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Nationals Journal: February 10, 2008 - February 16, 2008

Lo Duca and Acta

Your new starting catcher has arrived in Viera, safe and sound, and he just finished meeting with the media, including one reporter each from New York and Los Angeles. Lo Duca took some questions about the Mitchell Report, but dodged...

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 16, 2008; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Lo Duca update

A quiet morning thus far at Space Coast Stadium, as pitchers and catchers trickle in for their physicals. Nine players have yet to arrive in Viera, eight of whom (Jesus Flores, Katsuhiko Maekawa, Luis Ayala, Eude Brito, Jesus Colome, Humberto...

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 16, 2008; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Dateline: Viera

Greetings from the land of planned communities, occasional brushfires and, of course, tasty sandwiches a couple miles down the road at Barry Svrluga's favorite place, Panera. (I, on the other hand, prefer the Asian noodle joint in the same shopping...

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 15, 2008; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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One more thing: Radio

So I'm over in Northwest (foreign territory to me) at my barber and I ducked into the local Starbucks on Wisconsin Ave. (the one right near the Giant and Cafe Deluxe and around the corner from Two Amys, etc.), and...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 15, 2008; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Pitchers, catchers -- and Sheinin

The day has arrived. Pitchers and catchers have to be in Viera today. Keep a few things in mind here. "Report" means just that. Really, a guy reporting means, in some cases, he'll call the clubby or the director of...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 15, 2008; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Lopez, pitchers and catchers -- and 2 p.m. chat

A reminder: chat in a couple of hours, at 2 p.m. Dave Sheinin on the ground in Viera, and he'll offer up the goods on the Nats for the next 10 days or so before I arrive. Lots of players...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 14, 2008; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (182)
 
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And now, back to your regularly scheduled NJ

Wow. Sorry about that interlude. Still here at the Rayburn House Office Building, finishing up after a somewhat dizzying day. Difficult to sift through everything. Presumably, Felipe Lopez had his arbitration hearing today in Tampa. We should hear about the...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 13, 2008; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
 
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"I'm Reminding You That You Are Under Oath"

One of the key bits -- Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) questions Clemens on Andy Pettitte's statements:...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 13, 2008; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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It's Over

But not without a great moment. As Henry Waxman was summing up, listing the testimony that, frankly, made Clemens look bad, he talked about Andy Pettitte's statements that implicated Clemens. Clemens jumped in (doing this to the best of my...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 13, 2008; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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"You Are a Drug Dealer"

Reps. Christopher Shays and Darrell Issa seemed to enjoyed calling McNamee "a drug dealer." Example: Shays: "Are you a drug dealer?" McNamee: "I just did what the players asked." Shays: "Mr. McNamee, you are a drug dealer." McNamee: "That's your...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 13, 2008; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Debbie Clemens: I Took HGH ... Once

Hey, she admits it. With the usual qualifier ... As Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) had the mic, Roger Clemens read a statement from his wife, Debbie. She admitted that once, when McNamee was at the Clemens house, he gave her a...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 13, 2008; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clemens: Angry

Roger continues with the "If I had known what McNamee was going to say, I would have talked to Micthell ... " line of defense. He's a public person, an easy guy to find, even when he's in a duck...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 13, 2008; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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We Interrupt This Hearing ...

For a commercial announcement from Rep. John J. Duncan (R-Tenn.). Davis thinks these hearings are a perfectly reasonable pursuit for Congress, unlike some "holier-than-thou" pundits (and bloggers) have contended. " I think good things have come out of these hearings...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 13, 2008; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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They're Back ...

... but Barry isn't. He's getting busy on his story for what he likes to call the $0.35/.50/whatever edition, so I'll try to give you key updates the rest of the way. So far, it's more on who went to...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 13, 2008; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clemens, the nanny, and the lawyers

Rep. Waxman just finished a session grilling Roger Clemens, again about the 1998 party at Jose Canseco's house. Waxman said that the committee had tried to get Clemens's team to track down a nanny that Brian McNamee said was at...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 13, 2008; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Two hours in: Who do you side with?

We're now more than two hours into this. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski (R-Pa.) just questioned Charles Scheeler, the member of George Mitchell's investigative team, about the credibility of the disputed party at Jose Canseco's house in Tampa. Thus, it would...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 13, 2008; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Burton attacks McNamee's credibility

As we said in the last entry, it seemed that Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) has sided with Roger Clemens. He pointed out several interviews from 2006 and 2007 in which Brian McNamee was quoted as saying he did not provide...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 13, 2008; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tierney on the offensive

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) brought up some questions about Brian McNamee's credibility, both in a criminal investigation in Florida in 2001 as well as in his testimony to the committee. They also went into detail about whether Clemens was in...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 13, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cummings: "I am reminding you that you are under oath"

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) just completed the opening round of questioning, and he focused almost solely on Roger Clemens. It amounted to a public flogging. Cummings focused largely on Andy Pettitte's testimony and affidavit. He said that because of inconsistencies...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 13, 2008; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McNamee's Opening Statement: "I told the truth"

Brian McNamee's attorneys have released the opening statement he will read in the moments to come. Here are a few pieces of it, and the bolding and underlining seen here is in the copy that sits beside me: "I was,...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 13, 2008; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Waxman: "Someone isn't telling the truth"

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) is the chair of the committee, and he is in the midst of reading his opening statement, which sets things up as not all that great for Roger Clemens. Waxman said that Brian McNamee's credibility is...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 13, 2008; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Live Video From Hearing

FYI, The Post has live video streaming on the site ......

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 13, 2008; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Roger Clemens's Opening Statement

Roger Clemens's team just issued a copy of his opening statement, which he will read -- and, if form follows from previous hearings, will ad lib a bit -- before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform within the...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 13, 2008; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Scene from the Hill

The crowd that wanted to get to Room 2154 in the Rayburn House Office Building was held off for almost 45 minutes this morning while a suspicious bag was checked out by Capitol police. The interest -- at least from...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 13, 2008; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clemens, McNamee, Congress and The Showdown

Greetings to those of you who are regular Nationals Journal folks, and welcome to those who have an interest in steroids, Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), HGH, Roger Clemens, B12, Congressional hearings, medical experts, the Mitchell Report, Brian McNamee, crushed Miller...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 13, 2008; 6:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Single-game tickets on sale March 4, with prices

I'll cut-and-paste the release. The prices (sorry it's not a very readable chart) are below, as is the promotions schedule: NATIONALS INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKET SALES BEGIN ON TUESDAY, MARCH 4 AT 9:00 A.M. FOR THE INAUGURAL SEASON AT NATIONALS PARK...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 12, 2008; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Hill to climb -- Plus Livo a Twin?

A late addition: Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com, who doesn't get things wrong, says Livan Hernandez will be a Minnesota Twin, making $5-$6 million this year. Thus, the debate about whether he should be a Nat ends -- or perhaps starts...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 12, 2008; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Patterson feels strong. Do you?

Greetings, and hope everyone had a good weekend. I was, quite obviously, off from posting on the Journal, and apparently when I'm away, there's no telling where the conversation will turn. Let's try to get back between the ditches here....

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 11, 2008; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
 
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