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Nationals Watch Archive: September 2011

  • On a day Morse and Werth both sit, talking about Morse's most productive position

    The Nationals lineup for tonight's series opener with the Florida Marlins (one of the final few times we'll be calling them that) doesn't include either Jayson Werth or Michael Morse, Nationals manager Davey Johnson instead slotting Roger Bernadina into left field and Laynce Nix into right. The opportunity to rest Morse -- which Johnson joked made it easier for Werth to take the news that he wasn't playing knowing Morse wasn't either -- also provides an opportunity to discuss where he fits best in the Nationals defense. Published September 16 2011

  • Success as a reliever leaves Tom Gorzelanny at a crossroads

    As the Nationals close in on the season's final two weeks, Gorzelanny has been almost just as effective out of the bullpen as any of the Nationals best relievers. "He's just been great out of the pen," said Nationals manager Davey Johnson. Published September 15 2011

  • Peacock's future and Ankiel's catch

    Brad Peacock pitched five scoreless innings against the New York Mets Wednesday night at Citi Field. Now, he waits. Published September 15 2011

  • A few pregame notes on Brown, Mattheus and Desmond

    A few pre-game notes as the Nationals and Mets prepare for the battle for third place. Published September 14 2011

  • Mostly regular lineup behind Peacock in first MLB start

    Brad Peacock's major league debut came under unfortunate circumstances. A starter for the majority of his professional career and ensured just hours before that he wouldn't be brought in mid-inning, Peacock was summoned with two men on and Matt Kemp at the plate for his introduction to the big leagues Published September 14 2011

  • MLB announces 2012 schedule, Nationals open at Cubs April 5

    Major League Baseball announced the 2012 schedule this morning and for the Nationals it features a season opener in the Windy City. The Nationals will open next season on April 5 at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs. Published September 14 2011

  • Nationals match 2010 win total with 15 games to go, so what does it mean?

    When Drew Storen struck out Lucas Duda late Tuesday night, he earned his 36th save of the season and the Nationals' 69th victory of the 2011 season. With 15 games to spare, this year's version of the Nationals has matched the win total of their immediate predecessors. If they can win even one more game over the next two weeks, they'll be, numerically, better than they were last year. Published September 14 2011

  • Corey Brown undergoes surgery for right knee infection, plus other pre-game notes

    The news on Corey Brown's infected right knee didn't get any better on Tuesday as the rookie outfielder underwent possibly season-ending surgery to help clear it out after the Nationals medical personnel felt it was not progressing in the right direction. Published September 13 2011

  • Nationals go back to basics behind Wang: today's lineups

    Needing just one more win to match their 2010 total, Nationals manager Davey Johnson is sending a more traditional lineup out behind Chien-Ming Wang in the Taiwanese right-hander's first game in New York since leaving the Yankees after the 2009 season. Published September 13 2011

  • A few Nationals odds and ends

    As the Nationals get set to watch Chien-Ming Wang make his return to New York tonight, a few odds and ends... Published September 13 2011

  • Detwiler puts "worst outing" behind him, throws 5 2/3 strong against Mets

    Ross Detwiler was mad. He spent three innings throwing anything and everything he could at the New York Mets 10 days ago and nothing worked. Everything was high, nothing was well-located, nothing was executed the way it should be, save for one pitch he got a ground-ball out on. The rest of them piled up for six earned runs in a short amount of time and a Nationals loss. If there was any better way for Detwiler to get over it than what he did Monday night, you'd be hard-pressed to find it. He was effective, efficient and nearly unhittable for 5 2/3 innings of work. He sandwiched a walk and a hit around 17 straight outs, including 12 in a row from the second through the sixth. Published September 13 2011

  • Corey Brown absent with infection as Nationals open three-game set in New York, plus lineups (updated)

    The Nationals arrived in New York Sunday night one rookie lighter after leaving outfielder Corey Brown behind in Washington. Brown, who pinch hit for Stephen Strasburg in the bottom of the third inning on Sunday, is dealing with an infection in his knee Published September 12 2011

  • Espinosa breaks through, puts 0-for-15 skid behind him

    Late Saturday night, long after almost all of his teammates had left the Nationals' clubhouse following the team's latest loss, Nationals manager Davey Johnson found second baseman Danny Espinosa alone inside the video room. Published September 11 2011

  • Strasburg done after three innings

    Stephen Strasburg's second major league start in his road back from Tommy John surgery lasted one pitch longer than his first start, and two fewer innings Published September 11 2011

  • Ryan Mattheus' bullpen session a success and today's lineups

    Ryan Mattheus stood on a mound for the first time since Aug. 25 Sunday morning at Nationals Park, throwing his first bullpen session since being placed on the disabled list on Aug. 26. Mattheus was pulled from the game on the 25th, the second appearance he was removed from in the span of a week, because of injury conc Published September 11 2011

  • How Brad Peacock won the Nationals' Minor League Pitcher of the Year award

    When Brad Peacock arrived at spring training earlier this year, he was a minor leaguer with 437 2/3 innings of work under his belt and only 38 2/3 of them at a level above Single-A. He was a former 41st-round draft and follow pick of the Nationals' from 2006 with a career ERA that sat mostly in the fours. Saturday afternoon, he stood in the Nationals clubhouse having been told that, sometime in the next week he'd make his first career major league start, and, to top it off, the Nationals had named him their Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Published September 10 2011

  • The plan for Stephen Strasburg tomorrow and how it affects Brad Peacock, who isn't expected to relieve him

    When Stephen Strasburg took the mound Tuesday night, it was with a strict 60-pitch limit and very little wiggle room. He worked around that four-inning expectation by being so efficient he had 12 pitches to spare on his max when the fourth inning ended. Published September 10 2011

  • Nationals lineup as John Lannan looks for his 10th win

    John Lannan, with nine wins on the season, has a chance tonight to achieve his first-ever 10-win season. It would be just the sixth 10-win season in Nationals' history. To get it, he'll have a pretty standard Nationals lineup behind him with just one rookie call-up in it: Chris Marrero at first base. Published September 10 2011

  • Nationals name Lombardozzi, Peacock Minor Leauge Player and Pitcher of the Year

    It's been a busy week for both Steve Lombardozzi and Brad Peacock. It started with a big league call-up and major league debuts for both. It ended with being named the Nationals Minor League Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. Published September 10 2011

  • Strasburg's schedule, notes and lineups

    The week's unceasing rain snarled traffic, flooded roads and forced Davey Johnson to reshuffle his pitching rotation. Published September 9 2011