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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.
For the second straight night, the Washington Nationals got off to a promising start, setting themselves up for victory by scoring early. Unlike in Thursday's meltdown, their pitching staff kept the opponent at bay throughout the game Friday.
During the first five innings Wednesday night, Danny Espinosa sent a rocket home run to right field and Ryan Zimmerman did the same to left. The Washington Nationals' first four runs came out of their No. 2 and 3 hitters via the home run.
Since Sunday, life has changed for Washington Nationals first baseman Michael Morse. He's no longer just a feel-good story — a hulking right-handed hitter finally having the type of standout season he'd been waiting for since the Chicago White Sox drafted him as a shortstop 11 years ago.
Tyler Clippard was as surprised as anyone when heard that he would represent the Nationals at the All-Star Game in Arizona on July 12.
The dam finally broke for the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
Before his first home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, manager Davey Johnson spent some time reflecting on his fond memories of the Washington, D.C. area.
Down in the batting cage in the bowels of Nationals Park, Ivan Rodriguez had just begun to settle in Saturday night. He'd taken exactly five swings during the bottom of the eighth inning when he popped his head back into the dugout and manager Davey Johnson told him that his practice session was over.
The appeals have been coming in for weeks. Each night at ballparks around the country, fans are urged to cast their vote for the 2011 All-Star Game. Punch a ballot at the park, go online and vote - and do it more than once.