May 31, 2010, 11:51 PM EST
The Nationals announced this evening that Stephen Strasburg — barring any rainouts, injuries or other unforeseen circumstances — will make his major-league debut June 8 against the Pirates. Fans have been anticipating the 21-year-old right-hander’s arrival in Washington since he was drafted No. 1 overall last June out of San Diego State. It became clear…
May 31, 2010, 4:45 PM EST
Photo courtesy Houston Astros Minute Maid Park hosts the Nats and Astros for four games. After yesterday's game in San Diego, Jim Riggleman suggested there could be some tweaks to his lineup, particularly with Nyjer Morgan, who has been in a prolonged funk. Of course, there are only so many places Morgan can hit in…
May 31, 2010, 1:27 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ryan Zimmerman's two solo homers accounted for the Nats' entire offensive output. SAN DIEGO — We can analyze the Nationals' 3-2, 11-inning loss to the Padres today til the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. We can lament this team's lack of offensive depth. We can harp on…
May 30, 2010, 6:44 PM EST
SAN DIEGO — Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his next start Thursday, for Class AAA Syracuse at Buffalo. The Nationals have not announced any plans for the top pitching prospect beyond that, but this lines him up to pitch again either June 8 or June 9. The Nats host the Pirates June 8-10. Strasburg…
May 30, 2010, 5:31 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez and Jon Garland square off in the series finale at Petco Park. SAN DIEGO — The Nationals came west at the beginning of the week, facing a difficult road trip that kicked off with six games against the tough Giants and Padres. Four more games in…
May 30, 2010, 4:31 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan is in a prolonged funk at the plate and in the field. SAN DIEGO — Let's get this out of the way right off the top: Jim Riggleman isn't going to bench Nyjer Morgan. "Nyjer is our leadoff hitter. He's our center fielder," Riggleman said following…
May 29, 2010, 9:05 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER J.D. Martin returns to the majors tonight at Petco Park. SAN DIEGO — It's another beautiful day in paradise, where hopefully there won't be any lineup card mishaps tonight. Then again, based on what we learned last night, the Nationals could write in Stephen Strasburg's name as their…
May 29, 2010, 6:40 PM EST
SAN DIEGO — Josh Willingham was as consistent an offensive performer as you could find the last four years and seemed to have settled in as a solid, though hardly spectacular, ballplayer. But over the last two months, he’s produced at levels not previously seen. At age 31, Willingham appears to have taken his game…
May 29, 2010, 6:50 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Josh Willingham continued his hot streak with a three-run homer. SAN DIEGO — When Jim Riggleman arrived at Petco Park this afternoon, he never thought he'd wind up reading the fine print of The Official Rules of Baseball, Rule 3.05(a) and 3.05(c). You never know what's going to…
May 29, 2010, 5:21 AM EST
SAN DIEGO — The Nationals optioned outfielder Justin Maxwell to Class AAA Syracuse after tonight’s 5-3 win over the Padres, an expected move needed to clear space for right-hander J.D. Martin, who will start tomorrow night. Maxwell was called up from Syracuse on Sunday when Scott Olsen was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Because…
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