May 6, 2010, 10:26 PM EST
Since I was kind of critical of Adam Dunn in that earlier posting about his ninth-inning strikeout last night (in which he watched five straight pitches from Kris Medlen pass him by without ever swinging) it was only fair that I gave Dunn a chance to explain his thinking in that at-bat. What follows is…
May 6, 2010, 8:30 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to earn a series victory over the Braves tonight. Perhaps the Nationals' best trait this young season has been their ability to avoid any kind of lengthy slumps. They've still yet to lose three games in a row. They've also managed to lose only three…
May 6, 2010, 6:40 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam Dunn watches strike three pass by in the ninth inning last night. Adam Dunn saw 24 pitches over the span of five plate appearances last night. He swung at five of them, only one of the final 15 he faced. There were plenty of contributing factors in…
May 6, 2010, 3:41 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Luis Atilano labored from the start, setting the tone for the Nats' 7-6 loss. Three times in their last 10 games the Nationals have lost in extra innings, all by one run. These are the losses that sting a little deeper, linger a little longer. So excuse the…
May 5, 2010, 10:39 PM EST
The Nationals aren’t inclined to go with reliever Miguel Batista. They also aren’t likely to let Jason Marquis come off the DL, despite the right-hander’s insistence he’s ready. So it looks like they’ll dip into their farm system for a starter against the Marlins. Here’s the full story on the situation on CSNwashington.com.
May 5, 2010, 8:00 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER It should be another beautiful night for baseball at Nationals Park. Let's be honest: How many of you remember the Aug. 31, 2006 trade that sent Daryle Ward to the Braves for Luis Atilano? I had to go back and re-read my story from that night to recall…
May 5, 2010, 7:02 PM EST
Here is this week's minor league report, compiled as always by the pun-tastic Bill Gluvna of the Nationals' PR department. Enjoy… This Week’s Top Headline ROSENBAUM IS A ROSENBAUM IS A ROSENBAUM IS A ROSENBAUM: In 5 starts for Hagerstown, LHP Daniel Rosenbaum is 1-0 with a 1.57 ERA (5 ER/28.2 IP)…the 22-year old southpaw…
May 5, 2010, 2:30 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER With others hurt, the Nats need Craig Stammen to step up. The No. 1 starter is now on the shelf, sidelined for at least one outing with a swollen elbow. The No. 2 starter has been on the shelf for the last two weeks, sitting on the DL…
May 5, 2010, 3:50 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER No scoreboard? No problem for the Nats, who won again tonight. How many things went wrong for the Nationals today? Let us count the ways… 1. Livan Hernandez needed 41 pitches to get out of the first inning. 2. Ian Desmond committed his first error in 19 games…
May 4, 2010, 8:36 PM EST
[UPDATED AT 6:33 P.M.] John Lannan will not make his next scheduled start after receiving a cortisone shot in his left elbow. Lannan said he first began experiencing discomfort in the elbow during his April 21 start against the Rockies, particularly when trying to throw his two-seam fastball and his change-up. He underwent an MRI…
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