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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
The Nationals have the honor of being the last opposing team ever to play baseball inside Sun Life Stadium as they close out their season with three against the Florida Marlins. Safe to say no one will miss playing on the field here considering the fact that it looks like a war zone and the "U" from the University of Miami in shallow center field is the first thing your eye is drawn to.
How dominant was Henry Rodriguez on Sunday afternoon? Let's put it this way: After Atlanta Braves catcher David Ross swung through two fastballs clocked at 100 and 101, respectively, he squared up for an 0-2 bunt. He then fouled off a 101-mph fastball for strike three.
In order to fully understand what Ross Detwiler did on the mound at Nationals Park on Sunday afternoon in the Nationals 3-0 victory over the Braves, it’s important, first, to go back to late May. Back to when Detwiler was floundering in Triple-A and was coming off a putrid 3 ⅔-inning, six earned run performance against the Twins’ affiliate.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said this afternoon that ace right-hander Stephen Strasburg will be on an innings limit for 2012, similar to the one that Jordan Zimmermann dealt with this season.
Rizzo "I think we're an outfield bat and a starting pitcher away from really being a contender in the division."
As the Nationals wrap up the second-most successful season in their seven-year history in Washington, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo heads into the offseason with a specific list. The top two things on it are an everyday outfield bat and a front line starting pitcher. Upgrading the bench is a close third.
The Nationals and the Braves will close down Nationals Park this afternoon with the final home game of the 2011 season. The Nationals will then head to Florida for the final three baseball games at Sun Life Stadium.
A funny thing happened on the way to the Nationals mid-game Presidents Race Saturday afternoon: Jayson Werth got involved.
The rosters for the Arizona Fall League were released about a month ago but the Nationals are expected to finalize their entrants on the Scottsdale Scorpions in the coming days. The AFL begins play on Oct. 4
In what could be his penultimate start in a Nationals uniform, Ivan Rodriguez gets the call behind the plate Saturday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves.
After six seasons as the Washington Nationals' Executive Vice President, Bob Wolfe is leaving the club following the 2011 season. Wolfe and the Nationals are parting ways on mutual terms, a team source said.
Johnson on Nationals roster: "I think in everybody's eyes, a lot of guys have laid claim to a lot of starting positions in the regular nine."
Davey Johnson has been trying to fill the holes on the Nationals roster going into next season. Where he thinks those efforts are at and where the Nationals can still improve.
It started out as a simple whitehead, a pimple, basically, on the right knee of Nationals outfielder Corey Brown. He'd had one before, earlier this season, and didn't think much of popping it. After he did, though, the trainers at Triple-A Syracuse cautioned him against that in the future, infection, they said, could develop if he did.
The plans for Stephen Strasburg tonight and an amateur attempt at the forecast (UPDATE: 7:15 p.m. start time)
A note about the forecast and how it will or will not affect Stephen Strasburg tonight. UPDATE: Game expected to start at 7:15 p.m.
One of the hottest teams in baseball will welcome a divisional rival to their home stadium tonight for a three game serious with significant playoff implications. Sounds exciting, right?
On Wednesday, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said if he had his way, Stephen Strasburg would start Friday and then again on Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the season finale. Sounds like that's become more of a sure thing as Johnson said he also ran the decision by general manager Mike Rizzo and he raised no protest.
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