February 25, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - They are always the last to know, and it is entirely understandable. If you spent all of your life doing something so many others would love to do and you did it better than almost everyone, you would never want it to end. As a result, you would become blind to your own shortcomings and refuse to surrender to or even acknowledge the inevitable decay caused by time, wear and tear. Ryan Howard has arrived at that place so many other superstars have been before, and the only way his view of reality is going to match what is actually happening is if he can be the first to build a working time machine.
February 24, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - If you did not know any better and you had the ability to narrow your peripheral vision to the batting cage inside Bright House Field Monday morning, you could have mistaken the scene that unfolded as being a flashback to the good old days. There was Ryan Howard at home plate, back at work and taking his first batting-practice swings of spring training. There was Charlie Manuel, arms folded as he perched behind the cage and watched his most treasured slugger. Pan back and you could see the cluster of cameras still focused on the team's highest paid player, the former National League MVP who helped the Phillies win the 2008 World Series.
December 29, 2015 |
The attorney for Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has threatened to sue cable network Al Jazeera after the station aired a documentary Sunday night that accused Howard of allegedly using performance enhancing drugs to add "some more explosiveness" to his swing. Howard's attorney William Burck, who works for powerful law firm Quinn Emanuel, called Al Jazeera "inexcusable and irresponsible. " Burck also represents Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman, who was accused along with Howard in the documentary titled The Dark Side . Major League Baseball said it will conduct a thorough investigation.
May 26, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg walked to the mound Sunday afternoon and the door to the team's bullpen swung open. The manager had decided to attack Washington's Bryce Harper, instead of intentionally walking him in the seventh inning with two outs and a runner on third. Two pitches later, a 4-1 loss at Nationals Park was sealed. Sandberg inserted Jake Diekman to face Harper. Diekman, the team's top lefthanded reliever, had enjoyed success against the lefthanded Harper, limiting him to one hit in eight at-bats.
February 10, 2015 |
TAKING A LOOK AT the Washington Nationals: Manager: Matt Williams Last 5 years: 2014: 96-66, first place; 2013: 86-76, second place; 2012: 98-64, first place; 2011: 80-81, third place; 2010: 69-93, fifth place Additions: Righthanded pitcher Max Scherzer, second baseman Yunel Escobar, utilityman Kevin Frandsen Loses: First baseman Adam LaRoche, righthanded pitcher Tyler Clippard, second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera ...
June 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - David Buchanan's No. 55 jersey hung above an unused locker at the corner of the visitors clubhouse at Nationals Park as Ryne Sandberg spoke to his team. Buchanan entered the room Tuesday about 30 minutes later, as is customary for the day's starting pitcher, and prepared for his third major-league start. The meeting, called by Sandberg at 3:45 p.m., was succinct. He deemed it "necessary," although the manager did not speak for more than a couple of minutes before another Phillies debacle, this one a 7-0 loss to the Washington Nationals.
September 6, 2013 |
ROY HALLADAY, who walked three batters in a game only four times in his first 65 starts with the Phillies, issued walks to three of the first five batters he faced last night. Halladay, who racked up 61 complete games in 269 starts from 2003 through 2011, thanks to his incomparable efficiency and control, threw more balls than strikes in a 29-pitch first inning against the Nationals. Ten batters into the game, Halladay had given free passes to half of the Nationals he faced by way of a walk or a hit batter.
July 9, 2013 |
AT LAST, the Washington Nationals' lineup is starting to click. In related news, Davey Johnson's squad is closer to first place than it has been in more than 6 weeks. Ryan Zimmerman hit a grand slam, Bryce Harper added three hits and two stolen bases, and the Nationals yesterday sent the visiting San Diego Padres to their ninth straight loss, 11-7. Stephen Strasburg (5-6) allowed four runs over six innings. He matched his season-high with nine strikeouts as the Nationals won their fourth straight, the last three over San Diego.
June 21, 2013 |
Phillies righthander Michael Stutes thought he had the third strike. So did just about everybody else who remained at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night. The only problem from a Phillies perspective was that home-plate umpire Alfonso Marquez disagreed. Instead of a called third strike for Washington's Ian Desmond, the count went to 2-2. Desmond made the most of his reprieve. The Nationals shortstop crushed an 11th-inning grand slam to left field in a 6-2 victory as Washington averted a sweep by the Phillies in the three-game series.
June 14, 2013 |
THE WASHINGTON Nationals' pitching staff is getting healthy, and with the way Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond are hitting, the defending NL East champions are percolating just as summer heats up. Zimmerman homered, doubled and drove in three runs, Desmond got four hits and the Nationals beat the depleted Colorado Rockies, 5-4, yesterday in Denver. Washington has been beset by injuries to its rotation, but with the return of starter Ross Detwiler yesterday and Stephen Strasburg expected back Sunday, the Nationals feel confident heading into the last 97 games of the season.