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Nationals Journal: August 29, 2010 - September 4, 2010

Game 136 discussion thread: Nationals at Pirates

John Lannan was excellent in his last start, holding the Cardinals to one run over 7 2/3 innings in only 93 pitches. The Nationals are 4-2 in the games started by Lannan since he returned from Class AA Harrisburg, and...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 4, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Adam Dunn sits with sore hamstring

First baseman Adam Dunn has the night off with a sore hamstring, a minor ailment he's been playing through for about 10 days, Manager Jim Riggleman said. The Nationals do not view the ailment as serious and he will likely...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 4, 2010; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Scott Olsen to the bullpen, Yunesky Maya likely to debut Tuesday [UPDATED]

The Nationals will move left-hander Scott Olsen to the bullpen and officially leaving vacant their scheduled starting pitcher for Olsen's turn, making it likely Cuban right-hander Yunesky Maya will make his major league debut Tuesday at Nationals Park against the...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 4, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Today's lineups

The Nationals will keep Nyjer Morgan atop their lineup and give Adam Dunn a day off against left-hander Paul Maholm while Danny Espinosa gets his second straight start. Nationals 1. Nyjer Morgan, CF 2. Ian Desmond, SS 3. Ryan Zimmerman,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 4, 2010; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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John McLaren, manager for a moment

On Friday night, John McLaren managed his first game since June 18, 2008, the day before the Seattle Mariners fired him midseason. Upon McLaren's dismissal, the Mariners filled their vacancy with McLaren's bench coach, a former big league manager named...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 4, 2010; 1:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Tags: Jim Riggleman, John McLaren  
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Game 135 discussion thread: Nationals at Pirates

The Nationals have gone 17 consecutive series on the road without a series win, and if that streak ever ends it should be this weekend. The Pirates are, by 4 1/2 games over the Baltimore Orioles, the most woeful team...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 3, 2010; 7:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Reaction and fallout from Nyjer Morgan's suspension

Let's try to sort this out, point by point: -Nyjer Morgan will appeal the eight-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball for his recent actions, and his hearing will come Sept. 10, for both this suspension and the seven-game...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 3, 2010; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Stephen Strasburg's Tommy John surgery successful

Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg underwent successful Tommy John surgery this morning in Los Angeles, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said. Renowned orthopedist Dr. Lewis Youcum and Nationals team doctor Wiemi Douoguih performed the operation, which took three hours. "He came...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 3, 2010; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Nyjer Morgan apparently appealing suspension

While nothing formal has been announced, Nyjer Morgan apparently, will appeal his suspension, because he is in center field and leading off for the Nationals. Also, Danny Espinosa - who worked with Jim Riggleman and Pat Listach at second base...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 3, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Nyjer Morgan suspended eight games for role in Nats-Marlins brawl

Nationals center fielder and recent magnet to controversy Nyjer Morgan has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for his role in Wednesday's bench-clearing brawl in Miami and two other recent incidents, MLB disciplinarian Bob Watson announced. The league...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 3, 2010; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Tyler Moore named Carolina League MVP

Class A Potomac first baseman Tyler Moore, who less than two months ago was hitting less than .200, was named the Carolina League MVP following a remarkable seven-week power-hitting surge. Moore leads the Carolina League with 113 RBI and 29...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 2, 2010; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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MLB reviewing Marlins-Nationals brawl

Major League Baseball is reviewing the benches-emptying fracas Wednesday night between the Nationals and Marlins and will hand out any suspensions, which are likely, either later today or tomorrow, according to a league official. The league office has extra time...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 2, 2010; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
 
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Hello, Danny Espinosa. Goodbye, Scott Olsen?

The brawl last night and Nyjer Morgan's most recent controversial moment overshadowed two significant events in the Nationals' two-field goal loss, one of them a development of immediate significance and then other a sign for the future. Scott Olsen...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Nyjer Morgan's long week and thoughts on the brawl

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. To recap, here was Nyjer Morgan's week: On Aug. 25, Morgan learned he had been suspended for seven games by Major League Baseball for an exchange with one fan and hitting another with a ball...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 2, 2010; 12:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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What to expect from Danny Espinosa and Wilson Ramos this month

Danny Espinosa learned he would be heading to the major leagues late Tuesday night, after he returned to Syracuse from Buffalo. Manager Trent Jewett gave him the news. It felt surreal, to realize his dream. "That was the first thing...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 1, 2010; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Game 134 discussion thread: Nationals at Marlins

Tonight's game promises to be, if nothing else, eventful. The very first pitch might be the most intriguing moment. Will Chris Volstad throw at Nyjer Morgan? If so, what will Morgan do? We'll about to find out. Scott Olsen will...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 1, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (191)
 
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With Nyjer Morgan at leadoff, early fireworks possible

Manager Jim Riggleman gave Ryan Zimmerman the day off to rest "various aches and pains," particularly a pain in his left side. Zimmerman did not take batting practice today, either, but he said he is feeling OK and could have...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 1, 2010; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Rob Dibble no longer broadcasting Nationals games

In the wake of controversial comments Rob Dibble made about Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals announced today Dibble will no longer broadcast their games. The separation will be permanent, and the Nationals -- not MASN -- made the decision. The Nationals...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 1, 2010; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
 
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Today's lineups

We'll find out right away if the Marlins intend to hit Nyjer Morgan in the wake of his collision last night at home plate -- he's batting leadoff. Ryan Zimmerman, meantime, has a rare day off. Nationals 1. Nyjer Morgan,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 1, 2010; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Danny Espinosa, Wilson Ramos and Collin Balester to be called up

The Nationals will begin their September call-ups tonight by recalling catcher Wilson Ramos and reliever Collin Balester and selecting the contract of Danny Espinosa, adding an additional reliever and, most significantly, two players the Nationals see as potential pieces of...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 1, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Jordan Zimmermann was good, and now it could get ugly

In the Nationals clubhouse late Tuesday night, the main sounds were hushed interviews and forks scraping plates. They had lost a chance for their first four-game winning streak of the year and the opportunity to clinch their first victory...

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 1, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Jordan Zimmermann , Nyjer Morgan , Stephen Strasburg  | Tags: Jordan Zimmermann, Marlins, Nationals, Nyjer Morgan, Stephen Strasburg  
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Game 133 discussion thread: Nationals at Marlins

One night after Jason Marquis earned his first win in almost a year, Jordan Zimmermann will try to earn his first win in more than a year. Zimmermann is making his second start since his return from Tommy John surgery,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 31, 2010; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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On Roger Bernadina hitting third and facing lefties

Though three games is obviously too small of a sample size to jump to conclusions, the Nationals' offense has sure been hot since Manager Jim Riggleman moved Roger Bernadina to the third spot in the order. The Nationals have scored...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 31, 2010; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Stephen Strasburg's Tommy John surgery scheduled for Friday

Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to undergo his Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles, General Manager Mike Rizzo said. Dr. Lewis Yocum, who also performed Jordan Zimmerman's ligament-replacement surgery, will perform the surgery with Nationals team doctor Wiemi...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 31, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Today's lineup

The Nationals will try for their fourth straight win -- and a new season-best winning streak -- tonight behind Jordan Zimmermann, who is making his second start back from Tommy John surgery. Nationals 1. Adam Kennedy, 2B 2. Ian Desmond,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 31, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Appreciating Ryan Zimmerman

The long slog of a losing baseball season can make it easy to take a great player for granted. This is especially the case when that great player, like Ryan Zimmerman, so rarely seems impressed with himself. Last night, he...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 31, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Jason Marquis looks beyond his numbers

For three starts, Jason Marquis has pretty much been the pitcher the Nationals hoped he would be when they signed him. They were not expecting an elite starter, just someone to give them a chance to win more often...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 31, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Game 132 discussion thread: Nationals at Marlins

As the grounds crew continues to squeegee rainwater off the field, the Nationals and Marlins really are going to play tonight. Jason Marquis will try to build off his previous two starts, in which he allowed two earned runs in...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 30, 2010; 9:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Nationals, Marlins to play tonight

9:25: The estimated start time is 10 p.m. Stunning. Grounds crew is squegeeing water off the outfield. UPDATE, 9:21: Tonight's game might be played after all. Despite standing water through out the field and some light rain still coming, the...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 30, 2010; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Nationals roster comings and goings

The tarp is still on the field at Sun Life Stadium, but the deluge that lasted for about an hour has ceased. The game will certainly be delayed. No word yet on when the Marlins expect the first pitch. The...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 30, 2010; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Nyjer Morgan has his say on collision, batting eighth

Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan expressed his displeasure with Manager Jim Riggleman's public admonishment of his running into St. Louis Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson on Saturday night.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 30, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Nyjer Morgan  | Tags: Nyjer Morgan  
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Stephen Strasburg sees doctor, surgery likely coming this week

Stephen Strasburg today visited Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Los Angeles-based doctor who will perform Tommy John surgery on his prized right elbow. The Nationals expect to know when Strasburg will undero the ligament-replacement surgery that will knock him out for...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 30, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  | Tags: Stephen Strasburg  
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Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez leaves Nationals, still wants to pitch

Orlando Hernandez - the half-brother of Nationals starter Livan Hernandez best known as "El Duque" - left Class AA Harrisburg on Sunday after General Manager Mike Rizzo informed him he would not be a September call-up.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 30, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Today's lineup

The Nationals are with a different look at the top of the order, going with Adam Kennedy, Alberto Gonzalez and Roger Bernadina 1-2-3. Adam Dunn is back down at the fifth spot against Marlins right-hander Alex Sanabia. Nationals 1. Adam...

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 30, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Mark Prior says not to blame the Nationals for Stephen Strasburg's injury

Mark Prior reluctantly comments on Stephen Strasburg's injury.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 30, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Pitching rotation , Stephen Strasburg  | Tags: Stephen Strasburg  
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Comeback stories continue over the weekend

As the Washington Nationals absorbed the sobering news rookie phenom pitcher Stephen Strasburg would be lost for approximately 12 to 18 months recovering from ligament replacement surgery, they at least closed this latest homestand with positive feelings after taking...

By Gene Wang  |  August 30, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Adam Dunn , John Lannan , Livan Hernandez , Michael Morse  
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Livan Hernandez gets contract extension

The Washington Nationals announced today a contract extension for starting pitcher Livan Hernandez through 2011. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hernandez has been the club's most reliable starter this season and is by far the leader in...

By Gene Wang  |  August 29, 2010; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Game 131 discussion thread: Cardinals at Nationals

The Nationals (55-75) have another chance to make circumstances more challenging for the Cardinals (69-58) in their push for a spot in the postseason. St. Louis trails Cincinnati by four games for the NL Central lead and Philadelphia by two...

By Gene Wang  |  August 29, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  John Lannan  
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Nyjer Morgan out of today's lineup

The morning after Nyjer Morgan initiated contact unnecessarily with St. Louis catcher Bryan Anderson at the plate last night, Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman made the decision to bench his regular center fielder, saying if he were in the lineup today...

By Gene Wang  |  August 29, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Nyjer Morgan  
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Today's lineup

Cardinals Schumaker, 2B Jay, RF Pujols, 1B Holliday, LF Feliz, 3B Rasmus, CF Molina, C Ryan, SS Wainwright, RHP Nationals Kennedy, 2B Desmond, SS Bernadina, CF Zimmerman, 3B Dunn, 1B Morse, RF Harris, LF Nieves, C Lannan, LHP...

By Gene Wang  |  August 29, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Two unusual calls don't faze Nationals

First Ian Desmond was called out for running outside the baseline in the third inning. Then Nyjer Morgan was out after teammate Ivan Rodriguez pushed him back to touch home plate during a six-run eighth. That's two player interference calls...

By Gene Wang  |  August 29, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Ian Desmond , Ivan Rodriguez , Nyjer Morgan  
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