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Nationals Watch Archive: August 2012


  • Nationals-Phillies lineups: Espinosa leads off, Moore in left

    So here the Nationals are, looking to break a three-game losing streak for the first time in more than a month -- and trying to avoid what would be the first sweep of them since the New York Yankees did it in June. Published August 26 2012

  • On Danny Espinosa's ninth-inning steal attempt

    Danny Espinosa was thrown out stealing in the ninth inning Friday night. But he wasn't running on his own. So what happened on that play? Published August 25 2012

  • Nationals-Phillies lineups: Morse, Desmond out

    As expected, neither Michael Morse or Ian Desmond are in the Nationals' lineup for the second game of this three-game set with the Phillies. Published August 25 2012

  • Ian Desmond dealing with mild hamstring strain

    Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was a late scratch Friday night, two days after he hyperextended his right knee in an attempt to break up a double play, and was diagnosed with a mild right hamstring strain. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he did not expect to play Desmond for the team's remaining two games in Philadelphia this weekend. Published August 25 2012

  • X-rays negative on Michael Morse's right hand

    The Washington Nationals dodged a figurative bullet Friday night when X-rays on the right hand of Nationals outfielder Michael Morse came back negative. Morse, who was hit with an 84-mph changeup from Kyle Kendrick in the first inning on the Nationals' 4-2 loss, is expected to miss a few days with a bad bruise. Published August 25 2012

  • Michael Morse leaves game after taking pitch off right hand (UPDATED)

    Nationals outfielder Michael Morse left Friday night's game against the Phillies after taking a pitch from Kyle Kendrick off his right hand in his first at-bat of the night. Published August 24 2012

  • Nationals extend Chad Tracy through 2013 season

    The Washington Nationals locked up one of their most integral bench bats on Friday afternoon, agreeing to a contract extension with Chad Tracy through the 2013 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Published August 24 2012

  • Nationals-Phillies: Desmond scratched with sore right knee

    Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was originally in tonight's lineup for the first game of this three-game set against the Phillies, but roughly 45 minutes before gametime Desmond was scratched with a sore right knee. Published August 24 2012

  • A look at the road ahead for the MLB-leading Nationals

    With each step the Washington Nationals have taken this season, each win that's brought them closer and closer to being a playoff team for the first time in their history, they've taken an even-keeled approach. There's still a long way to go, they've said. Nothing has been won yet, they've insisted. No one in the clubhouse is looking ahead, they repeat. But just because they're not, doesn't mean we can't. And as of this Friday morning, with the Nationals set to face the Philadelphia Phillies for three games at Citizens Bank Park, the road ahead for the Nationals looks relatively smooth. Published August 24 2012

  • Nationals' 2012 top pick Lucas Giolito will have Tommy John surgery

    Lucas Giolito, the Washington Nationals' top pick in the 2012 draft, will have Tommy John surgery on Aug. 31, a team source told The Washington Times on Thursday. Published August 23 2012

  • Nationals not worried about extra pressure to win NL East

    Amid the Washington Nationals' series against the Atlanta Braves this week, manager Davey Johnson pointed out that with Major League Baseball's new rule adding a second wild card in each league for a one-game playoff, it's not just about getting to October anymore. 'There's really more pressure on you to win your division,' manager Davey Johnson said. 'There's 10 times more pressure' Published August 23 2012

  • Nationals get scares with Ian Desmond, Kurt Suzuki

    Shortstop slows up on double play ball and catcher takes foul ball off right hand in loss to Braves. Manager Davey Johnson brushes off concern afterward. Published August 22 2012

  • Nationals players reflect on Chipper Jones' final regular season game in Washington

    The Nationals honored Chipper Jones on the field Wednesday night, acknowledging the third baseman's final trip to Washington in his Hall of Fame career. The team, represented by Ryan Zimmerman, Mark DeRosa, Adam LaRoche and Mike Rizzo gave Jones the third base bag from Monday night's 13-inning contest signed by the entire team, a picture of Jones with former teammates DeRosa and LaRoche, and the bat he used to hit the first home run in Nationals Park history -- which had been on display in the park. Before the ceremony, a few Nationals players reflected on Jones' career and what he's meant to them and major league baseball. Published August 22 2012

  • Got a Stephen Strasburg idea? Let Davey Johnson know

    Nationals manager getting plenty of suggestions. Published August 22 2012

  • Nationals-Braves lineups: In search of a sweep

    Chipper Jones' final regular-season game in District has him batting clean-up. Published August 22 2012

  • Breaking down Stephen Strasburg's dominant outing over Braves

    Stephen Strasburg was exceptional Tuesday night. How exceptional? Martin Prado, one of the Braves' best hitters, was so baffled by a curveball that he literally backed away from the box as it arrived, only to watch it for strike three. And he wasn't alone. Published August 22 2012

  • As Nationals' offense surges, Johnson, Zimmerman praise Eckstein

    From his perch on the steps of the Washington Nationals’ dugout, Rick Eckstein has a front row seat for the work of his offense. He gets one of the best views in the ballpark of exactly what his hitters are doing. Night in, night out. Published August 21 2012

  • Nationals-Braves lineups: Looking to go seven up in the National League East

    Mere hours after they walked off the field early Tuesday morning, the Nationals and Braves will be back at it for the second game of this pivotal three-game series between the division rivals. The Nationals will seemingly catch a break at the outset with Chipper Jones out of the Braves lineup after Monday's marathon. Published August 21 2012

  • Edwin Jackson's notable warm-up and Ian Desmond's notable home run

    Just more than 48 hours had passed since Edwin Jackson had descended the mound Saturday night. Two days from when he'd thrown 103 pitches and seven innings in his most recent start when pitching coach Steve McCatty, looking at Craig Stammen alone in the bullpen, asked if Jackson could throw if they needed him to. Published August 21 2012

  • Nationals top pick Lucas Giolito may need Tommy John surgery

    Washington Nationals' top 2012 draft pick Lucas Giolito is heading to see Dr. Lewis Yocum for a second opinion after a recurrence of soreness in his elbow following his only professional appearance. The Nationals are prepared for the possibility that Giolito will need Tommy John surgery. Published August 20 2012