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  1. Guillen lashes out at Harper over pine tar

    Jul 15, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

    MIAMI — Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen lashed out at Bryce Harper following today's game, calling the Nationals rookie "unprofessional" apparently for using too much pine tar on his bat. "I could have said a lot of [stuff] about this kid," Guillen said following his team's 4-0 loss to the Nationals. "I've been praising this kid…

  2. Instant analysis: Nats 4, Marlins 0

    Jul 15, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg tossed six scoreless innings to earn his 10th win. Game in a nutshell: Stephen Strasburg was stuck in a three-game losing streak. Ian Desmond was out of the lineup with a lingering oblique strain. The Nationals were silenced at the plate. Reason to worry? Um, no. Strasburg tossed six scoreless…

  3. Oblique sidelines Desmond

    Jul 15, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Ian Desmond reacts to striking out during last night’s loss. MIAMI — He had managed to play the best baseball of his career through a lingering left oblique strain for more than a month. But when Ian Desmond resorted to bunting in the ninth inning of last night’s game, it became obvious…

  4. Game 86: Nats at Marlins

    Jul 15, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg tries to get back on track today at Marlins Park. MIAMI — Stephen Strasburg, in a slump? Say it ain't so. OK, the word "slump" may be a bit excessive, but the right-hander has lost three straight starts for the first time in his career and…

  5. Bested by Buehrle

    Jul 15, 2012, 3:41 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs over six strong innings but still took the loss. MIAMI — In hindsight, the Nationals were perfectly happy to wind up with Gio Gonzalez in their rotation instead of Mark Buehrle. It was only seven months ago, however, that general manager Mike Rizzo’s focus was set squarely…

  6. Instant analysis: Marlins 2, Nats 1

    Jul 15, 2012, 1:43 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ryan Zimmerman doubled in the first inning but didn't collect another hit. Game in a nutshell: This figured to be tightly contested pitchers' duel, with lefties Gio Gonzalez and Mark Buehrle each known for working fast and throwing strikes. Each starter lived up to the billing, but Buehrle was just a little…

  7. Burnett dealing with tight elbow

    Jul 14, 2012, 10:27 PM EDT

    Updated at 10:23 p.m. MIAMI — Sean Burnett, who has pitched brilliantly for the Nationals as their primary setup man this season, has been bothered by tightness in his left elbow for about six weeks. Burnett does not believe the discomfort is serious, and he even hoped to be available to pitch in Saturday night’s…

  8. Game 85: Nats at Marlins

    Jul 14, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Lefties Gio Gonzalez and Mark Buehrle square off tonight at Marlins Park. MIAMI — Mike Rizzo sat in his suite at the Winter Meetings on Dec. 7 and expressed optimism the Nationals were going to sign Mark Buehrle to a three-year contract. The free agent left-hander and the…

  9. Hustling out of the All-Star break

    Jul 14, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper hustled his way to two extra bases in the first inning last night. MIAMI — It got kind of lost in the shuffle of last night's 5-1 victory over the Marlins — which was highlighted more by Jordan Zimmermann's pitching dominance and Ryan Zimmerman's continued mashing at the plate —…

  10. Mr. Consistency does it again

    Jul 14, 2012, 4:23 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Jordan Zimmermann lowered his ERA to 2.48 with six scoreless innings. MIAMI — There are only two pitchers in the majors leagues this season who have made 18 starts and never failed to complete six innings. One is Justin Verlander, the reigning AL MVP, Cy Young Award winner and All-Star Game starter.…

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