Jul 8, 2011, 3:45 AM EST
The strained oblique muscle Ivan Rodriguez suffered during batting practice this morning could force the veteran catcher to the disabled list. Rodriguez felt a pull on his right side during early workouts prior to the Nationals' game against the Cubs. He then aggravated the strain during batting practice and was quickly scratched from the starting…
Jul 7, 2011, 10:23 PM EST
Michael Morse finished fourth among the five candidates for the final spot on the National League's All-Star roster. The Nationals first baseman came in behind winner Shane Victorino of the Phillies, runner-up Andre Ethier of the Dodgers and Todd Helton of the Rockies. Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy finished last in the online vote, which began…
Jul 7, 2011, 7:30 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to complete a four-game sweep of the Cubs tonight. If you're going to be an above-average team in this league, you've got to be able to consistently beat below-average teams. Which is exactly what the Nationals have been doing this week to the obviously struggling…
Jul 7, 2011, 2:52 PM EST
US Presswire photo Davey Johnson couldn't remember calling for a suicide squeeze before last night. Not to spend too much time rehashing the key moment of last night's 5-4 win over the Cubs — Wilson Ramos' suicide squeeze that scored Michael Morse two pitches after Ramos missed the initial sign — but this is just…
Jul 7, 2011, 4:34 AM EST
Associated Press photo Wilson Ramos’ well-executed squeeze bunt scored the winning run for the Nats. Davey Johnson had managed 2,047 previous big-league games over the course of the last 27 years, and he couldn’t recall ever giving the sign for a suicide squeeze. Not once. But with his Washington Nationals struggling like never before to…
Jul 6, 2011, 9:24 PM EST
Jordan Zimmermann will make his regularly scheduled start Sunday, then slide into the No. 5 spot in the Nationals' rotation coming out of the All-Star break as the club seeks to stretch his season out before reaching his innings limit for 2011. With Zimmermann staying in the rotation this weekend, left-hander Ross Detwiler (who started…
Jul 6, 2011, 7:23 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats look to make it three in a row tonight against the Cubs. As much as the Nationals have struggled offensively, they haven't been able to field their full lineup since Friday's homestand opener against the Pirates. That's a span of five games. So, if nothing else,…
Jul 6, 2011, 3:21 PM EST
Associated Press photo Jayson Werth is now hitting .221 after last night's 0-for-4 performance. Over their last 17 innings, spanning two days, the Nationals have scored six runs. Here's how those six runs have crossed the plate: 1. Groundout2. Bases-loaded walk3. Wild pitch4. Fielder's choice5. Throwing error6. Infield single Not exactly the traditional method of…
Jul 6, 2011, 4:27 AM EST
US Presswire photo Ross Detwiler earned his first win of 2011 with 5 1/3 solid innings. Drew Storen doesn't really remember what it's like to take the mound with anything greater than a one-run lead. Not that the Nationals closer is complaining about the minuscule margin for error he usually has when he gets the…
Jul 5, 2011, 9:00 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ross Detwiler makes his first big-league appearance of the season tonight. It's been a while since Ross Detwiler first joined the Nationals organization (four years) and it's been a while since we last saw the left-hander pitching in the big leagues (Sept. 29, 2010). Tonight, the former first-round…
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