NATIONALS WATCH

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

  • Washington Nationals Anthony Rendon bats during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park on Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Nationals - Cubs lineups: Anthony Rendon, Wilson Ramos sit

    By Amanda ComakPublished August 21, 2013 Comments

    Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos will get Wednesday off as the Washington Nationals face right-hander and former Oriole Jake Arietta in the third game of this four-game set.

  • Washington Nationals right-hander Dan Haren delivers a pitch in the Nationals' 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. (Associated Press photo)

    Dan Haren's second-half surge continues in Nationals win over Cubs

    By Amanda ComakPublished August 21, 2013 Comments

    As he stood in the dank cement hallway that leads to the cramped visitors clubhouse within the friendly confines of Wrigley Field on Tuesday night, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson talked about a victory. He ran through all of the positive things his team did in a 4-2 win over the Cubs that featured yet another superb performance from Dan Haren as his second-half renaissance continued and two huge insurance runs in the ninth inning to give Rafael Soriano a three-run lead in the ninth. Johnson was relaxed. He smiled, and laughed.

  • Washington Nationals relief pitcher Ian Krol (46) delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of the first baseball game of a day-night interleague doubleheader, Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-0. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Nationals option Ian Krol to Triple-A to clear space for Ross Ohlendorf

    By Amanda ComakPublished August 21, 2013 Comments

    Needing space on their 25-man roster to activate right-hander Ross Ohlendorf from the disabled list to start on Wednesday, the Washington Nationals optioned lefty reliever Ian Krol to Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday night.

  • Stephen Strasburg heads off the field after being ejected by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson in the second inning of the Nationals' game against the Braves. (Associated Press photo)

    Stephen Strasburg, Davey Johnson avoid suspensions

    By Amanda ComakPublished August 20, 2013 Comments

    Stephen Strasburg and Davey Johnson will avoid suspensions after both were ejected in Saturday's game against the Braves. Major League Baseball declined to suspend the Washington Nationals, essentially indicating they did not believe Strasburg threw at Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons on purpose.

  • Grounds crew member Michael Schnee works around home plate at Space Coast Stadium, the Washington Nationals spring training facility, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 in Viera, Fla. Nationals pitchers and catchers first spring training workout is Thursday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Kissimmee votes down Nationals' proposed spring facility

    By Amanda ComakPublished August 20, 2013 Comments

    The Washington Nationals' search for a new spring training home will continue after a proposal to build a $98 million complex in Kissimmee, Fla., was voted down by the Osceola County Commissioners. The commissioners dismissed the Nationals' latest plans by a 4-1 vote, the second time they have rejected the organization's proposed stadium plans for the area. The first time the commissioners voted it down by a 3-2 tally. The Nationals now return, essentially, to square one in their search to move from Brevard County and their current spring home in Viera, Fla.

  • Tyler Moore celebrates hitting a two-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles with first baseman Adam LaRoche. (Associated Press photo)

    Nationals - Cubs lineups: Denard Span, Adam LaRoche sit vs. left-handed Chris Rusin

    By Amanda ComakPublished August 20, 2013 Comments

    Denard Span and Adam LaRoche were out of the Washington Nationals' lineup on Tuesday, sitting as the team faced Chicago Cubs left-hander Chris Rusin. Tyler Moore was in the lineup at first base and Scott Hairston was slotted into left field, with Bryce Harper moving to center.

  • New Washington Nationals outfielder David DeJesus runs out a pop up in his first at-bat with the team. DeJesus, who was traded from the Chicago Cubs, got a standing ovation from the Cubs fans in his first at-bat with the Nationals. (Associated Press photo)

    David DeJesus receives standing ovation in first Nationals at-bat, but reports say he's on waivers again

    By Amanda ComakPublished August 20, 2013 Comments

    David DeJesus was out on a quest for juice with his wife, Kim, Monday morning when he missed a call from Cubs general manager Theo Epstein. When he called back, he learned he'd been traded to the Washington Nationals. Now DeJesus is part of the Nationals, but perhaps he might not be for long. Reports indicate the Nationals placed DeJesus back on waivers almost immediately after acquiring him, making their claim of him -- which led to a trade for a player to be named and the subsequent release of Roger Bernadina -- seem strange.

  • Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann reacts after giving up a three-run homer to Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro in the fifth inning Monday night. The Nationals lost 11-1 to the Cubs. (Associated Press photo)

    Cubs demolish Nationals in 11-1 blowout

    By Amanda ComakPublished August 20, 2013 Comments

    Jordan Zimmermann spun his body around toward the ivy-covered right field wall at Wrigley Field, grimaced and squatted beside the mound. The curveball he’d hung to Nate Schierholtz, a meatball of a pitch right over the heart of the plate, was causing a scramble amongst the Cubs faithful in the bleachers. It was the first of several souvenirs they’d have a chance to dart for on this night

  • Washington Nationals' David DeJesus, right, talks with new teammate Denard Span after he was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Nationals before a baseball game between the Cubs and Nationals at Wrigley Field, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Mike Rizzo and Davey Johnson discuss the trade for David DeJesus and releasing Roger Bernadina

    By Amanda ComakPublished August 19, 2013 Comments

    The Washington Nationals bolstered their bench on Monday afternoon, acquiring David DeJesus from the Cubs just before they were set to begin a four-game series with them. Monday afternoon, GM Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson discussed the team's latest move, which included releasing Roger Bernadina.

  • Washington Nationals' David DeJesus, right, talks with new teammate Denard Span after he was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Nationals before a baseball game between the Cubs and Nationals at Wrigley Field, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Nationals acquire David DeJesus from Cubs, release Roger Bernadina

    By Amanda ComakPublished August 19, 2013 Comments

    The Washington Nationals acquired outfielder David DeJesus on trade waivers from the Chicago Cubs on Monday morning, two sources told The Washington Times, adding the left-handed outfielder to their bench. It is believed the Nationals will send a player to be named or cash to the Cubs in exchange for DeJesus. In order to clear space on the active roster for DeJesus, the Nationals released outfielder Roger Bernadina.

  • Bryce Harper is hit by a pitch from Atlanta Braves left-hander Luis Avilan in the Washington Nationals' loss on Friday night. (Associated Press photo)

    On Bryce Harper, Braves fans and a growing rivalry

    By Amanda ComakPublished August 18, 2013 Comments

    For three days here this weekend, Braves fans treated him like an enemy of the state. The booed him relentlessly each time he stepped to the plate or made a play in the outfield. They cheered raucously when he was hit with two pitches in Friday evening's game, and spit derogatory terms at him and about him on Twitter throughout the weekend. And yet, with all of that fresh in his mind, Harper did not hesitate when asked what the past weekend was like for him. "I love these fans, I really do," he said.

  • Right-hander Taylor Jordan throws a pitch in the Nationals' game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night. (Associated Press photo)

    Taylor Jordan reflects on his rookie season in the big leagues

    By Amanda ComakPublished August 18, 2013 Comments

    With an early shutdown looming as part of his continued return from 2011 Tommy John surgery, the Nationals opted to place Jordan on the DL with the back issue, so as not to put him at risk for further injury. Assistant general manager Bryan Minniti informed Jordan of the team's decision and congratulated him on a fabulous season. And it was. Jordan's year was remarkable.

  • Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span, left, congratulates first baseman Adam LaRoche, right, on his game-winning home run in the 15th inning on Saturday night against the Atlanta Braves. (Associated Press photo)

    Tired Nationals and Braves ready to go again after 15-inning bout

    By Amanda ComakPublished August 18, 2013 Comments

    They shuffled into the visitors' clubhouse at Turner Field with upbeat voices and smiles for those they saw along the way, even if their eyes revealed their fatigue. About nine hours after the Washington Nationals' beat the Atlanta Braves in a 15-inning game that lasted five hours and 29 minutes, the teams were back inside the confines of the clubhouses to begin the process of readying for Sunday's 1:35 p.m. game.

  • The Washington Nationals celebrate after defeating the Braves in an epic 15-inning affair that lasted five hours and 29 minutes. (Associated Press Photo)

    Nationals outlast Braves in epic 15-inning victory

    By Amanda ComakPublished August 18, 2013 Comments

    Dan Haren finished off the Nationals’ 8-7 victory over the Atlanta Braves for his first career save. All it took was nine minutes -- and Adam LaRoche’s long home run moments earlier -- from the 18th pitcher to enter the game to finish off the longest contest in Nationals’ history.

  • Stephen Strasburg heads off the field after being ejected by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson in the second inning of the Nationals' game against the Braves. (Associated Press photo)

    Stephen Strasburg, Davey Johnson ejected in second inning vs. Braves

    By Amanda ComakPublished August 17, 2013 Comments

    Stephen Strasburg and manager Davey Johnson were ejected in the second inning Saturday night, after Strasburg threw three wild pitches to Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, including two behind Simmons' back.

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