May 17, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann tries to pitch the Nationals to a two-game sweep of the Pirates. Don't look now, but the Nationals are scoring runs in bunches. They've scored 32 runs over their last six games (an average of 5.2 per contest) and produced 58 hits (an average of 9.7).…
May 17, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT
I’d say it’s been a crazy couple of weeks for the Nationals, but really it’s been a crazy season for the Nationals, the news and drama never letting up. So there will be plenty to discuss when CSNwashington.com’s Chase Hughes and the Washington Times’ Amanda Comak join me this afternoon for the latest installment of…
May 17, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT
US Presswire file photo Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez are baseball's best 1-2 strikeout tandem. The mostly uninspiring history of the Nationals is littered with pitchers whose mission was simple: Keep the ball down in the zone, induce groundballs and pray their defense could finish the job. It was called "pitching to contact," and while…
May 17, 2012, 4:12 AM EDT
Associated Press photo Adam LaRoche tips his cap to the crowd after recording his 1,000th career hit. The first standing ovation came as Adam LaRoche stood on second base, his bases-clearing double having just given the Nationals a comfortable lead over the Pirates they would not relinquish, the scoreboard congratulating the veteran first baseman on…
May 17, 2012, 1:50 AM EDT
Associated Press photo Bryce Harper coasts into third base with his first career triple. Game in a nutshell: Gio Gonzalez was lights-out for seven innings, striking out 10 to take over the MLB lead in that department. But the bigger story might have been the sudden outburst of power from the Nationals' often-lackluster lineup. Ian…
May 16, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT
It's only the first of many steps he must take before returning to pitch for the Nationals, but for Drew Storen, the simple act of making 100 light tosses with a trainer this afternoon was a welcome relief from the monotony he had been experiencing since having elbow surgery last month. "It feels different," Storen…
May 16, 2012, 9:42 PM EDT
US Presswire file photo Chien-Ming Wang is close to returning to the Nationals' rotation. Rehabbing right-hander Chien-Ming Wang threw a bullpen session in front of Nationals coaches today and declared himself ready to rejoin the big-league staff now, though he'll defer to the club's plan to have him make at least one more start for…
May 16, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Left-handers Gio Gonzalez faces Erik Bedard tonight at Nationals Park. The last time Erik Bedard took the mound, the left-hander lasted all of eight pitches before departing with back spasms. That was seven days ago, against the Nationals, who then proceeded to score two runs in eight innings…
May 16, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Jesus Flores is hitting .222 with five RBI in 16 games this season. Most of the focus on the Nationals' ever-changing situation at catcher has been on those players who have sustained injuries (Wilson Ramos, Sandy Leon) or those players who have been added to the roster to compensate for the losses…
May 15, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Stephen Strasburg suffered his first loss of the season this afternoon. The lore of Stephen Strasburg includes a 14-strikeout debut. It includes a triple-digit fastball and a knee-buckling curveball. And it includes, to date, a wildly successful recovery from Tommy John surgery. It may now also include the case of the unfortunately…
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