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Nationals Watch Archive: April 2013

  • Ryan Zimmerman's "Night at the Park" set for May 23

    Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has set a date for his annual "A Night at the Park" fundraiser to benefit his ziMS Foundation. The event will be held at Nationals Park on May 23 and, this year, will feature the band Third Eye Blind. Published April 5 2013

  • Nationals face tough test in three games vs. Cincinnati Reds

    In 2012, while the Washington Nationals were setting a hectic pace to reach the best record in the major leagues, there was one team they never could quite shake: the Cincinnati Reds. Published April 5 2013

  • Bryce Harper OK after taking an elbow to head in home plate collision

    Bryce Harper showed no ill-effects from a first-inning collision with Marlins catcher Rob Brantly, despite taking an elbow to the right side of his chin as he scored the Nationals' second run of the day. Published April 4 2013

  • Ryan Zimmerman's improved shoulder health allows him to play deeper at third

    There has been a lot of discussion and scrutiny of Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's throwing motion as he continues to gain strength following offseason shoulder surgery. But there is another, perhaps less obvious, improvement to his defense that has come from having a healthy shoulder: Zimmerman can play deeper at third base, which allows him to add to his already elite range. Published April 4 2013

  • Nationals partner with Bloomberg Sports to aid scouting and analytics

    Over the course of the Washington Nationals' rise to prominence in the major leagues, the one thing they have steadfastly relied on as the bedrock upon which they've been built is scouting and player development. In a new partnership with Bloomberg Sports that they formally announced on Thursday, the Nationals are taking their commitment to that area to a new level. Published April 4 2013

  • Nationals welcome Chris Young back on a minor league deal

    Ten days after they granted right-hander Chris Young his unconditional release, the Washington Nationals welcomed him back with a minor league deal on Thursday. Published April 4 2013

  • Nationals - Marlins lineups: Going for the first sweep of the season

    The Washington Nationals have their first getaway day of the season Thursday afternoon, playing the Miami Marlins in the finale of their three-game, four-day set at Nationals Park. After the game, the Marlins will mosey on up to New York to play the Mets while the Nationals will head to Cincinnati for a series that will feature two teams many expect to be in the playoffs. Published April 4 2013

  • Nationals pitchers open the season with 18 scoreless innings

    The Washington Nationals built their success in 2012 on the backs of what was the best pitching staff in the major leagues for much of the season. Inside their clubhouse they didn't expect 2013 to be much different. After all, four of their starting pitchers were returning, one was a veteran with a significantly successful track record and they have power arms piling up in the bullpen. But 18 straight scoreless innings to open the season? Published April 3 2013

  • Gio Gonzalez tosses six scoreless, homers in Nationals win over Marlins

    Head down, lips pressed together, Gio Gonzalez tried as hard as he could not to smile. He placed one foot in front of the other, rounded second base and then third. When he crossed home plate he couldn't take it anymore. He flashed his pearly whites. Ushered into the dugout amongst a sea of high-fives and hugs, Gonzalez basked in his moment. His home run helped lead the Nationals to a 3-0 victory over the Miami Marlins. Published April 3 2013

  • Bryce Harper meets President Obama to screen movie '42'

    Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper spent his first off-day of the 2013 season in unique fashion. Harper, who hit two home runs on Opening Day, visited the White House Tuesday evening for a reception and a screening of the movie '42' with President Obama. Published April 3 2013

  • Nationals - Marlins lineups: Kurt Suzuki catches Gio Gonzalez

    The Nationals and Marlins will meet Wednesday night for the second of their season-opening three-game set. Gio Gonzalez will make his first start against Marlins right-hander Kevin Slowey. It's doubtful that the Marlins anticipated having Slowey pitch their second game of the season when they constructed their roster, but injuries toward the end of the spring necessitated it. Published April 3 2013

  • Nationals spend time with children from Wheelchairs 4 Kids

    In all the hoopla that surrounds Opening Day and the start of the season, this item got pushed back a little bit. But I didn't want it to get entirely overlooked. Spring training is long (as you may have heard) and can tend to drag toward the end. But one of the most impressive things we saw all spring in Viera was nine-year-old Robie Whiting throw out the first pitch on March 24, in one of the final games of the spring. Published April 3 2013

  • Thoughts, observations and leftovers from a festive opener at Nationals Park

    The way Major League Baseball sets the schedule up, teams that will have to deal with the possibility of bad weather get a day off built in for the day that follows Opening Day. This is mostly "in case of emergency," but it always seems like the day is needed anyway. Published April 1 2013

  • Wilson Ramos was emotional before Opening Day start

    Wilson Ramos popped out of the dugout just after noon on Monday and jogged out to the outfield to begin his warm-up. As he and Stephen Strasburg made their way to the bullpen, Ramos took in the scene. He was overwhelmed. Published April 1 2013

  • Bryce Harper homers in first two at-bats of 2013 season

    Bryce Harper celebrated the first Opening Day of his young major league career in style, hitting home runs to right field in his first -- and second -- at-bats of the season. Published April 1 2013

  • Nationals remain in touch with Chris Young

    The Washington Nationals have remained in touch with right-hander Chris Young ever since he was granted his unconditional release from the club last week. Young, who the Nationals signed in the hope that he'd serve as starting pitching depth for them, is still a free agent. Published April 1 2013

  • Nationals - Marlins lineups: Happy Opening Day

    Happy Opening Day, baseball fans. The bunting has been hung from the second and third decks with care and the field is being primped for the final time before the 2013 baseball season kicks off. Published April 1 2013