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  1. A dramatic team victory

    Jul 4, 2010, 2:10 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ivan Rodriguez’s game-winning single set off a wild celebration. Stephen Strasburg has been the center of attention inside the Nationals’ clubhouse from the moment he arrived, and deservedly so. The rookie right-hander has accomplished more in his first four weeks in the big leagues than just about any…

  2. Zimmermann: 2 scoreless innings

    Jul 3, 2010, 11:18 PM EDT

    Jordan Zimmermann's first start in nearly a year was a relative success. Pitching for Class A Potomac this evening, the right-hander tossed two scoreless innings against Wilmington. Zimmermann, who underwent Tommy John surgery last August to replace a torn elbow ligament, allowed two hits and did not walk or strike out a batter. He finished…

  3. Kennedy to play more

    Jul 3, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam Kennedy is at second base today and should be there more moving forward. When the Nationals broke camp in Viera, Fla., three months ago, Jim Riggleman's plan was to use Ian Desmond and Adam Kennedy as his regular starting middle infield, with Cristian Guzman filling in at…

  4. Game 82: Mets at Nats

    Jul 3, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Another full house is expected today for Strasmas Part VI. Hope everyone in NatsTown is enjoying the holiday weekend. No, not Independence Day. Strasmas. This is no ordinary, once-a-year holiday. This one comes every five days, and rarely does it disappoint. OK, so the Nationals have lost Stephen…

  5. A couple mistakes that lost a game

    Jul 3, 2010, 3:32 AM EDT

    Photo courtesy George Burkes Michael Morse couldn't grab Alex Cora's three-run triple in the fourth. Jim Riggleman could only say this will be "a learning experience" for Roger Bernadina. And really, what else could the Nationals manager say after his rookie right fielder ended tonight's 5-3 loss to the Mets by getting picked off second…

  6. ‘El Duque’ signs minor-league deal

    Jul 2, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

    The Nationals have signed veteran right-hander Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez to a minor-league contract, according to two club sources. Hernandez, the 44-year-old half-brother of Nats starter Livan Hernandez, will report to the organization's spring complex in Viera, Fla., to begin working out. He may wind up pitching at Class AAA Syracuse at some point this…

  7. Game 81: Mets at Nats

    Jul 2, 2010, 7:26 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After last night's walk-off win, the Nats attempt to make it two in a row. It's kind of hard to believe the Nationals will hit the midway point of the season tonight. Really, doesn't it seem like that Opening Day fiasco against the Phillies just happened yesterday? But…

  8. J-Zimm at Potomac tomorrow

    Jul 2, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Here's some encouraging news about one of several injured Nationals pitchers, this one actually taking a significant step in his recovery: Jordan Zimmermann will make his first rehab start tomorrow night for Class A Potomac. Zimmermann, who had Tommy John surgery last August, is slated to throw two innings against Wilmington at Pfitzner Stadium. It's…

  9. Anatomy of a winning rally

    Jul 2, 2010, 3:58 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Smiles were aplenty following this 2-1, walk-off win. It takes a lot for the Nationals to manufacture a run these days. They certainly haven't been coming easily for a club that has averaged 2.95 runs over its last 19 games and has been held to two runs or…

  10. Dukes resurfaces in Newark

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    Elijah Dukes, out of baseball since the Nationals released him during spring training, has signed with the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League. Since his surprising release on March 17, Dukes had been looking for an opportunity to play elsewhere. No other major-league organization was willing to take a chance on the 26-year-old with…

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