper tied the game at 1-1 with his seventh-inning blast off of starter Kyle Hendricks. The phenom has homered 12 times in the month of May. Along with 17 round-trippers total, he's hitting .331/.467/.734 with 42 RBI. Player of the Month honors await him.
May 26 - 10:00 PM

Anthony Rendon (knee, oblique) played three innings Tuesday in a simulated game.

Rendon even stole third base at one point in the game, which manager Matt Williams took as a sign that he's finally "uninhibited" by his oblique and knee injuries. Rendon should be ready to make his 2015 debut late next week if he's able to avoid further setbacks. The 24-year-old hit .287/.357/.473 with 21 home runs, 17 stolen bases, and 111 runs scored in 153 games last season for Washington.
May 26 - 5:32 PM

In his first start back in the Nationals' rotation, Tanner Roark fired five innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 win over the Cubs on Monday.

Taking the place of the injured Doug Fister (forearm) in the rotation, Roark held the Cubs to three hits and one walk while striking out three. He threw 66 pitches, which is right about where the Nationals were planning to cut him off for his first start back. Roark isn't going to amass a ton of strikeouts -- he averaged just 6.25 K/9 last year -- but he should be mixed league relevant as a starter. The NL East is full of light-hitting teams.
May 25 - 5:11 PM

Drew Storen struck out one batter in a scoreless ninth inning Monday against the Cubs for his 15th save of the season.

Storen began the ninth inning by hitting Kris Bryant with a pitch -- it was originally ruled as a check swing, but overturned on replay -- but he was able to retire the final three batters to end it. He leads the NL in saves and has an excellent 0.89 ERA and 26/3 K/BB ratio over 20 1/3 innings.
May 25 - 5:10 PM

Wilson Ramos launched a go-ahead solo home run against the Cubs on Monday.

His sixth-inning blast off Justin Grimm ended up being the difference in the ballgame. After hitting just one home run over his first 31 games this season, Ramos has gone deep twice in the last five games. He's hitting .285/.306/.394 on the year.
May 25 - 5:09 PM

Denard Span smacked a leadoff homer Monday against the Cubs.

It was the fourth leadoff homer of his career. He already has four home runs through 27 games this season after amassing five all of last year. His career-high is eight, back in 2009.
May 25 - 5:08 PM

Nationals pitching prospect Paolo Espino looked sharp in Sunday's win for Triple-A Syracuse, allowing just four hits over seven shutout innings.

Espino began the year with Double-A Harrisburg but was promoted to Syracuse when Taylor Jordan got called up to Washington. The 28-year-old helped his own cause Sunday by bashing a three-run homer. Espino, who was winless in his previous eight outings, has now thrown over 1,000 innings in his minor league career.
Source: MILB.com
May 25 - 12:48 PM

Anthony Rendon (knee, oblique) is set to begin playing in simulated games on Monday.

Rendon went through a workout with team on Sunday, taking batting practice in the cage and fielding ground balls at third base. He'll play either three or four innings on Monday and will progress from there. Barring any setbacks, he's on track to join the Nationals in early June.
Source: MLB.com
May 24 - 10:27 PM

Doug Fister (forearm) said Sunday that he is feeling better and hopes to begin throwing soon.

Fister admitted that it's a slow process, noting, "The process of getting complete game ready is going to be a little bit, but I'm making strides every day." While it's a positive development, there is still no clear timetable for his return. Tanner Roark will occupy his spot in the rotation in the meantime.
Source: MLB.com
May 24 - 10:19 PM

Nationals released 1B/OF Kila Ka'aihue.

The 31-year-old slugger has been playing for Triple-A Syracuse where he slashed just .193/.314/.328 with four homers and 13 RBI in 39 games. It's unclear if he'll look to continue his career elsewhere or decide to hang up his cleats.
May 24 - 7:54 PM

Drew Storen worked a scoreless ninth inning for his 14th save as the Nationals wrapped up a 4-1 victory over the Phillies on Sunday.

Storen allowed a one-out double to Grady Sizemore, but struck out Cesar Hernandez and Odubel Herrera to end the contest. The right-hander is 14-for-15 in save opportunities with a stellar 0.93 ERA and a 25/3 K/BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings.
May 24 - 4:40 PM

Gio Gonzalez picked up his fourth win of the season after holding the Phillies to a lone run in 6 1/3 innings of work on Sunday.

The run scored in the fourth inning on a Jeff Francoeur single to left field. The lefty allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out seven in what was one of his best outings of the season. Gonzalez has otherwise been inconsistent, owning a 4.53 ERA with a 1.51 WHIP and a 50/19 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings. He'll toe the rubber in Cincinnati against the Reds in his next start.
May 24 - 4:35 PM

Bryce Harper went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI as the Nationals beat the Phillies on Sunday.

Harper broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with an RBI ground out. He provided insurance in the seventh inning with an RBI single, and soon thereafter scored from first base on a Ryan Zimmerman double. The 22-year-old phenom has looked unstoppable through two months, batting .333/.471/.728 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI.
May 24 - 4:32 PM

Jayson Werth's left wrist remains too swollen to allow him to resume baseball activities.

"They’re treating him aggressively," Nationals Manager Matt Williams said. "It’s multiple rounds of treatment every day. The problem is if the swelling gets in the joint, then it can be really stiff and if you start going at it hard, it just exacerbates the problem. We gotta calm it down first before we can get back at it." Werth is eligible for activation from the disabled list in a week, but it's looking unlikely that he'll be ready at that time. A clearer timetable for his return obviously won't be known until he's given the green light to resume swinging a bat.
May 24 - 12:46 PM

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