October 1, 2012
Thanks to strong pitching from Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper's burst of energy and Adam LaRoche's slugging, the Washington Nationals won enough from April through September that even a loss on the first day of October could not stop them from clinching the NL East. Despite being beaten 2-0 by the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night, the Nationals earned their first division title since moving from Montreal in 2005, because the second-place Atlanta Braves lost 2-1 at the Pittsburgh Pirates.
May 23, 2012
Cole Hamels didn't hit any Washington batters this time, and the Nationals hitters barely touched Hamels. Hamels pitched eight scoreless innings, finishing up by retiring Bryce Harper on a grounder as the Philadelphia Phillies snapped a season-long four-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 4-1 victory over Washington. Hamels (7-1) didn't allow a hit until Danny Espinosa doubled with one out in the sixth. The left-hander won his seventh straight decision, allowing four hits and striking out eight.
May 4, 2012
Don't expect Bryce Harper to return to the minors anytime soon. When it comes to the 19-year-old outfielder, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo explained Friday, “We're not dumb.” During Rizzo's speaking appearance at the National Press Club, the first three questions directed his way were about Harper, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft who already is making a mark, less than a week after being brought to the major...
September 15, 2011
Boosted by the play of some blossoming youngsters, the Washington Nationals walked out of Citi Field with a series sweep and a new spot in the standings. No wonder they're feeling pretty good about the future. Ian Desmond had a career-high five hits and Tommy Milone earned his first major league win, leading Washington over the slumping New York Mets 10-1 on Thursday for a rare four-game sweep. “I think you're seeing signs that we're starting to learn how to win,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said.
August 9, 2011
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will make his second rehab start Friday night for Class-A Potomac. Strasburg underwent Tommy John surgery Sept. 3, 2010. He threw 31 pitches in his first rehab start on Sunday for the Hagerstown Suns at Municipal Stadium. The 23-year-old struck out four and gave up a solo home run over 1 2/3 innings against Greensboro. He threw mostly fastballs, topping out in the upper-90s. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said on Tuesday that Strasburg will throw three innings with a 50-pitch limit for Potomac.
July 31, 2011
Drew Storen sat in the bullpen and watched the clock. When the phone rang telling him to start warming up, he knew he was staying put with the Washington Nationals. When 4 o'clock came and went, he was left with no doubt whatsoever. When Storen jogged in from the bullpen to pitch the ninth inning, he was greeted with rousing cheers from fans ecstatic that their closer was still on the team, including one who held up a sign that said: “NOT DREW.” The script then had a bit of a wrinkle - Storen gave up a tying home run with two outs in the top of the ninth, but he got credit for the win when the Nationals scored in the bottom of the inning in a 3-2 win Sunday over the New York Mets.
June 26, 2011
Davey Johnson was announced as the manager of the Washington Nationals on Sunday, three days after Jim Riggleman stunned the team by resigning. Johnson will manage the rest of the season and his first game will be Monday against the Los Angeles Angels. He has been a senior adviser with the team since 2009, though he hasn’t managed in the big leagues since 2000 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Johnson also agreed to a three-year consulting contract through 2013 that will allow him to remain with the team and help select a successor for next season.
June 23, 2011
Just when the Washington Nationals were showing signs of success and stability, and just as the players were starting to talk about the growing respect for the franchise around the league, along came the surprise announcement that manager Jim Riggleman was quitting because he wasn’t happy with his contract. The Nationals completed a sweep of the Seattle Mariners on Thursday afternoon, winning 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth on Laynce Nix’s sacrifice fly. They have won 11 of 12 and have moved above .500 this late in the season for the first time since 2005.
May 19, 2011
Manager Jim Riggleman and the Washington Nationals both got shut out Thursday — he didn’t get any answers from the umpires, his team didn’t score any runs against the New York Mets. The weak-swinging Nationals were blanked by the Mets for the second straight day, held without a hit by Dillon Gee until pitcher Livan Hernandez grounded a clean single with two outs in the sixth inning during a 1-0 loss. The afternoon ended with Riggleman, catcher Ivan Rodriguez and third-base coach Bo Porter on the field hollering at the umpires, moments after a disputed call at first base.
March 30, 2011
VIERA, Fla. (AP) — The Washington Nationals traded hot-tempered outfielder Nyjer Morgan to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday for minor league infielder Cutter Dykstra and cash. Dykstra is the son of former major leaguer Lenny Dykstra. The trade came two days after Milwaukee sent outfielder Chris Dickerson to the New York Yankees for pitcher Sergio Mitre. Morgan stole 34 bases last year during a season in which he drew a pair of weeklong suspensions from Major League Baseball.