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  1. Close to winning, or are they?

    May 29, 2011, 11:08 PM EDT

    In a lot of ways, the Nationals are close. Really close, in fact, to playing .500 ball. Just about every game they play seems to be tight, usually decided by one clutch at-bat or one important pitch. Sometimes, it comes down to a break, good or bad. There is, however, another way to look at…

  2. Game 52: Padres at Nats

    May 29, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Yunesky Maya makes his 2011 debut today against the Padres. When we last saw Yunesky Maya in Washington, the results were pretty unspectacular. In five September starts, the right-hander went 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA and made it through the sixth inning only once. But after a strong…

  3. Hairston suspended 1 game, appeals

    May 29, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Jerry Hairston argues with Ed Hickox, with Jim Riggleman trying to intervene. Updated at 1:15 p.m. Nationals infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. has been suspended one game by Major League Baseball and fined an undisclosed amount for "aggressive actions" with umpire Ed Hickox during Friday night's game against the Padres. Hairston has appealed…

  4. Opportunities squandered

    May 28, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ian Desmond is thrown out trying to steal second base in the third inning. It’s an accepted fact at this point that the Nationals don’t have the kind of lineup that’s going to consistently hammer away at opponents. They’ve established they’re only going to get a couple of legitimate chances at producing…

  5. Maya likely to start Sunday

    May 28, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT

    Something unusual will occur Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park: A pitcher who wasn't on the Opening Day roster will start against the Padres, the first time that's happened this season. With Tom Gorzelanny going on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation, the Nationals finally find themselves needing to promote a starter from their…

  6. Game 51: Padres at Nats

    May 28, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann faces Tim Stauffer today at Nationals Park. After an eventful Friday night at the ballpark, capped by Michael Morse's walk-off homer, the Nationals and Padres are back at it this afternoon. And the biggest question on everyone's mind, of course, is: Will Teddy actually win the…

  7. "We needed that"

    May 28, 2011, 4:44 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Michael Morse is mobbed at the plate after hitting the game-winning homer. At the end of a long night — after John Lannan had tossed 7 2/3 brilliant innings, after Drew Storen had blown his first save of the year, after a massive storm had disrupted the fourth inning, after Jerry Hairston…

  8. Gorzelanny to DL with elbow injury

    May 28, 2011, 3:13 AM EDT

    The Nationals placed left-hander Tom Gorzelanny on the 15-day disabled list following tonight's win with inflammation in his throwing elbow, leaving the club searching for someone to start Sunday's series finale against the Padres. The move is retroactive to Tuesday, the day after Gorzelanny allowed six runs in five innings against the Brewers. The 28-year-old…

  9. LaRoche still hopes to play in ’11

    May 28, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

    Though he acknowledges he will need surgery to repair a significant tear of the labrum in his left shoulder, Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche remains hopeful he can come back to play in the next month and avoid the procedure until after the season. LaRoche, who went on the 15-day disabled list Monday after getting…

  10. Riggleman meets with Werth

    May 27, 2011, 10:52 PM EDT

    Updated at 11:30 p.m. with Werth’s postgame quotes Nationals manager Jim Riggleman met with Jayson Werth Friday afternoon, trying to get some clarity about what his right fielder meant two days earlier when he said “things need to change” with this struggling club. According to Riggleman, the meeting produced a “very good conversation” during which…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB MN
x-WASHINGTON 87 64 -- 0
ATLANTA 76 76 11.5
MIAMI 74 77 13.0
NEW YORK 73 80 15.0
PHILADELPHIA 69 82 18.0
Through Wednesday's early games
x-Clinched division title

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
THU: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule

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ON THE RADIO

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MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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