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  1. Giolito relieved to start career with Nats

    Jul 17, 2012, 9:56 PM EST

    When Lucas Giolito took his seat in the dugout for his first in-person media availability since signing a contract with the Washington Nationals, he opened the session with a genuine, “wow.” He had never been faced with so many cameras and microphones before and at times didn’t know where the questions were coming from. But…

  2. Game 88: Mets at Nats

    Jul 17, 2012, 7:40 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats return home tonight to open a key series against the Mets. After a somewhat disappointing four-game split in Miami, the Nationals return to D.C. for what has the makings of a very important homestand: Three games against the third-place Mets, followed by four games in three…

  3. VIDEO: Will Strasburg plan change?

    Jul 17, 2012, 5:49 PM EST

    Mark called in to SportsNet Central last night to talk about Stephen Strasburg and whether there is any way Mike Rizzo and the Nats will change their plan to shut down the young ace before a potential postseason run.

  4. Storen progressing slower than planned

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Drew Storen is scheduled to make another rehab appearance tonight for Potomac. MIAMI — When Drew Storen set out to begin his rehab stint 12 days ago, the Nationals reliever expressed confidence his time in the minor leagues would be brief. The Nationals' plan for Storen called for four rehab appearances before…

  5. Hard hits, but not enough runs

    Jul 17, 2012, 4:45 AM EST

    Associated Press photo Jesus Flores and the Nats were frustrated to only score three runs. MIAMI — If not for the giant scoreboard above the center field fence at Marlins Park, the Nationals might never have known they only scored three runs Monday night. As many balls as they hit hard as a team, as…

  6. Instant analysis: Marlins 5, Nats 3

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:24 AM EST

    Associated Press photo Edwin Jackson gave up four runs in five-plus innings. Game in a nutshell: With a chance to pull off a series victory to open the season's second half, the Nationals instead had to settle for a split with the Marlins. They certainly had opportunities to win this one, rapping out 11 hits…

  7. Lannan likely to start Saturday

    Jul 16, 2012, 11:38 PM EST

    MIAMI — John Lannan, who surprisingly lost his spot in the Nationals' rotation at the end of spring training and has been pitching at Class AAA Syracuse since, is expected to return to the big leagues Saturday and start one game of the Nationals' doubleheader against the Braves. Asked who would be used to pitch…

  8. Desmond may play Tuesday

    Jul 16, 2012, 11:05 PM EST

    MIAMI — Ian Desmond's lingering oblique strain is improving, and the Nationals are hoping their All-Star shortstop can play Tuesday night against the Mets in Washington. "That's what he and I are both hoping for," manager Davey Johnson said before tonight's series finale against the Marlins. Desmond, who skipped his first trip to the All-Star…

  9. Ozzie fires more barbs at Harper, Davey

    Jul 16, 2012, 10:37 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Ozzie Guillen says Bryce Harper disrespected him during Sunday's game. MIAMI — Ozzie Guillen loves Bryce Harper. He made that point painfully clear during a six-minute diatribe Monday afternoon. While also lambasting Harper for what he believes was a disrespectful act during Sunday's game: Pointing his bat toward Guillen to show he…

  10. Game 87: Nats at Marlins

    Jul 16, 2012, 7:30 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to make it three of four tonight at Marlins Park. MIAMI — And so we've reached the fourth and final game of this wraparound series to open the season's second half. Who knew how much drama we'd be treated to, and who knows how much…

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