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Nationals Journal: April 6, 2008 - April 12, 2008

Cordero reinstated, Bergmann sent down, WMP back tomorrow

So a shakeup afterward. One move expected, two might not have been. Chad Cordero was reinstated to the roster after the 10-2 loss to the Braves. He can pitch tomorrow. The corresponding move: Jason Bergmann optioned to Class AAA Columbus....

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 12, 2008; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
 
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Anyone still watching?

This is ugly. John Lannan: 4 IP, 6 ER. Jason Bergmann: A surprise relief appearance, perhaps to restore confidence. Didn't work. Two innings, four runs. Jeff Francoeur? That would be 3 for 4, 2 HR, 7 RBI. A good week...

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 12, 2008; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Estimated start time: 2:35 p.m.

The grounds crew just made a move for the tarp. They just announced we're looking for a 2:35 p.m. start. Plenty of time to Build-a-Screech, or whatever you do here....

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 12, 2008; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Foundation News -- and some baseball

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, the charitable arm of your favorite ballclub, had a press conference this morning - amid some intermittent sprinkles - to announce a couple of partnerships with charities, as well as unveil a case full of...

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 12, 2008; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Lineups... and a team meeting

Here ya go... ATLANTA Johnson, 2B Escobar, SS Jones, 3B Teixeira, 1B Francoeur, RF McCann, C Diaz, LF Kotsay, CF Hudson, P WASHINGTON Guzman, SS Milledge, CF Zimmerman, 3B Johnson, 1B Kearns, RF Belliard, 2B Flores, C Harris, LF Chico,...

By Dave Sheinin  |  April 11, 2008; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
 
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Cordero, Pena updates... and lineups

Greetings... Dave here. Barry is taking a couple of days off, that slacker. (In all seriousness, I think these are his first days off since Feb. 25. Dude is an animal.) News... Rather than activate Chad Cordero tomorrow, the day...

By Dave Sheinin  |  April 10, 2008; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (269)
 
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Panic? Or chill?

I know I'm late to this discussion -- and excuse me for skipping over the parts about whether Bud Selig or Omar Minaya or Jim Bowden are responsible for this current six-game losing streak. The part that interests me: There...

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 10, 2008; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Shawn Hill: Columbus on Sunday

Shawn Hill said he felt fine after last night's start at Class A Potomac. "It feels like normal throwing, stiffness - nothing abnormal that I would be worried about," he said. Still, the club wants him to stretch himself out...

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 9, 2008; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (240)
 
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Frank Robinson in town Saturday

Former Nationals manager and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson will be honored by the Library of Congress on Saturday as a "Living Legend." The ceremony will help mark the opening of the "Library of Congress Experience," which offers visitors the...

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 9, 2008; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Roster issues -- and a chat

Because there seems to be some confusion, and because the Nationals are saddled with all these injuries - guys coming and going, etc. - it might be a good time to go over just who's on the 25-man and 40-man...

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 9, 2008; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
 
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Dmitri Young to the DL; Johnny Estrada recalled

After 10 p.m., the Washington Nationals placed first baseman Dmitri Young on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 3. The club will recall catcher Johnny Estrada from Class AAA Columbus, where he was on a rehab assignment to get...

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 8, 2008; 10:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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RFK Express: Changes when United is home

Mentioned this the other day, but it's worth reinforcing. One thing the Nationals players have said over and over about Nationals Park is that it's great they don't have to share it with anyone, a thinly veiled swipe at DC...

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 8, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Half-full? Half-empty? What do you see?

I'll ask that briefly after last night's debacle. This has been, to say the least, an uneven start to the season. Wins of 3-2, 11-6 (tied in the ninth) and 1-0 followed by losses of 8-7 (10 innings), 5-4, 5-4,...

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 8, 2008; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Kasten on crowd

Nationals president Stan Kasten just dropped by the press box, as he is wont to do. I said, "Seems like a small crowd." He said: "I don't have a count, but I'm very happy with tonight's crowd, with the weather...

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 7, 2008; 8:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
 
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Nationals Park: Early miscues

No, I'm not talking about Lastings Milledge's dropped fly ball that led to an unearned run against Tim Redding in the top of the first. Rather, the first inning of the game production was, um, a bit rough. To review:...

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 7, 2008; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Manny Acta: "Go Caps!"

President Bush? Come on. Tonight, defenseman Mike Green and goalie Cristobal Huet will be here to toss out the first pitch. (I think Green gets the honors.) Manny Acta did not exactly grow up playing on the frozen ponds of...

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 7, 2008; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Injury updates

I needed a pre-med degree to cover this team right now. Shawn Hill: "It feels much better right now.," he said of his forearm. He'll throw five innings or 80 pitches tomorrow at Class A Potomac. Target date has been...

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 7, 2008; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lineups vs. Marlins

Nationals Park, Game 2. Will get you some news in a bit, but here are your lineups. Florida: Hanley Ramirez -- 6 Dan Uggla -- 4 Mike Jacobs -- 3 Josh Willingham -- 7 Luis Gonzalez -- 9 Jorge Cantu...

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 7, 2008; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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First true homestand

The Nationals are, no doubt, fired-up to be back home. But there is a bit of a bitter taste from the weekend. Win one of the last four games -- decided by a total of six runs -- and they'd...

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 7, 2008; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sunday lineups -- and Opening Night Poster

Remember, today's the day to buy the Post at Giant, CVS or Safeway (and perhaps a few other locales), because it comes with that very nice poster of the first pitch at Nationals Park. Well worth the $1.50. The Clydesdales...

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 6, 2008; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (192)
 
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