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  1. Rendon suffers apparent leg injury

    Apr 8, 2012, 3:22 AM EDT

    US Presswire file photo Top draft pick Anthony Rendon injured himself running the bases tonight. CHICAGO — Anthony Rendon, the Nationals' top pick in last summer's draft, suffered an apparent left leg injury tonight while rounding third base during high-Class A Potomac's game at Lynchburg. Rendon had doubled in the top of the fourth inning…

  2. Comeback kids establish their identity

    Apr 7, 2012, 11:18 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Henry Rodriguez, Adam LaRoche and Chad Tracy all played key roles in today's win. CHICAGO — Two games. Two tepid performances for seven innings that leave everyone scratching their heads and wondering how in the world this team is ever going to score enough runs to win. And then two stirring rallies…

  3. Instant analysis: Nats 7, Cubs 4

    Apr 7, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Gio Gonzalez struggled, but his teammates (and the Cubs bullpen) bailed him out. Game in a nutshell: Stymied once again by a Cubs starter (Matt Garza this time) the Nationals waited until the Chicago bullpen entered to inflict their damage. Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol gave up five runs in a wild…

  4. Morse getting treatment in New York

    Apr 7, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Michael Morse homered during last night's rehab game in Bowie. CHICAGO — Already planning to take a day off from his rehab assignment with Class AA Harrisburg, Nationals left fielder Michael Morse is heading to New York today to receive treatment on his healing right lat muscle. Manager Davey Johnson described the…

  5. Game 2: Nats at Cubs

    Apr 7, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER It's a much warmer day at Wrigley Field, where the wind is now blowing out. CHICAGO — Wow, what a difference a couple of days makes. After a brutally cold and windy Opening Day, the conditions at Wrigley Field have taken a 180-degree turn. Temperatures will be up…

  6. Gio hopes to overcome butterflies

    Apr 6, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Gio Gonzalez makes his Nationals debut tomorrow afternoon at Wrigley Field. CHICAGO — He's had nearly 3 1/2 months to prepare for this moment, which has only allowed the anticipation to build up inside the pit of Gio Gonzalez's stomach. That anticipation will peak shortly after noon CDT tomorrow, when Gonzalez takes…

  7. Opening Day payroll ranks 20th in MLB

    Apr 6, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Jayson Werth's $13,571,428 salary is tops on the Nationals this season. CHICAGO — Though their payroll experienced a 27 percent increase from one year ago, the Nationals still rank in the bottom half of all major-league franchises entering the 2012 season. The Nationals' Opening Day payroll was $81,336,143, 20th among MLB's 30…

  8. Just like old times for Lidge

    Apr 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Fill-in closer Brad Lidge overcame a ninth-inning triple yesterday to earn his first save. CHICAGO — Brad Lidge had taken the mound in this situation — protecting a slim, ninth-inning lead — plenty of times before. Two hundred sixty-six times in the big leagues, to be precise. This, however, wasn't like any…

  9. An April win with an October vibe

    Apr 6, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ian Desmond drives in the winning run with a ninth-inning single. CHICAGO — Adam LaRoche stood at the plate in the top of the eighth inning of a 1-0 ballgame, a pair of teammates on the bases in scoring position, the intimidating Kerry Wood on the mound, a sellout crowd of 41,176…

  10. Instant analysis: Nats 2, Cubs 1

    Apr 5, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ian Desmond drives in the winning run with a ninth-inning single. Game in a nutshell: Stephen Strasburg and Ryan Dempster's brilliance on the mound are overshadowed by late heroics at the plate by Chad Tracy and Ian Desmond. Brad Lidge closes out the ninth to earn his first save as the Nationals…

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