Posted March 15, 2012 on AP on Fox
Washington Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang left Thursday's start in the third inning with a strained left hamstring after colliding with Russell Martin of the New York Yankees. Wang fielded a slow roller by Martin and tried to make the play at first base. Wang stumbled toward the bag and fell as he was touching the base. The pitcher's leg went up in the air and was hit by Martin, who was running up the line. Wang walked off the field under his own power. The right-hander spent five years with the Yankees and won 19 games in 2006 and 2007.

Lidge: "Is Stephen Strasburg better than Roy Halladay? No...But he throws 103."

File this one under: What Brad Lidge means when he talks about talent. Earlier this week, Brad Lidge said in a video that the Nationals were the most talented team he's ever been on. Of course, there was immediate backlash from Phillies fans: some took offense to it (check the comments here, for example), while others seemed indifferent. In any case, ESPN's...

Bryce Harper shaved his beard.

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2012 Fantasy Baseball: Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals starting rotation preview

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One Wang Step

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2012 burning question: Washington Nationals

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Beckett Did Right By Me: A MAJOR Russell Martin Spectrum Swatches Rainbow Pickup!

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