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November 17, 2012
Thumbs up to everyone in the Tri-State area who organized, participated in or attended Veterans Day ceremonies this week. Taking the time to honor those who have sacrificed so much so that we may enjoy our freedoms is a worthy endeavor. Thumbs up to the Baseball Writers' Association of America for recognizing Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson and rookie Bryce Harper with postseason awards. The pair made the past season exciting and gave fans hope for the coming season.
SPORTS
March 31, 2013
Stephen Strasburg is ready for his first big league season without restrictions. Ready to go from season's start to finish. Ready to throw as many pitches as it takes and to stay on the mound as long as possible, including into the eighth and ninth inning, something he's never done in the majors. It all begins Monday, when All-Star ace Strasburg starts the season opener for the defending NL East champion Washington Nationals against a Miami Marlins club that traded away most of its best players, cut its payroll by more than half, starts with seven players on the disabled list and has a rookie manager in Mike Redmond.
SPORTS
July 22, 2013
The Washington Nationals fired hitting coach Rick Eckstein on Monday, a move manager Davey Johnson called “a shocker” in spite of the team's offensive woes this season. Washington entered Monday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates stuck in a three-game losing streak and with a disappointing 48-50 record. The team is tied for 28th overall in runs and ranks 27th in batting average. But Johnson was obviously upset with the decision by general manager Mike Rizzo. “I've experienced a lot of things in my career - I've been traded, I've been released, I've been sold, I've been fired.
SPORTS
May 1, 2013
Jordan Zimmermann turned in another dominant performance with two-hit ball over eight innings, Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in the fourth and the Washington Nationals finally beat the Atlanta Braves, 2-0 Wednesday night. The Braves had won five in a row this season over their NL East rival, and nine straight dating to last season. Zimmermann (5-1) made sure that streak ended with what is starting to become a typical outing, snapping a three-game losing streak that had knocked the Nationals under .500.
SPORTS
June 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is not convinced he can begin a rehab assignment as quickly as his manager believes. Davey Johnson had said Friday that he expects Harper to start a rehab stint Tuesday at Class A Potomac. Harper, who has been sidelined since May 26 with left knee bursitis, said he thought he needed an extra day or two. "It just depends how I feel today and tomorrow," Harper said before Saturday's game against the Colorado Rockies. "Monday is an off day, which is good.
SPORTS
June 13, 2012
The longer the Washington Nationals remain in the playoff hunt, the more Stephen Strasburg's innings limit will loom over the team. On Wednesday, a nail-trimming mishap provided a timely reason for Washington to curtail Strasburg's outing. Strasburg won his fifth straight start, Tyler Moore hit the first two home runs of his career and the Nationals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep. Strasburg (8-1) left after six innings because of what manager Davey Johnson called a “slight cut” on his middle finger, something that happened as the right-hander was trimming a ragged nail between innings.
SPORTS
May 24, 2013
The Washington Nationals didn't have a close shave, and neither did Davey Johnson. The 70-year-old manager still looked closer to 80 after the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 Friday night, sporting the scraggly beginnings of facial hair he had vowed to keep until his team started hitting. Five runs weren't enough, even though it was the most the Nationals had scored in a week. There was also a four-run fifth, the first time Washington had put up four or more in an inning in almost a month.
SPORTS
May 11, 2013
Stephen Strasburg was at his dominant best in the early going Saturday, retiring 13 of the first 14 Chicago Cubs he faced, seven via strikeout. And then it all fell apart for the Washington Nationals' right-hander after a teammate's error. The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2009 and NL All-Star in 2012 wound up dropping his fifth consecutive decision of 2013, slumping his shoulders and bowing his head while laboring through a 42-pitch fifth inning during an 8-2 loss to the Cubs. “I tried to tell him ... 'You have to keep your head up, every time.
SPORTS
May 4, 2013
It took a rare team meeting for the Washington Nationals to get what lately has been a rare victory when Stephen Strasburg starts. Strasburg struck out eight in seven innings and the Nationals won one of his outings for the first time since opening day by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Saturday. “I was absolutely happy about getting through the seventh inning,” Strasburg said. “The biggest thing is to give your team a chance to win the ballgame. Not every game are you going to be lights out and hitting every spot.” Strasburg remained winless since his first start, though.
SPORTS
June 22, 2013
Dan Haren has shown no signs of turning around a season-long slump. The right-hander allowed six runs over 3 1/3 innings with seven hits including his 19th home run surrendered and an RBI single to opposing starter Jhoulys Chacin, who pitched seven shutout innings as the Washington Nationals fell to the Colorado Rockies 7-1 on Saturday afternoon. “Same thing that's gone wrong the last few weeks,” Haren (4-9) said after losing his sixth straight decision, which snapped Washington's three-game winning streak.
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July 22, 2013
The Washington Nationals fired hitting coach Rick Eckstein on Monday, a move manager Davey Johnson called “a shocker” in spite of the team's offensive woes this season. Washington entered Monday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates stuck in a three-game losing streak and with a disappointing 48-50 record. The team is tied for 28th overall in runs and ranks 27th in batting average. But Johnson was obviously upset with the decision by general manager Mike Rizzo. “I've experienced a lot of things in my career - I've been traded, I've been released, I've been sold, I've been fired.
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SPORTS
July 11, 2013
When they didn't take Cliff Lee deep, the Washington Nationals didn't score much this week. Kyle Kendrick outpitched All-Star Jordan Zimmermann, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Nationals 3-1 Thursday night. Kendrick (8-6) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to help Philadelphia take three of four from the defending NL East champions. The Nationals scored five runs combined in the three losses.
SPORTS
June 22, 2013
Dan Haren has shown no signs of turning around a season-long slump. The right-hander allowed six runs over 3 1/3 innings with seven hits including his 19th home run surrendered and an RBI single to opposing starter Jhoulys Chacin, who pitched seven shutout innings as the Washington Nationals fell to the Colorado Rockies 7-1 on Saturday afternoon. “Same thing that's gone wrong the last few weeks,” Haren (4-9) said after losing his sixth straight decision, which snapped Washington's three-game winning streak.
SPORTS
June 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is not convinced he can begin a rehab assignment as quickly as his manager believes. Davey Johnson had said Friday that he expects Harper to start a rehab stint Tuesday at Class A Potomac. Harper, who has been sidelined since May 26 with left knee bursitis, said he thought he needed an extra day or two. "It just depends how I feel today and tomorrow," Harper said before Saturday's game against the Colorado Rockies. "Monday is an off day, which is good.
SPORTS
May 24, 2013
The Washington Nationals didn't have a close shave, and neither did Davey Johnson. The 70-year-old manager still looked closer to 80 after the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 Friday night, sporting the scraggly beginnings of facial hair he had vowed to keep until his team started hitting. Five runs weren't enough, even though it was the most the Nationals had scored in a week. There was also a four-run fifth, the first time Washington had put up four or more in an inning in almost a month.
SPORTS
May 11, 2013
Stephen Strasburg was at his dominant best in the early going Saturday, retiring 13 of the first 14 Chicago Cubs he faced, seven via strikeout. And then it all fell apart for the Washington Nationals' right-hander after a teammate's error. The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2009 and NL All-Star in 2012 wound up dropping his fifth consecutive decision of 2013, slumping his shoulders and bowing his head while laboring through a 42-pitch fifth inning during an 8-2 loss to the Cubs. “I tried to tell him ... 'You have to keep your head up, every time.
SPORTS
May 4, 2013
It took a rare team meeting for the Washington Nationals to get what lately has been a rare victory when Stephen Strasburg starts. Strasburg struck out eight in seven innings and the Nationals won one of his outings for the first time since opening day by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Saturday. “I was absolutely happy about getting through the seventh inning,” Strasburg said. “The biggest thing is to give your team a chance to win the ballgame. Not every game are you going to be lights out and hitting every spot.” Strasburg remained winless since his first start, though.
SPORTS
May 1, 2013
Jordan Zimmermann turned in another dominant performance with two-hit ball over eight innings, Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in the fourth and the Washington Nationals finally beat the Atlanta Braves, 2-0 Wednesday night. The Braves had won five in a row this season over their NL East rival, and nine straight dating to last season. Zimmermann (5-1) made sure that streak ended with what is starting to become a typical outing, snapping a three-game losing streak that had knocked the Nationals under .500.
SPORTS
April 24, 2013
Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is fine with manager Davey Johnson's plan to shuffle the lineup after the team dropped below .500 with its ninth loss in 12 games. Even told Johnson he'd be OK moving out of his No. 2 slot in the batting order after Washington's 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday completed a three-game sweep. Something needs to change, Werth knows. “We need to jumble it up, and we need to switch the 'mojo' a little bit,” Werth said, sitting in front of his locker in the home clubhouse at Nationals Park.
SPORTS
March 31, 2013
Stephen Strasburg is ready for his first big league season without restrictions. Ready to go from season's start to finish. Ready to throw as many pitches as it takes and to stay on the mound as long as possible, including into the eighth and ninth inning, something he's never done in the majors. It all begins Monday, when All-Star ace Strasburg starts the season opener for the defending NL East champion Washington Nationals against a Miami Marlins club that traded away most of its best players, cut its payroll by more than half, starts with seven players on the disabled list and has a rookie manager in Mike Redmond.
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