The Washington Nationals' lineup looks a bit different for their first turn on Sunday Night Baseball this season, with manager Davey Johnson loading up on right-handed batters against New York Mets lefty Jon Niese.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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The Washington Nationals made their first wave of roster-expansion call-ups on Sunday afternoon, adding left-hander Ian Krol, right-hander Erik Davis and catcher Sandy Leon to the major league roster ahead of their Sunday night game against the New York Mets.
What to make of this Nationals team? Sunday will bring with it September and still they continue their maddening tapdance around the .500 mark, their playoff hopes resting within the slimmest of margin for error.
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was feeling much better on Saturday after retreating to the clubhouse in the fourth inning of the Nationals' loss to the Mets on Friday feeling lightheaded and dehydrated. Johnson got some fluids in him and a good night's sleep and was ready to go on Saturday.
The Nationals have their most consistent pitcher of the second half on the mound on Saturday night in Dan Haren, who has a 2.74 ERA since the All-Star break and has only twice allowed more than two earned runs in any start since July 8.
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson left Friday night's game in the fourth inning when he was feeling lightheaded and dizzy during the Nationals' 3-2 loss to the New York Mets.
With the Nationals' mounting a potentially game-changing rally in the eighth inning, Bryce Harper, whose reputation is built on a penchant for playing the game harder than anyone else, smacked a sharp ground ball to second base. Despite all that hung in the balance of the Nationals’ 3-2 loss to the Mets, Harper jogged. He drew sharp criticism from bench coach Randy Knorr in the aftermath.
The Washington Nationals will add three pitchers and four or five position players when rosters expand in September, manager Davey Johnson said Friday.
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson has expressed concerns about right-hander Ross Ohlendorf's stamina, but that aside the Nationals decided to go with Ohlendorf at least one more turn through their rotation. Ohlendorf will start Sunday night against the New York Mets on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.
An old friend got a little closer on Friday as the Baltimore Orioles acquired Michael Morse in a waiver trade with the Seattle Mariners. The former Nationals slugger is bringing his act back to the Beltway, just with the other team.
The Washington Nationals will take their three-game winning streak into Friday's matchup against Dillon Gee and the New York Mets, hoping that they can continue to take advantage of a stretch in their schedule exclusively against losing teams.
This is how it was supposed to be. Back in April it seemed a near certainty that six months of rolling good times -- of majestic home runs, starting pitchers posting zeroes, clean defense and victories -- were ahead. When the Washington Nationals began this season, sweeping the Miami Marlins much the way they did with a 9-0 demolition job on Thursday night, they figured there would’ve been plenty more stretches like the one they’re in now.
The Washington Nationals will "probably" start Ross Ohlendorf on Sunday night when they take on the New York Mets on ESPN. That decision is not cast in stone, and if the Nationals do not need rookie Tanner Roark in relief on Thursday or Friday, he could still be tabbed for the start.
The Washington Nationals knew that in this 19-game stretch against the Marlins, Mets and Phillies, they had to do well. They'll be able to get through the first part of that stretch with a sweep if they can beat the Marlins on Thursday night.
The Washington Nationals won again on Wednesday night. Two innings in, they lost their ace to a 72-minute rain delay. Six innings in, they lost their slim lead. But in this season in which so little has gone right, or at least they way so many expected for them, the Nationals may finally be hitting their stride.