Found April 25, 2013 on Diamond Hoggers:
May 7th, 2009: I tried to be sneaky tonight by taking a prop bet that Bryce Harper would NOT homer off Bronson Arroyo. You figure that Arroyo is a veteran pitcher who should know better than to pitch to the one hitter in the Nationals cold lineup who can hurt you. What resulted was one of the longest home runs that Bryce Harper has ever hit. After the ball landed on the centerfield lawn at Nationals Park, I was a few bucks lighter. And I will never bet against Bryce Harper hitting a home run again. Especially if Mr. Bugs Bunny Change-up Bronson Arroyo is on the bump. You took my money kid. You took my money.

Bryce Harper Will Be The Youngest 50 Home Run Hitter In MLB History

What do Ralph Kiner, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Jimmie Foxx all have in common? They are in the record books as the youngest players in major league history to dial long distance 50 times in a season. All four players were 24 years of age at the time they accomplished the feat. So if my math serves me correctly 20-year-old Washington Nationals phenomenon Bryce Harper has four...

Nats give new reporter a Gatorade shower

Well, in keeping with the fine tradition of ex-MASN sideline reporter Kristina Akra, new MASN sideline reporter Julie Alexandria got an introductory Gatorade shower during her first postgame interview with Gio Gonzalez on Thursday night. Oh, and the Nats broke out the lumber in an 8-1 win. They just might have time to turn this season around. Here's to many more Gatorade showers...

Gio Gonzalez's collection of Nats starting rotation bobbleheads

Heck of a start by Gio Gonzalez last night against the Reds, no? Meanwhile, Gio posted the photo above (Photo via giog47 on Instagram) of his collection of Nats starting rotation bobbleheads in his locker at Nationals Park a few days ago: Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, and Gio Gonzalez. Anybody missing? "All I'm missing is Ross and Haren

Reds' Paul has become Cincinnati's super-sub

CINCINNATI His motto should be, Xavier Paul, always on call.For the past few months, Paul has been Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Bakers Main Man off the bench when situations call for a left handed pinch-hitter.And X has marked his spot. So far this season he is hitting .300 in his pinch-hitting duties that includes a grand slam home run.The 28-year-old outfielder from Slidell,...

On first day, sideline reporter soaked in Gio Gonzalez’s Gatorade bath (video)

It was Julie Alexandria’s first day on the job as sideline reporter, covering Washington Nationals games for MASN. Alexandria was interviewing Nationals pitcher following the game, who was the star of the game due to his phenomenal effort on the mound. The left-hander produced eight innings of dominant pitching, striking out seven and only giving up one run in Washington’s 8...

Minor League Game Review – 4/24/13

Louisville lost 7-3. Box Score Emmanuel Burriss went 2-4 with a walk. Felix Perez went 1-4 with a run. Neftali Soto went 1-3 with a walk and a run. Denis Phipps went 1-4 with  adouble and a run. Josh Fellhauer went 1-4 with an RBI. Nevin Ashley went 1-4 with 2 RBI. Sean Marshall (rehab) threw a shutout inning with 2 strikeouts. Mike MacDougal threw 1.2 shutout innings. Jose Arredondo...

Julie Alexandria gets another Gatorade shower after Nationals win

Julie Alexandria might think about wearing a rain slicker the next time she does a post game interview with a Washington Nationals player after a victory.  For the second night in a row, the MASN reporter was on the wet end of a player's Gatorade shower but, after the Nats 1-0 win over the Reds Friday night while she interviewed Jordan Zimmerman, it sure looked like Alexandria...

Mudcats night darkened by Nationals two-run homer

Zebulon, N.C. –Potomac Nationals first baseman Kevin Keyes hit a two-run homer that shattered a light bulb in left field to give Potomac the 2-0 win over the Carolina Mudcats on Wednesday night at Five County Stadium. The Nationals held the Mudcats scoreless for the first time this season.  With the offense failing to score, Shawn Morimando suffered the loss for Carolina despite...

Game 22: Cubs 0, Reds 1

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Too Early For Nationals to Hit Panic Button

The Washington Nationals fell below .500 for the first time this season on Wednesday with a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. While the Nationals may have righted the ship with Thursday’s 8-1 pounding of the Reds, the 3-game sweep at the hands of the Cardinals left fans and media wondering if it was time to panic, and furthered the second-guessing of the offseason moves made...

Zimmermann blanks Reds on 1 hit in Nats' 1-0 win

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jordan Zimmermann was terrific in his second complete game of the season and the Washington Nationals limited the Cincinnati Reds to one hit for the second straight game in a 1-0 victory on Friday night. Zimmermann (4-1) struck out four and walked one while improving to 3-0 with a 1.36 ERA in five career games against Cincinnati. The right-hander needed only 91...

Harper, Haren power Nats past Reds

Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer and scored twice, Dan Haren had his best start of the young season Saturday and the Washington Nationals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3. Denard Span and Jayson Werth each had two hits for Washington, which has won the first three games of the four-game set. Harper's two RBI gave him 18, a Nationals record for April. Haren (2-3) didn't quite...

Random observations from week four

by: Dan Howard Staff Writer The 2013 baseball season is well into its fourth week and here are my observations, sprinkled with a few random notes, from what has been a pretty good season thus far. Good News! The Cincinnati Reds have won 12 of 16 at Great American Ballpark this season. The Reds are on pace to win 61 home games this year. Bad News! After Thursday’s...

Nats Will Try To Jumpstart Offense Against Reds

After being swept in the previous series to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Washington Nationals (10-11) will continue their home stand by facing another tough NL Central opponent, the Cincinnati Reds (13-9). Being swept by the Cardinals dropped the Nationals’ record below .500 for the first time since 2011, when they finished the season 80-81. In order to bring their record up...
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