Mark DeRosa knows what his role is on the Washington Nationals. From the first day the veteran arrived in spring training he spoke of understand that he was brought in to be not only a utility man but also a key presence in the clubhouse. So with the team one loss away from being eliminated from the playoffs and their charmed season ending, DeRosa said Wednesday he'd give a small speech to the team before Thursday's Game 4.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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Here are a few of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny's comments after his team's 8-0 win over the Nationals Wednesday.
After the Cardinals beat the Nationals 8-0 in Game 3 of the division series at Nationals Park on Wednesday, manager Davey Johnson talked about his club facing elimination, why Edwin Jackson struggled on the mound, his use of Craig Stammen and more.
Frank Robinson threw out the ceremonial first pitch before postseason baseball's return to D.C. and remembered that brief stretch when it appeared the day might arrive much sooner.
The Nationals and Cardinals, particularly the outfielders, will have to battle the afternoon sun — not-so-affectionately dubbed the "Sun Monster" by Bryce Harper in September. To that end, Harper popped out of the dugout during optional batting practice today wearing red contact lenses that had been recommended by his eye doctor to help fight the sun.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson talked about Danny Espinosa's slump, Bryce Harper's fever, Frank Robinson's Triple Crown, and more at his press conference before Game 3 of the NLDS Wednesday.
Ross Detwiler was born in St. Louis but is happy to be home. Away from Nationals Park, he’s 2-6 with a 4.38 ERA. But when he toes the rubber in Washington, he’s 8-2 with a 2.59 ERA.
Good morning from Nationals Park where the first Major League Baseball playoff game in Washington since Oct. 7, 1933 -- that's 79 years and three days -- starts in a few hours. The sun is out, "October Natitude" is written across the home dugout and a huge American flag is suspended near the center field gate. Managers Davey Johnson and Mike Matheny are sticking with the same lineups in Game 3 of the division series they used in the first two contests.
Washington D.C. will host its first MLB playoff game in 79 years Wednesday afternoon and there are plenty of Nationals players expecting the fans to make that the party it deserves to be. The Nationals will distribute red towels for fans to wave and plenty of players were anticipating a "red-out" with shortstop Ian Desmond even requesting via twitter that fans not go for a "white-out" if they're sitting behind home plate, which makes it more difficult for the shortstop to see the ball. Either way, they expected Nationals Park to be rocking. To tide you over until 1 p.m., there is plenty of baseball coverage, again, in The Washington Times, so here's a quick-link guide to all of it.
Bryce Harper attended the Nationals' optional workout on Tuesday afternoon, as did the rest of his teammates, but the 19-year-old was still battling a fever over 100 degrees and was hoping to kick his illness, believed to be strep throat originally, by the time the Nationals play at 1:07 p.m. on Wednesday.
Stephen Strasburg knows that this playoffs is different for him. He knows that his face shows up during the telecasts of the Washington Nationals' games and that his absence, arguably one of baseball's biggest storylines in the second half, is a part of the Nationals' story, regardless of how the end is written. He's a playoff bystander, the Nationals having shut him down on Sept. 8 after they determined he'd hit his workload limit for the season. That day Strasburg admitted he didn't think he was "ever going to accept, to be honest with you. It's something that I'm not happy about at all." But as the days have passed, Strasburg has resigned himself to his role this season. His eyes are now turned toward the future.
The Nationals will continue their run of daytime playoff games Thursday but shift to prime time Friday if the NLDS with the Cardinals goes that far.
As expected, the Cardinals removed Game 2 starter Jaime Garcia from their NLDS roster Tuesday, adding rookie right-hander Shelby Miller to take his spot.
While the Nationals prepare to play the first Major League Baseball postseason game in Washington since 1933 on Wednesday, the seasons of eight prospects are continuing, too.
The Nationals had an upbeat tone Monday evening as they packed to head back to D.C. knowing that all they have to do is win one three-game series and their season will continue. They did what they wanted to do in St. Louis by getting a split and they seemed to be wasting little time lamenting what could've been had they taken a 2-0 lead and headed home with a stranglehold on the series. We had several different articles in print and online from our coverage of Game 2 of the NLDS, so here's a quick-link guide to all of it with plenty more to come later in the day as the Nationals and Cardinals work out at Nationals Park starting at 12:30 p.m.