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Another game, another monster home run in a dome by Mike Morse. Last night, it was a 430+ foot bomb at Minute Maid Park. Tonight, that's what, a 425 foot opposite field bomb up there to that concourse? We're just disappointed Morse didn't plop that one into the pool. More importantly: Morse has a 1 game hitting streak. Thanks Cole Hamels, you a-hole. (Screen caps via MASN/TV) Befriend Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.

Uh oh: Stephen Strasburg's back is hurting!

(Up above, the lunging catch in the second that didn't help Strasburg's stiff back feel any better. Screen cap via MASN/ And so, with another stellar Stephen Strasburg start in the books, and 6 more innings checked off in Mike Rizzo's innings count ledger (133.1 for the season), we have officially entered the "savor every start" portion of Stephen...

Mike Morse Lands On The Moon

From last night, a Mike Morse HR that looked a whole hell of a lot farther than the 434 feet it was estimated at (via Nats Enquirer).

Nationals GM denies report about Strasburg shutdown

The most controversial subject involving the Washington Nationals was addressed again on Friday. Yahoo! Sports reported that the Nats would shut down Stephen Strasburg when he gets to 180 innings. But GM Mike Rizzo, when talking to the media before the series opener with the Diamondbacks, said there is no official limit the team has decided on. Rizzo told The Washington Post...

Strasburg’s Innings Cap Revealed to Be 180 IP

Via Yahooo’s Jeff Passan: While Mike Rizzo wouldn’t pin down a number, he said Stephen Strasburg will not exceed 180 innings. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 10, 2012 While the Nationals have been saying publicly for a while that they were going to take precautions with Stephen Strasburg, this is the firmest comment yet on just where the line is going to be drawn...

D-backs return home on a high note

It's been an up-and-down second half of the season for Washington's Stephen Strasburg, but the hard-throwing right-hander believes he's figuring out what it takes to excel in the majors. Strasburg tries to build on a strong outing and help the NL East-leading Nationals win seven straight games for the first time in more than a year in Friday night's series opener...

What To Do With Stephen Strasburg

The toughest decision facing any General Manager as the season winds down will be Mike Rizzo’s decision of whether or not to shut down Stephen Strasburg, and if so, at what point.  Strasburg has been one of the best pitchers in the league to this point, putting up a 2.97 ERA, a 2.69 FIP, and a WAR of 3.7.  Unfortunately, he is also coming off of Tommy John Surgery, and at the...


"He’s in attack mode coming out after guys. He’s a bear out there." (Davey Johnson on Jordan Zimmermann, via Washington Post, 8/10/2012) Ho hum, just another dominating performance for Jordan (Cy Young?) Zimmermann last night in Houston: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K, 87 pitches-57 strikes. Attack mode! (Screen cap via MASN/TV) Befriend Nats Enquirer on...

MLB: Strasburg likely won't exceed 180 innings

Washington Nationals' prized pitcher Stephen Strasburg won't pitch more than 180 innings this season, general manager Mike Rizzo told "We feel that we do know this is going to work," Rizzo told Yahoo's Jeff Passan. "We've done research. We feel like there's evidence. We're not saying we're smarter than anyone else. But...

Hit-or-miss D-backs no match for Strasburg

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks returned from a 17-homer road trip to one of most hitter friendly parks in the National League, but neither could offset the effortless 97 mph fastball of Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals are committed to limiting Strasburgs innings this season after he underwent Tommy John surgery a year ago, a position they have held since February, although it has...

Nationals 9, Diamondbacks 1

Stephen Strasburg allowed one hit over six innings and Ryan Zimmerman homered to help the Washington Nationals rout the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks 9-1 on Friday night for their seventh straight win. Michael Morse homered, Steve Lombardozzi had a career-high four hits and scored three runs and Bryce Harper added two sacrifice flies for the Nationals, who remained 4 1-2 games ahead...

Ankiel returns as an outfielder and Doby plays Thompson on This Day in Baseball

August 9, 2007, marks another performance enhanced historical moment when Rick Ankiel made a dramatic return to the St. Louis Cardinals. In his first big league game in three years, Ankiel – a former pitcher – batted second and played right field. After going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts, Ankiel hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to propel the Cardinals to a 5-0...

MLB’s Parity Amazes … And Other Random Musings and Tidbits

A few nights ago it was so warm I couldn’t sleep, so my mind drifted to Octobers past. I came up with these nuggets, which I believe are all factual with seven weeks to play in another splendid MLB season. Davey Johnson’s Washington Nationals are poised to reach the playoffs for the first time since the franchise moved to Washington. (Image credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images North...

Stop the Presses! More MLB Breaking News!

BASEBALL HEADLINES FROM NEWSPAPERS ACROSS THE NATIONWASHINGTON NATIONALS OWNERSHIP DECIDES TO SHUT DOWN GM MIKE RIZZO FOR THE YEAR“We Feel Mike Has Pitched a Large Number of Deals for the Nationals in 2012 and We Need to Insure He Will be Rested and Ready for the 2013 Season,” Stated Nats Chief Operating Officer Andrew Feffer.SF GIANTS NOW CLAIM TERRITORIAL RIGHTS EXTEND INTO...

The 5 Year Anniversary Of "Rick The Stick"

Five years and 1 day ago, Rick Ankiel became a legend. Our friends over at Fan IQ reminded us that it's already been half a decade since Rick The Stick put back on the Cardinals uniform after a 3 year exile in the minor leagues to "become a hitter".Please note: from 2001 to August 9 2007, Rick Ankiel had exactly 1 official at bat in the Major Leagues. One. Since? Nearly...
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