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Nationals Watch Archive: September 2012

  • Davey Johnson is planning for the playoffs, and that includes resting regulars

    The Washington Nationals have a very real shot at clinching the National League East crown in the next six games as they go from Philadelphia to St. Louis with a magic number set at five. Published September 25 2012

  • Ian Desmond becomes Nationals' first 20-20 player since Alfonso Soriano

    In a season in which he's reached so many of them already, Ian Desmond hit another milestone Monday afternoon when he took off for second base in the fifth inning and slid in safely with his 20th stolen base of the season. Desmond, who has already hit 24 home runs this season despite missing at least four weeks with an oblique injury and a few more days here and there with a hamstring strain, became the Nationals' first 20-20 player since Alfonso Soriano hit 46 home runs and stole 41 bases in 2006. Published September 24 2012

  • Tyler Clippard pitched the eighth & Drew Storen the ninth on Monday

    The Washington Nationals' lead was such on Monday afternoon that manager Davey Johnson could've opted to hand the eighth inning over to plenty of his relievers. Instead he used the opportunity to get Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen work -- in that order. Published September 24 2012

  • Nationals thinking of making Christian Garcia a starting pitcher next season

    The Washington Nationals have been so impressed with the repertoire of pitches from right-handed reliever Christian Garcia that the team is considering converting him back to a starting pitcher for the 2013 season, manager Davey Johnson said Monday. Published September 24 2012

  • Nationals juggling rotation to line up lefties vs. Phillies, maybe righties vs. Cardinals

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson is massaging his starting rotation a bit for the Nationals' upcoming three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies, flipping Ross Detwiler and John Lannan at the start of the series and then swapping Edwin Jackson with Gio Gonzalez for the finale. Published September 24 2012

  • Nationals-Brewers lineups: Michael Morse out with sore hand

    Michael Morse is out of the Washington Nationals' lineup for the team's finale Monday afternoon with the Milwaukee Brewers. Published September 24 2012

  • Nationals-Brewers lineups: Chien-Ming Wang makes first start since June 19

    With their magic number to clinch the National League East crown, the Washington Nationals will turn to a sixth starter Sunday afternoon, giving Chien-Ming Wang his first major league start since June 19. Published September 23 2012

  • Adam LaRoche posting career numbers

    Adam LaRoche probably wasn't aware of it, but he awoke Sunday morning once again among the National League's top five in home runs (32) and RBI (98), continuing a bounce-back season that has surprised no one in the Nationals' clubhouse. Published September 23 2012

  • Tyler Clippard's recent form not a concern for Davey Johnson

    Give Tyler Clippard credit for not trying to hide from his problems. After taking full responsibility for Friday night's loss to the Brewers when facing the media postgame, the Nationals' co-closer made sure to watch video of his outing, trying to decipher what had gone wrong. Published September 22 2012

  • Nationals-Brewers lineups as Gio Gonzalez goes for 20th win

    Tyler Clippard's ninth-inning implosion last night kept Edwin Jackson from picking up his 10th win of the season last night, but the Nationals will be hunting bigger game today as Gio Gonzalez goes for his 20th win. Published September 22 2012

  • Edwin Jackson tosses gem, leaves with 'nothing to show for it'

    For eight innings Friday night, Nationals Park looked like Edwin Jackson's world. When he was dominant, he retired 11 Milwaukee Brewers batters in a row, and when he got into a little trouble, defense bailed him out. Published September 22 2012

  • Bryce Harper on laser throw: 'I just picked it up and threw it'

    A sharply hit ball up the middle, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and third base coach Ed Sedar didn't seem to hesitate. Down a run to the Washington Nationals in the fourth inning Friday, Braun flew around third and tired to score on Aramis Ramirez's single. Except the ball was hit to center fielder Bryce Harper. Harper had all his momentum moving forward as he picked it up and fired a laser toward catcher Jesus Flores standing in front of home plate. The throw probably couldn't have been any better, and Braun was out. Published September 22 2012

  • Nationals could alter rotation to go lefty-heavy against Phillies

    The Nationals may tweak their rotation for their series against the Phillies that begins on Tuesday. As of now, Jordan Zimmermann will pitch on Monday on regular rest. John Lannan will open the series in Philly on Tuesday and Ross Detwiler will go on Wednesday. But Johnson may then choose to flip Edwin Jackson and Gio Gonzalez in the rotation. Published September 21 2012

  • Livan Hernandez is happy to see the Nationals succeed

    As the Washington Nationals have surged this season, they've done it on the back of a pitching staff that is relentless. For much of the year, the Nationals bludgeoned opponents with power arm after power arm and they made the rotations of years past something of a distant memory. It seemed like a long time ago that Livan Hernandez was starting on Opening Day for them. But it wasn't. And for a player who threw the first pitch in Nationals' history, watching the Nationals flourish the way they have this season has been a true joy. "I'm happy for all my friends on that team," Hernandez said Friday, in town as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen. "It's a dream come true for all those people and for the city, it's very nice. Published September 21 2012

  • Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard will both get save opportunities down the stretch for the Nationals

    In the midst of the Washington Nationals clinching the organization's first playoff berth and the first in D.C. since 1933, it was important to note the man on the mound for the final three outs. Drew Storen, not Tyler Clippard, pumped his fist and high-fived catcher Kurt Suzuki as the clock inched past 10 p.m. Published September 21 2012

  • Nationals-Brewers lineups: The day after clinching

    Edwin Jackson tries to be fifth starter to 10 victories Published September 21 2012

  • Davey Johnson becomes only second manager in MLB history to take four franchises to playoffs

    Davey Johnson joined Billy Martin Thursday night as the only managers in major league history to take four different franchises to the playoffs. He added another line to his already-distinguished resume and ensured that he'd return to the playoffs, himself, for the first time in 15 years. Published September 21 2012

  • Chien-Ming Wang will start Sunday for the Nationals

    With the Washington Nationals needing a spot starter for Sunday afternoon's game against the Milwaukee Brewers, manager Davey Johnson tabbed Chien-Ming Wang for the assignment. Published September 20 2012

  • Umpire Alan Porter apologized to Davey Johnson after bad call in Wednesday's loss

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that umpire Alan Porter apologized to him for blowing a call in the Nationals' 7-6 loss Wednesday night. Published September 20 2012

  • Nationals-Dodgers lineups: Nationals go with regulars needing one win for postseason berth

    Needing one win to clinch a postseason berth, Nationals manager Davey Johnson wrote out his lineup on Thursday afternoon and filled it with all of his regulars. Published September 20 2012