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  1. Game 94: Nats at Reds

    Jul 20, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Luis Atilano returns to the Nats' rotation tonight to face the Reds' Mike Leake. CINCINNATI — It's another warm, muggy day along the banks of the Ohio River, with a chance of evening storms again threatening. Last night's rain really didn't seem to affect anything; both J.D. Martin…

  2. Nats not actively shopping players

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam Dunn has drawn interest, but the Nats aren’t inclined to trade him. CINCINNATI — Though he continues to field inquiries from opposing general managers, Mike Rizzo is not actively shopping potential trade candidates Adam Dunn, Josh Willingham or Matt Capps in the final weeks before the July…

  3. Slumping Pudge tries to stay upbeat

    Jul 20, 2010, 4:28 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ivan Rodriguez has fallen into a prolonged slump after his hot start to the season. CINCINNATI — Over the course of 20 seasons in the big leagues, Ivan Rodriguez has experienced every possible scenario on the baseball field and in the clubhouse. He's won, he's lost, he's gone…

  4. Atilano recalled, Maxwell optioned

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:20 AM EDT

    CINCINNATI — The Nationals recalled right-hander Luis Atilano from Class AAA following tonight’s game and optioned outfielder Justin Maxwell back to Syracuse, a roster move that had been expected for more than a week. Atilano will start tomorrow night’s game against the Reds after a brief demotion during the All-Star break. The rookie hurler struggled…

  5. Glimmer of hope for Nyjer?

    Jul 20, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT

    CINCINNATI — By any statistical measure, Nyjer Morgan is having the worst season of his career. And at this stage of the summer, it’s going to be difficult for the Nationals’ center fielder to turn things completely around and salvage some final numbers close to his career norm. But if you’re looking for the slightest…

  6. J-Zimm scratched, Marquis strong

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    CINCINNATI — Jordan Zimmermann, who was scheduled to make his fourth rehab start for Class A Potomac tonight, has been scratched due to a stiff neck. The Nationals say the injury is not serious, and Zimmermann is expected to start sometime later this week. The right-hander, in the final stages of rehab from last August’s…

  7. Game 93: Nats at Reds

    Jul 19, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Reds host the Nationals in a four-game series along the banks of the Ohio River. CINCINNATI — Hello from Great American Ball Park, which when you view from this vantage point behind home plate looks like it sits in the middle of nowhere. That's the Ohio River…

  8. Silver linings from the skies

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Craig Stammen pitched a fantastic game in yesterday's loss. 33,000 FEET OVER SANFORD, FLA. — I've always wanted to use a dateline like that. Thanks to Delta Airlines and their on-board wi-fi — where have you been all my life? — I'm actually able to do it this…

  9. More from Eckstein

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:55 AM EDT

    MIAMI — As I alluded to in my postgame article on CSNwashington.com, Rick Eckstein takes his team's poor offensive performances just as hard (if not more) than his players. That's certainly understandable, because this is Eckstein's livelihood. He spends every waking moment working with hitters, studying video, thinking about swings and opposing pitchers. Hitting consumes…

  10. An offensive display of offense

    Jul 18, 2010, 9:56 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan reached base four times the last two days but did not score. MIAMI — Rick Eckstein can break down every at-bat by every one of his Nationals batters the last two days and point to those who did their job and were victims of bad luck…

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