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Nationals Journal: June 29, 2008 - July 5, 2008

Dukes update

Here's the latest on Elijah Dukes, following an MRI * The left fielder has a meniscus tear and a partial tear of the patella tendon * He will be placed on the disabled list. (Likely replacement: Kory Casto.) * He...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 5, 2008; 11:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dukes injured

In the bottom of the seventh, Elijah Dukes rammed into the left field fence while drifting back to catch a Jay Bruce fly ball. When his right leg hit awkwardly against the padding, he fell to the ground, where he...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 5, 2008; 9:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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THIS JUSTIN: A very comprehensive minor league report

NATIONALS MINOR LEAGUE REPORT This Week's Top Headline I'M SEEING STARS...ALL-STARS!: RHP Bobby Brownlie, OF Mike Daniel and RHP Jordan Zimmermann were selected to play for the Southern Division squad in the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game being played July...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 5, 2008; 7:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lineups from Great American

Washington Bernadina - 8 Guzman - 6 Dukes - 7 Young - 3 Kearns - 9 Boone - 5 Flores - 2 Harris - 4 Redding - 1 Cincinnati Hairston Jr. - 6 Bruce - 8 Griffey - 9 Phillips...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 5, 2008; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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In need of support

Here's your Fourth of July game story, along with the requisite statistical side dish. Jason Bergmann now has a 1-6 record -- he took the loss yesterday -- but that mark has a Lannanian deceptiveness to it. As a starter...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 5, 2008; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The solution for Bronson Arroyo

The Washington Nationals tend to do for opposing pitchers' ERAs what, say, organic cucumber facials do for the skin. The Nats can pretty much cure any pitcher's blemish. Bronson Arroyo? He entered the day as, arguably, the least effective starter...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 4, 2008; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rain delay

Well folks, the rain is still coming down hard here. The rain delay has already reached one hour. Originally, we were told that the game was scheduled to start between 2:30 and 2:45, but the tarp is still on the...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 4, 2008; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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As the trade deadline approaches...

Jim Bowden today offered a little insight into the team's strategy as the trading deadline approaches. It's kind of a maverick strategy founded on a simple premise: This season is not worth salvaging ... in any way. Bowden appears very...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 4, 2008; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Holiday lineups (from the Great American Ball Park)

Happy Fourth to everybody. Thanks so much for tuning into the Journal on your holiday. We've got a little afternoon baseball here -- provided the rain can subside. Right now, Cincinnati is coated in gray; it's been raining all morning....

By Chico Harlan  |  July 4, 2008; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The "Wild West"

If you're curious for some more info about the federal investigation into baseball's Latin American scouting practices, here's the best article I've found detailing some of the shady practices. I spoke today to Jose Rijo, the Nats front office man...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 3, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dukes-Bernadina-Kearns: The best Nats defensive outfield in years?

After missing 1-1/2 months, Austin Kearns is back. He said his elbow feels fully healed. "I'm just happy to be back, excited to be back on the field. So I'm looking forward to it," Kearns said today. This afternoon, before...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 3, 2008; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Roster move and lineups

The Nationals, as expected, have reinstated Austin Kearns from the 15-day DL. He's back in the lineup today playing right field and batting fifth. In turn, the team optioned Kory Casto back to Class AAA Columbus. I'll have a few...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 3, 2008; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A tint of red

Today it begins. Nats-Reds. Reds-Nats. Yes -- baseball's Intrasquad Scrimmage Series. No way will I ever be able to catalogue the full list of links between these two teams, but I'll provide just enough to assure you that no team...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 3, 2008; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lineups

The final word (of the final 800 words) from last night's game is available here. The lineups for today's game are below. Strange to see a Washington lineup without Guzman, eh? Washington Bernadina -- 8 Harris -- 7 Dukes --...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 2, 2008; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
 
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Chat reminder

Just a reminder, folks. We're chatting today at noon, not 2 p.m., on account of the start time for today's baseball game. (It's a 12:10 first pitch.) The chat might run a bit shorter than usual -- probably 30 minutes...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 2, 2008; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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With the jinx no longer in play...

I'll mention that Collin Balester, in his major league debut, didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning. Right now, the Nats lead 2-0. An Elijah Dukes solo home run provided the lead. A little unlikely bat work from Paul...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 1, 2008; 8:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Health news, and not altogether bad

* First, some relatively good news on the Ryan Zimmerman front. Today, Zimmerman began light swinging drills for the first time since heading to the disabled list June 3 with a small labral tear in his left shoulder. In the...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 1, 2008; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Overpowered

You can read about Washington's defeat last night -- its second "walk-off" game in a row, though decidedly different than the one Sunday -- here. What I don't mention in the game story is that Florida is now (avert thine...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 1, 2008; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
 
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More on Cordero

Here are the keys with the Cordero injury: * He officially has a torn right labrum; many on the team believe Cordero had the injury all season, and tried to pitch in spite of it. Asked if Cordero has likely...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 30, 2008; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
 
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Cordero -- torn labrum, out for year

Another day, another major injury for the Nats. I'll give it first in a sentence or two (along with the lineups below), and then come back with something more comprehensive within an hour or so. For now: Chad Cordero was...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 30, 2008; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Washington 3, Baltimore 2

Greetings from Reagan National, where in a few minutes I take off for Miami (via Atlanta)... But before the wheels leave the ground, let's take a last opportunity to recap the final drama of an earlier series. One of my...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 30, 2008; 7:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (200)
 
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How the pieces fit

In a lot of ways, the Nats roster resembles one of those games you'd play in a dentist office waiting room. There are all these sliding pieces, and all the fun is deciding how to compose them. So... Given the...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 29, 2008; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
 
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This afternoon's lineups

Baltimore Roberts - 4 Cintron - 6 Markakis - 9 Huff - 5 Millar - 3 Scott - 7 Jones - 8 Quiroz - 2 Guthrie - 1 Washington Bernadina - 8 Guzman - 2 Dukes - 9 Boone -...

By Chico Harlan  |  June 29, 2008; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Comings and goings (pt. II)

Just wanted to provide a (very) quick update before it got too late. Here's the skeletal update on what happened today at Nats Park. Headed to the DL; Lastings Milledge, who injured his right groin. He'll be out 2-4 weeks....

By Chico Harlan  |  June 29, 2008; 1:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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