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  1. Trusting your players

    Jul 2, 2011, 4:25 AM EST

    US Presswire photo Matt Stairs is congratulated by Ian Desmond and Wilson Ramos. There’s a certain level of trust a manager must give his players if he wants them to succeed, an acknowledgment on his part that he believes in each of the 25 individuals on his roster. And he must display that trust in…

  2. Johnson wants change

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:52 PM EST

    In his previous managerial stints, Davey Johnson never shied away from speaking his mind. Eleven years away from the big-league game haven’t changed that. Before making his home debut as manager of the Nationals, Johnson outlined a number of changes he’d like to see made to his roster, changes he believes will make him more…

  3. Game 82: Pirates at Nats

    Jul 1, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After a wild road trip, the Nats are back in town for a long homestand. Let's see, the last time the Nationals played at home, they had just capped a sweep of the Mariners, surged above the .500 mark, leaving the crowd ecstatic … only to find out…

  4. Hairston to DL, Ankiel returns

    Jul 1, 2011, 7:01 PM EST

    The Nationals have placed utilityman Jerry Hairston on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist and activated outfielder Rick Ankiel off the DL to take his roster spot. Hairston was injured Wednesday evening in Anaheim when he was struck in the wrist by a Dan Haren fastball. Though X-rays revealed the small fracture,…

  5. Series preview: Pirates at Nats

    Jul 1, 2011, 2:15 PM EST

    Friday, 7:05 p.m. — RHP Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.77) vs. LHP Tom Gorzelanny (2-6, 4.18)TV: MASN2Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM Saturday, 3:35 p.m. — RHP James McDonald (5-4, 4.12) vs. LHP John Lannan (5-5, 3.48)Game 2, 7:05 p.m. — RHP Brad Lincoln (6-7, 4.14 at AAA) vs. RHP Livan Hernandez (5-8, 3.81) TV: MASN2 (Game…

  6. Where do they stand after 81 games?

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:22 PM EST

    US Presswire photo The Nationals have hovered around .500, even with Jayson Werth hitting .223. Transport yourself back to March 31, as the Nationals were taking the field on Opening Day, and consider how you would have felt knowing these following facts would be true three months later: 1) Ryan Zimmerman would spend nine weeks…

  7. Game 81: Nats at Angels

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:17 PM EST

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to avoid a series sweep this evening at Angel Stadium. Davey Johnson mentioned the other night the need to perhaps give a couple of ailing guys some rest, especially with a scheduled day off tomorrow in advance of the homestand. So it's perhaps not…

  8. Nats sign Romero to AAA contract

    Jun 29, 2011, 6:31 PM EST

    The Nationals have signed veteran left-hander J.C. Romero to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Class AAA Syracuse, according to a club source. Romero, 35, was designated for assignment by the Phillies on June 16 after losing his late-inning role to fellow relievers Antonio Bastardo and Mike Stutes. He posted a 3.86 ERA in…

  9. Beltway Baseball — 6/29/11

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:59 AM EST

    Thanks to everyone who watched today's live edition of Beltway Baseball, where we discussed the chaotic managerial events of the last week, plus Jayson Werth's struggles, trade rumors involving Jason Marquis and Tyler Clippard and this weekend's announcement of All-Star selections. If you missed the show, here's the full episode, broken into two parts. Part…

  10. Game 80: Nats at Angels

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:15 PM EST

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to give Davey Johnson his first win tonight at Angel Stadium. Lost amid all the hullabaloo over the Nationals managerial overhaul is this cold, hard fact: They still aren't hitting as a team. In their last three games, the Nats have produced a total…

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MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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