Aug 18, 2012, 1:50 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Ross Detwiler allowed three runs over six innings to earn a quality start. Game in a nutshell: After an 8-2 road trip, the Nationals returned home to a fired-up crowd and a healthy Ian Desmond, who made his first appearance in nearly a month. There was some early tension in the air…
Aug 17, 2012, 10:35 PM EDT
Updated at 6:35 p.m. Ian Desmond will take the field tonight with the Nationals, his first big-league game since a torn oblique muscle landed him on the disabled list four weeks ago. He hasn’t faced any live pitching. He hasn’t appeared in any minor-league rehab games. He’s only taken batting practice and fielding drills. But…
Aug 17, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT
US Presswire photo After an 8-2 road trip, the Nationals return home tonight to face the Mets. For the first time all season, the Nationals will field a lineup tonight that includes Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa, Adam LaRoche, Michael Morse, Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper. It only took until Game No. 119 for…
Aug 17, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT
US Presswire photo The Nats have more home games the rest of the season than anyone in the majors. Much has been made of the Nationals' best-in-baseball road record, which following an 8-2 trip through Houston, Arizona and San Francisco now stands at 41-23. That's a better road winning percentage, by far, than any team…
Aug 16, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT
Photo courtesy the Associated Press On Wednesday morning, ESPN 980's Mike and Mike had on a special guest to weigh in on the Stephen Strasburg innings limit. Former Braves' pitching coach Leo Mazzone was asked about the decision to shut down the Nationals ace as he once mentored one of the best starting rotations in…
Aug 16, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Steve Lombardozzi and Danny Espinosa have capably filled in with Ian Desmond out. They survived without Michael Morse for two months. They made do without Jayson Werth for three months. And they held it together without Drew Storen for 3 1/2 months. But when Ian Desmond succumbed to a torn oblique muscle…
Aug 15, 2012, 11:04 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Adam LaRoche congratulates Danny Espinosa following his two-run homer. Game in a nutshell: The Stephen Strasburg-Tim Lincecum pitching showdown was overshadowed first by news of Melky Cabrera's 50-game suspension after testing positive for testosterone, then by Lincecum's ineffective start. The Nationals knocked the struggling, two-time Cy Young Award winner out after only…
Aug 15, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT
US Presswire file photo Stephen Strasburg faces Tim Lincecum this afternoon at AT&T Park. If asked back on Opening Day for the best head-to-head pitching matchups you could see at some point during the season, Stephen Strasburg vs. Tim Lincecum surely would have made the short list. As it turns out, this isn't quite as…
Aug 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Drew Storen gave up four runs in the eighth, spoiling the Nats' comeback hopes. At various points over the last few weeks, Davey Johnson has noted Drew Storen looks like he's all the way back from the elbow surgery that sidelined him for the season's first 3 1/2 months. Storen, though, isn't…
Aug 14, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT
US Presswire file photo The Nationals look to improve to 5-0 against the Giants tonight at AT&T Park. When he takes the mound tonight for the bottom of the first inning, Jordan Zimmermann will do so owning the best ERA in the National League. Thanks to the pounding his teammates gave Ryan Vogelsong last night,…
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