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Denard Span scored the winning run on an error in the bottom of the ninth as the Nationals topped the Diamondbacks 1-0 on Thursday to extend their winning streak to 10 games.

Span singled off a fine pitch from Oliver Perez, stole second and then scored after Jordan Pacheco rushed a throw on a grounder to third and ended up bouncing it past Adam LaRoche. It was Span's third time on base in the game, and he also had a sac bunt. He's hitting .302 with 27 steals, and he's now scored one more run in 117 games this year (76) than he did in 153 games last year.
Aug 21 - 7:16 PM

Gio Gonzalez tossed seven shutout innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

Even with his team on a 10-game winning streak, Gonzalez himself is without a victory since July 5. The Nationals just couldn't break through until the ninth today, though they have several chances. Gonzalez should still be feeling pretty good right about now, considering it was his first performance of the second half.
Aug 21 - 7:13 PM

Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) did some light throwing on Thursday afternoon.

It's a nice step in the right direction for the injured third baseman, but the real hurdles for his recovery are going to be baserunning, fielding, and hitting. Zimmerman has been on the disabled list since late July with a Grade 3 hamstring strain and is still probably 3-4 weeks away from returning to the Nats' active roster.
Aug 21 - 1:35 PM

Ian Desmond is not in the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

It's just a routine day of rest. Danny Espinosa is starting at shortstop and Asdrubal Cabrera is at second.
Aug 21 - 12:39 PM

Steven Souza (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Low-A Hagerstown.

Souza will then probably move up to High-A Potomac over the weekend. He has been on the disabled list since August 10 because of a bruised left shoulder. An MRI taken last week showed no sort of structural damage.
Aug 21 - 11:49 AM

Tanner Roark was excellent on Wednesday, shutting the D'Backs out in seven innings, but was left with a no-decision.

Roark was in line for the win, but reliever Tyler Clippard forked over the Nats' two-run lead in the eighth. Roark gave up five hits and a walk while striking out two in the effort. He has been a rock for the NL East-leading Nationals, sporting a 2.80 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and a 118/36 K/BB ratio. He'll make his next start in Philadelphia on Monday.
Aug 20 - 10:30 PM

Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a run scored as the Nationals defeated the D'Backs on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old had slipped back into a rut at the plate, entering the night with only two hits in his previous four games. Harper singled in the ninth inning, helping set up the Nationals to eventually win on Anthony Rendon's walk off single. Harper is slashing .262/.345/.386 with six home runs and 23 RBI in what has been a disappointing season.
Aug 20 - 10:27 PM

Anthony Rendon pinch-hit and lifted a walk-off RBI single to left field in the ninth inning of Wednesday's win over the D'Backs.

Rendon got the night off, with Kevin Frandsen starting at third base in his place. But as the Nats squandered a 2-0 lead in the eighth, Rendon picked up his team by playing the hero. The third baseman is having a great season, slashing .278/.333/.462 with 16 home runs, 68 RBI, and 12 stolen bases.
Aug 20 - 10:25 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday that he expects Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) to return from the disabled list "sometime in September."

It will probably be late-September. Zimmerman is still limited to underwater treadmill workouts and there's no timetable yet for him to resume baseball-related activities. The veteran third baseman has been sidelined since late July with a Grade 3 right hamstring strain.
Aug 20 - 4:51 PM

Anthony Rendon is not in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

It's just a day of rest. Kevin Frandsen is filling in at third base for Rendon.
Aug 20 - 3:25 PM

Stephen Strasburg limited the Diamondbacks to one run and three hits over eight innings to win Tuesday and even his record at 10-10.

Four years removed from his major league debut and three years back from Tommy John surgery, Stephen Strasburg still hasn't become Stephen Strasburg!, but he sure has been awfully good anyway. He has a 198/38 K/BB ratio in 171 1/3 innings this season, suggesting that he still might have a jump in performance in him. As is, he still possesses a nifty 3.41 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.
Aug 19 - 10:42 PM

Ian Desmond had three singles and four RBI against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Desmond is getting about as many chances to drive in runs as anyone in the majors, and he's taking advantage, with 77 RBI through 122 games. His career high is 80, established last year. Overall, he's not hitting as well this year as he did either of the last two years -- his average currently stands at .251 after seasons of .292 and .280 -- but he's been an awfully valuable fantasy shortstop, particularly since he's the one that's managed to stay healthy.
Aug 19 - 10:30 PM

Nate McLouth will undergo season-ending surgery Thursday to repair the labrum in his right shoulder.

McLouth landed on the disabled list earlier this month with shoulder inflammation and will now shut things down for the year. The 32-year-old will close the book on his season with an ugly .173/.280/.237 batting line over 79 games. He's owed $5 million next season and his contract includes a $6.5 million club option or $750,000 buyout for 2016.
Aug 19 - 3:37 PM

Wilson Ramos is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

Ramos has started four straight games, so he'll get a breather. Jose Lobaton will start behind the dish.
Aug 19 - 3:35 PM

Jordan Zimmermann took a no-decision after allowing three runs in seven innings as the Nationals won in 11 innings against the D'Backs on Monday.

This marked Zimmermann's fifth consecutive quality start. He yielded only four hits and three walks while striking out two. Zimmermann started the eighth, but allowed a lead-off walk followed by a Didi Gregorius two-run home run. Quietly, Zimmermann has had another solid season, as he now has a 2.97 ERA, a 1.15 ERA, and a 132/24 K/BB ratio. The Giants await him in a home start on Saturday.
Aug 18 - 10:43 PM


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