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Nationals Watch Archive: August 2013

  • David DeJesus dealt to Rays after waiver claim

    DeJesus went 0-for-3 and had a sacrifice bunt in his four plate appearances for the Nationals, all in the just-completed four-game series at the Cubs. Published August 23 2013

  • Nationals trade Kurt Suzuki to Athletics

    The Washington Nationals traded catcher Kurt Suzuki back to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night, according to multiple sources, thus ending his tenure of just more than a year with the ballclub. Published August 23 2013

  • David DeJesus claimed by Tampa Bay Rays on revocable waivers

    Three days after the Washington Nationals acquired David DeJesus in a waiver trade with the Chicago Cubs, the outfielder was claimed off revocable waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays, two sources told The Washington Times. Published August 22 2013

  • Nationals - Cubs lineups: Ian Desmond, Adam LaRoche, Denard Span all sit in finale

    The tarp is on the field here at Wrigley with the Nationals and Cubs set to get the finale of this four-game series underway in just about three hours so here's hoping the rain will pass before game time. Published August 22 2013

  • Jayson Werth's remarkable 2013 season rolls on

    Late Wednesday night, when most of his teammates had showered and gone, Jayson Werth poked his head out of the kitchen area at Wrigley Field as he waited for his post-game meal to be prepared, and curled his 6-foot-5 frame into a folding chair in the clubhouse. Since the All-Star break, Werth is hitting .404 with eight of his 18 home runs. In August alone he's hit .452 Published August 22 2013

  • Scott Hairston comes through in a pinch to lead Nationals over Cubs

    The Washington Nationals’ 11-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs had been over for several minutes by the time Scott Hairston finally found his way through the winding hallway back to the visitors’ clubhouse Wednesday night. The music was already pumping through the practically ancient walls by that point, his teammates celebrating a victory won on his bat -- against the team that’d traded him away just six weeks ago. His pinch-hit three-run homer broke a 6-6 tie and saved the Nationals from a potentially ugly loss. Published August 22 2013

  • Tanner Roark likely to get a start for the Nationals this season

    The Washington Nationals have been extremely impressed with right-hander Tanner Roark since he joined them from Triple-A earlier this month, and it appears the rookie could be headed for a handful of major league starts at some point in the next six weeks. Published August 21 2013

  • Danny Espinosa may not be a September call-up for Nationals

    In less than two weeks, when the calendar turns to Sept. 1, rosters will expand and the Washington Nationals will be able to add a few extra players from the minor leagues to their active roster for the remainder of the season. As it stands right now, it does not appear that second baseman Danny Espinosa will be one of those call-ups. Published August 21 2013

  • Nationals - Cubs lineups: Anthony Rendon, Wilson Ramos sit

    Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos will get Wednesday off as the Washington Nationals face right-hander and former Oriole Jake Arietta in the third game of this four-game set. Published August 21 2013

  • Dan Haren's second-half surge continues in Nationals win over Cubs

    As he stood in the dank cement hallway that leads to the cramped visitors clubhouse within the friendly confines of Wrigley Field on Tuesday night, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson talked about a victory. He ran through all of the positive things his team did in a 4-2 win over the Cubs that featured yet another superb performance from Dan Haren as his second-half renaissance continued and two huge insurance runs in the ninth inning to give Rafael Soriano a three-run lead in the ninth. Johnson was relaxed. He smiled, and laughed. Published August 21 2013

  • Nationals option Ian Krol to Triple-A to clear space for Ross Ohlendorf

    Needing space on their 25-man roster to activate right-hander Ross Ohlendorf from the disabled list to start on Wednesday, the Washington Nationals optioned lefty reliever Ian Krol to Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday night. Published August 21 2013

  • Stephen Strasburg, Davey Johnson avoid suspensions

    Stephen Strasburg and Davey Johnson will avoid suspensions after both were ejected in Saturday's game against the Braves. Major League Baseball declined to suspend the Washington Nationals, essentially indicating they did not believe Strasburg threw at Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons on purpose. Published August 20 2013

  • Kissimmee votes down Nationals' proposed spring facility

    The Washington Nationals' search for a new spring training home will continue after a proposal to build a $98 million complex in Kissimmee, Fla., was voted down by the Osceola County Commissioners. The commissioners dismissed the Nationals' latest plans by a 4-1 vote, the second time they have rejected the organization's proposed stadium plans for the area. The first time the commissioners voted it down by a 3-2 tally. The Nationals now return, essentially, to square one in their search to move from Brevard County and their current spring home in Viera, Fla. Published August 20 2013

  • Nationals - Cubs lineups: Denard Span, Adam LaRoche sit vs. left-handed Chris Rusin

    Denard Span and Adam LaRoche were out of the Washington Nationals' lineup on Tuesday, sitting as the team faced Chicago Cubs left-hander Chris Rusin. Tyler Moore was in the lineup at first base and Scott Hairston was slotted into left field, with Bryce Harper moving to center. Published August 20 2013

  • David DeJesus receives standing ovation in first Nationals at-bat, but reports say he's on waivers again

    David DeJesus was out on a quest for juice with his wife, Kim, Monday morning when he missed a call from Cubs general manager Theo Epstein. When he called back, he learned he'd been traded to the Washington Nationals. Now DeJesus is part of the Nationals, but perhaps he might not be for long. Reports indicate the Nationals placed DeJesus back on waivers almost immediately after acquiring him, making their claim of him -- which led to a trade for a player to be named and the subsequent release of Roger Bernadina -- seem strange. Published August 20 2013

  • Cubs demolish Nationals in 11-1 blowout

    Jordan Zimmermann spun his body around toward the ivy-covered right field wall at Wrigley Field, grimaced and squatted beside the mound. The curveball he’d hung to Nate Schierholtz, a meatball of a pitch right over the heart of the plate, was causing a scramble amongst the Cubs faithful in the bleachers. It was the first of several souvenirs they’d have a chance to dart for on this night Published August 20 2013

  • Mike Rizzo and Davey Johnson discuss the trade for David DeJesus and releasing Roger Bernadina

    The Washington Nationals bolstered their bench on Monday afternoon, acquiring David DeJesus from the Cubs just before they were set to begin a four-game series with them. Monday afternoon, GM Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson discussed the team's latest move, which included releasing Roger Bernadina. Published August 19 2013

  • Nationals acquire David DeJesus from Cubs, release Roger Bernadina

    The Washington Nationals acquired outfielder David DeJesus on trade waivers from the Chicago Cubs on Monday morning, two sources told The Washington Times, adding the left-handed outfielder to their bench. It is believed the Nationals will send a player to be named or cash to the Cubs in exchange for DeJesus. In order to clear space on the active roster for DeJesus, the Nationals released outfielder Roger Bernadina. Published August 19 2013

  • On Bryce Harper, Braves fans and a growing rivalry

    For three days here this weekend, Braves fans treated him like an enemy of the state. The booed him relentlessly each time he stepped to the plate or made a play in the outfield. They cheered raucously when he was hit with two pitches in Friday evening's game, and spit derogatory terms at him and about him on Twitter throughout the weekend. And yet, with all of that fresh in his mind, Harper did not hesitate when asked what the past weekend was like for him. "I love these fans, I really do," he said. Published August 18 2013

  • Taylor Jordan reflects on his rookie season in the big leagues

    With an early shutdown looming as part of his continued return from 2011 Tommy John surgery, the Nationals opted to place Jordan on the DL with the back issue, so as not to put him at risk for further injury. Assistant general manager Bryan Minniti informed Jordan of the team's decision and congratulated him on a fabulous season. And it was. Jordan's year was remarkable. Published August 18 2013