A day after clinching division Nationals roll out lineup the resembles a spring training split squad

Now that the Washington Nationals have clinched the National League East division title, they can focus their attention on a larger goal. Home-field advantage in the National League comes to mind, but in reality the largest goal is to win the World Series. In doing so, the Nationals need to be well rested and ready for the push in October. Therefore, manager Matt Williams decided...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Nationals 3, Mets 0

The Mets (72-78) were defeated by the Washington Nationals (85-63) by a score of 3-0. What you should know: Jon Niese pitched a solid game for New York, going seven innings, and allowing two runs on six hits while walking zero and striking out seven. Unfortunately, he took the loss as he had no offensive support. The Mets had runners in scoring position in six separate innings, including...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Reactions to Jenrry Mejia’s Celebration are Overstated

New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia’s famous post-game celebrations have officially sparked controversy. The 24-year-old closer struck out Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa to record his 26th save of the year last night, and proceeded to celebrate in dynamic fashion. Mejia, known for his energetic foot stomp, added a fishing motion last night. Many on social media have theorized...
Via Around Citi
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats Lose Game, Win Series

Atlanta avoided a sweep in Washington with a 6-2 win on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park. Despite the loss, the Nats (82-62) still lead the National League East by eight full games. The Nationals, who celebrated #Heroes Day at the park, still have a magic number of ten to win the division for the second time in three seasons. Aaron Harang proved to be too much for the Nats bats...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Injury Update: Ian Desmond exits with back tightness

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond left Tuesday night's 7-4 win over the Atlanta Braves with back tightness, according to James Wagner of The Washington Post. Desmond was replaced by Danny Espinosa, who made a throwing error and doubled. The victory increased the Nats lead in the NL East to nine games with 19 left to play.Ian Desmond left the game with lower back tightness...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals rally past Giants with an eight-hit sixth inning

  Big deficit, no problem for the hard-hitting Washington Nationals. Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa each homered and drove in two runs as the Nationals rallied from five runs down to beat the San Francisco Giants 14-6 on Sunday. Jose Lobaton doubled among his three hits, drove in a run and scored three times for National League East-leading Washington, which pounded...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals acquire Asdrubal Cabrera from Indians for Zach Walters

The Washington Nationals made an eleventh-hour move, acquiring Asdrubal Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians. But the move came at a price. Cabrera traded to Washington Nationals. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) July 31, 2014 Indians receive Zach Walters from Washington. He's played 32 games in the big leagues. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) July 31, 2014 Coming out the All-Star break...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals trade rumors: Danny Espinosa edition

It’s no secret that the Washington Nationals will face an excess of position players once Bryce Harper returns from injury next week, but Manager Matt Williams insists he has a plan to combat the potential problem. Whether the organization’s plan involves a trade is still unknown, but if they do trade a player who is currently in the majors, it will most likely be Danny Espinosa...
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June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Death, taxes, and the Atlanta Braves beating the Washington Nationals

(Up above, Matt Williams writes himself a reminder to beat the Braves at least one more time this sesason. Screencap via MASN/MLBTV) "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Benjamin Franklin forgot to mention the Braves beating the Nationals. Braves 3, Nationals 0: Remember that time the Nationals beat the Braves? Nats fall to...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: The Danny Espinosa problem persists

The Washington Nationals were pleasantly surprised by Danny Espinosa’s early season progress, but his solid start has quickly turned into another slump. As the opening month of the season ended, Espinosa was hitting a reliable .288 with a .341 on-base percentage and .828 OPS. To go along with his solid bat, Espinosa was playing a stellar second base and was adequately subbing...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Espinosa and Frandsen hit 9th inning home runs to bail out Nats

Up above, video of the 9th inning home runs by Danny Espinosa and Kevin Frandsen in Arizona. Espinosa's blast tied the game at 5; Frandsen's pinch-hit job made it a 6-5 game. Nats win it 6-5.
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington hits two home runs in ninth inning for 6-5 victory

Danny Espinosa walked to the plate in the top of the ninth inning at Chase Field with the Washington Nationals in a scenario that has become too familiar but still unsettling to Manager Matt Williams. The Nationals lost an early lead and another lead because of starter Jordan Zimmermann's shaky command. So the game came down to this: the Nationals trailing by one run in the top...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals batter Reed in ninth to beat Diamondbacks

PHOENIX -- Pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen and Danny Espinosa each hit solo homers in the ninth inning, helping the Washington Nationals rally for a 6-5 win over Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night in Matt Williams' return to the desert. Williams was a fixture in Arizona before becoming Washington's manager this offseason. His new team scored four runs early, shut down for four...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Danny Espinosa

Although Danny Espinosa has had his struggles at the dish from time to time, he has done a good job so far at filling in at second base while Ryan Zimmerman is on the DL. Espinosa is currently hitting .269/.317/.473 with 5 HR, which would put him on pace for about 20 if he played the whole season. While it may not look like it at times (cough cough, 2013), I believe there is still...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Injury Updates: Bryce Harper, Doug Fister, Danny Espinosa, Taylor Jordan, Wilson Ramos, Scott Hairston

The Washington Nationals (14-12) may lose another player for a few days, as second baseman Danny Espinosa was hit in the kneecap by a pitch in the fourth inning of last night's loss to the San Diego Padres (12-14). Espinosa said he could see the seams of the baseball in his knee but does not believe he will miss any time, reports Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider. The Nationals...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Rizzo on the Braves: "We feel we’re better than this team"

Mike Rizzo channeling his inner Danny Espinosa? Here we go again. Remember back on April 14, 2013, when a certain strikeout-prone 2nd baseman who would eventually be exiled to the minors made the following ridiculous statement about the Atlanta Braves, on the heels of being swept? "I still don’t think that they’re better than us. They’re hot right now. They’ve...
Via Nationals Enquirer
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa’s Walk Off Homer Lifts Nats Over Marlins 6-5

Danny Espinosa homered twice and Doug Fister looked solid in his return from elbow inflammation as the Nationals continued their march towards the regular season. Fister, who missed the past couple of weeks with an inflamed elbow, looked solid in his return. The righty threw three and two-thirds innings and allowed two hits while striking out four. Fister, a key offseason...
Via The Nats Blog
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Has Danny Espinosa improved?

Washington Nationals: Has Danny Espinosa improved?Coming into camp, Danny Espinosa is the Washington Nationals player with the most to prove. As he competes for a spot on the roster, Espinosa knows this is his most important spring training as a big leaguer. So far Espinosa has played with extraordinary effort and has received nothing but praise from manager Matt Williams. However...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats Trounce Cards Behind Solid Performances From Espinosa, Ramos, And Others

The Nationals put a hurting on the St. Louis Cardinals in front of a big crowd at Space Coast Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It was a great game to watch, not only because of the 11-1 victory, but because we got to see a lot of interesting storylines play out over the course of the three hour, four minute long game. Stephen Strasburg was on the mound, and it looked like he was...
Via The Nats Blog
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals’ Danny Espinosa getting time at short

He’s competing with Anthony Rendon for the starting second base job, but Danny Espinosa is getting the majority of his work so far this spring at shortstop. Mark Zuckerman of Comcast SportsNet Washington details the work of Espinosa, who has been splitting time with incumbent shortstop Ian Desmond during workouts. When Nationals infielders take their positions for defensive...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Espinosa works more at SS than 2B on first day

Read into it as much or as little as you like, but it didn’t go unnoticed Thursday that Danny Espinosa spent more time at shortstop than second base during the Nationals’ first full-squad workout of the spring. Matt Williams has said Espinosa is in an “open competition” with Anthony Rendon for the starting job at second base, and the new manager isn’t altering that stance...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The Importance of Danny Espinosa

In 2011, it appeared that Danny Espinosa was the future at second base for the Washington Nationals. Espinosa started at second base for the club and the switch-hitting rookie hit .236/.323/.414 with 21 home runs in 500+ at bats. His future looked bright, and things looked promising for the Nats middle infield. Fast forward to the present and what was once a promising future...
Via The Nats Blog
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa, Anthony Rendon fight for Nats’ 2B

One of a new manager’s biggest challenges is figuring out who fills out the existing gaps. That’s a problem that Nationals’ manager Matt Williams is likely glad to have. Dan Kolko of MASN was in attendance as the rookie manager addressed the media. He’s got Ryan Zimmerman at third, Ian Desmond at short and Adam LaRoche manning first. Who gets to play at second though? ...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals in no rush to move Espinosa

At least a dozen teams have inquired about Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa, MLB.com has learned. But don't look for general manager Mike Rizzo to trade him any time soon. The Nats still believe in Espinosa and will not give him away simply because he is coming off a difficult season. In fact, Washington is going to give Espinosa every chance to make the club this year...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals' Danny Espinosa ready to reclaim second base

Along with the news that outfielder Bruce Harper's knee feels better, the Washington Nationals got some good news about their second baseman. CSNWashington.com's Mark Zuckerman and Chase Hughes report that Danny Espinosa has fully recovered from the broken wrist he suffered early in 2013 and is ready to reclaim the starting role at second base.By Keith Allison, via Wikimedia...
Via Sports Injury Alert
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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