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  1. Are Strasburg starts still a big deal?

    Apr 16, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg hopes to stand tall tonight in his 2012 Nationals Park debut. It's been nearly seven months since Stephen Strasburg last took the mound at Nationals Park, but the young right-hander who started on Sept. 23 against the Braves was not the same one who will get the ball tonight against…

  2. Blown calls, missed opportunities

    Apr 15, 2012, 11:29 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Ryan Zimmerman can't watch as Ryan Ludwick rounds the bases on a grand slam. The blown calls came in rapid fire — Bang! Bang! Bang! — on three consecutive at-bats in the top of the first, each umpiring gaffe enraging the Nationals more than the previous one. Standing on the mound, Ross…

  3. Instant analysis: Reds 8, Nats 5 (11)

    Apr 15, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Brandon Phillips turns a double play as Jayson Werth slides into second base. Game in a nutshell: A disastrous top of the first featured three blown calls (one by first base umpire Mike Everitt, two by plate ump Laz Diaz) put the Nationals in a 4-0 hole that later became 5-0 in…

  4. Flores stays sharp despite lack of ABs

    Apr 15, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Even when his bat shatters, Jesus Flores is recording base hits these days. This isn't the first time Jesus Flores has been asked to serve as the Nationals' backup catcher. He did it as a rookie Rule 5 draft pick in 2007, and he did it again late last season. It's no…

  5. Game 10: Reds at Nats

    Apr 15, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals seek a four-game sweep of the Reds and a six-game winning streak. We've focused so much on the Nationals' pitching staff through the season's first week-plus, and with good reason. Steve McCatty's group leads all of baseball with a 1.82 ERA, 0.952 WHIP and 88 strikeouts.…

  6. "Why stop now?"

    Apr 15, 2012, 1:16 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Davey Johnson congratulates Edwin Jackson at the conclusion of his 2-hitter. Edwin Jackson had just issued a four-pitch walk to Chris Heisey to open the top of the eighth, and inside the Nationals dugout manager Davey Johnson insisted was a nervous wreck. Wait a minute. Jackson had just retired 16 consecutive batters…

  7. Instant analysis: Nats 4, Reds 1

    Apr 14, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Edwin Jackson continued this remarkable stretch of dominance by Nats pitching. Game in a nutshell: Another day, another brilliant pitching performance. Edwin Jackson was the latest member of the rotation to do it, going the distance while allowing only one run on two hits. Adam LaRoche had another big, two-run double in…

  8. Stammen thrives against hometown team

    Apr 14, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Craig Stammen has struck out six of the last seven batters he's faced. When Craig Stammen entered to pitch the top of the 13th inning last night, the Nationals reliever had no idea how many people in the Washington area were still burning the midnight oil to watch this 4-hour marathon. But…

  9. Game 9: Reds at Nats

    Apr 14, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Edwin Jackson and the Nationals try to make it five in a row this afternoon. Fresh off back-to-back, walk-off victories in extra innings, the Nationals return to the field this afternoon attempting to actually win a game, you know, in regulation. Scoring more than one run through the…

  10. Jayson delivers on Friday the 13th

    Apr 14, 2012, 5:15 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Jayson Werth is mobbed after delivering the game-winning hit in the 13th inning. He'd come to the plate six times, as had most of his teammates, and seen this game drag on deeper and deeper into the night, each side squandering what few opportunities there were to simply push across the one…

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