Apr 19, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After two rough starts to his season, John Lannan rebounded Friday night. Two weeks and 12 games into the season, it's pretty obvious what dictates the Nationals' fortunes more than anything else: starting pitching. Not that this doesn't apply to just about every team in baseball, but it's…
Apr 18, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Series sweep? Four-game winning streak? The Nats go for both today. What an incredible Saturday of baseball that turned out to be. Ubaldo Jimenez throws the first no-hitter in Rockies history. Felipe Lopez pitches a scoreless 18th but the Cardinals still lose to the Mets, 2-1, in a…
Apr 17, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT
Photo courtesy George Burkes Justin Maxwell connects for his first homer of the season. There have been a number of significant dates in Nationals history. April 14, 2005 (the first game at RFK Stadium). June 18, 2006 (Ryan Zimmerman's walk-off homer against the Yankees). Aug. 17, 2009 (Stephen Strasburg signs less than 2 minutes before…
Apr 17, 2010, 3:45 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ian Desmond's perfect sac bunt keyed the Nats' 3-run eighth. Little did Jim Riggleman realize it when Adam Dunn was ejected in the first inning, but that surprise development was going to force the Nationals manager to reach deep into his bag of tricks in order to pull…
Apr 17, 2010, 12:17 AM EDT
Quick: Who was the National League’s fourth-best hitter entering play tonight? Yep, Ivan Rodriguez, who also has four doubles and came through with a clutch hit in yesterday’s win over the Phillies. Read all about Pudge’s surprising offensive start to the season on CSNwashington.com.
Apr 16, 2010, 10:06 PM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman is not in the Nationals’ lineup tonight. He hopes to be back in the lineup tomorrow. In other words, it’s pretty much the same story as yesterday. And the day before that. And the day before that. Actually, that’s not fair. Zimmerman has made some progress in his return from a tight left…
Apr 16, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats open a 10-game homestand tonight, with the Brewers up first. Apparently, Ryan Zimmerman's pinch-hit home run yesterday wasn't good enough to warrant his return to the Nationals' starting lineup. For the fifth straight game, Zimmerman is not among Jim Riggleman's starting nine. Apparently, there's still concern…
Apr 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT
As the Nationals continue to digest yesterday's tense, 7-5 victory over the Phillies, their 4-5 overall record and the start of a 10-game homestand tonight, here are a few interesting stats that hopefully put the last 11 days into perspective… – At 4-5, the Nats have their best record nine games into the season since…
Apr 16, 2010, 12:25 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Matt Capps and Ivan Rodriguez celebrate after securing the Nats' 7-5 win. PHILADELPHIA — Admit it, if someone said two weeks ago the Nationals would open the season 4-5 (with six of those games coming against the Phillies) you would have jumped for joy. They'd never fully admit…
Apr 15, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — From the birth of his daughter to his promotion to the Nationals to a lot of time spent in his 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix, Justin Maxwell had a whirlwind week. Read all about it in this piece on CSNwashington.com.
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