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The Washington Post | April 10, 2012
The firepower in their bullpen makes it easy for the Washington Nationals to envision life without Drew Storen, until the ninth inning arrives and the score is tied. Storen will visit Dr. James Andrews today for a second opinion on his elbow, the first step in a process that may leave him sidelined for half the season. The Nationals will continue to survey their options without the man to whom their ninth innings belong. Long after Edwin Jackson had left his first start for the Nationals on Monday, the New York Mets used a calamitous ninth inning to rally to a 4-3 win at Citi Field and remain unbeaten.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2013
The last time Orioles closer Jim Johnson had walked off the mound, it was after his fourth blown save in five opportunities Sunday, when was unable to preserve a three-run ninth-inning lead in a 6-5 walk-off loss to Toronto at Rogers Centre . But when Johnson took the mound in the ninth inning Wednesday night, he was greeted by a chorus of cheers and a loud ovation from the Camden Yards crowd. Minutes later, the right-hander shut the door on a 9-6 victory over the Washington Nationals with a quick, 11-pitch inning that ended with a three-pitch strikeout of second baseman Danny Espinosa for his 16th save of the season.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2013
The last time Orioles closer Jim Johnson had walked off the mound, it was after his fourth blown save in five opportunities Sunday, when was unable to preserve a three-run ninth-inning lead in a 6-5 walk-off loss to Toronto at Rogers Centre . But when Johnson took the mound in the ninth inning Wednesday night, he was greeted by a chorus of cheers and a loud ovation from the Camden Yards crowd. Minutes later, the right-hander shut the door on a 9-6 victory over the Washington Nationals with a quick, 11-pitch inning that ended with a three-pitch strikeout of second baseman Danny Espinosa for his 16th save of the season.
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By Adam Kilgore The Washington Post | June 2, 2012
The first time Kevin Kelly saw Steve Lombardozzi, he wondered whether the boy could make the throw from shortstop to first base. Lombardozzi was a freshman trying to make the Atholton varsity team. Kelly, the coach, had heard that Lombardozzi, the son of a major leaguer, could play, but he stood 5 feet 2, 110 pounds. "He was a little guy," Kelly said. Lombardozzi made the team, but Kelly played him at double-play depth at all times, just so he could make the throw. In the coming years, Lombardozzi played such flawless defense that scouts came to Atholton to watch him. They would tell Kelly that Lombardozzi did not possess the size or the arm strength to play professionally.
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By Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post | April 7, 2012
One year ago, Chad Tracy tried to keep his career alive in Japan, halfway out of baseball and halfway around the world. Saturday afternoon, after another crucial hit keyed another delirious rally that led to another Washington Nationals victory, Tracy became, briefly, the No. 2 Twitter trending topic in the United States. Two games in, the Nationals' season has already reached this level of absurdity? They already believe they can win without offense from innings from one through seven?
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By Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post | March 31, 2012
In the Washington Nationals' dugout Saturday morning, manager Davey Johnson explained his contingency plans at shortstop. If Ian Desmond suffered any kind of long-term injury, he said, Danny Espinosa would become the regular shortstop. If Desmond simply required a day off, he would keep Espinosa at second. And short? "I'd play Lombo there," Johnson said. A reporter playfully reminded Johnson that he had been saying Steve Lombardozzi had not been assured a spot on the team yet. "You guys are sneaky," Johnson replied.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2011
The Washington Nationals entered Friday night's game against the Orioles with a 19-inning scoreless streak, a major league-worst .223 team batting average and an offense performing so poorly that their designated hitter for the night, Matt Stairs, had two hits in his past 26 at-bats. By night's end, they looked like the 1927 New York Yankees and the Orioles looked like a team at rock bottom. How bad did things get? The Nationals hit the 12-run mark by the fifth inning after scoring that many runs in their previous five games combined.
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By Adam Kilgore The Washington Post | June 2, 2012
The first time Kevin Kelly saw Steve Lombardozzi, he wondered whether the boy could make the throw from shortstop to first base. Lombardozzi was a freshman trying to make the Atholton varsity team. Kelly, the coach, had heard that Lombardozzi, the son of a major leaguer, could play, but he stood 5 feet 2, 110 pounds. "He was a little guy," Kelly said. Lombardozzi made the team, but Kelly played him at double-play depth at all times, just so he could make the throw. In the coming years, Lombardozzi played such flawless defense that scouts came to Atholton to watch him. They would tell Kelly that Lombardozzi did not possess the size or the arm strength to play professionally.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2012
With a win tonight against the Nationals at Camden Yards, the Orioles can seal their fifth interleague series win out of six this season. The Orioles lead the season series with the Nats 3-1 and have won eight of their last 12 games against the National League. The O's are 12-7 all-time against Washington here at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Here are the lineups for tonight's game, which will be broadcasted regionally on FOX. Orioles Brian Roberts 2B J.J. Hardy SS Chris Davis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Wilson Betemit 3B Mark Reynolds 1B Nick Johnson DH Steve Pearce LF Wei-Yin Chen LHP Nationals Danny Espinosa 2B Bryce Harper CF Ryan Zimmerman 3B Michael Morse DH Adam LaRoche 1B Ian Desmond SS Tyler Moore LF Xavier Nady RF Jesus Flores C Edwin Jackson RHP
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2012
The Orioles head into today's series finale against the Nationals as winners of nine straight road games, looking to tie their longest road winning streak since Aug. 29-Sept. 24, 1999. A win today would also set a new season-high winning streak of six and earn the Orioles their first undefeated road trip of five games since April 22-26, 2005. Having said all that, the Orioles face a tough task today of facing Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg, who is 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA with 56 strikeouts and 37 hits allowed in 48 innings.
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The Washington Post | April 10, 2012
The firepower in their bullpen makes it easy for the Washington Nationals to envision life without Drew Storen, until the ninth inning arrives and the score is tied. Storen will visit Dr. James Andrews today for a second opinion on his elbow, the first step in a process that may leave him sidelined for half the season. The Nationals will continue to survey their options without the man to whom their ninth innings belong. Long after Edwin Jackson had left his first start for the Nationals on Monday, the New York Mets used a calamitous ninth inning to rally to a 4-3 win at Citi Field and remain unbeaten.
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By Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post | April 7, 2012
One year ago, Chad Tracy tried to keep his career alive in Japan, halfway out of baseball and halfway around the world. Saturday afternoon, after another crucial hit keyed another delirious rally that led to another Washington Nationals victory, Tracy became, briefly, the No. 2 Twitter trending topic in the United States. Two games in, the Nationals' season has already reached this level of absurdity? They already believe they can win without offense from innings from one through seven?
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By Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post | March 31, 2012
In the Washington Nationals' dugout Saturday morning, manager Davey Johnson explained his contingency plans at shortstop. If Ian Desmond suffered any kind of long-term injury, he said, Danny Espinosa would become the regular shortstop. If Desmond simply required a day off, he would keep Espinosa at second. And short? "I'd play Lombo there," Johnson said. A reporter playfully reminded Johnson that he had been saying Steve Lombardozzi had not been assured a spot on the team yet. "You guys are sneaky," Johnson replied.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2011
The Washington Nationals entered Friday night's game against the Orioles with a 19-inning scoreless streak, a major league-worst .223 team batting average and an offense performing so poorly that their designated hitter for the night, Matt Stairs, had two hits in his past 26 at-bats. By night's end, they looked like the 1927 New York Yankees and the Orioles looked like a team at rock bottom. How bad did things get? The Nationals hit the 12-run mark by the fifth inning after scoring that many runs in their previous five games combined.
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March 24, 2012
The Orioles host the Nationals today at Ed Smith Stadium in the only meeting between the teams. Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is back in the lineup after sitting out two days with a sore shoulder. -- Endy Chavez, nursing a groin injury, has been out of the lineup for the third straight day. Ryan Flaherty is making another start in rightfield. -- There was some consideration that Nick Markakis be in the lineup at DH today, marking the first time he would make back-to-back starts, but Buck Showalter said he wanted to stick to the Markakis' original schedule so he's out of the lineup with a previously-planned day off after making his second start in RF on Friday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2012
Despite last night's 3-1 loss to the Nationals, the Orioles can still clinch their fifth series win in six interleague series with a win in this afternoon's series finale. A win would also give the Orioles their 11th in interleague play, tying a franchise high previously done three times (1999, 2008, 2009). The Orioles will be without left-handed reliever Dana Eveland, who departed for California to be with his wife, Ashley, who gave birth to the couple's second child last night.
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