Apr 5, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT
US Presswire photo John Lannan, optioned to Syracuse on Tuesday, requested he be traded yesterday. CHICAGO — Despite a formal trade request from John Lannan, the Nationals don't appear to have any intention of dealing the recently demoted left-hander anytime soon. "It's just a tough thing," manager Davey Johnson said before today's season opener against…
Apr 5, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Historic Wrigley Field hosts the Nationals for the first game of the season. CHICAGO — I suppose there are worse places to be on Opening Day than this. Man, what a setting, huh? It is, however, quite cold in the appropriately named Windy City. Gametime temperature will be…
Apr 5, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT
US Presswire photo What will Jayson Werth hit this season? We've got some varied predictions. CHICAGO — Guess what, folks? It's Opening Day! See that little countdown clock to the right of your screen? It reads "0" at long last. In a little over seven hours, Ryan Dempster will stand on the mound at Wrigley…
Apr 4, 2012, 11:38 PM EDT
US Presswire photo John Lannan was optioned to Class AAA Syracuse yesterday. CHICAGO — Left-hander John Lannan, surprisingly demoted to Class AAA yesterday, has informed Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo he wants to be traded. "I know what my rights and the team's rights are, and while I am still a member of the Washington…
Apr 4, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera will lead the Tigers to a World Series title. Trying to predict on April 4 what MLB's standings will look like on Oct. 4 — and then trying to predict how the entire postseason will play out — is a fruitless effort. There are so many unknown…
Apr 4, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Veteran Mark DeRosa will start in left field and bat sixth in tomorrow's opener. CHICAGO — Nationals manager Davey Johnson revealed his Opening Day lineup 24 hours early, opting to go with Mark DeRosa and Roger Bernadina as his fill-in left and center fielders with regulars Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel on…
Apr 4, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT
Can the Nationals overcome their early season injuries and get off to a hot start? Can a lineup that struggled to score runs last year produce enough to take advantage of a deep and talented pitching staff? When will Bryce Harper be promoted from Syracuse, and what factors will the club take into consideration before…
Apr 4, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Davey Johnson and Mike Rizzo have assembled a roster they believe can win this year. The Nationals have never opened a season with a roster quite this talented or quite this deep. Remember those past squads that included the likes of Jerome Williams, Odalis Perez, Brandon Watson, Brian Broderick and J.J. Davis?…
Apr 3, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT
Faced with a decision to go with an established-though-unspectacular pitcher or a promising-though-unproven pitcher at the back end of their rotation, the Nationals today made the surprising move to go with potential over experience. The Nationals optioned left-hander John Lannan, a two-time Opening Day starter and last year's staff leader in wins and innings pitched,…
Apr 3, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Chad Durbin couldn't make the Nats' bullpen, but the Braves scooped him up. The Braves announced this afternoon they signed Chad Durbin to a major-league contract, a curious move considering the Nationals had yet to announce they released the right-hander. That formal announcement, though, appears to be coming following today's exhibition finale…
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