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Nationals Journal: August 3, 2008 - August 9, 2008

Tonight's lineups today

The communications staff does good work here at Miller Park. Lineups already posted. Washington Bonifacio - 4 Guzman - 6 Zimmerman - 5 Kearns - 9 Milledge - 8 Flores - 2 Belliard - 3 Harris - 7 Redding -...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 9, 2008; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Pitching at its best

When I spotted Lenny Harris after yesterday's game, the Nats hitting coach looked at me with a shrug and made a frantic curling movement with his right hand, recalling a balloon that's just been popped. "That slider," he said, shaking...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 9, 2008; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Does Bergmann Belong in '09 Rotation?

For the longest time, Jason Bergmann has been too inconsistent to ever really figure into the team's future rotation. But perhaps that's finally changed. Today, I was talking to a few people, Bergmann included, about the right-hander's development this season,...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 8, 2008; 7:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Lineups from Miller Park

Hey folks, Just landed here in Milwaukee, where the weather is beautiful and the retractable roof at Miller Park is stacked up along the third base side like a wedding cake. I only have a few minutes before the clubhouse...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 8, 2008; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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On Bonifacio

We've now had a week of Emilio Bonifacio. He's started all seven Washington games, during which the Nats have six wins. (Not a direct correlation, obviously, but it helps.) During that span, the Nats have scored 42 runs -- or...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 8, 2008; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (143)
 
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Now, on to Game 2

Game 1 is in the books. Washington 6, Colorado 3 What you need to know, Readers' Digest version. * Jason Bergmann was sharp. He pitched ahead, had the breaking ball working. He even got his first win in 14 starts....

By Chico Harlan  |  August 7, 2008; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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The Power Game

This might be an avenue I explore with greater depth in the game story for tomorrow's paper -- we'll see how Game 2 goes -- but allow me to start off with a premise. That is: The Nationals, as currently...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 7, 2008; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Redding, Minor League Report

A few more things just as we get under way... * Scary moment for the Nats during BP. Tim Redding, standing in the outfield, was hit in the right leg by a fly ball that, presumably, he never saw coming....

By Chico Harlan  |  August 7, 2008; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
 
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From Coors Field

Garrett Mock, who probably leads the nation in trips to the Columbus airport, is back in the Nats clubhouse this morning. His addition (part of the Dukes-to-DL transaction) gives the Nats a seventh arm in the bullpen. Mock, who last...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 7, 2008; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Details on the Doubleheader

Here are the details on the lost night, and what it means for tomorrow. * We'll have a doubleheader with the first game beginning at 3:05 p.m. The second game will start approximately 25 minutes after the end of the...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 7, 2008; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Postponed

The folks at Coors Field have just announced that tonight's game has been postponed. We'll be back here tomorrow for a regular double-header. First game will start at 3:05 EST. I'll have a few more details on the pitchers for...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 6, 2008; 10:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Day-to-day: Hmmph

[UPDATE]: ... 8:30 p.m. approaching here (10:30 on east coast) and still no starting time in sight. The tarp remains on the field, and the rain is still falling. --- We're in an official rain delay right now at Coors...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 6, 2008; 9:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Felipe on leaving DC

This won't help Felipe Lopez win any friends with the DC crowd, but he didn't have many in the first place. My man Derrick Goold from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch passed along a few comments from Lopez, the newest Cardinal....

By Chico Harlan  |  August 6, 2008; 8:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Dukes to DL?

Welcome back to the blog. Let's start with some news. The team hasn't made this official yet, but GM Jim Bowden told me that it looks like Elijah Dukes will be headed to the disabled list "either today or tomorrow."...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 6, 2008; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Washington Nationals (W-4)

Well, along with the Houston Astros, the Nationals currently have the longest winning streak in baseball. The Nats haven't matched four games in a row since April 27-May 1. You can read more about last night's win here. I'd call...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 5, 2008; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
 
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Exit notes from Coors

* We've heard this before, but the Nats don't believe Alberto Gonzalez's injury is serious. That's what Manny Acta said, at least. "He just has a contusion on his hamstring, slammed it real hard when he slid into third base...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 5, 2008; 1:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Alberto Gonzalez: left glut contusion

The Nationals began the game with three men available on the bench: Pete Orr, Ronnie Belliard and Wil Nieves. Now, they have four players on the day-to-day list. In the sixth inning tonight, SS Alberto Gonzalez was forced to leave...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 4, 2008; 11:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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From Coors Field

We've got a real assortment of stuff here. Players talking about their futures. Players talking about their hands. FBI stuff. Oh, even the lineups for good measure. (This might be the last night for Nationals Lite. Elijah Dukes should be...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 4, 2008; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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An outage (and no, not a joke about Washington's offense)

Just arrived here at Coors Field. It's a long trip just to end up one mile higher than where you started. My apologies, again, for the blog inactivity today. On that note, I have a matter of NJ housekeeping --...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 4, 2008; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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After the sweep...

The last time the Washington Nationals swept a series, George W. Bush was in White House, some artist named Usher was topping the charts and ... well, you get the idea. Hack journalists like me use sentences like that only...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 3, 2008; 7:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
 
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The medical report

Man this feels like old times -- injuries, injuries, injuries. The one notable difference is that we're talking about minor injuries, not big ones -- at least when it comes to Ryan Zimmerman, Cristian Guzman and Elijah Dukes. But don't...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 3, 2008; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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This afternoon's lineups

Still no Zim, not Guzman, no Dukes... updates on all forthcoming in a few minutes. But just wanted to post the lineups with some haste here. Cincinnati Keppinger - 6 Votto - 3 Bruce - 9 B. Phillips - 4...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 3, 2008; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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