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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Nix: "I'm just glad I was able to play most of that game."

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.

On a day Morse and Werth both sit, talking about Morse's most productive position

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.

Mostly regular lineup behind Peacock in first MLB start

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

Nationals match 2010 win total with 15 games to go, so what does it mean?

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.

Detwiler puts "worst outing" behind him, throws 5 2/3 strong against Mets

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.