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Nationals Watch Archive: September 2011


  • Nationals wrap up the 2011 season on a high note

    The Nationals walked off the field at Sun Life Stadium (for the last time there) on an extremely positive note. They ended their 2011 season with a 3-1 win over the Florida Marlins, a win that gave them 80 victories and made it the second most successful season in the team's brief history. Published September 28 2011

  • Davey Johnson: "I know I'm the best candidate" to manage the Nationals in 2012

    If Davey Johnson has it his way, when the Nationals open spring training in February, the man sitting in the manager’s office will be the same one who is there now: him. Published September 28 2011

  • Morse caps breakout season with 31st home run, likely to sit in finale

    Michael Morse blasted his 31st home run of the season Tuesday night, tying the game at 1 in an eventual 3-2 walk-off loss for the Nationals and he ended the game with a .303 batting average. Published September 28 2011

  • A relaxed Henry Rodriguez becoming Nationals' "backup closer"

    Henry Rodriguez got the first save of his career last week in Philadelphia and he was so good Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park in the eighth inning, striking out the side of Atlanta Braves, his teammates were still guffawing over the performance on Monday. Published September 27 2011

  • Ryan Zimmerman out with sore hamstring, could miss finale

    Ryan Zimmerman was out of the Nationals' lineup on Tuesday, missing the season's penultimate game with a sore hamstring that Nationals manager Davey Johnson didn't want to aggravate any worse. Steve Lombardozzi started at third base in his place, his second major league start at the position and just third in his entire professional career. Published September 27 2011

  • Nationals, Nix have exchanged figures on contract for 2012

    As the Nationals begin the transition toward constructing their 2012 roster as it pertains to their outfield, they've exchanged figures with outfielder Laynce Nix on a contract for next season Published September 27 2011

  • On Morse's consistency and Tommy Milone's September wrap

    There has been plenty written this season about Michael Morse - the breakout year he's having, the sick power he possesses to all fields and how much work he's put into eliminating any holes in his swing. Published September 27 2011

  • Nationals - Marlins start to be delayed

    The Nationals 7:10 p.m. game against the Florida Marlins will not start on time. There has been no official announcement made but the tarp is on the field, it is raining and there has been no movement by either starting pitcher to begin their warmup. Published September 26 2011

  • Davey Johnson wants to keep his coaching staff intact if he returns

    If Davey Johnson returns as Nationals manager in 2012 he said Monday that he would like to keep his coaching staff intact. Published September 26 2011

  • Live from Sun Life: the third-to-last Nationals lineup

    The Nationals have the honor of being the last opposing team ever to play baseball inside Sun Life Stadium as they close out their season with three against the Florida Marlins. Safe to say no one will miss playing on the field here considering the fact that it looks like a war zone and the "U" from the University of Miami in shallow center field is the first thing your eye is drawn to. Published September 26 2011

  • Henry Rodriguez's "nintendo" pitches and how important it could be to the Nationals bullpen

    How dominant was Henry Rodriguez on Sunday afternoon? Let's put it this way: After Atlanta Braves catcher David Ross swung through two fastballs clocked at 100 and 101, respectively, he squared up for an 0-2 bunt. He then fouled off a 101-mph fastball for strike three. Published September 25 2011

  • The maturation and evolution of Ross Detwiler

    In order to fully understand what Ross Detwiler did on the mound at Nationals Park on Sunday afternoon in the Nationals 3-0 victory over the Braves, it’s important, first, to go back to late May. Back to when Detwiler was floundering in Triple-A and was coming off a putrid 3 ⅔-inning, six earned run performance against the Twins’ affiliate. Published September 25 2011

  • Strasburg will be on innings limit for 2012

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said this afternoon that ace right-hander Stephen Strasburg will be on an innings limit for 2012, similar to the one that Jordan Zimmermann dealt with this season. Published September 25 2011

  • Rizzo "I think we're an outfield bat and a starting pitcher away from really being a contender in the division."

    As the Nationals wrap up the second-most successful season in their seven-year history in Washington, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo heads into the offseason with a specific list. The top two things on it are an everyday outfield bat and a front line starting pitcher. Upgrading the bench is a close third. Published September 25 2011

  • Home finale lineups

    The Nationals and the Braves will close down Nationals Park this afternoon with the final home game of the 2011 season. The Nationals will then head to Florida for the final three baseball games at Sun Life Stadium. Published September 25 2011

  • Jayson Werth: The last remaining member of the Bull Moose Party

    A funny thing happened on the way to the Nationals mid-game Presidents Race Saturday afternoon: Jayson Werth got involved. Published September 24 2011

  • Nationals close to finalizing Arizona Fall Leauge roster

    The rosters for the Arizona Fall League were released about a month ago but the Nationals are expected to finalize their entrants on the Scottsdale Scorpions in the coming days. The AFL begins play on Oct. 4 Published September 24 2011

  • Pudge gets first start behind the plate since July 4

    In what could be his penultimate start in a Nationals uniform, Ivan Rodriguez gets the call behind the plate Saturday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves. Published September 24 2011

  • Nationals executive VP Bob Wolfe stepping down

    After six seasons as the Washington Nationals' Executive Vice President, Bob Wolfe is leaving the club following the 2011 season. Wolfe and the Nationals are parting ways on mutual terms, a team source said. Published September 23 2011

  • Johnson on Nationals roster: "I think in everybody's eyes, a lot of guys have laid claim to a lot of starting positions in the regular nine."

    Davey Johnson has been trying to fill the holes on the Nationals roster going into next season. Where he thinks those efforts are at and where the Nationals can still improve. Published September 23 2011