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  1. Game 89: Cubs at Nats

    Jul 7, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to complete a four-game sweep of the Cubs tonight. If you're going to be an above-average team in this league, you've got to be able to consistently beat below-average teams. Which is exactly what the Nationals have been doing this week to the obviously struggling…

  2. Davey’s first squeeze? Maybe not

    Jul 7, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Davey Johnson couldn't remember calling for a suicide squeeze before last night. Not to spend too much time rehashing the key moment of last night's 5-4 win over the Cubs — Wilson Ramos' suicide squeeze that scored Michael Morse two pitches after Ramos missed the initial sign — but this is just…

  3. Squeezing out another improbable win

    Jul 7, 2011, 4:34 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Wilson Ramos’ well-executed squeeze bunt scored the winning run for the Nats. Davey Johnson had managed 2,047 previous big-league games over the course of the last 27 years, and he couldn’t recall ever giving the sign for a suicide squeeze. Not once. But with his Washington Nationals struggling like never before to…

  4. Zimmermann to start Sun, Detwiler to pen

    Jul 6, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    Jordan Zimmermann will make his regularly scheduled start Sunday, then slide into the No. 5 spot in the Nationals' rotation coming out of the All-Star break as the club seeks to stretch his season out before reaching his innings limit for 2011. With Zimmermann staying in the rotation this weekend, left-hander Ross Detwiler (who started…

  5. Game 88: Cubs at Nats

    Jul 6, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats look to make it three in a row tonight against the Cubs. As much as the Nationals have struggled offensively, they haven't been able to field their full lineup since Friday's homestand opener against the Pirates. That's a span of five games. So, if nothing else,…

  6. Time for an offensive breakthrough?

    Jul 6, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Jayson Werth is now hitting .221 after last night's 0-for-4 performance. Over their last 17 innings, spanning two days, the Nationals have scored six runs. Here's how those six runs have crossed the plate: 1. Groundout2. Bases-loaded walk3. Wild pitch4. Fielder's choice5. Throwing error6. Infield single Not exactly the traditional method of…

  7. The one-run wonders do it again

    Jul 6, 2011, 4:27 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ross Detwiler earned his first win of 2011 with 5 1/3 solid innings. Drew Storen doesn't really remember what it's like to take the mound with anything greater than a one-run lead. Not that the Nationals closer is complaining about the minuscule margin for error he usually has when he gets the…

  8. Game 87: Cubs at Nats

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ross Detwiler makes his first big-league appearance of the season tonight. It's been a while since Ross Detwiler first joined the Nationals organization (four years) and it's been a while since we last saw the left-hander pitching in the big leagues (Sept. 29, 2010). Tonight, the former first-round…

  9. Detwiler recalled, Balester DFA’d

    Jul 5, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    The Nationals formally recalled Ross Detwiler from Class AAA Syracuse, putting the left-hander in line to start tonight’s game against the Cubs. The club’s corresponding move, however, came as a surprise: Reliever Collin Balester was designated for assignment, removing him from the organization’s 40-man roster at least temporarily. Balester is in his final option year,…

  10. Versatile Nix proving invaluable

    Jul 5, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Laynce Nix has played admirably through nagging injuries and position changes. Before the top of the seventh inning yesterday afternoon, Davey Johnson approached Laynce Nix with a simple question: "When's the last time you played first base?" Nix told his manager he didn't think he'd done it since high school. To which…

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