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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 at bats in the minors -- he's in Columbus now, not Potomac. He'll rejoin the team in Minnesota for the next series.

Also, nothing official yet with Odalis Perez on the DL. But it'll almost certainly happen when the team brings in Saturday's starter. (Looks like it'll be Clippard.)

Aaron Boone's neck is quite stiff today. He's not taking batting practice. Manny Acta's lineup is pretty much a list of the guys he has available tonight; we've got Casto, Langerhans and Nieves on the bench.


Guzman - 6
Dukes - 9
Milledge - 8
Young - 3
Flores - 2
Belliard - 5
Lopez - 4
Pena - DH
Harris - 7
(Hill - 1)


Ichiro - 8
Lopez - 4
Vidro - DH
Ibanez - 7
Beltre - 5
Sexson - 3
Johjima - 2
Balentien - 9
Betancourt - 6
(Dickey - 1)

By Chico Harlan  |  June 13, 2008; 8:51 PM ET
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The roster is just so badly managed, I can't help but wonder if somebody in the FO didn't fall off the wagon. I mean, really. If you don't care about winning, fine, but why the [AB] wouldn't you at least get a warm body up there to keep from killing the few who are still ambulatory?

Posted by: CE | June 13, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

"Ok so why do the radio and tv guys travel with the team and not the beat writers? What is the difference?"

The radio and TV guys are employees of the team (or employees of the network owned by the team) while the beat writers are employees of the news organizations. I suppose the press could pay the team to allow its reporters to travel on the team plane, the same way that the press covering the President travels with him by paying the White House. For some reason, though, the Post wants to be more independent in sports than it is in politics. But get off Chico's back about traveling the day after the team does instead of right after the game alongside the team. Barry used to do the same thing, all the time.

Posted by: An Briosca Mor | June 13, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Leaving any issues about independence aside, beat writers can't travel with the team because they need more time to stay behind so they can write and file their stories. The team and the broadcasters head right to the airport on the bus after showering and changing.

Back in the days of train travel, beat writers and players used to become very friendly with each other, largely because the writers would hang out with players so much on the train and on the road generally. Whether that got in the way of writers' objectivity is much-debated. I would venture to say that Shirley Povich would claim he was able to maintain his objectivity. One thing that writers back then obviously did not do is tell tales about players' off-field activities.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | June 13, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

this series has the potential of a blind date between two ugly people.

Posted by: natsscribe | June 13, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Big series in the race for the #1 pick!

Posted by: joNAThan | June 13, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

roo bad we don't play kansas city this year. they're also in the race for the majors' worst record.

Posted by: natsscribe | June 13, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Scooby? is that you? lol @ "roo"

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

touch typing in the dark, sorry. it is funny though.

Posted by: natsscribe | June 13, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

The Nats only own 10% of MASN, Peter Angelo$ owns the other 90% -- why do you think the network is so slanted towards Baltimore?

Posted by: WFY | June 13, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

This just in, Verizon FIOS Guide still not accurate. FIOS 1 still a lousy picture.

Regarding the Nats, will 50 degree weather help or hurt Hill's arm tonight? Maybe the Nats can take advantage of playing a team with similar talent levels. It's a shame they cannot take advantage of the DH opportunity to let Dmitri hit without having to field. Ichiro could go 4 for 4 bunting tonight. No Zimm. No Nick. No Boone. Should be interesting.

Posted by: NatBisquit | June 13, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, the O's were down to the Pirates 6-1 and now the O's are winning 9-6.

Looks like at least one team knows how to come back against the Pirates.

MMMMMM, gotta go get me some delicious crab cakes tonight. That and a keg of Anchor Steam should do the trick in celebrating tonights game.

Posted by: O's Exec | June 13, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Time for more self-inflicted torture.

Posted by: leetee1955 | June 13, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Say what, Mom? It's past my bedtime? But I'm talking to all of my Nats Journal friends now...

Posted by: O's Exec | June 13, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

O's Exec

Always rhought you lived in your mom's basement.

Posted by: leetee1955 | June 13, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

That should be thought....I'm just clumsy, not touch typing in the dark.

Posted by: leetee1955 | June 13, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I told my boy not to touch in the dark. Now go to bed

Posted by: O's Exec's Mom | June 13, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Something you've never heard before. The Mariner TV crew commented how Milledges play in center held Ichiros hit to a double. Critique welcome....

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | June 13, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Um. It's the 2nd Inning. We have 6 runs and 8 hits.

Even We're Missing Power got a hit.

Anyone else seeing this?

Posted by: NattyDelite! | June 13, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

new post, y'all.

Posted by: mrm0to | June 13, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

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