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 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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