May 30, 2010, 5:31 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez and Jon Garland square off in the series finale at Petco Park. SAN DIEGO — The Nationals came west at the beginning of the week, facing a difficult road trip that kicked off with six games against the tough Giants and Padres. Four more games in…
May 30, 2010, 4:31 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan is in a prolonged funk at the plate and in the field. SAN DIEGO — Let's get this out of the way right off the top: Jim Riggleman isn't going to bench Nyjer Morgan. "Nyjer is our leadoff hitter. He's our center fielder," Riggleman said following…
May 29, 2010, 9:05 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER J.D. Martin returns to the majors tonight at Petco Park. SAN DIEGO — It's another beautiful day in paradise, where hopefully there won't be any lineup card mishaps tonight. Then again, based on what we learned last night, the Nationals could write in Stephen Strasburg's name as their…
May 29, 2010, 6:40 PM EST
SAN DIEGO — Josh Willingham was as consistent an offensive performer as you could find the last four years and seemed to have settled in as a solid, though hardly spectacular, ballplayer. But over the last two months, he’s produced at levels not previously seen. At age 31, Willingham appears to have taken his game…
May 29, 2010, 6:50 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Josh Willingham continued his hot streak with a three-run homer. SAN DIEGO — When Jim Riggleman arrived at Petco Park this afternoon, he never thought he'd wind up reading the fine print of The Official Rules of Baseball, Rule 3.05(a) and 3.05(c). You never know what's going to…
May 29, 2010, 5:21 AM EST
SAN DIEGO — The Nationals optioned outfielder Justin Maxwell to Class AAA Syracuse after tonight’s 5-3 win over the Padres, an expected move needed to clear space for right-hander J.D. Martin, who will start tomorrow night. Maxwell was called up from Syracuse on Sunday when Scott Olsen was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Because…
May 29, 2010, 1:43 AM EST
SAN DIEGO — There is no bigger baseball figure in this town than Tony Gwynn, the Padres’ Hall-of-Fame outfielder who now serves as a color analyst on their TV broadcasts. Gwynn, of course, also is the baseball coach at San Diego State, where he helped mold Stephen Strasburg into the top prospect he is now.…
May 28, 2010, 10:22 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Petco Park, the beautiful home of baseball in beautiful San Diego. SAN DIEGO — Hello from heaven on earth, otherwise known as San Diego. It just doesn't get any better than this place. And for the first time in several years, this fantastic town has a good baseball…
May 28, 2010, 3:53 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO — As I prepare to board my delayed flight to San Diego, several Nats-related questions occur to me. I’m curious to know how you would answer each of these… – Should Adam Dunn ALWAYS be taken out for defensive purposes late in games the Nats lead? Jim Riggleman left him in yesterday, and…
May 28, 2010, 12:56 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Craig Stammen pitched well enough to win, but that wasn't enough today. SAN FRANCISCO — What if Adam Dunn's drive off Barry Zito had traveled 12 inches farther and not ricocheted back on the field? What if Nate Schierholtz was unable to reach down and drive Sean Burnett's…
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