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  1. No beat from heart of lineup

    Jun 3, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Ian Desmond slams his bat in frustration after popping out in the sixth. It shouldn't be this way. The only sure things right now in the Nationals' lineup are the two rookies hitting at the top of Davey Johnson's order. The veterans who follow and boast actual track records of success at…

  2. Instant analysis: Braves 3, Nats 2

    Jun 3, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper hit back-to-back homers in the first inning. Game in a nutshell: Everything started swimmingly for the Nationals when Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper led off the bottom of the first with back-to-back homers. But Gio Gonzalez labored and couldn't make it through the fifth, and the heart…

  3. Gonzalez, Harper win NL May awards

    Jun 3, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

    For a franchise that has rarely boasted any prominent award winners in its brief history, the Nationals certainly are experiencing a reversal of fortunes this season. The Nationals learned today left-hander Gio Gonzalez was named NL Pitcher of the Month for May and outfielder Bryce Harper was named NL Rookie of the Month for May.…

  4. Game 52: Braves at Nats

    Jun 3, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Gio Gonzalez goes for his eighth win of the season today at Nationals Park. How rare is it for a Nationals pitcher to be shooting for his eighth victory so early in a season? Well, if Gio Gonzalez does it today, he'll record win No. 8 faster than…

  5. M. Gonzalez promoted, Perry demoted

    Jun 3, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Updated at 12:37 p.m. The Nationals have called up veteran reliever Mike Gonzalez from Class AAA and have sent struggling Ryan Perry to Syracuse. Gonzalez's contract was officially purchased this morning, with Perry optioned back to Class AAA. To make room for Gonzalez on the 40-man roster, the Nationals transferred closer Drew Storen from the…

  6. Strasburg, Nats get back on track

    Jun 3, 2012, 1:48 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg tossed seven scoreless innings, striking out nine. No issues with misplaced Hot Stuff. No biceps tightness or general fatigue. No struggles with fastball command. No, Stephen Strasburg took the mound Saturday at Nationals Park, struck out the side in the top of the first and then over seven shutout innings…

  7. Game 51 (Take 2): Braves at Nats

    Jun 2, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg faces Brandon Beachy today at Nationals Park. What a difference a day makes. Gone are the menacing clouds, the rain and the tornado threats. In are blue skies, cool temperatures and no threat whatsoever of delays. So, let's try this again. Stephen Strasburg is on…

  8. Morse ready at last for his Opening Day

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:49 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Michael Morse says he's "100 percent" healthy again. Michael Morse reached into his locker and pulled out a custom set of spikes, with words stitched into each heel. On the left, it read "Opening." On the right, it read "Day." He planned to wear them Friday night (before the game was rained…

  9. Game postponed, no makeup announced

    Jun 1, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

    Tonight's series opener between the Nationals and Braves has been postponed due to dangerous storms sweeping through the area, the club just announced. No makeup date has been set, though manager Davey Johnson said he believes it will be played in August during the Braves' next trip to Washington. Though the forecast looked unfavorable all…

  10. Game 51: Braves at Nats

    Jun 1, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The forecast tonight at Nationals Park is not promising. Stephen Strasburg on the mound. Michael Morse in right field. Bryce Harper in center field. The Nationals in first place. What more could you ask for? Well, no rainout would be nice. Unfortunately, tonight's forecast is not promising at…

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