Apr 20, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT
Associated Press photo The new-look Marlins make their first appearance at Nationals Park this year. Davey Johnson had a somewhat interesting explanation for letting Tom Gorzelanny take a pounding during the sixth inning of last night's lopsided loss to the Astros. "Bullpen's been pretty taxed pretty much all year," the manager said. "It wasn't the…
Apr 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Jason Castro scores one of the Astros’ five runs in the sixth inning. The high point of Davey Johnson’s day came when he revealed during his afternoon media briefing that he had discovered the reason for his scratchy throat. He was allergic to pollen, the first time he’d ever succumbed to an…
Apr 20, 2012, 2:13 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Edwin Jackson was torched for five runs in the top of the first inning. Game in a nutshell: So much for the tried-and-true format of great pitching and a couple of late hits. Edwin Jackson put the Nationals in a 5-0 hole in the top of the first, but his teammates nearly…
Apr 19, 2012, 9:46 PM EDT
Though Bryce Harper's first two weeks at Class AAA have left plenty to be desired, the Nationals aren't concerned in the least about their top prospect's development. Harper ended play today with a .232 average and only one RBI in 14 games for Syracuse, but slow starts are nothing new for the 19-year-old outfielder, who…
Apr 19, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The first-place Nationals go for a four-game sweep of the Astros tonight. For the third time in four series so far this season, the Nationals have an opportunity to sweep their opponents. Stop and think about that for a moment. Pretty remarkable. If they are to pull off…
Apr 19, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT
If you read or heard anything that came out of the Nationals' clubhouse this spring, you know this team wasn't lacking in confidence entering the season. Davey Johnson insisted there was more potential on this roster than his Mets clubs of the mid-1980s. Brad Lidge (who pitched for three pennant winners) insisted this was the…
Apr 19, 2012, 4:17 AM EDT
Associated Press photo Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche each drew key walks during the Nats' winning rally. You'd be hard-pressed to find a ballclub willing to admit it tries to do nothing at the plate for seven innings before finally kicking into gear late, and you won't get the Nationals to admit such a ludicrous…
Apr 19, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT
Associated Press photo Jordan Zimmermann was fantastic, again. And got almost no run support, again. Game in a nutshell: They've turned every game into a down-to-the-wire, heart-attack-in-waiting affair, so why stop now? Trailing 1-0 most of the night when they couldn't score a run to support Jordan Zimmermann, the Nationals stormed back late and scratched…
Apr 18, 2012, 9:53 PM EDT
Chien-Ming Wang faced hitters in a simulated game earlier today, another key step toward the right-hander's return from a hamstring injury. Facing batters at the Nationals' extended spring training complex in Viera, Fla., Wang threw 35 pitches "He threw really good," manager Davey Johnson said. "The report I got was … he had really, good,…
Apr 18, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Rain could affect tonight's game against the Astros at Nationals Park. Uh-oh, that's not an encouraging sight: The tarp is covering the infield here at Nationals Park, and the forecast is calling for rain showers throughout the afternoon and evening. Tough to say at this point if it'll…
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