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  1. Game 119: Nats at Phillies

    Aug 13, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan faces Roy Oswalt tonight if the weather cooperates. PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where it's been raining on and off. The forecast shows a potential window of clearing around the time of tonight's game, but tomorrow doesn't look good at all. We'll just have…

  2. Strasburg dominant over 3 innings

    Aug 13, 2011, 12:04 AM EDT

    Updated at 11:05 p.m. WOODBRIDGE, Va. — If everything goes according to plan, Stephen Strasburg will be pitching for the Washington Nationals in about four weeks. Anyone among the overflow crowd of 8,619 who watched the rehabbing right-hander toss three spectacular innings Friday night for the Class A Potomac Nationals would have sworn he’s ready…

  3. Game 118: Nats at Phillies

    Aug 12, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez faces Cole Hamels tonight at Citizens Bank Park. As if the challenge facing the Nationals this weekend in Philadelphia wasn't tough enough, they're going to have to go up against the NL East division leaders tonight without their best hitter. Though X-rays taken on Michael…

  4. Class A: Myrtle Beach at Potomac

    Aug 12, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg makes his second rehab start tonight at Pfitzner Stadium. WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Hello from Pfitzner Stadium, home of the Class A Potomac Nationals and site tonight of Stephen Strasburg's second rehab start. I've jumped off the major-league Nationals beat for one day to cover this game,…

  5. Series preview: Nats at Phillies

    Aug 12, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Friday, 7:05 p.m. — RHP Livan Hernandez (6-11, 4.41) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.53)TV: MASN Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 185 Saturday, 7:05 p.m. — LHP John Lannan (8-7, 3.56) vs. RHP Roy Oswalt (4-7, 3.84)TV: MASN Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 185 Sunday, 1:35 p.m. — RHP Chien-Ming Wang (1-2, 3.60)…

  6. A frustrating loss, a learning experience

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:49 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Two late home runs, combined with little run support, cost Jordan Zimmermann. CHICAGO — A nine-inning baseball game typically features 300 total pitches, countless decisions and any number of opportunities for players on each side of the diamond. There are, however, a handful of games over the course of a season that…

  7. X-rays on Morse negative

    Aug 11, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Michael Morse winces after getting hit by a pitch in the left elbow. UPDATE AT 9:30 P.M.: The X-rays taken on Morse's elbow came back negative and he's suffered only a contusion, according to the Nationals. His status is day-to-day. CHICAGO — Michael Morse was forced to depart Thursday's game against the…

  8. Game 117: Nats at Cubs

    Aug 11, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann faces Ryan Dempster in the rubber game at Wrigley Field. CHICAGO — Jordan Zimmermann makes his 23rd start of the season, and if you have the ability to tune in for this Thursday matinee, you might want to catch a glimpse because there won't be many…

  9. Harper ejected after arguing call

    Aug 11, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    CHICAGO — Bryce Harper was ejected from Wednesday night’s game at Class AA Harrisburg after arguing a called third strike, the latest display of emotion from the Nationals’ top farmhand. Harper, 18, took an outside 3-2 fastball in the bottom of the seventh inning from Richmond pitcher Eric Surkamp, then began to trot to first…

  10. Still waiting for Ross to blossom

    Aug 11, 2011, 4:55 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Ross Detwiler allowed three runs over five innings in the Nats’ 4-2 loss. CHICAGO — Ross Detwiler has started 22 big-league games over the last three seasons. It’s not nearly a large enough sample size to make a definitive call on the left-hander’s ability to pitch at this level. Yet it’s also…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 80 15.5
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Monday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 88 69 4.0
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PITTSBURGH 85 71 +0.5
SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Monday's early games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
(End of regular season)
MON: OFF
Full season schedule

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ON THE RADIO

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MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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