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  • Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, right, and his fellow teamates are congratulated by the coaching staff following their 9-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks during a baseball game on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

    Nationals unscathed after their trial by fire

    The Washington Nationals have the best record in the majors. Say it often enough, and it begins to sound like: "We've put a man on the moon!" (or something similarly historic).

  • Kurt Suzuki will provide a veteran presence behind the plate for the Nationals. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Kurt Suzuki excited about new opportunity with Nationals

    It was just after 11 a.m. Friday on the West Coast when Kurt Suzuki got the news. His time with the Oakland A's, the only professional organization he'd ever known, was over. The Washington Nationals were calling and they had a starting catching job waiting for him.

  • Washington Nationals' outfielder Jayson Werth returned to the starting lineup Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Options abound for Nationals with Jayson Werth back on the active roster

    It was after midnight Thursday morning when Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo's phone rang. On the other end of the line was Jayson Werth, and he could hardly contain his excitement.

  • Vicky Cabrera after her second heart surgery on March 9, 2011. (Provided by Marfa Mata)

    Nationals' Ramos gives 13-year-old friend the gift of love

    Ryan Zimmerman could tell. From Wilson Ramos' tone when he asked to speak with the Washington Nationals' third baseman, the way he retrieved his phone to find the text message that said, in English, exactly what Ramos wanted to get across that day in spring training. This was important.

  • Rehab as much mental as physical for Wilson Ramos

    Wilson Ramos sat with his right leg outstretched, the bulky black brace engulfing his knee visible beneath his athletic shorts. As he stared out at the field where his teammates were taking batting practice, he slipped his catcher's mitt onto his left hand and tossed a ball to himself for a few minutes.

  • 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.

  • Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is helped after he was injured during game against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, May 12, 2012 in Cincinnati. Ramos ended up tearing his ACL in his right knee attempting to field a passed ball. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Wilson Ramos discusses ACL tear, tries to be optimistic despite lost season

    Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos wore a backward hat, shorts and t-shirt as he slowly made his way into the clubhouse Wednesday. His bag was carefully slung across his body, resting on his back so as to be out of the way of his crutches.

  • Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper acknowledges the crowd after hitting his first major-league home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, May 14, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

    Nats' Bryce Harper hits homer, Sandy Leon injured during Padres game

    It probably would have been easier had the Washington Nationals just given in Monday night. Easier if they had succumbed to the rain, or the fatigue from a draining Sunday, or the latest devastating injury dealt them.

  • Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) is congratulated by Wilson Ramos (3) after Espinosa hit a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Jose Arredondo in the sixth inning Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Cincinnati. The Nationals won 2-1. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Zimmermann, Espinosa help Nats top Reds, but Ramos' injury taints win

    Danny Espinosa stood in front of his locker Friday night, asked to talk about something good for the first time in weeks. It had been 104 at-bats since Espinosa had hit a home run. A span of 28 games that featured not only a home run drought but a deep slump and what seemed like countless strikeouts.

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