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Nationals Watch Archive: October 2012

  • A guide to Wednesday's Washington Times baseball coverage

    Washington D.C. will host its first MLB playoff game in 79 years Wednesday afternoon and there are plenty of Nationals players expecting the fans to make that the party it deserves to be. The Nationals will distribute red towels for fans to wave and plenty of players were anticipating a "red-out" with shortstop Ian Desmond even requesting via twitter that fans not go for a "white-out" if they're sitting behind home plate, which makes it more difficult for the shortstop to see the ball. Either way, they expected Nationals Park to be rocking. To tide you over until 1 p.m., there is plenty of baseball coverage, again, in The Washington Times, so here's a quick-link guide to all of it. Published October 10 2012

  • Bryce Harper still battling illness, ready for Game 3

    Bryce Harper attended the Nationals' optional workout on Tuesday afternoon, as did the rest of his teammates, but the 19-year-old was still battling a fever over 100 degrees and was hoping to kick his illness, believed to be strep throat originally, by the time the Nationals play at 1:07 p.m. on Wednesday. Published October 9 2012

  • Stephen Strasburg talks about watching the playoffs: 'I just can't wait for my opportunity'

    Stephen Strasburg knows that this playoffs is different for him. He knows that his face shows up during the telecasts of the Washington Nationals' games and that his absence, arguably one of baseball's biggest storylines in the second half, is a part of the Nationals' story, regardless of how the end is written. He's a playoff bystander, the Nationals having shut him down on Sept. 8 after they determined he'd hit his workload limit for the season. That day Strasburg admitted he didn't think he was "ever going to accept, to be honest with you. It's something that I'm not happy about at all." But as the days have passed, Strasburg has resigned himself to his role this season. His eyes are now turned toward the future. Published October 9 2012

  • Nationals-Cardinals remaining game times announced

    The Nationals will continue their run of daytime playoff games Thursday but shift to prime time Friday if the NLDS with the Cardinals goes that far. Published October 9 2012

  • Cardinals remove Jaime Garcia from NLDS roster

    As expected, the Cardinals removed Game 2 starter Jaime Garcia from their NLDS roster Tuesday, adding rookie right-hander Shelby Miller to take his spot. Published October 9 2012

  • UPDATED: Eight Nationals prospects start Arizona Fall League today

    While the Nationals prepare to play the first Major League Baseball postseason game in Washington since 1933 on Wednesday, the seasons of eight prospects are continuing, too. Published October 9 2012

  • A guide to Tuesday's Washington Times baseball coverage

    The Nationals had an upbeat tone Monday evening as they packed to head back to D.C. knowing that all they have to do is win one three-game series and their season will continue. They did what they wanted to do in St. Louis by getting a split and they seemed to be wasting little time lamenting what could've been had they taken a 2-0 lead and headed home with a stranglehold on the series. We had several different articles in print and online from our coverage of Game 2 of the NLDS, so here's a quick-link guide to all of it with plenty more to come later in the day as the Nationals and Cardinals work out at Nationals Park starting at 12:30 p.m. Published October 9 2012

  • NLDS Game 2: Christian Garcia's debut leaves him wanting more

    ST. LOUIS -- Christian Garcia wanted more. Lost in the debris of Monday's eight-run loss by the Nationals in Game 2 of the division series were Garcia's 28 pitches. Published October 8 2012

  • Davey Johnson's thoughts on Nationals' NLDS Game 2 loss

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson's thoughts following Washington's 12-4 loss to St. Louis in Game 2 of the NLDS Published October 8 2012

  • Game 3 of NLDS scheduled for 1 p.m. at Nationals Park

    ST. LOUIS -- The first Major League Baseball postseason game in Washington since Oct. 7, 1933, will start at 1:07 p.m. Wednesday at Nationals Park. Published October 8 2012

  • Nationals put pressure on Cardinals with Game 1 win

    It was a quirk of the major league baseball postseason schedule this year that the Washington Nationals ended up here. That they, owners of the league's best record, opened their first postseason series on the road. But after a win in Game 1 of their National League Division Series with the Cardinals the Nationals now face the attractive prospect of heading home to Washington in position to need only two wins, and possibly one if they can beat the Cardinals again on Monday. Published October 8 2012

  • Cardinals' lone lefty in bullpen cause for local concern

    A reliever nicknamed "Scrabble" is the only lefty in the Cardinals' bullpen, something that was a concern for St. Louis heading into the NLDS and has only grown in the aftermath of Game 1. Published October 8 2012

  • NLDS Game 2: Nationals-Cardinals lineups

    ST. LOUIS -- Good afternoon from sunny Busch Stadium, where the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals will stick with the same lineups today they used in Game 1. Published October 8 2012

  • A guide to today's Washington Times baseball coverage

    The Washington Nationals spent most of their first playoff game doing plenty of things that could've led to a loss. But they walked out of Busch Stadium Sunday evening knowing they did those things and still hold a 1-0 lead in the National League Division Series. Game 2 is at 4:37 p.m. (eastern) and we have a host of coverage in today's Washington Times to keep you busy until then, so here are some quick links: Published October 8 2012

  • NLDS Game 1: Davey Johnson's postgame comments

    ST. LOUIS -- After the Nationals' 3-2 win over the Cardinals in Game 1 of the division series Sunday, manager Davey Johnson spoke about Gio Gonzalez's control-challenged outing, Tyler Moore's big hit, Ian Desmond's contribution and much more. Published October 7 2012

  • Cardinals react to NLDS Game 1 loss to Nationals

    The Cardinals' clubhouse was subdued following the Nationals' 3-2 win in the NLDS opener, but as more than one player pointed out, they've been in this situation before. Here are some thoughts from the home clubhouse following Game 1 Published October 7 2012

  • 'A sense of relief' for Nats closer Drew Storen

    ST. LOUIS -- Pain has followed Drew Storen's season, thanks to April surgery to remove a bone chip from the closer's right elbow. The surgery sidelined Storen until July and made his save Sunday, punctuated with a shout as he struck out Matt Holliday swinging to end the game, even sweeter. Published October 7 2012

  • Nationals playoff game ends long wait for Charlie Slowes

    Shortly before calling the first pitch in Nationals playoff history, Charlie Slowes described Sunday to his listeners as "a day that Nationals fans and players and owners have dreamt about." He left someone out: himself. Published October 7 2012

  • Nationals' batterymates envisioned this day in different uniforms

    After he finished with his media responsibilities for the day, and the Nationals' workout was finished, Kurt Suzuki plopped himself into one of the comfortable chairs in the visitors' clubhouse at Busch Stadium Saturday afternoon and turned on the Oakland A's game. Published October 7 2012

  • NLDS Game 1: Nationals-Cardinals lineups

    ST. LOUIS -- Seventy-nine years to the day after the last Major League Baseball postseason game by a Washington baseball team, the Nationals unveiled their lineup for today's division series game with the Cardinals. Published October 7 2012