Apr 2, 2011, 5:24 PM EST
The Nationals, as has been expected since the end of last season, are transitioning Wilson Ramos into a starting role behind the plate. Ramos is starting today against the Braves, and manager Jim Riggleman said the rookie will share the job with Ivan Rodriguez 50-50 for the immediate future, with neither designated as the No.…
Apr 2, 2011, 2:18 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan faces Tommy Hanson today at Nationals Park. Though Jim Riggleman insisted all spring Ivan Rodriguez would be his Opening Day catcher, the Nationals manager never said Pudge would be his everyday catcher. There has been an understanding all along that Wilson Ramos would be getting a…
Apr 1, 2011, 2:58 PM EST
Photo by Bob Youngentob / CSNwashington.com Jayson Werth’s patience at the plate has rubbed off on his new teammates. Most of the positives that have been outlined from the Nationals’ 2-0 Opening Day loss to the Braves have centered around the club’s solid pitching and defensive performance. It’s difficult to find positives out of an…
Mar 31, 2011, 11:33 PM EST
The season was barely 15 minutes old, and plenty among the announced crowd of 39,055 at Nationals Park hadn’t even settled into their seats when the home team faced its first real test of 2011. Already trailing the Braves 1-0, the Nationals had just seen Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman produce back-to-back singles, putting runners…
Mar 31, 2011, 2:00 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nationals Park is ready to go for Opening Day. It's cold. It's damp. It's barely fit for man or beast outside. But it looks like there will be baseball today on South Capitol Street, and what could be better than that? Actually, the forecast is much better today…
Mar 31, 2011, 11:00 AM EST
Opening Day has arrived, and though the weather outside may not suggest it, baseball season is at long last upon us. For those of you headed to Nationals Park today, be sure to bundle up and bring your rain gear. And be sure to stop by The Bullpen bar across from the center field gate,…
Mar 30, 2011, 10:49 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Bad weather prevented the Nationals from working out in front of fans today. The Nationals hope to be able to play tomorrow's opener against the Braves as scheduled at 1:05 p.m., but principal owner Mark Lerner said the club won't hesitate to postpone until Friday afternoon if the…
Mar 30, 2011, 9:41 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper stood inside the spacious and luxurious clubhouse at Nationals Park, feeling for one day at least like they were part of the team that will take the field Thursday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves. By the time each Nationals player is introduced to the sellout crowd and assembles along the…
Mar 30, 2011, 2:32 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jim Riggleman enters the final year of his contract with expectations raised. While it’s certainly good to be home again, I have to say: This weather is pretty depressing. I mean, it was 85 degrees in Viera yesterday when I left Space Coast Stadium. It’s 45 degrees here…
Mar 29, 2011, 8:46 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam LaRoche homered and drew two walks in his return to the lineup. VIERA, Fla. — Adam LaRoche insists he’s not concerned about the state of his left shoulder, and if his performance today was any indication, the Nationals first baseman may be right about that. Playing in…
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