Jul 12, 2011, 12:17 AM EST
US Presswire photos Tyler Clippard and Joel Hanrahan have each enjoyed career renaissances this season. PHOENIX — It was the final week of June 2009, and the Washington Nationals were — to put it bluntly — a disaster. Thirty games under .500. The bullpen, statistically, ranked as the worst in big-league history. The pitching coach…
Jul 11, 2011, 9:19 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Balls will be flying out of Chase Field tonight during the Home Run Derby. PHOENIX — The Home Run Derby has become a staple of the All-Star experience, a exhibition of raw power unlike anything else you'll see all season. There's a bit of a new wrinkle to…
Jul 11, 2011, 4:00 PM EST
US Presswire photo Brad Peacock retired the side on nine pitches during yesterday's Futures Game. UPDATE AT 3:00 P.M. — Nationals GM Mike Rizzo confirmed that Peacock has been promoted to Class AAA Syracuse. He'll make his debut there on Saturday. PHOENIX — Standing along the two baselines yesterday afternoon at Chase Field were 48…
Jul 11, 2011, 2:32 AM EST
US Presswire photo Bryce Harper reacts after striking out in his first at-bat of the Futures Game. PHOENIX — Bryce Harper has been “playing up” against older, more experienced competition since … well, pretty much since the day he first picked up a baseball bat and homered off his father. Sunday evening, though, brought a…
Jul 10, 2011, 11:50 PM EST
US Presswire photo Rick Ankiel’s homer helped lead the Nationals to a 2-0 win over the Rockies. Their $126 million right fielder has a broken swing. Their franchise third baseman has played only 34 games. Their .235 team batting average is better than just three teams. And their manager quit amid a hot streak. Yet,…
Jul 10, 2011, 9:30 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chase Field, site of Tuesday's All-Star Game, and tonight's Futures Game. PHOENIX — Hello from the Valley of the Sun, where All-Star festivities officially begin tonight with the annual Futures Game. The format has top prospects from the United States facing their counterparts from international locales. There are…
Jul 10, 2011, 3:33 PM EST
File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats need to win today to enter the All-Star break at .500. I wrote a few days ago about the Nationals' penchant for winning one-run games, and how the law of averages made it near-impossible for them to continue winning those tight contests at that ridiculous…
Jul 10, 2011, 4:28 AM EST
US Presswire photo Danny Espinosa turns a fourth-inning double play during tonight’s loss. These days you never quite know which Ubaldo Jimenez you’re going to get. Unfortunately for the Nationals on Saturday night, Ubaldo was good. Really good. After going perfect through the first 4 1/3 innings, the Rockies’ ace finished with one earned run,…
Jul 9, 2011, 4:56 PM EST
File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jason Marquis faces Ubaldo Jimenez tonight at Nationals Park. For all that they've accomplished over the last month, the Nationals are in a bit of a precarious position this weekend. Having lost two straight (and seven of 12 since Davey Johnson took over as manager), they're back…
Jul 9, 2011, 4:26 AM EST
Getty Images John Lannan departs the field after taking a line drive off his face. The ball came screaming off Ty Wigginton’s bat, and in the millisecond that followed, the best John Lannan could do was raise his glove and hope to deflect the projectile that was making a beeline for his face. Lannan didn’t…
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