Nationals Watch Archive: May 2011


  • On the road again, Nationals start tough stretch in Philadelphia

    The Nationals have played 28 games this season but as they open a nine-game, 10-day road trip through three National League East foes tonight in Philadelphia, they've essentially got a clean slate. A .500 team through the season's first month-plus, the Nationals will put the assets that got them to this point -- mainly solid pitching -- to the test against Philadelpha, Florida and Atlanta. Plus, a look at how they've done in the past against LHP Cole Hamels. Published May 3 2011

  • If the Nationals are going to break out of their offensive funk, veteran leadership might just be how

    After Michael Morse and Jerry Hairston Jr. each struck out in the fifth inning Monday night to strand Wilson Ramos, Hairston took the opportunity -- as a veteran -- to offer some advice to Morse. In the seventh, Morse drove in the game-winning run and Hairston followed with an RBI-double to give the Nationals their only runs of the night. To hear them tell it, it was an important one. Published May 2 2011

  • Fortuitous timing gives Nationals' Military Appreciation Night new meaning

    There's clearly bigger news going on in the world today than the Nationals and Giants' series finale tonight at Nationals Park but the Nationals -- with credit to some fortuitous timing -- will be able to highlight the news of Osama Bin Laden's death with a pre-planned military appreciation night that could not have come at a better time. Published May 2 2011

  • Bullpen roles becoming more defined

    An interesting thing happened as the Nationals were en route to a 5-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday afternoon. They got closer to defining roles in their previously-undefined bullpen. Published May 1 2011

  • The Nationals vs. today's starter: RHP Matt Cain, plus the lineup

    The Nationals are running out a very different lineup for Sunday's game against the San Francisco Giants. Published May 1 2011

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