Posted July 07, 2013 on
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At last, the Washington Nationals' lineup is starting to click. In related news, Davey Johnson's squad is closer to first place than it has been in over six weeks.
Ryan Zimmerman hit a grand slam, Bryce Harper added three hits and two stolen bases, and the Nationals sent the San Diego Padres to their ninth straight loss, 11-7 on Sunday.
Stephen Strasburg (5-6) allowed four runs over six innings. He matched his season-high with nine strikeouts as the Nationals won their fourth straight, the last three over San Diego.
The victory moved the Nationals within four games of NL East-leading Atlanta. That is the smallest deficit for the defending division champions since May 20.
''We've played below our potential and now we're coming around,'' Johnson said. ''That's a good feeling.''
Feeling good isn't in the Padres' repertoire right now.
''That was a rough one. No doubt about it,'' San Diego manager Bud Black...
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Congrats to Jordan Zimmermann for being named an All-Star for the first time. Unfortunately, MLB.com is selling a "Zimmerman" NL All-Star jersey.
Now, get over to MLB.com and vote for Ian Desmond, please...
(Screencap via MLB.com shop, via @jtshiffman)
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Jordan Zimmermann: "I just made...
Seems like only yesterday Davey Johnson was rushing Bryce Harper back from his rehab assignment...
Now, Davey's giving Harper the rest of the weekend off because he's...slumping (0-18 since hitting that HR in his first AB back)? So much for getting the gang back together:
"I'll probably give Harper a couple days off. I think he's just fighting himself...
So Bryce Harper has accepted an invitation to participate in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star game next week. Raise your hand if you're worried that he'll hurt himself somehow and/or mess up his swing forever!
Oh well, his brother Bryan doesn't seem worried:
Can’t wait to watch Bryce in the HR Derby!! Gonna put on a show for the fans in NYC!! @Nationals @Bharper3407...
According to this tweet I saw this morning from James Wagner of the Washington Post:
Bryce Harper says he was asked to participate in the home run derby. Hasn’t given answer yet. Wouldn’t tip his hand. Will answer tonight.
— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) July 7, 2013
I’ve always wanted to see a guy like Adam Dunn in the Home Run Derby, and I’m probably never going to get...
Everyone knows Bryce Harper wears 34 because Mickey Mantle wore 7, right? (Three plus four equals seven, you see.) Well, what people don’t know is that Harper also ran into the wall at Dodger Stadium two months ago because Babe Ruth did the same thing in Washington, D.C. 79 years ago. (Again, probably.)
Here Babe Ruth is knocked out by collision with Griffith Stadium DC wall, playing...
Bryce Harper was elected by the fans to start in his first All-Star game today, becoming the youngest player since Ken Griffey Jr. made the lineup in 1990.
The real good read, though; is one that will tug on your heart strings. Harper spent time with a terminally ill young man yesterday prior to the Nationals game. For all the talk about Bryce Harper being a bad guy when he entered...
Bryce Harper is no stranger to home run hitting contests, and now he’ll take aim at the biggest home run contest of all at the All Star Game held at Citi Field.
Harper was selected by David Wright to a team that includes Wright, Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer. Michael Cuddyer? Well why the Hell is he part of the Home Run Derby? He’s boring as a chicken dinner.
Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper isn't resting
this weekend, after all.
Outfielder Scott Hairson has been traded to the Washington Nationals.
The Chicago Cubs sent the 33-year-old and a player to be named later to the Nationals for Ivan Pineyro and a player to be named later.
Hairston was hitting just .172 this season in 52 games for the Cubs but the Nationals hoping that he will serve the team well as a fourth outfielder. Last season Hairston hit 20...
Thanks to Matt Monroe for the screencap! Lannan pitched an excellent game tonight. He went 8 innings with 4 hits, no runs, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Papelbon came in the 9th and gave up 2 hits back to back. He ended up with 2 hits, 2 runs, and 2...
Since manager Davey Johnson decided to flip-flop his batting order, the surging Washington Nationals appear to have found their groove at the plate.
Seeking a fifth straight win, the Nationals may need another big offensive showing in Monday night's opener against the Philadelphia Phillies given the way scheduled starter Dan Haren has struggled.
After his team was limited to...
July has brought unrelenting heat to the District, and the Washington Nationals (46-42) are hoping to bring the heat north, as they ride a season-high four-game winning streak into their face-off with the Philadelphia Phillies (43-46).
The Nationals just completed their first sweep since April 11 over the San Diego Padres, and have gone 5-2 to open the month.
Just a few hours after sweeping the San Diego Padres, the Washington Nationals added a little depth to their bench by trading for right handed hitting outfielder Scott Hairston. As reported by Masn’s Dan Kolko through Ken Rosenthal:
Per @Ken_Rosenthal, the #Nats have acquired OF Scott Hairston from the Cubs for a minor league pitcher. Brings right-handed pop off bench.
John Lannan defeated the Washington Nationals on Monday night. With eight innings of work the 28-year-old led the Phillies to a 3-2 victory.
Lannan went from 2011 Opening Day starter to minor leaguer to free agent this winter.
While Lannan has pitched well against the Nationals in two starts this season he holds a 4.23 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP on the season overall.