Jun 3, 2011, 10:27 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Yunesky Maya faces Josh Collmenter tonight at Chase Field. PHOENIX — Yunesky Maya's first start of 2011 wasn't particularly impressive. If anything, it bore some significant resemblance to his five starts in 2010, when he labored to get through the fourth and fifth innings and pitched at an…
Jun 3, 2011, 5:17 PM EST
PHOENIX — Asked yesterday afternoon about Michael Morse's dramatic turnaround from April to May, Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein gave all the credit to Morse. "He's been able to relax a little more," Eckstein said. "He's been able to let the ball come to him and not try to go get the ball, which is…
Jun 3, 2011, 6:29 AM EST
US Presswire photo Jordan Zimmermann turned in his sixth straight quality start Thursday night. PHOENIX — For nearly four years, since the day the Nationals drafted him out of tiny Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Jordan Zimmermann had been more concept than reality. The right-hander would show glimpses of his immense ability, but the inconsistencies of a young…
Jun 3, 2011, 12:32 AM EST
PHOENIX — As his team has struggled much of the season to produce offensively, Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein has remained mostly out of the public eye. Restricted from speaking to reporters by general manager Mike Rizzo, Eckstein has been mostly holed up where he spends the bulk of his day: In the batting cage,…
Jun 2, 2011, 10:17 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chase Field hosts the Nationals and Diamondbacks tonight. PHOENIX — Hello from the Valley of the Sun, where it is currently a very comfortable 91 degrees. Relative humidity: 5 percent. With the wind chill factor, it only feels like 87 degrees. Have to say, it's incredibly nice to…
Jun 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EST
Thursday, 9:40 p.m. — RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-6, 3.88) vs. LHP Zach Duke (1-0, 0.00)TV: MASN2 Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM Friday, 9:40 p.m. — RHP Yunesky Maya (0-0, 7.71) vs. RHP Josh Collmenter (3-1, 1.49)TV: MASN2 Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM Saturday, 8:10 p.m. — RHP Livan Hernandez (3-6, 3.87) vs. LHP Joe Saunders…
Jun 2, 2011, 12:45 AM EST
Associated Press photo Laynce Nix homered and made a key catch in left field during the Nats’ win. Well, they did it. The Nationals took a series from the Phillies. And John Lannan beat his long-time nemeses for the first time in his career, leading the way to a 2-1 victory this afternoon. Laynce Nix…
Jun 1, 2011, 9:21 PM EST
Couple of notable news items out of Viera today… Ryan Zimmerman played in his first extended spring training game since undergoing surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle. Zimmerman went 0-for-3 with a walk and played three innings at third base without having a ball hit in his direction. Zimmerman is slated to take tomorrow…
Jun 1, 2011, 2:33 PM EST
File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan tries to pitch the Nats to a series victory over the Phillies today. They put forth an impressive showing against Roy Halladay, albeit in a losing effort, on Monday. They really took it to Cliff Lee, and actually won, last night. Now, can the Nationals…
Jun 1, 2011, 3:52 AM EST
Associated Press photo Danny Espinosa belted a pair of homers off Cliff Lee in the Nats’ 10-2 victory. Jim Riggleman was talking up Danny Espinosa on Monday, after the rookie second baseman had homered off Roy Halladay to join teammate Jayson Werth as the Nationals’ top power hitters so far this season. “As good as…
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