Nationals Series Preview Q&A W/ The Mets Blog

Before the start of this weekend's four-game set in the nation's capital, we talked to Steve Hirsch from The Mets Blog about what's going on with the Washington Nationals as they start another series with the New York Mets with a doubleheader.

Davey Johnson On Randy Knorr/Rafael Soriano...

Nationals' manager Davey Johnson got tossed from Thursday afternoon's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates, so he wasn't around when Bench Coach Randy Knorr had a tough decision to make in the ninth when Rafael Soriano struggled to throw strikes.

Nationals Reinstate Ryan Mattheus From The DL

The Nationals announced this morning that they had reinstated RHP Ryan Mattheus from the DL. The reliever suffered a fractured hand earlier this season after punching his locker after a rough outing in San Diego. It cost him 58 games...

FBB On MASN: Strasburg Finds His Voice

This week we talk about Nationals' right-hander Stephen Strasburg, a soft-spoken professional. But the 25-year-old right-hander has started to express himself more openly and he might just be turning into a vocal leader on a team of quiet ones.

AUDIO: Nats Nightly + Q&A W/ Mets Musings

After this afternoon's 9-7 win over the Pirates, the District Sports Page's Dave Nichols and I talked about the Nationals win which snapped a six-game losing streak. And we also talked to Mets Musings about this weekends series with the Mets.

Knorr On Harper's Walk-Off; Rafael Soriano In 9th

Just when it looked like another tough loss for the Nationals, Bryce Harper hit a two-out, two-run walk-off home run to lift the Nats to a 9-7 win over the Pirates a half-inning after they'd blow a 7-3 lead in the top of the ninth inning in D.C.

Game 102 WPA: A win?! A win!! Nats 9, Bucs 7

Wow, that was some terrible home plate umpiring today. Harper came through pretty big, though.

Nats Blow Lead in 9th, Harper Walk-Off Wins It 9-7

With some help from the Pirates, who committed three errors in a four-run first, the Nationals got out to an early 4-0 lead and added runs late to go up 7-3, but the Bucs rallied to tie it with a four-run ninth before Bryce Harper's walk-off winner.

Detwiler Out At Least A Month W/ Disc Issue

Nationals' manager Davey Johnson told reporters last night that Ross Detwiler will be out at least another month with what was diagnosed as a disc issue in his back that will require rest on the part of the Nats' 27-year-old left-hander.

Stras: "Six innings isn't cool anymore for me."

"Six innings isn't cool anymore for me," Stephen Strasburg told reporters after tonight's start, "I want to go seven, eight and hopefully nine some time." Strasburg went eight innings Wednesday night, but the Nationals lost to the Pirates.

Game 101 WPA: Laz Diaz stinks. Nats 2, Bucs 4

Stras loves striking out Bucs like the lineup loves not scoring, the bullpen loves giving up runs, and Laz Diaz loves making calls on plays he didn't see.

Nationals Drop Sixth Straight, 4-2 To Pirates...

Washington Nationals' right-hander Stephen Strasburg struck out 12 in 8.0 IP and gave up just one run on a home run by Pedro Alvarez, but it was enough for the Pittsburg Pirates and left-hander Francisco Liriano, who claimed a 4-2 win in Nats Park.

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