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Nationals Watch Archive: August 2012

  • Nationals-Braves lineups: Nats load up regulars for pivotal series

    There's been enough hype for this three-game series to last a lifetime. Biggest series in Washington since the 1930s, right? Published August 20 2012

  • Gonzalez wins 16th as Nationals top Mets

    What Gio Gonzalez's performance lacked in dominance he compensated for in effectiveness and, in the process, provided another way for the Nationals to measure this season's remarkable surge to the top of the National League East as they defeated the Mets, 5-2. Published August 19 2012

  • Nationals notes: Ian Desmond unexpectedly starts, plus lineups

    There's a bit of intrigue at Nationals Park or at least as much intrigue as one can muster on a routine late-summer Sunday morning. After Nationals manager Davey Johnson twice insisted shortstop Ian Desmond would get the day off, he's batting sixth for today's series finale against the Mets. Published August 19 2012

  • Jackson's 11 strikeouts wasted as Mets top Nationals

    Edwin Jackson slowly walked toward the dugout at Nationals Park, glove covering his mouth. Usually mild-mannered, the pitcher's head jerked as he unloaded the frustration of a game gone awry into the leather. An hour later, disgust lingered on Jackson's face in the clubhouse after the New York Mets topped the Washington Nationals 2-0 Saturday night. Published August 18 2012

  • Nationals notes: Jayson Werth hits leadoff, Bryce Harper rests, plus lineups

    Little about Jayson Werth looks like a traditional leadoff hitter, from his 6-foot-4 frame to four seasons of 20 or more home runs. But the Nationals' meandering quest for stability in the top spot of the lineup has returned to him. Published August 18 2012

  • MLB suspends Nationals minor leaguer 50 games

    Major League Baseball suspended Nationals minor league catcher Michael Albaladejo 50 games Friday after testing positive for a banned substance. Published August 17 2012

  • UPDATED: Nationals activate Ian Desmond from DL plus notes

    The Nationals activated shortstop Ian Desmond from the 15-day disabled list Friday, and, to clear room on the 25-man roster, designated utilityman Cesar Izturis for assignment. Published August 17 2012

  • With Desmond poised to return, Nationals haven't missed a beat with Espinosa and Lombardozzi

    Ian Desmond will rejoin a team that has gone 19-6 in his absence and that is due in no small part to who has been filling in for him in the infield. Published August 16 2012

  • Davey Johnson on Ian Desmond: "He's good to go."

    There's a very good chance the Washington Nationals' 6-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday afternoon was not just the capper on an 8-2 road trip but also the final game the team will play without shortstop Ian Desmond. Published August 15 2012

  • Giants' Melky Cabrera suspended 50 games before series finale with Nationals

    Big news on the other side of AT&T Park this afternoon as San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance. Major League Baseball announced the suspension roughly an hour before the Giants' series finale with the Nationals. Published August 15 2012

  • Nationals-Giants lineups: Morse returns

    The Nationals and Giants will play the rubber match of their three-game set here at AT&T Park this afternoon with the third straight quality pitching matchup. Stephen Strasburg will go for the Nationals against Tim Lincecum for the Giants. Published August 15 2012

  • As Strasburg takes the mound, a look at his innings limit

    Every five days, when Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for the Nationals there is quiet. While the right-hander pitches, for a few innings at least, no one has to hear the debate over whether or not the Nationals are doing the right thing by shutting him down. There is just him, standing on a mound, and doing what he does so well: pitching. Published August 15 2012

  • Nationals could to flip Edwin Jackson and Ross Detwiler in rotation

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson said on Monday night that with three off days coming up in the next two weeks that the team was considering altering their rotation. Published August 14 2012

  • Ian Desmond to play in sim game Thursday, possibly activated Friday

    Ian Desmond will go through another full workout before Wednesday's afternoon game in San Francisco and then he will play in a simulated game at Nationals Park on Thursday. If all goes well and the Nationals decide against a rehab assignment, Desmond could be back in the lineup on Friday when the team opens a three-game series with the New York Mets. Published August 14 2012

  • Nationals-Giants lineups: Werth returns after clean MRI, Morse out

    Jayson Werth walked into AT&T Park Tuesday afternoon carrying the protective boot the Nationals trainers made him wear home Monday night and told manager Davey Johnson he was feeling well enough to play. An MRI done on his right ankle Tuesday morning showed nothing serious, as Werth expected, so Johnson slotted the right fielder into the lineup. He was going to see how he got through batting practice before making a final decision but it appears he's a go for the 7:15 p.m. (pacific) game. That was good news for the Nationals because Michael Morse was not in the lineup after coming out of Monday night's game in the fifth inning with inflammation in his right thumb. Published August 14 2012

  • Nationals promote 2011 first-round pick Anthony Rendon to Double-A (UPDATED)

    The Washington Nationals promoted top prospect Anthony Rendon to Double-A Harrisburg Tuesday morning, ending the 22-year-old's stay in Single-A Potomac after just nine total games. Published August 14 2012

  • Jayson Werth will get MRI on ankle, Morse OK after jammed thumb

    The Washington Nationals' 11th win in their last 13 games arrived with some bitter news Monday night. Jayson Werth, who was a late scratch with right ankle soreness, will get an MRI on his ankle Tuesday morning to ensure that it's nothing serious. Published August 14 2012

  • Jayson Werth scratched from lineup with ankle soreness

    Jayson Werth was scratched from the Nationals' lineup Monday night less than an hour before the first pitch of the team's opener against the San Francisco Giants. Werth was scratched with right ankle soreness, according to a Nationals spokesman. Published August 13 2012

  • Nationals' Johnson considering altering rotation to split lefties, set up for big series

    The Nationals, the team that has one day off since the All-Star break has three scheduled off days in the next 14 days, giving them the opportunity to configure their starting rotation a bit differently. Published August 13 2012

  • Ian Desmond going through full workouts this week, getting closer to return

    The big news on Monday, Davey Johnson said, was that shortstop Ian Desmond went through a full workout -- infield, batting practice, the works -- on the field at AT&T Park and his progress from a left oblique strain is extremely encouraging. Published August 13 2012