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Post-meeting Sunday morning

Well, Manny Acta took a rather mundane fifth-loss-in-a-row and made it more interesting by holding a post-game meeting last night. The message was quite interesting: Don't feel sorry for yourselves, don't accept losing, don't fall into the trap of being the team people tell you you should be.

Let me get the lineups out of the way, and we'll get back to that.

Washington:
Logan -- 8
Belliard -- 4
Zimmerman -- 5
Young -- 3 (Should find out about all-star team just before game time, though news is embargoed until it's all announced on TV later this afternoon)
Kearns -- 9
Lopez -- 6
Fick -- 7 (Church day off)
Flores -- 2
Bacsik -- 1

Pittsburgh:
Davis -- 8
Sanchez -- 4
Nady -- 9
Bay -- 7
LaRoche -- 3
Castillo -- 5
Paulino -- 2
Wilson -- 6
Maholm -- 1

Also, the John Patterson situation continues to get weirder. Patterson didn't call me back yesterday, and I'm really interested to hear from him. I did talk to someone close to him, and they believe he's very concerned about his future. We'll see.

So with the 81st game today -- depending on the outcome, they'll either be on pace to go 66-96 or 64-98 -- and with Acta having held a meeting to hold his team together, I wonder what you all think of the job the first-year skipper is doing. He is signed to a two-year deal with two club options, which essentially means this is a tryout. If the front office likes the job he's doing after the first two years, they can pick up the first option. If they don't, they can go out and find someone they feel would do better.

We're a ways away from that, and obviously he'll be evaluated on things other than wins and losses (because the team he was given this year wasn't equipped to win).

Your impressions?

By Barry Svrluga  |  July 1, 2007; 10:42 AM ET
 
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