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Nationals Watch Archive: April 2013


  • Nationals loss to Marlins leaves starter Dan Haren searching for answers

    Mostly alone inside a silent visitors' clubhouse at Marlins Park Tuesday night, Dan Haren sat facing his locker and stared into the abyss. In the Washington Nationals' 8-2 loss to the Miami Marlins, Haren was chased before the end of the fifth inning with the Nationals in a seven-run hole. He searched for answers as his team digested Ryan Zimmerman's fourth throwing error and it's sixth loss of the young season. Published April 16 2013

  • Bryce Harper, Denard Span hit with stomach flu

    Bryce Harper and Denard Span were both absent from the Washington Nationals' lineup on Tuesday after spending most of the night dealing with the stomach flu. Published April 16 2013

  • Nationals - Marlins lineups: Denard Span, Bryce Harper, Danny Espinosa all out of lineup

    One day after manager Davey Johnson sat Adam LaRoche in order to get Tyler Moore some playing time, the manager appears to be doing the same on Tuesday to Bryce Harper and Denard Span. Both of the Nationals' outfielders are out of the lineup, along with second baseman Danny Espinosa who is still recovering from a bruised wrist. Published April 16 2013

  • Ian Desmond reflects on Jackie Robinson's importance and diversity in MLB on a difficult day

    Across baseball on Monday, there was a celebration of good amidst the shock of evil. There was the remembrance of Jackie Robinson, players on 16 teams all wearing his No. 42. And clubhouse televisions streaming the horrific news from Boston, that a sporting event was attacked and more than 100 innocent people were hurt or dying. Published April 16 2013

  • Backed by Nationals' bats, Jordan Zimmermann dominates in complete game victory

    The way the Nationals opened the game offensively in a 10-3 blowout, the Marlins hardly stood a chance. But once Jordan Zimmermann took the mound, once he set to work on pitching the first nine-inning complete game of his career, the end to the Nationals' first three-game losing streak of the season became mere formality. Published April 15 2013

  • Adam LaRoche sits so Tyler Moore can get some playing time

    Early Monday afternoon, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson sent a text message to first baseman Adam LaRoche. He wanted to chat. Johnson was planning to sit LaRoche, his Gold Glove first baseman, for a night in order to get Tyler Moore into the lineup. Moore, one of the Nationals' bright young talents on the bench, had not started a single game this season and Johnson felt it was important to get him a game here or there to keep him sharp coming off the bench. Published April 15 2013

  • Danny Espinosa's right wrist is swollen and stiff but he's hopeful he'll play Wednesday

    Danny Espinosa held out his right wrist to display the bruising that had developed overnight from the fastball he took off it on Sunday. His wrist and his forearm displayed the dark, painful spots. Published April 15 2013

  • Nationals - Marlins lineups: Danny Espinosa out of lineup after taking pitch off wrist

    One day after taking a pitch from Paul Maholm off his right wrist, Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa is not in the lineup against the Miami Marlins. Steve Lombardozzi got his first start of the season in Espinosa's place. Published April 15 2013

  • That time Denard Span was utterly confused by a double switch

    The Washington Nationals didn't have all that much to smile about late Sunday afternoon as they packed up and prepared for a week on the road in Miami and New York. But Denard Span couldn't help but laugh at himself. An American League player until this season, Span was utterly confused when manager Davey Johnson pulled him after he made the final out in the fifth inning. Published April 15 2013

  • X-rays negative on Danny Espinosa's right wrist

    The Washington Nationals had a second straight game with an injury scare when second baseman Danny Espinosa was hit with a pitch on the right wrist in the second inning on Sunday. X-rays were negative, though, and while manager Davey Johnson said he expects Espinosa to miss a game or two, the second baseman said he'd see how he felt in the morning. Published April 14 2013

  • Nationals - Braves lineups: Nats looking to avoid their first sweep of the season

    The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves will play their series finale on Sunday morning at Nationals Park with the Nationals looking to avoid their first sweep of the season and the Braves looking for a nine-game winning streak. Published April 14 2013

  • Nationals place Wilson Ramos on DL, recall Jhonatan Solano

    The Nationals placed Wilson Ramos on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning, recalling Jhonatan Solano from Triple-A Syracuse, though they were encouraged that an MRI done Saturday afternoon revealed Ramos' left hamstring strain was fairly mild and may only cost him the minimum 15 days. Published April 14 2013

  • Wilson Ramos suffers pulled hamstring, likely heading to disabled list

    The Washington Nationals dropped a second consecutive game to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday afternoon, but the most costly loss of the day may have come in the bottom of the eighth inning when Wilson Ramos pulled his left hamstring trying to beat out an infield grounder. Published April 13 2013

  • Clippard wants the ball, and Nats-Braves lineups for Saturday

    Tyler Clippard wants the ball. Saturday. He says he's ready and Friday night's bullpen implosion in which he played a 35-pitch part, is cleared from his mind. That may be the case, but he likely won't be called on to pitch. Published April 13 2013

  • Nationals unravel late in extra-innings loss to Braves

    After taking a three-run lead into the eighth inning against the Braves, the Nationals' bullpen surrendered five runs in a 6-4 loss in 10 innings. Published April 13 2013

  • Davey Johnson discusses the Padres - Dodgers brawl

    As a player, Davey Johnson has been in his share of baseball brawls. He's taken pitches off the head, in the mouth, and plenty of other places. Published April 12 2013

  • Rafael Soriano may get a day off with Drew Storen stepping in as closer

    With Rafael Soriano having worked in six of the Nationals' first nine games this season -- including saving the last three in a row -- there's a good chance manager Davey Johnson gives him the night off on Friday. If that's the case, Drew Storen would close for the Nationals should the situation arise in their game against the Braves. Published April 12 2013

  • Nationals - Braves lineups: The first showdown

    Over the course of the season, the Washington Nationals will play the Atlanta Braves 19 times. Each time they'll likely come with a lot of talk about the weight of the series. How important these games are in the context of a divisional race that's expected to go down to the wire cannot be understated. But right now, with the season just nine games old, it's impossible for the players to think that way. Published April 12 2013

  • Dan Haren, and others, assess the right-hander's improvements from start to start

    A short while after his night of work was over, his five innings of work in which he allowed three runs off 10 hits in the books, Dan Haren offered arguably the truest assessment of what he'd done. Published April 12 2013

  • Nationals complete sweep of White Sox with 7-4 win

    The enormity of what Bryce Harper has done in the first nine games of the Washington Nationals' season has not gone unnoticed. Not within his own clubhouse, and certainly not amongst the opposition. Harper was intentionally walked Thursday night, bringing up Ryan Zimmerman and changing the course of the game. Published April 12 2013