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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Ryan Mattheus' bullpen session a success and today's lineups

Ryan Mattheus stood on a mound for the first time since Aug. 25 Sunday morning at Nationals Park, throwing his first bullpen session since being placed on the disabled list on Aug. 26. Mattheus was pulled from the game on the 25th, the second appearance he was removed from in the span of a week, because of injury conc

How Brad Peacock won the Nationals' Minor League Pitcher of the Year award

When Brad Peacock arrived at spring training earlier this year, he was a minor leaguer with 437 2/3 innings of work under his belt and only 38 2/3 of them at a level above Single-A. He was a former 41st-round draft and follow pick of the Nationals' from 2006 with a career ERA that sat mostly in the fours. Saturday afternoon, he stood in the Nationals clubhouse having been told that, sometime in the next week he'd make his first career major league start, and, to top it off, the Nationals had named him their Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

Nationals lineup as John Lannan looks for his 10th win

John Lannan, with nine wins on the season, has a chance tonight to achieve his first-ever 10-win season. It would be just the sixth 10-win season in Nationals' history. To get it, he'll have a pretty standard Nationals lineup behind him with just one rookie call-up in it: Chris Marrero at first base.

Revised playoff schedule for Double-A Harrisburg

As I wrote last night, the flooding and devastation on City Island has been absolutely breathtaking. Obviously it will be impossible for the Senators to play at that stadium for a very long time, as Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Thursday night. As such, the Richmond Flying Squirrels have been gracious enough to allow the shifting of the entire series to Richmond, Va., due to the flooding.

Stephen Strasburg still scheduled to pitch Sunday; devastation in Harrisburg

When the Nationals and Dodgers saw the second game of their doubleheader -- and final game of their series -- cancelled Thursday night, it shook up the Nationals pitching rotation a bit. Everything will remain as planned for the Nationals' weekend series against the Houston Astros, with left-hander Tom Milone pitching Friday night against Houston's right-hander Bud Norris, lefty John Lannan going Saturday against left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, and right-hander Stephen Strasburg pitching Sunday afternoon against right-hander Henry Sosa.

Game 2 of Nationals - Dodgers rained out

Try as they might, the Nationals and Dodgers couldn't navigate the weather well enough to get all four games of their series in. With heavy rains and flash flooding continuing to hit the Washington, D.C. area, the second game of their straight doubleheader Thursday was rained out. Unless it is absolutely necessary for the game to be made up, it will not be played.

Ryan Mattheus set to begin throwing program, could pitch before end of season, plus other pre-game notes

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that right-hander Ryan Mattheus is doing very well. He's been playing catch and will begin a bullpen throwing program on Sunday, Sept. 11. The plan is then for him to throw two more bullpens (on the 13th and the 15th) and then throw a simulated game to some of those 36 active players on the 17th. If all of that goes well, he could find himself back in a major league game before the season is over.

Bryce Harper out for Double-A playoffs

Nationals top prospect Bryce Harper will not play for Double-A Harrisburg in the Eastern League playoffs, which begin Friday. His right hamstring strain will prevent him from being able to do so, but Harper is still expected to be healthy and ready to play in the Arizona Fall League for the second straight season.

Lombardozzi gets first major league start, Espinosa sits

Nationals manager Davey Johnson made out his lineup a little differently this morning for Game 1 of the Nationals straight doubleheader this afternoon with the Los Angeles. Instead of slotting Danny Espinosa in at second base, where he's played all but four games this season, he wrote Steve Lombardozzi's name there.

Updates from Nationals Park on today's doubleheader

Here is the good news: The Nationals and Dodgers are set to start a doubleheader in 2 1/2 hours and neither team has announced that the game or games have been postponed. The groundscrew has taken off the tarp and appears to be doing major surgery to the infield.