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  1. Opportunity squandered

    Jul 1, 2010, 3:40 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER None of the Nationals looked comfortable at the plate tonight. ATLANTA — On a night like this, when the Nationals couldn't touch Jair Jurrjens' rising fastball, scoring opportunities were at a real premium. So when one did finally present itself in the sixth inning at Turner Field, the…

  2. Wang still not close to returning

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:19 PM EDT

    ATLANTA — When the Nationals signed Chien-Ming Wang at the start of spring training, club officials hoped the right-hander would be ready to return from a major shoulder injury sometime in May. Once the regular season began and Wang was placed on the 60-day disabled list, the timetable for his return shifted to June. Somewhere…

  3. Game 79: Nats at Braves

    Jun 30, 2010, 7:23 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER J.D. Martin has a chance to pitch the Nationals to a series victory tonight at Turner Field. ATLANTA — Here's something to brighten your spirits: By the end of the evening, the Nationals could have taken a series from the NL East-leading Braves. It would require a victory…

  4. Weekly minor-league report

    Jun 30, 2010, 7:08 PM EDT

    Here is this week's minor-league report, compiled by Bill Gluvna of the Nationals' PR department… This Week's Top HeadlineHEY NOW, YOU'RE AN ALL-STAR!: The Harrisburg Senators, in conjunction with the Double-A Eastern League, yesterday announced the rosters for the 2010 Eastern League All-Star Game being played on Wednesday, July 14 at Metro Bank Park in…

  5. Gonzo for Gonzalez

    Jun 30, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Alberto Gonzalez has filled in admirably around the infield when called upon. ATLANTA — Alberto Gonzalez, being a native Venezuelan who struggles with English and being a rarely used backup infielder for the Nationals, doesn't often get interviewed. I think I've talked to him twice this year, one…

  6. Just what the doctor ordered

    Jun 30, 2010, 3:50 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam Dunn congratulates Alberto Gonzalez upon scoring in the fifth. ATLANTA — Could you see it, feel it, hear it, the moment Tyler Clippard struck out Yunel Escobar to end tonight's game? Yes, that was a tangible sigh of relief emanating from the Nationals' dugout. Rest easy, everyone.…

  7. Nats show confidence in Desmond

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    ATLANTA — Mike Rizzo sees the 19 errors Ian Desmond has made in the first half of his rookie season. He sees the other mistakes Desmond has made in the field that don’t show up as errors. Rizzo, though, knew this was likely to happen when the Nationals gave Desmond the starting job at the…

  8. Nyjer’s woes

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:03 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan hasn't been nearly the same player this year that he was last year. ATLANTA — Nyjer Morgan is hurting the Nationals more than he is helping them right now, there's no question about that. Whether it's his struggles to reach base (his OBP is .275 since…

  9. Game 78: Nats at Braves

    Jun 29, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Craig Stammen rejoins the Nationals tonight to face Derek Lowe at Turner Field. ATLANTA — Boy, is there a lot of angst out there today. I suppose in one sense, it's comforting to know how much fans really do care about the Nationals. That's certainly better than the…

  10. "Our character is getting tested"

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ian Desmond has committed a major-league-leading 19 errors already this season. ATLANTA — The day began with a closed-door meeting, convened by the manager who had a few thoughts he needed to get off his chest, bolstered by the words of a few players who spoke up themselves.…

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