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Washington Nationals' Carter Kieboom walks away after popping out to end a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Nationals in a hole, and this year they're short on time

Sep. 7, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

For a second straight season, the Washington Nationals are off to an awful start. There may be no coming back from this one. A 10-3 loss to Atlanta on Sunday dropped the Nationals to 14-25 on the season. Washington famously started 19-31 last year before going on to win the World Series. In this shortened season,...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo talks with members of the media during the team's

LEADING OFF: MLB looks into GM's ejection, Brock mourned

Sep. 7, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors on Monday: BOXED OUT Major League Baseball is looking into the circumstances that led to Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo being ejected from a luxury box in Atlanta for yelling at umpires. Rizzo was tossed in the seventh inning Sunday. Veteran crew chief...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2020, file photo, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo looks on during the seventh inning in the continuation of a suspended baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Nationals in Baltimore. The Nationals and Rizzo finalized a multiyear contract extension Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. The 59-year-old Rizzo, who also holds the title of president of baseball operations, built the team that won the 2019 World Series championship. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Out of the box: Umps eject Nats GM Rizzo from luxury suite

Sep. 6, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

Now this was an out-of-the-box ejection. Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was tossed for yelling at umpires from a luxury suite in Atlanta on Sunday, with longtime crew chief Joe West saying, “enough is enough.” “I wouldn’t take that from a player. I wouldn’t take...

Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman connects for a grand slam over left center field during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Freeman hits another grand slam, Braves beat Nationals 10-3

Sep. 6, 2020 9:18 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman hit his second career grand slam — and second of the series — leading the Atlanta Braves to a 10-3 win over Patrick Corbin and the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Josh Tomlin (2-2) allowed one run in six innings as Atlanta split the four-game series. Marcell...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, left, talks with general manager Mike Rizzo during spring training baseball practice in West Palm Beach, Fla. Armed with a new multiyear contract, Rizzo says his top priority is working on a new deal for Martinez. The team has a club option for Martinez for 2021, but Rizzo says he prefers a long-term deal for the manager. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Nats GM Rizzo says new deal for Martinez is 'priority one'

Sep. 6, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Now that he has a new multiyear contract, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says his top priority is working out a long-term deal for manager Dave Martinez. The Nationals have a club option for Martinez for 2021. Rizzo said Sunday his preference is “just to disregard...

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, left, looks on from the dugout as a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves gets underway, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Atlanta. Rizzo, who also holds the title of president of baseball operations, built the team that won the 2019 World Series championship and just finalized a multiyear contract extension with the team. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Nationals give multiyear extension to GM Mike Rizzo

Sep. 5, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Washington Nationals and general manager Mike Rizzo finalized a multiyear contract extension Saturday. Manager Dave Martinez hopes he is next up. The 59-year-old Rizzo, who also holds the title of president of baseball operations, built the team that won the 2019 World Series...

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez delivers a pitch during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Sánchez pitches Nationals past Marlins 9-3

Aug. 23, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aníbal Sánchez pitched seven effective innings, Trea Turner drove in three runs and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 9-3 on Sunday. Sánchez (1-3) allowed one run and five hits in his longest outing of the season. The veteran right-hander went 0-2 with a 9.00...

Nationals fire employee seen throwing hot coffee at woman

Aug. 22, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

The Washington Nationals have fired a team employee who was seen on video throwing two cups of hot coffee into the face of a woman working at a convenience store in the Dominican Republic, the team said Saturday. In a video posted to Twitter on Friday, the employee, identified by ESPN as Jazhiel Morel, is seen...

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Strasburg's debut shaky; O's-Nats suspended by tarp issues

Aug. 9, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg's season debut was about to unravel in a five-run fifth inning Sunday, when he walked a batter and vigorously shook his right hand. Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez and a trainer exited the dugout to go check on the World Series MVP, who's had a nerve issue in...

Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick (47) is greeted with

Nats star Juan Soto positive for COVID-19, out for opener

Jul. 23, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Highlighting the pitfalls of beginning the baseball season amid a pandemic, Washington Nationals slugger Juan Soto tested positive for COVID-19 and was put on the injured list Thursday, hours before the 2019 World Series champions were scheduled to face the New York Yankees on opening...