Sep 3, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Adam LaRoche is greeted in the dugout after hitting his second-inning homer. Game in a nutshell: Facing the Cubs for the first time since the season-opening series, the Nationals found themselves in the same kind of pitchers' duel they experienced five months ago at Wrigley Field. Ross Detwiler and Jeff Samardzija traded…
Sep 3, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Cubs are in town for this Labor Day matinee at Nationals Park. Happy Labor Day, everyone. It's a day off for most, and the unofficial final day of summer for many, but it's been a busy morning here at Nationals Park. If you missed any of the…
Sep 3, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT
US Presswire file photo Stephen Strasburg will hand over the ball to Davey Johnson twice more this year. The Nationals purposely told Stephen Strasburg as little as possible all season about their plan to prematurely shut him down — aside from the fact they would shut him down at some point — to keep the…
Sep 3, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT
As well as each was pitching all summer at Class AAA Syracuse, neither Zach Duke nor Christian Garcia ever gave serious thought to the possibility of getting promoted to join the Nationals before season's end. Not that they hadn't performed well enough to merit consideration for a promotion. But with the Nationals posting baseball's best…
Sep 3, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT
Sean Burnett's recent struggles out of the bullpen haven't been a result only of poor execution but of an elbow issue that plagued the left-hander earlier this summer and has come back to haunt him again. Burnett got treatment after yesterday's game for "a little inflammation" in his throwing elbow, manager Davey Johnson said this…
Sep 3, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT
Photo by AP After six innings of work on Sunday, the Stephen Strasburg innings count now sits at 156.1 and the expected shutdown range of 160-180 innings is quickly approaching. Neither Strasburg, Mike Rizzo, or Davey Johnson will say exactly when he will be shutdown, but it has been narrowed to his next two starts.…
Sep 2, 2012, 11:31 PM EDT
Photo by US-Presswire Stephen Strasburg may have had the worst start of his career just five days ago in Miami, but there were certainly no residual effects on Sunday in Washington’s 4-3 victory over the Cardinals. The Nationals’ ace did not earn the win, but he set his team up with six scoreless innings in…
Sep 2, 2012, 8:53 PM EDT
Nats 4, Cardinals 3 Game in a nutshell: Stephen Strasburg started the game strong with six shutout innings, but a rocky seventh by Sean Burnett let the Cardinals back in the game. The Nats were able to respond in the next inning with a two-run rally and take the lead. Kurt Suzuki had a big…
Sep 2, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT
Photo by US-Presswire After the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series at the end of last season, it was easy to forget they did it without one of their best pitchers in Adam Wainwright. Coming off of two consecutive seasons where he finished in the top three of Cy Young voting, the All-Star pitcher…
Sep 2, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg starts today's series finale at Nationals Park. This won't be Stephen Strasburg's final start of the season, but the finish line for the Nationals' young ace is without question fast approaching. The club plans to give Strasburg one (maybe two) more appearances after today's outing, so…
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