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Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 in seven dominant innings, Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa hit consecutive homers and the Washington Nationals completed a sweep of the free-falling New York Mets on Wednesday with a 5-2 victory.
Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer for a second straight day, and Espinosa doubled and scored on one of the Mets' two errors in the Nationals' fifth win in a row. The team with the NL's best record (58-39) has won seven of 10.
Strasburg (11-4) struck out five in a row and gave up four hits in matching his career best for innings, done seven times.
Ike Davis homered for New York in the finale of an 0-6 homestand, played in front of many camp groups wearing brightly colored T-shirts in the upper decks of Citi Field.
The Mets' 1-11 slide after the All-Star break is approaching their record for futility to start the second half. The only team worse in club history was its first. The 1962 Mets won just one of their first 15 games and set a recor...
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Stephen Strasburg is pretty tough on himself. He was visibly upset for allowing a ground-rule double to the Mets' Josh Thole in the fifth inning Wednesday. That kind of determination to be very good every game has defined the Washington Nationals' ace. His goal is not just to get outs. He demands more. Strasburg was brilliant in his 20th start, even if he thought he made...
Up above, video (via CSNWashington.com) from Monday's visit by Tyler Clippard, Craig Stammen, Ryan Mattheus, and Sean Burnett to the MLB Fan Cave in NY. Highlights include Clippard attempting to play the drums, rock-em-sock-em robots, skee ball, and laughing. Lots and lots of laughing. Hey, how come nobody invited H-Rod?
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During a road trip to New York to take on the Mets, members of the first-place Washington Nationals bullpen showed off their literary skills, reading passages from the popular E.L. James novel "Fifty Shades of Grey." The stunt came about after Nats first baseman Michael Morse admitted his girlfriend had recently been reading the book, correcting a report that he had been...
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And so the Washington Nationals left New York yesterday with the best record in the National league (needing just one more win to match their 2008 and 2009 win totals). In their wake, they left a reeling Mets team and billions of pixels comparing Davey Johnson's 2012 squad with Davey Johnson's 1984 squad, and the dual-phenom phenomenon of Harper...
Even better than Tyler Clippard attempting to play drums at the MLB Fan Cave? Tyler Clippard, Craig Stammen, Sean Burnett, and Ryan Mattheus reading 50 Shades of Grey:
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On a night when rookies Starling Marte and Matt Harvey stole the show with amazing debut performances, Washington Nationals center fielder Roger Bernadina made the top web gem with a diving snag in the bottom of the ninth inning.
With one out and one on, Nyjer Morgan laced the 2-2 pitch to left center field in what appeared to be an extra base hit. Bernadina ran full speed from his...
When the season began, Washington Nationals fans had a set of expectations. Those expectations varied as much as the people who had them, but it is safe to say that most fans were happy at the idea of a record above .500 for the 2012 campaign before the season began. On July 26, after 97 games, that’s no longer the case. Nats fans expect more now. They expect to win something...
Nationals 5, Mets 2: Ho-hum, just another series win for the Nats. Gio Gonzalez makes up for last time out against R.A. Dickey, dominates Mets. Sorry, Mr. Met.
Gio's line: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 87 pitches, 53 strikes.
Oh deer! Adam LaRoche hits a bomb into the upper deck. Video here.
Bryce Harper: 0-4, 3 K vs. Dickey...
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For their last full series of July, the Washington Nationals (58-39) will travel to Milwaukee, a city filled with the ghosts of their past failures, to face the Milwaukee Brewers (44-53). Success in this city has been elusive for the Nats, as the Brewers swept them the last two times they visited Miller Park, and the Nats haven't won a game there since July 28, 2009.
The NY Mets took a break from their ERA and OPIs and got some GTL. Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi visited the team as the Mets took on the Washington Nationals.
“I was obsessed in the early 2000s when we had [Bobby] Valentine,” Snooki told MLB.com. “I loved [John] Franco, Robin Ventura, all of them. I was obsessed.”
The MTV reality star, who is pregnant, revealed she became...
NEW YORK-Adam LaRoche's two-run homer-the third of five straight two-out hits off R.A. Dickey-broke a tie and started a four-run sixth inning for the Washington Nationals, and Gio Gonzalez allowed an unearned run on two hits over seven strong innings as the Nationals beat the reeling New York Mets 5-2 on Tuesday. The Nationals' fourth straight win improved their National...
Ruben Tejada – SS
Jordany Valdespin – LF
David Wright – 3B
Ike Davis – 1B
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Kirk Nieuwenhuis – RF
Josh Thole – C
Andres Torres – CF
Jeremy Hefner – RHP
The Mets and Nationals play a day game tomorrow as the Mets try to pull themselves out of a tailspin. Yesterday the Mets had a 1-0 lead until the Nationals tied it, then exploded...