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Nationals Journal: July 27, 2008 - August 2, 2008

Dukes Update

This is Zach Berman again, providing you a quick update on outfielder Elijah Dukes. For those who saw Dukes pull up lame after his final at-bat in the 8th inning, it does not sound like there is much reason for...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 2, 2008; 11:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tonight's lineups

This is Zach Berman from Nationals Park, where the groundskeepers are currently rolling the tarp off the infield after rain interrupted batting practice. There was a slight change to the lineup. Elijah Dukes was late tonight. Manager Manny Acta benched...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 2, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The middle infield

Dear, NJers, Just a few notes here today. * I'm gonna be away from the ballpark today finishing up a longer Nats-related feature story. (Look for it Tuesday.) Zach Berman will have the byline duties today. I'll be back on...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 2, 2008; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Life when your average player is 27 years, 197 days old

* For the first time in quite a few weeks, music was humming pre-game in the Washington Nationals' clubhouse. This team has a nine-game losing streak. But goodness, it feels like a remodeled team. Three of the eight position players...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 1, 2008; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tonight's lineups

Tonight's lineups (I'll post again closer to gametime with the odds and ends. But because this begs an immediate answer based on his absence in the lineup, I'll note now that an MRI performed today on Ryan Zimmerman's right hand...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 1, 2008; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Mock down to Columbus

Well, here's your roster move. The Washington Nationals optioned pitcher Garrett Mock, promoted on July 22 as a relief pitcher. He will be optioned back to Class AAA Columbus, where he'll presumably rejoin the starting rotation. There had been some...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 1, 2008; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Team photo, with some new faces

Just a few pregame snapshots, since everything looks white and fresh. At 3 p.m. here at Nats Park, stadium workers hauled a few metal bleachers atop the second base area of the infield. The entire team -- the entire new...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 1, 2008; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Finally, a purposeful direction

Three players who weren't in uniform last night will walk into Nationals Park today. It's very possible that all -- LF Elijah Dukes, SS Alberto Gonzalez, 2B Emilio Bonifacio -- will be in the starting lineup. Indeed, the Nationals, with...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 1, 2008; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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2009 comes on July 31

GM Jim Bowden called it turning the page. The one trade Washington made today played only a small role in remodeling the feeling of the entire roster. Gone: Paul Lo Duca, 36. Gone: Felipe Lopez, 28. Both were underperforming vets....

By Chico Harlan  |  July 31, 2008; 11:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Breaking news: Lo Duca, Lopez released

After tonight's game, the Nationals released two veterans, Felipe Lopez and Paul Lo Duca. They also announced that Emilio Bonifacio and Elijah Dukes will both be recalled. More on this shortly....

By Chico Harlan  |  July 31, 2008; 10:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Zimmerman does not have a broken hand

UPDATE: Ryan Zimmerman does not have a broken right hand. X-rays were negative, and doctors diagnosed him with a contusion. You can read the original post below. . . . After being hit on his right hand by a pitch...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 31, 2008; 8:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Fully Contextualized Jim Bowden Q&A, trade deadline ed.

Q: What do you think of Gonzalez? Why do you like him? Alberto Gonzalez: Major League defensive shortstop. Mike Rizzo, (and scouts) Kris Kline, Bill Singer, Ed Durkin know him really well. They scouted him since they signed him. Major...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 31, 2008; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Felipe Lopez's future

Well, this is what happens, I suppose, with on-the-fly blog reportage. Here's the reasoning to believe that Felipe Lopez's time with the Nats might be measurable in hours. When GM Jim Bowden was asked about how the deal affects Lopez's...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 31, 2008; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Nunez for Gonzalez

The Nationals made one trade at today's deadline. WASHINGTON GETS: SS Alberto Gonzalez from Yankees YANKEES GET: P Jhonny Nunez Gonzalez, 25, will be coming to the Nationals; he'll be joining the team tomorrow, and when the Friday series against...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 31, 2008; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lineups, Lannan, deadline...

OK, let's get on with tonight's lineups. Please note, John Lannan is supposed to be pitching tonight. A Chicago radio station has suggested that Lannan has drawn some interest from the Chicago White Sox. But if that has any substance...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 31, 2008; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Law of averages

There's a simple reason why the Nats, with today's 4 p.m. trading deadline fast approaching, are nowhere close to any sort of deal that will drastically reshape their major league roster. It's because so many of the tradeable veterans on...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 31, 2008; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (204)
 
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Tradeability, signability

Good evening, folks. Below, I'm going to post the full Cannot Possibly Be Taken Out Of Context version of the Q&A we had with Jim Bowden right after batting practice today. Some interesting information. Such as ... * Bowden doesn't...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 30, 2008; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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Lineups

Tonight's lineups (And by the way, check the NatCast before heading out. Looks gloomy here at Nationals Park right now.) Philadelphia Rollins - 6 Victorino - 8 Utley - 4 Howard - 3 Burrell - 7 Jenkins - 9 Bruntlett...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 30, 2008; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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From all over the place

About later today: We'll have our regular 2 p.m. chat. Please, leave your weapons at home. About yesterday: The one-paragraph Web summary of last night's game: "The lack of production from the offense nullifies a solid pitching performance from Collin...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 30, 2008; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (151)
 
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Philadelphia pregame

Greetings, Nats fans. This is Mark Viera -- no relation to Meredith, never been to the team's spring training in Viera, Fla. -- and I'll be shepherding the Journal for the next three nights. So. Let's get started. What can...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 29, 2008; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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Starting over

Just a short post from me this morning, then I'll leave the NJ territory to ya'll. You'll have writer Mark Viera at the ballpark today for the Nats coverage. I'll be running some errands by day, and at night, the...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 29, 2008; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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We're happy and we're tough to beat

Yes, we're straining here, but every sane man needs hope. You can only read so much of this and this before you end up feeling like this. So here's the plan: Today, an off day, let's put a one-day moratorium...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 28, 2008; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (166)
 
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Same old (with an emphasis on old)

OK, so the losing streak has hit six. In the last four games, Washington has tempted a new low. Heck, maybe it is a new low. The team has been shut out three times in the last four games. During...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 27, 2008; 9:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
 
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GM: We're "concerned" for Dmitri's health

Before we get to today's lineups, I wanted to pass along some news about Dmitri Young. It appears the first baseman, who hasn't played since the all-star break after dealing with complications of diabetes (a high blood-sugar level), hasn't had...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 27, 2008; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Guzman medical update

Well, we're not going 9-for-9 with members of the Opening Day lineup on the DL. Not yet, to be sure. An X-ray taken today on Cristian Guzman's left thumb showed no fracture. The team is calling his injury a contusion,...

By Chico Harlan  |  July 27, 2008; 1:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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