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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 - 3
Casto - 5
Pena - 7
Harris - 4
Nieves - 2
Bergmann - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  June 29, 2008; 12:08 PM ET
 
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Comments

Glad to see the "real" Nats showed up last night. Hopefully they'll continue their comedy of "errors" this afteroon.

Also, Vamos United!

Posted by: O's Exec | June 29, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I for "one" am looking forward to this "game." It'll be interesting to "see" how Bernadina plays "at" Nationals Stadium.

Posted by: Capybara | June 29, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Excellent, Capybara.

It's interesting that Bernadina is slotted right into the leadoff spot. I hope we get a few chances to see him try to swipe bases today.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | June 29, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Two of the last three contests have resulted in Nats wins - one against the Angels, who may be the best in baseball, and one against the O's, who were red-hot and just finished doing to the Cubs what they did to the Nats last night. I'm looking forward to today's game, and was privileged to attend Wednesday's against the A's and last night against the O's. What an atmosphere last night! Almost 40,000 for a friendly rivalry with civility you'd not encounter in NY, Boston, or Philly. I'm looking forward to today's game.

Posted by: flynnie | June 29, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Nats fans, I think we have a lot to look forward to:

"It doesn't seem to me that there's any complicated formula to building an expansion team. . . You go for young players and understand it's going to take time. . . [They] get their brains beat out early in the season, [and are] doing fine now."
Jim Bouton, Ball 4, August 23, last paragraph (1970)

Posted by: Anonymous | June 29, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

It is true that the injuries and poor play are moving the Plan further along more quickly than intended. I hope that Clippard and Mcok regain their form in AAA, because the Nats would be well-served if they could trade Odalis Perez. If Perez pitches as he has this year (wins and losses notwithstanding), I think that is a reasonable expectation.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | June 29, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Four of the eight position players are "utility" men. The leadoff hitter's making his major league debut. If nothing else, these guys will show FLop how to play hard. O's Exec, hopefully poetic justice will descend upon you and he'll be yours in the next few days...

Posted by: the Marshal | June 29, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

With all the player hatin' because they're not gung-ho enough, another quote would be useful:

"I got to thinking about some basic differences in the two games for the players. Baseball players play so many games it's impossible to get emotionally high for any one of them. Football players get all gung-ho in the locker room. . . . If a baseball player got that emotional, he'd go out swinging hard-and miss. I think baseball is more of a skill sport than any other. Hitting is the single most difficult feat in sports. Second most difficult is preventing hitting."
Jim Bouton, Ball Four, August 31 (1970)

Posted by: flynnie | June 29, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

it's a record crowd and the seats behind home plate remain largely empty. typical. c'mon, folks. they only cost a week's pay. just tell your landlord that this month's rent went to stan kasten.

Posted by: Park View Pundit | June 29, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

it's a record crowd and the seats behind home plate remain largely empty. typical. c'mon, folks. they only cost a week's pay. just tell your landlord that this month's rent went to stan kasten.

Posted by: Park View Pundit | June 29, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Poor O's fans. Heh.

Posted by: Capybara | June 29, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Ronnie! Ronnie! Ronnie!

A great, great win! The team could've packed it up after last night, but they fought to the last strike and beat a hot club and an excellent closer.

With half the team injured, now Milledge even, the Nats beat an almost completely healthy opponent! DC ties the series, 3-3!

What a great weekend!!!

"To at least pull a tie for our fans, it's tremendous!" -- Manny Acta

How sweet it is!!!

Posted by: Steve | June 29, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

That *was* a great win. In fact, it is destined to become one of my all-time favorites, methinks. And it deflated the O's fans in our seating area quite nicely, thank you very much.

Re. Manny's comments, it was a tie for the season series but the Nats lead the O's in games played since 2006 (10-8 if I recall correctly).

Posted by: natsfan1a | June 29, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

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