Apr 17, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Rick Ankiel wowed everyone at Nationals Park last night with his sixth-inning throw. In the five years since he successfully returned to the major leagues as a position player after seeing his pitching career come to a screeching halt, Rick Ankiel has dazzled onlookers plenty of times with remarkable throws from the…
Apr 17, 2012, 4:31 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Steve Lombardozzi had plenty to smile about after going 4-for-5. He had carved up the Astros lineup for five innings, making mincemeat of every hitter who dared step to the plate, but after slogging his way through a laborious top of the sixth Stephen Strasburg retreated to the dugout knowing he had…
Apr 17, 2012, 2:11 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg dominated for five innings before allowing two runs in the sixth. Game in a nutshell: Stephen Strasburg was just about everything the Nationals could have hoped in his first home start of the season, though the young staff ace did let the Astros come back to tie the game in…
Apr 16, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Chien-Ming Wang is slated to pitch a simulated game Wednesday in Viera. Though Chien-Ming Wang has progressed quickly from a strained hamstring and could be ready to return to a big-league mound by the end of the month, the Nationals plan to take things slowly with the veteran right-hander, not feeling the…
Apr 16, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg makes his 2012 home debut tonight against the Astros. Let's see, Stephen Strasburg has already turned in two stellar performances in his first two starts of the year, both on the road. Tonight, he makes his home debut against an Astros lineup that, while producing at…
Apr 16, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg hopes to stand tall tonight in his 2012 Nationals Park debut. It's been nearly seven months since Stephen Strasburg last took the mound at Nationals Park, but the young right-hander who started on Sept. 23 against the Braves was not the same one who will get the ball tonight against…
Apr 15, 2012, 11:29 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Ryan Zimmerman can't watch as Ryan Ludwick rounds the bases on a grand slam. The blown calls came in rapid fire — Bang! Bang! Bang! — on three consecutive at-bats in the top of the first, each umpiring gaffe enraging the Nationals more than the previous one. Standing on the mound, Ross…
Apr 15, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Brandon Phillips turns a double play as Jayson Werth slides into second base. Game in a nutshell: A disastrous top of the first featured three blown calls (one by first base umpire Mike Everitt, two by plate ump Laz Diaz) put the Nationals in a 4-0 hole that later became 5-0 in…
Apr 15, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Even when his bat shatters, Jesus Flores is recording base hits these days. This isn't the first time Jesus Flores has been asked to serve as the Nationals' backup catcher. He did it as a rookie Rule 5 draft pick in 2007, and he did it again late last season. It's no…
Apr 15, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals seek a four-game sweep of the Reds and a six-game winning streak. We've focused so much on the Nationals' pitching staff through the season's first week-plus, and with good reason. Steve McCatty's group leads all of baseball with a 1.82 ERA, 0.952 WHIP and 88 strikeouts.…
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