Sep 21, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Livan Hernandez has a 5.05 ERA in 42 appearances with the Braves and Brewers. He's still won more games than any other pitcher in Nationals history, throwing more innings and recording more strikeouts than anyone who has ever worn the uniform. He started on Opening Day three times, threw the first pitch…
Sep 21, 2012, 9:42 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Drew Storen has been scored upon in only one of his last 17 appearances. Tyler Clippard has been the Nationals’ closer since May 22, and during that time he’s been one of the most effective closers in baseball, converting 32 of 35 save opportunities and holding opponents to a .179 batting average.…
Sep 21, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The playoff-bound Nationals try to move closer to the NL East title tonight. As everyone around them celebrated last night, the Nationals all insisted there was plenty of work yet to be done. They're happy to know they'll be in the postseason, but they'd much rather be NL…
Sep 21, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT
A small disclaimer: We taped this episode of Beltway Baseball yesterday afternoon, before the Nationals had officially clinched a playoff berth. But with their magic number at that point down to 1, we felt fairly comfortable talking about this team’s various postseason scenarios. CSNwashington.com’s Chase Hughes and I also addressed some other topics, including Bryce…
Sep 21, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT
BY CHASE HUGHES When the 2012 season began, Davey Johnson was tasked with taking a team that had won 80 games the previous year to the next level, to make them a playoffs participant. He had to take a ballclub overflowing with talent and help them realize their potential as a contender in the National…
Sep 21, 2012, 5:28 AM EDT
Associated Press photo Davey Johnson waves to the crowd after the Nationals clinched a playoff berth. Fireworks shot off from the roof at Nationals Park at 10:02 p.m. Thursday evening. Within seconds, players were handed commemorative T-shirts and caps. A crowd of 30,359 roared with approval as everyone in uniform retreated down the dugout steps…
Sep 21, 2012, 2:02 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Nationals players celebrate in normal fashion after their clinching win. Game in a nutshell: It had been 79 years since a Washington baseball team had the opportunity to celebrate a clinching victory, so no one would blame the Nationals had they partied like it was 1933 upon beating the Dodgers tonight and…
Sep 20, 2012, 11:37 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Chien-Ming Wang tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief last night. Faced with a decision to pitch a starter on short rest or use a spot start from his bullpen on Sunday against the Brewers, Nationals manager Davey Johnson has decided to send Chien-Ming Wang to the mound for his first start…
Sep 20, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT
It won't change anything — certainly not the outcome of the game — but umpire Alan Porter did apologize to Davey Johnson and admit to blowing a crucial call at the plate during the fourth inning last night at Nationals Park. Johnson said the apology came later during the game, with Porter admitting he should…
Sep 20, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ross Detwiler tries to lead the Nats to a playoff clincher tonight against the Dodgers. It didn't happen last night, though the Nationals certainly made a spirited attempt to rally from six runs down, stun the Dodgers and clinch a playoff berth. So they'll make another attempt tonight,…
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