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Final 2010 Prospect Big Board

1. Bryce Harper, C/OF – Despite a rough professional debut in which he struck out in his only two at bats, Harper remains at the top of the list. Like any player who spent two months or so away from organized baseball, significant rust was to be expected (particularly for one with such high expectations […]

Bryce Harper Tops List in The Nats Blog’s Prospect Big Board

1. Bryce Harper, C/OF – There really isn’t much more to be said about Harper that hasn’t been said already. By Monday evening at midnight Eastern Time, Nats’ fans will know whether or not they have added their second franchise-changing prospect in as many years. While significantly farther away from major league readiness, Harper projects […]

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OF of the Future or Placeholder for Crawford?

Since centerfielder Nyjer Morgan was forced to the disabled list earlier this month, the Nationals have experimented on a full-time basis with what could be the outfield for the 2011 season. Except for the odd day of rest for each player, Washington has started Josh Willingham, Roger Bernadina, and Michael Morse in left, center, and […]

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Series Preview: Nats Resume Play Against Marlins

BUCKING THE TREND The Washington Nationals (39-50) begin the second half of the season this evening against the Florida Marlins. The Marlins (42-46) are directly above the Nationals in the National League East Division, and Washington hopes to narrow that gap. The Nationals were playing better baseball heading into the All-Star break having won five […]

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National League Back on Top

Last night, for the first time since 1996, the National League bested its American League counterparts in the All-Star Game. Atlanta’s Brian McCann laced a bases-clearing three-run double in the 7th inning which marked the difference in the NL’s 3-1 victory. Aside from McCann’s big hit and a Robinson Cano sacrifice fly, pitching dominated the […]

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Series Preview: Frisco Heads East

CAN NATS KEEP MOMENTUM? The Washington Nationals (38-48), on the strength of a four-game split with the New York Mets and a series victory over the NL West-leading San Diego Padres, enter tonight’s game on a relative high note. The San Francisco Giants (45-40) will begin a three-game stand in the nation’s capital, their first […]

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Zimmermann Shines in Two Pain-Free Innings

On Saturday evening, a significant portion of the Nationals’ future took the mound in his first rehab assignment. Jordan Zimmermann, the 24 year-old right-hander and former second pick, made his first appearance of the 2010 season with the Potomac Nationals. After allowing leadoff hits in each of his two innings pitched, Zimmermann was able to […]

Stammen’s Return Stymies Braves, Stops Nats’ Skid

In his first start since June 6, Nationals’ right-hander Craig Stammen threw 7.1 outstanding innings en route to ending Washington’s five-game losing streak. The Nationals (34-44) beat the division-leading Braves 7-2 on the strength of Stammen’s right arm and the right-handed bats of Ryan Zimmerman and Josh Willingham. Stammen allowed just two runs on five […]

Series Preview: Reeling Nats Face East-Leading Braves

WHAT NEXT? After dropping three straight games to the last place Baltimore Orioles, the Washington Nationals (33-43) look to stop the bleeding against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves (44-32). The Nationals managed to take two of three games from the Kansas City Royals prior to the series with Baltimore this past weekend; however, the Nationals […]

Nats Fail to Hold Leads, Get Swept by O’s

Three games, three leads, three losses. The Washington Nationals (33-43) jumped out to a 3-0 lead n yesterday afternoon’s game before yielding four unanswered runs in their third consecutive loss to the woeful Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles (23-52) had lost 13 straight series entering their three contests with the Nationals; however, Washington proved to be […]

Series Preview: Battle of the Beltways

REGIONAL RIVALS The Washington Nationals (33-40) have struggled in interleague play this season. Despite taking two of three from the Kansas City Royals earlier this week, the Nationals are 5-10 against the American League in 2010. Providing hope to Nationals fans is the fact that two of those wins came against the hapless Baltimore Orioles. […]

Garcia Bests Nats 6-3

The Chicago White Sox (34-34) picked up where the Tigers left off, sweeping a three game series against the Washington Nationals. The Nationals (31-39) dropped their sixth straight game as Chicago notched its sixth consecutive victory on the strength of Freddy Garcia’s solid start. Garcia allowed just three runs on six hits in seven innings, […]

Déjà Vu: Nats Lose 8-3 for Second Consecutive Game in Detroit Sweep

Same result, different day. Less than 24 hours after the Nationals lost a game by the score of 8-3 and had their starter’s record fall to 5-4…the Nationals lost a game by the score of 8-3 and had their starter’s record fall to 5-4. Washington (31-36) dropped its third straight game to the Detroit Tigers […]

Lannan’s Struggles, Holes in Nats’ Bats Lead to Loss

The Washington Nationals (31-34) built and subsequently surrendered leads in the first and third innings as they fell to the Detroit Tigers by the final of 7-4. Detroit (34-29) was lead by multi-hit games from centerfielder Ryan Rayburn, right fielder Magglio Ordonez, and catcher Gerald Laird. The Tigers’ multiple comebacks came at the expense of […]

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Series Preview: Nats Are Motown Bound

INTERLEAGUE INTRIGUE The Washington Nationals (31-33) have had a very up and down June. After losing the final three of a four game series in Houston, the Nationals dropped two of three to the NL Central-leading Reds before sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates leading into their interleague schedule. Their first American league foe was the Cleveland […]

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