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Game 65: Nats at Padres

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDERJohn Lannan faces Clayton Richard tonight at Petco Park.
What do you do when you’re facing a left-handed starter and have no traditional, right-handed leadoff option on your side? You do what Jim Riggleman is doing tonight with the Nationals’ lineup against Clayton Richard: Jayson Werth leads off, John Lannan bats eighth and Roger Bernadina bats ninth. Continue reading

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Game 64: Nats at Padres

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDERJason Marquis faces Mat Latos tonight at Petco Park.
News flash: Stephen Strasburg was throwing off a mound at Petco Park earlier today, wearing a full Nationals uniform. Reality: The San Diego native merely took this opportunity to go home for a few days and throw a light bullpen session in front of Nats coaches and trainers.

Oh well, we’ll just have Continue reading

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Mattheus up, Kimball to DL, Zim to Syracuse

Updated at 5:25 p.m.

The Nationals have purchased the contract of Ryan Mattheus from Class AAA Syracuse and have placed fellow reliever Cole Kimball on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

It’s unclear how severe Kimball’s injury is or when it occurred, but the rookie right-hander entered with the bases loaded in the sixth inning of last night’s loss in San Diego and Continue reading

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Bullpen slipping?

US Presswire photoStruggling left-hander Sean Burnett’s ERA is up to 5.96.
The Nationals’ formula for success this season has been simple: 1) Get good pitching. 2) Play good defense. 3) Get a couple of timely hits.

Impressively, they’ve managed to accomplish Parts 1 and 2 with a level of consistency few could have predicted entering the season. Part 3? Well, we’ve dissected the Nats’ offensive Continue reading

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Game 63: Nats at Padres

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDERPetco Park in San Diego hosts the Nationals for a four-game series.
The Nationals open a four-game series against the Padres tonight, and there’s good news on the injury front: Both Danny Espinosa and Jayson Werth are back in the lineup.

Espinosa took a pitch off his left hand to end yesterday’s game in San Francisco and appeared to be in serious pain Continue reading

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Beltway Baseball Live – 6/9/11

It was quite an eventful week in NatsTown, what with the draft, some wild games on the West Coast, Ryan Zimmerman’s rehab and Bryce Harper’s kissy face.

Chase Hughes and I discussed all that and more during another live episode of Beltway Baseball today at 2 p.m. And, as always, we answered several of your questions.

Thanks to those of you who tuned in live. If you missed it, here’s the full Continue reading

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Series preview: Nats at Padres

Thursday, 10:05 p.m. — RHP Livan Hernandez (3-7, 3.76) vs. RHP Aaron Harang (6-2, 3.77)
TV: MASN Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM

Friday, 10:05 p.m. — RHP Jason Marquis (6-2, 3.84) vs. RHP Mat Latos (4-6, 3.94)
TV: MASN2 Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM

Saturday, 8:35 p.m. — LHP John Lannan (3-5, 3.79) vs. LHP Clayton Richard (2-7, 4.20)
TV: MASN2 Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM Continue reading

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Game 62: Nats at Giants

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDERIt’s the rubber game of the three-game series at AT&T Park.
If nothing else, the Nationals have firmly established they can play low-scoring, close ballgames with the defending World Series champions. The six head-to-head meetings with the Giants so far have included three one-run games, one two-run game and two three-run games. The Nats have gone 4-2, Continue reading

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Draft Day 2 recap

US Presswire photoThe Nationals gambled in drafting TCU left-hander Matt Purke in the third round.
First off, sorry I’m just getting to this now. I was traveling yesterday, and by the time I got back to D.C., I was greeted with the news of Jason Marquis and Jim Riggleman’s suspensions, a Stephen Strasburg conference call, Bryce Harper’s Kiss-Gate and then last night’s game.

The other news from Continue reading

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Game 61: Nats at Giants

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDERJordan Zimmermann faces Jonathan Sanchez tonight at AT&T Park.
The Nationals have held late 4-0 leads each of the last two days, only to watch as the opposition rallied to tie and send the game into extra innings. Sunday in Phoenix, they withstood it and emerged victorious in 11 innings. Last night in San Francisco, they couldn’t put together another Continue reading

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