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Nationals Watch Archive: June 2012


  • Stephen Strasburg leaves game with "heat-related issues"

    Stephen Strasburg was pulled from his start on Saturday after just three innings due to what the team is calling "heat-related issues." Published June 30 2012

  • Injury updates: Henry Rodriguez, Chad Tracy

    Updates on right-hander Henry Rodriguez and utility man Chad Tracy. Published June 30 2012

  • Today's lineups: Morse returns to cleanup

    With Morse continuing to show he's returning to the form that made him one of the biggest home run threats in the majors last year, he'll likely begin hitting cleanup all the time, regardless of the opposing pitcher. Published June 30 2012

  • Detwiler: "I really wanted to finish that seventh inning."

    It was a conversation not unlike the many Ian Desmond has with a pitcher throughout the course of a night. He can see the signs, the frustration building. That's his cue to go to the mound, calm his pitcher and remind him that getting out of whatever situation they're in is never as complex as it seems. Published June 30 2012

  • Morse's homer helps Nationals erase rocky seventh, top Braves

    The irony of the trot Michael Morse broke into as he rounded first base in the eighth inning Friday night was the conversation he’d had mere minutes before. Published June 30 2012

  • Drew Storen, Nats aiming for first game after All-Star break for return to active roster

    Targeting the first game after the All-Star break, the start of a four-game series in Miami on July 13, isn't out of the question and, as Storen put it, "seems logical." Published June 29 2012

  • Today's lineups: Nationals try to beat the heat

    The Nationals will open a pivotal three-game National League East set tonight in Atlanta where the temperatures are greeting them like an open oven door. It was 106 degrees in Atlanta today and they don't appear to be breaking any time before the series is out. Published June 29 2012

  • Desmond presents compelling All-Star case

    If there's one Nationals position player who has made a compelling case for an All-Star bid, it's shortstop Ian Desmond. Published June 29 2012

  • Today's lineups: Tight hamstring not keeping Morse out

    The Nationals lineup wasn't posted until 90 minutes before gametime on Thursday afternoon as Nationals manager Davey Johnson awaited word on Michael Morse, who received treatment for a tight hamstring Wednesday night. Morse assured Johnson early Thursday morning that he felt "great" and was prepared to play. Published June 28 2012

  • Bryce Harper working his way out of second mini-slump of his career

    In Bryce Harper's 53-game major league career, he's gone through one brief slump. Even calling it a slump might be a little harsh. From May 4 to May 11, a seven-game span about a week after Harper was called up, he hit .148. Then he went on a 29-game tear where he hit .330 with a .405 on-base percentage, clubbed seven homers, four triples and three doubles. Published June 28 2012

  • Today's lineups: LaRoche gets scheduled day off

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson has a little problem with first baseman Adam LaRoche. Every time he talks to the first baseman about the possibility of giving him some time off to keep him rested and healthy, LaRoche's play makes it extremely difficult for Johnson to do it. Published June 27 2012

  • Quotes from the Nationals' record offensive night

    Seems like it was just yesterday we were writing about what a downtrodden offensive team these Nationals were. Oh... right. Well after their best offensive game of the Davey Johnson era and a night in which they tied the organization's record for hits in a game (21) and broke the one for extra-base hits in a game (11) there was plenty being said in the Nationals' clubhouse about this game as a potential breakthrough for the team. Here are a few of the quotes and insights after the Nationals' 12-5 victory over the Rockies: Published June 27 2012

  • Davey Johnson defends hitting coach Rick Eckstein

    One day after lambasting his team's offensive approach and saying it "has just got to improve," Nationals manager Davey Johnson made sure to be clear that, in his opinion, no fingers should be pointed toward hitting coach Rick Eckstein. Published June 26 2012

  • Today's lineup: Facing second of three straight lefties, no changes

    In the back of the pressbox here in Denver there's a whiteboard that, eventually, contains all the information about the start of the game. It holds the lineups for both teams, the time the game starts, temperature, all that good stuff. Published June 26 2012

  • Nationals have to guard against letdown games

    The Nationals wake up this morning, having been in first place in the National League East for 80 days. Published June 26 2012

  • Nationals offensive issues lead to another loss, snap Strasburg's streak

    Davey Johnson didn’t have an answer. He couldn’t find an explanation for why his team, the best in the National League East had failed to make another below-average pitcher look like one. Couldn’t reason how, against a team that was struggling to get their starters even to the fifth inning, his team allowed one with an 7.23 ERA to throw five crisp ones and allow just two runs. Published June 26 2012

  • Nady dealing with wrist issue since spring training

    The Washington Nationals subbed out one right-handed bench player for another on Monday when they activated Mark DeRosa from the disabled list and placed Xavier Nady on it. Nady was officially put on with right wrist tendinitis, an issue that he has been dealing with since spring training but hadn't become public until Monday. Published June 25 2012

  • After rough stretch, Mark DeRosa's back and working his way back into game shape

    To say the the last two months haven't gone the way Mark DeRosa had planned would be a grave understatement. Published June 25 2012

  • How Tyler Moore worked his way into a platoon -- and maybe more -- role in the Nationals' lineup

    The first time Tyler Moore got the call to the big leagues, he admits he might not have been mentally ready. Going from playing every day in Triple-A to playing sparingly in the major leagues, Moore found himself standing in for pinch hit at-bats and being overcome. Published June 25 2012

  • Nationals activate Mark DeRosa, place Xavier Nady on DL (plus lineups)

    The Washington Nationals activated Mark DeRosa from the disabled list Monday afternoon, clearing room for the right-handed veteran utility man by placing Xavier Nady on the disabled list with tendonitis in his right wrist. Published June 25 2012