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Nationals News: 2-0 in the last two games!

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CINCINNATI - JULY 22:  Nyjer Morgan #1 of the Washington Nationals runs to third base during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 22 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI - JULY 22: Nyjer Morgan #1 of the Washington Nationals runs to third base during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 22 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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  Last night's complete game pitched by Livan Hernandez "couldn't have come at a better time," according to Jim Riggleman, given that the bullpen had pitched 7.1 innings in the two previous games.

  Ben Goessling has written a great piece on Hernandez' turnaround. He's varied his pitches from years past, meaning hitters can't wait on his fastball quite as much and have to guess more.

  The Nats have not won more than three in a row this season, and haven't done that since June 10. They built some momentum against the Reds, but now have to travel to Milwaukee to play a tough Brewers team.

  David Laurila interviewed Derek Norris, "catcher of the future" (hopefully) and the number two prospect in the Nats' organization, about his rough year so far.

  Shairon Martis went 3.1 innings at AAA Syracuse yesterday, giving up nine hits and four runs. Justin Maxwell went 2-2 with two doubles.

  No official announcement has been made about Sunday's starter, but it's likely to be Matt Chico.

  Nyjer Morgan has been having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year, but he feels like things are about to turn around. He stole three bases yesterday, and didn't get caught.