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Nationals Watch Archive: September 2013


  • Nationals coaches wait in limbo as team searches for next manager

    When Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson made his way out of the clubhouse Sunday evening for the final time, his tenure in his current position ended. And with that ending comes uncertainty for Johnson's coaches as well. Published September 29 2013

  • Davey Johnson won't be in uniform for Nationals in spring training

    For Davey Johnson, this is it. One more game in the Washington Nationals' dugout. One more day in which the words 'Nationals manager' will come before his name. And while Johnson seems to have made his peace with that, particularly this last week between the tributes and the official elimination from postseason contention, what his role will be going forward remains a question mark. Published September 29 2013

  • Tanner Roark starts season finale with youthful lineup behind him (UPDATED)

    In the early afternoon on Saturday, Gio Gonzalez talked about the honor he'd get in starting the final game of manager Davey Johnson's tenure with the Nationals. But late Saturday night, with his personal milestone of 300 games over .500 for his career record secure, Johnson decided he'd let his left-hander sail into the offseason. Published September 29 2013

  • Dan Haren, Nationals top Diamondbacks in season's penultimate game

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson walked from the visitors’ dugout up the tunnel to the clubhouse at Chase Field Saturday evening knowing there would be only one more time he’d get to do it. His veteran starting pitcher had penned a swan song worthy of his former-All-Star status and, though his closer made it interesting, the Nationals hung on for a 2-0 win over the Diamondbacks. Published September 29 2013

  • Gio Gonzalez to start Sunday; Adam LaRoche's season over due to bicep issue

    Gio Gonzalez will start for the Nationals on Sunday in their season finale. He will attempt to reach the 200-inning mark (which he needs only 4 1/3 innings to do) and surpass the 200-strikeouts mark (which he will need at least eight to do). Published September 28 2013

  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo talks offseason priorities

    With the Washington Nationals set to play Game No. 161 on Saturday evening here at Chase Field, general manager Mike Rizzo discussed the organization's plans heading into the offseason. Published September 28 2013

  • Nationals - Diamondbacks lineups: Regulars return for Dan Haren's finale

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson has a lot riding on this evening's game against the Diamondbacks. The manager noted on Friday that he desires to finish his managerial career 300 games over .500, and if they win today he will be assured of it. Published September 28 2013

  • Stephen Strasburg finishes 2013 season on high note in win over Diamondbacks

    Stephen Strasburg walked off the mound at Chase Field Friday night after seven innings and Davey Johnson reached out his hand. Strasburg clasped it, and as they shook Johnson told his right-hander his night was finished. His season, ended for no other reason than that there are only two games left to play, was over. Published September 28 2013

  • Nationals Sunday starter remains in limbo and perhaps linked to Davey Johnson's managerial record

    The Washington Nationals will close their 2013 campaign here at Chase Field on Sunday afternoon against the Diamondbacks. Who will start for them that day, however, remains a question mark. Published September 27 2013

  • Nationals - Diamondbacks lineups: Adam LaRoche, Denard Span sit

    The Washington Nationals will begin the first of their final three games of the season by resting Denard Span and Adam LaRoche against the left-handed Patrick Corbin Friday night in Arizona. Published September 27 2013

  • Nationals managing principal owner Ted Lerner on Bud Selig

    On the heels of Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announcing on Thursday that he would stick to his plan and retire in January 2015, Washington Nationals managing principal owner Ted Lerner issued a statement on Friday morning. Published September 27 2013

  • Sunday starter still in question for Nationals

    Wednesday, after Gio Gonzalez's strong seven-inning performance on Tuesday became a footnote in Michael Wacha's near no-hit bid, Johnson said that "Nothing's final yet," with regard to his rotation for the final series of the year. Published September 25 2013

  • Nationals - Cardinals lineups: Jordan Zimmermann goes for win No. 20

    Jordan Zimmermann will take the mound Wednesday afternoon in search of a benchmark. The Washington Nationals' right-hander will make his final start of the 2013 season with a chance to earn his 20th win. Published September 25 2013

  • Ryan Zimmerman's ninth-inning single breaks up Michael Wacha's no-hit bid

    On a mild September evening in Missouri, as lightning flashed in the distance and a crowd of 38,940 pulsed with every movement inside Busch Stadium, 22-year-old Michael Wacha came within one out -- within one Ryan Zimmerman infield single -- of no-hitting the Nationals in a 2-0 Cardinals victory. Published September 24 2013

  • Nationals - Cardinals lineups: Regulars return a day after elimination

    Late Monday night, as the sting of elimination set in for the Washington Nationals, manager Davey Johnson tried to keep his focus on the next five games. He spoke of being a spoiler, of mucking things up for someone else -- particularly of trying to make it tougher for the St. Louis Cardinals to earn a division crown. Published September 24 2013

  • Nationals eliminated from playoff contention

    The Washington Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention Monday night when a perfect storm of events conspired against their dwindling hopes and closed the door on their late-season efforts to sneak into the postseason. Published September 23 2013

  • Nationals set starting rotation for remainder of regular season

    The Nationals tentatively set their starting rotation for the remainder of the regular season on Monday when manager Davey Johnson revealed the team will pitch Stephen Strasburg, Dan Haren and Gio Gonzalez this weekend in Arizona. Published September 23 2013

  • Ian Desmond's talent, versatility on display with second 20-20 season

    Jayson Werth is the only other player inside the Washington Nationals' clubhouse who knows who difficult it is to do what Ian Desmond has done the last two seasons. On Sunday night, Desmond, who had already hit 20 homers this year, stole his 20th base of the season, giving him back to back 20-homer, 20-stolen base seasons. He hit 25 homers and stole 21 bases in 2012. Published September 23 2013

  • Nationals - Cardinals lineups: Trying to avoid elimination

    It has been almost a calendar year since the Washington Nationals took up residence inside the visitors clubhouse at Busch Stadium. They were here just more than a year ago for the start of the National League Division Series, and they left with the series tied 1-1 and headed home. Published September 23 2013

  • Nationals close home slate with win, split doubleheader with Marlins

    The Washington Nationals gained a split by winning the nightcap of a doubleheader with the Miami Marlins, 5-4, when Wilson Ramos' ninth-inning grounder bounced off the leg of third baseman Chris Coghlan for a game-ending error that allowed pinch-runner Eury Perez to score. Published September 23 2013