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  1. Peacock spreads his wings

    Jul 11, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Brad Peacock retired the side on nine pitches during yesterday's Futures Game. UPDATE AT 3:00 P.M. — Nationals GM Mike Rizzo confirmed that Peacock has been promoted to Class AAA Syracuse. He'll make his debut there on Saturday. PHOENIX — Standing along the two baselines yesterday afternoon at Chase Field were 48…

  2. Harper soaks in All-Star experience

    Jul 11, 2011, 2:32 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper reacts after striking out in his first at-bat of the Futures Game. PHOENIX — Bryce Harper has been “playing up” against older, more experienced competition since … well, pretty much since the day he first picked up a baseball bat and homered off his father. Sunday evening, though, brought a…

  3. Nats hit All-Star break at .500

    Jul 10, 2011, 11:50 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Rick Ankiel’s homer helped lead the Nationals to a 2-0 win over the Rockies. Their $126 million right fielder has a broken swing. Their franchise third baseman has played only 34 games. Their .235 team batting average is better than just three teams. And their manager quit amid a hot streak. Yet,…

  4. All-Star Futures Game: USA vs. World

    Jul 10, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chase Field, site of Tuesday's All-Star Game, and tonight's Futures Game. PHOENIX — Hello from the Valley of the Sun, where All-Star festivities officially begin tonight with the annual Futures Game. The format has top prospects from the United States facing their counterparts from international locales. There are…

  5. Game 92: Rockies at Nats

    Jul 10, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats need to win today to enter the All-Star break at .500. I wrote a few days ago about the Nationals' penchant for winning one-run games, and how the law of averages made it near-impossible for them to continue winning those tight contests at that ridiculous…

  6. Nats no match for Ubaldo

    Jul 10, 2011, 4:28 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Danny Espinosa turns a fourth-inning double play during tonight’s loss. These days you never quite know which Ubaldo Jimenez you’re going to get. Unfortunately for the Nationals on Saturday night, Ubaldo was good. Really good. After going perfect through the first 4 1/3 innings, the Rockies’ ace finished with one earned run,…

  7. Game 91: Rockies at Nats

    Jul 9, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jason Marquis faces Ubaldo Jimenez tonight at Nationals Park. For all that they've accomplished over the last month, the Nationals are in a bit of a precarious position this weekend. Having lost two straight (and seven of 12 since Davey Johnson took over as manager), they're back…

  8. Nats lose, but Lannan OK after scare

    Jul 9, 2011, 4:26 AM EDT

    Getty Images John Lannan departs the field after taking a line drive off his face. The ball came screaming off Ty Wigginton’s bat, and in the millisecond that followed, the best John Lannan could do was raise his glove and hope to deflect the projectile that was making a beeline for his face. Lannan didn’t…

  9. Kimball needs rotator cuff surgery

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:58 PM EDT

    Cole Kimball will have season-ending surgery next week to repair a torn rotator cuff, a devastating blow for the rookie reliever. Kimball had been on the disabled list since June 10 with shoulder inflammation. He attempted to resume throwing this week but continued to complain of shoulder pain, so the Nationals sent him to New…

  10. Rodriguez placed on DL, Flores recalled

    Jul 8, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT

    Updated at 6:08 p.m. The Nationals have placed Ivan Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle, recalling fellow catcher Jesus Flores from Class AAA Syracuse to take his roster spot. A DL stint for Rodriguez seemed inevitable after he injured himself during batting practice yesterday and had to be scratched…

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