Jun 17, 2012, 11:29 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Derek Jeter scores on Mark Teixeira's first-inning sacrifice fly. That the Nationals could get swept by the Yankees over a frustrating week of baseball and still emerge holding a four-game lead in the NL East is a tribute to how far this organization has come. That they could own baseball's fourth-best record…
Jun 17, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Ian Desmond unsuccessfully breaks up a double play in the fourth inning. Game in a nutshell: Needing to salvage a Sunday victory to avoid a sweep, the Nationals instead fell into a familiar pattern. Their lineup couldn't get anything going against right-hander Ivan Nova, who needed only 97 pitches to go 7…
Jun 17, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats need a win today to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Yankees. The outcome of this weekend's series against the Yankees isn't going to make or break the Nationals' season. They were a first-place team when they took the field Friday night, and they'll…
Jun 17, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT
The Nationals designated struggling reliever Brad Lidge for assignment this morning, activating right-hander Ryan Mattheus off the 15-day disabled list to take his roster spot. Feeling the need to add a fresh arm after yesterday's 14-inning loss to the Yankees, general manager Mike Rizzo said the Lidge/Mattheus swap made the most sense. "Brad wasn't performing…
Jun 17, 2012, 12:12 AM EDT
Associated Press photo Tyler Moore was called out on a controversial play at the plate in the eighth. For nearly five hours, Bryce Harper had flailed away at pitches out of the zone, taken borderline strikes and glared at plate umpire Tim Timmons and otherwise looked exactly like a 19-year-old overwhelmed to be in the…
Jun 16, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Derek Jeter slides in safely on Mark Teixeira's game-winning double in the 14th. Game in a nutshell: The Nationals jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on Jesus Flores' broken-bat double off the left-field wall (yes, he broke his bat and still reached the wall on a fly). But sloppy defense led…
Jun 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann faces Andy Pettitte in today's game at Nationals Park. It took Davey Johnson awhile to post his lineup this morning, a product of some uncertainty about Ian Desmond's status. Turns out Desmond's potentially injured oblique isn't serious enough to keep him from playing today. Adam LaRoche,…
Jun 16, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Ian Desmond went 1-for-4 with a throwing error last night. Updated at 11:48 a.m. At 11:15 a.m., Nationals manager Davey Johnson made it sound like Ian Desmond wouldn't be able to play today — and perhaps for several days — due to a potential oblique strain. Thirty minutes later, after some work…
Jun 16, 2012, 4:30 AM EDT
Associated Press photo Gio Gonzalez wasn't happy after getting pulled one batter into the seventh inning. As much as Davey Johnson would like to count on baseball's best pitching staff to lead the way on a nightly basis, the Nationals manager knows it takes more than that to beat a high-powered opponent like the Yankees.…
Jun 16, 2012, 2:07 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Gio Gonzalez allowed three runs over six-plus innings. Game in a nutshell: The most-anticipated series in Nationals history got off to a ragged start. A couple of early scoring opportunities were mostly squandered, and Gio Gonzalez got himself into trouble during a two-run third inning. Despite that, the Nats were in the…
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