Apr 28, 2010, 11:05 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Luis Atilano has won his first two big-league starts. CHICAGO — With six innings of two-run ball today, Luis Atilano produced the seventh straight quality start by the Nationals’ rotation. That unit’s surprisingly effective work over the last week has been key to the Nats’ surprisingly strong April.…
Apr 28, 2010, 5:26 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The sun is out and the temperature is up for today's game at Wrigley Field. CHICAGO — Good afternoon one last time from the Friendly Confines, where today the Nationals look to earn a series victory over the Cubs and improve to two games over .500 for the…
Apr 28, 2010, 4:35 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Unemployed in February, Livan Hernandez is now 3-1 with an 0.87 ERA. CHICAGO — All winter, Livan Hernandez sat in his Miami home, waiting for a call, any call from a major-league GM willing to offer him a contract. November turned to December. December turned to January. January…
Apr 28, 2010, 3:32 AM EST
CHICAGO — The Nationals optioned rookie left-hander Jesse English to Class AAA Syracuse following tonight’s win, clearing roster space for outfielder Roger Bernadina, who will be recalled before tomorrow’s series finale at Wrigley Field. English performed well in the first seven games of his big-league career, posting a 3.86 ERA and faring well against some…
Apr 28, 2010, 12:24 AM EST
CHICAGO — The Nationals aren’t getting classic offensive production out of their revolving door in right field, but they have gotten a few timely hits — plus some outstanding defense — from the six different players who have appeared out there already this season. Read my full story about the right field situation on CSNwashington.com.
Apr 27, 2010, 10:47 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Roger Bernadina was batting .377 in 14 games at Class AAA Syracuse. CHICAGO — The Nationals are planning to recall outfielder Roger Bernadina from Class AAA Syracuse following tonight's game, according to two sources within the organization. Bernadina was slated to play tonight for Syracuse at Toledo, but…
Apr 27, 2010, 8:30 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER It'll be another cold, windy night at Wrigley Field when the Nats and Cubs meet. CHICAGO — It's pretty much a carbon copy of yesterday weather-wise here in Wrigleyville. There isn't a cloud in the sky, but the temperature is struggling to get out of the 40s and…
Apr 27, 2010, 3:42 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Quality starts aren't good enough for John Lannan, who insists he can do better. CHICAGO — No one would have faulted John Lannan for emerging from last night's game feeling good about the way he kept things under control despite some rough spots along the way. The Nationals'…
Apr 27, 2010, 4:27 AM EST
CHICAGO — Sitting inside his cramped office at Wrigley Field late Monday afternoon, Jim Riggleman talked about the need for some of his relief pitchers not named Matt Capps or Tyler Clippard to start coming through in key situations. "Tonight would be a great night for that to happen," the Nationals manager said. Some five…
Apr 27, 2010, 12:41 AM EST
With three regulars sidelined tonight — Ryan Zimmerman, Willie Harris and Ivan Rodriguez — the Nationals are playing with only two healthy bench players (Alberto Gonzalez and Justin Maxwell. Those nagging injuries will force Jim Riggleman to manage differently than he would if he had a full bench at his disposal. It’s also forcing Mike…
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