Jul 9, 2010, 7:20 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg faces Matt Cain tonight in a top-tier pitching matchup. It's the final Strasmas of the first half, and the kid will be facing yet another stiff challenge tonight at Nationals Park. For one thing, the Giants are sending a tough right-hander of their own to the…
Jul 9, 2010, 3:10 AM EST
Chances are, you didn't know much about Mat Latos before tonight. Perhaps you'd never even heard of the Padres right-hander, whose first name is missing a "T" and whose last name isn't pronounced the way you think. (It rhymes with "hate" not "hat".) Well, this just in: Latos deserves your attention, because he's one of…
Jul 9, 2010, 12:01 AM EST
The Nationals announced this evening they have signed three more draft picks, including third-round selection Rick Hague. Hague, a shortstop from Rice University, hit .340 with 15 homers, 55 RBI and a .591 slugging percentage in his junior season. He did, however, commit 23 errors in 62 games, prompting Nationals scouts to say he’s most…
Jul 8, 2010, 10:02 PM EST
The results of MLB's "Final Man" vote were just announced, and Ryan Zimmerman wound up losing out to Reds first baseman Joey Votto for a spot in the All-Star Game. Zimmerman, who made a strong push by going 8-for-13 with three homers since learning Sunday he was among the contenders for the All-Star roster spot,…
Jul 8, 2010, 9:16 PM EST
Jordan Zimmermann turned in another impressive showing in his second rehab start earlier today. Starting once again for Class A Potomac, Zimmermann tossed three scoreless innings at Frederick, allowing one hit with five strikeouts and no walks. He threw 45 pitches, 30 for strikes, in the next step in the right-hander’s recovery from major elbow…
Jul 8, 2010, 7:40 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Winners of two straight, the Nats go for a sweep over the Padres tonight. Heat and humidity leaving you in a bad mood? This might help you feel better: The Nationals have a chance to sweep the NL West-leading Padres. After back-to-back, one-run victories the last two nights,…
Jul 8, 2010, 3:55 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam Dunn has his eyes on a contract extension with the Nationals. As the small-but-enthusiastic crowd of 13,762 stood and cheered until Adam Dunn emerged from the dugout to doff his helmet, you couldn't help but think to yourself: Why on earth would the Nationals not want to…
Jul 7, 2010, 11:41 PM EST
The Nationals, ever cautious about Stephen Strasburg’s workload, are formulating a pitching plan for the rookie right-hander that likely will result in an early-September shutdown. The Nats originally hoped to extend Strasburg through the end of the season. But after meeting the last few days to map out a plan for the season’s second half,…
Jul 7, 2010, 7:40 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After last night's heroics, the Nats look to win in more conventional fashion. Did you know the Nationals' last three wins have all come in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth? You can even look it up! Thursday vs. Mets: Ryan Zimmerman's sac fly scores Willie…
Jul 7, 2010, 3:50 PM EST
Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tyler Clippard has put 18 men on base in his last 5 2/3 innings. There was arguably no relief pitcher in baseball more dominant over the first half of the season than Tyler Clippard. And there has arguably been no relief pitcher in baseball less effective over the…
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