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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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The Nationals are still trying to figure out their left-handed relief

The Nationals are still looking to fill the void left by the three left-handers who performed so well for them in 2012: Sean Burnett, Tom Gorzelanny and Michael Gonzalez. The question manager Davey Johnson has been asked recently is simple: with Ian Krol, Fernando Abad and Xavier Cedeno on the roster right now, is the personnel to do that here already?

Nationals - Mets lineups: Davey Johnson's New York finale

Davey Johnson arrived at Citi Field on Thursday morning for what may well be the final game he ever manages in the city that witnessed his rise to managerial stardom and he was greeted with an unwelcome surprise. Again the back pain that has plagued him on-and-off cropped up.

Ryan Zimmerman makes an on-point throw in the Nationals' 3-0 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night. Zimmerman also homered for the seventh time in nine games. (Associated Press photo)

Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals continue surge with win over Mets

Ryan Zimmerman clubbed his seventh home run in the last nine games in the Nationals’ 3-0 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night and made two sterling defensive plays to continue his recent stretch of far more characteristic play. Behind a one-hit, six-inning performance from Dan Haren, Zimmerman led the Nationals to their 10th victory in their last 14 games, and their seventh on a 10-game road trip that will end on Thursday.

Ross Detwiler continues making progress in second bullpen session

Early Wednesday afternoon, Ross Detwiler was out in the bullpen at Citi Field with a crowd watching. As trainers and coaches gathered around, Detwiler threw 30 pitches off the mound -- fastballs and breaking balls -- and came away from his second bullpen session since July continuing to feel encouraged by his progress.

Bryce Harper ready to return to Nationals' lineup on Wednesday

If all goes well and the Washington Nationals' medical personnel gives him the go-ahead, outfielder Bryce Harper will return to the Nationals' lineup on Wednesday after a four-game absence. The Nationals have 18 games remaining in their regular season and as they make their frantic final push for a wild card spot, it's hard not to think back and wonder what might've been this season for Harper had injuries not gotten in his way.

Wilson Ramos, Jayson Werth, Rafael Soriano and Ian Desmond slap hands after sealing a 6-3 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night. (Associated Press photo)

Nationals top Mets, continue to keep playoff hopes alive

For the most part, the Washington Nationals have remained steadfast these past few weeks in knowing what they’ve got to do. Their objective is simple: they must win. As manager Davey Johnson so bluntly put it on Tuesday night with 18 games to go, “If we win out, I like our chances.”

Miami Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis tags Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, left, after he struck out swinging during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Nationals hopeful Bryce Harper will return to lineup on Wednesday

Bryce Harper stepped into the batting cage at Citi Field Tuesday evening and began crushing the ball. He sent rockets into right field, shooting them up the seats and making sure any spectators arriving early were alert and on their toes. He sent a few more to center, in his typical line-drive style. From the dugout railing, Nationals head trainer Lee Kuntz watched with a scrutinizing eye.

Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, left, gets a handshake from catcher Wilson Ramos after his one-hit shutout over the New York Mets in the Nationals' 9-0 victory. Gonzalez was inches from a no-hitter. (Associated Press photo)

Gio Gonzalez flirts with no-hitter, settles for one-hit shutout of Mets

As Zach Lutz's seventh-inning base hit smacked the first base line, the ‘0’ that had stood so boldly in the New York Mets’ hit column was replaced with a ‘1’ and just like that Gio Gonzalez’s bid to pitch the first no-hitter in Washington Nationals’ history was finished. In the Nationals’ 9-0 blowout of the Mets, a one-hit shutout would have to do.

Ross Detwiler to throw second bullpen session on Wednesday

Ross Detwiler stood on a mound for the first time since July 3 on Sunday, when he threw 20 pitches in the bullpen at Marlins Park. With no issues from the herniated disc in his back, Detwiler will throw another session on Wednesday, good progress in his return from the back injury that has cost him most of his season.

Nationals - Mets lineups: Ian Desmond hits cleanup

The Washington Nationals hope to have a better idea of how much longer they'll be without outfielder Bryce Harper, who flew back to D.C. over the weekend to have his left hip further examined. Until then, they'll press on without him, and Monday night that means having Tyler Moore back in left field in his place.