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Nationals Watch Archive: September 2013


  • Dan Haren advocates for Nationals to keep team together

    When the Washington Nationals signed Dan Haren last December, both sides thought the 2013 season would go differently. But as the Nationals' season winds down, and their playoff hopes dwindle, the veteran right-hander had an interesting perspective when asked about the future for the Nationals. Published September 22 2013

  • After long wait that featured creative solutions to pass time, Nationals prepare to play two

    The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins had almost four hours to kill on Saturday night as the teams huddled in their clubhouses and hoped the rain that was pounding the area might pass. Published September 22 2013

  • Nationals - Marlins lineups: Settling in for a long, important day of baseball

    The teams filed back into Nationals Park early on Sunday morning to settle in for a long day of baseball that would start with the regularly scheduled game at 1:35 p.m. and continue with a 7:05 p.m. makeup of Saturday night's game. The Nationals will fly to St. Louis whenever all of that is over. Published September 22 2013

  • Nationals - Marlins postponed, will play doubleheader Sunday

    The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins sat through a three-hour and 49-minute rain delay on Saturday night before their game was finally postponed at 10:54 p.m. Published September 21 2013

  • Nationals - Marlins lineups: Rain expected to hamper Nationals game all night

    The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins will almost certainly be delayed on Saturday night, and there is at least a question of whether or not they will play at all. The Nationals need the game, so they will be sure to get it in somehow -- the only question is whether they wait until late Saturday night to start up, or play a doubleheader on Sunday in the Nationals' final day at home this season. Published September 21 2013

  • Denard Span's hitting streak ends after 29 games

    When Denard Span made his way into the Washington Nationals' clubhouse Thursday night, after an on-field interview and as he tried to process the first game he had gone hitless in since Aug. 17, he walked up the tunnel from the dugout alone. Published September 20 2013

  • Bryce Harper's 20th home run of the season leads Nationals over Marlins

    Bryce Harper became just the second player in baseball history to tally two 20-homer seasons before his 21st birthday, joining only Tony Conigliaro on that illustrious list, as his three-run shot sparked the Nationals in a 3-2 victory over the Marlins. Published September 20 2013

  • Nationals set to honor Davey Johnson on Saturday night

    Saturday night, before the Washington Nationals play their penultimate home game of the regular season, the team will gather on the field and the organization will honor Davey Johnson. Published September 19 2013

  • Nationals continue to proceed with caution with Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg did not appear to have any significant issues during his flat-ground session of catch on Thursday afternoon, but his start on Saturday remains at least slightly tentative until the right-hander can get through his throwing on Friday also without incident. Published September 19 2013

  • Nationals - Marlins lineups: Gio Gonzalez moves up to start in Stephen Strasburg's place

    The Washington Nationals' last-ditch effort to sneak into the second wild card spot were dealt a significant blow on Wednesday night when they lost to the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Houston Astros in 13 innings. Published September 19 2013

  • Nationals acquire Matthew Spann to complete David DeJesus trade with Rays

    The Washington Nationals acquired 22-year-old left-hander Matthew Spann on Thursday, completing their Aug. 23 trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder David DeJesus. Published September 19 2013

  • Braves deal strong blow to Nationals playoff hopes

    It is on nights like Wednesday when the difficulty of what the Washington Nationals have been trying to accomplish these last few weeks becomes crystal clear. When a 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves in a series in which the Nationals took two of three, can bring all of their momentum crashing back down to earth. The Nationals have 10 games remaining in their season and they trail the Cincinnati Reds by 5.5 games. Published September 18 2013

  • Stephen Strasburg scratched from Thursday start vs. Marlins

    Stephen Strasburg was scratched from a start for the second time in five days when he reported some tightness in his forearm again and Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson decided not to pitch the right-hander on Thursday against the Miami Marlins. Published September 18 2013

  • Nationals wear Navy hats again, despite Keith Olbermann criticism

    ESPN's Keith Olbermann devoted a segment to the hats on his show on Tuesday night, in which he took aim at MLB for their policy against such tributes, and criticized the Nationals for not asking them to waive the rules. Published September 18 2013

  • Ross Detwiler to pitch in instructional league games next week

    Ross Detwiler threw enough pitches to account for about three innings of work on Wednesday afternoon, and the next step for the Washington Nationals left-hander will be to travel to Viera, Fla., on Monday and pitch in instructional league games. Published September 18 2013

  • Nationals - Braves lineups: Nationals in search of a sweep

    The Washington Nationals will send Ross Ohlendorf to the mound Wednesday night in search of their first sweep of the season over the Atlanta Braves. Published September 18 2013

  • Denard Span extends hitting streak to MLB-best 28 games

    Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 28 games Tuesday night, slapping a single to left field in the fifth inning. There was nothing dramatic or flashy about it. It was just another day at the office for the Washington Nationals' center fielder, who is now in sole possession of the longest hitting streak in the major leagues this season. Published September 18 2013

  • Tanner Roark shines as Nationals complete doubleheader sweep of Braves

    After the Nationals sealed a 4-0 victory Tuesday night -- to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Braves after an emotional, improbable 6-5 walk-off in the matinee -- manager Davey Johnson practically strutted into his post-game press conference. Published September 17 2013

  • Stephen Strasburg set for Thursday start

    Stephen Strasburg came through his bullpen session on Monday feeling much improved and the right-hander has been cleared to start for the Nationals on Thursday. Published September 17 2013

  • Nationals try to help healing process begin in wake of Navy Yard shooting

    The Nationals donned special caps, some navy colored with a yellow block 'N' on the front panel, others with the word 'NAVY' written across them, during their pre-game work. And as they prepared to play a doubleheader in the shadow of the Navy Yard, they understood the responsibility they had to help the grieving move forward. Published September 17 2013