May 26, 2010, 5:30 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan needs to get on base for the Nats to have a chance tonight. SAN FRANCISCO — The Nationals may not face a stiffer challenge all season than they will tonight, with two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum on the mound for the Giants against rookie…
May 26, 2010, 6:05 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez gets some counsel from Wil Nieves and Steve McCatty. SAN FRANCISCO — Livan Hernandez stood at his locker in the visitors clubhouse at AT&T Park, a quizzical look on his face as he tried to explain the five-batter sequence that cost him and the Nationals tonight's…
May 26, 2010, 3:13 AM EST
SAN FRANCISCO — Jesus Flores was supposed to be insurance in case Ivan Rodriguez got hurt. Jamie Burke was supposed to be insurance in case Flores got hurt. Chris Coste was supposed to be insurance in case they all got hurt. Thus, will all four of those catchers currently battling injuries, the Nationals are left…
May 25, 2010, 10:23 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER AT&T Park, home of the Giants, sopping wet today. SAN FRANCISCO — Hello from beautiful AT&T Park, along the San Francisco Bay and McCovey Cove. This is one of the prettiest venues in the major leagues, and my view from the press box (which is as close to…
May 25, 2010, 9:13 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO — The Nationals have officially purchased the contract of catcher Carlos Maldonado from Class AAA Syracuse and granted reliever Brian Bruney his unconditional release. Maldonado becomes the primary backup to catcher Wil Nieves, who takes over regular duties with Ivan Rodriguez on the DL. The 31-year-old journeyman has 21 games of big-league experience;…
May 25, 2010, 8:07 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO — The first round of NL All-Star voting results was released today, and if nothing else, it's clear the rest of the baseball world isn't paying much attention to the Nationals' surprising early season success. Only Ivan Rodriguez (third among NL catchers) ranks in the top five at his position. The future Hall…
May 25, 2010, 7:40 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Strasburg will start for Class AAA Saturday again on Saturday night. After that? It's still up in the air, but June 4 at Nationals Park remains a strong possibility. The Nationals announced today the top pitching prospect will return to the mound Saturday in Syracuse, facing Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He'll pitch on normal…
May 25, 2010, 12:00 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Roger Bernadina has seized the right field job over the last two weeks. [UPDATE: I stand corrected. Due to mechanical problems with their charter plane, the Nats were unable to fly out to San Francisco Sunday night and waited until yesterday to make the trip. So, actually, there…
May 24, 2010, 2:58 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats will be without Pudge for at least two weeks. [UPDATE AT 4:40 P.M. — The Nationals will purchase Carlos Maldonado's contract from Class AAA Syracuse tomorrow and add him to the big-league roster as Ivan Rodriguez's replacement. Maldonado, 31, appeared in 21 games with the Pirates…
May 23, 2010, 3:20 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats look to take two in a row from the Orioles this afternoon. Four things you need to know heading into today's series finale at Nationals Park… 1. Nyjer Morgan is in Jim Riggleman's starting lineup, leading off and playing center field. Looks like they're ready to…
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