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Nationals Watch Archive: April 2013

  • Nationals - White Sox lineups: Dan Haren looks to redeem himself

    Dan Haren's first start in a Washington Nationals uniform did not go the way the veteran right-hander had hoped. In allowing four home runs in four innings, as part the Nationals' 15-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night, Haren was unable to make the type of first impression he or the Nationals were looking for. Published April 11 2013

  • Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa are heating up

    There has been a lot of talk about the top of the Washington Nationals' offense. But Wednesday night, it was shortstop Ian Desmond and second baseman Danny Espinosa who were a combined 5-for-8 with three runs, two RBI and four extra-base hits. Published April 11 2013

  • Jordan Zimmermann leads Nationals over White Sox to earn series victory

    Jordan Zimmermann tossed seven strong innings, Bryce Harper hit a breathtaking home run, and the Nationals' middle infielders, Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa, came up big on offense in the 5-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Published April 10 2013

  • Umpires delay start of Nationals - White Sox game

    The start of Wednesday night's Nationals game against the Chicago White Sox was delayed 15 minutes because the umpires were stuck in traffic. Their late arrival delayed their preparation for the game, as they explained in an announcement in the pressbox. Published April 10 2013

  • Nationals - White Sox lineups: Adam Dunn in left for Chicago

    Adam Dunn will make his return to left field at Nationals Park on Wednesday evening as the Nationals look for the series victory against Dunn's Chicago White Sox. Published April 10 2013

  • Homer-happy Nationals top White Sox 8-7

    Behind home runs from Ian Desmond, Jayson Werth and two from Adam LaRoche, the Nationals kept the Chicago White Sox at bay in the series opener between the two clubs. Published April 10 2013

  • Adam Dunn returns to D.C.

    One-time Nationals slugger Adam Dunn made his return to D.C. for the first time since leaving in free agency after the 2010 season. Dunn, a popular player in the clubhouse and with the fans, was out of the lineup on Tuesday night with the White Sox surrendering the designated hitter during the interleague series in the Nationals' Park. Published April 9 2013

  • Nationals - White Sox lineups: Adam Dunn makes his return to D.C. but isn't starting

    It's been over two seasons since Adam Dunn was a regular presence at Nationals Park, hitting breathtaking home runs and generally endearing himself to the Nationals' fanbase. Maybe that length of time is why his return to D.C. Tuesday evening seems like more of a footnote than a headline. Published April 9 2013

  • Nationals prospect Matt Skole out with microfracture in left wrist

    Washington Nationals prospect Matt Skole was placed on the minor league disabled list Monday afternoon with a what an official familiar with the injury said was a microfracture in his left wrist. Published April 8 2013

  • Taking another look at Stephen Strasburg's changeup to Joey Votto

    Stephen Strasburg did not have his finest outing on Sunday afternoon. He gave up six runs in 5 1/3 innings of work and the Nationals lost, 6-3, to the Reds. But there were parts of Strasburg's start, as there almost always are, that made your jaw drop. A changeup that he threw to strike out Joey Votto in the second inning falls into that category. Published April 7 2013

  • Nationals - Reds lineups: Adam LaRoche sits again despite improvements in stiff back

    Adam LaRoche was feeling "way better," on Sunday morning after dealing with stiffness in the middle of his back for the last several days. Published April 7 2013

  • On the good and bad from Bryce Harper's Saturday, and the value of Craig Stammen

    The Washington Nationals got beat bad on Friday night. So as they opened their matinee with the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, they needed two things: a strong starting pitching performance and an early lead. Published April 7 2013

  • Nationals top Reds, 7-6, in wild 11-inning battle

    There was a time, perhaps not so long ago, when the Washington Nationals would've been bogged down by what had happened. When, younger and less experienced, they'd have been unable to clear their minds and keep themselves open to the possibility, instead, of what could still happen. Published April 6 2013

  • Wilson Ramos returns to where his 2012 season ended, proud of his recovery

    Behind the batting cage Friday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, as the sun dipped behind the stands Wilson Ramos chatted with one of the Cincinnati Reds' trainers. The conversation was fairly brief, and it ended with a hug. Then Ramos, the Washington Nationals' catcher, made his way back over to his teammates and resumed stretching for batting practice with them. He was just a few feet from the spot on the grass where his 2012 season ended. Published April 6 2013

  • Adam LaRoche out of Saturday's game with stiff back

    Adam LaRoche was out of the Nationals' lineup for Saturday's matinee against the Cincinnati Reds, unable to loosen the muscles in the middle of his back enough for him to play. Published April 6 2013

  • Nationals - Reds lineups: Ross Detwiler makes his season debut

    With nine days since his last Grapefruit League start, Washington Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler will take the mound at Great American Ball Park Saturday afternoon for his 2013 debut. Published April 6 2013

  • Adam LaRoche may sit Saturday with stiff back

    Adam LaRoche came out after seven innings in the Nationals' blowout loss to the Reds on Friday night, and manager Davey Johnson revealed after the game that LaRoche may sit out of Saturday's game with a stiff back. Published April 6 2013

  • Nationals suffer worst loss since moving to D.C. in 15-0 blowout by Reds

    Nearly four hours after it had begun, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson tried to talk about what had transpired for his team on the field in front of him at Great American Ball Park Friday night. His face was sullen. His interest in discussing a 15-0 shellacking by the Cincinnati Reds -- the Nationals' most lopsided loss since baseball returned to Washington in 2005 -- was minimal. Published April 5 2013

  • On Denard Span's ongoing education as a base stealer

    Early Friday afternoon, Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span, infielder Steve Lombardozzi and first base coach Tony Tarasco stood on the infield dirt near second base at Great American Ball Park. While Span and Lombardozzi watched, Tarasco demonstrated certain footwork in taking leads from second base. Then Span stepped in to try it himself. Tarasco commented, Span tried again. They went on like that for a few minutes, part of an ongoing progression that started in spring training for Span as he works to become a better base stealer. Published April 5 2013

  • Nationals - Reds lineups: Dan Haren makes Nationals debut

    Dan Haren last pitched nine days ago, under the sun in Jupiter, Fla. and in an atmosphere that was likely very different than the one he will step into at Great American Ball Park this evening. Published April 5 2013