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Lineups from Nats Park

Some notes about today's lineup...

* Lastings Milledge has the day off.

* So does Chipper Jones.

* Elijah Dukes is batting fourth for the first time all season. He's 6 for 15 (.400) since coming off the DL earlier this week, with two HRs, five RBI and three walks. Evidently, he didn't need much time back in the lineup to regain his feel. "I was joking with him the other day telling him that he can't hit in the minor leagues," Manny Acta said, "because he had a tough time on the rehab doing anything and then he comes up here right away and hits big league pitching. Nothing that he does on the baseball field surprises me anymore. He's very talented, and a quick healer and all that kind of stuff. So, he's gifted as an athlete."


Anderson - 8
Blanco - 7
Prado - 3
Infante - 5
Escobar - 6
Franceour - 9
Johnson - 4
Sammons - 2
Jurrjens - 1


Harris - 8
Guzman - 6
Zimmerman - 5
Dukes - 9
Boone - 3
Langerhans - 7
Bonifacio - 4
Nieves - 2
Balester - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  August 31, 2008; 12:13 PM ET
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Too bad there is no way to get Anderson Hernandez into the lineup

Posted by: never thought I'd day this | August 31, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Since the purpose of the Grounds Crew blog was supposed to be fan reaction to the new park, not a continuation of this blog by another name, it would make sense that there wouldn't be much posting during road trips. I wasn't particularly active because I've only got a 20 game package, but some of the other 13 bloggers had full packages. It would have been nice to get some sort of feedback from Nats' management (since suggestions for improvement to their running of the show was the main point of the blog). I think we did see improvement (use of the scoreboard, line length for food service) but other problems still continue (Clint).

The streak has been great. Let's sweep two (series)! See ya in 419.

Posted by: Ed Ramras (Grounds Crew member) | August 31, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice if Dukes could stay at four for the rest of the season. Lets win six (straight)!

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 31, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for doing your bit, Ed! Anyone who improved the service, which is worse than Aramark, is deserving of thanks. (I admit to never having trouble getting a delicious Dominic's of New York hot dog and a cold beer at RFK).

Jair Jurgenns is going to be scary good. I've been amazed every time we beat him. He's young, and here's hoping that Nats bats keep booming today, with Elijah "G-d is G-d" Dukes doing a lot of clean-up!

Posted by: flynnie | August 31, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Nats continue streak with number six (tomorrows six word headline)

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | August 31, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I like this lineup, and would be happy to see it next year, come what may today. I was just listening to Derek Jeter say that Our Very Own Aaron Boone's home run against Wakefield was the highlight of his baseball life!

Posted by: flynnie | August 31, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I like this lineup, and would be happy to see it next year,

Posted by: flynnie

Gah, please drink more coffee. 1-4 I'm fine with and possibly Bonifacio batting 8th when Belliard needs a day off, but no "L", and Boone and Nieves on the bench. No love for Lastings?

Posted by: cat daddy | August 31, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Btw, no lost ground to San Diego and Seattle after the win last night. Still 1.5 games back for you amateur draft, minor league fans.

Me, think 6 and think 12..... and more.

Posted by: cat daddy | August 31, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Nationals tomorrow are expected to recall outfielder Roger Bernadina and first baseman/outfielder Kory Casto from Columbus of the Triple-A International League, and recall from rehab and reinstate shortstop Alberto Gonzalez from the 15-Day Disabled List. The Nationals are also expected to select the contracts of left-handed pitcher Mike Hinckley, right-handed pitcher Shairon Martis and right-handed pitcher Levale Speigner from Columbus. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Jim Bowden made the announcement.

Posted by: September Call-Ups | August 31, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Levale!...... and good for Hinckley.

And way to go Nats for taking back the lead.

Posted by: cat daddy | August 31, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

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