May 5, 2012, 5:07 AM EDT
Associated Press photo Wilson Ramos celebrates his game-winning single in the bottom of the 11th. As the Nationals' designated backup catcher for the night, Wilson Ramos knew he could lounge around in the dugout, pop sunflower seeds into his mouth and goof around with teammates. But as this game progressed, as the Nationals and Phillies…
May 5, 2012, 2:52 AM EDT
Associated Press photo Stephen Strasburg gave up two homers for the first time in his career. Game in a nutshell: In an emotionally charged ballpark tilted more in the Nationals' favor than usual when these two rivals meet, Stephen Strasburg got off to a dominant start but then did the unthinkable and served up home…
May 4, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman took another step toward his return from the disabled list today when the Nationals' third baseman hit 20 balls off a tee and emerged with no pain in his inflamed right shoulder. Zimmerman will take more swing off soft-toss pitching tomorrow, then possible take a full round of batting practice before the Nationals'…
May 4, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Phillies are in town this weekend at Nationa… er, Natitude Park. First things first: Yes, that banner is actually hanging from the scoreboard. And yes, pretty much every mention of Nationals Park in the entire building has been covered up and re-branded for the weekend. I'll let…
May 4, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT
US Presswire file photo The Phillies have celebrated at Nationals Park far too often over the years. As much as the Nationals have tried to promote this weekend's "Take Back Our Park" initiative and get local fans to overtake the hordes of Phillies faithful who traditionally make the trek down I-95, there's really only one…
May 4, 2012, 4:30 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Bryce Harper is hitting .375 with four doubles in his first five games. With each passing day, we get more and more of a picture of Bryce Harper as a big leaguer. And what we learn is that the Nationals new left fielder, 19 years old or not, is more than a…
May 4, 2012, 3:12 AM EDT
US Presswire file photo Adam LaRoche injured his oblique muscle diving for a ball at first base. Given the injuries they've already sustained and the lack of production they've been getting from the rest of their lineup, the Nationals can ill-afford to lose Adam LaRoche for any length of time. But it appears they'll be…
May 4, 2012, 1:34 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Ross Detwiler allowed just one run over 6 1/3 strong innings. Game in a nutshell: Given his first opportunity to bat third in the big leagues, Bryce Harper delivered again. The rookie's one-out double in the bottom of the sixth brought home Ian Desmond to put the Nationals ahead, his latest contribution…
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…
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…
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