The lineup behind Ross Detwiler is pretty standard with hot-hitting Jonny Gomes getting his fourth straight start and Laynce Nix remaining on the bench. Wilson Ramos also gets a day off (on his 24th birthday) and will presumably play the day game tomorrow.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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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.
While Chien-Ming Wang was rediscovering the pitch that defined his major league career, Nationals closer Drew Storen was sitting in the bullpen at Wrigley Field, watching in awe.
It's official: Stephen Strasburg will make his second rehab start Friday night with Single-A Potomac. Notes on that, Jayson Werth, Laynce Nix and Livan Hernandez.
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.
With steady rain falling all afternoon at Wrigley Field and more predicted to fall throughout the evening in Chicago, the Nationals and Cubs game Monday night was postponed. The teams will play a makeup game Thursday at 2:20 p.m. EDT.
One day after Stephen Strasburg made his much-anticipated first rehab start in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, the Nationals said the right-hander will make his second start Friday. The location, though, is still to be determined and won't be decided until after Strasburg throws a side session in Washington on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wrapping up the Nationals 3-2 win over the Rockies that earned them a series split, a few notes as the Nationals head to Chicago...
The Colorado Rockies made a roster move Sunday morning, calling up right-handed reliever Josh Roenicke from Triple-A Colorado Springs, and making things a family affair for Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond
Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez will not catch Stephen Strasburg today in Hagerstown. He will continue to rehab from a strained right oblique muscle.
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.