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Lo Duca is the starter

I wasn't at the gathering, but the Nationals must know they have hit the big-time because Dan Steinberg was in fact there. The most important thing: Jim Bowden indicated that there's no doubt that Lo Duca is the starter.

Here's Steinberg's summary in the DC Sports Bog. Lots of good quotes. And lots of talk about winning. We'll get to that at some point soon.

You'll notice over the coming days that Paul Lo Duca appears to be a big Lastings Milledge supporter. I have noticed that has been questioned somewhere. In 2006, when Milledge was called up -- perhaps too quickly -- he indeed rubbed some veterans the wrong way.

An account from someone who knows tells the story thusly: Milledge wore flashy clothes and wristbands and stuff when he came up, and there was indeed some idea that he should tone it down. Then, when the team was at RFK Stadium, a sign appeared above his locker that said, "Know your place, Rook!" and it was signed, "Your teammates." In fact, I'm told, it was one teammate -- closer Billy Wagner.

Anyway, this is a long way around saying that Lo Duca didn't/doesn't appear to have an issue with Milledge, and in fact realizes how much talent he has.

By Barry Svrluga  |  December 11, 2007; 6:17 PM ET
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