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Nationals Watch Archive: August 2013

  • Nationals - Giants lineups: Bryce Harper returns, Wilson Ramos sits

    One day after sitting out of the starting lineup after a bout with flu-like symptoms, Bryce Harper returned to the Washington Nationals' lineup on Wednesday, batting third and playing left field. Published August 14 2013

  • Wilson Ramos re-injures left hamstring, is day-to-day

    Wilson Ramos re-injured his left hamstring for the third time this season on Tuesday night, according to manager Davey Johnson, who said the catcher is day-to-day. Published August 14 2013

  • Tempers flare but Nationals beat Giants to win fourth straight

    There are moments in the long baseball season, as Jayson Werth and Gio Gonzalez had during a dugout confrontation in the first inning of the Washington Nationals’ 4-2 rain-delayed victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night, where tempers flare. But the cure-all, the never-fail path to unity and peace -- at least on the surface -- never changes. Win, and it all goes away. Published August 14 2013

  • Nationals - Giants lineups: Bryce Harper sits after bout with flu

    Some type of flu-like symptoms continue to make their way through the Washington Nationals clubhouse, and the latest victim claimed was Bryce Harper. Harper was out of the Nationals' lineup on Tuesday after he spent most of the team's off day on Monday feeling under the weather. Published August 13 2013

  • Jayson Werth bangs up knee, Davey Johnson leaves with back pain

    By the time the eighth inning rolled around Sunday evening, as Stephen Strasburg was putting the final touches on his masterpiece, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson and his star right fielder, Jayson Werth, were sharing space in the training room. Published August 11 2013

  • Wilson Ramos holding up well under heavy workload

    Early Sunday afternoon, as many of his teammates were still filing into the Washington Nationals' clubhouse for their evening series finale with the Philadelphia Phillies, Kurt Suzuki stood on the right field line and went through a workout. It was the seventh consecutive day Suzuki was not in the Nationals' lineup. It was the 11th time in the Nationals' last 13 games that they had Wilson Ramos behind the plate. You won't get an argument out of the 26-year-old catcher, who celebrated a birthday on Saturday. Published August 11 2013

  • Nationals - Phillies lineups: Nationals going for the sweep

    The Washington Nationals will send Stephen Strasburg to the mound Sunday evening in hopes of securing their first series sweep since July 5-7 against the San Diego Padres. Published August 11 2013

  • Taylor Jordan will get at least one more start before shutdown

    Taylor Jordan allowed four runs in the second inning of the Washington Nationals' 8-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday night, but what he did after that inning was over spoke volumes for the rookie right-hander. He didn't give up any more. Published August 11 2013

  • Jayson Werth hits milestone, Nationals complete comeback in win over Phillies

    As Jayson Werth jumped to the top step of the Washington Nationals’ dugout and quickly thrust his right arm into the air, tens of thousands of fans who’d made their way to the ballpark on a warm August Saturday night showered him with their love. The curtain call, his to bask in after a game-breaking two-run homer gave the Nationals a lead in the seventh inning of an 8-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, was the cap on quite a moment. Published August 10 2013

  • Anthony Rendon adjusting to the adjustments of major league pitchers

    Anthony Rendon is a gifted athlete. For most of his life in competitive baseball, once he hit his growth spurt and had scouts flocking to his games in high school and college, he's been one of -- if not the -- most talented players on the field. In order to be successful, Rendon has often had to do little other than be himself and express that talent. So when major league pitchers began to adjust to him, and the torrid pace he was setting in his second major league call-up, it was a process for him to learn how to adjust back. Published August 10 2013

  • Nationals - Phillies lineups: Nationals stick with what works

    After watching nine runs come home against a left-hander Friday night, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson is sticking with what worked and keeping the same lineup intact as the Nationals take on the Phillies and lefty Cliff Lee. Published August 10 2013

  • Nationals bats awake as Dan Haren continued his strong second half in win over Phillies

    Luckily for the Nationals, as they tried to rebound from a dreadful three-game sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves that made the division race all but an afterthought, they welcomed the Phillies to Nationals Park Friday. And the had their best pitcher since the break on the mound to oppose them. Published August 9 2013

  • Davey Johnson: 'Everybody's written us off, now's a good time to do something special'

    The last few weeks -- or months, really -- have not gone the way the Nationals or manager Davey Johnson had hoped. A three-game sweep by the Atlanta Braves that further dented their standing in the division and made their climb for the Wild Card that much more uphill was just the most recent example of how poorly this season has gone. So as the Nationals, a season-high six games below .500, prepared to open a three-game set with the equally woebegone Phillies Friday night, Johnson appeared to have a bit of a renewed energy about him. Published August 9 2013

  • Nationals - Phillies lineups: Adam LaRoche is in Nats' lineup

    John Lannan will make his first-ever start inside Nationals Park as a member of an opposing team Friday night when he takes the mound to face the Nationals for the third time this season. Dan Haren will go for the Nationals. Published August 9 2013

  • Braves dispose of Nationals, finish off sweep

    “It's getting to a point where we're just not winning games,” said right fielder Jayson Werth, after the Washington Nationals' 6-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves completed the Braves' sweep of the series. “You hate to accept losing at any point. But the losses are definitely piling up.” Published August 8 2013

  • After latest defeat, Jayson Werth talks about the Nationals' future

    Jayson Werth offered some interesting comments Wednesday night about his view on where the Nationals are at as the calendar inches toward mid-August. He sounded like a man who, while not giving up hope entirely, has begun the process of thinking more about the future than the present. Published August 7 2013

  • Ross Ohlendorf throws a bullpen session, could go on rehab start Saturday

    Washington Nationals right-hander Ross Ohlendorf threw a bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon and came through it feeling as though everything was back to normal with his right shoulder. Published August 7 2013

  • Question of retaliation still prevalent a day after Braves - Nationals spat

    A day later, the question of intent and retaliation still hung in the air at Nationals Park. Published August 7 2013

  • Tensions flare, benches clear but Nationals fall to Braves again

    The benches and bullpens cleared when Julio Teheran hit Bryce Harper with a purpose pitch in the fifth inning. But the Nationals’ season is such that neither Harper’s fire, nor his homer, could save the Nationals from another loss. They fell five games below .500 (54-59), 14.5 games behind the Braves in the National League East, and eight games back of the second Wild Card spot. Published August 7 2013

  • Braves, Nationals clear benches before fight spills onto team Twitter accounts

    In this day and age, maybe it figures that a good ol' fashioned baseball brawl would take place in the Twitterverse instead of on the diamond. Published August 6 2013