May 7, 2010, 4:26 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Willie Harris gets mobbed by teammates after his game-winning single. Not that Willie Harris isn't always motivated to win a ballgame, but when Scott Olsen nearly throws a no-hitter and then nearly watches it all go down the drain, the motivation to come through in the clutch ramps…
May 7, 2010, 3:39 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Scott Olsen’s brilliant performance tonight was the latest in a string of them. It’s amazing to think back now to late-March, when Scott Olsen looked like a prime candidate to be released. To that point, the left-hander had given no indication he was going to make a full…
May 6, 2010, 10:26 PM EDT
Since I was kind of critical of Adam Dunn in that earlier posting about his ninth-inning strikeout last night (in which he watched five straight pitches from Kris Medlen pass him by without ever swinging) it was only fair that I gave Dunn a chance to explain his thinking in that at-bat. What follows is…
May 6, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to earn a series victory over the Braves tonight. Perhaps the Nationals' best trait this young season has been their ability to avoid any kind of lengthy slumps. They've still yet to lose three games in a row. They've also managed to lose only three…
May 6, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam Dunn watches strike three pass by in the ninth inning last night. Adam Dunn saw 24 pitches over the span of five plate appearances last night. He swung at five of them, only one of the final 15 he faced. There were plenty of contributing factors in…
May 6, 2010, 3:41 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Luis Atilano labored from the start, setting the tone for the Nats' 7-6 loss. Three times in their last 10 games the Nationals have lost in extra innings, all by one run. These are the losses that sting a little deeper, linger a little longer. So excuse the…
May 5, 2010, 10:39 PM EDT
The Nationals aren’t inclined to go with reliever Miguel Batista. They also aren’t likely to let Jason Marquis come off the DL, despite the right-hander’s insistence he’s ready. So it looks like they’ll dip into their farm system for a starter against the Marlins. Here’s the full story on the situation on CSNwashington.com.
May 5, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER It should be another beautiful night for baseball at Nationals Park. Let's be honest: How many of you remember the Aug. 31, 2006 trade that sent Daryle Ward to the Braves for Luis Atilano? I had to go back and re-read my story from that night to recall…
May 5, 2010, 7:02 PM EDT
Here is this week's minor league report, compiled as always by the pun-tastic Bill Gluvna of the Nationals' PR department. Enjoy… This Week’s Top Headline ROSENBAUM IS A ROSENBAUM IS A ROSENBAUM IS A ROSENBAUM: In 5 starts for Hagerstown, LHP Daniel Rosenbaum is 1-0 with a 1.57 ERA (5 ER/28.2 IP)…the 22-year old southpaw…
May 5, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER With others hurt, the Nats need Craig Stammen to step up. The No. 1 starter is now on the shelf, sidelined for at least one outing with a swollen elbow. The No. 2 starter has been on the shelf for the last two weeks, sitting on the DL…
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