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Nationals Journal: February 24, 2008 - March 1, 2008

Hill: Second opinion on Monday

GM Jim Bowden told me taht the club believes "Shawn will be fine," because the MRI exam on his right arm did not show any damage -- in fact, it didn't show anything. Still, Hill will board a plane Sunday...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 1, 2008; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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That Shawn Hill arm soreness? Not normal

So Shawn Hill has been complaining of soreness in his right forearm, right? He said he feels like it's normal. However ... ... it persisted enough that the team took a precautionary MRI today. Though the test showed no tendon...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 1, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Orioles and Nats: Beltway Battle?

Jason Bergmann is on me to get those questions and send them to him, so I'll try to do that during the game. Meanwhile, here's your Orioles lineup: Chris Roberson -- 9 Freddie Bynum -- 6 Luke Scott -- 7...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 1, 2008; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A newsy start to Saturday

A bit of a newsy Saturday morning, though Manny Acta preferred yesterday's question-and-answer session, which dealt with strategy more than personnel. But we have to do what we have to do, so here goes. Johnny Estrada has been shut...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 1, 2008; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wrapping up a Friday

Marlins 4, Nats 1. Tyler Clippard allows a wind-aided homer to lead off the game, and said afterward that this early in the spring, "My command's not where I need it to be." Fair enough. He's a command guy, and...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 29, 2008; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Has Screech bathed?

This is the kind of important investigative journalism we practice here at Nationals Journal. In the Post newsroom, we call it "accountability journalism," because we're holding people accountable for their words and actions as members of the Fifth Estate. Screech...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 29, 2008; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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After four ...

... it's still Marlins 1, Nats 0, and this'll be the last update for me for a while, as I have to head to clubhouse and start hacking. Stanford did a nice job, and has now given way to Mike...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 29, 2008; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A nailbiter here

Fish in the third, against Jason Stanford, a lefty: De Aza grounds to second, Guzman boots Andino's broken-bat grounder, and Hermida grounds into a 4-6-3 double play. Nats third, facing Chris Volstad: Guzman grounds to second, Milledge pops to left,...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 29, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Marlins lead 1-0 after two

Clippard kindasorta settled down in the second. Grounder to short from Castillo, pop-up in foul ground from Coghlan that Zimmerman ran down nearly at Panera. Not kidding. Was past the tarp down the line. Matt Treanor (Mr. Misty May)...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 29, 2008; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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After one, Marlins up 1-0

So poor Tyler Clippard. His second pitch was kinda popped into right field by De Aza (which translates, I believe, to "of Aza") and got into the Space Coast Jet Stream, which turned a fly ball into a solo homer....

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 29, 2008; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Marlins lineup

The anthem's over, and we're about to begin. The Marlins counter with: Alejandro de Aza -- 8 Robert Andino -- 6 Jeremy Hermida -- 9 Mike Jacobs -- DH Gabriel Sanchez -- 3 Jose Castillo -- 5 (not exactly Miguel...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 29, 2008; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Video Spotlight: Austin Kearns

Right fielder Austin Kearns looks forward to Nationals Park and explains why he will not miss RFK Stadium....

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 29, 2008; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Catching Up With Jonathan Albaladejo

Hey y'all. I'm in Tampa today, where the Yankees will be throwing Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy back-to-back-to-back against the University of South Florida today. I'm looking forward to that. (Chamberlain, as you may know, is being treated...

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 29, 2008; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Welcome to Historic Space Coast Stadium

Is there a better venue in sports? (Don't answer.) Thanks for your questions to Jason Bergmann. I'll shoot a bunch his way and work up a post in the coming days. Need to tally those Guess the Rotation results as...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 29, 2008; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Official "Ask Jason Bergmann a Question" Post

So I mentioned that Jason Bergmann, among other Nats players and managers, reads the Journal. And I mentioned that Bergmann would be willing to take questions from readers here -- on any topic, baseball or otherwise. When I said that,...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 28, 2008; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Nationals 15, Georgetown 0 (No mercy rule enforced)

(My apologies: The box score issued here only went through seven-and-a-half innings, so I had the score wrong initially. The correct score is reflected above.) So Josh Smoker pitched just fine, allowing two hits and a walk in two innings...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 28, 2008; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Spotlight: Jason Bergmann

Nationals pitcher Jason Bergmann discusses his busy offseason and looks forward to the opening of Nationals Park....

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 28, 2008; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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End of two

Bergmann walked Iannetta on a 3-2 pitch to lead off the inning, but got out of it on a line-drive double play to short and a strikeout. That's it for him: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 28, 2008; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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One in the books

Keep in mind that this is an 11:30 a.m. start, so we're already under way, with the first meal from the Manatee Room sitting uneasily in my stomach. Top of the first: Bergmann got the Hoyas in order on a...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 28, 2008; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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More Video Goodness: Matt Chico

Another nice feature from our man Jon Forsythe ......

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 28, 2008; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Georgetown is here

The Hoyas are getting their team picture taken on the field right now. It's cold, and the wind is whipping, so it must feel like the Hilltop. I do not see Roy Hibbert, so perhaps he's not playing today. Tough...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 28, 2008; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Lineup vs. Georgetown

I don't have the Hoyas' lineup quite yet. However, here's your Nationals: Roger Bernadina -- CF Ronnie Belliard -- 2B Ryan Zimmerman -- 3B Dmitri Young -- DH Austin Kearns -- RF Garrett "Rule 5" Guzman -- LF Jesus Flores...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 28, 2008; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Final: Marlins 3, Nationals 3

And the first one's in the books -- though it took a bit longer than expected. Florida's Mike Jacobs hit a two-run homer off Nationals right-hander Rob Bell in the bottom of the sixth to put Marlins up 3-2, but...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 27, 2008; 9:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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In the bottom of the sixth ...

Nationals lead 2-1 on Wily Mo Pena's RBI double, driving in Lastings Milledge. Subs now in at every position. Nick Johnson, on his first game in 17 months: "I was flying pretty high today, all day long," he said after...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 27, 2008; 8:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Top of Fourth

Milledge singles through the hole to left. Johnson actually gets to take some pitches, but he popped up to shallow center on a 1-2 pitch from someone named Logan Kensing. Milledge stole second, WMP was hit by a pitch, and...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 27, 2008; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Third inning

Nats go 1-2-3 against Marlins reliever Kevin Gregg (Moeller, Guzman and Lopez), and Garrett Mock comes on in relief of Chico to start the third. Mock pitched well, a 1-2-3 inning in which he got Treanor to ground to third,...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 27, 2008; 7:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Bottom 2

Willingham hits a solid double to left-center, the first hit off Chico. But he bounces back to strike out Luis Gonzalez looking (Gonzalez didn't like the call) and Castillo to bounce to third, with Willingham holding at second. Miller then...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 27, 2008; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Top 2

Escobar strikes out swinging. Dukes grounds hard to third. Casto grounds to second. On to the bottom of the second. Chico is on a strict pitch count -- two innings or 40 pitches....

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 27, 2008; 7:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Bottom of the first

If you read the paper tomorrow and it makes no sense, it's because I'm delivering these updates, which will be less frequent as the game goes on. Chico on the hill. He gets Maybin to ground to short (strong throw...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 27, 2008; 7:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Top of the first

Guzman singles on the first pitch he sees. Lopez follows with a single to right to put runners on first and second. Milledge grounds into a 5-4-3 double play, moving Guzman to third and bringing up Nick Johnson. And in...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 27, 2008; 7:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Live-blogging the opener

So it's chilly here at Roger Dean Stadium, and I'm working on a story and a notebook for tomorrow's $.35/$.50-edition, but I'm going to try to get you some updates midgame, if you're interested. The irony: Charlie Slowes and Dave...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 27, 2008; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Your Opening Night Grapefruit League lineup

Without further ado: Cristian Guzman -- SS Felipe Lopez -- 2B Lastings Milledge -- CF Nick Johnson -- 1B Wily Mo Pena -- LF Alex Escobar -- DH Elijah Dukes -- RF Kory Casto -- 3B Chad Moeller -- C...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 27, 2008; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Behind the Lens

Hey there -- it's Jon DeNunzio here again, with another video highlight for you today -- a sort of mini-documentary on what it's like to take photos at spring training, featuring Post photog Toni Sandys (and her pix). Enjoy....

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 27, 2008; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Matt Chico, and some "Guess the Rotation"

So I wrote too much on Felipe Lopez, which appears in the $.35/$.50 edition here, and therefore lost the rights to have a separate notebook. So my plans to write about Matt Chico's start in tonight's Grapefruit League opener were...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 27, 2008; 7:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
 
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Segway-Riding GM

You've seen the pictures. Now see video of Jim Bowden tooling around spring training on a Nats-customized Segway -- and the amused (bemused?) reactions of his players. -- Jon DeNunzio...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 26, 2008; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Guess where I went to lunch? (And actual baseball stuff)

And it wasn't just me. Seriously. Mark Zuckerman from the Washington Times. Craig Heist from WTOP. Toni Sandys, the Post's intrepid photographer. Peter Lockley, the Times's photog. Dave Jageler from the radio team. "Even I eat there now, you know,"...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 26, 2008; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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OK, Let's See How This Goes...

As Mr. Svrluga noted in the previous post, we considered all your thoughtful responses to the question of whether I should post non-Nats-related baseball stuff on this blog, and decided to take the middle ground of only posting when it...

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 26, 2008; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
 
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Rotations, rosters -- in Viera, even better

So Sheinin left me the keys to this thing, and I really want to thank him for filling in so ably over the past couple weeks (though I did have to adjust the seat back to my preferred settings,...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 26, 2008; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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'That, My Friend, Is Very Broke'

Wondering how the Nats' starting rotation is shaping up? Want to complain about MASN's HDTV coverage or The Post's print coverage? Need more analysis using OPS and VORP? Well, this post is not for you ... However, if you wanted...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 25, 2008; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
 
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HD news is here!

(This is Barry Svrluga, and I arrived in Viera about 30 minutes ago, and I'm not fully stealing the Journal back from Sheinin, but I had to get you this news.) Quickly, MASN is expected to announce later today --...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 25, 2008; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Waiting For Svrluga

Yes, folks, my stint as the fill-in correspondent on NJ is coming to a close, because, as we speak, the Prince of Panera himself is making his way to Viera from Washington (via Orlando International Airport). Once Barry arrives, I'll...

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 25, 2008; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
 
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Finally, a Healthy Catcher

Jesus Flores arrived from Venezuela on Saturday night and took part in Sunday's workout. Why does this matter? Because thus far, the Nationals' pitchers have had almost no on-field interaction with either of the team's top two catchers, veteran newcomers...

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 24, 2008; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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A Few More Zimmerman Thoughts

I didn't have the space to get into this in the Ryan Zimmerman-contract story in the print edition this morning, but I'm guessing the Zimmerman camp is looking for a contract more in line with David Wright's deal with the...

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 24, 2008; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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