Found July 30, 2012 on Philliedelphia:
Phillies number 4 prospect (per Baseball America) Jonathan Pettibone made his Triple-A debut for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs this evening against the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington's Triple-A team). After a shaky first inning which found him allowing a run off the rehabbing Jayson Werth's RBI double, Pettibone settled down for the most part. He left the game when Michael Spidale replaced him to pinch hit in the bottom of the 5th, with two runners in scoring position leaving him with a line of 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.  Pettibone exited the game with a no decision. The outing was pretty mediocre but the story here has to be that Pettibone is one step closer joining Tyler Cloyd among the pitchers who are closest to the big leagues. Number 1 prospect Trevor May is having a rough season in Double-A Reading. Brody Colvin has just been promoted to Baseballtown, set to make his debut tomorrow. A rough July finds Julio Rodriguez's numbers falling to Earth after getting shelled...

Jordan Zimmermann, Homecoming King

"They were out in the parking lot tailgating since 3 today so I'm sure they're all feeling pretty good right now."(Jordan Zimmermann, via Washington Times, 7/29/2012) Nationals 4, Brewers 1: Jordan Zimmermann wins in first big league start in his home state of Wisconsin, 3 hour drive from his home town of Auburndale (population ~700). Apparently J-Zimm...

Here's Ryan Zimmerman and his sore back playing croquet before tonight's game

And so, Ryan Zimmerman is out of tonight's Nats lineup against the Phillies with a sore back. Meanwhile, there he is above, playing croquet on the field before the game for some MASN promotion. Hope he's available to pinch hit... (Photo via @masnsports on Twitter)

"A 6-foot-6 donkey wants to lead off?"

There's Jayson Werth (photo via @TheZackBaker) before his Wednesday night rehab game with the Potomac Nationals. Oh, Werth could be back in Washington for this weekend's series against the Marlins. Oh, and he wants to bat leadoff when he returns? "I talked to him about it and he said, he has all the history, 'Well, we had our longest win streak in Philadelphia...

Nationals Stand Pat At 2012 Trade Deadline

The non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone for Major League Baseball, and the Washington Nationals 40-man roster hasn't changed much from yesterday. Things could be worse for the Nats, who have the best record in MLB at the deadline. The Nats hadn’t been seriously tied to anyone significant for a few weeks, and it turns out that GM Mike Rizzo was satisfied with the team...

LaRoche removed with back tightness

Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche left his team's game Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers due to tightness in his back. LaRoche singled in the fourth and advanced to second when Michael Morse was hit by a pitch. He did not show any signs of the injury while on base, then was replaced by Tyler Moore in the middle of the inning. He has been bothered by lingering...

It's Time For People Outside Of DC To Acknowledge Jordan Zimmermann

Jordan Zimmermann is part of the best pitching staff in Major League Baseball, and he has the third-highest pitching WAR among that incredible group. Since he was the number three starter at the beginning of the year behind young star Stephen Strasburg and newly acquired Gio Gonzalez, his talent went under the radar. It’s time for that to stop and give JZimm and his value some...

Strasburg's innings limit is still open to discussion

Going into his 21st start of the season, Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies, right-hander Stephen Strasburg is at 117 1/3 innings. So that means he's 42 2/3 away from being shut down for the season, right? Not so fast. The 160-inning limit that supposedly was placed on him for this season became the marker only because teammate Jordan Zimmermann, like Strasburg coming...

Innings limits, pitch counts the new reality

MILWAUKEE Heavy is the head that wears the crown as baseball's most promising young pitcher, and for Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg -- whose injury history has been a major topic of discussion since the day he was called up to the big leagues -- that crown has gotten only heavier as time has passed this season. That's because the Nationals have stated...

Strasburg gets lit up by Phillies on rare off night

Stephen Strasburg had a painful learning experience Tuesday. The Phillies homered twice, stole three bases and got eight hits, all in just four innings, all off of Strasburg, a big reason they scored an easy 8-0 victory over the Washington Nationals. Strasburg was clearly frustrated during the game, something manager Davey Johnson talked about afterward. Johnson basically said...

Nats Top Sports Illustrated Power Rankings

(Screenshot via The Washington Nationals top this week's Sports Illustrated Power Rankings for the first time this season, overtaking the Texas Rangers for the top spot. It shouldn't surprise anyone that this season's Nats team are in this position, but it doesn't make it any less exciting. With August on the horizon, it certainly appears that the Nats are...

DMV: Mike Morse Goes Beast Mode In Milwaukee

Michael Morse takes over in come from behind win against Brewers. [WT] Check out Morse’s 9th inning HR that might have hurt somebody. [NE] Davey Johnson is the coolest 69-yr-old in the world, says ‘ass.’ [Bog, NE] One more Davey, featuring an awesome music video. [DC Sports Nexus] A look at what the Nats don’t need at the trading deadline. [CSNW] Chen dominates for Birds...

Three umpires get in separate arguments at once during Brewers-Nationals game (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Umpires argue with managers and players all the time. It happens every day in the majors, but very rarely do we see an instance where multiple umpires are engaged in entirely separate arguments simultaneously. On Sunday, three of the guys in blue found themselves arguing separate calls at the same time. With the bases loaded and the Brewers...

Nats Talk On The Go: Episode 29

The past week of Washington Nationals baseball hasn't been at all disappointing. They finished a 6-1 road trip and were named to the top spot in SI's MLB Power Rankings. We talk about these things, some trade deadline topics, and we even catch a little Olympic fever and talk about the Summer Games.

Milwaukee's Beast

"That was a wild one. I'm telling you, I'm worn out. I'm glad we got tomorrow off - for me, not for the guys." (Davey Johnson, via MASN postgame interview, 7/29/2012) Nationals 11, Brewers 10 (11 innings): Wild one caps 6-1 roadtrip. Zombie Nats can't be killed. Mike Morse goes BeastMode: ties it in the 9th with 2 run rocket HR, wins it in...

Pigs fly, snowball fight breaks out in hell, and the Nats have the best record in MLB.

Also, there are reports of cats and dogs living in peace at this hour. Go ahead, it's OK: take a big gulp of the Kool-Aid. Reds lose. Yankees lose. And the Nationals stand alone with the best record in MLB at 61-40. (Image via @jwerthsbeard) Befriend Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.
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