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Ignite Your Latitude

Michael Morse suffers setback, out indefinitely. Time to resume #Panicmode, indefinitely. Up there is a shot of Michael Morse swinging it in Hagerstown, before his strained lat hurt so bad he had to remove himself from last night's game in the seventh inning (Photo courtesy of @mkuhn55). Still can't throw a baseball? Bad news for Michael Morse. He took himself out...
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April 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg, car salesman.

It's a good thing Stephen Strasburg has a Major League Baseball career to fall back on. After viewing Stephen Strasburg's new Toyota ad, below, (via DC Sports Bog) we can scratch "actor" and "salesman" off the list of Strasburg's potential career options. "I'm Stephen Strasburg, and Toyota is the easiest pitch I'll make all year"...
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April 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Not frickin’ bueno

(Henry Rodriguez's wild throw to first got past Danny Espinosa in the 9th, setting up the winning run. Screengrab via SNY/TV.) Mets 4, Nationals 3:  Henry Rodriguez comes undone in the 9th: walks the leadoff guy, throws ball away on a bunt, gives up walkoff hit to Murphy. Nats score early, but not often enough. E-Jax can't hold 3-0 lead. Befriend the Nats Enquirer...
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April 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Drew Storen's elbow has a date with Dr. James Andrews

Don't fear the reaper. That's just "renowned" orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews approaching with his scalpel. (As an aside: We challenge you to find a report referencing "Dr. James Andrews" where the adjective "renowned" is not also included. Is this qualifier necessary so as not to confuse the "renowned" Dr. James Andrews with some...
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April 09, 2012  |  Discuss

DC bar offering a new Jayson Werth drink special.

Last season, Duffy's Irish Pub in DC made headlines with a Jayson Werth drink special: PBR Tallboys priced to match Werth's batting average: $2.12 at the time. Now, Duffy's is at it again with a new Jayson Werth drink special: free shots for each Jayson Werth HR this season: Certainly a much more positive promotion this time around compared to the ~2.12 beer promo...
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April 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Even Chad Tracy couldn't save the Nats from Jeff Samardzija.

(Jordan Zimmermann talks with the media after Sunday's loss to the Cubs. Screengrab via MASN.com video.) Cubs 4, Nationals 3: Once again Nats' offense shows up late; but this time without the magic. Thanks, Xavier Nady. Jordan Zimmermann was good, but Jeff Samardzija was better. Chaditude fails to ignite: Chad Tracy 0-1 (K). Meanwhile... Left ankle sprain...
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April 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Ignite your Chaditude!

(Meet the new Mayor of Nats Town: Chad Tracy. Screengrab via TV/MASN.) It's Chad Tracy's world, we just live in it. Chadtionals 7, Cubs 4: Chad Tracy clutch 2-run single sparks 5 run rally with 2 outs in the 8th. Chad Tracy for NL MVP? How about: Chad Tracy for President! Does Chad Tracy's beard have its own Twitter account yet? At this...
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

When Michael Morse forgot his batting helmet

Sure, he went 2-3 last night in a rehab start for AA Harrisburg; but Michael Morse is still rusty. Apparently The Beast headed out to the on deck circle without his batting helmet before an AB last night, then quickly realized the error of his ways, as seen in the photo above, courtesy of @_JakeRussell. Befriend the Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Michael Morse returns to Beast Mode in rehab start for Harrisburg Senators

There's Michael Morse signing autographs before Friday night's Harrisburg Senators-Bowie Baysox matchup. (Photo by @_JakeRussell) Guess it's safe to officially cancel #Panicmode. Michael Morse went 2-3 with a HR in a rehab start for Harrisburg Friday night. Also, Rick Ankiel also homered for the Senators. See you at the Nats home opener on Thursday? Elsewhere in the...
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April 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Hype comes to Syracuse

Here's video of Bryce Harper doing an interview with CNY Central News in Syracuse during Chiefs media day on Wednesday. (Asked what he knew about Syracuse prior to arriving, Harper acknowledged that he "always knew it was a big basketball town. Everyone knows about Syracuze".) The Washington Post's Dave Sheinin was at Harper's AAA debut in Syracuze on Thursday...
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April 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Bryce Harper doubles in first at-bat with Syracuse Chiefs

Pretty nice AAA debut for Bryce Harper on Thursday:2-4 with a 2B and stolen base. Up above, video of Harper's double in his first AB as a member of the Syracuse Chiefs. Befriend the Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.  
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April 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper goes 2-4 in AAA debut, had "butterflies and whatnot".

(Bryce Harper takes the field during pregame introductions on Thursday in a vintage 1978 Chiefs uni. Screengrab via TV/TWC) And so, Bryce Harper started his Triple-A stint with the Syracuse Chiefs with a 2-4 day at the plate, including a double and a stolen base. Apparently Harper (starting in CF) had "butterflies and whatnot" before the game. Quotes, via the Associated...
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April 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Desi Does It

Nationals 2, Cubs 1: Walkfest in the 8th to tie it; Ian Desmond delivers game winning single in 9th to win it (3-5 day for Desi). Brad Lidge does a pretty good Drew Storen impression to nail down the win. Strasburg more than good enough to win in his first Opening Day start: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 5 K, 82-58 pitches-strikes, 7-4 groundouts-strikeouts. Hey, what do you know...
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April 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Here's John Lannan during Syracuse Chiefs pregame introductions

There's poor John Lannan being introduced to the crowd at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse before the AAA Chiefs home opener (in 1978 Chiefs throwback jersey) this afternoon, right around the same time his former teammates were being introduced at Wrigley. You can only wonder what was running through Lannan's head as he hopped up the dugout steps to take his place along...
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April 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals 2012: At last, there's a chance...

In a column from December 2007, in which he gushed about the Nationals signing 36 year old Paul Lo Duca, the Washington Post's Thomas Boswell declared: "Normal baseball will soon arrive in Washington." (Just two days later, Lo Duca would be named in the Mitchell Report.)Who knew that "normal" meant "almost historically bad" and, specifically, two...
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April 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Lannan asks for trade. Hey, Davey never said anything about John being Rizzo's guy.

Washington Nationals starter John Lannan walks into the dugout after getting pulled against the Chicago White Sox in the fifth inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game in Washington, June 20, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)   Seems like only last week Davey Johnson was declaring "John's my guy." Note that Davey...
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April 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Might as well print the World Series tickets, and plan the parade...

The World Series trophy sits in the front seat of a pickup truck before a parade honoring the World Championship St. Louis Cardinals that won the 2011 World Series in St. Louis on October 30, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt   "What’s stood out to me this spring, more baseball people have said to me, ‘The Nationals are going to be good this year.’" (Bud...
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April 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Bring on the Harpercuse t-shirts.

First there were Harperstown t-shirts. Then there were Harpersburg t-shirts. Now, just in time for John Lannan's Bryce Harper's arrival in Syracuse: there are Harpercuse t-shirts. It was only a matter of time. (Image above via @jwilhidejr, Sportstardesigns.com) Befriend the Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.
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April 04, 2012  |  Discuss

"John's my guy."

Washington Nationals starter John Lannan walks into the dugout after getting pulled against the Chicago White Sox in the fifth inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game in Washington, June 20, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)   ...or at least he was Davey Johnson's guy a little over a week ago when he was named #5 starter....
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April 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Chad Tracy taking BP to Japanese pop music, etc.

Congrats to Brett Carroll, Xavier Nady, Steve Lombardozzi, and Chad Tracy, on making Davey Johnson's 25-man roster. And yes: Chad Tracy making his way back to the Majors after a year in exile in Japan is a nice, feel-good, story. Except that it says something about the health of a couple of guys you'd rather have around for Opening Day. Here's Tracy: "It makes...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss
WHAT A GAS

Werth on 2011: 'A fart in the wind'

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth had a unique way of explaining his sub-par 2011 season, making a fart reference and adding, "Last year is just one year."

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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

All systems go for Gio

At his introductory press conference at Nationals Park on January 25, Gio Gonzalez addressed his biggest concern about making the jump to the NL: "Swinging the bat will be my biggest adjustment." And then he got a hit on Sunday, in his final start of the spring. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post described the moment in all its Little League glory: When...
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April 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Syracuse Chiefs Opening Day 2012 ad features "Bryce Harper and the 2012 Chiefs"

A commercial for Syracuse Chiefs Opening Day 2012 features a pair of Washington Nationals phenoms (video below), but obviously, the Chiefs are going to promote the heck out of the one who will be there this year (well, hopefully only one of 'em will be there this year).  Even if it is for just a few short weeks, the Chiefs will be selling Bryce Harper early and often. Better...
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March 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa and strikeouts...

Above: what it looked like on TV when Danny Espinosa struck out looking in the 5th inning of Friday night's Nats-Marlins game; 0-3 night for Danny through 5, with 3 Ks. That's 23 strikeouts in 63 spring training ABs. That's a lot of strikeouts. That's positively Adam Dunn-esque. (Screengrab via TV/MASN.) Befriend the Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.  
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March 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Steve Lombardozzi just keeps on hitting...

(Lombo. Screengrab via MLB.com) Busy, busy, day for the Nats on Thursday: a strong start from Edwin Jackson, Adam LaRoche hit AND ran, and more roster moves than you can shake a stick at. And then there's Steve Lombardozzi: three more hits yesterday in the Nats split squad win against the Tigers, starting at 2B on this day. Lombo has 19 hits on the spring, hitting a healthy...
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March 30, 2012  |  Discuss
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