Aug 3, 2010, 6:39 PM EST
PHOENIX — The ball sat in Ivan Rodriguez’s locker at Chase Field, ready to be presented to the man who helped foster one of the greatest catching careers in baseball history. After clubbing his 300th home run as a catcher, Pudge could think of only one worthy recipient: His father, Jose Rodriguez, who has attended…
Aug 3, 2010, 5:38 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Sean Burnett is congratulated by Ivan Rodriguez after notching a rare save. PHOENIX — Sean Burnett is the ultimate anomaly: a left-handed reliever who struggles to get left-handed hitters out but dominates right-handed hitters. And yet, with tonight's game on the line late and three tough lefties due…
Aug 3, 2010, 12:50 AM EST
PHOENIX — Stephen Strasburg took another key step in his return from the disabled list this evening when he threw from up to 120 feet and reported no problems with his right shoulder. The Nationals rookie, who threw yesterday for the first time since getting shut down with shoulder inflammation, played catch before tonight’s game…
Aug 2, 2010, 10:10 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chase Field, the sometimes-indoor, sometimes-outdoor home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. PHOENIX — Good afternoon from Chase Field in downtown Phoenix, where it's a dry and balmy 95 degrees right now, gorgeous weather for this time of year in the Valley of the Sun. Don't worry, the mercury is…
Aug 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EST
Six days ago, the Nationals were reeling from a 3-7 road trip that included an ugly sweep in Milwaukee. The status of Stephen Strasburg's shoulder wasn't worth pausing one second to contemplate. Matt Capps and Cristian Guzman were members of the roster. Adam Dunn was, too, though there was reason to worry he might not…
Aug 1, 2010, 4:00 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan returns to the Nats, who will attempt to sweep the Phillies. At the end of an eventful and often improbable week, perhaps the most improbable development of all could come this afternoon: The Nationals could sweep the Phillies. How improbable would that be? Well, since baseball…
Aug 1, 2010, 4:40 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER A mob of teammates awaits Ryan Zimmerman at the plate. The ball wasn't even halfway to its final resting place, some 440 feet away on the grassy batter's eye in center field, when Ryan Zimmerman turned to Adam Dunn in the on-deck circle, held his arms out and…
Aug 1, 2010, 1:19 AM EST
Jordan Zimmermann rebounded from the only rough outing of his minor-league rehab stint with a dominant performance tonight. Zimmermann, in the final stages of recovery from Tommy John surgery, tossed 4 2/3 innings of shutout ball for Class AA Harrisburg. Facing the Red Sox’s Portland affiliate, he allowed just one hit, walking two and striking…
Jul 31, 2010, 10:30 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ross Detwiler faces Joe Blanton in the second game of the series. Onto tonight's game, which features the Nationals shooting for their second straight win against the Phillies and their fourth win in five days against the top two teams in the NL East. Ross Detwiler, who had…
Jul 31, 2010, 9:45 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Yunesky Maya (left) is introduced next to Mike Rizzo and Livan Hernandez. Updated at 6:37 p.m. The Nationals officially signed and introduced Yunesky Maya, the Cuban pitcher who came to terms on a deal with the club last week. Maya defected from his native Cuba to the Dominican…
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