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  1. Morse, Lidge targeting early-June return

    May 23, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

    PHILADELPHIA — Michael Morse is already rehabbing at the Nationals' extended spring training complex in Viera, Fla. and is set to begin playing in games Friday. Brad Lidge will join his teammate there tomorrow as each injured player seeks to rejoin the active roster in early-June. Morse, out since Opening Day with a torn right…

  2. Game 44: Nats at Phillies

    May 23, 2012, 7:47 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to make it seven in a row at Citizens Bank Park. PHILADELPHIA — Cole Hamels faces the Nationals tonight. The last time Cole Hamels faced the Nationals … well, you know what happened. Will there be any carryover tonight? The hunch here is that there…

  3. Clippard gets his opportunity to close

    May 23, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Tyler Clippard recorded his second career save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. PHILADELPHIA — Rarely does Tyler Clippard get the opportunity to watch the Nationals celebrate a victory in person, let alone be at the center of such a celebration on the field. Such is life for a setup man, who upon…

  4. Bryce’s Broad Street beatdown

    May 23, 2012, 4:24 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper connects for a third-inning triple off Roy Halladay. PHILADELPHIA — It was early March in Viera, Fla., when Bryce Harper and Rick Eckstein were chatting around the batting cage at the Nationals' spring training complex, talking about how to approach certain big-league pitchers. Harper brought up one prominent NL East…

  5. Zimmerman scratched with sore shoulder

    May 23, 2012, 3:09 AM EDT

    Updated at 11:09 p.m. PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Zimmerman was scratched from the Nationals' lineup less than an hour before first pitch of tonight's game against the Phillies after telling manager Davey Johnson his right shoulder was sore. Though Zimmerman insisted he could play, Johnson insisted his star third baseman take the night off. The manager…

  6. Instant analysis: Nats 5, Phillies 2

    May 23, 2012, 1:44 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Danny Espinosa congratulates Bryce Harper upon scoring in the third inning. Game in a nutshell: What looked like a guaranteed, low-scoring, pitchers' duel at the beginning of the night turned upside-down almost as soon as the game began. A Nationals lineup that was without Ryan Zimmerman — a late scratch for unannounced…

  7. Nats going with closer-by-committee

    May 22, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Henry Rodriguez has an 8.38 ERA and three blown saves in his last 12 appearances. PHILADELPHIA — One night after another near-meltdown in the ninth inning, Henry Rodriguez is being moved out of the Nationals' closer role, with manager Davey Johnson saying he'll instead use a committee of relievers in that spot.…

  8. Game 43: Nats at Phillies

    May 22, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann faces Roy Halladay tonight at Citizens Bank Park. PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals always have trouble scoring runs for Jordan Zimmermann, right? Well, they're in luck tonight, because the man on the mound opposing Zimmermann will be the very hittable … Roy Halladay. Good luck with that.…

  9. Mattheus to DL, Wang activated

    May 22, 2012, 5:34 PM EDT

    PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals will place reliever Ryan Mattheus on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot and activate right-hander Chien-Ming Wang from the DL before tonight's game against the Phillies, according to a club source. Wang will be available to pitch out of the bullpen tonight, though he'd likely be…

  10. On Desmond, Stammen and Harper

    May 22, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    PHILADELPHIA — We kind of got caught up in the ninth-inning drama from last night's game, and if you're interested in even more discussion about Henry Rodriguez and what the Nationals are going to do with their closer's role now, I would encourage you to watch the above video. But there were plenty of other…



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