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Nationals Journal: June 6, 2010 - June 12, 2010

Nationals to shuffle lineup Sunday

The Nationals have scored three runs in their first two games at Progressive Field, and Manager Jim Riggleman will slightly alter his lineup Sunday in an effort to spark the offense and provide playing time to two seldom-used reserves. Ryan...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 12, 2010; 10:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Ryan Zimmerman  | Tags: Alberto Gonzalez, Mike Morse, Ryan Zimmerman, lineup changes  
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Game 63 discussion thread: Nationals at Indians

The explanation Manager Jim Riggleman provided for his Nationals lineup tonight seemed paradoxical at first: Adam Kennedy is playing second base and Willie Harris is starting at designated hitter tonight, he said, because they have not played well lately. Kennedy...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 12, 2010; 7:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Stephen Strasburg's next step

This, really, is the best part about a pitching phenom who becomes a phenomenon. The Nationals and their fans waited for one year before his start, anticipation growing and growing with the reward hardly in sight. And now they can...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 12, 2010; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  | Tags: Nationals pitching, Nats-Indians, Stephen Strasburg  
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Today's lineup

As Manager Jim Riggleman promised, both Adam Kennedy and Willie Harris are back in there today. Nationals 1. Nyjer Morgan, CF 2. Cristian Guzman, SS 3. Adam Dunn, 1B 4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B 5. Josh Willingham, LF 6. Willie Harris,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 12, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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The Streak remembered: Jose Guillen

This would be the last installment of this (ill-conceived?) series. Thanks very much to those of you who read this project and who, like me, fondly remember June 2005. I'll turn this space over to the dude you see pictured...

By Barry Svrluga  |  June 12, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Stan Kasten unaware, confident about All-Star Game

In a telephone conversation Saturday morning, Team President Stan Kasten said the Nationals have not been informed by the league about hosting the 2015 All-Star Game but remain confident Nationals Park will house the game in the near future. "We...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 12, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Report: Nationals will host 2015 All-Star Game

Still basking in the afterglow of drafting Bryce Harper first overall and watching Stephen Strasburg's sparkling debut in a 48-hour span, the Nationals may be adding to the most momentous week in their history. Major League Baseball has chosen the...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 11, 2010; 11:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Game 62 discussion thread: Nationals at Indians

The Nationals can back to .500 tonight with a victory and by continuing to pound teams with inferior records. They took care of business at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates with their first sweep of the season. They can continue...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 11, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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Manny Acta happy for the Nationals, and for himself

Former Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta is happy in Cleveland.

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 11, 2010; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Jim Riggleman , bullpen  | Tags: Jim Riggleman, Manny Acta  
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Kerry Wood on Stephen Strasburg: 'It's going to be more intense for him'

A few men on the planet understand precisely the mania Stephen Strasburg is experiencing right now. One of them, Kerry Wood, will be sitting in the opposing bullpen this weekend.

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 11, 2010; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  | Tags: Stephen Strasburg  
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The Stephen Strasburg effect spreads

The Indians have already sold more 8,000 tickets to Sunday's game since the announcement that Stephen Strasburg to start it. This afternoon, the vendors at Progressive Field were, um, getting ready....

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 11, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Today's lineups

Josh Willingham will be the first designated hitter for the Nationals this year. His DHing allows Willie Harris the start in left-field. Also, Cristian Guzman gets the night, which sends Ivan Rodriguez to the second in the order behind Nyjer...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 11, 2010; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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With the draft over, 'the hard part' begins for the Nationals

The Nationals concluded their draft Tuesday, one painstaking process that only yielded to another painstaking process. "This," amateur scouting director Kris Kline said, "is the hard part." Kline referred to actually signing the 50 players the Nationals drafted. So far,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 11, 2010; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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What using a designated hitter means for the Nationals

With their first game this year in an American League stadium coming tonight, the Nationals will use a designated hitter for the first time this year. Manager Jim Riggleman said he'll rotate the spot over the six games in Cleveland...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 11, 2010; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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The Streak remembered: John Patterson

Game 9, June 11 Nationals 2, Mariners 1 W - Patterson (3-1) L - Putz (1-2) S - Cordero (18) Though Livan Hernandez was clearly the anchor of the Nationals' staff in the first half of the season, John Patterson...

By Barry Svrluga  |  June 11, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Familiar faces in Cleveland

Nats will see some familiar faces in Cleveland

By Gene Wang  |  June 11, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Stephen Strasburg on David Letterman

Rub your eyes all you want, the Nationals really were prominently featured Thursday night on "The Late Show with David Letterman." Stephen Strasburg read the Top Ten list. Listed below are the "Little-Known Facts About Stephen Strasburg," along with a...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 11, 2010; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Wait finally over for Livan Hernandez, Tyler Clippard

Nationals' Hernandez gets elusive fifth win of season

By Gene Wang  |  June 10, 2010; 11:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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June 19 game to be televised nationally

The Nationals' home game against the Chicago White Sox on June 19 now will begin at 4:10 p.m. and be broadcast nationally on Fox. The center field gates will open at 1:30 p.m., and all gates will open an hour...

By Gene Wang  |  June 10, 2010; 7:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Game 61 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Pirates

The Nationals try for their first series sweep of the season when they play Pittsburgh in the third of three games. Washington is the only team in the majors without a series sweep this season. The series began on Tuesday...

By Gene Wang  |  June 10, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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The Streak remembered: Spare parts

Game 8, June 10 Nationals 9, Mariners 3 W - Ayala (6-3) L - Hasegawa (1-2) The final score wouldn't indicate that this was another come-from-behind win by the Nationals, but it was. They were down 2-0 and 3-1 before...

By Barry Svrluga  |  June 10, 2010; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Nyjer Morgan gets the day off

Washington Nationals starting center fielder Nyjer Morgan is scheduled sit out tonight's game against Pittsburgh to get some rest, Manager Jim Riggleman said. Morgan has been on the upswing at the plate since being moved out of the leadoff spot...

By Gene Wang  |  June 10, 2010; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Stephen Strasburg, Nationals donate ball, cap to Hall of Fame

As Stephen Strasburg taped an apperance on "Late Show with David Letterman," the Nationals and Strasburg announced today they will donate his game-worn cap and a game ball to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Strasburg, in the...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 10, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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The Hall of Fame and the Nationals

With the Hall of Fame having requested an artifact from Stephen Strasburg's debut, it's natural to wonder what else from the Nationals resides in Cooperstown. Every team has a locker in the Hall's "Today's Game" exhibit stuffed with momentos from...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 10, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Matt Capps closes out his former team

In the past two days, Matt Capps added two saves to his league-leading total and shed his recent struggles. He personally handed the game ball to Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday night. Nothing, though, has been quite as sweet as...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 10, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Matt Capps , bullpen  
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(Video) Stephen Strasburg appears on "Late Show with David Letterman"

One day later, it has become clear Stephen Strasburg's debut has only ratcheted the avalanche of hype surrounding the Nationals' rookie right-hander. Tuesday night, the Hall of Fame called the Nationals requesting an artifact from Strasburg's debut. Wednesday, the...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 9, 2010; 8:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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Game 60 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Pirates

It's a little quieter here at Nationals Park for another young pitcher's major league debut. Most of the 200 credentialed media from last night have skipped town, deciding not to stick around for the Pirates debut of 25-year-old Brad Lincoln....

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 9, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Nationals complete their draft, look ahead to signing Harper, others

Nats complete selections for 2010 draft

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 9, 2010; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Scott Olsen suffers injury setback

Starter Scott Olsen hit a setback in his return from the disabled list and, while a timetable for his return to the Nationals' rotation is unknown, he will not return until well after he is eligible to come off the...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 9, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Pitching rotation , Scott Olsen  
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Stephen Strasburg's schedule the rest of the way

Manager Jim Riggleman confirmed Stephen Strasburg will start every five days -- not games -- until shortly before the All-Star break. After the All-Star break, while limiting Strasburg's major league innings to somewhere between 100 and 110, the Nationals plan...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 9, 2010; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Hall of Fame requests a piece of Stephen Strasburg's debut

In the wake of Stephen Strasburg's sparkling debut last night, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Musuem asked the Nationals and Strasburg for an artifact from his 14-strikeout first major league start, according to Hall of Fame spokesperson Brad...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 9, 2010; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Today's lineups

It's raining rather hard at Nationals Park, but maybe that's just God crying because he has to wait four more days to watch Stephen Strasburg pitch. The tarp is down and the forecast doesn't look all that great. Let's hope...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 9, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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The Streak remembered: Chad Cordero

So after what we witnessed last night, this exercise in looking back seems more and more absurd, because it's clear, now, we should be looking forward. Alas, I've committed to doing this -- and I'm thankful to the few of...

By Barry Svrluga  |  June 9, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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The Nationals' draft after two days

As the Nationals are set to finish off their draft today, here's a quick look at the 21 players they chose in the first two days. They picked 21 players -- 12 college hitters, seven college pitchers and two high...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 9, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Stephen Strasburg's debut: A breakdown

The Post has some really, really cool tools online to help relive Stephen Strasburg's unforgettable debut last night. You can track, contrast and compare his pitches. You can also review every at-bat from last night. It's just cool. You don't...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 9, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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What's next for Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals?

So. That wasn't bad. Now how'd you like to be those poor Pittsburgh Pirates batters who faced Stephen Strasburg's lightning bolts last night who now get to face Livan Hernandez's tantalizing slop John Lannan's low-90s sinkers today? Life will...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 9, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Game 59 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Pirates

Just Game 59, eh? Strasmas is here. Stephen Strasburg is going to pitch no more than six innings and probably no more than 90 pitches tonight, Jim Riggleman said. Riggleman doesn't think the crowd tonight will have an effect on...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 8, 2010; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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Jordan Zimmermann on pace to return this year

Jordan Zimmermann, the future anchor of the Nationals pitching rotation before Stephen Strasburg arrived, will return from Tommy John surgery and pitch for the Nationals this season, Team President Stan Kasten said. Zimmermann underwent ligament-replacement surgery last August and has...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 8, 2010; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Mark Lerner confident the Nationals will sign Bryce Harper

Nationals owner Mark Lerner expressed confidence the Nationals will sign first overall pick Bryce Harper before the Aug. 15 deadline. With last year's first pick Stephen Strasburg set to debut tonight, Lerner looked forward to Strasburg and Harper -- both...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 8, 2010; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Jamie Burke designated for assignment

In order to make room for Ivan Rodriguez, the Nationals designated catcher Jamie Burke for assignment. Burke had replaced Carlos Maldonado, who broke his finger while serving as Wil Nieves's backup as Rodriguez spent time on the disabled list. The...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 8, 2010; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Today's lineups: Nationals vs. Pirates

Stephen Strasburg finally makes his major league debut tonight. His counterpart on the mound will be Pittsburgh's Jeff Karstens, who owns a 1-1 record and a 4.50 ERA. Little surprise that Ivan Rodriguez was called off the disabled list today...

By Steve Yanda  |  June 8, 2010; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Bryce Harper speaks

Bryce Harper participated in a conference call today with local media. While he revealed little about his thoughts on his upcoming negotiation, mostly dodging questions about his future, he talked about becoming a prospective National and being the first pick...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 8, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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In-game chat: Nationals vs. Pirates

Join Barry Svrluga for a live chat during tonight's debut of pitching phenom Stepen Strasburg against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Strasburg's debut...

By Alexa Steele  |  June 8, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Jack McGeary to have Tommy John surgery

Sorry to ruin your Strasmas with some bad news. Class A Hagerstown pitcher Jack McGeary will have Tommy John surgery, ending his season and ensuring he will not pitch again for the next 12 to 18 months. McGeary, in a...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 8, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Nationals pick two shortstops, vaunted high school pitcher

Here's a quick recap of the players the Nationals drafted in rounds three through five today: THIRD ROUND Rick Hague, SS, Rice 6-2, 190. ... Hit .340 with a .407 and a .591 slugging percentage. ... From Spring, Texas, same...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 8, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Merry Strasmas from Nationals Park

That whole "Karmic reward" thing Stan Kasten has been talking about is looking more and more realistic. The weather today is nicer than the Nationals and the 40,000-plus fans coming tonight for Stephen Strasburg's debut could have dreamed. Note...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 8, 2010; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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The Streak remembered: Brian Schneider

Well, given the developments from Monday night, and what's to come Tuesday night, these posts are seeming more and more irrelevant, aren't they? Yet we soldier on. Before Strasburg, there was -- gulp -- Esteban Loaiza. Game 6, June 8...

By Barry Svrluga  |  June 8, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Nationals draft pitcher Sammy Solis

The Nationals selected left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis with the first pick of the second round, the 51st selection overall. Solis, a redshirt sophomore from the University of San Diego, went 9-2 with a 3.42 ERA this season, striking out 92...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 8, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Take over our Twitter feed (updated)

Starting at 5 p.m. tonight, we're letting readers take the reins of the Nats Journal Twitter account. We'll post your observations about Stephen Strasburg's first major league start, the game itself, the atmosphere at Nats Park, the view from the...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  June 8, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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With the Nationals on the clock, the draft resumes

The baseball draft resumes Tuesday with the Nationals on the clock again, holding the 51st pick, the first of the second round. Baseball America has a list of the best players remaining. The Nationals will be the first team to...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 8, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Stephen Strasburg's debut and a good cause

The debut of Stephen Strasburg will help at least one good cause. To benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mid-Atlantic, Nikco Sports will offer 2,010 framed photos of Strasburg's first pitch with a unique touch. Someone is going to gather dirt...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 8, 2010; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Video: Previewing Strasburg's debut

Dave Sheinin and Thomas Boswell discuss pitcher Stephen Strasburg's big night....

By Alexa Steele  |  June 8, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Predict Stephen's Strasburg's stats tonight

Predict Stephen Strasburg's line in his major league debut against the Pirates.

By Jon DeNunzio  |  June 8, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Tonight's the night for Stephen Strasburg

Hard-throwing Stephen Strasburg is set for Nationals debut

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Ivan Rodriguez returning to Nationals' lineup

Stephen Strasburg's highly anticipated debut won't be the only shot in the arm for the struggling Nationals Tuesday night. After a setback-free rehab start for Class A Potomac Monday night, catcher Ivan Rodriguez will be returning to the Nats lineup...

By Jorge Castillo  |  June 7, 2010; 9:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Nationals pick Bryce Harper

The Nationals have selected catcher/outfielder Bryce Harper, a 17-year-old power-hitting prodigy, with the first overall choice in baseball's first-year player draft.

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 7, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Bryce Harper , Stephen Strasburg , draft , minors & farm system  | Tags: Bryce Harper, Draf  
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Could the Nationals draft two Harpers?

Bryce Harper will face a unique challenge once he begins his professional career. At once, he'll be the youngest player on his first minor league team and the one with the most attention. "He'll be in a situation where he's...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 7, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Bryce Harper's coach: 'I expect him to sign'

Bryce Harper spent Saturday at Tim Chambers' home, watching movies and eating dinner with his coach at the College of Southern Nevada. Their season had just ended, and Chambers could sense Harper realizing how much his life was about to...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 7, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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The Streak remembered: Nick Johnson

Yes, I know this entry comes in the middle of perhaps the two biggest days in Nats history, but forgive me for being out of place. I'm going to flog this pony for another week, regardless of the happenings with...

By Barry Svrluga  |  June 7, 2010; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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More Stephen Strasburg debut tickets available

The Nationals -- "in response to the high demand for tickets," according to a team release -- will provide two special offers to buy tickets for Tuesday's debut of Stephen Strasburg. For the first time, the Nationals are selling individual...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 7, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Top college pitcher expects Nationals to draft Harper, awaits own draft fate

Although the Washington Nationals are expected to choose 17-year-old, junior college catcher Bryce Harper with the top overall selection in today's draft, it would be a departure from the organization's history. Since General Manager Mike Rizzo joined the front office...

By Zach Berman  |  June 7, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper comparison easy, not apt

One day before Stephen Strasburg's journey from the draft to the majors ends, Bryce Harper's will begin. There will be a temptation to compare the two, but don't.

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 7, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Matt Capps's struggles originate with his slider

Nationals closer Matt Capps believes that if a pitcher can locate his fastball, he can get away with throwing a slider that occasionally goes awry. The problem, then, for Capps on Sunday was that he possessed command of neither of...

By Steve Yanda  |  June 6, 2010; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Strasburg en route to the District

Soon-to-be major league pitcher Stephen Strasburg threw a bullpen session in Syracuse earlier today and currently is on his way to Washington, D.C. Strasburg -- the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 MLB first-year player draft -- will make...

By Steve Yanda  |  June 6, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Nationals likely to take Bryce Harper with first overall pick in 2010 MLB draft

It didn't come as much of a shock that Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo told MASN in an interview Sunday that the organization likely would select College of Southern Nevada catcher Bryce Harper with the first overall pick in Monday's...

By Steve Yanda  |  June 6, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Ross Detwiler to begin rehab assignment Wednesday at Class A Potomac

Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler made a surprise appearance at Nationals Park on Sunday. Detwiler, who has been on the disabled list all season after tearing cartilage in his right hip, said he will begin his rehabilitation assignment Wednesday night at...

By Steve Yanda  |  June 6, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Game 58 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Reds

The Nationals have lost each of their last three series and have a chance to end that streak today against Cincinnati. Craig Stammen essentially is pitching to keep his spot in the rotation, given the upcoming arrival of Stephen Strasburg....

By Steve Yanda  |  June 6, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Mike Rizzo discusses upcoming MLB draft

On the day before what he called his "most favorite day of the season," Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo re-affirmed Sunday that the organization has made its decision on who it will select with the No. 1 overall pick in...

By Steve Yanda  |  June 6, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Sunday's lineups

None of the regulars in the Nationals lineup get the day off today. Starter Craig Stammen looks to help Washington claim the series from Cincinnati and climb out of the recent rut in which the Nationals have been stuck. They've...

By Steve Yanda  |  June 6, 2010; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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A wild pitch, Brandon Phillips and two ejections

As he was getting dressed into street clothes after Saturday night's 5-1 loss to Cincinnati, Washington relief pitcher Miguel Batista glanced up at the group of reporters converging on his locker stall and deadpanned: "What happened?" Batista knew full well...

By Steve Yanda  |  June 6, 2010; 12:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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