MLB: Washington 4, Pittsburgh 2

PITTSBURGH, May 10 (UPI) -- Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in a six-inning performance Thursday and the Washington Nationals produced all their runs on homers in defeating Pittsburgh 4-2.

MLB: Washington 2, Arizona 1

WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- Ross Detwiler and three relievers combined on a three-hitter Thursday that brought the Washington Nationals a 2-1 decision over Arizona.

MLB: Washington 5, Arizona 4

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- Ian Desmond hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday that brought Washington a 5-4 victory over Arizona.

MLB: Washington 3, San Diego 1

SAN DIEGO, April 25 (UPI) -- Chad Tracy drove in two runs with a pinch-hit single Tuesday to carry the Washington Nationals past San Diego 3-1.

MLB: Washington 2, Miami 0

WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- Ross Detwiler struck out seven over six innings Friday and teamed with three relievers to bring Washington its third shutout in a 2-0 win over Miami.

MLB: Washington 6, Florida 4

MIAMI, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Michael Morse clubbed a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning Monday, rallying the Washington Nationals to a 6-4 win over Florida.

MLB: Washington 3, New York Mets 2

NEW YORK, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Ryan Zimmerman's RBI single in the seventh inning Tuesday completed a comeback that carried the Washington Nationals to a 3-2 win over the New York Mets.

MLB: Washington 8, Houston 2

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Ian Desmond, Rick Ankiel and Ryan Zimmerman hit consecutive solo homers Sunday, lifting the Washington Nationals to an 8-2 win over Houston.

MLB: Washington 9, Atlanta 3

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Rick Ankiel cracked a grand slam Tuesday, his third home run in two games, powering the Washington Nationals to a 9-3 victory over Atlanta.

MLB: Washington 5, Atlanta 3

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Rick Ankiel smacked two homers and Livan Hernandez pitched six effective innings Monday in the Washington Nationals' 5-3 decision over Atlanta.

MLB: Washington 3, New York Mets 2

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- Ian Desmond's infield bouncer in the ninth inning drove in the game-winning run Sunday, lifting Washington to a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets.

MLB: Washington 5, Atlanta 2

ATLANTA, July 16 (UPI) -- John Lannan went 5 2/3 innings for a victory and knocked in a pair of runs Saturday in the Washington Nationals' 5-2 win over Atlanta.

MLB: Washington 4, Pittsburgh 3 (2nd game)

WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- Ivan Rodriguez singled home the go-ahead run Saturday, propelling the Washington Nationals to a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh in Game 2 of a doubleheader.

MLB: Philadelphia 3, Washington 2

WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- Roy Halladay survived a scary ninth inning while recording his 59th career complete game Wednesday, allowing the Philadelphia Phillies to nip Washington 3-2.

MLB: Washington 6, Atlanta 3

WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- Rick Ankiel smashed a two-run homer Saturday and the Washington Nationals went on to down Atlanta 6-3 in a rain-delayed contest.
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Rick Ankiel
The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that pitcher turned outfielder Rick Ankiel will miss the rest of the 2006 season after having surgery on his right knee on June 14, 2006. Ankiel injured the patellar tendon in his leg during spring training and has been sidelined since then. (UPI Photo/MLB)

Richard Alexander Ankiel (pronounced /ˈæŋkiːl/; born July 19, 1979) is a Major League Baseball outfielder who is currently with the Washington Nationals. He bats and throws left-handed.

Ankiel was a pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1999 until 2001, when he lost his ability to throw strikes consistently. After trying to regain his pitching form in the minor leagues, he switched to the outfield in early 2005. For two and a half years, he honed his skills as a hitter and fielder in the Cardinals' minor-league system. He was called up to the Cardinals on August 9, 2007, and made his second major-league "debut"—this time as an outfielder in right field—against the San Diego Padres in St. Louis. As a Cardinal (1999–2009), Ankiel hit 47 home runs as an outfielder and two as a pitcher. After a 2009 season in which he hit .231 with 11 home runs in 122 games, Ankiel became a free agent. Subsequently, he was signed by the Royals and later was traded to the Atlanta Braves. He is the first player since Babe Ruth to have won at least 10 games as a pitcher and also hit at least 50 home runs. Ankiel is also the only player other than Babe Ruth to both start a postseason game as a pitcher and hit a home run in the postseason as a position player.

Rick attended Port St. Lucie High School in Florida, where he went 11–1 with a 0.47 ERA during his senior season, striking out 162 batters in 74.0 innings pitched, and was named the High School Player of the Year by USA Today in 1997. He was also a first-team high-school All-American pitcher.

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