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Henry Rodriguez’s strong relief appearance against Orioles; Tom Gorzelanny to be limited in start Sunday

With two runners on with one out and the Nationals up 4-2 in the seventh inning against the Orioles on Saturday, Manager Jim Riggleman turned to Henry Rodriguez, a flame-throwing right-hander with previous control issues, to get two more outs for star… Continue reading

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Ian Desmond running well despite sore thigh

Despite dealing with a sore left thigh for over a month now, Ian Desmond has played nearly every day for the Nationals and has stolen a career-high 20 bases.
To help with the injury, Manager Jim Riggleman gave Desmond the final game of the San Diego s… Continue reading

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Game 71 discussion thread: Orioles at Nationals

Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound after perhaps his best start of the season, a four-hit, 10-strikeout gem in a 2-0 win over San Diego. The 6-foot-2 right-hander has pitched seven innings in each of his past three starts, won two of the them and allow… Continue reading

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Saturday’s lineups

Much has been made of the Nationals’ recent unorthodox batting lineup — and deservedly so. They’re 6-0 with the pitcher batting eighth and Jayson Werth hitting leadoff, including Friday night’s 8-4 win in the first game of the series against t… Continue reading

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Ramos, Rodriguez: a strong-armed catching tandem

Though more could be said about Livan Hernandez’s dazzling pitching performance on Wednesday or the 15-hit offensive barrage or Michael Morse’s red hot hitting, there was one defensive play among the many that stood out during in the 10-0 win over… Continue reading

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Injury updates on Harper, Ankiel and Ramos

Bryce Harper, the Nationals mega-prospect and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, jammed a thumb on his non-throwing hand and has missed the past two games for the low Class A Hagerstown Suns, according to a team official.
Harper last played… Continue reading

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Maya optioned to Class AAA Syracuse, Balester recalled, Gorzelanny to start Sunday

After following up his best start a National last week with a shaky one on Tuesday night against St. Louis, the Nationals optioned starter Yunesky Maya to Class AAA Syracuse on Wednesday, Manager Jim Riggleman said.
Tom Gorzelanny, who has been rehabb… Continue reading

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Game 68 discussion thread: Cardinals at Nationals

At first, the Nationals couldn’t string together consecutive wins. And now, they are riding a four-game winning streak, the longest of the season, and hoping to make it five — and to continue the climb towards .500.
Livan Hernandez (3-8, 4.15 ERA)… Continue reading

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Today’s Nationals lineup

It started as a way for Manager Jim Riggleman to fiddle with the offense to spark some offense last week. And though it has yet to yield a consistent barrage of runs, the lineup tinkering that includes moving Jayson Werth into the leadoff spot and bat… Continue reading

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Morse’s hot hitting, to continue at first

Though signs have been pointing towards surgery for Adam LaRoche and his nagging left shoulder, it finally became official after Tuesday night’s comeback 8-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. LaRoche and his shoulder are done for the season, as he … Continue reading

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