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Happy Fourth of July!

It's simply a gorgeous day out here at RFK. Yes, a little hazy, but nice and cool for Independence Day in D.C. The Hill is bustling, getting ready for tonight. Hopefully a fun D.C. day all around.

In the interest of full disclosure, this is my last game before I go on vacation around the all-star break. I've got a couple of days of work left to get some midseason stuff together, and you'll read some stories by me on your boys next week. I, however, will be on an island off the coast of here. I will not have MASN. I will not have Washington Post Radio. I will keep track of the Nationals in this newspaper, where I used to work.

(One person jealous of my trip: Jim Bowden. His family has a place here, which is not far from the island where we go. In fact, you can see the island in a short boat ride from his place. You might remember that in 2005, Bowden did the Preston Wilson deal while with his kids up there on the all-star break. Read more about that here.)

Anyway, here's a lineup for the Fourth:

Logan -- 8
Belliard -- 4
Zimmerman -- 5
Young -- 3
Kearns -- 9
Lopez -- 6
Fick -- 7
Flores -- 2
Chico -- 1

Today's slumping-dude-who-gets-the-day-off: Ryan Church, who is 1 for his last 17, with the 1 being an infield single last night that was originally scored an error (but correctly changed to a hit). Church's average is now .253, the lowest it has been since it was .167 after the second game of the season. Ouch.

Last night: Not much new, really. I centered the gamer on Lenny Harris, the hitting coach in a tough spot. I thought Kearns was refreshingly honest about his struggles.

The news about MIchael Burgess's signing was in the tiny "Nationals Farm Update", which somehow didn't seem to get online. He signed for $630,000. And the podcast has sound from a lot of these folks.

I'll be honest: I hate to leave the dining guide behind. Keep using it. I'd still be interested in anyone's thoughts -- and would give a George bobblehead to anyone who can answer the Tune Inn trivia question. I'll perhaps give you an in-game update. But have a great Fourth of July, whether you're out here or watching from, say, Alaska. (Yes, that means you, Wigi.)

By Barry Svrluga  |  July 4, 2007; 9:41 AM ET
 
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