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Nationals Journal: May 4, 2008 - May 10, 2008

Marlins vs. Nationals -- now and in the future

So I wrote the gamer about Hanley Ramirez. Seriously grasping at straws after what was pretty much the most boring game we've had this year, but as I've said before in this space, the guy is a force, and Nationals...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 10, 2008; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
 
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Lineups vs. Marlins

Elijah Dukes in the house. Jesus Flores in the house -- but not in the lineup. He'll play tomorrow and catch Mike O'Connor, who he caught at Class AAA. But this doesn't change the plan to make Flores the everyday...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 9, 2008; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Metro delays over the weekend

Just a warning, and the Nationals want to spread the word about this, but Metro's Green Line will undergo track work on Saturday and Sunday that (and again, lifting right from the release here) "will delay fans' postgame ride from...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 9, 2008; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Tolman explains thought process

There has been much discussion over the last few days in the comments section of this here Journal about the effectiveness of one Timothy Lee Tolman, who serves as the third base coach for the Washington Nationals. Let's give some...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 9, 2008; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (146)
 
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More on the injuries, moves

So Manny Acta confirmed that Jesus Flores will be the starting catcher and Wil Nieves the backup beginning tomorrow. I would guess that would mean Flores plays roughly five games to Nieves's two, or something roughly equivalent to that. Acta...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 8, 2008; 8:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Lo Duca, Estrada both on DL tomorrow; Flores up, Dukes back

Never a dull moment. As reported earlier, Paul Lo Duca has a broken bone in his right hand. Haven't talked to him yet -- he's sitting in the clubhouse watching Twins-White Sox and looking rather depressed with a cast on...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 8, 2008; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Lo Duca Out 4 to 6 Weeks

A couple of things regarding Paul Lo Duca that happened last night, but the most significant is this: He swung at a Roy Oswalt pitch in the seventh and, an MRI revealed today, fractured the the fourth metacarpal bone in...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 8, 2008; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Minor League Report

Bill Gluvna of the Nationals PR staff takes considerable care and time each week to prepare a minor league briefing for the members of the media. I asked Bill yesterday if I could simply cut and paste the "MLR" (as...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 8, 2008; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Acta on the rotation switch

First of all, I had it a bit off. Tim Redding will start on Friday night against Florida, and Mike O'Connor on Saturday. With Monday's off day, that just keeps Redding on his regular turn. The guy's been the team's...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 7, 2008; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Chico to bullpen, O'Connor to rotation

So the Nationals made a move, about which we haven't talked to Manny Acta yet. But beginning with tonight's game, second-year left-hander Matt Chico will be available out of the bullpen, and lefty Mike O'Connor is scheduled to throw Friday...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 7, 2008; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lineups from Houston

Just before I head to the clubhouse. Washington: Lopez -- 4 Guzman -- 6 Zimmerman -- 5 Johnson -- 3 Milledge -- 8 Kearns -- 9 Lo Duca -- 2 Pena -- 7 Perez -- 1 (Or the same as...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 7, 2008; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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R.I.P. Capitol Punishment, 2004-08

More than a year ago, I wrote a story about what seemed to me to be the inordinate number of Nationals blogs given the team's profile nationally and even in DC. Anyone who reads this space closely knows that, of...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 7, 2008; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The one that got away -- and Where are they now?

What if Austin Kearns had snared Carlos Lee's liner? What if Luis Ayala had wasted an 0-2 pitch? What if Lastings Milledge could break right on Lance Berkman's ball in the seventh? What if Saul Rivera didn't balk? What if...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 7, 2008; 6:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lineups from Houston

I'm not going to mince words here. I hate Houston. My least-favorite American city. If I thought you were interested in the reasons why, I'd put them here. Instead, we have lineups. Waddya know? Zim's playing. Washington: Lopez -- 4...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 6, 2008; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Down on the farm

So the off day brought a story about what's possibly to come for the Nationals. I've documented before that some pitchers were promoted from Class A Potomac to Class AA Harrisburg. But this morning's $.35/.$50-edition has a more in-depth look...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 6, 2008; 6:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (166)
 
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Taking stock

So what to make of these crazy Nationals? I took the long view in the gamer, wrapping up the longest homestand of the year. And I thought these stats were interesting. First 22 games (6-16): .227 average, 4.75 ERA, 14...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 5, 2008; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (191)
 
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Zimmerman out of lineup for first time in 205 games

Ryan Zimmerman is sitting today. It's not an injury. It's not a benching. It's just a day off. Zimmerman had played in every Nationals game since Sept. 19, 2006 -- including all 162 last year. But he and Manny Acta...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 4, 2008; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
 
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