Gio Gonzalez takes the mound for the second of this three-game series at 7:05 p.m. ET on Saturday. His first half was uneven, but he finished strong in his final start before the break when he held the Pirates to two runs in six innings. He will match up against fellow left-hander Sean Newcomb.
As the Nats took the field for their post-All-Star break team workout, they all donned a red T-shirt with their number on the back and “Nationals” written instead of their last name. They were addressed by manager Dave Martinez, who told them to forget about their middling first half, where they scuffled to a .500 record. If they were going to climb back in the race in the National League…
Injuries have been a large factor in a disappointing first half for the Nationals, who return from the All-Star break at 48-48, but they are getting close to full strength and in position — they believe — to make a charge toward a third straight division title.
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was activated off the disabled list on Friday and will make his first start since June 8 on Friday. In addition, first baseman Ryan Zimmerman also returns from a strained right oblique.
As the Nationals enter the second half attempting to live up to expectations and defend their National League East crown, they are looking up at the Phillies, who want to make a significant acquisition, and the Braves, who have the prospect currency necessary to make a big deal before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
The participants of the All-Star Commissioner’s Cup and the Jennie Finch Classic aren’t just receiving valuable baseball and softball experience during their time in Washington, D.C. Some of that time in the nation’s capital has been a learning experience, too, such as their visit to the Library of Congress on Monday morning.
Daniel Murphy delivered a tie-breaking, pinch-hit, two-run single to give the Nats a lead they would not relinquish in a win to close out the first half of the season on Sunday at Citi Field. Jeremy Hellickson posted a strong quality start, allowing one run over six innings as he continues to prove his value to Washington’s rotation. Corey Oswalt threw another terrific outing, allowing just two hits over five…
On May 31, Connor Curtin said he underwent surgery to remove a benign tumor of his leg bone that was supposed to sideline him for a month. Curtin said the tumor was larger than doctors expected, so his doctor told him he couldn’t participate in contact sports for eight weeks, which Curtin expected to keep him out of the Commissioner’s Cup.
When visiting the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy on Saturday afternoon, Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to almost every team playing in the Commissioner’s Cup and Jennie Finch Classic, tournaments for players ages 17 and under from MLB Youth Academies.
A major component of every Legacy Project initiative during All-Star Week includes reintroducing youth baseball fields that have been renovated, restored and spruced up for area kids to play on. Not only now, but for generations to come. Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals unveiled one of those fields on Saturday morning at Walker Mill Regional Park — home of a brand new, refurbished “Nationals All-Star Field” in Maryland’s…