Sep 8, 2010, 3:22 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After a rough first inning, Yunesky Maya settled in and pitched well. Yunesky Maya had been dreaming of this moment for years. All the time he spent pitching in the Cuban National Series, hoping to one day flee his native country and throw in a major-league ballpark in…
Sep 7, 2010, 10:27 PM EST
For professional ballplayers, the independent leagues are a last resort, a Hail Mary attempt to keep their career alive and perhaps score a second chance with a major-league organization. More often than not, it signals the end of a career. Joe Bisenius didn't know what to expect this spring when, out of a job after…
Sep 7, 2010, 7:30 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nationals Park will host a rare pitching matchup tonight. A major-league debut is always a big deal. There's just something about a rookie pitcher taking the mound for the first time in his career, the anticipation and uncertainty surrounding a guy's unveiling in front of a big crowd.…
Sep 7, 2010, 2:00 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ian Desmond is hitting .346 since the All-Star break. Catching up on yesterday's events at Nationals Park, where the home team thumped the Mets by a 13-3 count, I'm struck by one overriding thought: The kids have arrived, and they're giving this franchise legitimate reason for hope. Danny…
Sep 6, 2010, 2:14 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats host the Mets in a Labor Day matinee at Nationals Park. With Stephen Strasburg back in San Diego recovering from his Tommy John surgery, the most interesting pitcher for Nationals fans to watch the rest of this season is Jordan Zimmermann, who five nights ago in…
Sep 5, 2010, 10:42 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam Dunn hit his 34th homer of the season during today's win. PITTSBURGH — Baseball, more than any other sport, is a game of numbers. There's a stat for everything, and there's virtually nothing anymore that can't be quantified. Stat geeks, fans and media members alike put great…
Sep 5, 2010, 4:20 PM EST
PITTSBURGH — Yunesky Maya, Ross Detwiler and Collin Balester all joined the Nationals this morning at PNC Park, though only Balester has officially been recalled from Class AAA Syracuse and is eligible to pitch out of the bullpen today. Maya and Detwiler will travel with the club back home to Washington and then be recalled.…
Sep 5, 2010, 3:05 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jason Marquis looks to continue his upswing today at PNC Park. PITTSBURGH — Rarely will you find a pitching matchup like we're getting today at PNC Park. In this corner, with a 1-7 record and 8.13 ERA: Jason Marquis! And in this corner, with a 1-10 record and…
Sep 5, 2010, 4:07 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ivan Rodriguez is congratulated after his fifth-inning homer. PITTSBURGH — It would have been easy for John Lannan, upon being optioned to Class AA in late-June, to set a goal of simply returning to the majors and recapturing his previous form. For Lannan, though, a return to previous…
Sep 4, 2010, 10:07 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Yunesky Maya, who signed with the Nats in July, will debut Tuesday night. PITTSBURGH — Recently signed Cuban right-hander Yunesky Maya will make his major-league debut for the Nationals Tuesday night against the Mets, according to a club source, relegating struggling left-hander Scott Olsen to the bullpen for…
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