Apr 26, 2010, 8:17 PM EST
CHICAGO — Before we get to tonight’s big-league game at Wrigley Field, a weather update from Reading, Pa. Class AA Harrisburg’s game tonight against the Phillies has been postponed due to rain. Thus, Stephen Strasburg’s fourth minor-league start will be pushed back to Tuesday. They’ll play a twi-night doubleheader tomorrow, with Strasburg starting the first…
Apr 26, 2010, 12:47 PM EST
Good morning from the D concourse at Dulles International Airport, where my flight to Chicago awaits. The Nationals open a three-game series tonight against the Cubs, which means another reunion with old friend Alfonso Soriano. It's hard to believe it's been four years since Soriano roamed left field at RFK Stadium, mashed 46 homers (still…
Apr 25, 2010, 10:51 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats needed a brilliant performance from Scott Olsen to pull off today's win. A lot of things have to happen to win a 1-0 ballgame. Your starting pitcher needs to be on top of his game. Your relievers can't afford to make a single mistake. Your defense…
Apr 25, 2010, 9:50 PM EST
With today’s 1-0 victory, the Nationals are now 5-4 without Ryan Zimmerman in the starting lineup. The trio of Alberto Gonzalez, Adam Kennedy and Willie Harris has filled in admirably at third base, particularly Gonzalez, who has made several Zim-type plays in the last two weeks. Read all about it on CSNwashington.com.
Apr 25, 2010, 7:09 PM EST
I am pleased to announce that you can now access this site through the much easier-to-remember address: http://www.NatsInsider.com. For now, that address will simply redirect you to this one. But I’m hoping at some point to move off Blogspot, so you may want to reset your bookmarks to the shorter name now.
Apr 25, 2010, 4:48 PM EST
Photo courtesy George Burkes Justin Maxwell's diving catch in the ninth saved today's 1-0 win. So, what's the domino effect of yesterday's 13-inning marathon? For the Nationals, not too bad. Jim Riggleman was able to get through that game with only four pitchers, thanks to Craig Stammen's six-inning start, and multiple-inning relief appearances from Matt…
Apr 24, 2010, 11:11 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam Dunn doubled in the fifth but struck out three times after that. Holding court in front of his locker following a gut-wrenching, 4-3 loss to the Dodgers in 13 innings, Willie Harris had a somewhat surprising take on the events of the previous 4 hours and 20…
Apr 24, 2010, 5:02 PM EST
Left-hander Aaron Thompson, a rising prospect in the Nationals’ farm system, has been promoted from Class AA Harrisburg to Class AAA Syracuse. Thompson, 23, was 1-1 with a 2.87 ERA in three starts for the Senators. In Syracuse, he’ll take the rotation spot vacated by Luis Atilano, who made his big-league debut for the Nats…
Apr 24, 2010, 4:15 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats and Dodgers will try to get today's game in before the rain picks up. When I arrived at Nationals Park around 10 a.m., the sky was blue and it looked like it would be a beautiful day. But the clouds have rolled in, the rain is…
Apr 24, 2010, 3:41 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Luis Atilano couldn't have scripted a better big-league debut. Luis Atilano was 6 the first time Ivan Rodriguez squatted behind the plate in a big-league game. It would be a few more years before Atilano became a Pudge fan, but like every other kid growing up in Puerto…
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