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Nationals Watch Archive: August 2013


  • Tired Nationals and Braves ready to go again after 15-inning bout

    They shuffled into the visitors' clubhouse at Turner Field with upbeat voices and smiles for those they saw along the way, even if their eyes revealed their fatigue. About nine hours after the Washington Nationals' beat the Atlanta Braves in a 15-inning game that lasted five hours and 29 minutes, the teams were back inside the confines of the clubhouses to begin the process of readying for Sunday's 1:35 p.m. game. Published August 18 2013

  • Nationals outlast Braves in epic 15-inning victory

    Dan Haren finished off the Nationals’ 8-7 victory over the Atlanta Braves for his first career save. All it took was nine minutes -- and Adam LaRoche’s long home run moments earlier -- from the 18th pitcher to enter the game to finish off the longest contest in Nationals’ history. Published August 18 2013

  • Stephen Strasburg, Davey Johnson ejected in second inning vs. Braves

    Stephen Strasburg and manager Davey Johnson were ejected in the second inning Saturday night, after Strasburg threw three wild pitches to Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, including two behind Simmons' back. Published August 17 2013

  • Hot-hitting Tyler Moore happy to be back in the majors

    Tyler Moore was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse Saturday morning, rewarding the hot-hitting outfielder/first baseman for his strong performance after returning to the minors on July 10. Here's what Moore had to say about how this season has gone for him, and how he's worked through his struggles at the major league level this year: Published August 17 2013

  • Taylor Jordan shut down for the season

    Taylor Jordan's season ended Saturday morning when the Washington Nationals placed the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list with a right low back strain. Published August 17 2013

  • Bryce Harper out of Nationals' lineup as tensions simmer with Braves

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson talks about his frustration that Bryce Harper was hit with two pitches on Friday night, and that one of those is causing him to be out of the lineup on Saturday. Published August 17 2013

  • Nationals - Braves lineups: Tyler Moore returns, Bryce Harper sits

    The Washington Nationals recalled Tyler Moore from Triple-A on Saturday morning and wasted no time in putting the hot-hitting first baseman into the starting lineup. Moore was batting seventh and playing first base against Braves' left-hander Mike Minor on Saturday night. Published August 17 2013

  • Nationals recall Tyler Moore, place Taylor Jordan on DL with back strain

    The Washington Nationals recalled first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday afternoon and placed right-hander Taylor Jordan on the disabled list with a right low back strain. Published August 17 2013

  • Bryce Harper continues to get plunked by the Atlanta Braves

    Bryce Harper was hit twice on Friday night. The first, a curveball from Alex Wood, hit him in the back. The second, a fastball from Luis Avilan, hit him in the upper back/arm and was close to his head. The Atlanta Braves' fans cheered raucously each time this happened. Through a team spokesman, Harper declined comment on Friday night. Here's what several other Nationals and Braves had to say about all of the plunking: Published August 17 2013

  • Braves hand Nationals walk-off loss in 10 innings

    There was hardly anything left for the Washington Nationals to say late Friday night. Another defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Braves -- this one 3-2 on a walk-off 10th-inning home run by Justin Upton -- came on a night Bryce Harper was hit with a pitch twice. There was little left they could say, so they sat in silence. Published August 17 2013

  • Jayson Werth, Davey Johnson discuss idea of Charlie Manuel managing the Nationals in 2014

    There have already been a handful of names to surface as possible candidates for when the Nationals' search for a manager begins in earnest. Matt Williams, Randy Knorr, Trent Jewett and Bo Porter are among them. But Charlie Manuel would have at least one vocal supporter in the Nationals' clubhouse: Jayson Werth. Published August 16 2013

  • Jayson Werth on Charlie Manuel's firing: 'I thought he deserved better'

    Jayson Werth was reflective and grateful on Friday as he talked about the impact Manuel had on him and his career. He called him, with respect to Davey Johnson, "The best manager I ever played for." Published August 16 2013

  • Nationals - Braves lineups: Wilson Ramos returns to starting lineup

    After missing the previous two games with a sore left hamstring, Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos returned to the Nationals' lineup on Friday evening as they opened a three-game set against the Atlanta Braves. Published August 16 2013

  • Rafael Soriano surrenders homer in 9th as Nationals' sweep of Giants slips away

    Dan Haren's fourth-straight solid start? Gone. Ian Desmond's two-run rocket of a double? Gone. The win streak that revived hopes, however slim, that this World Series or bust season still had life? Gone. Published August 15 2013

  • Nationals ink Dominican prospect Anderson Franco

    The Nationals have signed Dominican third baseman Anderson Franco, the team announced Thursday. Baseball America's Ben Badler reported Franco received $900,000 to sign. Published August 15 2013

  • Nationals recall Drew Storen, demote Ryan Mattheus plus lineups

    After a six-game exile to Triple-A Syracuse, right-hander Drew Storen is back with the Nationals. To clear room on the 25-man roster before Thursday's game against the Giants at Nationals Park, struggling reliever Ryan Mattheus departed for Triple-A. Published August 15 2013

  • Nationals renewed during win streak: 'What've we got to lose?'

    A week ago Wednesday night, the Washington Nationals trudged off their home field and pondered where their season was headed. Swept by the Atlanta Braves, their season was left to hang precariously between that place of possible contention and possible irrelevance. They wanted none of the latter, but were on the outskirts of the former. Seven days later, the Nationals have pushed that series into the background of what might be the rebirth of their season. Published August 15 2013

  • Denard Span's game-saving catch helps Nationals seal fifth straight victory

    The moment the ball left Hunter Pence’s bat, the San Francisco Giants outfielder figured he’d just snatched a game from the grips of defeat for his team. Head down, running to first base, Pence thought he had a double and hoped, at the very least, Buster Posey would score the tying run from second base. Then he heard the roars. It was the only reason he even lifted his head. By the time he did, the final out of the Washington Nationals’ 6-5 victory over the Giants was poking out of center fielder Denard Span’s glove. Published August 15 2013

  • Davey Johnson: Nationals' dugout spat 'Shows there's still life'

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Wednesday he did not expect any lingering issues stemming from a dugout spat between Jayson Werth and Gio Gonzalez that was captured by television cameras on Tuesday night. Published August 14 2013

  • Wilson Ramos relieved hamstring injury is not as serious as feared

    A day later, Wilson Ramos was all smiles, relieved and excited that his left hamstring felt much improved from Tuesday night and feeling confident that he would avoid going on the disabled list for the third time this season with the same issue. Published August 14 2013