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Nationals Watch Archive: July 2013


  • Jordan Zimmermann could miss the All-Star Game with lingering neck issue

    Jordan Zimmermann has been battling a lingering kink in his neck for at least the last seven weeks. Now, just as the Washington Nationals' right-hander is receiving the accolades and attention that comes with establishing himself as one of the best pitchers in the game, Zimmermann may have to skip the All-Star Game in hopes of finally getting past the issue. Published July 11 2013

  • Davey Johnson getting comfortable with new-look lineup

    It's been a week since Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson wrote out his lineup with a slight twist, putting shortstop Ian Desmond in the No. 2 spot and dropping right fielder Jayson Werth into the six-hole. When he first did it, Johnson said his reasoning was simple: "Because I'm supposed to do something." Published July 11 2013

  • Nationals - Phillies lineups: Zimmermann, Nationals look for series split

    The Washington Nationals will send Jordan Zimmermann to the mound Thursday night in the hopes that the All-Star right-hander can help salvage a split of this four-game series with the Phillies. Published July 11 2013

  • How Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos have changed the Nationals' offense

    Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos took back-to-back swings off Cliff Lee Wednesday night that produced home runs. The No.'s 7 and 8 hitters in the Nationals' lineup took one of the best left-handed pitchers in the game deep. On consecutive swings. Published July 11 2013

  • Nationals tag Cliff Lee for four homers in Gio Gonzalez's latest gem

    Cliff Lee entered Wednesday night's game against the Washington Nationals averaging less than one home run per nine innings in his career. Then he gave up four in the span of eight batters as the Nationals hit back-to-back shots twice, and helped secure Gio Gonzalez's latest gem. Published July 11 2013

  • Nationals continuing to evaluate own team before deciding on need for additional trades

    With about three weeks to go until the trade deadline, the Nationals are still trying to evaluate their team before they decide on the need for more potential deals. Published July 10 2013

  • Christian Garcia suffers another injury setback with hamstring issue

    Since he suffered a partially torn tendon in his right wrist during the first two weeks of workouts in spring training, it has been one injury after another for Christian Garcia. Published July 10 2013

  • Taylor Jordan concerned about possibly tipping his pitches

    The Washington Nationals have had nothing but good things to say about right-hander Taylor Jordan since he joined their rotation June 29. They're impressed with his poise on the mound, particularly when they have not played well behind him, impressed with his deceptive motion and impressed by his arsenal of pitches. But if there is one aspect in which Jordan has struggled in his first three major league starts, it's that hitters have a bit better success off him on his second and third time through a batting order. Published July 10 2013

  • Nationals - Phillies lineups: Nationals try to avoid a series loss

    After two straight losses -- that followed four wins -- the Washington Nationals enter Wednesday night's matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies and Cliff Lee needing a win to avoid losing the series and be in danger of getting swept in four games. Published July 10 2013

  • Nationals can't break Cole Hamels as offense disappears again

    As Jayson Werth strode to the plate in the eighth inning Tuesday night, Cole Hamels had his back against the ropes. The bases were loaded. There were two outs. Everyone in the ballpark knew that the game hung in the balance of one swing. The fact that it’d have to come off Werth’s bat made for even better theater as the count ran full. Published July 10 2013

  • Lucas Giolito tosses two scoreless in second GCL start

    Just more than ten months removed from Tommy John surgery, Lucas Giolito tossed two scoreless innings in a Gulf Cost League game on Tuesday. Giolito was throwing his fastball in the 95-98 mph range, is throwing his curveball around 86 mph and his changeup in the 84-86 mph range. Published July 9 2013

  • Scott Hairston hits leadoff as Davey Johnson tries to send a message

    When the Washington Nationals acquired Scott Hairston late Sunday night to help bolster their bench, the timing of it was deliberate. Hairston has hit left-handed pitching well throughout his career and the Nationals were getting set to face three straight left-handed starters. His numbers against the Phillies, and particularly Cole Hamels, were also too gaudy to ignore. Published July 9 2013

  • Nationals - Phillies lineups: Scott Hairston makes Nationals debut in left field, Bryce Harper moves to center

    Just more than 24 hours after he learned he'd been traded to the Washington Nationals, Scott Hairston will make his debut for his new team hitting leadoff and playing left field against the Philadelphia Phillies and Cole Hamels on Tuesday night. Published July 9 2013

  • Scott Hairston discusses joining the Nationals

    Scott Hairston was traded to the Washington Nationals on Sunday night, but issues with his flight out of Chicago on Monday led to him arriving just before the Nationals' 3-2 loss to the Phillies. After the game, Hairston was kind enough to meet with the media and discuss joining his new team. Here's what he had to say about the trade, his role and more: Published July 9 2013

  • John Lannan outduels Dan Haren as Nationals' comeback falls short in loss to Phillies

    Dan Haren strode to the mound for the Washington Nationals’ Monday night hoping that it would serve as the final push of the reset button his 2013 season. What came out in the Nationals’ 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, a kind final score that hides the fact that the Nationals were shutout through eight innings by former teammate John Lannan, was mixed results and not a whole lot of conclusions. Published July 8 2013

  • Bryce Harper to participate in 2013 Home Run Derby

    After thinking it over for a few days, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper accepted an invitation from New York Mets third baseman David Wright to participate in the 2013 Home Run Derby. Published July 8 2013

  • Why the Nationals traded for Scott Hairston

    Scott Hairston's flight out of Chicago was delayed on Monday afternoon, so the Washington Nationals' newest acquisition was not around prior to their game against the Philadelphia Phillies. But the team was hopeful he'd arrive shortly before game time. Waiting a few more hours was fine with them. Hairston's addition was the product of a few weeks of discussions between the Nationals and the Cubs, culminating with their agreement late Sunday night. Published July 8 2013

  • On Ryan Zimmerman and aggressiveness at the plate

    As Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson unpacked Sunday afternoon's 11-7 victory over the San Diego Padres, he talked glowingly about the at-bats he was starting to see from his team. His offense, dormant with bursts of promise for much of the first half, had scored 43 runs on their seven-game homestand. There were plenty of positive signs. Published July 8 2013

  • Nationals acquire Scott Hairston from Cubs

    The Washington Nationals made a move to bolster their bench with a veteran right-handed bat by acquiring Scott Hairston from the Chicago Cubs late Sunday night. They will also receive a player to be named in the deal. The Nationals will send 21-year-old right-hander Ivan Pineyro to the Cubs, along with a player to be named, in exchange for Hairston. Published July 7 2013

  • Bryce Harper stays in Nationals lineup, has torrid weekend

    Since Bryce Harper talked his way back into the Nationals' lineup late Friday night, he is 4 for 6 with four RBI, two walks, one stolen base and two runs scored. Sunday he drove in a run in his first at-bat, and scored in his next two. Published July 7 2013