Apr 27, 2010, 3:42 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Quality starts aren't good enough for John Lannan, who insists he can do better. CHICAGO — No one would have faulted John Lannan for emerging from last night's game feeling good about the way he kept things under control despite some rough spots along the way. The Nationals'…
Apr 27, 2010, 4:27 AM EST
CHICAGO — Sitting inside his cramped office at Wrigley Field late Monday afternoon, Jim Riggleman talked about the need for some of his relief pitchers not named Matt Capps or Tyler Clippard to start coming through in key situations. "Tonight would be a great night for that to happen," the Nationals manager said. Some five…
Apr 27, 2010, 12:41 AM EST
With three regulars sidelined tonight — Ryan Zimmerman, Willie Harris and Ivan Rodriguez — the Nationals are playing with only two healthy bench players (Alberto Gonzalez and Justin Maxwell. Those nagging injuries will force Jim Riggleman to manage differently than he would if he had a full bench at his disposal. It’s also forcing Mike…
Apr 26, 2010, 9:00 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER It's going to be a chilly, windy night at historic Wrigley Field. CHICAGO — Hello from the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field, otherwise known as the coldest place on earth right now. It may look like a gorgeous day from that above photo, but look closely at the…
Apr 26, 2010, 8:17 PM EST
CHICAGO — Before we get to tonight’s big-league game at Wrigley Field, a weather update from Reading, Pa. Class AA Harrisburg’s game tonight against the Phillies has been postponed due to rain. Thus, Stephen Strasburg’s fourth minor-league start will be pushed back to Tuesday. They’ll play a twi-night doubleheader tomorrow, with Strasburg starting the first…
Apr 26, 2010, 12:47 PM EST
Good morning from the D concourse at Dulles International Airport, where my flight to Chicago awaits. The Nationals open a three-game series tonight against the Cubs, which means another reunion with old friend Alfonso Soriano. It's hard to believe it's been four years since Soriano roamed left field at RFK Stadium, mashed 46 homers (still…
Apr 25, 2010, 10:51 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats needed a brilliant performance from Scott Olsen to pull off today's win. A lot of things have to happen to win a 1-0 ballgame. Your starting pitcher needs to be on top of his game. Your relievers can't afford to make a single mistake. Your defense…
Apr 25, 2010, 9:50 PM EST
With today’s 1-0 victory, the Nationals are now 5-4 without Ryan Zimmerman in the starting lineup. The trio of Alberto Gonzalez, Adam Kennedy and Willie Harris has filled in admirably at third base, particularly Gonzalez, who has made several Zim-type plays in the last two weeks. Read all about it on CSNwashington.com.
Apr 25, 2010, 7:09 PM EST
I am pleased to announce that you can now access this site through the much easier-to-remember address: http://www.NatsInsider.com. For now, that address will simply redirect you to this one. But I’m hoping at some point to move off Blogspot, so you may want to reset your bookmarks to the shorter name now.
Apr 25, 2010, 4:48 PM EST
Photo courtesy George Burkes Justin Maxwell's diving catch in the ninth saved today's 1-0 win. So, what's the domino effect of yesterday's 13-inning marathon? For the Nationals, not too bad. Jim Riggleman was able to get through that game with only four pitchers, thanks to Craig Stammen's six-inning start, and multiple-inning relief appearances from Matt…
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