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  1. Gio’s statement game

    Aug 9, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    US Presswire photo Gio Gonzalez rounds the bases after hitting his first career home run. Davey Johnson asked a lot of Gio Gonzalez last night in Houston. Throw at least seven innings to give an exhausted bullpen a break. No, wait, make that a complete game. On 117 pitches, two shy of your career-high. With…

  2. Game 111: Nats at Astros

    Aug 8, 2012, 8:51 PM EST

    US Presswire file photo The Nats look to make it three in a row tonight at Minute Maid Park. They've won twice in a row in dramatic fashion in extra innings. Tonight, the Nationals will try to win a game against the Astros in regulation, and in the process improve to 25 games over .500…

  3. All they do is win

    Aug 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Getty Images Roger Bernadina's spectacular catch sealed the Nationals' win last night. Their closer has blown three saves and put at least two men on base in eight of his last 13 appearances. Their rookie phenom is mired in the first prolonged slump of his life, one that has lasted nearly two months. Their catchers…

  4. Game 110: Nats at Astros

    Aug 7, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

    US Presswire file photo Ross Detwiler starts tonight's game at Minute Maid Park. It got lost amid the chaos of the final innings of last night's victory, but Jayson Werth departed early after complaining of tired legs. It's a concern he's had all along as he returns from a broken wrist, and on Sunday he…

  5. Bailed out by baseball’s worst bunch

    Aug 7, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Associated Press photo Roger Bernadina scored on a disastrous play by the Astros in the 11th. Imagine waking up this morning without having watched the Nationals defeat the Astros 5-4 in 11 innings last night and trying to decipher how the winning run scored simply by reading the official play-by-play account: "Suzuki reached on bunt…

  6. Game 109: Nats at Astros

    Aug 6, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

    US Presswire file photo Minute Maid Park hosts the Nationals the next four nights. There are no sure things in baseball, where any team can beat any other team on any given day. But as they open a four-game series in Houston tonight, the Nationals probably can't help but believe they should be heavily favored…

  7. Nats claim Izturis from Brewers

    Aug 6, 2012, 6:28 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Cesar Izturis is a career .255 hitter in 12 major-league seasons. Updated at 2:48 p.m. Needing some infield insurance while Ian Desmond returns from an oblique tear and Mark DeRosa battles an abdominal strain, the Nationals have acquired veteran Cesar Izturis from the Brewers in a waiver claim. Izturis, 32, has played…

  8. Werth surprised by smooth return

    Aug 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Jayson Werth is 5-for-12 with five walks since returning from the DL. Though he felt like he was ready to face big-league pitching again after a three-month recovery from a broken left wrist and a nine-game rehab assignment in the minors, Jayson Werth figured there might be a bit of a transition…

  9. Bouncing back yet again

    Aug 5, 2012, 11:54 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg improved to 12-5 while raising his batting average to .343. There may be no pitcher in baseball who beats himself up after a poor outing more than Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander might as well be wrapped in Kryptonite during the four days after he takes a loss. “You don’t really…

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