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Nationals Journal: June 13, 2010 - June 19, 2010

More on Riggleman's ejection

Washington Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman came out once to discuss a close play at first base involving Nyjer Morgan in the third inning. The next time he stepped onto the field, in the eighth to voice his displeasure about the...

By Gene Wang  |  June 19, 2010; 9:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Jim Riggleman , Nyjer Morgan  
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Game 69 discussion thread: Nationals vs. White Sox

The Washington Nationals take the field today against the Chicago White Sox looking to end a four-game losing streak. A loss today would match Washington's longest slide of the season. The Nationals (31-37), who have lost six of seven, are...

By Gene Wang  |  June 19, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Ross Detwiler progressing nicely

Left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler made his second start on Friday night for Class AA Harrisburg as he continues rehabilitation following surgery for a torn hip flexor, and the reports were promising, according to Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman. Detwiler went four...

By Gene Wang  |  June 19, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  minors & farm system  
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Nationals-White Sox: Today's lineups

Here are your lineups for today's game between the Nationals and White Sox at Nationals Park: Nationals Nyjer Morgan, CF Cristian Guzman, 2B Ryan Zimmerman, 3B Adam Dunn, 1B Josh Willingham, LF Ivan Rodriguez, C Roger Bernadina, RF Ian Desmond,...

By Gene Wang  |  June 19, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Quick turnaround for Ivan Rodriguez

Catcher Ivan Rodriguez will start this afternoon's game against the Chicago White Sox after also starting last night's 2-1 loss in extra innings. Typically for a day game following a night game, Rodriguez would get the day off, but Manager...

By Gene Wang  |  June 19, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ivan Rodriguez  
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Stephen Strasburg changes up

FROM THE POST The electricity and dominance remained the same, but Stephen Strasburg unveiled a new approach Friday night against the White Sox by relying more on his change-up. He threw a total of 22 change-ups in his first...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 19, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Ivan Rodriguez , Stephen Strasburg  
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The Nationals offense gone cold

Stephen Strasburg on the mound leads to a lot of strikeouts, and so lately does the Nationals offense at the plate. In their four-game losing streak, the Nationals have struck out 40 times and walked just five times, two of...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 18, 2010; 11:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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President Obama attends Nationals game

From Post White House correspondent Anne E. Kornblut: After hunkering down for several weeks to deal with the oil spill, President Obama finally made it out of the house for some fun - and showed up at the Nationals game...

By Alexa Steele  |  June 18, 2010; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Game 68 discussion thread: Nationals vs. White Sox

The mania around Stephen Strasburg, for the first time, is showing signs of subsiding. There are only two national writers - Barry Bloom of MLB.com and Mel Antonen of USA Today - here tonight, exponentially fewer than 10 days ago...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 18, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Jordan Zimmermann, Jason Marquis and the cavalry are coming

After the All-Star break, the Nationals envision having "some hard, fun decisions to make" about their starting pitching rotation, General Manager Mike Rizzo said. By the middle of August, if all goes well, the Nationals could have four new options...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 18, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Scott Olsen aiming for July return

Scott Olsen, currently recovering from a shoulder injury at the Nationals' extended spring training in Viera, Fla., plans to return to the majors within "three or four weeks," his agent Matt Sosnick said today. After reporting to Viera, Olsen began...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 18, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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In-game chat: Nationals vs. White Sox

Join Dave Sheinin for a live chat during tonight's game against the White Sox, Stephen Strasburg's third start for the Nationals. Strasburg's third start...

By Alexa Steele  |  June 18, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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Today's lineups

They're showing "Strasmas III: Stras with a Vengeance" tonight at Nationals Park, but there will be 17 others out there, too. The Nationals are going with their standard lineup. Nationals 1. Nyjer Morgan, CF 2. Cristian Guzman, 2B 3. Ryan...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 18, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Jordan Zimmermann at Nationals Park

If Stephen Strasburg pitching tonight was not enough for you, there's more young-Nationals-arms news: Jordan Zimmermann, recovering from last August's Tommy John surgery, is at Nationals Park. He just finished semi-throwing live batting practice to a few Nationals hitters. (He...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 18, 2010; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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FOX to televise July 3 Nats-Mets game

The Washington Nationals announced today that their home contest vs. the New York Mets on Saturday, July 3 will be featured on "MLB on FOX" and first pitch will now take place at 4:10 p.m. This would be the fourth...

By Alexa Steele  |  June 18, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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Taking Stephen Strasburg, and a win, for granted?

Stephen Strasburg has pitched two major leagues games, and already it seems easy to take him for granted. Not how special his performances are - those are clearly cherished by every fan in the park and every person watching...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 18, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Ian Desmond's take on American League starters

The Nationals struck out 51 times during their horrendous, six-game, interleague road trip. That includes 32 times against the Tigers in games started by Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Jeremy Bonderman. Well, power rules in the American League. In his...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 17, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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White Sox pitchers against the Nationals

After some last-minute wrangling to find some extra rest for Jake Peavy, the White Sox decided on their pitching probables for this weekend's series at Nationals Park. Here are the matchups: Friday: Gavin Floyd (2-7, 5.64) vs. Stephen Strasburg (2-0,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 17, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Game 67 discussion thread: Nationals at Tigers

Going strictly on this year's stats, the Nationals are starting their most potent outfield combination today -- Josh Willingham in left, Roger Bernadina in center, Mike Morse in right. It's premature to assume this will become the regular, everyday outfield,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 17, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Stephen Strasburg ready for Chapter 3

At some point, the Washington Nationals will remove any extra restrictions from Stephen Strasburg, and with his towering frame and relentless pace he will likely become the kind of pitcher who throws 120 pitches and mows down batters deep into...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 17, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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Today's lineups

The Nationals are going with an atypical lineup for today's matinee in Detroit. Nyjer Morgan and Ivan Rodriguez get the day off, Roger Bernadina will bat second for the first time and Mike Morse will hit sixth. Nationals 1. Cristian...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 17, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Adam Dunn is on fire, which means what?

In the first inning last night, Adam Dunn belted a Justin Verlander fastball, one of the best pitches any pitcher in the game possesses, over the center field fence at Comerica Park, one of the toughest places to hit...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 17, 2010; 6:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Adam Dunn  
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Game 66 discussion thread: Nationals at Tigers

Manager Jim Riggleman placed Nyjer Morgan back in the top spoit in the order, a move made because Riggleman thinks Morgan might be starting to recapture the way he played last season. He had two hits last night, and has...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 16, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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Steve McCatty diagnoses John Lannan

All the pertinent parties believe John Lannan is fully healthy, that the physical issues restuling from stiffness in a tendon in his left elbow have vanished. Manager Jim Riggleman, pitching coach Steve McCatty and Lannan himself insist he is fine....

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 16, 2010; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  John Lannan , Pitching rotation  
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Stephen Strasburg: 'I'm not the face of the franchise'

It feels like much, much longer, since he's crammed in a franchise-shifting debut, 22 strikeouts, an appearance on Letterman, a request from the Hall of Fame and the cover of Sports Illustrated. But Stephen Strasburg has been a major leaguer...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 16, 2010; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Pitching rotation , Stephen Strasburg  
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Today's lineups

As expected, Willie Harris and Mike Morse are in there and Josh Willingham gets a day off for usual maintenance. Watching Livan Hernandez-Justin Verlander will be like eating ice cream and drinking hot coffee at the same time. Nationals 1....

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 16, 2010; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Jim Leyland's awesomely grizzled take on the Nationals' team chemistry

Before last night's game, reporters in Jim Leyland's office brought up the topic of Ivan Rodriguez's impact on the Nationals. Talk turned to the effect a veteran Hall of Famer can have on a team. "It's not what Pudge brings...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 16, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Willie Harris coming up aces

Manager Jim Riggleman will make a minor change to the Nationals lineup today, giving Josh Willingham a scheduled day off. It allows for Michael Morse -- riding an 8-for-15, two-homer June -- to stay in the lineup. But Morse will...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 16, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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John Lannan trying to figure it out

John Lannan is off his game, and the Nats' pitcher is trying to figure it out

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 16, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Game 65 discussion thread: Nationals at Tigers

The Nationals come into Detroit at 13-21 on the road, the sixth-worst road mark in the league. Every team, naturally, plays better at home than on the road, but the difference has been especially stark for the Nationals -- they...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 15, 2010; 7:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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Updates on Jesus Flores, Ross Detwiler and Chien-Ming Wang

Rizzo provides updates on injured Nats

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 15, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Jim Leyland: 'Pudge is on a mission'

Jim Leyland says Ivan Rodriguez is "on a mission to get 3,000 hits"

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 15, 2010; 7:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Scott Olsen sent to extended spring training

Nationals' Olsen sent to extended spring training

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 15, 2010; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Today's lineups

The Nationals are going with what is probably their most potent lineup -- Mike Morse at first base and Adam Dunn at designated hitter. Ian Desmond will hit ninth, a sign that the Nationals as constructed today are using their...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 15, 2010; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Nationals still lagging behind in All-Star balloting

The league released its latest National League All-Star fan balloting update, and the results remain bleak for the Nationals. Only catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who is third behind Yadier Molina and Brian McCann, ranks in the top at his position. Rodriguez...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 15, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Stephen Strasburg's Sports Illustrated cover

Well, you knew this was coming. Stephen Strasburg this week landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Here it is. Start crossing your fingers or doing whatever you do to ward off a jinx....

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 15, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Predict Strasburg's debut line: The winners

Last week we asked you to predict Stephen Strasburg's stats in his major league debut vs. the Pirates. The winner would get a chance to write a guest post on Nats Journal. We received nearly 700 entries, and we felt...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  June 15, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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Nationals making progress in right field

For the first two months of the season, right field became an offensive sieve for the Nationals. They entered the year with no established, everyday player to man right field, and they received little production as they tried to...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 15, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Nationals sign 22 draft picks

The Nationals have signed 22 of their 50 draft choices, including 15 of the top 25, the team announced in a release. Fifth-round choice Jason Martinson, a shortstop from Texas State, was the highest-picked player signed. The Nationals believe outfielder...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 14, 2010; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Stephen Strasburg named NL Player of the Week

Stephen Strasburg added to his unparalleled first week in the major leagues this afternoon when Major League Baseball named him the National League player of the week. In the first two starts of his career, Strasburg went 2-0 and allowed...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 14, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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The Nationals are feeding off Stephen Strasburg

In his first two starts, Stephen Strasburg has affected the Nationals beyond even his tour-de-force pitching. On days he starts, seats packed and adrenaline raging, the Nationals have hit their best and played their stingiest defense. In only eight...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 14, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Drew Storen replaces, saves Stephen Strasburg

Drew Storen had done this many times before. For every minor league game they played together, on all three teams, Storen had always replaced Stephen Strasburg. On Sunday afternoon, for the first time in the majors, Storen, the 10th overall...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 13, 2010; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Michael Morse gets his chance

On Thursday, Michael Morse started for the only the second time since May 16. He went 3 for 3 with a game-sealing home run, which raised his average this year to .417 and his on-base percentage to .500, the kind...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 13, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Chapter 2 for Stephen Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg spent his pregame watching the College World Series (Florida vs. Miami) and playing the Big Buck Hunter arcade game in the visiting clubhouse here at Progressive Field. Between those actitives, Strasburg napped a little bit. There will be...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 13, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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In-game chat: Nationals vs. Indians

Join Dave Sheinin for a live chat during today's game against the Indians, Stepen Strasburg's second start for the Nationals. Strasburg's 2nd start...

By Alexa Steele  |  June 13, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Today's lineups

David Huff on the mound for the Indians. Ryan Zimmerman at designated hitter for the Nationals. Cristian Guzman back at leadoff. Michael Morse in at right. Alberto Gonzalez gets a rare start at third. Not forgetting anyone significant, am I?...

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 13, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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