Found September 28, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
In 2013 Stephen Strasburg swapped his exasperating innings limit for a series of minor calamities controversies and oddities some within his control and some not. What remained was the gnawing perhaps unfair sense that his frequent excellence remains a tease for what he can become. “He’s good” catcher Wilson Ramos said. “And he will be better.” The Washington Nationals allowed Strasburg to keep pitching until the end this year and his season ended Friday night at Chase Field with an 8-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Strasburg allowed two runs over seven innings and finished his season by retiring 13 of the final 15 batters he faced. He found early trouble righted himself and cruised to the end. At age 25 even with a brief trip to the disabled list Strasburg submitted an impressive season. Strasburg went 8-9 pitched 183 innings — 232 / 3 more than his truncated 2012 season — and punched up a 3.00 ERA with 191 strikeouts 56 walks and 136 hits allowed. His fourth big league ...

Strasburg, Werth power Nationals past Arizona 8-4

Stephen Strasburg ended his season with a strong performance, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos each hit three-run home runs and the Washington Nationals opened their final weekend with Davey Johnson as manager by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4 Friday night. Strasburg (8-9) gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings with four strikeouts, two walks and a hit batter. Werth...

Bryce Harper on religious beliefs: I'm not going to be Mr. Tim Tebow

We all know that Tim Tebow is a very, very religious man. He has always gone out of his way to spread the Christian faith and thank God for all the good that has happened in his life. Less people know about Bryce Harper’s religious faith, although he takes it just as seriously. Harper is […]

Nationals Looking Back on Dismal Year

As of September 27, the Washington Nationals sit at 84-75 and out of the playoff race. Their season was effectively over this week when they were swept by the St. Louis Cardinals and knocked out of wild card contention. While not making the playoffs, 84 wins are second in team historyto last year’s total of 98. By most standards, 84 wins is a good season, but this year with...

Bryce Harper: ‘I’m not going to be Mr. Tim Tebow’

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is a devout Mormon but he’s not going to advocate his faith like football player Tim Tebow. “If somebody asks me about it I’ll tell them about it but I’m not going to be Mr. Tim Tebow” Harper said quickly clarifying that he does not mean that in a derogatory way. Tebow the former Florida Heisman Trophy winner and current NFL...

D-backs try to bounce back against Haren, Nationals

The Diamondbacks need to win each of their final two games to finish this season above .500. Paul Goldschmidt, the NL's leading home run hitter, will try to help his club earn the first of those victories while securing a career-best hit streak Saturday night when he faces former D-backs pitcher Dan Haren in the continuation of a series against the Nationals. Goldschmidt singled...

Haren, Nats shut out Diamondbacks

In their penultimate game of the season the Nationals got some big-time performances from a couple of guys who mostly disappointed in 2013. Dan Haren making his final start tossed seven scoreless innings scattering four hits to earn the win. Chad Tracy starting in place of an injured Adam LaRoche reached base three times and launched a home run. Denard Span also recorded his MLB...

Davey Johnson: Nationals ‘probably’ would have won in playoffs with Stephen Strasburg

Washington Nationals fans are left to forever wonder what could have been if the team allowed Stephen Strasburg to pitch in the 2012 postseason rather than shutting him down because of an innings cap. The Nationals certainly could have used another arm in the 2012 NLDS when they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in […]

Bryce Harper: “I’m not going to be Mr. Tim Tebow”

  Bryce Harper is a devout Mormon but does not plan to talk about his faith in the way that NFL player Tim Tebow has. “If somebody asks me about it, I’ll tell them about it, but I’m not going to be Mr. Tim Tebow,” Harper told the Washington Times. Harper does not mean those words in a negative manner, instead saying he would talk about religion should he be asked. Before...

Haren pitches Nationals past Diamondbacks 2-0

Dan Haren brought his disappointing season with Washington to a strong conclusion on Saturday night, blanking the Arizona Diamondbacks on four hits through seven innings in the Nationals' 2-0 victory. Haren (10-14), the former Diamondbacks pitcher who signed a one-year, $13 million deal with the Nationals and struggled mightily for much of the season, struck out five and walked...

D-backs shut down by Haren as skid continues

PHOENIX (AP) -- Dan Haren brought his disappointing season to a strong conclusion on Saturday night, blanking the Diamondbacks on four hits through seven innings in the Nationals' 2-0 victory. Haren (10-14), the former Diamondbacks pitcher who signed a one-year, 13 million deal with the Nationals and struggled mightily for much of the season, struck out five and walked one....

D-backs look to end on high note, get back to .500

The Nationals have already helped Davey Johnson accomplish his pre-retirement goal. The Diamondbacks, on the other hand, still have work to do to avoid their first losing season in three years. Both second-place clubs will end their seasons Sunday at Chase Field. The 70-year-old Johnson, who will be managing for the last time Sunday, recently told his players he wanted to finish...

D-backs return home to finish season against Nationals

Paul Goldschmidt will bring a 16-game hitting streak into the Diamondbacks' final series of the season at Chase Field, a three-gamer against a Nationals team that opened the season with expectations of using the weekend as a springboard to the playoffs. Washington was the consensus favorite to win NL East, and many saw the Nationals making it all the way to the World Series...

Jayson Werth says Cal Ripken Jr. would be his top choice as Nationals manager

Jayson Werth understands his role with the Washington Nationals. He has opinions and no matter how much weight they carry inside the clubhouse they may not matter to the front office. That did not prevent him from expressing one Saturday evening about the most pressing topic of the Nationals’ offseason. If Werth could pick the Nationals’ next manager he would start — no matter...

Nationals-Diamondbacks Preview

While Patrick Corbin has enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2013, he's fallen off the pace down the stretch. Stephen Strasburg has been steady all season, but he doesn't have much to show for it. Corbin and Strasburg match up in their final starts of the year Friday night as the Arizona Diamondbacks open a three-game home set against the Washington Nationals. Leading the team...
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