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Nationals Watch Archive: August 2012


  • Nationals-Giants Lineups: Werth returns in first-place matchup

    The Nationals and Giants meet for the second time this season as a battle of two first-place squads. The last time this happened, the Nationals swept three games from the Giants in convincing fashion. Published August 13 2012

  • Nationals head to San Francisco for important test

    As the Nationals packed up and prepared to head to San Francisco Sunday afternoon, the third leg of their longest road trip of the second half, they did so digesting their first loss in over a week. And as they were shuffling through the motions, catcher Kurt Suzuki put a little perspective on the winning streak. Published August 13 2012

  • Nationals-Diamondbacks lineups: Werth gets a day off as Nationals go for sweep

    The Washington Nationals have not lost in more than a week and they will take the field at Chase Field on Sunday afternoon looking to start this 10-game road trip on a 7-0 run. Published August 12 2012

  • Ian Desmond comes through first hitting session well

    Shortly before gametime Saturday evening, shortstop Ian Desmond took a bat into the batting cage at Chase Field and did something he hadn't since July 22: hit. Published August 12 2012

  • Ian Desmond cleared to swing Saturday

    Nationals' shortstop Ian Desmond is expected to take a big step in his recovery process from a strained left oblique Saturday evening when he takes about 20 swings in the batting cage at Chase Field. Published August 11 2012

  • Nationals-Diamondbacks lineups: Jayson Werth leads off as Tyler Moore gets start in LF

    As expected, Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals' lineup this afternoon as Nationals manager Davey Johnson is using the opportunity to get rookie Tyler Moore a rare start. Published August 11 2012

  • Bryce Harper will get a day off to get Tyler Moore in the lineup

    Bryce Harper will sit Saturday night, manager Davey Johnson said after the Nationals' 9-1 victory on Friday, so that Tyler Moore can get a rare start. Moore was shifted to a bench role when Jayson Werth came off the disabled list and hasn't started a game since the opener in the Nationals' doubleheader against the Marlins on Aug. 3. Published August 11 2012

  • When it comes to Strasburg's innings limit, nothing has changed

    Asked for what seems like the umpteenth time on Friday afternoon whether or not the Washington Nationals have placed a hard and fast number on the amount of innings Stephen Strasburg will throw this season, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo reiterated what he's said since spring training: No. Published August 10 2012

  • Nationals-Diamondbacks lineups: Bryce Harper returns

    After a one-day break, Bryce Harper returned to the Nationals' starting lineup as they got set to open a three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Published August 10 2012

  • Scoring change ends Michael Morse's 18-game hitting streak (UPDATED)

    Michael Morse hit two home runs on Thursday night to extend what everyone thought at the time was an 18-game hitting streak -- the longest current streak in the major leagues. Published August 10 2012

  • A few thoughts, observations and leftovers as the Nationals head to Phoenix

    It wasn't always pretty, and it wasn't the steamrolling that most would expect when the best team in baseball meet the worst, but the Nationals swept the Astros this week and they take their MLB-best 69-43 record to Phoenix where the streaky but dangerous Diamondbacks await. But before they open their three-game set at Chase Field, a few thoughts, observations and leftovers on Michael Morse, the Nationals' record and Jordan Zimmermann. Published August 10 2012

  • Bryce Harper talks about his argument with Angel Hernandez and more

    A day later, Bryce Harper was frank. He discussed his argument with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez from Wednesday night, addressed the idea that he is frustrated by second-half numbers that are vastly different from his first and discussed a defensive miscue that his manager took as a sign that he was carrying his emotions to the field and decided to give him a day off. Published August 9 2012

  • Nationals-Astros lineups: Harper sits, Suzuki catches back-to-back games

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Wednesday night he planned to give Bryce Harper a day off and that's just what he's doing in the team's finale of this four-game series in Houston. Published August 9 2012

  • Bryce Harper argues with Angel Hernandez, will probably get Thursday off

    Bryce Harper will likely get a day off on Thursday after he jawed with umpire Angel Hernandez Wednesday night. Teammate Adam LaRoche discussed the issue with the umpire. Published August 9 2012

  • Chien-Ming Wang pulled off rehab assignment as hip soreness flares

    Chien-Ming Wang's sordid injury history grew longer on Wednesday when the right-hander was pulled off his rehab assignment with continued soreness in his right hip and will remain on the disabled list for the time being. Published August 8 2012

  • Nationals-Astros lineups: Jayson Werth returns as Nationals go for series win

    After two straight extra-innings games here at Minute Maid Park, the Nationals and Astros get back to it for Game 3 of this four-game series. Published August 8 2012

  • Ross Detwiler's fastball reliance brings him sustained success

    On Tuesday night in Houston, Ross Detwiler threw his sinker 69 times. Of his 85 pitches, 75 of them were fastballs. Last Thursday night in Washington, Detwiler threw 78 fastballs in his 88 pitches and 22 of them were sinkers. Detwiler possesses a a curveball and a changeup, too. But in his last two starts, as he's pitched 14 innings, allowed six hits and two earned runs total, he's thrown 173 pitches and 153 of them have been fastballs (whether four-seam or sinking). The results are hard to argue with. Published August 8 2012

  • Cesar Izturis joins the Nationals

    Cesar Izturis arrived in Houston on Tuesday, joining a Nationals team he'd watched barrel through Milwaukee two weekends ago and going from a team 10 games under .500 to one 23 games up and in first place in the National League East. Published August 7 2012

  • Jayson Werth is still working his legs into playing shape

    When Jayson Werth returned to the Nationals' active roster on Aug. 2, all eyes were on his left wrist. The break that had cost him three months was not an issue and Werth's performance at the plate since returning (he's 7-for-16) has proven as much. But from the start Werth felt the rest of his body, particularly his legs, would take a little bit longer to catch up and get back into what they call "baseball shape." That was precisely the case for him Monday night when Werth, his legs so tight he said Tuesday he "didn't feel like I could help the team," pulled himself from the game after the seventh inning. Published August 7 2012

  • Nationals-Astros lineups: Jayson Werth sits

    Sometime during the eighth inning Monday night, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth informed manager Davey Johnson that he'd felt his legs tightening up. Werth was replaced by Roger Bernadina, who eventually scored the winning run in the Nationals' calamitous 5-4 victory over the Astros. Published August 7 2012