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Nationals Journal: March 16, 2008 - March 22, 2008

And your Opening Day starter is...

... one Odalis Amadol Perez. Manager Manny Acta confirmed it following the Nationals' 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves today. It's not a shocker, in the sense that Perez had been slated for that spot (in terms of an every-fifth-day...

By Dave Sheinin  |  March 22, 2008; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
 
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King of the Bullpen... and lineups

Just spoke to Ray King in the Nationals' clubhouse, and mentioned how the March 24 deadline was approaching for the Nationals to decide whether to guarantee the $850,000 minor league contract he signed this winter, and he said he was...

By Dave Sheinin  |  March 22, 2008; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Saturday morning leftovers [update]

To expand upon the Felipe Lopez/Ronnie Belliard second base situation, which was the topic of today's notebook in the .35/.50 edition (and a very spirited discussion here at NJ throughout yesterday) -- I spoke to a handful of scouts and...

By Dave Sheinin  |  March 22, 2008; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Chico out of game, but in rotation

Some folks may not have seen this, because I hastily added it to the previous post as an update once I listened to my tape of Manny Acta's pregame media session and realized he had essentially named Matt Chico to...

By Dave Sheinin  |  March 21, 2008; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Apropos of nothing...

*In yesterday's madness, the Nationals' management was never asked to address Felipe Lopez's comments from Tuesday ("Bench? Hell, no.") Today, both Manager Manny Acta and GM Jim Bowden fielded questions about the Lopez situation, and the gist was this: The...

By Dave Sheinin  |  March 21, 2008; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Svrluga ditched his beat for THAT!?

With all the tumult yesterday at Space Coast Stadium -- to recap: John Patterson was released, Bret Boone was reassigned to minor league camp, Odalis Perez was added to the roster, and three players (none of them surprises) were placed...

By Dave Sheinin  |  March 21, 2008; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Management's side

GM Jim Bowden and manager Manny Acta both characterized the release of veteran John Patterson as a strictly baseball-related move, which came down to a simple equation: Whom would you rather have taking the mound every five days, Patterson or...

By Dave Sheinin  |  March 20, 2008; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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John Patterson Released [With Update]

Dave Sheinin reports from Viera that the Nationals have released right-hander John Patterson. Patterson, the Nationals' Opening Day starter in 2007, was limited to 15 starts in 2006 and '07 because of a series of nerve problems in his right...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 20, 2008; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Official "When Is Opening Day?" Post

I have awaited Shawn Hill's every bullpen session with baited breath. I have become so well-acquainted with Paul Lo Duca's meniscus that we no longer address each other as sir. I have tried to read John Patterson's confidence level, pinned...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 19, 2008; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hill: Live BP

Shawn Hill had originally hoped to throw a live batting practice session on Thursday. But this situation is fluid, and they're reacting on a day-to-day basis on how he feels. So Hill showed up out on the minor league fields...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 19, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Jim Zorn, Take Heart

In the wake of new Redskins head coach Jim Zorn's gaffe at his introduction press conference, where he incorrectly identified the Redskins' team colors as "Maroon, black and yellow," I decided to take an informal poll to find out how...

By Jonathan Forsythe  |  March 19, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
 
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The Off Day

The only Nationals required to come to Space Coast Stadium today are Jason Bergmann, whose turn it is to throw, and Paul Lo Duca, who will be catching Bergmann in a minor league game. The rest of them are off...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 19, 2008; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Felipe Lopez: "Bench? No. ... Hell no."

That's the crux of what he just said. I'm going to write about this for the paper, obviously, but Ronnie Belliard is now hitting .459 on the spring, and he hit his third homer today. He came here as the...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 18, 2008; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Bombs away: Maxwell, Belliard

Bonderman hit the showers with two outs in the fifth, and it hasn't gone well for Tim Byrdak, the lefty reliever. The first batter he faced, Nick Johnson, drilled a double to left-center that scored a run. (One of Johnson's...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 18, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Lastings Impression

Thought I'd get that headline out of the way now. My goodness did Lastings Milledge just crush a 1-1 pitch from Jeremy Bonderman. This is a guy who hitters describe as very uncomfortable to step in against. Milledge just launched...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 18, 2008; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Kasten practices what he preaches

Stan Kasten is inviting the news media (that's me!) to ride the Metro with him from Gallery Place/Chinatown to the Navy Yard station. I cannot think of a more pleasant way to spend an afternoon. However, I will be in...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 18, 2008; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Lineups vs. Tigers

Again, today's game is on ESPN Would imagine there'll be lots of promos for the season opener, now just 12 days away. Keep in mind: you can still register for the right to buy Opening Night tickets on nationals.com, but...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 18, 2008; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Your chance to blog -- about the ballpark

Some of you may have seen this before, but washingtonpost.com sports editor Jon DeNunzio just passed this on to me. The Post is setting up a blog, with multiple authors, for fans this summer that will serve as forums on...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 17, 2008; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Spotlight: Lastings Milledge

Jonathan Forsythe posted the video, but I'll bring you a couple of updates. 1. Elijah Dukes was in the original starting lineup, but Manny Acta said he would test his strained right hamstring first. Apparently, it didn't go as...

By Jonathan Forsythe  |  March 17, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Official Beat Writer Roster Predition Post

By this time two weeks from now, we'll know who pitched Opening Night, who was the first baseman, who was the second baseman, who caught and whether the Nationals won. Furthermore, we'll have an idea of whether the traffic into...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 17, 2008; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Patterson: I felt tight

John Patterson gave up six runs in four innings and, in general, didn't feel good. "Not as good as I felt in my other games," he said. "No pain or anything like that. Just tight. My arm felt like it...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 16, 2008; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Two weeks till Nationals Park opens

Skipped the trip to Ft. Lauderdale, thus saving myself five hours in the car. O's writer Marc Carig will babysit John Patterson's start for me, so we'll be well-informed in the $.35/.$50-edition tomorrow. Sitting here at Space Coast Stadium, where...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 16, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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