Jul 17, 2010, 10:40 PM EST
MIAMI — The Nationals have been waiting for a bevy of injured pitchers to rejoin their rotation since April. At long last, they may not have to wait much longer for the reinforcements to arrive. Ross Detwiler, Scott Olsen, Jason Marquis and Jordan Zimmermann all should be within a month of returning to the majors,…
Jul 17, 2010, 7:20 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals look to make it two in a row tonight at Sun Life Stadium. MIAMI — How long had it been since the Nationals last shut out the Marlins in their home ballpark? Before last night's 4-0 victory, it previously occurred on Sept. 26, 2005, also a…
Jul 17, 2010, 4:05 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg again battled through a tough first inning, then dominated. MIAMI — Eight starts into Stephen Strasburg’s career, it’s become clear what distinguishes this rookie pitcher from just about every single one who came before. It’s not his triple-digit fastball, it’s not his knee-buckling curveball and it’s…
Jul 16, 2010, 10:20 PM EST
MIAMI — Matt Capps hasn't had much of a chance to catch his breath since departing Washington for Anaheim late Sunday afternoon. Between the cross-country flight, the All-Star Game and all its festivities, a quick trip home to Tampa and then the final jaunt to Miami to rejoin the Nationals for this weekend's series, Capps'…
Jul 16, 2010, 9:52 PM EST
MIAMI — When the Nationals optioned Luis Atilano to Class AAA Syracuse last weekend, the club made it clear the demotion would only be temporary and that the right-hander would rejoin the rotation to serve as the No. 5 starter out of the All-Star break. Atilano, though, struggled mightily in his first (and presumably only)…
Jul 16, 2010, 7:10 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Sun Life Stadium, the cavernous home of the Florida Marlins. MIAMI — Good afternoon from the home of the Florida Marlins, which during the 17 years of their existence has boasted only seven different names: Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Stadium, Pro Player Park, Dolphins Stadium, Dolphin Stadium,…
Jul 16, 2010, 11:24 AM EST
After a nice, four-day respite, the Nationals are back to work tonight, opening a 10-game road trip through Florida, Cincinnati and Milwaukee that will serve as a significant test for this club. That may explain, in part, why Jim Riggleman is going with Stephen Strasburg right out of the gate tonight against the Marlins. He's…
Jul 15, 2010, 4:20 PM EST
It's a big day here at Nats Insider world headquarters. Just as we're gearing up for the season's second half, we've hit a big milestone. Yes, this website drew its 1 millionth page view this morning. Thank you to everyone for making this possible and for continuing to make this site a must-read for Nationals…
Jul 14, 2010, 3:20 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ryan Zimmerman has set a high standard for himself, which affects his grade. OK, class, settle down. Time to pay attention. I've gone through all of your midterm exams and now it's time to tell you how you did. I'm pleased to report that several of you did…
Jul 13, 2010, 8:00 PM EST
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Angels Angel Stadium, site of tonight's All-Star Game. For all its flaws — and it has several — Major League Baseball's All-Star Game remains by far the best of the all-star competitions held in all the major sports. There's still something about the midsummer classic that makes it … well, a…
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