Jul 10, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chase Field, site of Tuesday's All-Star Game, and tonight's Futures Game. PHOENIX — Hello from the Valley of the Sun, where All-Star festivities officially begin tonight with the annual Futures Game. The format has top prospects from the United States facing their counterparts from international locales. There are…
Jul 10, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT
File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats need to win today to enter the All-Star break at .500. I wrote a few days ago about the Nationals' penchant for winning one-run games, and how the law of averages made it near-impossible for them to continue winning those tight contests at that ridiculous…
Jul 10, 2011, 4:28 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Danny Espinosa turns a fourth-inning double play during tonight’s loss. These days you never quite know which Ubaldo Jimenez you’re going to get. Unfortunately for the Nationals on Saturday night, Ubaldo was good. Really good. After going perfect through the first 4 1/3 innings, the Rockies’ ace finished with one earned run,…
Jul 9, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT
File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jason Marquis faces Ubaldo Jimenez tonight at Nationals Park. For all that they've accomplished over the last month, the Nationals are in a bit of a precarious position this weekend. Having lost two straight (and seven of 12 since Davey Johnson took over as manager), they're back…
Jul 9, 2011, 4:26 AM EDT
Getty Images John Lannan departs the field after taking a line drive off his face. The ball came screaming off Ty Wigginton’s bat, and in the millisecond that followed, the best John Lannan could do was raise his glove and hope to deflect the projectile that was making a beeline for his face. Lannan didn’t…
Jul 8, 2011, 9:58 PM EDT
Cole Kimball will have season-ending surgery next week to repair a torn rotator cuff, a devastating blow for the rookie reliever. Kimball had been on the disabled list since June 10 with shoulder inflammation. He attempted to resume throwing this week but continued to complain of shoulder pain, so the Nationals sent him to New…
Jul 8, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT
Updated at 6:08 p.m. The Nationals have placed Ivan Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle, recalling fellow catcher Jesus Flores from Class AAA Syracuse to take his roster spot. A DL stint for Rodriguez seemed inevitable after he injured himself during batting practice yesterday and had to be scratched…
Jul 8, 2011, 7:27 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats take on the Rockies (and the rain) tonight at Nationals Park. After their blown game against the Cubs last night, several Nationals players pointed out the importance of bouncing back strong tonight against the Rockies and putting that fiasco behind them. So the impetus is on…
Jul 8, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT
Friday, 7:05 p.m. — RHP Jason Hammel (4-8, 4.31) vs. LHP John Lannan (5-5, 3.50)TV: MASN2 Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM Saturday, 7:05 p.m. — RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (3-8, 4.39) vs. RHP Jason Marquis (7-3, 4.11)TV: MASN2 Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM Sunday, 1:35 p.m. — RHP Jhoulys Chacin (8-6, 3.28) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann…
Jul 8, 2011, 5:14 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Livan Hernandez is pulled after allowing a three-run homer to Blake DeWitt. After a loss like this — when you blow the biggest lead in franchise history, come back to tie the game and then still lose — the first inclination is to place blame. Someone has to be the primary culprit…
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