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  1. Ramos is gone, but not for long

    Aug 21, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    PHILADELPHIA — Wilson Ramos returns to Syracuse today, his first, extremely brief, stint with the Nationals complete after three days and one game played. Wil Nieves who had been placed on the temporary leave list while his wife Yormarie gave birth to the couple's first daughter Wednesday afternoon, rejoins the Nats tonight and will be…

  2. Losing because of the little things

    Aug 21, 2010, 3:51 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ian Desmond reached second base three times … but never scored. PHILADELPHIA — You can blame the Nationals' excruciatingly frustrating 1-0 loss to the Phillies tonight on Adam Dunn not being able to field a sharp grounder to his left. That produced the evening's lone run. You can…

  3. Filling the Willingham void

    Aug 20, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    PHILADELPHIA — When making out his lineup card the majority of this season, Jim Riggleman never had to give thought to who he would pencil in as his left fielder or No. 5 hitter. Josh Willingham’s name might as well have been written in permanent ink. But with Willingham now out for the season with…

  4. Updates on Harper, J-Zimm, Maya

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    PHILADELPHIA — Mike Rizzo just held court for a few minutes on the field during batting practice and gave some updates on several players of note, so let's run through them all… JORDAN ZIMMERMANN: The rehabbing right-hander starts tonight for Class AAA Syracuse, his 10th minor-league start of the summer and quite possibly his last.…

  5. Game 122: Nats at Phillies

    Aug 20, 2010, 7:22 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Citizens Bank Park hosts the Nationals for three games this weekend. PHILADELPHIA — Good afternoon from the south Philly neighborhood known simply as "The Sports Complex." There was a time a few years ago when there were actually five major-league stadiums/arenas in these couple of blocks: Citizens Bank…

  6. Relieved about Nats relief

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tyler Clippard has helped pick up the slack since Matt Capps' trade. When you really boil it down, Mike Rizzo was willing to trade away Matt Capps back on July 30 for two reasons: 1) Wilson Ramos was too good to pass up in exchange for a closer,…

  7. Game 121: Nats at Braves

    Aug 19, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan and Wilson Ramos are in the Nats' lineup today at Turner Field. Nyjer Morgan is back with the Nationals, activated off the 15-day disabled list this morning and hoping to pick up where he left off when he was sidelined. The center fielder was hitting .311…

  8. Game 120: Nats at Braves

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats take yet another crack at Tim Hudson tonight at Turner Field. Well, the Nationals are making a roster move today, just not the potential one we were discussing earlier. Josh Willingham will apparently go on the DL tomorrow, at which point Nyjer Morgan will be activated…

  9. Outfield changes coming?

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER A knee injury may prematurely end Josh Willingham's season. The Nationals' lineup, while hardly the most-fearsome unit in the majors, has had one notable thing working for it most of this season: a potent heart that features three guys who possess the rare combination of a high on-base…

  10. Game 119: Nats at Braves

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Scott Olsen faces rookie Mike Minor tonight at Turner Field. While the Nationals' front office (and media corps) was hunkered down at Nationals Park last night into the wee hours for the Bryce Harper deadline, the actual big-league squad was already comfortably settled into its hotel in Atlanta.…

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