Jun 12, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER J.D. Martin faces Fausto Carmona tonight at Progressive Field. CLEVELAND — There was a time when J.D. Martin was a top pitching prospect for the Cleveland Indians. Martin, the 35th overall pick in the 2001 draft, always dreamed of starting a game on the mound at Progessive Field.…
Jun 12, 2010, 3:47 AM EDT
Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER An All-Star Game in the District would undoubtedly be a major event. CLEVELAND — Could the All-Star Game be coming to South Capitol Street in the near future? According to a report tonight, it may already be a done deal. USA Today baseball writer Bob Nightengale posted on…
Jun 12, 2010, 3:31 AM EDT
Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Austin Kearns belted two homers — and almost a third — against his former team. CLEVELAND — Austin Kearns knows what the folks in Washington think of him. He knows his 3 1/2 years in a Nationals uniform were a complete bust and he didn't come close to…
Jun 11, 2010, 10:56 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Indians manager Manny Acta throws batting practice before Friday’s game. CLEVELAND — Manny Acta would have liked to be able to hand the ball to Stephen Strasburg every five nights instead of Daniel Cabrera. He would have liked to be able to call upon Drew Storen and Matt…
Jun 11, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians. CLEVELAND — Despite what the merchandise stand here suggests — if you haven't seen it, check out the previous post — this isn't only a weekend Strasburg-fest. The Nationals and Indians do play a pair of games the next two nights…
Jun 11, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The merchandise stand … in Cleveland, not Washington. CLEVELAND — Hello from the shores of Lake Erie, where there's plenty of sports talk going on these days. LeBron James' pending departure. Tom Izzo's potential arrival. Ohio State's projected new rivals in the Big Ten (which currently has 11…
Jun 10, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats look for a three-game sweep of the Pirates tonight. Trivia time: Can you name the last time the 2010 Nationals swept a series? Answer: It hasn't happened. Sure enough, the Nats haven't swept a full series from another team since taking four in a row in…
Jun 10, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT
Sorry for the delay in getting this all together. I meant to offer this up sooner, but obviously there were a few things taking place on the actual major-league field the last couple days that superseded what took place in the draft war room. Which isn't to diminish what Kris Kline, Roy Clark and an…
Jun 10, 2010, 4:04 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Matt Capps has participated in this scene 20 times already this season. It's easy to forget this right now, because he's been one of the best closers in baseball the last two months, but Matt Capps was dumped by the Pirates in December. Thrown out with the trash.…
Jun 10, 2010, 12:01 AM EDT
The glow of Stephen Strasburg’s spectacular debut Tuesday night still hasn’t worn off, and a buzz is certain to remain around his every move from now on. So what’s up next for the phenom? Tomorrow night, he’s scheduled to present the Top Ten list on Letterman. Sunday afternoon, he’ll face the Indians in Cleveland (where…
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