Jun 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT
On draft day 2009, Mike Rizzo was able to rest comfortably, knowing Stephen Strasburg was his (and no one else’s) to select. On draft day 2010, Rizzo was again able to rest comfortably, knowing Bryce Harper was his (and no one else’s) to select. Well, draft day 2011 has arrived, but there will be no…
Jun 6, 2011, 5:14 AM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper hit back-to-back in Hagerstown’s lineup Sunday, a first glimpse at what could become a daily occurrence in Washington at some point. Unfortunately, a crowd of 4,000 didn’t get to see much of the pairing. Harper had to depart after taking a fastball off his lower right leg in the bottom…
Jun 6, 2011, 2:30 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Michael Morse is congratulated after hitting a grand slam in the top of the 11th. PHOENIX — Five batters hit by pitch. Two pitchers and two managers ejected. A rookie catcher purposely taking his time around the bases on a home run to rub it into the opposing dugout. A titanic collapse…
Jun 5, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The roof at Chase Field was open this morning but will be closed for the game. PHOENIX — Shut out the last two nights, the Nationals return to Chase Field this afternoon trying to salvage a series split with the Diamondbacks. For their sake, at least they get…
Jun 5, 2011, 4:51 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Ian Desmond was safe at third in the first inning but couldn’t score. PHOENIX — There has been no more productive hitter in baseball the last month than Michael Morse, whose .405 average since May 1 leads all major leaguers. But even Morse would be the first to admit he’s no Ryan…
Jun 4, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT
Updated at 6:40 p.m. PHOENIX — The Nationals have placed struggling left-hander Doug Slaten on the 15-day disabled list with irritation of the ulnar nerve in his throwing elbow and recalled right-hander Craig Stammen from Class AAA Syracuse to take his roster spot. After watching Slaten allow a three-run triple to Stephen Drew in the…
Jun 4, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chase Field hosts the third game of this four-game series. PHOENIX — We're about three hours from first pitch here at Chase Field, and we're still waiting for the Nationals to post their lineup. It would appear there's still some question whether Jayson Werth is ready to play…
Jun 4, 2011, 6:21 AM EDT
Associated Press photo Yunesky Maya couldn’t pitch through the fifth inning Friday night. PHOENIX — The proliferation of advanced statistics has given baseball executives and fans alike new ways to look at players and performances, understanding some numbers don’t always accurately tell the story. At the end of the day, though, the point of this…
Jun 4, 2011, 12:20 AM EDT
PHOENIX — Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment after playing in his second extended spring training game earlier today in Viera, Fla. Zimmerman went 0-for-4 and played four innings in the field this morning and reported no problems with his surgically repaired abdominal muscle. He flew back to…
Jun 3, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Yunesky Maya faces Josh Collmenter tonight at Chase Field. PHOENIX — Yunesky Maya's first start of 2011 wasn't particularly impressive. If anything, it bore some significant resemblance to his five starts in 2010, when he labored to get through the fourth and fifth innings and pitched at an…
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