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  • Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (34) follows through with a solo home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, May 27, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Gio Gonzalez dazzles as Nationals complete dominant sweep of Braves

    It was billed as the best statistical pitching matchup since Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden battled at Chavez Ravine in 1985. Gio Gonzalez vs. Brandon Beachy, both taking their sub-2.00 ERAs to the mound, both hoping to notch an important victory for their team.

  • Washington's Jesus Flores is batting .292 since starting catcher Wilson Ramos was injured May 12. (Associated Press)

    Flores adjusting to his role as starting catcher

    Injuries have ravaged Washington's catching depth, first taking Wilson Ramos for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee, then putting Sandy Leon on the shelf for a month with a high ankle sprain. As a result, Jesus Flores has gone from bench player to iron man.

  • Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto (19) rounds the bases past Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche after hitting a grand slam off relief pitcher Henry Rodriguez in the ninth inning, Sunday, May 13, 2012, in Cincinnati. Votto had three home runs as Cincinnati won 9-6. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Rodriguez implodes as Votto slams Nationals in ninth

    Henry Rodriguez looked up at the sky and he found the source of his discontent: rain that had pounded the field at Great American Ball Park all day.

  • Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos grimaces on the ground after he was injured in the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Cincinnati. Ramos left the game. Washington won 2-1. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Wilson Ramos sustains serious knee injury in Nats' win over Reds

    The Washington Nationals' run of injuries to key position players took another unfortunate turn Saturday night. Catcher Wilson Ramos was helped off the field in the seventh inning by two trainers after he turned to field a passed ball and his right knee appeared to buckle beneath him.

  • Nationals catcher Jhonatan Solano (left) shares strategy with catcher Sandy Leon (right) during an exhibition Friday at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. Both are behind Wilson Ramos and Jesus Flores on Washington's depth chart. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Backup catchers help out in camp by keeping pitchers' arms warm

    Sean Burnett worked through his repertoire pitch by pitch, knocking off the rust in a bullpen session typical of the early days of spring training. It would be a few more days before he and his fellow Washington Nationals pitchers had a chance to face batters, so Burnett was throwing for an audience of one - catcher Sandy Leon.

  • Washington Nationals catcher Jesus Flores (26) poses for a portrait during photo day at spring training, Viera, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Nationals' Jesus Flores confident his shoulder's OK

    Five springs ago, Jesus Flores arrived at Washington Nationals camp as a burly 22-year-old catcher. He had a rocket arm, could handle the bat well enough to last on the Nationals' 25-man roster throughout 2007 as a Rule 5 pick and was quickly deemed the "catcher of the future" in D.C.

  • Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos batted .267 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI during his rookie season. (Associated Press)

    Wilson Ramos well-versed in second chances

    The words are Spanish. Black cursive, flanked by tufts of cerulean blue ink. They blanket the immense left forearm of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos. His favorite Bible verse, Philippians 4:13, now tattooed there as a permanent reminder of the day his life began anew.

  • Washington Nationals relief pitcher Doug Slaten watches after Florida Marlins' Bryan Petersen hit a walk-off home run in the ninth inning to defeat the Nationals 3-2 during a baseball game in Miami, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Nationals non-tender left-hander Doug Slaten

    The Washington Nationals cut ties with reliever Doug Slaten Monday night, choosing to non-tender the left-hander. Slaten was the only one of seven arbitration eligible players Washington did not offer a contract to for the 2012 season.

  • Former Washington Nationals prospect Derek Norris, 22, shows off his arm during an Arizona Fall League game. (Rick Scuteri/Special to The Washington Times)

    For Nationals, there's a catch to Norris

    As the Nationals have gone about developing their farm system, they've amassed an embarrassment of riches at catcher. They're also facing a crossroads with some of that depth.

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