Ian Desmond was slotted into the fifth spot in the team's lineup for the first game of a doubleheader with the Cardinals on Wednesday but the Nationals could soon be without their shortstop when Desmond leaves the team to be with his wife, Chelsey, who is getting close to delivering the couple's first child.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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When the Nationals were on their way to St. Louis Monday afternoon, center fielder Rick Ankiel was reminiscing about the 12 years he spent in the Cardinals' organization and what the fan support over all those years, seven of which he spent in the big leagues, mean to him. Remembering that former Cardinals slugger Jim Edmonds placed an ad in a local paper to thank fans following his departure from St. Louis in 2007, Ankiel decided that he'd like to do something similar. He made a few phone calls on the flight and the result showed up Wednesday.
The Nationals are facing a right-hander in Jake Westbrook in Game 1 of today's doubleheader against the Cardinals, and left-handed Jaime Garcia in Game 2. That allows them to change up their lineup a little bit for each game.
The Nationals will play their second doubleheader in four days today when they head to Busch Stadium to play a makeup game from Tuesday night at 1:15 p.m. and their regularly scheduled game at 7:15 p.m. CST. Both games will be televised on MASN2. Game 1 can be heard on the radio on WHFS 1580 am and WFED 1500 am. Game 2 will be on 106.7 fm The Fa
After severe weather pounded St. Louis all evening, the Nationals and Cardinals waited until 9:30 central time before giving in and calling the game. The teams will play a doubleheader on Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. central time, 2:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. eastern.
Updates on Adam LaRoche, Ryan Zimmerman, the Nationals offense and the weather.
The Nationals' game tonight against the Cardinals had officially been delayed due to severe weather set to hit the area right around 7 p.m.
The Nationals announced the tragic passing of shortstop Yewri Guillen Friday evening, an 18-year-old player at the team's Dominican Academy in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic who died of bacterial meningitis. On Tuesday, Major League Baseball made its first public comments about Guillen's death.
The Nationals offense finally exploded on Sunday in a doubleheader sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers and Nationals manager Jim Riggleman hasn't opted to change too much from the formula that gave him success this past weekend.
The Nationals -- riding a three-game winning streak -- face Jake Westbrook tonight and despite the familiarity the teams may have with one another, a hefty amount of Nationals hitters have never faced Westbrook, at least not in the regular season. The Cardinals come in with their own positives to accentuate after a 6-4 road trip has catapulted them back into the conversation in the NL Central with an offense that scored an absurd 73 runs in 10 games. Nationals left-hander John Lannan will be looking to suppress that offense while he hopes his own team can continue the surge they showed off in Sunday's doubleheader sweep of the Brewers and give him some breathing room as they look to win four in a row in a place that hasn't been kind to Washington the past few years.
Updates on several Nationals minor leaguers.
With the Nationals most recent offensive explosion in the rearview, a look at how some departed Nats are doing.
Sure, the sample sizes were small. But the offensive numbers for the Washington Nationals entering Sunday's doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park were, well, offensive.
If it were September, Todd Coffey insists he would be pitching. Instead, the Washington Nationals right-hander headed to the 15-day disabled list today with a strained left calf. The move is retroactive to April 9.
Here are the lineups for Game 1 of today's doubleheader: