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Nationals Watch Archive: August 2013


  • Nationals get blown out by Mets in 11-3 loss

    What to make of this Nationals team? Sunday will bring with it September and still they continue their maddening tapdance around the .500 mark, their playoff hopes resting within the slimmest of margin for error. Published August 31 2013

  • Davey Johnson talks Bryce Harper and more

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was feeling much better on Saturday after retreating to the clubhouse in the fourth inning of the Nationals' loss to the Mets on Friday feeling lightheaded and dehydrated. Johnson got some fluids in him and a good night's sleep and was ready to go on Saturday. Published August 31 2013

  • Nationals - Mets lineups: Dan Haren looks to continue his superb second half

    The Nationals have their most consistent pitcher of the second half on the mound on Saturday night in Dan Haren, who has a 2.74 ERA since the All-Star break and has only twice allowed more than two earned runs in any start since July 8. Published August 31 2013

  • Davey Johnson leaves with lightheadedness, says he's OK

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson left Friday night's game in the fourth inning when he was feeling lightheaded and dizzy during the Nationals' 3-2 loss to the New York Mets. Published August 31 2013

  • Bryce Harper draws criticism as Nationals' rally falls short

    With the Nationals' mounting a potentially game-changing rally in the eighth inning, Bryce Harper, whose reputation is built on a penchant for playing the game harder than anyone else, smacked a sharp ground ball to second base. Despite all that hung in the balance of the Nationals’ 3-2 loss to the Mets, Harper jogged. He drew sharp criticism from bench coach Randy Knorr in the aftermath. Published August 30 2013

  • Nationals expected to add about eight players as September call-ups

    The Washington Nationals will add three pitchers and four or five position players when rosters expand in September, manager Davey Johnson said Friday. Published August 30 2013

  • Ross Ohlendorf to start Sunday for Nationals

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson has expressed concerns about right-hander Ross Ohlendorf's stamina, but that aside the Nationals decided to go with Ohlendorf at least one more turn through their rotation. Ohlendorf will start Sunday night against the New York Mets on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Published August 30 2013

  • Michael Morse joins neighboring Orioles after trade from Mariners

    An old friend got a little closer on Friday as the Baltimore Orioles acquired Michael Morse in a waiver trade with the Seattle Mariners. The former Nationals slugger is bringing his act back to the Beltway, just with the other team. Published August 30 2013

  • Nationals - Mets lineups: Taking on the Mets

    The Washington Nationals will take their three-game winning streak into Friday's matchup against Dillon Gee and the New York Mets, hoping that they can continue to take advantage of a stretch in their schedule exclusively against losing teams. Published August 30 2013

  • Nationals sweep Marlins, turns sights to stretch run

    This is how it was supposed to be. Back in April it seemed a near certainty that six months of rolling good times -- of majestic home runs, starting pitchers posting zeroes, clean defense and victories -- were ahead. When the Washington Nationals began this season, sweeping the Miami Marlins much the way they did with a 9-0 demolition job on Thursday night, they figured there would’ve been plenty more stretches like the one they’re in now. Published August 29 2013

  • Ross Ohlendorf will 'probably' start Sunday and a note on the Nationals' heavily-taxed bullpen

    The Washington Nationals will "probably" start Ross Ohlendorf on Sunday night when they take on the New York Mets on ESPN. That decision is not cast in stone, and if the Nationals do not need rookie Tanner Roark in relief on Thursday or Friday, he could still be tabbed for the start. Published August 29 2013

  • Nationals - Marlins lineups: Looking for the sweep

    The Washington Nationals knew that in this 19-game stretch against the Marlins, Mets and Phillies, they had to do well. They'll be able to get through the first part of that stretch with a sweep if they can beat the Marlins on Thursday night. Published August 29 2013

  • Nationals outlast rain, Marlins in latest victory

    The Washington Nationals won again on Wednesday night. Two innings in, they lost their ace to a 72-minute rain delay. Six innings in, they lost their slim lead. But in this season in which so little has gone right, or at least they way so many expected for them, the Nationals may finally be hitting their stride. Published August 29 2013

  • Ross Detwiler playing catch from 120 feet

    While the question of whether or not Ross Detwiler will be ready to pitch in major league games before the Washington Nationals' season ends remains open, Detwiler continues to plug away on his rehab for a herniated disc in his back. On Wednesday, that meant upping the distance from which he played catch with a Nationals trainer to 120 feet. Published August 28 2013

  • Tanner Roark still a possibility to start for Nationals Sunday

    The decision won't be cast into stone until Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson sees how taxed his bullpen is over the next two nights, but it appears likely that Tanner Roark will start for the Nationals on Sunday and Ross Ohlendorf will return to being a long reliever. Published August 28 2013

  • Nationals - Marlins lineups: Steve Lombardozzi in at second, Anthony Rendon off

    The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins will meet on a gloomy Wednesday evening at Nationals Park for the second of this three-game set with the Nationals hoping they can continue to take advantage of the first series in a 19-game stretch against lesser opponents. Published August 28 2013

  • Nationals top Marlins, climb seven back of Wild Card

    As the Washington Nationals filed off the field and into their clubhouse Tuesday night, the televisions that greeted them were all tuned to the same thing. As the sounds from the Cincinnati Reds - St. Louis Cardinals game came streaming through, it was hard to tell if the broadcast was meant to be informational or aspirational. Published August 27 2013

  • Nationals recall Ryan Mattheus, option Xavier Cedeno to Triple-A

    The Washington Nationals added Ryan Mattheus back to the active roster about an hour before Tuesday night's game, calling the right-hander back from Triple-A Syracuse and optioning left-hander Xavier Cedeno back there. Published August 27 2013

  • Scott Boras discusses Danny Espinosa

    It has been almost three months since the Washington Nationals sent second baseman Danny Espinosa to the minor leagues, hoping he would get healthy and figure out just why his struggles offensively had become so great. But that doesn't mean he has been forgotten, by the Nationals or anyone else in the league. Published August 27 2013

  • Eight Nationals prospects headed to Arizona Fall League

    Eight top Washington Nationals prospects will head to the Arizona Fall League this October and November, headlined by outfielder Brian Goodwin, infielder Matt Skole and left-handers Sammy Solis and Matt Purke. Published August 27 2013