On Nationals, teamwork is catching on

Wilson Ramos has been sharing time behind the plate with Jesus Flores and you might think there's competition between the two young catchers. Well, Ramos told me he only competes against himself to do his best and Flores has the same mindset. The two have actually helped each other out a lot this season. They work hard together every day and they've become very close ... read more

"The Taiwanese Strasburg" gets his first Nats win

The scene outside the Nationals' clubhouse after Chien-Ming Wang earned his first major league win in more than two years was one of jubilation for the hundreds of Taiwanese baseball fans who came to watch the comeback of one of their national heroes. Over in Taiwan, Wang is considered the "Michael Jordan of baseball." The way the fans reacted to him last night, he may ... read more

Beastly Morse and Werth's ties to Hall of Famer Gillick

Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly told me he thinks Michael Morse looks good at first base. Mattingly also described the Nats first baseman to me Sunday morning as "a beast." "He's a beast. That's one thing I noticed, his size is huge," Mattingly said. "He scares you up there. Honestly he's got pop." The former Yankees first baseman added Morse is one of those guys who ... read more

Going for seconds

The Nationals' first half of the season should be something to build on. The team is at the .500 mark with a 46-46 record. When you consider the abundance of injuries and the lack of offense in the first half you have to think the second half of the season could be something special for the Nats. The makeup of this 2011 team is the ... read more

Bizarre day yields opportunity for McLaren, resolve for streaking Nats

Thursday's turn of events is one of the most bizarre sporting announcements that I have covered. After interviewing Danny Espinosa on the field, I fully expected to walk by Jim Riggleman as he made a trip to the interview room for a post game press conference. Riggleman never came out of the clubhouse. Instead, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo came out of the clubhouse and ... read more

Cottier raves about Nats' double play combo

Chuck Cottier is a special assistant to Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, and he has been with the team in Arizona. He told me he likes the direction of the ball club and he's very optimistic when it comes to what he sees out of the Nats' double play combo, Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa. In fact, Cottier told me that with their ability, if Desmond ... read more

Desmond all over the diamond these days

After missing the last two games against the Marlins this weekend, Ian Desmond was back in the lineup Monday night against the Pirates and watching him play you could tell he is feeling better and raring to go. Lately his defense has really improved and you can see that he is playing with a lot more confidence. We talked about that before the game and ... read more

For what it's Werth

I was talking to Drew Storen about how nice it was that the Nationals were able to turn this road trip around after such a terrible start and being swept in Philly. He told me the veterans on the ball club really are the reason for the turnaround. Storen gave credit to Matt Stairs and Jayson Werth for providing a consistent daily approach, saying the ... read more