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  1. Game 123: Braves at Nats

    Aug 21, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg takes the mound tonight at Nationals Park. And we're back at Nationals Park for game two of this pivotal series. Feels like we just left here following last night's 13-inning, rain-delayed marathon. The good news is, the sun is mostly shining and there doesn't appear to…

  2. More thoughts from last night

    Aug 21, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Chad Tracy and Jayson Werth were all smiles at night's end. Some leftover thoughts from last night's remarkable ballgame, now that I've had a chance to get some rest and come back with a clear mind… — Everyone's been trying to figure out what Dan Uggla's thought process was on the final…

  3. Marathon men

    Aug 21, 2012, 6:47 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Nationals fans celebrate as Danny Espinosa scores in the bottom of the 13th. In a marathon ballgame that featured plenty of young players in Nationals uniforms experiencing pennant race baseball for the first time in their lives, who would have thought the winning run would wind up scoring because of a brain…

  4. Instant analysis: Nats 5, Braves 4 (13)

    Aug 21, 2012, 4:30 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Jordan Zimmermann labored through a rare, sub-par start. Game in a nutshell: The biggest series yet for the Nationals opened with a classic, tense game worthy of a pennant race. Despite jumping out to 4-1 lead after one inning, the Nationals couldn't get anything else going against Tim Hudson. Jordan Zimmermann, meanwhile,…

  5. Tommy John surgery possible for Giolito

    Aug 20, 2012, 10:45 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Lucas Giolito was shut down after one start in the Gulf Coast League last week. Updated at 6:45 p.m. Top Nationals draft pick Lucas Giolito has been shut down after making only one start as a professional and could need Tommy John surgery to repair a torn elbow ligament. Giolito, the 16th…

  6. Game 122: Braves at Nats

    Aug 20, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats open a big, three-game series against the Braves tonight. One of several national baseball writers who is here tonight just asked me for the last time Washington played in a series as big as this one. My answer: 1945, the last time the Senators were in…

  7. Nats have chance to bury Braves

    Aug 20, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Freddie Freeman and the Braves enter this series five games behind the Nats. There was a point, for a couple of hours in between games of their July 21 day-night doubleheader, when it appeared the Nationals were on the verge of surrendering their lead in the NL East to the Braves. After…

  8. Beltway Baseball – 8/20/12

    Aug 20, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Why has the reaction to the Stephen Strasburg shutdown been different in Washington than it’s been elsewhere in the country? Why has Jayson Werth been so effective as the Nationals’ leadoff hitter? Which National League contenders should the Nats be most concerned about? Chase Hughes and I tackled all those topics and answered your questions…

  9. Harper’s continuing contribution

    Aug 20, 2012, 1:28 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Bryce Harper recorded his 12th homer and his sixth triple of the season. There’s no player inside the Nationals clubhouse who holds himself to a higher standard than Bryce Harper. That’s what happens when you spend most of your 19 years under an intense spotlight and and do things to this point…

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