Jun 7, 2010, 2:15 PM EST
Somewhere around 7:05 p.m. tonight, the Nationals will select College of Southern Nevada catcher Bryce Harper as the first player taken in this year's draft. We'll immediately see clips of the 17-year-old blasting home runs, intimidating opponents with his warrior-paint eye black and getting ejected by an umpire for literally drawing a line in the…
Jun 6, 2010, 10:53 PM EST
There was no closer in baseball more reliable through the season’s first two months than Matt Capps. And there has been no closer in baseball less reliable over the last week than Capps, who this afternoon blew his third save opportunity in six days and directly contributed to the Nationals’ 5-4, 10-inning loss to the…
Jun 6, 2010, 9:20 PM EST
Craig Stammen's best pitching performance of the season still wasn't good enough to save his job. The Nationals optioned Stammen to Class AAA Syracuse following today's 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Reds, a move that clears space for Stephen Strasburg to be added in time for Tuesday's game against the Pirates. Stammen, who entered the…
Jun 6, 2010, 3:06 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Will cooler heads prevail in today's series finale against the Reds? After some heated moments late in last night's game (all of them involving Brandon Phillips) the Nationals and Reds return to the field for today's series finale and rubber game, hoping the focus is all on good,…
Jun 6, 2010, 4:25 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Brandon Phillips takes a retaliatory Miguel Batista fastball in the ribs in the ninth. These Nationals don't like losing. These Nationals don't like opponents showing them up. And when both things happen on the same night, well, everybody leaves the ballpark in a sour mood. That's perhaps the…
Jun 5, 2010, 9:22 PM EST
Ivan Rodriguez would like to be behind the plate Tuesday night for Stephen Strasburg’s debut. In order for that to happen, he’ll need his injured back to hold up tomorrow while taking BP and running the bases, then during a rehab game at Class A Potomac Monday night. “I’m feeling pretty good,” he said today…
Jun 5, 2010, 8:00 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats look to make it two in a row over the Reds tonight. It's another busy weekend in NatsTown, where the club's catching situation continues to be an issue. As you undoubtedly saw in the previous post, the Nationals have placed Carlos Maldonado on the 15-day disabled…
Jun 5, 2010, 7:10 PM EST
The Nationals just turned on the catching carousel. In one fell swoop, they made the following roster moves… – Purchased the contract of Jamie Burke from Class AAA Syracuse. – Placed Carlos Maldonado on the 15-day DL with a left thumb fracture, retroactive to Friday. – Unconditionally released Chris Coste.
Jun 5, 2010, 4:18 AM EST
Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER A big crowd was treated to a big win from the home team. For a team that has struggled to come through with clutch hits most of this season, the sight of a rookie at the plate in a key, seventh-inning spot tonight shouldn't have been comforting. The…
Jun 4, 2010, 11:39 PM EST
After going through the arduous process of drafting and signing Stephen Strasburg a year ago, Stan Kasten said he never wanted to hold the No. 1 pick again. Well, Kasten and the Nationals can’t complain too much about that right now. If you’re going to post the majors’ worst record two years in a row,…
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