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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
Stephen Strasburg will take the mound on a chilly night in Washington for his third major league start of the season and the hope is this one will be the perfect blend of his first start (which was impeccable) and his second (which featured a few struggles). Nationals manager Davey Johnson said earlier this week that Strasburg would not be on a pitch count for tonight, but he said that last time as well and admitted later the limit was around 70. He threw 57 pitches in three somewhat laborious innings.
A groin injury was just the latest to hamper Laynce Nix this season but In playing seven innings and getting a key hit in what would end up being the Nationals' best opportunity to rally against Javier Vazquez in a 3-0 loss Friday night, Nix finally was able to feel like a bonafide contributor again -- something he was on a daily basis in a first half where he hit .274 with 12 home runs and a .502 slugging percentage.
The Nationals lineup for tonight's series opener with the Florida Marlins (one of the final few times we'll be calling them that) doesn't include either Jayson Werth or Michael Morse, Nationals manager Davey Johnson instead slotting Roger Bernadina into left field and Laynce Nix into right. The opportunity to rest Morse -- which Johnson joked made it easier for Werth to take the news that he wasn't playing knowing Morse wasn't either -- also provides an opportunity to discuss where he fits best in the Nationals defense.
As the Nationals close in on the season's final two weeks, Gorzelanny has been almost just as effective out of the bullpen as any of the Nationals best relievers. "He's just been great out of the pen," said Nationals manager Davey Johnson.
Brad Peacock pitched five scoreless innings against the New York Mets Wednesday night at Citi Field. Now, he waits.
A few pre-game notes as the Nationals and Mets prepare for the battle for third place.
Brad Peacock's major league debut came under unfortunate circumstances. A starter for the majority of his professional career and ensured just hours before that he wouldn't be brought in mid-inning, Peacock was summoned with two men on and Matt Kemp at the plate for his introduction to the big leagues
Major League Baseball announced the 2012 schedule this morning and for the Nationals it features a season opener in the Windy City. The Nationals will open next season on April 5 at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.
When Drew Storen struck out Lucas Duda late Tuesday night, he earned his 36th save of the season and the Nationals' 69th victory of the 2011 season. With 15 games to spare, this year's version of the Nationals has matched the win total of their immediate predecessors. If they can win even one more game over the next two weeks, they'll be, numerically, better than they were last year.
The news on Corey Brown's infected right knee didn't get any better on Tuesday as the rookie outfielder underwent possibly season-ending surgery to help clear it out after the Nationals medical personnel felt it was not progressing in the right direction.
Needing just one more win to match their 2010 total, Nationals manager Davey Johnson is sending a more traditional lineup out behind Chien-Ming Wang in the Taiwanese right-hander's first game in New York since leaving the Yankees after the 2009 season.
As the Nationals get set to watch Chien-Ming Wang make his return to New York tonight, a few odds and ends...
Ross Detwiler was mad. He spent three innings throwing anything and everything he could at the New York Mets 10 days ago and nothing worked. Everything was high, nothing was well-located, nothing was executed the way it should be, save for one pitch he got a ground-ball out on. The rest of them piled up for six earned runs in a short amount of time and a Nationals loss. If there was any better way for Detwiler to get over it than what he did Monday night, you'd be hard-pressed to find it. He was effective, efficient and nearly unhittable for 5 2/3 innings of work. He sandwiched a walk and a hit around 17 straight outs, including 12 in a row from the second through the sixth.
Corey Brown absent with infection as Nationals open three-game set in New York, plus lineups (updated)
The Nationals arrived in New York Sunday night one rookie lighter after leaving outfielder Corey Brown behind in Washington. Brown, who pinch hit for Stephen Strasburg in the bottom of the third inning on Sunday, is dealing with an infection in his knee
Late Saturday night, long after almost all of his teammates had left the Nationals' clubhouse following the team's latest loss, Nationals manager Davey Johnson found second baseman Danny Espinosa alone inside the video room.
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