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  1. Davey’s first squeeze? Maybe not

    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…

  2. Squeezing out another improbable win

    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…

  3. Zimmermann to start Sun, Detwiler to pen

    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…

  4. Game 88: Cubs at Nats

    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,…

  5. Time for an offensive breakthrough?

    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…

  6. The one-run wonders do it again

    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…

  7. Game 87: Cubs at Nats

    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…

  8. Detwiler recalled, Balester DFA’d

    Jul 5, 2011, 7:31 PM EST

    The Nationals formally recalled Ross Detwiler from Class AAA Syracuse, putting the left-hander in line to start tonight’s game against the Cubs. The club’s corresponding move, however, came as a surprise: Reliever Collin Balester was designated for assignment, removing him from the organization’s 40-man roster at least temporarily. Balester is in his final option year,…

  9. Versatile Nix proving invaluable

    Jul 5, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Laynce Nix has played admirably through nagging injuries and position changes. Before the top of the seventh inning yesterday afternoon, Davey Johnson approached Laynce Nix with a simple question: "When's the last time you played first base?" Nix told his manager he didn't think he'd done it since high school. To which…

  10. "It was time to make something happen"

    Jul 4, 2011, 11:10 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Jayson Werth is congratulated by Ian Desmond upon scoring the winning run. Jayson Werth stood at second base, watching as Cubs reliever Marcos Mateo departed the field alongside a trainer and Carlos Marmol entered from the bullpen without advance warning. He watched Marmol warm up, taking as much time as he needed…

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