NATIONALS WATCH

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

  • The Nationals vs. today's starter: LHP Cliff Lee

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 14, 2011 Comments

    Normally, facing Cliff Lee after Roy Halladay would be an incredibly daunting task -- and quite honestly it still is. But the Nationals are stepping in against Lee at what may be a good time, after the left-hander went just 3 1/3 innings in his last start, allowing six earned runs in a 6-3 loss to the Braves. We'll see how he rebounds in a few hours but for now, here's a look at the Nationals' career numbers against him.

  • Morning roundup

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 14, 2011 Comments

    A roundup and links to Nationals' news and notes from Wednesday evening.

  • LaRoche returns to lineup

    By Nathan FennoPublished April 13, 2011 Comments

    Onto the lineups, as Adam LaRoche returns to first base and the cleanup spot after missing Tuesday's opener. LaRoche tweaked the left side of his groin Sunday and wasn't pleased to sit.

  • The Nationals vs. today's starter: Roy Halladay

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 13, 2011 Comments

    Does anyone do well against Roy Halladay? The answer to that question might surprise you. The easy answer is no, not really. But when it comes to the Nationals, yes, Ivan Rodriguez and Matt Stairs do.

  • The Nationals and the sacrifice bunt: a match made in heaven?

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 13, 2011 Comments

    Livan Hernandez did something entertaining in the fourth inning when he decided on his own to lay down a squeeze bunt with the bases loaded and a force out at home. It could have gone wrong -- with Laynce Nix at third base potentially being thrown out at home or, even worse, the Phillies turning a double play, first getting the force at home and then getting Hernandez at first. But when Hernandez saw Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard playing back at first base, he figured now would be the perfect time to drop one down.

  • Reaction from the Nationals 7-4 victory over the Phillies

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 13, 2011 Comments

    "(Winning) is the only way we're going to (fill the park with Nationals fans)," Jayson Werth said after the Nationals' 7-4 victory over his former team, the Phillies. "We're not going to do it by doing commercials and appearances and charity work. That's not going to get it done. The only way to change the culture here in Washington, D.C., is to win. That was a big win tonight, but we've got to continue to do it."

  • With Zimmerman out, expect a steady diet of Hairston, Cora and Morse

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 12, 2011 Comments

    With Ryan Zimmerman on the disabled list until at least April 24th, Nationals fans can expect a steady diet of Jerry Hairston Jr., Alex Cora and Michael Morse at third base.

  • Despite protest LaRoche sits vs. Phillies, Morse out too

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 12, 2011 Comments

    The Nationals waited until close to 4 p.m. today to post their lineup and when they did first baseman Adam LaRoche was surprised, to say the least, that he wasn't in it.

  • Nationals call up catcher Jesus Flores

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 12, 2011 Comments

    In a surprising move, the Nationals have recalled catcher Jesus Flores from Triple-A Syracuse, a source confirmed, to fill the spot on the 25-man roster vacated when Ryan Zimmerman was put on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal strain.

  • The Nationals vs. today's starter: RHP Joe Blanton

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 12, 2011 Comments

    Not to discredit any of the right-hander's body of work, but with the Nationals facing a three-game series with the Phillies, they have to feel a little lucky to have drawn Joe Blanton as the starting pitcher in the first game. Here are their career numbers against him.

  • Lineup machinations without Zimmerman

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 12, 2011 Comments

    Ryan Zimmerman, who is out with an abdominal strain until at least Sunday, 4/24, is not a replaceable player in the Nationals' lineup. They'll miss his defense, of course, but most likely not nearly as much as they'll miss his .357 average and .486 on-base percentage in the No. 3 slot in the lineup.

  • Zimmerman headed to 15-day disabled list

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 11, 2011 Comments

    Ryan Zimmerman's abdominal strain is bad enough that the third baseman is headed to the 15-day disabled list, according to a club source.

  • Werth and the Phillies: the reunion

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 11, 2011 Comments

    Here's what Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Charlie Manuel and others had to say about Werth's first series against his old team.

  • Zimmerman, LaRoche and the banged up Nationals

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 10, 2011 Comments

    The news on Ryan Zimmerman wasn't great Sunday as the third baseman couldn't offer any timetable for how long he thinks he might be sidelined with an abdominal strain, an injury he's been dealing with since spring training but aggravted Saturday night.

  • Zimmerman out with abdominal strain

    By Amanda ComakPublished April 10, 2011 Comments

    Ryan Zimmerman is out of the Nationals lineup today, having re-aggravated an abdominal strain diving head first into second base in the third inning on Saturday night.

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