July 13, 2013 |
Nationals will return to regular rotation After the all-star break, the Washington Nationals will return to the starting rotation they used when the season opened, Manager Davey Johnson said before Saturday's game. Stephen Strasburg will start the first game after the all-star break, on Friday at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He will be followed by Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren and Ross Detwiler. Strasburg last started on Friday in Miami, the worst start of his career, and will pitch after seven days of rest.
July 12, 2013 |
MIAMI – In the midst of the worst inning of the worst start of his career, an expressionless Stephen Strasburg stood on the mound and listened. He had walked three of the first four batters he faced, and first baseman Adam LaRoche came to talk. After a bases-clearing triple, pitching coach Steve McCatty emerged from the dugout. Following the inning's third hit, shortstop Ian Desmond paid a visit. When the opposing pitcher singled, catcher Wilson Ramos tried. The misery continued.
July 7, 2013 |
Ryan Zimmerman has hit grand slams before. Yet after he smashed the fourth of his career during the third inning of the Washington Nationals' 11-7 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday, he was puzzled. After Zimmerman slapped hands with teammates and shared a hug with Adam LaRoche in the dugout, Chad Tracy pointed out to the Nationals Park stands where the crowd of 31,483 cheered. Tracy tugged Zimmerman's sleeve toward the steps as Jayson Werth stepped out of the batter's box. "I mean, I'll take it, I guess," Zimmerman said of his curtain call, which he acknowledged only with a brief wave, not even from the top dugout step.
July 6, 2013 |
Bryce Harper smashed barriers and made uncommon occurrences routine since his teens, and the pattern continued Saturday afternoon as a late flood of fans' votes made Harper the youngest National League starter in the history of the All-Star Game. Stoic right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will join Harper on the NL squad, making a maiden all-star appearance that validates his ascension to the sport's elite. Shortstop Ian Desmond received only a snub and a chance to earn his second all-star nod as one of five players on the Final Vote ballot, where he will have to beat out Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig . Fans punching ballots and refreshing MLB.com elected Harper, 20, to his second all-star game in as many seasons.
July 2, 2013 |
The Washington Nationals stretched the outer bound of how poorly they could support Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday night, an effort that fell somewhere between cartoonish and criminal. As Strasburg overwhelmed the Milwaukee Brewers for seven innings, his offense scored no runs. After Strasburg left, the Brewers promptly scored four as Drew Storen imploded and Bryce Harper dropped a fly ball. At least nobody tripped Strasburg in the dugout or spiked his Gatorade. The Nationals surely do not intend to leave Strasburg on an island, but in a momentum-sucking 4-0 loss to the Brewers at Nationals Park, their inability to support their ace reached dizzying and deflating depths.
June 27, 2013 |
The Washington Nationals threatened to extend a winning streak Thursday night, but instead were party to a peculiar jumble of events. The Nationals received seven dominant innings from their under-supported ace, a safety squeeze bunt beat them in the 11th inning, Manager Davey Johnson campaigned for Bryce Harper's expedited return and, as storm clouds approached, the stadium caught fire. Their practice of hovering around .500 remains stuck on repeat, but at least the Nationals vary the plot.
June 24, 2013 |
They had no game to play Monday, but it was hardly a day off for the Washington Nationals . After a workout at Nationals Park, Bryce Harper was given a minor league rehab assignment , his latest step toward returning to the lineup. Starting pitcher Dan Haren planned to receive an MRI exam on his stiff right shoulder. The team held its breath that Jayson Werth's groin strain would turn out to be nothing. Along with underperformance and roster changes, injuries have turned the Nationals from a preseason favorite to a team flirting with .500.
June 22, 2013 |
Like Davey said before the season began, World Series or Dan Haren . Just when it was safe to go back to the park, the Nationals brought all their liabilities to bear Saturday afternoon in a 7-1 thumping by Colorado . One of the worst-hitting teams in baseball plated but one run, Ryan Zimmerman 's first home run this season at Nationals Park. The right-hander they paid $13 million in the offseason to complement the best starting rotation in the National League, on paper, gave up his league-leading 19th homer and six runs in just 3 1 / 3 innings , his shortest start of the season.
June 21, 2013 |
Through the season's trying first two and a half months, the Washington Nationals have begged for patience. They have been just as disappointed and frustrated with their results, but players, front office personnel and the manager have insisted, time and again, that they would pull themselves out of the hole they have dug . This time, they may finally mean it. Behind a strong start from Stephen Strasburg and continued clutch hitting...
June 20, 2013 |
Jordan Zimmermann peered into home plate, saw Kurt Suzuki's sign and shook his head. Zimmermann had not needed to throw any one pitch of particular importance all night, but now, in the eighth inning of what would become the Washington Nationals ' 5-1 victory Thursday night, tension had invaded. Carlos Gonzalez, the National League leader in home runs, stood in the left-handed batter's box. Two Colorado Rockies occupied bases. Zimmermann kept shaking his head until Suzuki called for a change-up, the pitch Zimmermann incorporated into his repertoire only this spring.