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  1. Game 2: Nats at Cubs

    Apr 7, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER It's a much warmer day at Wrigley Field, where the wind is now blowing out. CHICAGO — Wow, what a difference a couple of days makes. After a brutally cold and windy Opening Day, the conditions at Wrigley Field have taken a 180-degree turn. Temperatures will be up…

  2. Gio hopes to overcome butterflies

    Apr 6, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Gio Gonzalez makes his Nationals debut tomorrow afternoon at Wrigley Field. CHICAGO — He's had nearly 3 1/2 months to prepare for this moment, which has only allowed the anticipation to build up inside the pit of Gio Gonzalez's stomach. That anticipation will peak shortly after noon CDT tomorrow, when Gonzalez takes…

  3. Opening Day payroll ranks 20th in MLB

    Apr 6, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Jayson Werth's $13,571,428 salary is tops on the Nationals this season. CHICAGO — Though their payroll experienced a 27 percent increase from one year ago, the Nationals still rank in the bottom half of all major-league franchises entering the 2012 season. The Nationals' Opening Day payroll was $81,336,143, 20th among MLB's 30…

  4. Just like old times for Lidge

    Apr 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Fill-in closer Brad Lidge overcame a ninth-inning triple yesterday to earn his first save. CHICAGO — Brad Lidge had taken the mound in this situation — protecting a slim, ninth-inning lead — plenty of times before. Two hundred sixty-six times in the big leagues, to be precise. This, however, wasn't like any…

  5. An April win with an October vibe

    Apr 6, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ian Desmond drives in the winning run with a ninth-inning single. CHICAGO — Adam LaRoche stood at the plate in the top of the eighth inning of a 1-0 ballgame, a pair of teammates on the bases in scoring position, the intimidating Kerry Wood on the mound, a sellout crowd of 41,176…

  6. Instant analysis: Nats 2, Cubs 1

    Apr 5, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ian Desmond drives in the winning run with a ninth-inning single. Game in a nutshell: Stephen Strasburg and Ryan Dempster's brilliance on the mound are overshadowed by late heroics at the plate by Chad Tracy and Ian Desmond. Brad Lidge closes out the ninth to earn his first save as the Nationals…

  7. Morse, Ankiel begin rehab tonight

    Apr 5, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Michael Morse could return to the Nationals as soon as Tuesday in New York. CHICAGO — The Nationals may not be without their cleanup hitter very long at all. Michael Morse, who is opening the season on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle, will begin a rehab assignment with Class…

  8. Davey: We’re not trading Lannan

    Apr 5, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo John Lannan, optioned to Syracuse on Tuesday, requested he be traded yesterday. CHICAGO — Despite a formal trade request from John Lannan, the Nationals don't appear to have any intention of dealing the recently demoted left-hander anytime soon. "It's just a tough thing," manager Davey Johnson said before today's season opener against…

  9. Game 1: Nats at Cubs

    Apr 5, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Historic Wrigley Field hosts the Nationals for the first game of the season. CHICAGO — I suppose there are worse places to be on Opening Day than this. Man, what a setting, huh? It is, however, quite cold in the appropriately named Windy City. Gametime temperature will be…

  10. 2012 Media Predictions

    Apr 5, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo What will Jayson Werth hit this season? We've got some varied predictions. CHICAGO — Guess what, folks? It's Opening Day! See that little countdown clock to the right of your screen? It reads "0" at long last. In a little over seven hours, Ryan Dempster will stand on the mound at Wrigley…

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