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August 19: Nationals @ Rockies

by Jacob Emert | MLB.com

Teams: Washington Nationals (59-59, -4.5 in NL East), Colorado Rockies (48-69, -18 in NL West)

Streaks: Nationals: W1, Rockies: L1

First pitch: 8:40 pm ET

Watch & Listen: MASN 2 / 106.7 The FAN

WSH Lineup: Jayson Werth (LF), Danny Espinosa (2B), Bryce Harper (RF), Yunel Escobar (3B), Ian Desmond (SS), Ryan Zimmerman (1B), Michael Taylor (CF), Wilson Ramos (C), Stephen Strasburg (RHP)

COL Lineup: Charlie Blackmon (CF), Jose Reyes (SS), Carlos Gonzalez (RF), Nolan Arenado (3B), Ben Paulsen (1B), DJ LeMahieu (2B), Nick Hundley (C), Kyle Parker (LF), Jorge De La Rosa (LHP)

Transactions: None

Stay informed: 

  • Werth’s move to leadoff spot pays off quickly (link)
  • Nats pile on late to punctuate rout of Rockies (link)
  • Move to ‘pen helping Rivera blossom (link)
  • Wednesday’s preview vs. Colorado (link)

Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JacobEmert.

August 18: Nationals @ Rockies

by Jacob Emert | MLB.com

Teams: Washington Nationals (58-59, -4.5 in NL East), Colorado Rockies (48-68, -18 in NL West)

Streaks: Nationals: L6, Rockies: W1

First pitch: 8:40 pm ET

Watch & Listen: MASN 2 / 106.7 The FAN

WSH Lineup: Jayson Werth (7), Danny Espinosa (4), Bryce Harper (9), Yunel Escobar (5), Ian Desmond (6), Ryan Zimmerman (3), Michael Taylor (8), Wilson Ramos (2), Jordan Zimmermann (RHP)

COL Lineup: Jose Reyes (6), D.J. LeMahieu (4), Carlos Gonzalez (9), Nolan Arenado (5), Ben Paulsen (3), Nick Hundley (2), Kyle Parker (7), Brandon Barnes (8), David Hale (RHP)

Transactions: None

Stay informed: 

  • Rizzo reiterates confidence in club, Williams (link)
  • Nats stymied as MadBum as Ross exits early (link)
  • Ross disappointed with Bay Area debut (link)
  • Tuesday’s opener vs. Colorado (link)

Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JacobEmert.

Nats’ Span starts rehab assignment

By Bill Ladson

SAN FRANCISCO – Nationals center fielder Denard Span started a rehab assignment for Class A Potomac on Sunday and went 0-for-2 against Wilmington, a Royals affiliate.

Span is recovering from back tightness, which placed him on the 15-day disabled list on July 10th.

Span’s assignment to Potomac marks his third rehab stint in 2015 after stops with the Double-A Harrisburg on April 14th and the Class A Hagerstown Suns from April 16th to April 17th.

August 16: Nationals at Giants

by Jacob Emert | MLB.com

Teams: Washington Nationals (58-58, -4.5 in NL East), San Francisco Giants (62-53, -2.5 in NL West)

Streaks: Nationals: L5, Giants: W3

First pitch: 4:05 pm ET (1:05 PT)

Watch & Listen: MASN 2 / 106.7 The FAN

WSH Lineup: Michael Taylor (CF), Anthony Rendon (2B), Bryce Harper (RF), Yunel Escobar (3B), Ryan Zimmerman (1B), Ian Desmond (SS), Jayson Werth (LF), Wilson Ramons (C), Joe Ross (RHP)

SF Lineup:  Grego Blanco (CF), Matt Duffy (3B), Brandon Belt (1B), Buster Posey (C), Hunter Pence (RF), Brandon Crawford (SS), Justin Maxwell (LF). Kelby Tomlinson (2B), Madison Bumgarner (LHP)

Transactions: None

Stay informed: 

  • Gio exits after surrendering six runs in the third inning (link)
  • Bryce Harper fouled a ball off his leg in the 7th inning and left the game, X-rays were negative (link)
  • Ian Desmond obliterated the eighth-longest HR this season (link)
  • The Nationals’ diving, deflected, barehanded 3-4-1 putout may be the play of 2015 (link)081515_wshsf_rendon_play_med_45z16g87
  • Sunday’s preview (link)

Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com Follow me on Twitter @JacobEmert.

Nats’ McCatty ejected from Saturday’s game vs. Giants

By Bill Ladson

SAN FRANCISCO – Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty, normally a mild mannered man, was ejected by home plate umpire Corey Blaser on Saturday night in the bottom of the third inning for reasons unknown.

The Giants had the bases loaded when McCatty came out to talk to left-hander Gio Gonzalez. After talking to Gonzalez for about a minute, McCatty was on his way back to the dugout when he started arguing with Blaser, who ejected the pitching coach. Matt Williams then talked to Blaser to no avail.

It was the first time McCatty was ejected from a game this season.

August 15: Nationals @ Giants

by Jacob Emert | MLB.com

Teams: Washington Nationals (58-57, -4.5 in NL East), San Francisco Giants (62-53, -2.5 in NL West)

First pitch: 10:05 pm ET (7:05 PT)

Watch & Listen: FS1, MASN 2 / 106.7 The FAN

WSH Lineup: Michael Taylor (CF), Anthony Rendon (2B), Bryce Harper (RF), Yunel Escobar (3B), Clint Robinson (1B), Ian Desmond (SS), Jayson Werth (LF), Jose Lobaton (C), Gio Gonzalez (LHP)

SF Lineup: Gregor Blanco (CF), Matt Duffy (3B), Brandon Belt (LF), Bust Posey (1B), Hunter Pence (RF), Brandon Crawford (SS), Kelby Tomlinson (2B), Hector Sanchez (C), Jak Peavy (RHP)

Transactions: None

Stay informed: 

  • Harper’s 30th HR made Friday night’s game close, but it wasn’t enough to erase Scherzer’s rough start (link)
  • Scherzer blames faulty arm slot for struggles (link)
  • Harper is first in National League to 30 homers, but he expects more (link)
  • Saturday’s preview for Nationals vs. Giants (link)

Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com Follow me on Twitter @JacobEmert.

Nats’ Williams decides to make lineup changes

By Bill Ladson
SAN FRANCISCO — Since the All-Star break, the Nationals are 10-17 and hitting .224 with a .295 on-base percentage.

Manager Matt Williams decided to make a few changes to the lineup Friday, sitting left fielder Jayson Werth, second baseman Anthony Rendon and catcher Wilson Ramos and replaced them with Clint Robinson, Danny Espinosa and Jose Lobaton, respectively.

Williams said he wanted some lefties in the lineup to face right-hander Matt Cain. The moves are not permanent. Werth and Rendon could be back in the lineup Saturday against San Francisco. Ramos most likely will not start that day because Lobaton is Gio Gonzalez’s personal catcher.

Werth and Rendon have been rusty since coming off the disabled list. Werth is 8-for-56 with a homer and six RBIs since July 28th, while Rendon is 15-for-67 [.224] with a homer and two RBIs since July 25.

“Jayson is still coming back from a wrist injury. It’s probably going to be a process from now until the end of the season,” Williams said. “That being said, Anthony has been heavy on his legs, too, and he is coming off a quad injury. We have to find him days [off], too.”

Ramos has been healthy all season, but he has not performed well with the bat and behind the plate. In fact, Lobaton is considered a better catcher because of his pitch framing and game calling.

To Williams, Ramos is not swinging at the right pitches. Williams gave Thursday’s game as an example of how badly Ramos has been going at the plate.

“We had the bases loaded [in the first inning],” Williams said. “He got ahead, 1-0, and then swung at the one he didn’t want to hit. He grounded out. It’s a little bit of that. His pitch selection [at the plate] could be a little better. He is fighting himself in pitcher’s counts.”

August 14: Nationals at Giants

by Jacob Emert

Washington’s offensive woes continued last night, as the Nationals scored only one run on a first-pitch home run by Yunel Escobar. Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs in the first inning, but settled down after that. In the past three games, Washington has scored just the one run. 

Max Scherzer will take the ball for the Nationals tonight in game two of the four-game series against the Giants. Below are tonight’s lineups, accompanied by each batter’s hard hit percentage, per FanGraphs.

Washington Nationals (58-56)

Michael Taylor – CF (30.8)

Yunel Escobar – 3B (26.7)

Bryce Harper – RF (40.7)

Ryan Zimmerman – 1B (34.7)

Clint Robinson – LF (28.3)

Ian Desmond – SS (27.1)

Danny Espinosa – 2B (27.0)

Jose Lobaton – C (26.0)

Max Scherzer -RHP (11-8, 2.44)

San Francisco (61-53)

Gregor Blanco – CF(20.4)

Matt Duffy – 3B (28.3)

Brandon Belt – 1B (42.3)

Buster Posey – C (34.6)

Hunter Pence – RF (34.7)

Brandon Crawford – SS (33.8)

Justin Maxwell – LF (32.7)

Ehire Adrianza – 2B (17.1)

Matt Cain – RHP (2-3, 5.59 ERA)

August 13: Nationals at Giants

by Jacob Emert

The Nationals couldn’t figure out Clayton Kershaw last night, and the Dodgers took the series two games to one. Tonight, Washington and the Giants start a four-game series in San Francisco.

Below are the lineups for tonight’s game, accompanied by each players’ batting average.

Washington Nationals (58-55)

Yunel Escobar – 3B (.308)

Anthony Rendon – 2B (.265)

Bryce Harper – RF (.330)

Ryan Zimmerman – 1B (.229)

Jayson Werth – LF (.188)

Ian Desmond – SS (.223)

Wilson Ramos – C (.235)

Michael Taylor – CF (.244)

Stephen Strasburg – RHP (6-5, 4.76)

San Francisco Giants (60-53)

Gregor Blanco – CF (.287)

Matt Duffy – 3B (.304)

Brandon Belt – 1B (.272)

Buster Posey – C (.331)

Hunter Pence – RF (.285)

Brandon Crawford – SS (.267)

Justin Maxwell – LF (.220)

Kelby Tomlinson – 2B (.250)

Ryan Vogelsong -RHP (7-8, 4.26)

Nats’ Weidemaier to be bench coach in Mexican League

SAN FRANCISCO — After the 2015 baseball season come to an end in October, Nationals defensive coordinator Mark Weidemaier will continue working on the baseball field, this time in the Mexico Pacific Winter League for Mazatlan Vernados. The team is managed by Miguel Ojeda.

Weidemaier, who is in his second season with the Nationals, has enjoyed 28 years in Latin America having scouted or coached Winter Ball from 1985 to 2013 in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

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