Apr 9, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tom Gorzelanny makes his season debut today at Citi Field. NEW YORK — We figured the Nationals would have a tweaked lineup today since they're facing a left-handed starter for the first time this season. This, though, is a bit different than I expected. Adam LaRoche has been…
Apr 9, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings during yesterday's win. NEW YORK — The focus of my game analysis last night was on Ivan Rodriguez because, well, I thought the veteran catcher had both an interesting impact on the Nationals' 6-2 win and had some interesting things to say afterward.…
Apr 9, 2011, 1:44 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Ivan Rodriguez contributed to today’s win both behind and at the plate. NEW YORK — Ivan Rodriguez’s opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the Nationals are waning. He won’t say that, but you get the sense the 39-year-old catcher understands the situation. The Nationals want to start transitioning rookie Wilson Ramos into…
Apr 8, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT
NEW YORK — The Nationals enter today’s game with two victories this season, each of them games that included a save situation. And each time, manager Jim Riggleman called upon Sean Burnett to close it out. That doesn’t, however, mean the Nationals have settled upon Burnett as their closer. Riggleman reiterated this afternoon he’s still…
Apr 8, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER It's cold and gray at Citi Field for the Mets' home opener against the Nats. NEW YORK — Fresh off last night's exhilarating, 11-inning win in Florida, the bleary-eyed Nationals are back in action this afternoon. It's Opening Day for the Mets at Citi Field, so we've got…
Apr 8, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT
Friday, 4:10 p.m. — RHP Jordan Zimmermann (0-1, 3.00) vs. RHP R.A. Dickey (1-0, 0.00).TV: MASN Radio: WFED (1500 AM), WHFS (1580 AM) Saturday, 7:10 p.m. –- LHP Tom Gorzelanny (7-9, 4.09 in 2010) vs. LHP Chris Capuano (0-0, 13.50).TV: MASN Radio: WHFS (1580 AM) Sunday, 1:10 p.m. –- RHP Jason Marquis (0-0, 2.84) vs.…
Apr 8, 2011, 4:26 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Adam LaRoche is congratulated by Ryan Zimmerman following his 11th-inning homer. MIAMI — Adam LaRoche has experienced slow starts in his career. In his first five big-league seasons, he never finished April with a batting average higher than .214. In 2007 with the Pirates, he was hitting .133 on May 1. Somehow,…
Apr 7, 2011, 10:26 PM EDT
MIAMI — The Nationals know they need to get better performances from members of their bullpen not named Sean Burnett, Drew Storen or Tyler Clippard. They just don’t know who among the rest of the group is most likely to do it. While their top three relievers have pitched well through the season’s first week,…
Apr 7, 2011, 7:27 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats need to beat Josh Johnson tonight to avoid a series sweep. MIAMI — Not that you ever want to put yourself in a position where you need to win a series finale on the road to avoid being swept, but the Nationals' current predicament is especially…
Apr 7, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT
MIAMI — If Jim Riggleman stays true to form, Wilson Ramos will be behind the plate for tonight's series finale (with the Nationals needing to beat ace Josh Johnson to avoid another sweep at the hands of the Marlins). But if Riggleman stays true to form, Ivan Rodriguez will be back in the lineup tomorrow…
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