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  1. Tyler Clippard says the Nationals have handled Drew Storen “very poorly”

    Jul 27, 2013, 9:45 AM EST

    Drew Storen AP

    Drew Storen was demoted to Triple-A Syracuse after yesterday’s doubleheader against the Mets. It’s a dramatic fall from grace for someone who looked like one of the best young relievers in the game just two years ago. Coming off his implosion during the NLDS last October against the Cardinals, Storen owns a 5.95 ERA through…

  2. Stephen Strasburg throws seven shutout innings, leaves after 80 pitches

    Apr 1, 2013, 2:53 PM EST

    Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Stephen Strasburg was cruising along through seven shutout innings against the Marlins and looked ready to pitch into the eighth inning of a game for the first time in his career, but manager Davey Johnson decided to pull him after just 80 pitches. Washington was up 2-0, so it was hardly a blowout situation, but…

  3. Nats reliever Christian Garcia to be shelved two more weeks

    Mar 17, 2013, 9:29 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    Via James Wagner: The initial word on Christian Garcia’s visit with a Baltimore-based hand specialist is that the right-hander will need two more weeks of rest before he can resume throwing. Garcia was scheduled to fly to Washington on Sunday to be evaluated by Ken Means, a hand specialist. He had originally hoped to play…

  4. Rafael Soriano will be the Nationals’ closer

    Jan 18, 2013, 2:50 PM EST

    Rafael Soriano Getty

    General manager Mike Rizzo left no doubt that Rafael Soriano will be the Nationals’ new closer after signing a two-year, $28 million deal, saying: “Suffice it to say, Raffy is here to pitch the ninth inning.” That means last year’s primary closer, Tyler Clippard, moves back into a setup role after saving 32 games, and…

  5. Nationals sign Rafael Soriano to two-year, $28 million deal

    Jan 15, 2013, 2:27 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Well, this certainly came out of nowhere. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that free agent reliever Rafael Soriano has agreed to a two-year, $28 million contract with the Nationals, who lose their first-round draft pick in order to sign him. Soriano was one of three remaining free agents with draft pick compensation attached. All…

  6. Major League Baseball holding a charity auction for Stand Up to Cancer

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:33 PM EST

    Stand Up to Cancer

    Major League Baseball just announced something very cool: a charity auction to benefit the Stand Up to Cancer. The initiative was inspired by the numerous cases of public relations officials in the sport who have been diagnosed with cancer in recent years. The auction starts now and goes through Thursday December 6 at midnight and includes…

  7. Daniel Descalso cuts Nationals’ lead to 6-5 with solo homer

    Oct 12, 2012, 11:43 PM EST

    Daniel Descalso Getty

    Oh boy. We have a one-run game in Washington. Daniel Descalso hit a leadoff home run off Tyler Clippard in the top of the eighth inning to cut the Nationals’ lead to 6-5. After hitting only four home runs in 143 games during the regular season, he has two during the NLDS. He would have…

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

    Oct 11, 2012, 7:23 PM EST

    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…

  9. Mike Matheny gets outmanaged as Cards lose Game 1

    Oct 7, 2012, 7:21 PM EST

    Mike Matheny

    The biggest hit in Sunday’s Game 1 came about because the Nationals got the matchup they wanted and the Cardinals didn’t. Down 2-1 with two on and two out in the top of the eighth, Nationals manager Davey Johnson sent up lefty Chad Tracy to hit in the pitcher’s spot in the order. The Cardinals…

  10. NLDS Preview: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 7, 2012, 8:33 AM EST

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    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.…

  11. No, Jayson Stark, Craig Kimbrel is not the NL Cy Young

    Sep 22, 2012, 5:16 PM EST

    Craig Kimbrel

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark built his Cy Young case for Craig Kimbrel in Friday’s column. It’s chock full of some delicious statistics that demonstrate Kimbrel’s unprecedented accomplishments, and it’s well worth reading. It’s actually a really good column. I just totally disagree with the premise. Now, I’m not one to say relievers don’t deserve consideration for…

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

    Sep 21, 2012, 7:52 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 3, 2012, 7:01 PM EST

    Nationals Clippard Getty

    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,…

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

    Jul 20, 2012, 11:44 PM EST

    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…

  15. Drew Storen could return to the Nationals on Thursday

    Jul 18, 2012, 9:40 PM EST

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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 EST

    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. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:09 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Pittsburgh Pirates

    We have reached the All-Star break. Which means that this is the last And That Happened for a week. Unless there’s a temporal anomaly or something, which has been known to happen … Pirates 13, Giants 2: Andrew McCutchen was added to the Home Run Derby the other day. He got some early practice yesterday, smacking…

  18. Drew Storen breezes through first minor league rehab game

    Jul 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 24, 2012, 5:22 PM EST

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    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 EST

    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 EST

    Drew Storen Getty

    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 EST

    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 EST

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    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. The Nationals may go with a closer by committee

    May 22, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    San Diego Padres v Washington Nationals

    Henry Rodriguez continues to not get it done as the Nationals closer. Last night he came into the game to lock down a 2-0 lead in the ninth. Then he walked a guy, gave up a single and uncorked two wild pitches. The dude he walked came around to score and Sean Burnett had to,…

  25. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:08 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

    Rangers 18, Red Sox 3: The Rangers were definitely physically and emotionally into this game. In fact, they did a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line around the basepaths. Josh Hamilton drove in five, Mike Napoli drove in four. Rockies 5, Padres 3:  Jamie Moyer wins and thus becomes the oldest pitcher to ever win a game.…

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