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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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News flash: Michael Morse hits some ridiculously long home runs

During batting practice Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field, the Nationals hitters put on a show. Much maligned as a unit much of the year for their lack of production, one thing is certain about several Nationals: they have some sickening power. Later that night, Michael Morse showed that he can talk power with the best of them when he stepped to the plate in the sixth inning and hit a ball so far to center field that the first and only comparison that came to mind for many longtime Chicago scribes was Sammy Sosa.

Rainout lineup redux

It's pretty bright and sunny at Wrigley Field this afternoon so I think it's safe to say there will indeed be baseball in the Windy City this evening.

Live from Wrigley Field: tonight's lineups

Twenty-three years ago today, the first ever night game was played at Wrigley Field. Tonight, the Nationals have the honor of commemorating that anniversary with the Cubs in the first of three night games -- and Chien-Ming Wang's third start.

What the Nationals gained when they traded for Jonny Gomes

Jonny Gomes hit a home run Sunday afternoon. That fact alone is not all that remarkable. Gomes had done it 11 times before this season and plenty of other times in his career -- including twice in one game off the same pitcher he took deep yesterday. But it was his first in a Nationals uniform and that is significant.

Pudge gets epidural, shut down for three days; Nationals draft picks take physicals

Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez received an epidural for his strained right oblique Saturday afternoon and will be shut down for three days now while that shot has its desired effect. Rodriguez took batting practice with Single-A Hagerstown on Saturday but will not do any activity now until at least Wednesday. The Nationals also had their top four draft picks take and pass physicals.

Storen and Tulowitzki do battle

When the bullpen doors opened Sunday afternoon at Coors Field, Nationals closer Drew Storen knew what he'd be walking into. Bottom of the ninth, one-run game, heart of the Rockies order due up.

Pudge not catching Strasburg

Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez will not catch Stephen Strasburg today in Hagerstown. He will continue to rehab from a strained right oblique muscle.

A pivotal start for John Lannan

Four weeks ago, John Lannan took a line drive off his face. Lannan escaped relatively unscathed after some initial bleeding upon impact. CT scans were negative, a hairline fracture in his nose was the worst of it. Lannan didn't miss a single start and, in fact, won three of his next four starts. For all intents and purposes, he was moving on without any of the mental or physical repercussions that could have easily cropped up after the incident. But this afternoon at Coors Field, while trying to put the fresh memory of what happened to Juan Nicasio out of his mind, Lannan will have to face the same Rockies lineup that he did that night in Washington.