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The only real solution is a Mac

Mega computer problems last night. About nine minutes before 11:30 deadline, my laptop pulled a Palmeiro-in-Congress and lost all memory of its past. When I rebooted, the story I'd been writing entirely vanished. Wasn't on the desktop. Wasn't in some temporary folder. Wasn't recovered by some miracle MS Word mining expedition. Though I'd saved the story frequently, it left no residual trace.

Gotta admit, as I started rewriting something to make midnight's deadline, I kept thinking that this might be the time to try the ol' six-word game story. ("Nats perform better than Dell Latitude.")

Anyway, turning attention to more relevant topics...

The Nats play the series finale at Shea this afternoon. Jason Bergmann versus Mike Pelfrey.

Especially given their top-shelf play last night, Washington has the chance to claim a little momentum here, such as it exists in baseball. If you can come to New York, win three out of four and never even have to face Johan Santana... well, that's the kind of magic that Frank Sinatra sings about.

Just a few final things to point out before we carry on with our days and I head out to Shea.

* Luis Ayala. Big (and potentially confidence-boosting) outing last night. Washington needs him to look like the guy he was last year and this April, not the guy he's been this month. Acta called on him to get one out yesterday in a critical eighth-inning jam, and he Ayala responded by getting David Wright to fly to center.

* Jesus Flores. Stellar game, clutch hit. He has a lot of fans in his own clubhouse, and Washington will keep playing this guy 5 or so times every week. Right now, he's impressing all of the right people.

* Nick Johnson. He'll find out more about the extent of his injury in the next days, perhaps even today. Aaron Boone went 1-or-4 last night as his replacement.

By Chico Harlan  |  May 15, 2008; 8:50 AM ET
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