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Nationals Journal: March 4, 2007 - March 10, 2007

Isn't this the Grapefruit League?

So Darnell McDonald (remember him, Orioles fans?) hit a three-run homer to bring the Nationals within 6-5 in the eighth. Still, all the Mets had to do was retire the side in the ninth and they'd be headed back down...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 10, 2007; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Jerome Williams

The two-headed Redding-Williams monster appeared again today. This time, Jerome was much better. (Remember he gave up four runs in two innings against Atlanta earlier in the week.) Williams started the fourth and gave up a two-out homer to Jose...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 10, 2007; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Tim Redding

He started the game for the Nationals. This is/was a big outing for him, his first actual start against another major league team. He pitched out of the bullpen earlier in the week against Atlanta, coming in when the bases...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 10, 2007; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Meet the Mets

Just to make sure it is, very occasionally, worth it to click "refresh," here's your Mets lineup: Endy "Old Friend' Chavez -- LF Jose Valentin -- 2B Shawn Green -- RF Mike Carp -- 1B Ben "Olympic Gold Medalist" Johnson...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 10, 2007; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Zimmerman's contract

(Please put aside the lame showing by the Journal yesterday. And please note that it did not affect the coverage of the Nationals in the actual ink-and-paper product (just $.35). I'm not supposed to be posting on the weekend, so...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 10, 2007; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Game updates? You want game updates?

Good luck with that. (Carolina big over Florida State, actually. But then, you're probably interested in Nats-O's. I'm having my staff work on it.) I can, however, bring you a little bit of baseball-related news. Mark Redman appears set to...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 9, 2007; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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What's Fort Lauderdale like this time of year?

Don't ask me. Seriously. In Tampa right now. Filing this from the media room at the ACC Tournament taking place at the St. Pete Times Forum. Don't tell anyone. I packed the whole Journal staff in my rented Ford Mustang...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 9, 2007; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Cel-uh-brate good times, Come On!

Yes, the rockin' strains of Kool & The Gang played here at HSCS. Nationals 12, Astros 5. Details: Ray King allowed a wind-blown two-run homer to Astros prospect Hunter Pence. But Honest Abraham Nunez countered for the Nationals in the...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 8, 2007; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Panama!

That's what's playing on the PA right now. You know, from Van Halen. (Did I mention, too, that it's Armed Forces Appreciation Day (AFAD) here at HSCS? Well, it is. Wait till you see the pictures or highlights of the...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 8, 2007; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Through four

So remember how people were talking about how Simontacchi is around the strike zone. He just completed a 50-pitch outing over four innings. He threw 41 strikes. Wow. Problem: He gave up three runs in his four innings. Eric Bruntlett...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 8, 2007; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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One in the books

(How many consecutive days can I use that as a title for a post?) So Jason Simontacchi started today, and he's known for his control. Not going to overpower anybody, especially after a series of arm problems. Pitched in independent...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 8, 2007; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Patterson: An A in the B game

Just back from watching John Patterson pitch four innings on the minor-league side. And, uh, he was pretty good. Four perfect innings. By my count, 39 pitches, 28 strikes. (Randy St. Claire had 41 pitches, but I'm seriously going to...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 8, 2007; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Even better

Have I mentioned that we have a new slogan here in beautiful Viera? Mea culpa. If you recall, there used to be three billboards on the left field wall at HSCS with some version of the slogan, "Viera -- It's...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 8, 2007; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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GTR results are in

(Biggio and Ensberg both hit homers off Saul Rivera in the sixth, and the Astros lead 5-2 in the top of the eighth. Not that that matters.) Thanks to the 60-something people who played Guess The Rotation over the last...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 7, 2007; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Hill for Cy Young?

And $100 goes to ... Shawn Hill. Yes, that's right, Shawn. Come on down. You're the lucky man who tossed a pair -- yes, that's right, two consecutive -- scoreless innings for the Nationals. (For the unitiated -- Hello, Viera!...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 7, 2007; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Through two

So Oswalt struck out Church to start the second, but then Schneider hit an infield single, D'Angelo "E6" Jimenez singled to center and Larry Broadway followed with a bloop single to right to drive in a run. But that would...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 7, 2007; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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We're under way

Remember when I told you Alex Escobar would be in the starting lineup as the DH? Scratch that. Escobar, who has endured every injury known to man, came up with "tightness in his left quad" and was scratched, replaced by...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 7, 2007; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Welcome back, Manny

No Clemens today. Shocking, huh? But I forgot to mention earlier that the Nationals will face Roy Oswalt today. Keep in mind: Shawn Hill could be one of the Nationals' best pitchers this season, but you could see a lot...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 7, 2007; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Kissimmee in the morning

Team bus just arrived. Game against Astros less than three hours away. Your lineup: Felipe Lopez -- 2B Alex Escobar -- DH Ryan Zimmerman -- 3B Austin Kearns -- RF Ryan Church -- LF Brian Schneider -- C D'Angelo "E6"...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 7, 2007; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Pitching pool wrapup (and another loss)

So by now we have nearly 50 respondents to the pitching pool question posted earlier today. Thanks for playing. (And if the raccoon had stuck around, the Nationals might have used him today. Though I think he was right-handed, and...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 6, 2007; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Have I mentioned this could be a long year?

Emiliano Fruto gave up back-to-back homers in the fifth to Yunel Escobar and Ryan Langerhans. We're 2 hours, 20 minutes into this one, and we're just going to the seventh inning now. The franchise is high on Fruto, but at...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 6, 2007; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Maybe the pitchers should start having kids

New daddy Brian Schneider (handing out cigars this morning) followed his two-run double in the first with a two-run homer off Macay McBride in the third. That followed a walk to Zimmerman, a double for Austin Kearns and a two-run...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 6, 2007; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Next!

Colby Lewis: 2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB (opposing pitcher), 2 K Ouch. Nationals run themselves into an out when Josh Wilson is caught stealing third (by approximately 2.4 miles) and don't score despite three hits....

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 6, 2007; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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One in the books

As I posted in a comment following the last post, here's Colby Lewis to start: Single, single, single, single, strikeout, sac fly, strikeout, trailing 2-0 before the Nationals even have a chance to hit. Bottom 1: Chris Snelling scorches a...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 6, 2007; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Pitching pool

A couple of minutes before game time here. And with yesterday's struggles of Jerome Williams and Tim Redding, and the appearance today of Colby Lewis, it got me to thinking about that favorite spring game, Guess The Rotation. So right...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 6, 2007; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Cox on ...

Bobby Cox is an interesting guy to sit and talk baseball with. He has, in my estimation, seen a large number of games. Among the pearls gleaned today: * "Wild Hogs" is a very funny movie, though not a great...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 6, 2007; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Critter captured

Matt Blush, who represents the Lerner Corp. here at HSCS, chased the raccoon through the stands here at HSCS with help of trusty sidekick Chuck. A ridiculous scene. Once the varmant was cornered, Blush then (ill-advisedly?) picked up the raccoon...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 6, 2007; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Rocky?

There is a raccoon in one of the radio booths/luxury suites here at HSCS. It was chased outside by Ken Wright of The Washington Times. Thought you should know....

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 6, 2007; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Technical difficulties

My laptop crahsed yesterday. Or so I was told. Sat there at Disney World looking at a complex error message. (A complex stream of profanities was also being released from someone's mouth. Not sure whose, but it was.) Quotable: "Baseball...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 6, 2007; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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