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  1. Game 16: Marlins at Nats

    Apr 21, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg makes his fourth start of the season today, facing the Marlins. The Nationals own the second-best record in the National League. They lead the NL East. They've gone 7-2 on their first homestand of the season. And today they'll have Chad Tracy hitting cleanup. Wait, what?…

  2. Detwiler, Ankiel spark tense win over Miami

    Apr 21, 2012, 4:10 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Rick Ankiel and Ross Detwiler each came up big during tonight’s win over Miami. Davey Johnson couldn’t wait to face the Miami Marlins. They’re not the Nationals’ biggest rivals. They don’t have thousands of frenzied fans jamming Nationals Park. They just invariably win here. Tonight, the Nationals reversed the trend, beating Miami…

  3. Game 15: Marlins at Nats

    Apr 20, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo The new-look Marlins make their first appearance at Nationals Park this year. Davey Johnson had a somewhat interesting explanation for letting Tom Gorzelanny take a pounding during the sixth inning of last night's lopsided loss to the Astros. "Bullpen's been pretty taxed pretty much all year," the manager said. "It wasn't the…

  4. Long night for the Nats

    Apr 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Jason Castro scores one of the Astros’ five runs in the sixth inning. The high point of Davey Johnson’s day came when he revealed during his afternoon media briefing that he had discovered the reason for his scratchy throat. He was allergic to pollen, the first time he’d ever succumbed to an…

  5. Instant analysis: Astros 11, Nats 4

    Apr 20, 2012, 2:13 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Edwin Jackson was torched for five runs in the top of the first inning. Game in a nutshell: So much for the tried-and-true format of great pitching and a couple of late hits. Edwin Jackson put the Nationals in a 5-0 hole in the top of the first, but his teammates nearly…

  6. Rizzo on Harper, Moore and Brown

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:46 PM EDT

    Though Bryce Harper's first two weeks at Class AAA have left plenty to be desired, the Nationals aren't concerned in the least about their top prospect's development. Harper ended play today with a .232 average and only one RBI in 14 games for Syracuse, but slow starts are nothing new for the 19-year-old outfielder, who…

  7. Game 14: Astros at Nats

    Apr 19, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The first-place Nationals go for a four-game sweep of the Astros tonight. For the third time in four series so far this season, the Nationals have an opportunity to sweep their opponents. Stop and think about that for a moment. Pretty remarkable. If they are to pull off…

  8. 10-3 start validates Nats’ confidence

    Apr 19, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    If you read or heard anything that came out of the Nationals' clubhouse this spring, you know this team wasn't lacking in confidence entering the season. Davey Johnson insisted there was more potential on this roster than his Mets clubs of the mid-1980s. Brad Lidge (who pitched for three pennant winners) insisted this was the…

  9. For the Nats, the 8th is enough

    Apr 19, 2012, 4:17 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche each drew key walks during the Nats' winning rally. You'd be hard-pressed to find a ballclub willing to admit it tries to do nothing at the plate for seven innings before finally kicking into gear late, and you won't get the Nationals to admit such a ludicrous…

  10. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Astros 2

    Apr 19, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Jordan Zimmermann was fantastic, again. And got almost no run support, again. Game in a nutshell: They've turned every game into a down-to-the-wire, heart-attack-in-waiting affair, so why stop now? Trailing 1-0 most of the night when they couldn't score a run to support Jordan Zimmermann, the Nationals stormed back late and scratched…

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