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Nationals Journal: July 11, 2010 - July 17, 2010

Game 91 discussion thread: Nationals at Marlins

The Nationals were an abysmal 14-29 on the road in the first half of the season, and they have lost their past nine series on the road. But tonight they could clinch their first winning road series since May 12,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 17, 2010; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Ian Desmond, Adam Kennedy, Cristian Guzman will rotate in Nationals infield

Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman plans to give Ian Desmond the day off tomorrow, which is in line with his design for the Nationals' middle infield in the second half. Riggleman wants to create a truer three-man rotation between Desmond, Cristian...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 17, 2010; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Adam Kennedy , Cristian Guzman , Ian Desmond , middle infield  
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The status of the rehabbing Nationals starters

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo offered a torrent of updates on the host of Nationals starters currently pitching in the minor leagues. He cautioned that the status of all the rehabbing starters - Ross Detwiler, Scott Olsen, Jason Marquis, Jordan...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 17, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Pitching rotation , minors & farm system  
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Today's lineups

Josh Johnson is a potential Cy Young winner, but the Nationals managed to beat the Marlins with Johnson on the mound back on May 8, when Matt Chico, of all pitchers, and Willie Harris, of all hitters, led the Nats...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 17, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Stephen Strasburg's run support better late than never

Stephen Strasburg had not allowed zero runs in a start until Friday night, and when he climbed the mound in the sixth he did something almost as rare. He took the ball with a significant lead. Before last night,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 17, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Game 90 discussion thread: Nationals at Marlins

Manager Jim Riggleman eschewed the cliches about tonight's game taking on any kind of extra meaning. Stephen Strasburg will not set a tone for the entire second half. He badly wants the Nationals to win. If they don't, Livan Hernandez...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 16, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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After a rough outing, Luis Atilano still on for Tuesday

Luis Atilano's effort to remain fresh sort of backfired last night. The Nationals shipped Atilano, their fifth starter, to Class AAA Syracuse to get his work in over the all-star break. Thing is, he allowed five earned runs on seven...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 16, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Matt Capps cherishes the all-star experience

The coolest part for Matt Capps came before he saw his name next to "WP" in the box score of the 2010 All-Star Game. It came before he realized he had a chance to be the winning pitcher, which was...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 16, 2010; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Adam Dunn says he hasn't changed view on contract talks

Though surprised he and the Nationals have not reached an agreement on a contract extension, Adam Dunn denied the recent suggestion that his desire to sign an extension with the Nationals has waned because the negotiations have lingered so deep...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 16, 2010; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Scott Olsen set for Saturday rehab start

Scott Olsen, who has been on the disabled list since May 23, will make a rehab start Saturday for the Hagerstown Suns, according to the team's official Web site. Olsen has been rehabbing following inflammation in his surgically repaired left...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 16, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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In-game chat: Nationals vs. Marlins

Join Dave Sheinin later for a discussion about tonight's game between the Washington Nationals and the Florida Marlins, pitcher Stephen Strasburg's eighth start for the Nats. Tonight's lineup: 1. Nyjer Morgan, CF 2. Cristian Guzman, 2B 3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B...

By Alexa Steele  |  July 16, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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The many forms of the Nationals' rotation

Back in April, the Nationals headed north with a four-man starting rotation. Livan Hernandez waited in the wings - the veteran the Nats had signed to suck up innings and hold Stephen Strasburg's place - but they had four...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 16, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Chien-Ming Wang , Craig Stammen , Garrett Mock , Jason Marquis , John Lannan , Livan Hernandez , Pitching rotation , Scott Olsen , Stephen Strasburg  
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Two Nationals minor leaguers suspended

Two Nationals minor leaguers, third baseman Steven Souza and outfielder J.R. Higley, both members of Class A Hagerstown, have been suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, according to a release from the...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 15, 2010; 7:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  minors & farm system  
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Stephen Strasburg ready to start second half

Savor every pitch Stephen Strasburg throws from now until late August - all 1,000 or so - because the Nationals will not unsheathe their phenom again from then until after winter thaws. Strasburg's rookie season - which continues Friday when...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 15, 2010; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Steve McCatty supportive of Stephen Strasburg's contributions to calling game

In Stephen Strasburg's last start, he helped call his game and earned his first win in nearly a month. It was something pitching coach Steve McCatty had hoped Strasburg would do even earlier this season. "I've been talking to him...

By Zach Berman  |  July 15, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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Jordan Zimmermann takes next step

Jordan Zimmermann crept closer to his 2010 Nationals debut last night with his third rehab outing with Class A Potomac, allowing no earned runs in four innings. Zimmermann allowed one unearned run and surrendered six hits and no walks while...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 15, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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What to do with Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham? Something.

The biggest question facing the Nationals as they enter the second half of the season, 17 days until the non-waiver trade deadline, remains the same as it's been for some time: What should be done with Adam Dunn and Josh...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 14, 2010; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
Categories:  Adam Dunn , Josh Willingham  
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Jim Riggleman one year in

One year ago today, the Nationals fired Manny Acta and named Jim Riggleman their interim manager. Riggleman went 33-42 to finish out the year, compared to Acta's 26-61 2009 record, and when the season ended he told his agent he...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 13, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (126)
 
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Mike Rizzo prefers keeping Adam Dunn, Josh Willingham on the Nationals

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo wants to keep both Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham long-term, but he also said he would explore all possibilities.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 11, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
Categories:  Adam Dunn , Josh Willingham , trade deadline  | Tags: Adam Dunn, Josh Willingham  
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Game 89 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Giants

From staff writer Jorge Castillo Last night, the Nationals held a 5-4 lead in the seventh before Tyler Clippard continued his recent struggles. Clippard allowed two runs and two more runners on base before being taken out after recording just...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 11, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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A day later, Rodriguez gets a start

Catcher Iván Rodríguez is getting a rare day-game-after-night-game start today because of the all-star break this week. According to Manager Jim Riggleman, the plan is to continue having Rodríguez catch no more than three days in a row. "For the...

By Jorge Castillo  |  July 11, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ivan Rodriguez  
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What's up with the Nationals' outbreak of pitcher-on-pitcher crime?

The Nationals have run into an unusual nemesis during the second half of their homestand: Opposing pitchers at the plate have absolutely worn out their own pitchers. Over the past five games, starting pitchers hitting against the Nationals are 6...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 11, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Struggling Clippard hits a "roadblock"

Tyler Clippard, who chose not to speak to the media after allowing four runs in one third of an inning Saturday night, spoke to media Sunday morning and addressed his recent struggles. Clippard has allowed 11 runs over his last...

By Jorge Castillo  |  July 11, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Tyler Clippard  
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Tyler Walker's rehab schedule, Joel Peralta's dominance

Nationals reliever Tyler Walker threw a bullpen session today for the first time since being placed on the 15-day disabled list, the first step in a rehab schedule he and the Nationals have in place. Walker, who threw all fastballs...

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 11, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Today's lineup

Against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, Nyjer Morgan is back in center field and leading off and Michael Morse is in right field as the Nationals try to end the first half with a victory with Livan Hernandez on the mound....

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 11, 2010; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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