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Nationals Watch Archive: July 2013

  • Nats vs. Dodgers: Chad Tracy and his .149 average back at first base

    The Nationals attacked the Dodgers on Saturday with the same lineup they used on Friday in their first game back from the All-Star break: one that didn't include first baseman Adam LaRoche. Published July 20 2013

  • Thoughts and observations from the Nationals' 3-2 loss to the Dodgers

    Here are a few thoughts and observations after the Dodgers edged the Nationals 3-2 at Nationals Park on Friday night. Published July 19 2013

  • LaRoche sits, Zimmermann update plus Nationals-Dodgers lineups

    A familiar name is missing as the Nationals start the season's second half Friday at broiler-like Nationals Park against the Dodgers. Published July 19 2013

  • 2013 All-Star game: Bryce Harper, Jordan Zimmermann savor All-Star experience

    When it was over, when all that was left in Bryce Harper’s whirlwind 48-hours at the 2013 All-Star game was one more chat with reporters, he stood in a hallway in the bowels of Citi Field and talked about what a “blast” he’d had. Published July 17 2013

  • Injury updates: Ross Detwiler, Jordan Zimmermann, Ryan Mattheus

    While Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Tuesday he had "not heard anything negative," about the rehab progress of Ross Detwiler, he was unsure if the left-hander would be ready to return to the Nationals' rotation as hoped on July 23. Published July 16 2013

  • Bud Selig, Michael Weiner talk MASN, Biogenesis and when an All-Star game might come to D.C.

    Despite many recent conversations with the ownership groups of the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals about their ongoing dispute over television rights, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig gave no indication that a resolution was imminent or that any progress had even been made of late. Published July 16 2013

  • Harpers share 'Dream come true' as Bryce Harper places second in Home Run Derby

    Monday evening at Citi Field, with 43,448 people packed into the stands, Ron Harper donned a major league uniform and stood about 50 feet from his son on a major league field. By the end of the night, Ron had thrown his son 120 pitches. Bryce Harper finished second in the 2013 Home Run Derby, his three-round total of 24 just not enough to beat the majestic swings of Oakland Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes, who clubbed 17 in the first round alone. Published July 16 2013

  • Bryce Harper advances to finals of Home Run Derby

    Bryce Harper hit 16 home runs in the first two rounds of the Home Run Derby to advance to the finals against Oakland Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes. Published July 15 2013

  • Bryce Harper to hit ninth, play center field for the NL All-Star team

    As National League manager Bruce Bochy announced his lineup for Tuesday night's All-Star game, he read off a list of some of the game's most talented players. He reached the No. 9 spot and said that "Bryan" Harper would bat ninth and play center field. Then he chuckled at his slip of the tongue. Published July 15 2013

  • Bryce Harper will have his father, Ron, throw to him in the Home Run Derby

    The Washington Nationals' two-time All-Star will have his father, Ron, throw to him in Monday night's Home Run Derby at Citi Field. Published July 14 2013

  • Bryce Harper moves into leadoff spot, Denard Span dropped to seventh in Nationals' lineup

    The Nationals entered Sunday's game having scored two runs in 18 innings in Miami this weekend. In the first six games of their week-long road trip, they averaged 2.3 runs per game. They were 1-5. So Johnson decided to scrap much of his usual configuration. Published July 14 2013

  • Nationals' culprits pile up in extra-innings loss to Marlins

    Rafael Soriano blew his fourth save, surrendering a game-tying home run to Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the ninth inning, Bryce Harper was ejected for the third time in his career and the Nationals' lost in 10 innings to the Miami Marlins. Published July 14 2013

  • Bryce Harper ejected for arguing called third strike in Nationals loss

    Bryce Harper was ejected from Saturday night's game against the Miami Marlins after arguing a called third strike with home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt in the eighth inning. Published July 13 2013

  • Nationals tentatively set post-break starting rotation

    The Washington Nationals tentatively set their post-All-Star-break rotation on Saturday, and it looks quite familiar with Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann kicking off the second half in that order. Published July 13 2013

  • Nationals - Marlins lineups: Anthony Rendon sits as Nats face Marlins' All-Star rookie

    The Washington Nationals recalled Anthony Rendon from the minor leagues on June 4. He returned to their lineup on June 5, starting at second base in his second major league call up of the season. In the 35 games the Nationals have played since, Rendon has started all but one of them. He will get his second day off since his promotion on Saturday as he sits and Steve Lombardozzi takes his place in the Nationals' lineup. Published July 13 2013

  • Stephen Strasburg struggles early as Nationals fall to Marlins

    In a debacle of a game, Stephen Strasburg lasted just two innings, allowed a career-high seven earned runs, walked four batters and was pulled after throwing only half of his 66 pitches for strikes as the Nationals lost for the fourth time in the past five games. Published July 13 2013

  • Ross Detwiler set to begin throwing on Saturday

    Left-hander Ross Detwiler is scheduled to begin throwing on Saturday for the first time since he was placed on the disabled list on July 7 with a lower back strain. Published July 12 2013

  • Nationals - Mets lineups: Nationals looking to get back on track

    The Washington Nationals have three games separating them from a three-day break and something of a "fresh" start when they open the second half next weekend at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Published July 12 2013

  • Jordan Zimmermann will not pitch in All-Star game due to lingering neck issue

    After roughly seven weeks of dealing with a lingering kink in his neck, Jordan Zimmermann went for an X-ray and MRI on Friday morning. The tests revealed little, but the Washington Nationals' right-hander has decided not to pitch in Tuesday's All-Star Game in an effort to rest and get past the issue. He will still attend the All-Star festivities in New York City. Published July 12 2013

  • Nationals' offense disappears again in loss to Phillies

    At some point in the wee hours of Friday morning, the Washington Nationals team plane will land in Miami and all that will separate them from the ceremonial end to the first half of their season will be three games with the Miami Marlins. A 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies left the Nationals walking away from Citizens Bank Park lamenting the opportunities missed. In a four-game series with the Phillies the Nationals lost three and scored 10 total runs. Thursday night, for the 24th time this season they could not score more than once. They are 1-23 in those games. Published July 11 2013