Found March 22, 2013 on 85% Sports:
The Nationals made a few big moves this winter to help an already talented team. Were their moves enough to counter what the Braves did? Key Losses: Sean Burnett, LHP (Angels, Free Agent) Mark DeRosa, 3B (Blue Jays, Free Agent) Mike Gonzalez, LHP (Brewers, Free Agent) Tom Gorzelanny, LHP (Brewers, Free Agent) Edwin Jackson, RHP (Cubs, Free Agent) Jeff Kobernus, 2B (Red Sox, Rule V) John Lannan, LHP (Phillies, Free Agent) Alex Meyer, RHP (Twins, Trade) Michael Morse, OF (Mariners, Trade) Daniel Rosenbaum, LHP (Rockies, Rule V) Key Additions: A.J. Cole, RHP (Athletics, Trade) Dan Haren, RHP (Angels, Free Agent) Ian Krol, LHP (Athletics, Trade) Rafael Soriano, RHP (Yankees, Free Agent) Denard Span, OF (Twins, Trade) Blake Treinen, RHP (Athletics, Trade) Projected Lineup: CF – Denard Span RF – Jayson Werth LF – Bryce Harper 3B – Ryan Zimmerman 1B – Adam LaRoche SS – Ian Desmond 2B – Danny Espinosa C – Kurt Suzuki Projected Bench: Wilson Ramos (C), Chad Tracy (1B), Tyler Moore (OF), St...

On Bryce Harper and his swollen left hand

So, after Bryce Harper was scratched from Saturday's game against the Mets because of swelling in his hand, we figured it was worth revisiting the AB on Friday in which Harper got jammed on a fastball by Drew Smyly while lining a single. A few sceen caps (via MASN/TV) of Harper's reaction above. OUCH. Harper and Strasburg with hand scares on the same day? It's almost...

Bryce Harper's free burrito card has an expiration date

Yesterday, we broke the news that Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper received a card from Chipotle Mexican Grill entitling him to "free burritos for life", based on a tweet that Harper sent out yesterday. Well, the story was partially true. Harper did receive the card from Chipotle which entitles him to free burritos, but according to a Chipotle representative...

Video: Tim Hudson's Eephus pitch to Adam LaRoche (was really a knuckleball)

So Tim Hudson threw a ~45 MPH Eephus pitch to his buddy Adam LaRoche in the second inning of Thursday night's Nats-Braves game. Everybody got a good chuckle out of it. Turns out the Eephus pitch was actually a knuckleball, LaRoche called for it, and Hudson and LaRoche have "history". Via Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, Hudson likes to mess with LaRoche: ...

Washington Nationals 2013 Roundtable On District Sports Page: Part 2 - Expectations For Harper

Dave Nichols of District Sports Page organized the 2013 Washington Nationals rountable this year, where a few Nats bloggers (including me) were asked to make predictions about the coming season. It's a seven-part series, and I'll be crossposting the links here as well as my answers to each of the questions. In case you missed it, part one is available here. In part two...

OUCH! Stephen Strasburg hit in the wrist by Prince Fielder line drive

Just Stephen Strasburg icing is wrist in the bottom of the fourth after getting drilled in the hand/wrist by a Prince Fielder liner. No big deal. Well, the good news is it was his non-throwing hand...and he finished the inning...and he came out to pitch the fifth. But for a second there the 2013 season flashed before our eyes... (Screencaps via MASN/TV) Befriend...

Player Profile #20: Bryce Harper | OF | WAS

It was just a matter of time before Bryce Harper became an elite fantasy player and starred in an Under Armour commercial. Am I shocked that all of this has happened before he’s even turned 21? A little, but I guess I shouldn’t be. After all, the guy doesn’t have gears. Last season all Harper [...]

Nats scratch Harper from lineup

Bryce Harper has been scratched from the Washington Nationals' lineup because of swelling in his left hand. Harper was scheduled to bat third and play left field against the New York Mets on Saturday, but manager Davey Johnson told Harper in the morning that he would not be playing. Harper was jammed on a pitch by Drew Smyly of the Detroit Tigers on Friday, and Johnson took...

Player Profile #23: Stephen Strasburg | SP | WAS

Despite getting shut down two-thirds of an inning shy of his stated 160-inning limit last year, it’s hard to call Stephen Strasburg‘s first season back from Tommy John surgery anything but an outstanding success. Among the 88 pitchers that threw at least 160 innings (89 if you include Strasburg), his 11.2% swinging strike rate ranked [...]

Bryce Harper has a "free burritos for life" card from Chipotle (Photo)

For those of you who are fans of the Mexican-chain restaurant Chipotle, you have a reason to be uber-jealous of Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. Harper recently received a special card that allows him to get free burritos for life and proof of the card was posted to his Twitter page:

Mets 3, Nationals 1

Washington lefty Gio Gonzalez allowed one run in six innings, but the New York Mets beat the Nationals 3-1 on Saturday. Making his first Grapefruit League start since pitching for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, Gonzalez gave up four hits, struck out three and walked one. Lucas Duda hit his fourth spring homer, connecting off Washington reliever Drew Storen in seventh for...

Yanks sign Chien-Ming Wang

The Yankees have brought back a familiar face, coming to terms with righty Chien-Ming Wang on a  minor league deal, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Wang will likely serve as an insurance policy down in triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Wang, 32, was heavily scouted by the Yanks during the WBC where he pitched for his native Taiwan, throwing 12 shutout innings. After being invited...

Yankees: What the Wang

Do you remember the last time you saw pitcher Chien-Ming Wang wear the New York Yankees pinstripes?  English: Wang in bullpen 2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) It was on July 4, 2009 and Wang went five innings, gave up two runs, struck out three, walked three and hit a batter before being removed from the game. He was posted his lowest ERA of the 2009 season, a 10.04. Well, the Yankees...
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