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Nationals Watch Archive: May 2011


  • The Nationals, and others remember Harmon Killebrew

    Like all of baseball, the Nationals mourn the passing of Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, who passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 74 after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Killebrew, who played for the Washington Senators at the start of his career, was a charter member of the Nationals Ring of Honor. Nationals principal owner Theodore N. Lerner released this statement today: Published May 17 2011

  • Pirates-Nationals rained out, Zimmermann will skip turn in rotation

    Today's Nationals-Pirates game has been cancelled because of rain. Published May 17 2011

  • Pregame notes and Pirates-Nationals lineups

    The tarp is on the field at Nationals Park after a squall interrupted Washington's batting practice. Looks like the weather should clear up in the short term, but more rain is forecast for later tonight. Published May 16 2011

  • The Nationals vs. today's starter: LHP Paul Maholm

    After a six-inning outburst in the first inning Sunday, the Nationals' offense has scored 32 times in the last six games. Can that continue? Published May 16 2011

  • X-rays negative on Coffey's arm

    Todd Coffey's outing Sunday seemed to last as long as his 13.3-second sprint from the bullpen. Published May 15 2011

  • Today's Nationals-Marlins lineups

    There's a 70 percent chance of severe thunderstorms today, according to the forecast from Weather.gov. But the tarp is off the field at Nationals Park and blue sky is peeking between the clouds. We'll see if that holds on long enough to get a game in. Published May 15 2011

  • The Nationals vs. today’s starter: RHP Javier Vazquez

    When the Florida Marlins gave Javier Vazquez a $7 million, one-year contract last December, they expected the right-hander to provide a veteran boost to the team's rotation. Turns out Vazquez has been the team's worst pitcher over his first seven starts. Published May 15 2011

  • Kimball up, Broderick DFA'd

    The Brian Broderick experiment ended Saturday. After 11 ineffective outings, the Nationals designated the Rule 5 pick for assignment and summoned right-hander Cole Kimball from Triple-A Syracuse. Published May 14 2011

  • Desmond sits, plus Nats-Marlins lineups

    Greetings from Nationals Park, where there are plenty of clouds, but no rain so far. Published May 14 2011

  • Roger Bernadina's absolutely astounding, absurd, unbelievable catch

    There are a lot of amazing plays made in the major leagues on a nightly basis. Then there was what Roger Bernadina did in center field at Nationals Park Friday night. It stood in a class by itself. Published May 14 2011

  • The changing shape of the Nationals' left field situation

    The writing has been on the wall for Michael Morse for the past few days, as the starts in left field continued for Laynce Nix despite Morse's right knee no longer being a problem. And the longer it goes on, the more it looks like Nix may have fully supplanted Morse as the team's starting left fielder. The truth of the matter is that it's going to remain fluid. But as long as Nix stays hot, and one scout who's watched him doesn't expect that to be any time soon, he'll continue to get the playing time. Published May 13 2011

  • Zimmerman jogs for the first time, progressing on schedule and likes the way the team is playing

    Ryan Zimmerman jogged for the first time since May 3 surgery on his abdomen, and he's been watching the Nationals. Published May 13 2011

  • Nix stays in, lineup much the same: today's lineups

    At this point, it's safe to say Laynce Nix is either platooning in the left field spot or perhaps even has the position outright until he cools off. In retrospect, it's been a drastic fall for Michael Morse who was anointed the starting left fielder mid-way through spring training. Published May 13 2011

  • The Nationals vs. today's starter: RHP Chris Volstad

    The Nationals open a quick five-game homestand tonight when they welcome the Marlins for three games and then the Pirates for two. Tonight, it'll be left-hander Tom Gorzelanny against right-hander Chris Volstad. Published May 13 2011

  • A second look at the bullpen machinations that led to Thursday night's loss

    Let's keep things in perspective a little when looking at last night's 6-5 Nationals' loss to the Braves in the 10th inning of a game they once led 5-1 and seemed well on their way to winning. First, the way the Nationals began the road trip, it's pretty amazing they were in position to clinch a winning record on the three-city jaunt at all. They were completely and utterly dominated in a three-game series against the Phillies getting swept easily by the likes of Cole Hamels, Vance Worley, Roy Halladay and, of course, Raul Ibanez so it's impressive no matter how you look at it that they came back to take four of six from Florida and Atlanta. Second, it's important not to misplace the blame for Thursday night's loss. Published May 13 2011

  • The plight of Sean Burnett

    Since allowing four earned runs in the ninth inning of what seemed to be a sure victory for the Nationals against the New York Mets 14 games ago, Sean Burnett has not been the same pitcher. At times he's shown flashes of the guy who finished the 2010 season with a 2.14 ERA and an 8.9 K/9 ratio, but more and more he's had outings like Thursday's. But the most disturbing thing is how much better right-handers have been hitting him this year. Published May 13 2011

  • Notable anniversaries for two Nationals

    An interesting note as the Nationals and Braves get underway here in Atlanta on May 12, a significant day for two Nationals, Jayson Werth and Alex Cora. Today is the anniversary of two impressive feats for both. Published May 12 2011

  • Nix in left, batting cleanup as Nationals look for sweep: today's lineups

    Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said yesterday that he's going to go with the so-called hot hand when it comes to making out the lineup. Right now, that means that Laynce Nix will get every opportunity to continue to deliver. Published May 12 2011

  • The Nationals vs. today's starter: RHP Derek Lowe

    A sweep to end this road trip would be extremely significant for the Nationals. How significant? Courtesy of Nationals PR man Mike Gazda, a win tonight would give the Nationals their first winning multi-city road trip in three years. The last time was a 4-3 trip through New York and Baltimore May 12-18, 2008. Lowe, who is 3-3 with a 3.22 ERA this season, is 9-7 with a 3.46 ERA in 18 career starts against the Nationals. Here's how they've done against him in the past. Published May 12 2011

  • How impressive is what Bryce Harper's doing in the SAL?

    Just in case anyone needed any more proof that Bryce Harper is a man among boys in the South Atlantic League, he decided to go 4-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI Wednesday night to raise his numbers to a .396 average, . 472 on-base percentage, .712 slugging percentage and 1.184 OPS. Published May 12 2011