Sep 23, 2010, 4:30 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Danny Espinosa snapped out of a 5-for-51 slump with a triple and go-ahead homer. As the outs piled up and the first slump of his big-league career moved into full swing, Danny Espinosa could have started panicking. He could have worried about getting benched. He could have started…
Sep 22, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT
Last night's ninth inning — in which Jim Riggleman pulled Drew Storen with two outs in the ninth and the Nationals leading by four runs — produced plenty of armchair managing from media members and fans alike. Thanks to all of you who commented in the earlier thread; there were some fantastic points made on…
Sep 22, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jason Marquis faces Wandy Rodriguez tonight at Nationals Park. Last night, the Nationals produced one of their best rallies of the season, scoring seven times with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Astros, 8-4. So Jim Riggleman is sticking with his same lineup…
Sep 22, 2010, 7:24 PM EDT
The Nationals have signed a two-year affiliation agreement with low-Class A Hagerstown, extending their relationship with the Suns through 2012. The organization has now locked up all of its minor-league affiliates for the next two seasons. The full rundown will be… AAA: SyracuseAA: HarrisburgHigh-A: PotomacLow-A: HagerstownShort-season A: Auburn (N.Y.)Rookie: Gulf Coast League (Viera, Fla.)
Sep 22, 2010, 4:37 PM EDT
Tyler Clippard never set out to win 10 games or strike out 100 batters. Few relievers would even set such lofty goals for themselves at the start of a season. The workhorse of the Nationals bullpen, though, achieved each milestone last night against the Astros and in the process etched his place in baseball history.…
Sep 22, 2010, 4:45 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ivan Rodriguez's two-run homer sparked the Nats' seven-run rally. The explosion was in there somewhere. Someone just needed to light the match. Who could have predicted it would come in the form of a two-run homer by Ivan Rodriguez, off the foul pole, on an 0-2, two-out pitch…
Sep 21, 2010, 11:01 PM EDT
The Nationals entered the season with a three-headed, revolving door in right field: Willie Harris, Michael Morse and Willy Taveras. Roger Bernadina? He opened the year at Class AAA Syracuse, having failed to capitalize on a spring training opportunity to win a spot on the big-league roster. Six months later, the 26-year-old leads the Nats…
Sep 21, 2010, 10:42 PM EDT
The Nationals have switched affiliates at the short-season Class A level, signing a player-development contract with the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League. The two-year deal with Auburn, which had previously been affiliated with the Blue Jays, runs through 2012 and ends the Nats’ longstanding affiliation with the New York-Penn club in Burlington, Vt.…
Sep 21, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan faces fellow lefty J.A. Happ tonight at Nationals Park. One night after an embarrassingly ugly 8-2 loss to the Astros, will the Nationals rebound with a better performance that snaps their four-game losing streak? One night after the smallest paid crowd since baseball returned to the…
Sep 21, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT
Photo courtesy Bill Scheuerman Bryce Harper has been very much at ease in his first days as a pro ballplayer. Workouts for the Florida instructional league have been going on for five days now, with nearly four-dozen Nationals prospects and rehabbing veterans getting some extra work in Viera before heading home for the winter. The…
NL EAST STANDINGS
WED: Nats at Phillies, 7:35 p.m.
FRI: Nats at Mariners, 10:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Mariners, 9:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
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