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  1. Just one loss, but a recurring theme

    Jun 17, 2010, 3:30 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez's uncharacteristic wildness cost the Nationals tonight. DETROIT — The veteran right-hander couldn't find the strike zone during one laborious inning that did him in. The lineup could only muster two good swings against the opposing ace, and unfortunately both came with the bases empty. There wasn't…

  2. Lannan has it figured out

    Jun 16, 2010, 9:26 PM EDT

    DETROIT — John Lannan thinks he knows why he's been struggling his last few times on the mound: He's overcompensating in an attempt not to suffer a recurrence of the elbow pain that hampered him last month. Lannan, who was roughed up by the Tigers last night for seven runs and 10 hits in only…

  3. Game 66: Nats at Tigers

    Jun 16, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats have their work cut out for them tonight against Justin Verlander. DETROIT — The Nationals have faced their share of top pitchers this season. Roy Halladay. Johan Santana. Roy Oswalt. Tim Lincecum. Josh Johnson. Ubaldo Jimenez. Chris Carpenter. Tonight, another big name is added to the…

  4. What’s your biggest concern?

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    DETROIT — In the wake of the Nationals' 7-4 loss to the Tigers last night — their 19th loss in 30 games, by the way — I started thinking about what currently plagues this team. My first thought was that the rotation (aside from Stephen Strasburg and Livan Hernandez) has taken a step backward and…

  5. Lannan baffled by struggles

    Jun 16, 2010, 3:30 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan's ERA skyrocketed to 5.45 after tonight's shoddy start. DETROIT — If you're frustrated by John Lannan's performances these days, you should know that the left-hander is right there with you. Even more so. This season is driving Lannan crazy. He'll look terrible one night on the…

  6. Leyland: Pudge will get to 3,000

    Jun 16, 2010, 12:04 AM EDT

    DETROIT — On the day Ivan Rodriguez is inducted into the Hall of Fame — a day no one doubts will come five years after he retires — a parade of former managers and teammates will rave about one of the greatest catching careers in baseball history. And first in line will be Jim Leyland.…

  7. Injury updates

    Jun 15, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    DETROIT — You've been asking for them. You're getting them. Here we go… – Scott Olsen has been sent to Viera to continue rehabbing his injured left shoulder, but he has been shut down from throwing for now. "He's still in the no-throw mode," general manager Mike Rizzo said. Doesn't sound to me like we…

  8. Game 65: Nats at Tigers

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Comerica Park, home of the Tigers, with downtown Detroit in the background. DETROIT — Good afternoon from Motown, a city with a proud baseball tradition that has already been at the center of plenty of news this season. Armando Galarraga's should-have-been perfect game. Ernie Harwell's passing. Dontrelle Willis'…

  9. Still no All-Star love

    Jun 15, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    DETROIT — Increased attention on the Nationals has not translated into increased All-Star votes. Major League Baseball just released this week's NL All-Star balloting results, and nothing has changed from the previous releases. The only Nationals player to rank in the top five at any infield position or the top 15 in the outfield is…

  10. The importance of Pudge

    Jun 15, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ivan Rodriguez has been a calming influence for Stephen Strasburg. DETROIT — Much has been made about Ivan Rodriguez's role in Stephen Strasburg's fabulous first week in the majors, and it's a valid point. Pudge has been a valuable asset for the rookie right-hander, who has simply followed…

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