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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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How Rick Ankiel helped Stephen Strasburg break through with his curveball

There was a time when Rick Ankiel was Stephen Strasburg. Sure, he's left-handed and he didn't come with nearly the hype that Strasburg did, given the advancements in media from 1999, when Ankiel made his major league debut, and 2009, when Strasburg was drafted by the Nationals. But in a lot of ways, he was. "Feels like another life," Ankiel said Saturday afternoon in the visitor's clubhouse at Fenway Park.

On Danny Espinosa, switch hitting and the confounding nature of having two different swings

Danny Espinosa has been laughing off the question for years. Whenever his stats begin to skew the suggestion arises: If you're so much better from one side of the plate than the other, why not hit from that side exclusively? The only difference now is that the question used to be if he would consider abandoning hitting right-handed. Even his father, Danny, used to be asked if his son would ever consider giving up hitting from the right side. He had more power from the right side, they'd say, but he was a better hitter left-handed.

Fenway impressions, Clippard gets closer title and other pre-game notes

The Nationals rotate in and out of the National League ballparks so frequently, it's not all that often that just arriving in the park itself becomes something of an event. But there was a little bit of that going around today as the Nationals explored Fenway Park. While rain ruined much of their pregame and stole batting practice, there were plenty of players popping out to the dugout just to check it out.

Hello from Boston

Hello from sunny Boston where the Nationals will play for just the second time in their brief history. Interleague play begins in earnest tonight as the Nationals visit Fenway Park at the start of a 15-game American League East swing that will take them through Boston, Toronto and Baltimore, and bring Tampa Bay and New York to Nationals Park.

Nationals agree with second-rounder Tony Renda, others as draft wraps up

The Nationals have already agreed to terms with second-round pick Tony Renda, a second baseman out of the Cal-Berkley, as well as fourth-round pick Brandon Miller, an outfielder from Samford University, according to scouting director Kris Kline. Renda will go to Single-A short season Auburn to begin his professional career. Third round pick and Scott Boras advisee, Brett Mooneyham, a left-hander from Stanford, is also expected to sign "relatively quickly," Kline said.

Today's lineups: Nationals go for series victory over Mets

After a wild 7-6 victory over the Mets Tuesday night, the Nationals send Edwin Jackson to the hill looking for the series victory. With Michael Morse back, the Nationals lineup seems to have stabilized some. This is their best offensive team so aside from a few variables, it will most likely be the one they go with for a while.