District Daily: Potomac Wins Mills Cup, Zimmerman Picks Up Pace in Pregame Drills


Jul 19, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman

Ryan Zimmerman

(11) hits a one run RBI single against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit:

Brad Mills


Good morning DoD readers! Start off your Friday with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in today’s District Daily!

Potomac wins Mills Cup behind Oduber, Silvestre

(Teddy Cahill, MLB.com)

After losing Game 1 of the Mills Cup to Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach on Saturday, Potomac rallied. The Nationals won three straight games and captured the Carolina League championship with a 5-1 victory Wednesday in Game 4.

Many of the Nationals who were celebrating Wednesday were a part of the Class A Hagerstown team last year that lost the South Atlantic League championship series in four games to Savannah. There would be no such disappointment for them this year. Read full article here.

Zimmerman picks up pace in pregame drills

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

NEW YORK — Ryan Zimmerman traveled with the Nationals to Citi Field and had a full workout before Thursday’s game against the Mets. Besides taking batting practice, Zimmerman worked out at third and first base, and plans to take reps in left field as well this weekend. It was the first time he was able to take fielding practice.

Even more impressive, Zimmerman, who suffered a Grade 3 hamstring strain in July, was able to run and take cuts on the left-field warning track and didn’t have problems. He said the hamstring is about 50 to 60 percent healed. Read full article here.

Storen steps in seamlessly to fill closer’s role

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — With Rafael Soriano taking time off to fix his mechanics, Nationals right-hander Drew Storen took over the role of closer and has dominated, pitching three shutout innings, saving three games and striking out six batters.

Storen was not expected to be available in Wednesday’s series finale against the Braves, for he has pitched in four out of the last five games.

“It has been a lot of fun,” Storen said about his new role. “I’ve been happy with the way I’ve thrown the ball. I’m commanding my offspeed pitches. I’m keeping guys off balance. Throwing offspeed for strikes has been really huge.” Read full article here.