May 18, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER This year's Battle of the Beltways begins tonight at Nationals Park. Yes, this weekend's series against the Orioles is significant for the Nationals. But it also represents the start of a very significant stretch of games that could go a long toward determining whether this franchise is going…
May 18, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT
Left fielder Michael Morse is expected to report to extended spring training in Viera, Fla., on Monday, moving one step closer to a return to the Nationals lineup. Morse, out since March with a torn right lat muscle, took swings off a tee today for the first time since he was shut down from all…
May 18, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT
There's a bit of a misnomer circulating around the region that this weekend's Battle of the Beltways marks the first time winning baseball teams from Washington and Baltimore have ever faced each other. Not true. On April 16, 1970, the 4-3 Washington Senators traveled up the road to Memorial Stadium and beat the 5-2 Baltimore…
May 18, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT
The Nationals’ April 22 rainout against the Marlins will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Friday, Aug. 3, the club announced this morning. First pitch for the first game of the twinbill will be at 4:05 p.m. The second game will begin at approximately 7:05 p.m., depending on how long the…
May 18, 2012, 4:15 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Jose Tabata takes out Danny Espinosa at second base during the seventh inning. Something about the Nationals Thursday night looked, well, uncomfortable. Whether it was Jordan Zimmermann struggling to establish a rhythm on the mound or locate his fastball, or whether it was a lineup full of hitters who were hogtied by…
May 18, 2012, 2:06 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen hit two more homers against the Nationals. Game in a nutshell: Unable to do anything against Pirates right-hander James McDonald for five innings, the Nationals finally came to life during a three-run sixth that included a two-run single by Ryan Zimmerman and an RBI triple (yes, triple) by Adam…
May 17, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT
Though he's been targeting a June 8 return for some time, injured left fielder Michael Morse believes he could actually rejoin the Nationals sooner than that, perhaps during their next homestand. Morse, out since spring training with a torn right lat muscle, has begun swinging a bat and playing catch for the first time since…
May 17, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann tries to pitch the Nationals to a two-game sweep of the Pirates. Don't look now, but the Nationals are scoring runs in bunches. They've scored 32 runs over their last six games (an average of 5.2 per contest) and produced 58 hits (an average of 9.7).…
May 17, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT
I’d say it’s been a crazy couple of weeks for the Nationals, but really it’s been a crazy season for the Nationals, the news and drama never letting up. So there will be plenty to discuss when CSNwashington.com’s Chase Hughes and the Washington Times’ Amanda Comak join me this afternoon for the latest installment of…
May 17, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT
US Presswire file photo Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez are baseball's best 1-2 strikeout tandem. The mostly uninspiring history of the Nationals is littered with pitchers whose mission was simple: Keep the ball down in the zone, induce groundballs and pray their defense could finish the job. It was called "pitching to contact," and while…
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