Nationals Pitcher Tyler Clippard to All-Stars Game 2011 | Sports

Back in May, sitting as locker at Nationals Park, Tyler Clippard considered his prospects for making the all-star and quickly dismissed them. He was a set-up reliever, and he knew how rarely they make baseball’s annual showcase. Even if he had been one of the most dominating pitchers in baseball, Clippard gave himself little chance. “As a reliever, it’s kind of the save that you get a lot of attention for,” he said then. “It’s not really in the cards, I don’t think.”

Today, Clippard learned he had become the Nationals’ lone selection for the 2011 All-Star Game, which will be held July 12 in Arizona. Clippard might be joined by first baseman Michael Morse, who is one five choices in the Final Player vote, chosen in an online vote by fans.

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Davey Johnson Starts As Nats Manager Tonight | WUSA9

(USA TODAY) — John McLaren knew the history of the moment.

“The John McLaren era is over in Washington. Is three games an era?” the Nationals’ interim manager said Sunday, with a laugh.

The Davey Johnson era, for 84 games and perhaps longer, starts tonight.

Regardless who is on the top step of the dugout, the Nationals are arguably the hottest team in baseball at the moment. Their 2-1 victory Sunday against the White Sox in Chicago was their 13th in the last 15 games and snapped the White Sox streak ofwinning 17 consecutive inter- league series.

Johnson is scheduled to assume control tonight against the Los Angeles Angels after meeting up with the team at O’Hare Airport Sunday for the flight to Anaheim. He signed a three-year consulting contract through 2013, which could include returning as Nats’ manager next season….

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Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigns

Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman has resigned abruptly from the team, general manager Michael Rizzo announced after a dramatic bottom of the 9th win over the Seattle Mariners, Thursday afternoon.

“It disappoints me that people would put their personal goals before the team,” Rizzo said.

Riggleman had wanted a new deal signed by the All-Star break, but that extension was never worked out between the now ex-skipper and the team.

“I just want to make one thing really clear, I just wanted to talk about it [contractual option], and they weren’t ready to do that,” Riggleman said after the game.

Rizzo said he’s not angry at the decision, but he’s ready to move on in the interim. Rizzo will announce who will be taking over in the interim Friday.

Riggleman mentioned in a post game news conference that he didn’t appreciate the second guessing of the front office.

“I’ll never do a one-year deal again, it’s just too short of a leash,” he said.

Riggleman and the Nats were having a fairly good year. They were a game over .500 at 38-37. They had just won three in a row and were 9-1 in their last 10 games.

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Washington Wizard’s John Wall Bounces The First Pitch…

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John Wall threw out the first pitch before Friday’s Nationals game, although it was less “throw” and more “bounce”.
The ball sailed wide left and bounced well before it got to Drew Storen’s glove. Wall was quick to put his spin on the situation.
“That was my All-Star game bounce pass right there,” Wall said. “I will come back out and redeem myself sometime soon.”
We’d love to see him try again, but in the long run he should probably stick to basketball.
In addition to John Wall’s appearance, it was also Georgetown Cupcake Night, which is a good thing because they could really use the publicity.

Courtesy of Sarah Schorno Kogod (@SarahSchorno) for NBC Washington.

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