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Nationals Journal: June 15, 2008 - June 21, 2008

Postgame wrap-up

Steve Yanda posting one last time this weekend. A quick note before we get into the game itself. In my previous post, I said the info on Langerhans and Wagner would not make tomorrow's paper. I retract that statement. Little...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 21, 2008; 11:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Time for a quickie

Just realized I likely won't have room for this in the notes or the gamer ... Jim Bowden confirmed before the game that outfielder Ryan Langerhans accepted his outright assignment from the big league club and will report to Class...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 21, 2008; 8:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Lineups

Steve Yanda again. You're stuck with me for one more night, folks. Let's try to have some fun. And we'll start with the lineups: Rangers Kinsler, 2B Catalanotto, 1B Young, SS Hamilton, CF Byrd, CF Murphy, LF Saltalamacchia, C Vazquez,...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 21, 2008; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Quite the summer kick-off

Steve Yanda again, folks. And where, oh where, to begin? Let's start from the beginning, or somewhere near it. Tim Redding taught every Little League pitcher watching the Nationals game last night a very important lesson -- never, ever, if...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 21, 2008; 1:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Lineups sans Boone

Hey everybody, Steve Yanda here at Nationals Park filling in for Chico. It's "Throwback Friday," according to Aaron Boone. A few players were sporting throwback jerseys when they arrived in the clubhouse. Boone, who was a late scratch from the...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 20, 2008; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Sneak Peak: Who Takes the Most?

Hopefully by now, all faithful NJ readers know that washingtonpost.com has a sleek new format for Dave Sheinin's weekly MLB Sunday package. It's a great collection -- Dave's centerpiece story, the related giant, info-packed graphic, 3 Up/3 Down, The List,...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  June 20, 2008; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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About the story

Anything atypical about the coverage merits an explanation, so that's what I'll give you this morning. For the "gamer" in today's print edition, I more or less decided to avert my eyes from the game altogether. Instead, I spent most...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 20, 2008; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (176)
 
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A 4-5 road trip, or: Life at 16 games under .500

A few exit notes from Minneapolis * The best news about Minnesota's 9-3 victory was that it prevented Washington from taking the field for the ninth inning, thereby saving Wily Mo Pena from further misadventures in left field. Especially in...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 19, 2008; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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The minor league report, and a quick game report

Just for good measure, I'll paste the weekly minor league report below. (And please note, this is a report on the real minor leaguers, not the 40-man roster's continued impersonation of them.) In the meantime, the rundown of today's game...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 19, 2008; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Yesterday's news, today's lineups

I'll leave the choice to you. Rehash the miseries of last night, or check out the latest lineup. The Nats are 4-4 on this road trip. Washington Guzman - 6 Dukes - 9 Milledge - 8 Young - DH Boone...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 19, 2008; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
 
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Odds, ends, canned goods

Lots of little things today. This feels like housekeeping. I'll move in order of descending importance. (Arguable.) * Looks like Garrett Mock will be the fill-in starter Saturday. "Well, this is going to be his second time around," Manager Manny...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 18, 2008; 8:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Conversation revived

Well, such as the lineups are capable of doing. Washington Guzman -- 6 Dukes -- 9 Milledge -- 8 Young -- DH Flores -- 2 Boone -- 5 Lopez -- 4 Lo Duca -- 3 Casto -- 7 (Bergmann --...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 18, 2008; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Chat reminder

We are chatting today at 2 p.m. EST. Please join the party. Just to give the daily Nats fix until then, here's what happened last night (in 119 minutes) inside the billowy blue Glad bag. Acta took exception with his...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 18, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Acta addresses Mets job opening

The Mets have had a managerial opening for a matter of hours, and Manny Acta's name has already landed in the New York tabloids. Perhaps that's just the way it works with New York. Then again, Acta is close friends...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 17, 2008; 8:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lineups from the Dome

To point out the obvious: Casto, in; Lo Duca, DH'ing; Pena, out. Washington Guzman - 6 Dukes - 9 Milledge - 8 Young - 3 Flores - 2 Belliard - 5 Lopez - 4 Lo Duca - DH Casto -...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 17, 2008; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Don't worry, be happy

To wrap up an interesting week, I tried for today's print edition to take a look at Manny Acta's managerial style -- and namely, his patience. And hey, it's not often that you can get Elijah Dukes's and Joel Osteen's...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 17, 2008; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Washington, 29-42 (.408), W-3

Several times during the last series, Manny Acta made it abundantly clear that he looks at American League baseball with the same scorn that, say, a oenophile might reserve for Manischewitz. "It's a different ballgame," he happened to say yesterday,...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 16, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Paul Lo Duca: utility man

* Aaron Boone is back in the lineup today, batting seventh and starting at first base. * Washington will need to figure out another starter to take Odalis Perez's place in the rotation the next time it comes up. Said...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 15, 2008; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
 
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Lineups

First, I'll just post the lineups. I'll be back in an hour or so with a few pre-game morsels. In the meantime, you can read about last night's game here. It gave the Nats their first series victory since... um......

By Chico Harlan  |  June 15, 2008; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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