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  • Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth celebrates after hitting a double during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

    Jayson Werth finding new niche as Nationals' leadoff hitter

    Jayson Werth didn't see this success as a leadoff hitter coming. How could he? With the Philadelphia Phillies his job was at the other end of the spectrum.

  • Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse will be at the forefront of the Nationals' attack next year. Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 14.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Nationals seek contender status in 2012

    Sitting in a dugout thick with South Florida humidity Wednesday afternoon, manager Davey Johnson offered perhaps the truest statement about the 2011 Washington Nationals.

Nationals left-hander John Lannan went into Wednesday night's game against Atlanta 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA this year against the Braves.

    Lannan's struggles versus Phillies balanced by dominance of Braves

    For John Lannan, the numbers seem to belie that there are two sureties: While he almost always struggles with the Philadelphia Phillies, he almost always will beat the Atlanta Braves.

  • Washington Nationals outfielder Laynce Nix was reunited with his platoon partner from last season with the Cincinnati Reds when the Nats acquired Jonny Gomes on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

    Nationals' Jonny Gomes, Laynce Nix seeing Red in platoon role

    On a cloudy August day in 2009, Jonny Gomes stepped to the plate against the Washington Nationals four times. Three times, he homered. Two of the three times, Laynce Nix was on base in front of his right-handed slugging teammate, one of the many triumphant moments the two shared in Cincinnati.

  • Washington Nationals outfielder Laynce Nix was reunited with his platoon partner from last season with the Cincinnati Reds when the Nats acquired Jonny Gomes on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

    Nationals' Laynce Nix makes the most of his chance

    Watching Laynce Nix bounce a two-run single over the head of Houston Astros first baseman Carlos Lee on Monday night, it was hard to believe the slugging left fielder was close to being left off the Nationals' Opening Day roster.

  • Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez allowed one run in eight innings in the 2-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Ubaldo Jimenez overpowers the Nationals in the 2-1 Rockies' win

    Jason Marquis had arguably the worst outing by a Washington Nationals pitcher all year in his last start, allowing seven runs, six of them earned, in just 1 1/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. After the game, a 10-2 Nationals loss, Marquis was determined to put the start behind him.

San Diego catcher Nick Hundley blocks the plate as he tags out Washington outfielder Laynce Nix, who was trying to score from third on an infield grounder in the eighth inning. The Nationals scored twice in the ninth to defeat the Padres 2-0.

    Nats' Laynce Nix thrown a change-up by playing at first

    Stuck with an injury-stricken squad, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson turned to usual left fielder Laynce Nix before the top of the seventh inning Monday and, in desperate need of a first baseman, asked the towering Texan when the last time he played the position was.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen, left, congratulates Garrett Jones after his solo home run off Washington Nationals' Sean Burnett during the eighth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, July 2, 2011, in Washington. The Pirates beat the Nationals 5-3. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Nats drop first game of doubleheader with Pirates 5-3

    Home runs had been a rarity for Sean Burnett and Rick Ankiel. For Ankiel, the Washington Nationals outfielder whose season had twice been derailed by injury, the rarity was hitting them. For Burnett, it was giving them up.

  • Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman watches his RBI-double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Nationals beat the Cardinals 8-6. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Nats come through in the clutch, top Cardinals 8-6

    Of all of the unattractive stats that have marked the Washington Nationals offense this season, one of the most confounding was their inability to produce with runners in scoring position.

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