Author Archives: Adam Kilgore

How Ryan Zimmerman is changing his throwing mechanics

Jeff Garber leaned on a rail outside the first base dugout during batting practice this afternoon, looking across the field at Ryan Zimmerman at third base. “You can tell what he’s working on by just watching him,” Garber said.
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Sean Burnett’s sinker leads to a ‘confidence boost’

As Sean Burnett’s shaky season worsened, he often said he could not figure out why he could not recapture his form from last season, when he became one of baseball’s best relievers. Over the past week, while his struggles kept him confined to the … Continue reading

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One sweep later, what Ryan Zimmerman’s return has meant to the Nationals

Ryan Zimmerman has not made an especially obvious impact on the Nationals in the three games since he returned. He did start last night’s winning rally with a single, and he ripped an RBI double during the Nationals’ comeback Tuesday. Overall, he … Continue reading

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Game 69 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Cardinals

The Nationals have already had one positive result today. The Marlins lost to the Phillies today, dropping them to 32-37 and putting the Nationals, at 32-36, in fourth place by themselves. The last time the Nationals were not in last place at this poi… Continue reading

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Tony LaRussa likes the Nationals’ lineup

Whether it’s a coincidence or cause, the Nationals have gone 4-0 since Manager Jim Riggleman began batting the pitcher eighth. There’s no one with more experience having done that than Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa, who has frequently hit a posit… Continue reading

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Rick Ankiel feeling better, return still uncertain

The Nationals are monitoring outfielder Rick Ankiel’s strained intercostal muscle and are hopeful he will not need to be placed on the disabled list for the second time this season. Ankiel received treatment from head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz this… Continue reading

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Today’s Nationals lineup

The Nationals’ played perhaps their best game of the season night, and Jim Riggleman is sticking with what worked. The Nats have the same lineup, with John Lannan pitching and batting eighth. They’re facing Kyle Lohse, who shut out the Nationals b… Continue reading

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The Nationals and the illusion of contention

The Nationals this season have scored 263 runs and have allowed 262. Stated differently: In the most efficient measure of a team, the Nationals are a smidge better than even (and they have the same 34-34 Pythagorean record as the Giants.) Another way … Continue reading

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So who’s the Nationals’ pick for the 2011 All-Star Game?

There’s less than three weeks, and just 18 Nationals game, until the all-star teams will be announced on July 3. The Nationals have a few candidates, but there is not yet one clear-cut choice. Who should it be?
It’s not impossible that the Nation… Continue reading

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Adam LaRoche could decide on shoulder surgery tomorrow

First baseman Adam LaRoche will meet with team officials tomorrow at Nationals Park to determine the next course of action in dealing with the torn labrum in his left shoulder, with the possibility he will opt for season-ending surgery on the table.
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