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What you don't know about Edwin Jackson

A major league pitching coach’s job is to help pitchers feel confident, remind them of their potential and help them reach it. So what does Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty tell Edwin Jackson the start after pitching a two-hit complete game? “As long as you don’t expect too much out of yourself and try to do more than you’re capable of doing, that’s when everything

GM Rizzo will keep Strasburg on innings limit, postseason or not

The Nationals media has reported for months now that Stephen Strasburg is on an innings limit this year after undergoing Tommy John surgery in September 2010. It’s believed to be about 160 innings. There was a theory, however, that the decision to shut Strasburg down would be flexible and could be influenced by the Nationals’ postseason status. Nats GM Mike Rizzo dispelled that notion Wednesday

Orioles, Nationals both positioned for weekend sweeps

I have to give my Greek brethren a little shoutout this morning. Christos Anesti, happy Easter! The best part about today: I get to eat lamb at my cousin’s house (for the record, his name isn’t Pete or Nick, if you were wondering), and drink ouzo, the Greek liquor that once took the finish off my mom’s kitchen floor when she spilled a glass. I

For Roberts, positives are starting to outweigh negatives

As Oriole Park at Camden Yards celebrates its 20th opening day, a player who has walked the orange carpet for the last nine openers is not on the field. Brian Roberts is with the team, took some ground balls on the field, but will begin the season on the 15-disabled list as he continues to recover from a concussion. It’s a place he’s never been

Matusz is O's best option for rotation

It’s hard for me to understand how the Orioles’ fifth spot in the rotation hasn’t been handed to Brian Matusz. The fact that Tsuyoshi Wada’s name is still in the mix seems silly. Wada is expected to get one more start Tuesday. After that, a final decision will be made as 25-man rosters must be set by Wednesday. Wada showed up to camp with a

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