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Nationals Watch Archive: September 2013


  • Nationals hopeful Bryce Harper will return to lineup on Wednesday

    Bryce Harper stepped into the batting cage at Citi Field Tuesday evening and began crushing the ball. He sent rockets into right field, shooting them up the seats and making sure any spectators arriving early were alert and on their toes. He sent a few more to center, in his typical line-drive style. From the dugout railing, Nationals head trainer Lee Kuntz watched with a scrutinizing eye. Published September 10 2013

  • Nationals - Mets lineups: Jordan Zimmermann looks for win No. 17

    Jordan Zimmermann will have a chance to become the first 17-game winner in the National League Tuesday night when he takes the mound to make his 29th start of the season. Published September 10 2013

  • Nationals' 2014 schedule opens at Mets; Braves visit for home opener

    The Nationals' first five series of 2014 will be against division foes, and they'll get a crack at every NL East team except the Phillies in that span. Published September 10 2013

  • Gio Gonzalez flirts with no-hitter, settles for one-hit shutout of Mets

    As Zach Lutz's seventh-inning base hit smacked the first base line, the ‘0’ that had stood so boldly in the New York Mets’ hit column was replaced with a ‘1’ and just like that Gio Gonzalez’s bid to pitch the first no-hitter in Washington Nationals’ history was finished. In the Nationals’ 9-0 blowout of the Mets, a one-hit shutout would have to do. Published September 10 2013

  • Ross Detwiler to throw second bullpen session on Wednesday

    Ross Detwiler stood on a mound for the first time since July 3 on Sunday, when he threw 20 pitches in the bullpen at Marlins Park. With no issues from the herniated disc in his back, Detwiler will throw another session on Wednesday, good progress in his return from the back injury that has cost him most of his season. Published September 9 2013

  • Nationals - Mets lineups: Ian Desmond hits cleanup

    The Washington Nationals hope to have a better idea of how much longer they'll be without outfielder Bryce Harper, who flew back to D.C. over the weekend to have his left hip further examined. Until then, they'll press on without him, and Monday night that means having Tyler Moore back in left field in his place. Published September 9 2013

  • Defense comes up huge in Nationals' thrilling victory over Phillies

    The Washington Nationals’ season charged onward on Wednesday night when their thrilling 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies pushed one more breath of life into them. And then they stared at the television screens in the clubhouse hoping a Cincinnati Reds loss might give them another. Published September 5 2013

  • Tanner Roark to make first MLB start Saturday vs. Marlins

    Tanner Roark will make the first start of his major league career on Saturday when the rookie right-hander takes the ball for the Nationals against the Marlins. Published September 4 2013

  • Denard Span feeling like himself again at the plate during 16-game streak

    There were times, earlier this season, when Denard Span drove himself crazy trying to figure out what was wrong. That has not been an issue for the Washington Nationals' center fielder of late. Span is hitting .313 with a .349 on-base percentage with a .431 slugging percentage since the All-Star break. And during his current 16-game hitting streak that dates back to Aug. 17, Span is hitting .415 with a .457 on-base percentage and a .569 slugging percentage. Published September 4 2013

  • Bryce Harper sits in finale with Phillies with 'barking' hip

    Bryce Harper has started every game since Aug. 17, and he has not missed an entire game since July 24. He has battled injury, however, pretty much throughout the season, including missing 31 games on the disabled list with bursitis in his left knee. Published September 4 2013

  • Nationals best Phillies in ugly game

    By the time it was over, the box score was ugly enough to at least marginally describe what had transpired in the previous three hours and 38 minutes between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies. It had the usual important facts, like the final score, which marked a 9-6 Nationals victory -- their 70th of the 2013 season. And then it had the rest. Thirteen walks, four errors, four homers, one balk and five wild pitches between the two teams in one of the sloppiest games of the season. Published September 4 2013

  • Davey Johnson explains why Danny Espinosa did not receive a September promotion

    The Washington Nationals had indicated for a few weeks that they did not plan to call second baseman Danny Espinosa back up to the major leagues when rosters expanded in September. That became somewhat official on Tuesday when they added five more players to their roster and Espinosa was not among them. Published September 3 2013

  • Nationals call up Zach Walters, Corey Brown, Jeff Kobernus, Eury Perez and Xavier Cedeno

    The Washington Nationals added five more players to their active roster on Tuesday, calling up infielder Zach Walters, outfielders Corey Brown and Eury Perez, utility man Jeff Kobernus and left-hander Xavier Cedeno in their second round of September additions. Published September 3 2013

  • Bryce Harper dealing with hip "soreness" but OK to play

    Bryce Harper was in the Washington Nationals' lineup on Tuesday, but head trainer Lee Kuntz confirmed that the outfielder is dealing with "soreness," in his left hip and has been receiving treatment on it. Kuntz declined to say how long Harper has been getting treatment on his hip, and he did not know what originally caused the pain. But he indicated it was not an uncommon thing at this point in the year, with 137 games in the rearview mirror. Published September 3 2013

  • Bryce Harper receiving treatment on hip

    Monday night, after the Nationals' 3-2 loss, manager Davey Johnson revealed he'd recently learned Bryce Harper has been receiving treatment on one of his hips. Published September 3 2013

  • Phillies stage comeback, deal Nationals significant blow

    When the bullpen doors opened and he descended the steps that lead to the right center field entrance at Citizens Bank Park, the Nationals handed the ever-reliable Tyler Clippard a newly-acquired one-run lead. By the time manager Davey Johnson reluctantly came to take the ball from him six batters later, they trailed 3-2. Published September 3 2013

  • Taylor Jordan heads to Florida for throwing program, Davey Johnson talks Bryce Harper

    The Washington Nationals shut Taylor Jordan down for the season just more than two weeks ago, but it wasn't until Monday that they sent him home to Florida to begin a throwing program. Published September 2 2013

  • Nationals face old friend Roger Bernadina

    The Washington Nationals will see a familiar face in a strange uniform on Tuesday night when Roger Bernadina, previously one of the longest-tenured members of the Nationals organization, heads out to right field for the Philadelphia Phillies. Published September 2 2013

  • Nationals set to add five more September call-ups on Tuesday

    The Washington Nationals will add four or five more players to their major league roster on Tuesday, manager Davey Johnson said, plucking a pitcher and a few more position players from the Triple-A Syracuse roster. Published September 2 2013

  • Nationals - Phillies lineups: Stephen Strasburg looks to keep Nationals momentum going

    About two weeks ago, Jayson Werth sat in the clubhouse at Wrigley Field and evaluated the Washington Nationals' chances to make a late-season run at the playoffs. He said then that, in his estimation, his team could maybe afford to lose about 10 more games. Maybe. And he acknowledged that even if they did that they'd still need a lot of help. Since then, the Nationals have lost just three times, meaning if Werth's calculation is correct their margin for error is down to seven more losses before the end of the season. Published September 2 2013