May 12, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Bryce Harper, who cut himself last night, is playing again tonight. This being the apex of hockey season and all, we should be accustomed to professional athletes playing hurt, even if it means playing with 10 stitches above your eye. Yet because we're talking about baseball, not hockey, it is somewhat surprising…
May 11, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT
US Presswire file photo Great American Ball Park hosts the Nationals this weekend. Davey Johnson preached consistency all week in Pittsburgh, so why change now? Fresh off a much-needed, 4-2 win over the Pirates, the Nationals manager is sending the exact same lineup out to face the Reds tonight in their series opener in Cincinnati…
May 11, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Henry Rodriguez recorded his seventh save in nine chances last night. PITTSBURGH — For all the good that took place from the Nationals' perspective last night at PNC Park, from Stephen Strasburg's 13 strikeouts to Roger Bernadina and Adam LaRoche and Rick Ankiel's home runs, there was a moment that had to…
May 11, 2012, 4:18 AM EDT
Associated Press photo Stephen Strasburg improved to 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA. PITTSBURGH — The sheer numbers blow you away. Thirteen strikeouts in only six innings. Seven in a row. A 1.64 ERA in seven starts this season. A 1.59 ERA and 0.84 WHIP in 12 total starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. At…
May 11, 2012, 1:45 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 batters over six dominant innings. Game in a nutshell: Stuck in a three-game losing streak and in danger of getting swept by the Pirates, the Nationals needed their ace to deliver. And boy, did he. Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 batters over six innings, coming up one…
May 10, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Davey Johnson gathered his players for a team meeting this afternoon. PITTSBURGH — Sensing some of his players were starting to press in an attempt to snap out of their offensive funk, Nationals manager Davey Johnson closed the doors of the visiting clubhouse at PNC Park this afternoon and tried to boost…
May 10, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg tries to stop the Nats' losing streak tonight at PNC Park. PITTSBURGH — One of the responsibilities that comes with the title of "staff ace" is the task of stopping a losing streak. Such is the position Stephen Strasburg finds himself in tonight, taking the mound…
May 10, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Ross Detwiler gave up three runs last night, all in the third inning. PITTSBURGH — The overarching storyline to last night's 4-2 loss, of course, was the Nationals' utter inability to make contact at the plate. But the evening's outcome might also have been different if not for a very strange bottom…
May 10, 2012, 4:35 AM EDT
Associated Press photo Ryan Zimmerman struck out with the tying run on base to end the game. PITTSBURGH — Rarely in his 10-plus months on the job has Davey Johnson expressed the kind of frustration that came pouring out of the Nationals manager's office at PNC Park Wednesday night following a 4-2 loss to the…
May 10, 2012, 2:09 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Bryce Harper tracks down Pedro Alvarez's deep drive in the first inning. Game in a nutshell: Presented with a golden opportunity after Erik Bedard departed with back spasms only eight pitches into the game, the Nationals' woebegone lineup still foundered against the Pirates bullpen. Xavier Nady and Chad Tracy each drove in…
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