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  1. Instant analysis: Nats 5, D’backs 4

    May 3, 2012, 2:11 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper narrowly missed his first career home run in the fourth. Game in a nutshell: Bryce Harper did his part, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles off the right-field wall. Then Ian Desmond finished the deal, crushing a two-run, walk-off homer off J.J. Putz to lift the Nationals to a…

  2. Strasburg wins NL Pitcher of Month

    May 2, 2012, 9:46 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg's dominant April earned the right-hander National League Pitcher of the Month honors today. Strasburg, who went 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA, 34 strikeouts and six walks in five starts, won the award on the votes of media members who regularly cover NL clubs. The 23-year-old has been credited with a quality start each…

  3. Zimmerman may not return until Tuesday

    May 2, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

    Though he's eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday and has been aiming to play in that night's nationally televised series finale against the Phillies, Ryan Zimmerman may not be ready to return from his shoulder injury until Tuesday. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Zimmerman will begin hitting off a tee Friday, and he'll…

  4. Game 24: Diamondbacks at Nats

    May 2, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats hope to end their five-game losing streak tonight. Desperate to put an end to this offensive funk before it really gets out of control, the Nationals can only hope things pick up tonight against Diamondbacks lefty Joe Saunders. Unfortunately, the Springfield, Va., native currently leads the…

  5. Infield shift works on Harper

    May 2, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    When Bryce Harper smoked a fifth-inning pitch from Trevor Cahill back up the middle and through the Diamondbacks right-hander's legs, he assumed (like everyone else at Nationals Park last night) he had just recorded the third base hit of his career. And then shortstop John McDonald appeared out of nowhere to scoop up the ball…

  6. Harper or not, Nats struggling to score

    May 2, 2012, 4:12 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his home debut. Bryce Harper found himself at Dodger Stadium over the weekend, and at Nationals Park Tuesday night, because his team desperately needed an offensive spark. No matter how well the 19-year-old plays — and he's playing pretty darn well three games into…

  7. Instant analysis: D’backs 5, Nats 1

    May 2, 2012, 1:44 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Jordan Zimmermann gave up a season-high three earned runs. Game in a nutshell: Bryce Harper's home debut neither brought out the fans (official paid attendance was a disappointing 22,675) nor brought the Nationals' lineup out of his ever-growing funk. Shut out by Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill until the eighth inning, the Nats…

  8. Zim throwing, Lidge has surgery

    May 1, 2012, 10:08 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ryan Zimmerman is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman began throwing and taking groundballs today for the first time since going on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, and the Nationals are hoping he'll be ready to return Sunday when he's eligible. Brad Lidge, meanwhile,…

  9. Game 23: Diamondbacks at Nats

    May 1, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Bryce Harper makes his debut at Nationals Park this evening. The scene at Nationals Park tonight won't rival Stephen Strasburg's debut on June 8, 2010. In all likelihood, nothing ever will. But the scene for Bryce Harper's first home game — especially the crowd reaction to his first…

  10. Harper hits D.C.

    May 1, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper went 2-for-6 with a walk and a sac fly in Los Angeles. Bryce Harper didn't think he'd be stepping onto the field at Nationals Park quite this soon. But he knew the day would be coming sometime soon, so he's had plenty of time to contemplate what it will be…

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