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4/21/2014 | Special occasion when Trout, Harper intersect

Mike Trout and Bryce Harper may be inextricably linked, now and for some time to come, as phenoms of the same generation. But they are distinctly different people.

4/21/2014 | Harper not interested in Trout comparisons

The comparisons between the Angels' Mike Trout and the Nationals' Bryce Harper come naturally. A lot of people make them, but Harper isn't one of them.

4/21/2014 | Williams: Pujols one of best hitters of generation

Nationals Park could see some history made over the next few nights with the Angels and Albert Pujols in town for a three-game series starting on Monday night. Pujols entered the series with 498 career home runs, two shy of the 500 milestone.

4/21/2014 | Count Pujols among Harper's admirers

The first time Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper met Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was at the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim. Pujols signed a bat for Harper during that time.

4/21/2014 | Eckstein has fond memories of time with Nats

Angels player information coach Rick Eckstein said he doesn't have any bitterness toward the Nationals, who relieved him of his duties as hitting coach last July and replaced him with Rick Schu. Why? He said the Nationals gave him the chance to be with a team that went from a last place to a National League East winner in 2012.

4/21/2014 | Young arms to feature again in second game in DC

Monday hero Raul Ibanez figures to start in left field on Tuesday, in the second of a three-game series that will see Angels 22-year-old lefty Tyler Skaggs match up against Nationals 25-year-old righty Taylor Jordan.

4/20/2014 | Trout, Harper face off for first time Monday in DC

The 2012 Rookies of the Year will oppose each other for the first time of their blossoming careers Monday when Mike Trout's Angels visit Bryce Harper's Nationals to open a three-game series at Nationals Park.

4/20/2014 | Nats edge Cards in ninth on Span's walk-off sac fly

Denard Span's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Nationals over the Cardinals, 3-2, at Nationals Park on Sunday afternoon. The clubs split the four-game series.

4/20/2014 | Harper in lineup day after being pulled out of game

Just as Nationals manager Matt Williams said after Saturday's game, left fielder Bryce Harper was right back in the team's lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Harper was batting second a day after getting pulled to start the seventh inning for not hustling to first base on a ground ball back to the mound.

4/20/2014 | Storen picking up where he left off last season

When Drew Storen returned from a midseason demotion to Triple-A last year, he was a much different pitcher. And in 2014, that change has held. The Nationals right-hander entered Sunday with eight relief appearances. He'd thrown seven innings, holding the opposition to one run on two hits, with no walks, nine strikeouts and an .091 batting average.

4/20/2014 | Hairston progressing, but sets no timetable on return

Nationals outfielder Scott Hairston, who is on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, has been taking swings in the batting cage and hopes to progress to a Minor League rehab assignment soon.

4/19/2014 | Power arms from '09 Draft set to showcase arsenals

Twenty-eight pitchers were taken in the first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, beginning with highly touted starter Stephen Strasburg. Eighteen picks after Washington chose Strasburg, the Cardinals plucked a high schooler from Texas by the name of Shelby Miller. Those two power right-handers will face each other for the first time in their careers on Sunday at Nationals Park.

4/19/2014 | Defensive lapse sinks Nats, Zimmermann

The Nationals' defense has become a weakness. Entering Saturday's action, the team led the Major Leagues in errors with 19. The Cardinals took advantage of Washington's latest defensive lapse and Bryce Harper's absence late in the game on Saturday afternoon in a 4-3 victory over the Nats in front of sellout crowd of 41,084 at Nationals Park.

4/19/2014 | Nats pacing Majors in bunt hits

When Danny Espinosa pushed a perfect bunt toward second base and beat it out for a single in the second inning of Friday's game against the Cardinals, it gave the Nationals infielder his fourth bunt hit of the season in only 43 plate appearances. By contrast, no Major League team besides the Nats finished Friday with more than three total bunt hits. Washington has eight.

4/19/2014 | McLouth looking to get his bat back on track

With Denard Span returning from the 7-day disabled list on Saturday, it meant a return to the bench for Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth, who had started the past four games.

4/19/2014 | Nationals reinstate Span from 7-day DL

The Washington Nationals recalled from rehab and reinstated outfielder Denard Span from the 7-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to Syracuse on Saturday.

4/19/2014 | Nats announce their 20 millionth fan

The Nationals announced their 20 millionth fan at Nationals Park on Friday night. The winner, Wayne Gonsorcik, was given an autographed Jordan Zimmermann jersey and tickets to a Nationals game of his choice.

4/18/2014 | Recovering Ramos takes five swings with bat

Catcher Wilson Ramos, who is on the disabled list because of a broken hamate bone in his left hand, began gripping the bat and took five dry swings on Friday.

4/18/2014 | Lynn looks to get Cards back on track vs. Nats

Lance Lynn will try to continue his hot start to the season on Saturday afternoon against Jordan Zimmermann and the Nats.

4/18/2014 | Wild pitch helps lift Gio, Nats over Cards

The way the Nationals played on Friday night was the antithesis of how they played the previous night. They played much better defense and Gio Gonzalez pitched his best game of the season as the Nationals defeated the Cardinals, 3-1.

4/18/2014 | Nats recall lefty Cedeno, send down righty Treinen

The Nationals recalled left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned right-hander Blake Treinen to Syracuse on Friday.

4/18/2014 | Span sees action with first rehab assignment

Denard Span played in his first rehab assignment for Class A Hagerstown and went 1-for-2 with two walks, three runs scored and an RBI. Span is on the seven-day disabled list due to a concussion.

4/17/2014 | Nationals ready to resume rivalry with Cards

If you include Game 5 of the 2012 National League Division Series and last year's regular season, the Nationals have now lost eight straight games to the Cardinals following Thursday's 8-0 defeat in the opener of a four-game series. Is it safe to a say the Cardinals have their number? The answer is no, according to Nats first baseman Adam LaRoche.

4/17/2014 | Results positive for Fister in simulated game

Right-hander Doug Fister pitched in a simulated game on Thursday and worked two innings without any problems, according to manager Matt Williams.

4/17/2014 | Despite quad issue, Harper plays vs. Cards

Despite experiencing left quad tightness, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was in Thursday's lineup and playing left field against the Cardinals. Manager Matt Williams isn't worried that the injury could get worse.

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