Aug 30, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Drew Storen and Kurt Suzuki confer during the eighth inning on Wednesday. Drew Storen has pitched in plenty of pressure situations during his three major-league seasons, most of them coming in the ninth inning with his team clinging to a slim lead. Something about Wednesday night’s appearance, though, felt more significant than…
Aug 30, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats open an 11-game homestand tonight against the Cardinals. Amazing what a difference the outcome of one game can make. Had the Nationals lost last night in Miami, they'd return home today at tense bunch, their collars feeling a little bit tighter than usual thanks to a…
Aug 30, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT
They snapped a five-game losing streak last night in Miami, thanks to Bryce Harper’s two home runs, Ross Detwiler’s strong start and Drew Storen’s impressive escape act in the bottom of the eighth. Now the Nationals return to South Capitol Street for an 11-game homestand, beginning tonight against the contending Cardinals. CSNwashington.com’s Chase Hughes, the…
Aug 30, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Bryce Harper rounds the bases after hitting one of his two homers last night. You know that prolonged slump Bryce Harper has been in for months now, the one that turned his much-ballyhooed rookie season into nothing more than a pedestrian campaign? This just in: The kid is heating up again, and…
Aug 29, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT
US Presswire file photo The Nationals need to win tonight at Marlins Park to avoid a six-game losing streak. Another day, another attempt by the Nationals to end their losing streak. They've dropped five in a row now, last night's 9-0 trouncing at the hands of the Marlins easily the worst of the bunch. No…
Aug 29, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT
When he struck out 10 Braves over six brilliant innings last week, everyone wondered if the Nationals really would shut down Stephen Strasburg in the middle of a pennant race. And when he was tagged for seven runs over five suspect innings last night, everyone suddenly wondered if the Nationals might just shut down their…
Aug 28, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT
US Presswire file photo Stephen Strasburg tries to snap the Nats' losing streak tonight at Marlins Park. The Nationals have done a remarkable job all season overcoming injuries to key players, but let's be honest: They really missed Michael Morse and Ian Desmond while getting swept in Philadelphia over the weekend. The return of both…
Aug 28, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT
There really are no such thing as "must-win" games in baseball, at least not until a team is one loss from elimination. So a late-August date in Miami probably shouldn't be viewed as do-or-die for the Nationals. Having said that, the Nationals face as close to a must-win situation tonight as you're likely to find…
Aug 27, 2012, 3:19 PM EDT
Read as much (or as little) as you want into Davey Johnson's animated discussion with Mike Rizzo following yesterday's 4-1 loss in Philadelphia, but know this: There's no rift between the Nationals manager and general manager, not even close to one. What happened? About five minutes after the game at Citizens Bank Park ended, the…
Aug 26, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Adam LaRoche is tagged out by Jimmy Rollins after mistakenly thinking he homered. PHILADELPHIA — For nearly five months, they’ve cruised along with no real hint of adversity, ascending to their sport’s best record and putting themselves in position to reach the playoffs and win their division for the first time. The…
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