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This is not the first time that the Orioles and Washington Nationals both have reached midseason with a chance to make the playoffs, but it might be the first time anyone seriously considered the possibility of a "Battle of the Beltways" World Series .
Since Jordan Zimmermann came back from Tommy John surgery in August 2010 - one year after having his elbow ligaments repaired - he has made two National League All-Star teams, the second coming this season with the announcement Sunday he would be part of the NL staff in next week's midsummer classic.
Long before the Nationals' 11th-inning implosion Monday and silence from their bats in extra innings, Stephen Strasburg delivered seven strong innings against the potent Orioles lineup.
Manny Machado capped Baltimore's three- homer 11th inning with his career-high fifth hit of the night, a two-run blast, as the Orioles beat the Washington Nationals, 8-2, in the opener of four straight games between the Beltway rivals.
Because the Orioles can't use a designated hitter for their interleague games at Nationals Park, they either had to play without slugger Nelson Cruz, or sacrifice one of their regular fielders.
The Baltimore Orioles arrive in D.C. Monday night to square off with the Washington Nationals in one of the most relevant Battle of the Beltways matchups ever between the two teams.
Jul 5, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon reacts after scoring a run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Nationals Park.
Orioles right-hander Bud Norris came out of his two-inning simulated game Saturday well and is a candidate to start Tuesday or Wednesday against the Washington Nationals, but the club is leaning toward starting him Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Starting Norris on Tuesday would give left-hander Wei-Yin Chen an extra day of rest and give Norris two ... (more)
In the three years that Buck Showalter served as Matt Williams' manager with the D-backs from 1998-2000, he saw the player's understanding of the game.
Ryan Zimmerman's eighth inning single drove in the go-ahead run as the surging Washington Nationals capped a strong weekend with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
Matt Williams and Wilson Ramos during throwing drills in spring training. For at least two years, attempting a stolen base on the Nationals was often a foregone conclusion.
His last start against the Colorado Rockies proved that he still has the best stuff in baseball.
In winter, baseball franchises build wonderful-looking teams that thrill their fans with possibility, but once the annual reality of injury and age arrive, those teams never take the field in the summer intact.
Updated: Wed Jul 09, 2014 09:38 pm
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