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  •   Add former Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Curt Schilling to the list of players who are fighting with the MLB against smokeless tobacco. Schilling said Wednesday that he believes his use of smokeless tobacco led him to be diagnosed by doctors with oral cancer, or cancer in the mouth that required radation and chemotherapy. Schilling […] ... read more...
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  • Many readers have asked why the Nationals are playing Sunday’s game at 5:05 p.m. instead of the standard 1:35 p.m. We asked the Nationals for an answer, and below is their answer via a spokeswoman: “As we did last season, we are testing out a later game time as it will be a much cooler […]... read more...
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  • Jayson Werth’s shoulder was not 100 percent Sunday night when he returned to action for the first time in a week. The cumbersome-ly named right shoulder joint that kept him out of the Nationals’ lineup from Aug. 10-17 — the acromioclavicular (AC), if you must — still bothers him on his follow-through sometimes. He had to test […]... read more...
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  • The guys talk injuries (yeah!), prospects (OK, that really is cool) and, of course, the biggest event of the week. On the Bryan Rekar Memorial Edition of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast, we discuss the issue of retired numbers. ... read more...
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  • First-year Washington Nationals' skipper Matt Williams has no intention of removing Rafael Soriano from the veteran reliever's ninth inning role. If there's a save situation tonight, Soriano will get the ball. In 13 second-hal... read more...
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  • Long before a quick, rhythmic pitcher’s duel devolved into the late-game chaos the Nationals are now used to, an early-inning bunt looked like it might have been the game’s most dramatic moment. With the game still scoreless in the third inning, Asdrubal Cabrera, batting eighth, singled. Jordan Zimmermann bunted a ball straight back to Vidal Nuno and he [R... read more...
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  • Jayson Werth swung in the indoor batting cages during Sunday’s game. For a week, his balky right shoulder — technically, an acromioclavicular (AC) joint sprain — prevented him from swinging. He did on Saturday and again the next day. Once the Nationals took a two-run lead in the seventh inning, Manager Matt Williams wasn’t going to insert Werth [&... read more...
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  • As evidenced by the signing of Nate Schierholtz on Monday morning, the Nationals are concerned that Nate McLouth’s lingering shoulder trouble may, well, linger. McLouth was eligible to return from the disabled list Sunday, but “isn’t improving as fast as he’d like to,” according to Manager Matt Williams. McLouth will undergo an arthrogram, a... read more...
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  • Nate McLouth will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery Thursday to repair a torn right labrum. The Nationals feared the veteran outfielder’s lingering shoulder injury was bad when it didn’t respond as well as expected to rest and treatment, and recent additional doctors’ evaluations and an x-ray with contrast dye revealed the tear. McLouth has been pl... read more...
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  • Perhaps they can get this one in without any rain. I'm pretty tired after last night's marathon at Wrigley, and I don't have much in the way of preview material for tonight. So, though I already mentioned this in the comments t... read more...
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  • So much that happened during Sunday’s wild 6-5 walkoff win over the Pirates, which extended the Nationals’ season-best six-game winning streak, couldn’t be detailed in the paper game story. Below are a handful of leftover observations about Doug Fister’s resolve, Kevin Frandsen’s impact and Asdrubal Cabrera’s slick double play. >&#... read more...
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  • Dear Johnny Cueto, In light of recent developments, you will be needed to shut down the St. Louis Cardinals tonight. You will, in all likelihood, need to pitch all 9 innings in order for the Reds to secure a victory in this series. We know you have pitched a lot this season but you’re needed yet again to lift the Reds up and carry them on your back in order fo... read more...
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  • After a fantastic first half of the season, Rafael Soriano hasn’t been the same in the second. He has allowed 10 runs over his past 11 2/3 innings since the all-star break. He has also blown three saves, including Sunday’s collapse. He has been scored on in three of his past four outings. Soriano still has […]... read more...
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  • Still hoping to pitch this season, Astros reliever Jesse Crain on Tuesday visited the surgeon who performed offseason biceps tendon surgery, Dr. David Altchek in New York. Crain was in the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium briefly before leaving to catch a flight back to Houston. “I was due to come see him anyway,” said […] read more...
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  • The Nationals enter Monday in the best of spirits: a six-game winning streak, a season-high 16 games over .500 and a six-game division lead. And with the Dodgers’ loss on Sunday night, the Nationals now have the best winning percentage (.566) in the NL. Jordan Zimmermann (8-5, 2.92 ERA) is 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA […]... read more...
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  • The Nationals have the ability to hit a lot of home runs but that power has been sapped by injuries. Hand injuries to Wilson Ramos, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper drained power from the lineup for stretches, even after they returned. Adam LaRoche also went through a July slump and Jayson Werth, after a hot […]... read more...
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