Jul 6, 2010, 11:32 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg heard — and was flattered by — all the talk about his possible All-Star candidacy. In the end, though, the rookie ace didn’t believe he deserved that honor only six starts into his big-league career. “I really didn’t feel like I was qualified to make the team … based on how much experience…
Jul 6, 2010, 7:37 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The surprising Padres come to scorching Nationals Park tonight. The Padres have been playing as well this season as anyone else in the National League, and as the All-Star break approaches, there's little reason to believe these guys can't sustain their level of performance and challenge for the…
Jul 6, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Matt Capps' trade value will never be higher than it is now. Matt Capps is going to get a lot of attention for the next week, and deserves some time in the spotlight. After an incredibly difficult 2009 both professionally and personally, he has enjoyed a fantastic first…
Jul 5, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT
Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Even at his worst, Stephen Strasburg has been really good. Now that we know Stephen Strasburg won't be going to Anaheim next week for the All-Star Game — a resolution that, honestly, is probably best for everyone involved — we can get back to his development as a…
Jul 4, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats host the Mets on a gorgeous Independence Day in the District. Happy Independence Day, everyone. And what better way to celebrate than by watching a ballgame in the nation's capital? The Nationals will look to make the day really special by defeating the Mets and taking…
Jul 4, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT
Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Matt Capps, dumped by the Pirates in December, is now an All-Star with the Nats. [UPDATED AT 5:57 P.M.] Matt Capps arrived in Washington in December determined to prove the Pittsburgh Pirates made a collosal mistake by not tendering him a contract. On Sunday, he solidified that case…
Jul 4, 2010, 2:10 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ivan Rodriguez’s game-winning single set off a wild celebration. Stephen Strasburg has been the center of attention inside the Nationals’ clubhouse from the moment he arrived, and deservedly so. The rookie right-hander has accomplished more in his first four weeks in the big leagues than just about any…
Jul 3, 2010, 11:18 PM EDT
Jordan Zimmermann's first start in nearly a year was a relative success. Pitching for Class A Potomac this evening, the right-hander tossed two scoreless innings against Wilmington. Zimmermann, who underwent Tommy John surgery last August to replace a torn elbow ligament, allowed two hits and did not walk or strike out a batter. He finished…
Jul 3, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam Kennedy is at second base today and should be there more moving forward. When the Nationals broke camp in Viera, Fla., three months ago, Jim Riggleman's plan was to use Ian Desmond and Adam Kennedy as his regular starting middle infield, with Cristian Guzman filling in at…
Jul 3, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Another full house is expected today for Strasmas Part VI. Hope everyone in NatsTown is enjoying the holiday weekend. No, not Independence Day. Strasmas. This is no ordinary, once-a-year holiday. This one comes every five days, and rarely does it disappoint. OK, so the Nationals have lost Stephen…
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- Prospects Cole, Rivero cut from big-league camp
- Desperate Braves sign Santana for $14 million
- The good, the bad and the ugly of Nats camp
- Zimmermann perfect against Sabathia, Yankees
- Fister could be ready for season's first week
- Zimmermann leads Nats against Yankees' Sabathia
- Injuries highlight the importance of rotation depth
- Gio Gonzalez starts strong, but Astros top Nationals
- Bryce Harper repping new eye black company
- Gonzalez faces Astros under the lights in Viera