Author Archives: Mark Zuckerman

Eckstein on the Nats’ lineup

PHOENIX — As his team has struggled much of the season to produce offensively, Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein has remained mostly out of the public eye. Restricted from speaking to reporters by general manager Mike Rizzo, Eckstein has been mostly holed up where he spends the bulk of his day: In the batting cage, tirelessly working with his players.

Eckstein admits he takes the Nationals’ Continue reading

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Game 56: Nats at Diamondbacks

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDERChase Field hosts the Nationals and Diamondbacks tonight.
PHOENIX — Hello from the Valley of the Sun, where it is currently a very comfortable 91 degrees. Relative humidity: 5 percent. With the wind chill factor, it only feels like 87 degrees. Have to say, it’s incredibly nice to get away from the stickiness of D.C. for a couple of days.

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Series preview: Nats at Diamondbacks

Thursday, 9:40 p.m. — RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-6, 3.88) vs. LHP Zach Duke (1-0, 0.00)
TV: MASN2 Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM

Friday, 9:40 p.m. — RHP Yunesky Maya (0-0, 7.71) vs. RHP Josh Collmenter (3-1, 1.49)
TV: MASN2 Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM

Saturday, 8:10 p.m. — RHP Livan Hernandez (3-6, 3.87) vs. LHP Joe Saunders (2-5, 4.77)
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Lannan nixes Philly curse

Associated Press photoLaynce Nix homered and made a key catch in left field during the Nats’ win.
Well, they did it. The Nationals took a series from the Phillies. And John Lannan beat his long-time nemeses for the first time in his career, leading the way to a 2-1 victory this afternoon.

Laynce Nix played no small role during the proceedings, homering off Roy Oswalt and making a game-saving Continue reading

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Zim in Viera, Wang ready to leave

Couple of notable news items out of Viera today…

Ryan Zimmerman played in his first extended spring training game since undergoing surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle. Zimmerman went 0-for-3 with a walk and played three innings at third base without having a ball hit in his direction.

Zimmerman is slated to take tomorrow off, then play again Friday. Within the next week-to-10 days, he Continue reading

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Game 55: Phillies at Nats

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDERJohn Lannan tries to pitch the Nats to a series victory over the Phillies today.
They put forth an impressive showing against Roy Halladay, albeit in a losing effort, on Monday. They really took it to Cliff Lee, and actually won, last night. Now, can the Nationals keep their offensive surge going against Roy Oswalt in today’s series finale against the Continue reading

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"Under-the-radar" Espinosa turning heads

Associated Press photoDanny Espinosa belted a pair of homers off Cliff Lee in the Nats’ 10-2 victory.
Jim Riggleman was talking up Danny Espinosa on Monday, after the rookie second baseman had homered off Roy Halladay to join teammate Jayson Werth as the Nationals’ top power hitters so far this season.

"As good as he’s playing," Riggleman said, "we certainly haven’t seen the best of him yet." Continue reading

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Zimmerman rehab update

Ryan Zimmerman will play several innings in an extended spring training game tomorrow in Viera, his first game action since tearing an abdominal muscle while sliding into second base April 9 in New York.

Zimmerman has been in Viera for the last week, ramping up his baseball activities. He’s expected to remain there for another week or so, then begin a minor-league rehab assignment with one of Continue reading

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Burnett searching for answers

On a depth chart of pitchers the Nationals had reason to be worried about entering the season, Sean Burnett probably ranked dead-last. The left-hander was coming off a brilliant 2010, followed by a perfect spring training (zero earned runs allowed in 10 appearances).

Two months into the season, Burnett’s struggles may not rank as the No. 1 concern on a Nationals roster full of concerns. But the Continue reading

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July 2 DH to make up Bucs rainout

The Nationals’ May 17 rainout against the Pirates will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader on July 2, the team announced today.

First pitch of the twinbill is scheduled for 3:35 p.m., with the second game beginning 30 minutes after its conclusion.

Only one ticket is needed for admission to both games. Anyone holding a ticket for the originally scheduled, 7:05 p.m. game that day can Continue reading

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