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  1. Desmond swinging bat again

    Aug 11, 2012, 11:42 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Ian Desmond has been making progress in his recovery from an oblique tear. PHOENIX — Ian Desmond took about 20 swings in the batting cage this evening, the first time the Nationals shortstop has been cleared to do that since landing on the disabled list with a torn left oblique muscle on…

  2. Game 114: Nats at Diamondbacks

    Aug 11, 2012, 8:52 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats look for their eighth straight win tonight at Chase Field. PHOENIX — Among the many remarkable aspects of the Nationals' season has been their ability to actually play better baseball on the road than at home. Indeed, this team has gone 38-21 away from South Capitol…

  3. On Harper, Strasburg, Lombardozzi

    Aug 11, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper had a pair of sacrifice flies and drew a walk last night. PHOENIX — Some leftover thoughts from last night's 9-1 thumping of the Diamondbacks… — Bryce Harper bounced back from his rough Houston series with a productive game at the plate, even though he didn't produce a base hit.…

  4. Still focused on the ultimate prize

    Aug 11, 2012, 6:53 AM EST

    US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg allowed one hit over six innings to earn his 13th win. PHOENIX — The 70-win plateau shouldn’t mean anything for a ballclub, but in the mostly unremarkable, 78-year history of Washington baseball, that figure has been reached only 37 times. And only twice before had a D.C. baseball team gotten…

  5. Instant analysis: Nats 9, D’backs 1

    Aug 11, 2012, 4:53 AM EST

    US Presswire photo Steve Lombardozzi had four hits and scored four runs. Game in a nutshell: After a four-game sweep against a hapless team in Houston, the Nationals figured to face a stiffer test tonight against an Arizona club trying to hang on in the NL wild-card race. But what began as a tight pitchers'…

  6. Scoring change ends Morse’s streak

    Aug 11, 2012, 1:14 AM EST

    US Presswire photo Michael Morse had a hit from the game on June 2 taken away from him. PHOENIX — Michael Morse left the ballpark in Houston Thursday night with an 18-game hitting streak attached to his name. He arrived at the ballpark in Arizona Friday afternoon with that streak reduced to seven games, even…

  7. Game 113: Nats at Diamondbacks

    Aug 10, 2012, 10:16 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg makes his first career start at Chase Field tonight. PHOENIX — Hello from the Valley of the Sun, where the temperature as I type this is 112 degrees. But factor in the 10 mph breeze, and the wind chill is only 108. No, seriously, that's according…

  8. Encouraging/discouraging

    Aug 10, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper, slumping since the All-Star break, sat out last night's win. PHOENIX — It's been a while since we compiled one of these things, looking alternatively at some of the more encouraging and discouraging developments involving the Nationals. So as the Nats head west following a four-game sweep of the Astros…

  9. Game 112: Nats at Astros

    Aug 9, 2012, 8:30 PM EST

    US Presswire file photo Jordan Zimmermann tries to pitch the Nats to a sweep at Minute Maid Park. It hasn't come as easy as they would have liked, but the Nationals have done just enough to win the first three games of this series in Houston and put themselves in position for a four-game sweep…

  10. VIDEO: LaRoche’s present & future

    Aug 9, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Last night Mark joined Jill Sorenson on Geico SportsNet Central to discuss Adam LaRoche’s year with the Nationals and whether the team will pick up his option for the 2013 season.

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