Author Archives: Mark Zuckerman

Gorzelanny to start Sunday, Maya optioned

Tom Gorzelanny’s recovery from elbow inflammation, combined with Yunesky Maya’s inefficient performance, has given the Nationals reason to make a change to their rotation.

Gorzelanny will be activated off the disabled list Sunday and will start this weekend’s series finale against the Orioles, while Maya has been optioned to Class AAA Syracuse and replaced by reliever Collin Balester, manager Continue reading

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Game 68: Cardinals at Nats

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDERLivan Hernandez faces Kyle McClellan tonight at Nationals Park.
It’s been 21 months since the Nationals last boasted a five-game winning streak, that seven-game upswing to end the 2009 season with 59 victories. Tonight, they’ve got a chance to make it five in a row in mid-June, hoping to win another one against the Cardinals.

Livan Hernandez takes the Continue reading

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Leftovers for lunch

US Presswire photoYunesky Maya faces an uncertain future after another shaky start last night.
In writing about last night’s 8-6 win, I wound up focusing almost entirely on two half-innings: The bottom of the seventh, when the Nationals rallied to score six runs, and the top of the ninth, when Drew Storen intentionally walked Albert Pujols and got Lance Berkman to end the game.

There was, of Continue reading

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A rally to remember

US Presswire photoIan Desmond and Jayson Werth celebrate the Nats’ come-from-behind win.
Trying to single out one key moment or one key player from the Nationals’ 8-6 victory over the Cardinals Tuesday night might be a fruitless exercise. There were, quite simply, more contributors and more moments of significance than can be remembered.

But if there is one plate appearance to remember from Continue reading

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Season-ending surgery for LaRoche

Since learning in March he had a tear in his left shoulder, Adam LaRoche held out hope he could make it through the season without needing surgery.

On Tuesday, the Nationals first baseman finally conceded what had looked inevitable for a while: He will have surgery Thursday and miss the rest of 2011.

Three weeks after going on the disabled list in a last-ditch attempt to rest the injury and Continue reading

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Game 67: Cardinals at Nats

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDERAfter a long (and successful road trip) the Nats are back home for a while.
Hello from Nationals Park — it’s been a while. It’s also been a while since we last saw Ryan Zimmerman, but he’s officially back and in tonight’s lineup, batting third and playing third.

The corresponding roster move is a bit of a surprise: Craig Stammen has been optioned to Class Continue reading

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Series preview: Cardinals at Nats

Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. — LHP Jaime Garcia (6-2, 3.20) vs. RHP Yunesky Maya (0-1, 5.40)
TV: MASN Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM

Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. — RHP Kyle McClellan (6-2, 3.86) vs. RHP Livan Hernandez (3-8, 4.15)
TV: MASN Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM

Thursday, 7:05 p.m. — RHP Kyle Lohse (7-3, 2.67) vs. LHP John Lannan (4-5, 3.60)
TV: MASN Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM Continue reading

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Poll: Who should be Nats’ All-Star?

Four weeks from today, the baseball world will converge in Phoenix, site of this year’s All-Star Game. Rosters for both the NL and AL will be announced in less than three weeks.
You all know the rules: At least one player from every team must be included. And in the case of the Nationals, there’s not really a slam-dunk choice.
The most-obvious possibility is Drew Storen, who has successfully Continue reading

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Ready for Zimmerman’s return

US Presswire photoJerry Hairston and others filled in admirably while Ryan Zimmerman was on the DL.
Mike Rizzo stood in the home dugout at Nationals Park on the morning of April 30, having just announced Ryan Zimmerman would be having surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle, trying to maintain a positive outlook despite the challenge that was now facing his club.

"We’re going to continue to Continue reading

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Game 66: Nats at Padres

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDERThe Nats try to win this series from the Padres at Petco Park.
Two amazing things to consider about the Nationals right now: 1) Their last three wins (and five of their last eight wins) have all been by a score of 2-1, and 2) Ten games into this West Coast trip, they’ve yet to commit one error. Here’s another impressive note to consider: A victory Continue reading

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