Jul 16, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT
MIAMI — Ian Desmond's lingering oblique strain is improving, and the Nationals are hoping their All-Star shortstop can play Tuesday night against the Mets in Washington. "That's what he and I are both hoping for," manager Davey Johnson said before tonight's series finale against the Marlins. Desmond, who skipped his first trip to the All-Star…
Jul 16, 2012, 10:37 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Ozzie Guillen says Bryce Harper disrespected him during Sunday's game. MIAMI — Ozzie Guillen loves Bryce Harper. He made that point painfully clear during a six-minute diatribe Monday afternoon. While also lambasting Harper for what he believes was a disrespectful act during Sunday's game: Pointing his bat toward Guillen to show he…
Jul 16, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to make it three of four tonight at Marlins Park. MIAMI — And so we've reached the fourth and final game of this wraparound series to open the season's second half. Who knew how much drama we'd be treated to, and who knows how much…
Jul 16, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT
Ozzie Guillen had words for Bryce Harper both during and after last night’s game in what has become yet another pine tar controversy involving the Nationals. Mark was there in Miami to witness all of it and called in to SportsNet Central to discuss the incident.
Jul 16, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Tyler Clippard is congratulated by Jhonatan Solano following a harrowing ninth inning. MIAMI — Rarely does Tyler Clippard enter a ballgame with the Nationals leading by more than three runs. So perhaps he merely wanted to feel more at home yesterday when he entered for the bottom of the ninth holding a…
Jul 15, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg improved to 10-4 with six scoreless innings. MIAMI — It’s easy to watch Stephen Strasburg mow through opposing lineups and forget how young and inexperienced he still is. Sunday’s start in Miami was only the 35th of Strasburg’s big-league career, the equivalent of one full season. He’s been through so…
Jul 15, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT
MIAMI — Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen lashed out at Bryce Harper following today's game, calling the Nationals rookie "unprofessional" apparently for using too much pine tar on his bat. "I could have said a lot of [stuff] about this kid," Guillen said following his team's 4-0 loss to the Nationals. "I've been praising this kid…
Jul 15, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg tossed six scoreless innings to earn his 10th win. Game in a nutshell: Stephen Strasburg was stuck in a three-game losing streak. Ian Desmond was out of the lineup with a lingering oblique strain. The Nationals were silenced at the plate. Reason to worry? Um, no. Strasburg tossed six scoreless…
Jul 15, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Ian Desmond reacts to striking out during last night’s loss. MIAMI — He had managed to play the best baseball of his career through a lingering left oblique strain for more than a month. But when Ian Desmond resorted to bunting in the ninth inning of last night’s game, it became obvious…
Jul 15, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg tries to get back on track today at Marlins Park. MIAMI — Stephen Strasburg, in a slump? Say it ain't so. OK, the word "slump" may be a bit excessive, but the right-hander has lost three straight starts for the first time in his career and…
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