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  1. Game 14: Astros at Nats

    Apr 19, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The first-place Nationals go for a four-game sweep of the Astros tonight. For the third time in four series so far this season, the Nationals have an opportunity to sweep their opponents. Stop and think about that for a moment. Pretty remarkable. If they are to pull off…

  2. 10-3 start validates Nats’ confidence

    Apr 19, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    If you read or heard anything that came out of the Nationals' clubhouse this spring, you know this team wasn't lacking in confidence entering the season. Davey Johnson insisted there was more potential on this roster than his Mets clubs of the mid-1980s. Brad Lidge (who pitched for three pennant winners) insisted this was the…

  3. For the Nats, the 8th is enough

    Apr 19, 2012, 4:17 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche each drew key walks during the Nats' winning rally. You'd be hard-pressed to find a ballclub willing to admit it tries to do nothing at the plate for seven innings before finally kicking into gear late, and you won't get the Nationals to admit such a ludicrous…

  4. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Astros 2

    Apr 19, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Jordan Zimmermann was fantastic, again. And got almost no run support, again. Game in a nutshell: They've turned every game into a down-to-the-wire, heart-attack-in-waiting affair, so why stop now? Trailing 1-0 most of the night when they couldn't score a run to support Jordan Zimmermann, the Nationals stormed back late and scratched…

  5. Wang throws sim game, Lidge had vertigo

    Apr 18, 2012, 9:53 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang faced hitters in a simulated game earlier today, another key step toward the right-hander's return from a hamstring injury. Facing batters at the Nationals' extended spring training complex in Viera, Fla., Wang threw 35 pitches "He threw really good," manager Davey Johnson said. "The report I got was … he had really, good,…

  6. Game 13: Astros at Nats

    Apr 18, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Rain could affect tonight's game against the Astros at Nationals Park. Uh-oh, that's not an encouraging sight: The tarp is covering the infield here at Nationals Park, and the forecast is calling for rain showers throughout the afternoon and evening. Tough to say at this point if it'll…

  7. Submit questions for Beltway Baseball

    Apr 18, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    We’re trying something a little different with some of our Beltway Baseball episodes this season. Instead of staying back in the CSNwashington.com studio, we’re taking the show on the road. Er, actually home. To Nationals Park. When the team’s in town. Because we’ll be on location this afternoon, we can’t broadcast the show live. It’ll…

  8. Trust in self does Lidge well

    Apr 18, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Jesus Flores had some words of encouragement for Brad Lidge last night. Brad Lidge has been through the wringer enough times over the years — shoot, he's got 225 career saves, not to mention 44 career blown saves — to know how to handle a little ninth-inning rally. So when one-half of…

  9. No margin for error? No problem

    Apr 18, 2012, 3:35 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Gio Gonzalez tossed seven more scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 2.04. As the tying run stood on second base, Brad Lidge still needing to record three outs before letting that runner advance 180 feet, hardly anybody inside the Nationals dugout or in the field began to worry they might not…

  10. Instant analysis: Nats 1, Astros 0

    Apr 18, 2012, 1:19 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Jayson Werth's bloop double in the fourth led to the game's only run. Game in a nutshell: It's become their tried-and-true formula: Get an outstanding pitching performance, then scratch out just enough offense to win. This time, the Nationals pulled it off by only the slimmest of margins. Gio Gonzalez tossed seven…

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