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Washington Nationals

Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Nationals.22249143.13
NL East4th2nd1st2nd
National League 11th6th1st5th

Last Game

Sat, April 18
Nationals Park
Philadelphia Phillies
at
Washington Nationals
PHI5Final3WAS

Pitching

W: A. Harang (2-1)
L:
J. Zimmermann (1-2)
S:
J. Papelbon (3)

Home Runs

PHI - None  
WAS
- B. Harper (4)

Schedule

Thu Apr 9
L 6 - 3NYM
Recap
Fri Apr 10
L 4 - 1at PHI
Recap
Sat Apr 11
L 3 - 2at PHI
Recap
Sun Apr 12
W 4 - 3at PHI
Recap
Mon Apr 13
L 9 - 4at BOS
Recap
Tue Apr 14
L 8 - 7at BOS
Recap
Wed Apr 15
W 10 - 5at BOS
Recap
Thu Apr 16
W 5 - 2PHI
Recap
Fri Apr 17
W 7 - 2PHI
Recap
Sat Apr 18
L 5 - 3PHI
Recap
1:35 pm EDT
Today
PHI
Preview
7:05 pm EDT
Tue Apr 21
STL
7:05 pm EDT
Wed Apr 22
STL
4:05 pm EDT
Thu Apr 23
STL
7:10 pm EDT
Fri Apr 24
at MIA
4:10 pm EDT
Sat Apr 25
at MIA
1:10 pm EDT
Sun Apr 26
at MIA
7:10 pm EDT
Mon Apr 27
at ATL
7:10 pm EDT
Tue Apr 28
at ATL
7:10 pm EDT
Wed Apr 29
at ATL

Standings

NL
East
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
New York9-39-3
Atlanta6-37-4
Washington4-55-7
Philadelphia3-64-8
Miami2-73-9
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Nationals outfielder Denard Span may be activated Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Nationals outfielder Denard Span is back with the team after undergoing surgery on a right core muscle in March and may be activated Sunday, reports the Washington Post.

Manager Matt Williams said it's a possibility Span is activated Sunday, but it depends on how he feels. 

"I mean, physically like I said I'm fine," Span said. "I played two games in a row, a little fatigued, but the only way that's gonna get better is by playing games and getting back there every day. Early in season, I think everybody's got a little bit of fatigue, it takes time to get in the swing of the season, but I feel fine."

Span played in back-to-back games Thursday and Friday for Washington's minor league team in Hagerstown.

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Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond struggling with his defense
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond couldn't get things figured out on defense in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Phillies. Desmond was charged with an error after mishandling a throw from Dan Uggla in the third inning, allowing a run to score.

"Both times Desmond didn't get a grip on the baseball. It's one of those things," manager Matt Williams said to MLB.com. "He is going to be back out there tomorrow playing short for us and helping us win a game."

Desmond now has eight errors on the year.

"Brutal," Desmond said. "But I've done it before and I'm going to work my way out of it. … If this is the biggest problem in my life, I guess I'm doing all right. At the end of the year, I will look back at this and know that I made my way through it."

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Bryce Harper homers in Nationals' loss
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Bryce Harper hit his fourth home run of the season in the Nationals' 5-3 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday. 

Harper went 2 for 3 with a walk and a game-tying solo homer in the fifth inning. Harper is hitting .279 with seven RBI. 

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Jordan Zimmermann suffers loss for Nationals on Saturday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann dropped to 1-2 on the season after suffering a loss on Saturday. 

Zimmermann allowed four runs, but only two were earned, in six and a third innings. He walked four and allowed four hits, while striking out three.

"I was just trying to be too fine and ended up missing and falling behind," Zimmermann said to MASN Sports. "Then I would really make a mistake and miss badly. I was just thinking I get 2-0 or 3-0 and then I would tell myself you have to throw a strike. And when you do that, you never throw a strike. It's not like me. I've just got to pound the zone and attack the hitters."

Zimmermann threw 61 strikes in 101 pitches. His next start is scheduled for Friday, against the Marlins and Mat Latos.  

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Nationals not sure what to do with Michael Taylor
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor has filled in while Denard Span has been on the disabled list. Taylor is hitting .279 with two home runs this season. 

With Span expected to return from the DL in the near future, the Nationals aren't sure what to do with Taylor. The team could send him to Triple-A so he can continue to play every day, or the team could keep him in the Majors as a bench player. 

"The fact that Mike can play all three positions is important,"  manager Matt Williams said, per MASN Sports. "Days like today where (Jayson Werth's) not in there and days upcoming for Denard if we get to a point were he's played a bunch in a row and needs a day then yeah, there's starts in there. The question for any young player, the consistent at-bats are what really makes your season. That's why we have a minor league system, is because you can give those guys consistent at-bats and they can improve and get better. It's a tough question, ultimately a question we're going to have to answer. We have to look at Michael, at what's best for him, too."

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2015 Team Leaders
AVGIan Desmond , SS.298
HRBryce Harper , RF4
RBIRyan Zimmerman , 1B9
OBPBryce Harper , RF.404
SLGBryce Harper , RF.581
RBryce Harper , RF10
SBMichael Taylor , RF2
WDoug Fister , SP1
ERADoug Fister , SP0.69
WHIPMax Scherzer , SP0.83
KMax Scherzer , SP25
SVDrew Storen , RP3
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