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Apr 23, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals bench runs to celebrate with first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) at second base after he drove in the game winning run in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeated Los Angeles Angels 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Clippard not pleased, but not concerned by start

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — After allowing four unearned runs to the Angels in a 4-2 loss on Monday night, Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard indicated that he may be tipping his pitches. But manager Matt Williams believes Clippard has a problem with his location.

“I looked at every angle. I looked at the pitches that he has thrown, I would say no, I don’t think he is tipping pitches,” Williams said. “I think he is missing location, and that’s getting him in trouble, especially with his fastball. I don’t think he is giving it away.” Read full article here.

Nats put in extra work to get better in field

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — The Nationals took infield practice Wednesday afternoon. The practice was supposed to be for the reserves, but regulars such as Ian Desmond,Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa were also getting in their reps. They asked manager Matt Williams to be part of the action, and Williams obliged.

Entering Wednesday’s action, the Nationals were the worst defensive team (.970 fielding percentage and a Major League-leading 23 errors) in baseball, and Williams was pleased that his regulars wanted to get better. Read full article here.

Washington Nationals play host for yet another milestone

(Aaron Somers, Call to the Pen)

In the near ten years that the Washington Nationals have existed the franchise has seen themselves involved in a host of player milestones, yet they’ve been on the receiving end of each and every one of them. It is a somewhat unprecedented feat that few organizations can claim in recent years.

Tuesday night marked just the latest in that string of events. Albert Pujols hit a pair of home runs off of Nationals’ starter Taylor Jordan, the 499th and 500th of his career (GIFs below). He became the 26th player to join the elusive 500 Home Run Club in doing so and the third youngest at 34 years and 96 days (only Alex Rodriguez andJimmie Foxx did so sooner). For Pujols it was a historic evening. For the Nationals it was just another loss. Read full article here.

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