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Nationals Watch Archive: August 2013

  • Drew Storen debuts in Triple-A and Spin Williams talks about the work ahead of him

    With pitching coach Steve McCatty resting in D.C. after a bout of atrial fibrillation last week, minor league pitching coordinator Spin Williams has assumed the pitching coach duties this weekend in Milwaukee. But before he arrived in Milwaukee, Williams was with Triple-A Syracuse in Louisville, where he was able to work briefly with Drew Storen. Published August 3 2013

  • Jordan Zimmermann, Bryce Harper lead Nationals over Brewers

    Friday evening, with Jordan Zimmermann tossing six scoreless innings in his home state of Wisconsin and with plenty of folks from his hometown of Auburndale in the crowd, Bryce Harper backed up his words. He homered once, his 16th of the season, and drove in two of the Nationals' four runs in a 4-1 victory over the Brewers. Published August 2 2013

  • Davey Johnson, Ryan Zimmerman discuss Bryce Harper's plea for Nationals to play with 'heart'

    Friday afternoon, there was a red-camoflauge t-shirt hanging over the backs of every chair in the visitors' clubhouse at Miller Park. On it was the mantra from the move 'Red Tails' a film inspired by the heroics of the first all-African American aerial combat unit, the Tuskegee Airmen. Published August 2 2013

  • Mike Rizzo 'humbled' by extension, promotion from Nationals

    Twenty-seven years ago, Mike Rizzo was an area scout for the Chicago White Sox. He made $11,000 a year and wore the tires on his car down to nothing as he set out to mine the midwest for amateur talent. Thursday, Rizzo signed a contract extension with the Washington Nationals that not only kept him in position as the general manager for the long-term, but also added President of Baseball Operations to his title. According to a team official, Rizzo is now "well within" the top five highest-paid general managers and presidents across the sport. Published August 2 2013

  • Nationals - Brewers lineups: Needing Jordan Zimmermann to help stop skid

    The Washington Nationals arrived in Milwaukee wondering if rock bottom had finally arrived. A two-game series at Comerica Park in Detroit had left them with two embarrassing defeats and more offensive ineffectiveness to go along with pitching hiccups. They lost by a combined score of 16-2. The Nationals have now scored one run or fewer in a remarkable 30 games this season. Published August 2 2013

  • How the Nationals could be involved in the August waiver period

    The July 31 trade deadline may have passed with little fanfare and few trades, particularly for, but not exclusive to, the Nationals. That doesn't mean the wheeling and dealing is over. Published August 2 2013

  • Nationals sign GM Mike Rizzo to long-term extension, promote him to president of baseball operations

    Despite being in the midst of an unexpectedly disappointing 2013 season, the Washington Nationals' ownership reaffirmed its faith in general manager Mike Rizzo on Thursday evening by announcing a long-term contract extension with him, along with a promotion to add president of baseball operations to his title. The deal comes on the heels of the Nationals' 2012 campaign, in which the team won 98 games, took the National League East title and was one out from advancing to the National League Championship Series. Published August 1 2013