Jun 20, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Michael Morse is establishing himself as a major offensive force. In late June 2009, the Seattle Mariners were hovering just above the .500 mark, trying to keep themselves in the AL wild-card race. First-year general manager Jack Zduriencik, feeling the need to add a reserve outfielder to the roster, zeroed in on…
Jun 20, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT
John Wall has the ability to do a lot of things with a basketball in his hands. With a baseball? Not so much. The Wizards point guard threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday night’s game at Nationals Park, and as you can see, it required a spectacular effort from Drew Storen merely to…
Jun 20, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT
Jerry Hairston and I go back a ways. Ten years ago, he was a young, starting second baseman for the Orioles. And I was a young beat writer covering him in Baltimore. Plenty has changed, for both of us, over the last decade. Hairston has become something of a super-utility man, versatile enough to play…
Jun 19, 2011, 10:28 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Ryan Zimmerman is thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. The ball bounced right to Ryan Zimmerman, and as he turned to throw to second base, everyone in the crowd of 35,439 at Nationals Park must have had the same thought: Tailor-made double play. He always makes that play.…
Jun 19, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT
Mike Rizzo, obviously, is pleased with the eight-game winning streak the Nationals carried into today's series finale against the Orioles. But the general manager isn't necessarily surprised by this sudden success, given what he had seen in the weeks leading up to it. Nor does he believe the winning streak will change his approach to…
Jun 19, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats are looking for their third straight sweep and ninth straight win today. Let's see, it's Father's Day. The Nationals are on an eight-game winning streak. They're one game under .500. And they should be playing in front of a near-full house this afternoon at Nationals Park.…
Jun 19, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT
Updated at 1:05 p.m. The Nationals placed outfielder Rick Ankiel on the 15-day disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle this morning, a move that cleared roster space for left-hander Tom Gorzelanny to be activated off the DL and start the series finale against the Orioles. Ankiel hadn't played since Tuesday, when he felt a…
Jun 18, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse each homered in the Nationals’ 4-2 victory. Ryan Zimmerman has been a part of winning streaks with the Nationals before. He’s even experienced an eighth-game surge in the big leagues, back in August 2009. That streak, though, merely brought the Nats to within 32 games of the…
Jun 18, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats look to make it eight in a row today at Nationals Park. How do you keep a winning streak going? By not tinkering with success. Jim Riggleman never intended to make his pitcher-hitting-eighth idea a permanent one. But the Nationals haven't lost since the manager used…
Jun 18, 2011, 5:12 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Ian Desmond eludes Matt Wieters’ tag to score in the fifth inning. For weeks, Jim Riggleman would praise his Nationals for the manner in which they were playing clean baseball. Pitching well. Playing sparkling defense. The only problem: They weren’t actually winning those games, making the manager’s sentiments feel a bit hollow…
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