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Nationals Game Notes: August 20 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (72-49) at Atlanta Braves (44-78)
RHP Max Scherzer | RHP Tyrell Jenkins
Saturday, August 20 l Game #122 / Road #63 l Turner Field l Atlanta, G.A. 603 more words

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Game 121 Review- Nationals 7 Braves 6

Ben Revere’s spectacular leaping grab robbed Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman of a home run and helped the Nationals to a 7-6 victory over the Braves last evening at Turner Field. 688 more words

Game 113 Review- Nationals 7 Indians 4

Jayson Werth circles the bases following his three run home run in the second inning of Washington’s 7-4 victory over Cleveland on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park. 740 more words

Jonathan Papelbon sunbathed while the Nats' new closer warmed up for a save

A lot of terms can and have been used to describe Nationals reliever Jonathan Papelbon, but perhaps never this one: Chilled-out bro. And yet cameras at the Nats’ 1-0 win over the Giants on Sunday caught Washington’s ousted closer catching some rays as his replacement, Mark Melancon, loosened up for a save opportunity in the bottom of the eighth: 102 more words

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Rizzo: Papelbon Has Been a 'Calming, Reassuring Force' in Nats Clubhouse

WASHINGTON — Many saw the Nationals trading for closer Mark Melancon as an opening for the next Jonathan Papelbon blowup.

If telling Drew Storen he had lost the closer’s job — again — was tough, then informing the guy who publicly choked out Bryce Harper of a similar demotion would require the diplomacy of Winston Churchill.  1,141 more words

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With Melancon trade, Nationals and Pirates demonstrate opposite philosophies

By Chad Stewart

As the trade deadline approached, the Nationals’ biggest weakness became more and more apparent.

The struggles of the closer they acquired at last year’s non-waiver deadline, Jonathan Papelbon, were magnified in the week leading up to the deadline, and it quickly became clear that a move was necessary. 492 more words

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Nationals Seen as Trade Deadline Winners

WASHINGTON — The Nationals had several needs heading into the trade deadline.

Those needs varied depending on who you asked, but with Jonathan Papelbon struggling, the consensus was a need to upgrade at closer. 872 more words

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