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  1. A sour end to the season’s first half

    Jul 11, 2010, 10:48 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals stranded 13 men on base in today's loss. As much as the Nationals have tried to view this season as 162 individual games, never looking back or looking forward, it was tough for everyone to pack their bags this afternoon and not embark on the All-Star…

  2. Game 89: Giants at Nats

    Jul 11, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER It's the final day of the season's first half at Nationals Park. And so we have come to the end of the first half of the season, a first half that included some dizzying highs (Stephen Strasburg's debut, Willie Harris' game-saving catch in New York, Adam Dunn's recent…

  3. Clipped wings

    Jul 11, 2010, 4:15 AM EDT

    Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tyler Clippard's ERA has more than doubled in less than three weeks. There is perhaps nothing more aggravating in baseball than a relief pitcher who can't get batters out, especially when said reliever is entrusted to protect a late lead and then implodes. By all accounts, Tyler Clippard…

  4. Flores shut down 3 days

    Jul 11, 2010, 3:07 AM EDT

    More discouraging news for Jesus Flores, whose attempted return from a major shoulder injury has suffered another setback. After experiencing shoulder pain while working out in Viera, Fla., Flores was sent to orthopedist James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Andrews had Flores undergo an MRI, which revealed no new damage, but the catcher still has been…

  5. Zimmermann itching to return

    Jul 10, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

    When Jordan Zimmermann underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow August 19, he immediately wanted to know how long it would be before he could pitch again in the major leagues. Doctors told him the standard recovery time for that major procedure is 12-to-18 months. Zimmermann immediately established a goal for himself: Make it…

  6. Game 88: Giants at Nats

    Jul 10, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The temperature has finally cooled off. The Nationals' bats have not. Remember when everyone was worried about the Nationals' putrid offensive output? Come on, it's not that hard to remember. It was only a week ago that this team looked incapable of scoring more than two runs a…

  7. Strasburg’s adjustment produces win

    Jul 10, 2010, 4:15 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg’s best performance in a month resulted in his third win. Stephen Strasburg threw 17 pitches (eight strikes) in his first inning on the mound tonight. Four of those strikes were tagged by the Giants, one of them ricocheting off the facing of the second deck down…

  8. Atilano optioned, Maxwell on way?

    Jul 9, 2010, 9:57 PM EDT

    The Nationals have optioned right-hander Luis Atilano to Class AAA Syracuse, a move made to give the club an extra position player until the fifth starter's spot comes back up July 20. No corresponding move was announced, but Justin Maxwell was scratched from Syracuse's lineup tonight, raising the likelihood the outfielder is en route to…

  9. Strasburg to start 2nd half opener

    Jul 9, 2010, 8:26 PM EDT

    Forget about those plans to try to stretch out Stephen Strasburg's remaining innings through late-September. The Nationals have decided to keep the rookie ace on a regular schedule coming out of the All-Star break and ride him until he reaches his innings limit for the season, even if that occurs in late-August. Manager Jim Riggleman…

  10. Game 87: Giants at Nats

    Jul 9, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg faces Matt Cain tonight in a top-tier pitching matchup. It's the final Strasmas of the first half, and the kid will be facing yet another stiff challenge tonight at Nationals Park. For one thing, the Giants are sending a tough right-hander of their own to the…

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