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  1. 2nd half storylines: Strasburg’s shutdown

    Jul 12, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg has thrown 100 innings this season (counting the All-Star Game). The Nationals open tomorrow what promises to be the most compelling second half to a season since the franchise arrived in town in 2005, owners of the NL's best record but saddled with several major questions that need to be…

  2. 2nd half storylines: The trade deadline

    Jul 12, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Mike Rizzo will be making and receiving plenty of calls over the next 2 1/2 weeks. The Nationals open tomorrow what promises to be the most compelling second half to a season since the franchise arrived in town in 2005, owners of the NL's best record but saddled with several major questions…

  3. 2nd half storylines: Closer controversy?

    Jul 12, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Tyler Clippard has 14 saves and a 0.49 ERA since taking over closer duties. The Nationals open tomorrow what promises to be the most compelling second half to a season since the franchise arrived in town in 2005, owners of the NL's best record but saddled with several major questions that need…

  4. 2nd half storylines: Werth’s return

    Jul 12, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    US Presswire photo Jayson Werth has been relegated to dugout onlooker since breaking his wrist May 6. The Nationals open tomorrow what promises to be the most compelling second half to a season since the franchise arrived in town in 2005, owners of the NL's best record but saddled with several major questions that need…

  5. Midseason report card: Pitching

    Jul 11, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Jordan Zimmermann pitched much better than his 5-6 record indicated. Earlier today, we graded out the Nationals' lineup and bench. Now it's time to evaluate how the pitching staff performed over the season's first half. Obviously, the staff as a whole was the best in baseball. Individually, there were a number of…

  6. Midseason report card: Offense

    Jul 11, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Ian Desmond's breakthrough performance earned the shortstop an A. While the Nationals' pitching staff excelled throughout the season's first half and was the primary reason for this club's 49-34 record at the All-Star break, the performance from Washington's lineup and bench were more sporadic. Things did take a nice upward turn over…

  7. An eventful All-Star win for Nats

    Jul 11, 2012, 5:12 AM EST

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper lost Mike Napoli's fourth-inning flyball in the twilight. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sure, there was that routine flyball Bryce Harper never saw amid the Kansas City twilight, a botched play that will show up on All-Star blooper reels for decades to come. "It didn't hit me in the head," Harper…

  8. Instant analysis: NL 8, AL 0

    Jul 11, 2012, 3:17 AM EST

    US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg tossed a scoreless fourth inning for the National League. Game in a nutshell: Who says the National League's lineup can't stack up to the American League's thunder? The Senior Circuit sure looked dominant in the top of the first inning tonight against perhaps the best pitcher on the planet, piling…

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