Jul 15, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Ian Desmond reacts to striking out during last night’s loss. MIAMI — He had managed to play the best baseball of his career through a lingering left oblique strain for more than a month. But when Ian Desmond resorted to bunting in the ninth inning of last night’s game, it became obvious…
Jul 15, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg tries to get back on track today at Marlins Park. MIAMI — Stephen Strasburg, in a slump? Say it ain't so. OK, the word "slump" may be a bit excessive, but the right-hander has lost three straight starts for the first time in his career and…
Jul 15, 2012, 3:41 AM EDT
Associated Press photo Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs over six strong innings but still took the loss. MIAMI — In hindsight, the Nationals were perfectly happy to wind up with Gio Gonzalez in their rotation instead of Mark Buehrle. It was only seven months ago, however, that general manager Mike Rizzo’s focus was set squarely…
Jul 15, 2012, 1:43 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Ryan Zimmerman doubled in the first inning but didn't collect another hit. Game in a nutshell: This figured to be tightly contested pitchers' duel, with lefties Gio Gonzalez and Mark Buehrle each known for working fast and throwing strikes. Each starter lived up to the billing, but Buehrle was just a little…
Jul 14, 2012, 10:27 PM EDT
Updated at 10:23 p.m. MIAMI — Sean Burnett, who has pitched brilliantly for the Nationals as their primary setup man this season, has been bothered by tightness in his left elbow for about six weeks. Burnett does not believe the discomfort is serious, and he even hoped to be available to pitch in Saturday night’s…
Jul 14, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Lefties Gio Gonzalez and Mark Buehrle square off tonight at Marlins Park. MIAMI — Mike Rizzo sat in his suite at the Winter Meetings on Dec. 7 and expressed optimism the Nationals were going to sign Mark Buehrle to a three-year contract. The free agent left-hander and the…
Jul 14, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Bryce Harper hustled his way to two extra bases in the first inning last night. MIAMI — It got kind of lost in the shuffle of last night's 5-1 victory over the Marlins — which was highlighted more by Jordan Zimmermann's pitching dominance and Ryan Zimmerman's continued mashing at the plate —…
Jul 14, 2012, 4:23 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Jordan Zimmermann lowered his ERA to 2.48 with six scoreless innings. MIAMI — There are only two pitchers in the majors leagues this season who have made 18 starts and never failed to complete six innings. One is Justin Verlander, the reigning AL MVP, Cy Young Award winner and All-Star Game starter.…
Jul 14, 2012, 2:29 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Ryan Zimmerman clubbed his sixth homer in 15 games. Game in a nutshell: The Nationals opened the second half of their season with a bang, pouncing on Marlins ace Josh Johnson for five runs and handing the ball to Jordan Zimmermann to mow his way through the Miami lineup. Big hits came…
Jul 13, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT
MIAMI — Despite initial hopes to have Drew Storen make his season debut in tonight's second-half opener, the Nationals decided the reliever needs a bit more time on a minor-league rehab assignment to build up his arm strength before pitching in the big leagues. The Nationals originally planned for Storen to make four rehab appearances…
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