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  1. Espinosa overcomes fear of demotion

    May 3, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Danny Espinosa enters tonight's game with a .188 batting average. Yes, the thought has crossed Danny Espinosa's mind. How could he not worry about the possibility of being sent to the minors the way he's been struggling at the plate this season? "Oh, I was. I was [defecating] in my pants," the…

  2. Game 25: Diamondbacks at Nats

    May 3, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats, with Bryce Harper hitting third, try to make it two in a row tonight. Well, Davey Johnson said it was probably time to move Bryce Harper up in the lineup, and he wasn't kidding. Check out tonight's batting order … yep, the kid is hitting third…

  3. On Harper’s controversial slide

    May 3, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper knocks the ball out of Miguel Montero's mitt during the fourth inning. There were very few plays of consequence during last night's 5-4 victory that didn't involve Bryce Harper in some fashion, right down to the 19-year-old ninth-inning double off the wall that set the stage for Ian Desmond's game-winning…

  4. Harper sets stage, Desmond takes curtain call

    May 3, 2012, 4:51 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ian Desmond leaps into the arms of his jubilant teammates. He's only 26, but he's logged more time in a Nationals uniform than almost anybody else in the current clubhouse. So when Ian Desmond gathered Bryce Harper and Steve Lombardozzi together before Wednesday night's game to offer up some advice he got…

  5. Instant analysis: Nats 5, D’backs 4

    May 3, 2012, 2:11 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper narrowly missed his first career home run in the fourth. Game in a nutshell: Bryce Harper did his part, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles off the right-field wall. Then Ian Desmond finished the deal, crushing a two-run, walk-off homer off J.J. Putz to lift the Nationals to a…

  6. Strasburg wins NL Pitcher of Month

    May 2, 2012, 9:46 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg's dominant April earned the right-hander National League Pitcher of the Month honors today. Strasburg, who went 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA, 34 strikeouts and six walks in five starts, won the award on the votes of media members who regularly cover NL clubs. The 23-year-old has been credited with a quality start each…

  7. Zimmerman may not return until Tuesday

    May 2, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

    Though he's eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday and has been aiming to play in that night's nationally televised series finale against the Phillies, Ryan Zimmerman may not be ready to return from his shoulder injury until Tuesday. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Zimmerman will begin hitting off a tee Friday, and he'll…

  8. Game 24: Diamondbacks at Nats

    May 2, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats hope to end their five-game losing streak tonight. Desperate to put an end to this offensive funk before it really gets out of control, the Nationals can only hope things pick up tonight against Diamondbacks lefty Joe Saunders. Unfortunately, the Springfield, Va., native currently leads the…

  9. Infield shift works on Harper

    May 2, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    When Bryce Harper smoked a fifth-inning pitch from Trevor Cahill back up the middle and through the Diamondbacks right-hander's legs, he assumed (like everyone else at Nationals Park last night) he had just recorded the third base hit of his career. And then shortstop John McDonald appeared out of nowhere to scoop up the ball…

  10. Harper or not, Nats struggling to score

    May 2, 2012, 4:12 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his home debut. Bryce Harper found himself at Dodger Stadium over the weekend, and at Nationals Park Tuesday night, because his team desperately needed an offensive spark. No matter how well the 19-year-old plays — and he's playing pretty darn well three games into…

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