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  1. Hamels handles Harper, Nats

    May 24, 2012, 4:07 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Cole Hamels tossed eight scoreless innings to improve to 7-1 this season. PHILADELPHIA — Lost amid the intentional plunking, the acknowledgement of the intentional plunking and the backlash that followed the intentional plunking was one minor fact. Cole Hamels is good. Really good. "He's one the best pitchers in baseball," Bryce Harper…

  2. Instant analysis: Phillies 4, Nats 1

    May 24, 2012, 1:45 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Ian Desmond tags out Hunter Pence on a stolen-base attempt. Game in a nutshell: Seeking their first sweep of a three-game series this season for the ninth time, the Nationals once again came up short. And this one stung a little more because of the man on the mound for the Phillies:…

  3. Morse, Lidge targeting early-June return

    May 23, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

    PHILADELPHIA — Michael Morse is already rehabbing at the Nationals' extended spring training complex in Viera, Fla. and is set to begin playing in games Friday. Brad Lidge will join his teammate there tomorrow as each injured player seeks to rejoin the active roster in early-June. Morse, out since Opening Day with a torn right…

  4. Game 44: Nats at Phillies

    May 23, 2012, 7:47 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to make it seven in a row at Citizens Bank Park. PHILADELPHIA — Cole Hamels faces the Nationals tonight. The last time Cole Hamels faced the Nationals … well, you know what happened. Will there be any carryover tonight? The hunch here is that there…

  5. Clippard gets his opportunity to close

    May 23, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Tyler Clippard recorded his second career save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. PHILADELPHIA — Rarely does Tyler Clippard get the opportunity to watch the Nationals celebrate a victory in person, let alone be at the center of such a celebration on the field. Such is life for a setup man, who upon…

  6. Bryce’s Broad Street beatdown

    May 23, 2012, 4:24 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper connects for a third-inning triple off Roy Halladay. PHILADELPHIA — It was early March in Viera, Fla., when Bryce Harper and Rick Eckstein were chatting around the batting cage at the Nationals' spring training complex, talking about how to approach certain big-league pitchers. Harper brought up one prominent NL East…

  7. Zimmerman scratched with sore shoulder

    May 23, 2012, 3:09 AM EDT

    Updated at 11:09 p.m. PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Zimmerman was scratched from the Nationals' lineup less than an hour before first pitch of tonight's game against the Phillies after telling manager Davey Johnson his right shoulder was sore. Though Zimmerman insisted he could play, Johnson insisted his star third baseman take the night off. The manager…

  8. Instant analysis: Nats 5, Phillies 2

    May 23, 2012, 1:44 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Danny Espinosa congratulates Bryce Harper upon scoring in the third inning. Game in a nutshell: What looked like a guaranteed, low-scoring, pitchers' duel at the beginning of the night turned upside-down almost as soon as the game began. A Nationals lineup that was without Ryan Zimmerman — a late scratch for unannounced…

  9. Nats going with closer-by-committee

    May 22, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Henry Rodriguez has an 8.38 ERA and three blown saves in his last 12 appearances. PHILADELPHIA — One night after another near-meltdown in the ninth inning, Henry Rodriguez is being moved out of the Nationals' closer role, with manager Davey Johnson saying he'll instead use a committee of relievers in that spot.…

  10. Game 43: Nats at Phillies

    May 22, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann faces Roy Halladay tonight at Citizens Bank Park. PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals always have trouble scoring runs for Jordan Zimmermann, right? Well, they're in luck tonight, because the man on the mound opposing Zimmermann will be the very hittable … Roy Halladay. Good luck with that.…

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