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  1. After punches to gut, it’s gut-check time

    May 14, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Adam LaRoche watches as Joey Votto circles the bases after his walk-off grand slam. Any ballclub that has visions of serious contention is going to have to prove its mettle at various points of the season. It's one thing to play well when everything's falling into place. It's quite another to play…

  2. Game 34: Nats at Reds

    May 13, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    US Presswire file photo The depleted Nationals go for the sweep today at Great American Ball Park. For a team enjoying more success right now than it has at any other point since arriving in town seven years ago, the Nationals are also dealing with as much crushing injury news as they've ever experienced. The…

  3. Ramos needs surgery for torn ACL

    May 13, 2012, 4:00 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Wilson Ramos receives help from Nationals trainers after injuring his right knee. Updated at 11:10 a.m. A Nationals club that already has been forced to overcome several significant injuries will have to overcome yet another one after catcher Wilson Ramos tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the seventh…

  4. Game 33: Nats at Reds

    May 12, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Bryce Harper, who cut himself last night, is playing again tonight. This being the apex of hockey season and all, we should be accustomed to professional athletes playing hurt, even if it means playing with 10 stitches above your eye. Yet because we're talking about baseball, not hockey, it is somewhat surprising…

  5. Game 32: Nats at Reds

    May 11, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT

    US Presswire file photo Great American Ball Park hosts the Nationals this weekend. Davey Johnson preached consistency all week in Pittsburgh, so why change now? Fresh off a much-needed, 4-2 win over the Pirates, the Nationals manager is sending the exact same lineup out to face the Reds tonight in their series opener in Cincinnati…

  6. Under pressure, H-Rod keeps his cool

    May 11, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Henry Rodriguez recorded his seventh save in nine chances last night. PITTSBURGH — For all the good that took place from the Nationals' perspective last night at PNC Park, from Stephen Strasburg's 13 strikeouts to Roger Bernadina and Adam LaRoche and Rick Ankiel's home runs, there was a moment that had to…

  7. The stopper delivers

    May 11, 2012, 4:18 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Stephen Strasburg improved to 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA. PITTSBURGH — The sheer numbers blow you away. Thirteen strikeouts in only six innings. Seven in a row. A 1.64 ERA in seven starts this season. A 1.59 ERA and 0.84 WHIP in 12 total starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. At…

  8. Instant analysis: Nats 4, Pirates 2

    May 11, 2012, 1:45 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 batters over six dominant innings. Game in a nutshell: Stuck in a three-game losing streak and in danger of getting swept by the Pirates, the Nationals needed their ace to deliver. And boy, did he. Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 batters over six innings, coming up one…

  9. Johnson tries to boost spirits with meeting

    May 10, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Davey Johnson gathered his players for a team meeting this afternoon. PITTSBURGH — Sensing some of his players were starting to press in an attempt to snap out of their offensive funk, Nationals manager Davey Johnson closed the doors of the visiting clubhouse at PNC Park this afternoon and tried to boost…

  10. Game 31: Nats at Pirates

    May 10, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg tries to stop the Nats' losing streak tonight at PNC Park. PITTSBURGH — One of the responsibilities that comes with the title of "staff ace" is the task of stopping a losing streak. Such is the position Stephen Strasburg finds himself in tonight, taking the mound…

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