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Nationals Journal: July 6, 2008 - July 12, 2008

This and that

Just wanted to drop a few quick notes on the health of first baseman Dmitri Young and on the shape of the Nats rotation following the all-star break. Young said before tonight's game that his back was still sore and...

By Steve Yanda  |  July 12, 2008; 7:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tonight's lineups

Houston Erstad -- 8 Matsui -- 4 Berkman -- 3 Lee -- 7 Tejada -- 6 Blum -- 5 Pence -- 9 Ausmus -- 2 Rodriguez -- 1 Washington Harris -- 8 Lo Duca -- 3 Guzman -- 6 Kearns...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 12, 2008; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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As the world turns

Make what you want of the Nationals' ability to frustrate, but they sure make up for it with the ability to fascinate. The Nats don't need a pennant race for theatrics. Yesterday, in a span of about seven hours, the...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 12, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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More on the Dominican -- from Rijo, Bowden

I spoke late tonight with Jose Rijo, too, so I wanted to put that info out here. Rijo, who is in the Dominican right now, said that Bowden contacted him two days ago and notified him that the FBI wanted...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 12, 2008; 12:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FBI, Bowden meet

It's a newsy night, so I'm just going to post here the top of a straight news story I'm writing for tomorrow's paper. --- By Chico Harlan Washington Post Staff Writer Washington Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden and one of...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 11, 2008; 9:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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We should really have Kremchek start posting here

Sorry to keep butting in here (I know this messes up the mid-game posting rhythm), but hey, people keep leaving the game. Mid-at bat in the third, Dmitri Young, who had been trying to fight through some back pain, left...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 11, 2008; 8:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Oswalt out

Washington caught an early break here, because Houston starter Roy Oswalt was forced to leave the game after just 17 pitches. Oswalt had been battling some lower back pain, and on Saturday he'd received a cortisone shot in the sciatic...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 11, 2008; 8:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Moves and shoulders

There were no shock waves on the Bernadina decision. It made sense; even Bernadina admitted that he was "struggling" and needs to shorten his swing before he has a chance against big league pitching. Evidently, 40 at bats were enough...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 11, 2008; 7:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bernadina down, Langerhans up

The era of untimely and reliable out-making known as the Roger Bernadina Experiment ended today when the Nationals announced that Bernadina is heading down to Class AAA Columbus, a swap for OF Ryan Langerhans. Bernadina lasted just less than two...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 11, 2008; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
 
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Day 5, Blame and Solutions (Blame me and Luis Ayala)

Call it a fault of planning. I came up with the daily headings for these polls all at once, but I've been drafting the questions day-by-day. That created a problem when I woke up this morning, noticed the pre-programmed topic...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 11, 2008; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
 
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Arizona 7, Washington 5

Andrew here for a final time, and what a way to go out. There were so many twists, turns and near-misses in this one that my head is still spinning. A few thoughts... The good: If you're going to lose,...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 11, 2008; 3:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Let's make plans

Two notes about members of the Tim Kremchek Rehab team. * Aaron Boone will be eligible to come off the DL right after the Atlanta series, the first after the All-Star break. So he will only miss seven games, if...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 10, 2008; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
 
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Tonight's lineups from Nats Park

You've got about 45 minutes to get your guesses in. How many runs for the Nats tonight? Arizona Young -- 8 Drew -- 6 Hudson -- 4 Jackson -- 7 Tracy -- 3 Reynolds -- 5 Montero -- 2 Romero...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 10, 2008; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Insult, injury, repeat

Sorry to interrupt the afternoon with your regularly scheduled dose of injury news, but the Nationals just placed infielder Aaron Boone on the 15-day DL with a left calf strain, a move retroactive to July 7. The Nats have recalled...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 10, 2008; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Day 4, Team Management

Morning, folks. We've got Day 4 of the Fan Satisfaction Poll here. Has anybody tried to determine whether there's a limit on how many times you can vote? Does the Internet polling system ever cut you off ... after five...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 10, 2008; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
 
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Bowden Speaks

This is Andrew, and I have one more thing before I call it a night. General Manager Jim Bowden spoke before the game about a variety of issues. A lot of the juicy material pertaining to Odalis Perez's adventure on...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 10, 2008; 2:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Washington 5, Arizona 0

This is Andrew again, and I'm here to recap last night's victory. The complete effort impressed me. So many times this season, pitcher John Lannan had performed with efficiency but lacked the necessary run support to gain the victory. Last...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 10, 2008; 1:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Lineups (7/9)

Andrew here again, and I'm back for more. Here are tonight's lineups. Washington: Harris - 8 Lopez - 4 Guzman - 6 Kearns - 9 Young - 3 Belliard - 5 Lo Duca - 2 Casto - 7 Lannan -...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 9, 2008; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Injuries and Missteps (and signs of evolution)

Thanks again for all of the great participation here. As noted earlier, I will use the early part of next week to compile -- and present, in quasi-digestible form -- the results. A few other things. We've got the regular...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 9, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
 
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Arizona 2, Washington 0

Andrew again. A few thoughts... Well, what a night. After the game, pitcher Odalis Perez had some choice words for umpire Angel Hernandez following his ejection in the third inning. Earlier, at precisely the moment Perez and Hernandez exchanged pleasantries,...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 9, 2008; 12:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Lineups (7/8)

Hello everyone. This is intern Andrew Astleford. I'll be filling in for Chico during the Arizona series. I'll be back later with reaction, but here's tonight's lineup: Washington: Lopez - 4 Belliard - 5 Guzman - 6 Kearns - 9...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 8, 2008; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
 
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Day 2, Strategy for the Future

Folks, I am thrilled, just thrilled, about the participation from day one of the poll. Thanks to everybody who gave their time and thoughts. Today's questions won't have as long a lifespan atop the Journal just because we've got some...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 8, 2008; 7:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The 2008 Fan Satisfaction Poll

The baseball season offers conflicting definitions about its halfway point. You can divide the season in two based on mathematics -- the Nats played their 82nd game just more than a week ago -- or you can split the season...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 7, 2008; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (262)
 
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Guzman is Washington's all-star

Those in the press box at Great American just received a still-hot press release from MLB listing the All-Star teams. Talk all you want about snubs, omissions, deserving first-year candidates -- the best part of these rosters is the second-guessing,...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 6, 2008; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Thoughts from Dukes, lineups against Volquez

Elijah Dukes hobbled into the Nats clubhouse today on crutches, his right knee heavily wrapped. Here's what he said about his condition, his feelings, his recovery, etc. What happened as you were trying to make that catch? A: I don't...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 6, 2008; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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