Jul 14, 2011, 10:00 AM EST
After a surprising, often exciting and certainly eventful first half, the Nationals return to the field Friday night in Atlanta boasting a 46-46 record and reason to believe they can sustain that pace over the season’s final 2 1/2 months. Whether they can keep themselves over the .500 mark or not, the Nationals have plenty…
Jul 13, 2011, 4:18 PM EST
The Nationals entered 2011 seemingly certain of several things. They knew they could count on Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche to produce. They knew their starting rotation would likely be their biggest problem-area. They knew Jim Riggleman could be counted on to manage this club until someone else told him he could no…
Jul 13, 2011, 5:34 AM EST
Associated Press photo Tyler Clippard threw three pitches and emerged with the win in the All-Star Game. PHOENIX — Years from now, long after he hangs up his spikes and his goggles, Tyler Clippard will sit his grandchildren down and tell them about the night he won the All-Star Game. And he won’t fabricate the…
Jul 12, 2011, 11:30 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER It's the NL vs. the AL tonight in the Midsummer Classic from Chase Field. PHOENIX — After a week of debate about who deserved and who didn't deserve to be named an All-Star, about who should and who shouldn't have made the trip to Phoenix and whether or…
Jul 12, 2011, 7:22 PM EST
PHOENIX — It’s been nearly seven years since Major League Baseball brought the sport back to Washington, and the road has featured plenty of bumps along the way. But as the Nationals begin to see positive results on the field and throughout their farm system, the franchise is beginning to receive positive reviews from the…
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,…
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