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  1. Instant analysis: Pirates 5, Nats 4

    May 9, 2012, 1:46 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Edwin Jackson allowed two runs over seven strong innings. Game in a nutshell: What was shaping up to be another low-scoring, nailbiter instead turned crazy in the ninth inning. Adam LaRoche put the Nationals up 4-3 with what looked like the game-winning, two-run homer off Joel Hanrahan. But Henry Rodriguez blew the…

  2. Gonzalez signs minor-league contract

    May 8, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

    US Presswire file photo Mike Gonzalez posted a 4.36 ERA last season with the Orioles and Rangers. PITTSBURGH — Taking a flyer on a veteran reliever who could help them out down the road, the Nationals have signed left-hander Mike Gonzalez to a minor-league contract. Gonzalez, 33, owns a 2.91 ERA in nine career seasons…

  3. Rizzo fined by MLB for comments

    May 8, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Mike Rizzo's comments about Cole Hamels got the Nats GM in trouble with MLB. PITTSBURGH — Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has been fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for comments he made about Cole Hamels after the Phillies left-hander admitted he hit rookie Bryce Harper with a pitch on…

  4. Game 29: Nats at Pirates

    May 8, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Sparkling PNC Park hosts Ryan Zimmerman and the Nationals tonight. PITTSBURGH — They've had nearly 48 hours to recover from the craziness of Sunday night's game against the Phillies (and the chaos that followed). Now the Nationals return to the field, beginning a six-game road trip to Pittsburgh…

  5. Zimmerman activated, Werth placed on DL

    May 8, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

    PITTSBURGH — The Nationals activated Ryan Zimmerman off the 15-day disabled list this afternoon and placed Jayson Werth on it, having their two highest-paid players swap roster spots entering tonight’s series opener against the Pirates. Zimmerman will be in the lineup for tonight’s game at PNC Park, his first appearance since April 20 against the…

  6. What will lineup look like now?

    May 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Adam LaRoche, along with Ryan Zimmerman, is expected to return tonight. The Nationals club that takes the field tonight at PNC Park in Pittsburgh will look mighty different from the one we saw only 36 hours ago on Sunday Night Baseball. Ryan Zimmerman will be back at his familiar third base. Adam…

  7. MLB suspends Hamels 5 games

    May 7, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Cole Hamels admitting he hit Bryce Harper on purpose in the first inning last night. Major League Baseball announced it has suspended Cole Hamels for five games after the Phillies left-hander acknowledged he intentionally hit Nationals rookie Bryce Harper with a fastball during the first inning of last night's game. The punishment,…

  8. Werth likely out 12 weeks after surgery

    May 7, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Jayson Werth injured himself trying to make a sliding catch in the sixth inning. Jayson Werth was due to have surgery today on his broken left wrist, a procedure that is likely to keep him out for roughly 12 weeks, according to a source close to the Nationals right fielder. The surgery…

  9. A 19-year-old stays above the fray

    May 7, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper has handled all the attention on him so far with aplomb. So, Cole Hamels happily acknowledges he plunked Bryce Harper on purpose, saying "I'm not going to deny it" and "I'm just trying to continue the old baseball." Then Mike Rizzo lambastes the Phillies left-hander, telling the Washington Post "I've…

  10. Crushing injury disrupts emotional weekend

    May 7, 2012, 5:54 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo An injured Jayson Werth is escorted off the field by assistant trainer Mike McGowan. This was the night they should have been talking about Bryce Harper's hustle, culminating in the first steal of home plate by a teenager in nearly five decades. This was the night they should have been talking about…



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