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  1. Distractions off field, success on it

    Apr 29, 2011, 4:08 AM EST

    Getty Images Ian Desmond is congratulated after homering in the fifth inning. Ian Desmond and Livan Hernandez are, in many ways, polar opposites on the baseball diamond. Desmond is all energy, a second-year shortstop who acknowledges he’s likely to vacillate between highs and lows over the course of a season, or even a game. Hernandez…

  2. Desmond returns, plus Zimmerman update

    Apr 28, 2011, 10:05 PM EST

    Shortstop Ian Desmond came off the paternity leave list today, rejoining the Nationals after missing two days for the birth of his first child. Desmond left the club Tuesday morning and made it to Sarasota, Fla., in time for wife Chelsey to deliver 6-pound, 11-ounce son Grayson that afternoon. He remained there yesterday before flying…

  3. Game 24: Mets at Nats

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:17 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals try to avoid a series sweep tonight at the hands of the Mets. Livan Hernandez has started 58 games Washington, D.C., more than any other pitcher since baseball returned in 2005, and few men who have toed the rubber at either RFK Stadium or Nationals Park…

  4. Harper sparks bench-clearing incident

    Apr 28, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

    Bryce Harper has had quite an eventful week. After his pro career got off to a sluggish start, the 18-year-old outfielder has gone on a bit of a tear. He's homered in three of his last five games, this after getting contact lenses upon learning his vision wasn't so great. He crashed into the wall…

  5. A ninth-inning implosion, a frustrating loss

    Apr 28, 2011, 4:52 AM EST

    US Presswire photo Sean Burnett couldn’t make a clean play on Willie Harris’ ninth-inning bunt. Jim Riggleman wandered into the Nationals’ clubhouse about 15 minutes after his team had completed a demoralizing, 6-3 loss to the Mets Wednesday night and saw at least a half-dozen players sitting at their lockers, heads down or staring off…

  6. Hernandez named in investigation

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:25 PM EST

    Nationals right-hander Livan Hernandez is reportedly the subject of a federal investigation involving money laundering for Angel Ayala Vazquez, a convicted drug trafficker in Puerto Rico. According to a report on Puerto Rican news site El Vocero, Hernandez is one of several celebrities being investigated and could face charges of money laundering and bank fraud.…

  7. Gaudin to DL, Rodriguez activated

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:03 PM EST

    The Nationals have placed reliever Chad Gaudin on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and activated fellow reliever Henry Rodriguez off the DL to take his roster spot. Gaudin had been experiencing some shoulder discomfort in recent days, particularly since getting struck by a line drive. He last pitched Monday night in Pittsburgh,…

  8. Game 23: Mets at Nats

    Apr 27, 2011, 7:43 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Losers in five of their last six games, the Nats try to get back on track tonight. The Nationals' upcoming schedule isn't very kind. They've got four games this weekend against the World Series champion Giants (with Tim Lincecum slated to pitch Friday's opener). Then a nine-game road…

  9. Beltway Baseball – 4/27/11

    Apr 27, 2011, 5:12 PM EST

    Thanks to everyone who watched today’s live edition of Beltway Baseball, and thanks to everyone who submitted questions for me and CSNwashington.com producer Chase Hughes. If you missed the show, here’s the recorded version for your viewing pleasure.

  10. Slaten’s continued struggles cost Nats

    Apr 27, 2011, 4:15 AM EST

    US Presswire photo Doug Slaten allowed the tie-breaking double in tonight’s 6-4 loss to the Mets. Relief pitchers already have precious little margin for error when they enter a game. That margin shrinks to microscopic levels for left-handed specialists, who get to face only one batter on any given night, typically with the entire game…

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