Jun 16, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats go for the sweep and a six-game winning streak tonight. The Nationals don't often find themselves in this situation: Winners of five straight, with a chance to sweep a front-line opponent. Yet here they stand entering tonight's game against the Cardinals. Can the resurgent lineup keep…
Jun 16, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Livan Hernandez is hugged by Ivan Rodriguez following his 50th complete game. Jim Riggleman needed only two words to describe Livan Hernandez's three-hit shutout against the Cardinals last night. As the Nationals manager put it: "Vintage Livo." Actually, Riggleman might have been underselling it. "Vintage" implies this was a somewhat typical performance…
Jun 16, 2011, 4:05 AM EDT
Before taking the field Tuesday night for the first time in nine weeks, Ryan Zimmerman tried to downplay the impact his return might have on the Nationals’ woebegone lineup. “Me coming back is not going to make us score 10 runs every night,” he insisted. Technically speaking, Zimmerman was right. They’re only scoring nine runs…
Jun 15, 2011, 9:42 PM EDT
Tom Gorzelanny’s recovery from elbow inflammation, combined with Yunesky Maya’s inefficient performance, has given the Nationals reason to make a change to their rotation. Gorzelanny will be activated off the disabled list Sunday and will start this weekend’s series finale against the Orioles, while Maya has been optioned to Class AAA Syracuse and replaced by…
Jun 15, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez faces Kyle McClellan tonight at Nationals Park. It's been 21 months since the Nationals last boasted a five-game winning streak, that seven-game upswing to end the 2009 season with 59 victories. Tonight, they've got a chance to make it five in a row in mid-June, hoping…
Jun 15, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Yunesky Maya faces an uncertain future after another shaky start last night. In writing about last night's 8-6 win, I wound up focusing almost entirely on two half-innings: The bottom of the seventh, when the Nationals rallied to score six runs, and the top of the ninth, when Drew Storen intentionally walked…
Jun 15, 2011, 5:29 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth celebrate the Nats’ come-from-behind win. Trying to single out one key moment or one key player from the Nationals’ 8-6 victory over the Cardinals Tuesday night might be a fruitless exercise. There were, quite simply, more contributors and more moments of significance than can be remembered. But…
Jun 15, 2011, 3:39 AM EDT
Since learning in March he had a tear in his left shoulder, Adam LaRoche held out hope he could make it through the season without needing surgery. On Tuesday, the Nationals first baseman finally conceded what had looked inevitable for a while: He will have surgery Thursday and miss the rest of 2011. Three weeks…
Jun 14, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After a long (and successful road trip) the Nats are back home for a while. Hello from Nationals Park — it's been a while. It's also been a while since we last saw Ryan Zimmerman, but he's officially back and in tonight's lineup, batting third and playing third.…
Jun 14, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT
Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. — LHP Jaime Garcia (6-2, 3.20) vs. RHP Yunesky Maya (0-1, 5.40)TV: MASN Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. — RHP Kyle McClellan (6-2, 3.86) vs. RHP Livan Hernandez (3-8, 4.15)TV: MASN Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM Thursday, 7:05 p.m. — RHP Kyle Lohse (7-3, 2.67) vs. LHP John Lannan…
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- Report: Nats making lefty relievers available for trade
- Strasburg labors in return from ankle sprain
- Former Nats OF released by Texas Rangers; Ohlendorf to Triple-A
- Nats announce season-opening rotation order
- Zimmerman expects to return in 2-3 days
- Strasburg returns to mound as Nats face Mets
- Storen returns to mound after 2-week absence
- Phillies' All-Star likely to begin season on disabled list
- Report: AL Central team interested in former Nats closer Soriano
- Zimmermann contract talks "not looking good"