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  1. Picture of the Day: Drew Storen under the microscope

    Oct 13, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Drew Storen AP

    As if giving up four runs and taking the loss in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Cardinals last night wasn’t bad enough, Nationals closer Drew Storen was faced with this after the game: Via Chase Hughes of NatsInsider.com, Storen summed it up pretty well in his post-game comments. “It’s part of the job.…

  2. Sorry Nats fans, but history is not written by the losers

    Oct 13, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Yeah, it’s totally crazy to think that the team is better with one of the best pitchers in baseball.  In a postseason where anything can happen, and where nine of the ten teams who enter will not leave alive, it’s always the case that the best on-paper team wins it. The ones who lose never…

  3. Davey Johnson fiddles as D.C. burns

    Oct 13, 2012, 12:43 AM EDT

    Davey Johnson

    No major league team had ever blown more than a four-run lead to lose an elimination game. No team until the Nationals managed to let a six-run lead slip away in a 9-7 loss to the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS. One imagines Davey Johnson will put much of the blame for Friday’s…

  4. Cardinals complete stunning comeback against Nationals to advance to NLCS

    Oct 13, 2012, 12:42 AM EDT

    Cardinals celebration Getty

    After the Nationals took an early 6-0 lead over the Cardinals through three innings, Game 5 had all the makings of a laugher. It was anything but. The Cardinals chipped away throughout and scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to complete a stunning comeback, topping the Nationals 9-7 for the right…

  5. The Cardinals take the lead over the Nationals in the top of the ninth

    Oct 13, 2012, 12:23 AM EDT

    Storen Getty

    Incredible. Just incredible. Drew Storen took the mound in the top of the ninth with a 7-5 lead and needed just three outs for the Nationals to advance to the NLCS. But the Cardinals fought back by scoring four runs to take a 9-7 lead. Nationals Park was completely juiced going into the inning, but…

  6. The Nationals add some insurance, lead the Cardinals 7-5 going into ninth inning

    Oct 12, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki AP

    The Nationals just added some valuable insurance in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Kurt Suzuki smacked an RBI single up the middle to push the score to 7-5 going into the top of the ninth. Jason Motte allowed back-to-back singles to Adam LaRoche and Michael Morse to begin the inning, but bounced back…

  7. Jayson Werth delivers walkoff homer vs. Cardinals to force a Game 5 in NLDS

    Oct 11, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth AP

    We’re going to have yet another Game 5 in this already thrilling postseason. Jayson Werth clubbed a walkoff solo homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning this evening to power the Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLDS. It forces a fifth and deciding game…

  8. NLDS Preview: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 7, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

    busch stadium getty

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Cardinals and Nationals have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams St. Louis Cardinals (88-74) vs. Washington Nationals (98-64) The Matchups Game 1 Sunday in St. Louis: Gio Gonzalez vs.…

  9. Nationals’ celebration involved 60 bottles of champagne and 480 cans of beer

    Oct 3, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Nationals Werth shakes beer and champagne out of his hair while celebrating with teammates after they defeated the Phillies in Washington

    I’ve always wondered what exactly goes into a team’s celebration after clinching a playoff spot and James Wagner of the Washington Post has some details on the Nationals’ post-division title bash Monday night: The revelry was organized and the cleanup spearheaded by longtime clubhouse manager Mike Wallace. For the celebration, he ordered 60 bottles of…

  10. Nationals make Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen co-closers

    Sep 21, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

    Drew Storen

    Why mess with what’s working? Tyler Clippard is 32-for-35 saving games since taking over as the Nationals’ closer in late May. However, manager Davey Johnson announced Friday that he’d have Clippard and Drew Storen share save opportunities going forward. “The fact is, I told [pitching coach Steve McCatty] that I have confidence in both of…

  11. The Nationals could still make a run without Stephen Strasburg

    Sep 8, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Nationals Getty

    The Nationals enter today’s action with the best record in baseball at 85-53. Yet with the attention given to the unique situation involving the shutdown of Stephen Strasburg, one would think they would be doomed without him. That’s just not the case. And it’s really a discredit to a well-balanced ballclub. Nationals starters are first…

  12. Nationals clinch winning record for first time since moving to D.C.

    Sep 3, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

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    The Nationals topped the Cubs 2-1 this afternoon at Nationals Park for their 82nd victory of the season. This guarantees them their first winning record since moving from Montreal to D.C. for the 2005 season. The club went 81-81 in their first season in D.C. and 80-81 last year. Ross Detwiler was excellent this afternoon,…

  13. Braves overcome 9-0 deficit, beat Nationals in 11 innings

    Jul 20, 2012, 11:44 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    One can’t help but wonder just how late Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard were out last night. Down 9-0 after five innings, the Braves rallied to beat the Nationals 11-10 in 11 innings Friday and cut Washington’s NL East lead down to 2 1/2 games. It was the first time since 1987 that the Braves had…

  14. The Nationals designate Rick Ankiel for assignment

    Jul 19, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Drew Storen is ready to come off the DL so someone had to go. That someone is Rick Ankiel, who the Nationals have designated for assignment. Ankiel is pretty much Ankiel at this point. He’s hitting .228/.282/.411, which is not terribly different from what he did last year. Or the year before that. Or the year…

  15. Drew Storen could return to the Nationals on Thursday

    Jul 18, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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    Nationals reliever Drew Storen hasn’t appeared in a major league game this season due to problems with his throwing elbow. But that’s about ready to change. According to CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman, the 24-year-old right-hander made a dominant one-inning rehab appearance Tuesday night at Class A Potomac and could be cleared to return to the…

  16. Report: Angels make Peter Bourjos, Kendrys Morales available

    Jul 18, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    Peter Bourjos

    According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, the Angels are willing to part with Peter Bourjos in order to upgrade their bullpen and could consider dealing Kendrys Morales as well. Bourjos, perhaps baseball’s premier defensive center fielder, has been made expendable in Anaheim by the emergence of Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo. Still, there are a…

  17. Drew Storen breezes through first minor league rehab game

    Jul 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Drew Storen Getty

    Out since undergoing spring training surgery to remove a bone chip from his elbow, Drew Storen began a minor-league rehab assignment last night at Single-A. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Storen tossed a scoreless inning and needed just eight pitches to get three outs. It was such a brief outing that Storen actually went…

  18. Twins open to trading Denard Span, not Josh Willingham

    Jun 29, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Josh Willingham

    The Twins lost 99 games last year. This year, they’re on pace to lose 96. Their minor league system boasts one potential star in Miguel Sano but is otherwise probably among the weakest in the game. Maybe cashing in the 33-year-old outfielder with a history of back problems wouldn’t be such a bad idea? According…

  19. Drew Storen will probably be returning to a setup role

    Jun 24, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    drew storen getty

    Drew Storen saved 43 games alongside a superb 2.75 ERA last season for the Nationals. But the 24-year-old right-hander might no longer bear the title of “closer” when he returns from elbow surgery. According to Amanda Comack of the Washington Times, Nats manager Davey Johnson told reporters Saturday evening that he’s likely to stick with…

  20. Drew Storen ready to face hitters following elbow surgery

    Jun 21, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Drew Storen AP

    The last time we checked in on Drew Storen, he just resumed throwing off a mound following April surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. Now he’s ready to take the next step. According to Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com, Storen is scheduled to throw live batting practice tomorrow for the first time since…

  21. Drew Storen is back on the mound following elbow surgery

    Jun 11, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have relied on Tyler Clippard as their primary closer in recent days, but he could return to his familiar set-up role before long. According to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, Drew Storen recently began throwing off a mound following April surgery to remove a bone chip from his right elbow. He threw…

  22. Nationals put Henry Rodriguez on DL, activate Brad Lidge

    Jun 7, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge Getty

    Henry Rodriguez initially remained on the active roster after slamming his finger in a door, but today the Nationals placed him on the disabled list and activated Brad Lidge to fill his bullpen spot. Lidge has been out since mid-April following sports hernia surgery and in his absence the Nationals turned to Rodriguez and then…

  23. Nats demote Henry Rodriguez, will go closer-by-committee

    May 22, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

    henry rodriguez getty

    The Nationals are switching things up at closer. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s Nats Insider, manager Davey Johnson announced Tuesday night that right-hander Henry Rodriguez has been demoted back to his old setup role. Johnson will open things up in the ninth inning, giving save chances to a combination of Sean Burnett, Tyler…

  24. Drew Storen aiming to return around the All-Star break

    May 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    storen getty

    As fill-in closer Henry Rodriguez continues to do his tight-rope act in the ninth inning Drew Storen said yesterday that he’s aiming to return from the disabled list and reclaim the Nationals’ closer job around the All-Star break. Storen underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow on April 11 and has progressed to…

  25. Nationals sign reliever Mike Gonzalez to minor league deal

    May 8, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Mike Gonzalez AP

    Mike Gonzalez‘s inability to land a bullpen gig this offseason always seemed weird to me. Certainly his lengthy injury history played a big part, especially since he underwent knee surgery shortly after last season, but he has a 2.94 career ERA and was effective last year with a 4.39 ERA and 51/21 K/BB ratio in…

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