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Nationals Watch Archive: June 2011

  • Rounding up the All-Star experience for Harper, etc.

    While the Nationals were busy Tuesday night coming back for their ninth win in their last 10 games, the Carolina and South Atlantic League All-Star games took place. Published June 22 2011

  • Dissecting the Nationals ninth inning comeback

    To be frank, the Nationals had no business winning Tuesday night. Doug Fister had shut them down almost completely for eight innings. He'd made them look strikingly like the Nationals team and offense that had been so easily flummoxed earlier this season and much less like the one that had been tattooing opposing teams. Even when the Mariners pulled him and brought in closer Brandon League, the Nationals chances were miniscule. They were even less after Ryan Zimmerman hit into his third double play of the night leaving Jayson Werth on third base and taking the Nationals down to their final out. According Fangraphs Win Expectancy formula, the Nationals had a 0.5 percent chance of winning the game at that point. So just how did they put catcher Wilson Ramos in position for his first career walk-off home run? I'll let them explain. Published June 22 2011

  • Nix expected to miss a game or two with sore Achilles

    Laynce Nix struck out to leadoff the seventh inning and the left fielder never made it back out of the dugout in the Nationals unbelievable 6-5 walk-off victory Tuesday night, hampered by a sore right Achilles that has bothered him for some time. Published June 22 2011

  • Roger Bernadina heating up, a few injury updates and other pregame notes

    Roger Bernadina has had ups and downs since being recalled from the minor leagues on May 7 but with three home runs in his last four games, Bernadina is finding his groove. He's raised his average this season to .281 and the Nationals are hoping that the more he gets consistent playing time, the more productive he'll be. Published June 21 2011

  • Looking for a new streak, Nationals sticking with same lineup

    The Nationals will truly get Interleague play into full swing tonight when they welcome the Seattle Mariners to Nationals Park and look to begin anew another winning streak. Some new and old faces will get to interact today with Adam Kennedy making his return to Washington and Michael Morse getting to play against the team that traded him to Washington for the first time. Published June 21 2011

  • Nationals agree to terms with 18 draft picks

    The Nationals announced their first signings from the 2011 draft today, agreeing to terms with 18 picks, including fifth round selection Matt Skole and local products Erick Fernandez (Georgetown) and Bobby Lucas (George Washington). Published June 21 2011

  • Former Nationals closer Chad Cordero retires

    Best known for a 2005 season that featured 47 saves for the Washington Nationals in their inaugural season, closer Chad Cordero retired from professional baseball Monday night, signaling the end of a once-promising career marked by tragic milestones. Published June 21 2011

  • Nationals have addressed field concerns at Potomac

    The final day of the first half of the Carolina League season brought something familiar to the Potomac Nationals: a rainout. Published June 20 2011

  • Reaction from the Nationals first loss in 10 days

    In losing their first game in 10 days and ending an eight-game winning streak, the Nationals abandoned the strengths. They played sloppy defense and their pitching wasn't nearly as good as has come to be expected. They lost, and they failed to reach the .500 mark. Still, it was tough for them to be too discouraged. Here's some reaction from the clubhouse about where the team's at after game No. 72: Published June 19 2011

  • Adam LaRoche talks about his shoulder surgery and the road ahead of him

    Adam LaRoche strolled through the Nationals clubhouse early Saturday morning, his left arm in a hefty sling, as he made his first appearance since undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery Thursday. Sunday afternoon, before heading out to the field to watch his son play catch with Jayson Werth and several other Nationals and their children, LaRoche talked about the first operation of his life. Published June 19 2011

  • Hot streak hasn't changed Rizzo's plans for Nationals

    The Nationals have won eight in a row and are one game under .500 as they get set to open a Father's Day matchup with the Orioles with a chance to reach the break-even mark for the first time since May 11. They're tied for third place in the National League East and just 3 1/2 game back in the NL Wild Card standings but none of that will change their plans for this season, general manager Mike Rizzo said today. Published June 19 2011

  • Ankiel heads to DL retroactive to June 15

    With Nationals outfielder Rick Ankiel still not fully recovered from the left intercostal strain that forced him out of Washington's game with St. Louis Tuesday night before the bottom of the second inning, the Nationals placed Ankiel on the disabled list Sunday morning retroactive to June 15. Published June 19 2011

  • Desmond sits, Gorzelanny starts: today's lineups

    As Ian Desmond continues to manage an issue with his left quad, he'll get the day of Sunday with the Nationals looking for their ninth straight victory. Desmond got last Sunday off as well, piggy backing on an off-day so he could get two days of rest and that's what the Nationals are doing here as well. Published June 19 2011

  • As the Nationals look for their ninth straight win, a .500 record hangs in the balance

    With a victory this afternoon, the Nationals will reach the .500 mark with a 36-36 record on June 19. It would be the latest in a season since 2005 – the first year baseball returned to D.C. – that they were .500 or better. Published June 19 2011

  • What a battle looks like for Jordan Zimmermann

    Jordan Zimmermann threw 6 1/3 innings, allowed two earned runs and got his team on its way to its eighth straight victory. He also fell behind often, pitched just two 1-2-3 innings and termed his own effort a "battle" where he didn't have his best stuff and "had a tough time throwing strikes with my fastball." If that's what a bad start for Zimmermann looks like, the Nationals will gladly bear with him. Published June 18 2011

  • Kimball throws pain free for second day

    Cole Kimball was out in right field at Nationals Park early Saturday morning playing catch under the watchful eye of Nationals trainer Lee Kuntz, the second straight day the right-hander has throw pain free after resting a week with shoulder inflammation. Published June 18 2011

  • Looking for eight straight: today's lineups

    With a chance to win eight games in a row, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman has made very few tweaks to the lineup that has taken him this far. Jerry Hairston Jr. will again play left field with left-handed pitcher Brian Matusz on the mound for the Orioles and Ivan Rodriguez will catch after Wilson Ramos played in Friday night's game. Jayson Werth will again lead off and today's pitcher, Jordan Zimmermann, will hit eighth -- the sixth straight game the Nationals have used that formula. They've, obviously, won all six. Should the Nationals win today, it would be their longest winning streak since 2005 and would give them a 19-12 record inside the confines of Nationals Park this season -- compared to 16-24 on the road. Published June 18 2011

  • An injury update as the field is prepared for Nationals-Orioles after delay

    Rick Ankiel did not take batting practice today and was receiving treatment before the game on the strained left intercostal that caused him to be pulled from Tuesday's game before he registered an at-bat and miss the last two games. He is, however, progressing and told manager Jim Riggleman that he's felt better every day. Published June 17 2011

  • Nationals infield coordinator Jeff Garber talks about adjusting Ryan Zimmerman's throwing motion

    As Ryan Zimmerman began his rehabilitation process and baseball activities a few weeks ago, hitting and running came back for him fine. Throwing, though, continued to cause soreness and stiffness in the area of his surgically repaired abdomen. Zimmerman enlisted the help of Nationals infield coordinator Jeff Garber and the two have been working to alter his throwing motion for several weeks now. Published June 17 2011

  • Looking for seven straight, Nationals sticking with same formula: today's lineups

    The Nationals have a chance to win their seventh game in a row tonight so if you were expecting them to alter the lineup construction that has gotten them the past six wins, you'd be barking up the wrong tree -- as the expression goes. Published June 17 2011