November 22, 2013 |
The Arizona Wildcats are headed to New York City. Not that anyone ever doubted they would be. Nick Johnson had 20 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and six assists to lead the fifth-ranked Wildcats to an 87-59 rout of Rhode Island on Tuesday night in Tucson, Ariz., in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-off. Arizona will face Drexel on Wednesday in the first semifinal at Madison Square Garden. No. 6 Duke will play Alabama in the second semifinal. Brandon Ashley added 16 points, Chester's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 13, and Aaron Gordon 12 for the Wildcats (5-0)
March 31, 2008 |
Nationals Park had quite an opening night. Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo homer off Peter Moylan with two outs in the ninth inning last night, and Washington beat visiting Atlanta, 3-2, in the first regular-season game at the Nationals' $611 million stadium. With the dome of the U.S. Capitol lit up against the night sky beyond leftfield, and the Washington Monument visible from patches of the upper deck, Zimmerman raised his right fist as he rounded first base. Teammates spilled out of the dugout - it's along the first-base line now, not the third-base line, like at old RFK Stadium - and greeted the face of the franchise at home plate for celebratory pounds on the back.
June 12, 2006 |
The Phillies played their 20th game in 20 days yesterday, with the final 11 games making up the longest road trip of the season, through Los Angeles, Arizona and Washington. They finished the trip 6-5. "It could have been a lot better," Chase Utley said. It could have been. The Phillies opened their series at RFK Stadium after splitting a four-game series with the Dodgers and sweeping the Diamondbacks. But they lost three of four to the Nationals, including yesterday's 6-0 defeat.
June 9, 2006 |
Eude Brito's resume: Two starts, two clunkers. And maybe a trip back to triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Brito struggled through 4 2/3 innings last night, allowing four runs as the Phillies' four-game winning streak ended with a 5-2 loss to the Washington Nationals before 24,669 fans at raggedy RFK Stadium. With veteran Ryan Franklin an option - his troublesome right shoulder is healthy - Brito knew he probably needed a solid effort to keep his spot in the rotation. It didn't happen.
May 5, 2006 |
Jabbing his finger on a table for emphasis, Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson did not mince his words. He let his thoughts flow freely minutes after watching his club reach a new low during an all-around poor performance, from Livan Hernandez's pitching to just about everyone's hitting, that produced an 11-3 loss to the visiting Florida Marlins last night. "I'm embarrassed for this team, because the fans are coming out here and being very supportive, and we're not giving them what they deserve.
April 19, 2006 |
Shoot, Charlie Manuel says, a team has to expect to hear and feel the heat if it can't make the home crowd happy. "I think it's kind of up to us to show the fans what kind of team we've got," Manuel said yesterday at the dawn of a 10-game homestand that seems to hold the key for that all-important and ever-elusive good start to the season. So in kind, the fans flamed up last night as the Phils flopped for the sixth time in seven Citizens Bank Park starts, stumbling and fumbling their way to a 10-3 loss to the Washington Nationals.
August 1, 2005 |
Livan Hernandez barely trotted out of the batter's box after grounding out to short in the second inning. He ambled slowly up the baseline after hitting a run-scoring single three innings later. Clearly, he was saving his strength for his duties on the mound. The righthander allowed a season-high 11 hits and threw 145 pitches over eight tough innings, willing the Washington Nationals past host Florida yesterday, 4-2, to end a season-high six-game losing streak. "Maybe now the team will come back and play better," Hernandez said.
July 29, 2005 |
The Atlanta Braves finished their sweep of the Washington Nationals, but the rivalry between the top teams in the NL East may just be getting started. Rookie Jeff Francoeur hit two solo homers and the Braves beat the visiting Nationals yesterday, 5-4, in a game featuring a play that angered Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones. Upset after being spiked high on his leg by Washington's Jose Guillen in the sixth inning, Jones accused Guillen of being "a dirty play" and threatened retaliation when the teams play again.
July 11, 2005 |
There is joy in Mudville. Thirty-four years after the woeful Senators left this former Potomac River swampland, baseball is back to gladden the hearts of Washingtonians. Unexpectedly, improbably, the Washington Nationals sit atop the National League East, playing winning if heart-stopping (they lead the major leagues in one-run victories) baseball. The team that faced the Phillies during the weekend is mainly a collection of no-name overachievers. "I figured there would be serious fans that would love them no matter," said lifelong D.C.-area resident Jim Lystad, who attended the last Senators game in 1971 and the first Nationals home opener.
June 1, 2005 |
The Washington Nationals' slumping offense really got going once it got a chance to face the Atlanta Braves' bullpen. Nick Johnson hit a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning, and Washington scored all of its runs off relievers in a 5-4 victory over visiting Atlanta last night. "We have to keep grinding," said Johnson, one of five Nationals with at least two hits. The Nationals' third straight victory following a season-worst five-game losing streak moved them within 1 1/2 games of first in the National League East.