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  1. Werth embraces leadoff role

    Aug 18, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Jayson Werth has a .509 on-base percentage since returning from the DL. As he was getting close to returning from a broken left wrist, Jayson Werth asked Davey Johnson where the Nationals manager planned to hit him in his starting lineup. Johnson said he was thinking about leading him off, to which…

  2. Game 120: Mets at Nats

    Aug 18, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo The Nationals try to improve to 30 games over .500 tonight against the Mets. Considering Bryce Harper just had his best offensive performance in weeks, going 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk, you might have been surprised when Davey Johnson revealed after last night's game the rookie wouldn't be in tonight's…

  3. Submit questions for Beltway Baseball

    Aug 18, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Chase Hughes and I will be taping a new episode of Beltway Baseball before tomorrow’s series finale against the Mets, and as always we need your help. If you’ve got a question about the Nats you’d like us to answer on-air, please submit it here. We’ll pick the best ones for the show, then look…

  4. Thunder at the plate, thunder in the stands

    Aug 18, 2012, 4:35 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Michael Morse’s four-run blast gave the Nationals the lead and ignited the crowd. The crowd of 34,827 — which certainly looked and sounded more like a sellout crowd — began to rise as Michael Morse stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth Friday night. The…

  5. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Mets 4

    Aug 18, 2012, 1:50 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ross Detwiler allowed three runs over six innings to earn a quality start. Game in a nutshell: After an 8-2 road trip, the Nationals returned home to a fired-up crowd and a healthy Ian Desmond, who made his first appearance in nearly a month. There was some early tension in the air…

  6. Desmond activated, Izturis DFA’d

    Aug 17, 2012, 10:35 PM EDT

    Updated at 6:35 p.m. Ian Desmond will take the field tonight with the Nationals, his first big-league game since a torn oblique muscle landed him on the disabled list four weeks ago. He hasn’t faced any live pitching. He hasn’t appeared in any minor-league rehab games. He’s only taken batting practice and fielding drills. But…

  7. Game 119: Mets at Nats

    Aug 17, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo After an 8-2 road trip, the Nationals return home tonight to face the Mets. For the first time all season, the Nationals will field a lineup tonight that includes Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa, Adam LaRoche, Michael Morse, Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper. It only took until Game No. 119 for…

  8. Ready for some home cookin’

    Aug 17, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo The Nats have more home games the rest of the season than anyone in the majors. Much has been made of the Nationals' best-in-baseball road record, which following an 8-2 trip through Houston, Arizona and San Francisco now stands at 41-23. That's a better road winning percentage, by far, than any team…

  9. Boras refutes Mazzone on Strasburg, Avery

    Aug 16, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy the Associated Press On Wednesday morning, ESPN 980's Mike and Mike had on a special guest to weigh in on the Stephen Strasburg innings limit. Former Braves' pitching coach Leo Mazzone was asked about the decision to shut down the Nationals ace as he once mentored one of the best starting rotations in…

  10. Thriving in Desmond’s absence

    Aug 16, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Steve Lombardozzi and Danny Espinosa have capably filled in with Ian Desmond out. They survived without Michael Morse for two months. They made do without Jayson Werth for three months. And they held it together without Drew Storen for 3 1/2 months. But when Ian Desmond succumbed to a torn oblique muscle…

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