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Posted at 11:32 PM ET, 08/24/2012

Michael Morse didn’t break any bones; Ian Desmond has a mild hamstring strain

Tests reveal no broken bones in the right hand of slugger Michael Morse, who was drilled by a pitch in the first inning, but Ian Desmond may miss the rest of the series in Philadelphia.

By James Wagner  |  11:32 PM ET, 08/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:39 PM ET, 08/23/2012

Lucas Giolito, the Nationals’ top draft pick, will undergo Tommy John surgery

The Nationals’ top draft pick will undergo Tommy John surgery.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:39 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:39 AM ET, 08/23/2012

Kurt Suzuki, Ian Desmond appear fine after injury scares

The Nationals seemingly avoided two potentially key injuries in their 5-1 loss to the Braves.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:39 AM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:46 AM ET, 08/18/2012

What was going on with Johan Santana’s glove?

Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said the shiny gold logo on the Mets pitcher’s glove was potentially distracting to his batters.

By James Wagner  |  12:46 AM ET, 08/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:25 PM ET, 08/15/2012

Steve Lombardozzi, Danny Espinosa did more than keep the Nationals afloat without Ian Desmond

With Ian Desmond out, Steve Lombardozzi and Danny Espinosa helped the Nationals emerge as the best team in the majors.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:25 PM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal | Tags:  Steve Lombardozzi

Posted at 10:37 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Davey Johnson makes a tentative change to the Nationals' rotation

Ross Detwiler and Edwin Jackson will swap places in the Nationals’ rotation to separate their two left-handers.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:37 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:23 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Could the Nationals call up Anthony Rendon? Don’t bet on it

Davey Johnson says the Nationals might call up Anthony Rendon, but it is not a likely possibility.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:23 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:03 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Ian Desmond could come off the disabled list Friday

Ian Desmond will run through a simulated game Thursday and, if all goes well and Davey Johnson has his way, he may come off the DL Friday.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:03 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:48 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Bryce Harper expected to get a day off after butting heads with Angel Hernandez

Davey Johnson plans to leave Bryce Harper out of Thursday’s lineup after he sensed Harper’s frustration surface.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:48 AM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:24 PM ET, 08/05/2012

Drew Storen notches first save since surgery, is ready for larger workload

Nationals Manager Davey Johnson says the reliever has now completed his in-season rehab and is ready for a heavier workload.

By James Wagner  |  08:24 PM ET, 08/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:38 AM ET, 08/04/2012

Jesus Flores ‘in shock’ about Nationals trade for catcher

The Nationals traded for Oakland Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki, leaving Flores as the backup.

By James Wagner  |  12:38 AM ET, 08/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:20 PM ET, 08/03/2012

Drew Storen struggles with command against Marlins, will be counted on more

The reliever struggles with command but will be counted on more late in games in a seven-man bullpen.

By James Wagner  |  10:20 PM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:12 PM ET, 07/29/2012

Bryce Harper ditches his batting gloves, but not his slump as he keeps fighting a stomach virus

As Bryce Harper returned from his stomach virus, he didn’t use batting gloves for one at-bat but couldn’t snap a second-half cold spell.

By Adam Kilgore  |  09:12 PM ET, 07/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:42 PM ET, 07/29/2012

Adam LaRoche leaves with back spasms, has ‘no clue’ if he’ll play Tuesday

Adam LaRoche might not play Tuesday after he left Sunday's game with a stiff lower back.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:42 PM ET, 07/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:53 PM ET, 07/28/2012

Bryce Harper likely to play Sunday after ‘dizzy spell’

After a rough weekend and missing his first full game, Bryce Harper should be back Sunday.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:53 PM ET, 07/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:08 PM ET, 07/20/2012

Chad Tracy returns to rehab, at about 85 percent now

The infielder says he is back to 85 to 90 percent healthy now and improving.

By James Wagner  |  11:08 PM ET, 07/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:36 PM ET, 07/20/2012

Chad Cordero throws out the first pitch, still a Nationals fan and preparing for a comeback

Chad Cordero returned to Nationals Park to throw out the first pitch tonight, and he’s eyeing a comeback this winter.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:36 PM ET, 07/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:36 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Jhonatan Solano takes advantage of his opportunity

The 26-year old catcher, called up because of injuries, is making the most of his major league opportunity.

By James Wagner  |  08:36 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:28 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Drew Storen, Chad Tracy on track to return for first game after the all-star break

The two players continue rehabbing and could soon begin their minor rehab assignments.

By James Wagner  |  07:28 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:06 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Michael Morse ‘starting to relax’ after four-hit night

Michael Morse is starting to find his form after a four-hit night in Colorado.

By Adam Kilgore  |  09:06 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:44 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Adam LaRoche gets the day off vs. Colorado Rockies after hitting two homers

The day after he hit two home runs, Adam LaRoche will start tonight on the bench.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:44 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:40 PM ET, 06/26/2012

The Nationals aren’t taking advantage of below-average teams

The Nationals have more than held their own against tough opponents, but they haven’t beat up on lesser teams.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:40 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:11 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Davey Johnson defends Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein

As the Nationals’ offense skids, Manager Davey Johnson said Rick Eckstein is “second to none” as a hitting coach.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:11 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:21 AM ET, 06/24/2012

Tyler Clippard to remain Nationals closer even when Drew Storen returns from injury

The reliever has been dominant as a closer and Manager Davey Johnson says he will remain in that role until he is shown otherwise.

By James Wagner  |  01:21 AM ET, 06/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:21 PM ET, 06/23/2012

Ryan Zimmerman might go back on disabled list because of ailing shoulder

The slumping third baseman’s shoulder isn’t 100 percent and hasn’t improved, and the injury is contributing to his struggles at the plate.

By James Wagner  |  11:21 PM ET, 06/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 06/23/2012

Jim Riggleman resigned as Nationals manager a year ago today

Much has changed: Davey Johnson took over, the Nationals are in first-place and Johnson thinks about his future.

By James Wagner  |  07:37 PM ET, 06/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:04 PM ET, 06/23/2012

Mark DeRosa nearing return, will back up Ryan Zimmerman

Mark DeRosa could rejoin the Nationals soon, and his role will include backing up Ryan Zimmerman.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:04 PM ET, 06/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 06/22/2012

Davey Johnson chats from the dugout: “It’s always good to be back in Baltimore”

The former Oriole player and manager is set to manage in Baltimore for the first time in 15 years.

By James Wagner  |  07:34 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012

Chien-Ming Wang or Ross Detwiler still a decision for the Nationals

Davey Johnson still thinks Chien-Ming Wang has a lot to offer, but can the Nationals afford to wait for him to get his delivery right?

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Joel Peralta ejected from Rays-Nationals game because of pine tar in glove; Joe Maddon calls Davey Johnson’s challenge “cowardly”

Tampa Bay Manager Joe Maddon calls Davey Johnson’s challenge of former Nationals reliever a “cowardly” move.

By James Wagner  |  10:00 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:52 PM ET, 06/16/2012

Ian Desmond calls his injury ‘manageable,’ homers in loss to Yankees

Shortstop homers in marathon loss to Yankees despite nearly not playing.

By James Wagner  |  09:52 PM ET, 06/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:38 AM ET, 06/16/2012

Brad Lidge struggles in first meaningful appearance since returning from injury

The reliever gives up three runs in his third appearance since returning from hernia surgery.

By Matt Breen  |  12:38 AM ET, 06/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 06/15/2012

Nationals-Yankees discussion thread: Game 62

Both first-place teams face off first part of a three-game series.

By James Wagner  |  07:10 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 06/15/2012

Yankees-Nationals: The old guard meets the new

“They built up their club the old-fashioned way through the draft,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi says.

By James Wagner  |  07:09 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 06/15/2012

Bryce Harper on the Yankees: “I’m looking forward to seeing them play”

The 19-year old Nationals phenom grew up a Yankees fan but says he loves playing in Washington.

By James Wagner  |  07:01 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/15/2012

Nationals vs. Yankees: A battle of first-place teams as Washington becomes baseball’s center stage

Washington will be the center of the baseball universe as two first-place team square off.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:00 AM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:19 PM ET, 06/12/2012

Nationals at Blue Jays discussion thread: Game 60

Chien-Ming Wang will try to make his first quality start against Henderson Alvarez and the Jays.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:19 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:49 PM ET, 06/02/2012

Michael Morse goes 0 for 4 in season debut, feels ‘comfortable’

Michael Morse went 0 for 4 with four groundouts in his first game this season, but grew more comfortable by the end.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:49 PM ET, 06/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/16/2012

Ryan Zimmerman’s power coming slowly this season

After more than 100 plate appearances, Ryan Zimmerman only has six extra-base hits.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Is Wilson Ramos regressing on defense?

Wilson Ramos is still the Nationals’ unquestioned catcher of the future, but he has not played as well on defense this year as he did last season.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:51 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Davey Johnson calls Nationals team meeting: ‘I’m with them 100 percent’

Davey Johnson reaffirmed his confidence in the Nationals lineup, which has struck out 23 times the past two games.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:38 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/09/2012

Adam LaRoche proving his value to the Nationals

In the season’s first month, Adam LaRoche has clearly been the Nationals’ best player — something no one would have guessed this winter.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:20 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Without Jayson Werth, the Nationals will rely on Xavier Nady, Roger Bernadina and not seek a trade

Manager Davey Johnson plans to shift Bryce Harper to right field and use Roger Bernadina and Xavier Nady to fill in while Jayson Werth recovers from wrist surgery.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:20 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal | Tags:  Roger Bernadina

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 05/03/2012

Henry Rodriguez rebounds well after tough outing

The talented reliever pitches a scoreless ninth after wildness reappeared during road stretch.

By James Wagner  |  06:30 AM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:09 PM ET, 04/28/2012

Bryce Harper: ‘I’m actually not very nervous right now’

Bryce Harper is ready to make to his major league deubt.

By Adam Kilgore  |  09:09 PM ET, 04/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/28/2012

Bryce Harper can handle this challenge, ready or not

Whether 19-year-old Bryce Harper is ready to stick in the major leagues or not, the downside for the Nationals — and Harper — is minimal.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:28 PM ET, 04/27/2012

Brad Lidge to see specialist about abdominal strain

Brad Lidge will travel to Philadelphia to determine how long he will miss with his abdominal strain.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:28 PM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:18 PM ET, 04/27/2012

Ryan Zimmerman’s disabled list stay should be short, and his thoughts on Bryce Harper

Ryan Zimmerman shouldn’t be on the disabled list long, and he puts Bryce Harper’s arrival in perspective.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:18 PM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:48 PM ET, 04/20/2012

Ross Detwiler giving Nationals much to consider for fifth spot in pitching rotation

Nats’ No. 5 starter allows three hits and fans seven Marlins over six scoreless innings.

By Gene Wang  |  11:48 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal | Tags:  Ross Detwiler

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Now it’s Jordan Zimmermann’s turn

Jordan Zimmermann will try not to be the one who breaks the remarkable run of the Nationals’ rotation.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal | Tags:  Stephen Strasburg, Edwin Jackson, Ross Detwiler, Chien Ming-Wang

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Edwin Jackson receives his Cardinals World Series ring

Edwin Jackson received a tangible reward for winning the World Series with the Cardinals last year.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:39 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/17/2012

What’s gotten into Craig Stammen?

The versatile right-hander is thriving this season as a long reliever, and he has a simple explanation why: “I haven’t changed a whole lot. I’ve just gotten a little bit better at everything I do.”

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:00 AM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/17/2012

The importance of Rick Ankiel’s throwing arm

As Rick Ankiel’s amazing throw Monday proved again, teams don’t even bother trying to run on him.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:24 PM ET, 04/13/2012

The time Davey Johnson talked to Satchel Paige

Davey Johnson tells the story of talking pitching with Satchel Paige.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:24 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Adam LaRoche not starting slowly, but still feeling his foot

Even though Adam LaRoche is still feeling his spring training foot injury, but he’s shedding his label of a poor starter.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:43 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Rick Ankiel will be activated Saturday, become the Nationals’ starting center fielder

The Nationals will activate Rick Ankiel on Saturday and make him their starting center fielder.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:16 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/11/2012

Jayson Werth turns around his tough start with a four-hit game

Jayson Werth has been feeling good at the plate, and after a four-hit game he actually has something to show for it.

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:00 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:47 PM ET, 04/07/2012

Adam LaRoche bounces back with four hits

After he struck out three times on opening day — and received some chiding from his 9-year-old son — Adam LaRoche drilled four hits and a homer today.

By Adam Kilgore  |  09:47 PM ET, 04/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:28 PM ET, 04/07/2012

Nationals prospect Anthony Rendon injured playing for Class A Potomac

Anthony Rendon, the Nationals’ top prospect behind Bryce Harper, is injured while rounding third base in a game for Class A Potomac.

By Adam Kilgore  |  09:28 PM ET, 04/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:04 PM ET, 04/07/2012

Gio Gonzalez not worried about rocky Nationals debut

In his first start with the Nationals, Gio Gonzalez allows four runs in just 3 2/3 innings.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:04 PM ET, 04/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:45 AM ET, 04/06/2012

Ian Desmond leads the Nationals’ offense in opening day victory

On a day when the Nationals offense slumped, Ian Desmond picked up the slack, his way.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:45 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/04/2012

The Nationals set their opening day roster, are ready to face expectations

With opening day almost here, the Nationals are ready to take on new expectations.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Craig Stammen, Ryan Mattheus make Nationals’ opening day roster

Relievers are on the roster for opening day after Durbin goes to the Braves.

By Gene Wang  |  09:15 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:19 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Chad Tracy makes Nationals opening day roster: ‘It’s really emotional for me’

The veteran makes the Nationals’ opening day roster, extending his major league career at least a bit longer.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:19 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:34 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Danny Espinosa isn’t hitting the ball because he can’t see it

Danny Espinosa’s strikeout totals are soaring, but he’s not concerned because he can’t see the ball well in spring training home games.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:34 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal | Tags:  Danny Espinosa

Posted at 09:42 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Ross Detwiler stands in for Stephen Strasburg in welcome start

Getting his first major league start of the spring, Ross Detwiler pitches five outstanding innings.

By Adam Kilgore  |  09:42 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:41 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Edwin Jackson’s strong start, Brett Carroll’s Little League grand slam, Sean Burnett’s return

Wrapping up the Nationals’ 6-3 win over Atlanta.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:41 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal | Tags:  Edwin Jackson, Washington Nationals

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Brett Carroll: What it’s like to become an emergency catcher

Trying to mke the Nationals, Brett Carroll is learning how to play catcher in case of emergency.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:30 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:09 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Dodgers set to be sold for $2 billion to group including Stan Kasten, Magic Johnson

The Nationals’ former president is part of an ownership group that has agreed to buy the bankrupt L.A. Dodgers for a record price of $2 billion.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:09 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Chris Marrero ahead of schedule, and the Nationals may need him

Chris Marrero could return before the Nationals originally hoped, and he may end up serving an important role.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:32 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Davey Johnson not worried about Nationals’ offense

Stats don’t count in March, but the Nationals’ offense has been shut out two of the past three games.

By Adam Kilgore  |  09:32 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Nationals’ Henry Rodriguez is picking up in the dominant place he left off

After a dominant finish to 2011, Henry Rodriguez has picked up where he left off in spring training.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal | Tags:  Henry Rodriguez

Posted at 11:13 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Stephen Strasburg’s smooth spring continues with a strong start

Stephen Strasburg threw 85 pitches in his start against the Mets, something he had not done since before he tore a ligament in his elbow.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:13 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:11 AM ET, 03/16/2012

John Lannan’s mixed bag, Wilson Ramos’s status and Bryce Harper’s lefty problem

John Lannan had mixed results, Wilson Ramos will play tomorrow and Bryce Harper is having a hard time against left-handed pitchers.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:11 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:41 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Eury Perez among four Nationals cuts

The Nationals sent four players to minor league camp, none of whom made a bigger impression than Eury Perez.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:41 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:20 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Stephen Strasburg struggled against the Braves, but he knows why

After the Braves beat around Stephen Strasburg for four innings, he realized he was over-throwing too much and not pitching enough.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:20 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Jason Michaels moves on from dropped fly ball

Jason Michaels deals with dropping a fly ball.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal | Tags:  Washington Nationals

Posted at 10:45 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Michael Morse will take at-bats in a minor league game Wednesday, and more from tonight

Rather than travel to Orlando with the Nationals, Michael Morse will take at-bats in an intrasquad minor league game

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:45 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:09 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Edwin Jackson allows four runs, two earned, against Tigers

Despite an unsighly line, Edwin Jackson says he felt his best against the Tigers.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:09 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal | Tags:  Washington Nationals

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Davey Johnson: The Nationals’ rotation matches up with the Phillies’

Never one to back down, Davey Johnson says the Nationals’ top three starters matchup with the Phillies’ vaunted trio.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:32 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal | Tags:  stephen strasburg

Posted at 07:43 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Bryce Harper gets caught, Mark DeRosa hits an encouraging homer, Ian Desmond makes another error

Wrapping up the Nationals’ 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday afternoon.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:43 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/01/2012

With baseball’s new playoff format, the Nationals season got more interesting

MLB will reportedly add an extra playoff team this season, and the Nationals could be one of the most-affected teams.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 08:19 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Ian Desmond meets Gio Gonzalez again, Bryce Harper impresses Davey Johnson, Henry Rodriguez looks sharp, and a Phillies note

Ian Desmond meets Gio Gonzalez again, Davey Johnson gets a good look at Bryce Harper, Henry Rodriguez impresses, and more.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:19 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 09:43 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Matt Purke starts ‘clean,’ Edwin Jackson looks for consistency, Henry Rodriguez plays catch

Matt Purke impresses, Edwin Jackson addresses his delivery and Henry Rodriguez delays his first bullpen session.

By Adam Kilgore  |  09:43 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Brad Peacock, Tom Milone, Derek Norris find opportunity with Athletics

Brad Peacock, Tom Milone and Derek Norris find opportunity in Oakland after the Nationals traded them for Gio Gonzalez.

By Dave Sheinin  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Rick Ankiel signs minor league contract with Nationals

The Nationals bring back the veteran, adding depth to a thin competition for the team’s center field spot.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:08 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 08:38 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Nationals, John Lannan have arbitration hearing, will learn his 2012 salary on Thursday

The team and pitcher go to an arbitration hearing and will learn his salary for next season on Thursday.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:38 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal | Tags:  john lannan, washington nationals

Posted at 07:48 PM ET, 01/26/2012

The Nationals’ pitching staff: Among the best in baseball?

After the addition of Brad Lidge, it’s fair to wonder if the Nationals have one of baseball’s best overall staffs.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:48 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Michael Morse signs two-year extension with Washington Nationals (updated)

Michael Morse is rewarded for his breakout 2012 season with a two-year, $10.5 million extension.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:58 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 08:39 PM ET, 12/23/2011

Gio Gonzalez trade: Mike Rizzo sees Nationals “set up for the long haul”

The Nationals officially announced their trade for lefty Gio Gonzalez on Friday night, and General Manager Mike Rizzo spoke like the GM of a team on the cusp of contention.

By Dave Sheinin  |  08:39 PM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 11:48 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Ivan Rodriguez, Nationals to part ways, agent Scott Boras says

Veteran catcher Ivan Rodriguez is not in the Nationals’ plans, his agent Scott Boras said.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:48 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 12/04/2011

Report: Laynce Nix agrees to two-year deal with the Phillies

As the Nationals look to overhaul their bench, Laynce Nix agreed to a two-year pact with the divisional rival.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:35 PM ET, 12/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 12/04/2011

Jim Riggleman will manage the Reds’ Class AA team next year

Jim Riggleman’s next managing job will come with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:06 PM ET, 12/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 09:17 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo lays groundwork in trade for a center fielder, says his players are drawing interest

The general manager, laying groundwork for a potential trade for a center fielder, says “there’s a lot of interest in a lot of our players.”

By Adam Kilgore  |  09:17 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/27/2011

Tommy Milone wraps up his first month in the majors

Left-hander Tommy Milone wrapped up his call-up feeling good about his first stint in the major leagues.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 09/24/2011

Chien-Ming Wang finishes his season on a strong note

Chien-Ming Wang’s last start provided an exclamation point to how far he has come from in his rehab from shoulder surgery.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:01 PM ET, 09/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 09:37 PM ET, 09/23/2011

Executive Bob Wolfe leaving the Nationals

Executive Vice President Bob Wolfe, formerly Stan Kasten’s right-hand man, is leaving the organization.

By Adam Kilgore  |  09:37 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 07:17 PM ET, 09/23/2011

Nationals vs. Braves: Game 156 discussion thread

Stephen Strasburg will make his fourth start, and his first as part of a playoff race.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:17 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 07:12 PM ET, 09/23/2011

Corey Brown recovering from staph infection

After his call-up, Corey Brown underwent surgery to remove a staph infection.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:12 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 09/23/2011

Nationals-Braves likely to be delayed

Rain will be a factor in tonight’s start.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:20 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/22/2011

Danny Espinosa, Wilson Ramos have carried the Nationals’ load as rookies

As rookies, Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa have been as consistently valuable as any Nationals player.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 07:05 PM ET, 09/16/2011

Jayson Werth, Michael Morse get the night off

Nationals Manager Davey Johnson gives Jayson Werth and Michael Morse the night off to let Laynce Nix and Roger Bernadina a chance to get back on the field.

By Michael Lee  |  07:05 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/15/2011

Drew Storen survives a ‘dramatic’ ninth inning vs. Mets

After walking the first two hitters he faced in the ninth, Drew Storen needed help to earn his 37th save this season.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Nationals at Mets: Game 147 discussion thread

Brad Peacock makes his first major league start as Washington tries to move into a third-place tie in the NL East.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:07 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Sean Burnett moved across the rubber and changed his season

Sean Burnett changed his season by moving 18 inches — from the right side of the mound to the left side.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:44 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 10:03 PM ET, 08/27/2011

Stephen Strasburg takes another big leap in fifth rehab start

Stephen Strasburg is dominant in his fifth rehab start, shutting down a veteran lineup for five innings before leaving in the sixth at Syracuse.

By Dave Sheinin  |  10:03 PM ET, 08/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 11:34 PM ET, 08/18/2011

Bryce Harper hurts hamstring at Class AA Harrisburg, will be reevaluated

The Nationals’ top prospect will be reevaluated Friday after suffering the injury at Class AA Harrisburg.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:34 PM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 12:32 AM ET, 08/13/2011

Video: Bryce Harper gives Class AA Harrisburg a win with mammoth walk-off homer

VIDEO | Top Nats prospect Bryce Harper gives Class AA Harrisburg a victory with a mammoth home run.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:32 AM ET, 08/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 07/30/2011

Jason Marquis traded from Nationals to Diamondbacks

Washington trades Jason Marquis, Saturday’s scheduled starter versus the Mets, to Arizona for Class A infield prospect Zachary Walters.

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:22 PM ET, 07/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 12:26 AM ET, 07/17/2011

Braves fan in wedding dress is talk of Nats’ clubhouse

Jayson Werth gets close look while security apprehends gentleman bride in outfield.

By Gene Wang  |  12:26 AM ET, 07/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 07/16/2011

Laynce Nix rests sore Achilles’ tendon

Starting left fielder gets the night off against Braves but expected back tomorrow

By Gene Wang  |  06:07 PM ET, 07/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 07/15/2011

Ivan Rodriguez takes first swings since going on DL

Nats catcher takes first cuts since going on disabled list with strained oblique

By Gene Wang  |  06:35 PM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 11:59 PM ET, 07/13/2011

Nats prospects Erik Arnesen, Bill Rhinehart impress at Eastern League All-Star Game

Erik Arnesen and Bill Rhinehart, two of six players from Washington’s Class AA affiliate to be invited, produce highlights in the Eastern League All-Star Game.

By Chad Graff  |  11:59 PM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 09:05 PM ET, 07/13/2011

Before Eastern League All-Star Game, Archie Gilbert and Tyler Moore represent Nats affiliate in home run derby

By Chad Graff  |  09:05 PM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 07/09/2011

John Lannan in good spirits despite damage to nose

Nationals left-hander on track to start next week after getting hit in face with ball

By Gene Wang  |  05:22 PM ET, 07/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 08:14 PM ET, 06/30/2011

Jerry Hairston could miss 2-4 weeks with broken bone in wrist

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:14 PM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 09:56 PM ET, 05/19/2011

Several Nationals frustrated by late call in loss to Mets

Several players are irritated by Jayson Werth being called out at first in the ninth inning of the 1-0 loss to the Mets.

By Steve Yanda  |  09:56 PM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 11:52 PM ET, 05/14/2011

Michael Aubrey has four-homer game for Syracuse

Michael Aubrey had not homered this season before going off Saturday for Class AAA Syracuse.

By David Larimer  |  11:52 PM ET, 05/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 08:54 PM ET, 05/14/2011

Cole Kimball makes debut in major leagues

Reliever called up this morning pitches ninth inning in 1-0 loss to Florida

By Gene Wang  |  08:54 PM ET, 05/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 07:05 PM ET, 05/11/2011

Game 36 discussion thread: Nationals at Braves

Washington scores four runs in the top of the 11th innning to upend Atlanta and climb back to .500.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:05 PM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 05/04/2011

Ryan Zimmerman takes first steps in rehab from surgery

Ryan Zimmerman began his rehab from surgery by walking one mile on a treadmill. It took him 30 minutes. “I was flying,” he said.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:45 PM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nationals Journal