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Nationals Journal: June 8, 2008 - June 14, 2008

A technicality, a debate, a scouting report and a recommendation

A technicality: When the Nationals placed Odalis Perez on the DL yesterday, they did so expecting to make the transaction retroactive to June 4, a day after the lefty's most recent start. But they encountered a slight problem. And as...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 14, 2008; 9:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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Lineups from Seattle

Today's lineups Washington Guzman - 6 Dukes - 9 Milledge - 8 Young - 3 Flores - 2 Belliard - 5 Lopez - 4 Pena - DH Casto - 7 (Clippard - 1) Seattle Suzuki - 8 Lopez - 4...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 14, 2008; 8:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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A closer look at a closer

Closer Jon Rauch reaffirmed his value to the Nats last night by doing one of the hardest things in sports: Stopping another team's momentum cold. All game, after the second inning, the Mariners were on a steady, persistent comeback trail....

By Chico Harlan  |  June 14, 2008; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Perez out, Clippard in

This comes in far too late for inclusion in Saturday's 50-cent fishwrap edition, so I'll just post here. The Nationals have officially placed Odalis Perez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 4. (He last pitched June 3.) Perez...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 14, 2008; 2:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Greatest hits compilation

Interpret this game's first hour however you want. Perhaps the Nationals were due to break out like this. Perhaps they simply had a heretofore unrevealed ability to smash the knuckleball. Perhaps we just owe all this to the old phrase...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 13, 2008; 11:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Tonight's lineups

Ahh, the Pacific Northwest. It's in the 50s here. The press box has hot Starbucks ready to go. A few personnel notes before we carry on. Paul Lo Duca isn't here yet; he's still going to get a few more...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 13, 2008; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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The Zimm Reaper

My apologies for being quick with this. It's a crazy morning, three additional hours thrown in free of charge on account of the west coast travel. I woke up this morning at 3:30 in Pittsburgh to catch the first of...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 13, 2008; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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We're all day-to-day (or DL-bound)

It looks like Odalis Perez is heading to the disabled list. He'll miss his next start, Manager Manny Acta said after today's game. (Washington's 10th loss in 12 games.) Perez hasn't pitched since June 3, so if he's placed on...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 12, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Notes before the series rubber match

Reading material available here and here and here. (That would be, in order, game story, Zimmerman story and notebook about Dukes, for those scoring at home.) Also, I noticed a great passage in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this morning, where the...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 12, 2008; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
 
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Today's lineups

Morning guys. I'll post again shortly, but I wanted to get the lineups out first. Washington Guzman -- 6 Dukes -- 9 Milledge -- 8 Boone -- 3 Belliard -- 5 Pena -- 7 Lopez -- 4 Nieves -- 2...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 12, 2008; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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The fallout of an arugment: lots of repetition

Here's the best look yet I've seen on the Dukes-Acta spat, if you're curious for the background here. Today, the key parties involved -- Dukes and Acta -- weren't keen to talk more about what happened. When Dukes saw several...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 11, 2008; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Zimmerman Out 4-6 Weeks -- Or Rest of Season

Lots of big news today. I'll rehash the latest on the Elijah Dukes disagreement in a subsequent post (Reader's Digest version: He's back in lineup... company line: water under bridge... neither Acta nor Bowden is too forthcoming about the root...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 11, 2008; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Dukes in the lineup

I'm heading down to the clubhouse now, but I figured I'd post this first. Washington Guzman - 6 Dukes - 9 Milledge - 8 Young - 3 Flores - 2 Belliard - 5 Lopez - 4 Harris - 7 Lannan...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 11, 2008; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Reminder

Just a heads-up. We're doing the usual online chat at noon today, not 2 p.m. Sorry for the change. If you're due for a power lunch at the Capital Grille or something, submit a question beforehand. Looks like the following...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 11, 2008; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (180)
 
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Lineups

The lineups from Pittsburgh And yes, we've got the return of Ronnie Belliard tonight. He went "zero-for-Harrisburg," as Manny Acta said (that would be 0-for-12) and last night, 0-for-3 in Class A Potomac. Maybe he can help the Nationals. "Well,...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 10, 2008; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (183)
 
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About Redding

Tim Redding starts tonight for the Nats. His three most recent starts -- all no decisions -- share some alarming similarities. In each, he's been chased from the ballgame in the middle of the sixth inning. In each, the third...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 10, 2008; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bound for Pittsburgh: a team in the pits

Gotta be quick this morning, because I'm driving up to Pittsburgh -- my hometown. If you're part of the caravan heading from DC to the 'Burgh, ala the line of markered vehicles that treks across Texas during high school football...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 10, 2008; 7:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Shoulders, simulated games, and the Series

Here's your Zimmerman update. Around 6 p.m. or so, Zimmerman was scheduled to be examined by team orthopedist Dr. Ben Shaffer. It was nothing super-complicated, Zimmerman explained before the exam -- "no machines or anything." Still, the check-up might provide...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 9, 2008; 7:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lineups

Sorry for falling off the NJ map there. Busy day down in the clubhouse. Still no real word on Zimmerman yet. I'll post more in about an hour, once I crank out my pre-game copy for the Erstwhile 35. In...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 9, 2008; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NJ blog entry No. 1004, all time. (I wish I'd noticed the big quad-zero, but it passed without recognition.) Thanks to Svrluga for the first 900-some.

About two hours after the Nats lost their seventh game in eight yesterday afternoon, the Colorado Rockies dropped a game to the Brewers, 3-2. I only mention this because Colorado's loss prevented the Nationals from becoming the worst team in...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 9, 2008; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lineups from Nationals Park

Garrett Mock makes his major league debut today. And his first major league experience won't last long, as GM Jim Bowden explained: "I don't want any pressure out there for him. I [told him], 'It's your first major league start,...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 8, 2008; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Your morning hot-not

Hot: The weather. 98 degree-high today. Kind of hot, but only if you like free time: Rob Mackowiak, who's now out of a job, but not out of his $1.5 million. Not hot at all: Felipe Lopez, whose average has...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 8, 2008; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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