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Welcome back, Elijah

Elijah Dukes should be at Nationals Park for tomorrow's game after being brought up from Class AAA Columbus. It was sort of easy to see the writing on the wall with this when Austin Kearns's injury was announced earlier today. But the Nats PR staff made it official before Manny Acta's post-game news conference.

Dukes, you will remember, has been on the farm rehabbing a right calf strain. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 7 with the injury. He has missed a combined 72 games during three trips to the disabled list this season.

-- Mark Viera

By Chico Harlan  |  August 26, 2008; 11:34 PM ET
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Now we're getting somewhere. Let's see what this outfield can do.
And I take back the suggestion of sitting Zim. Should have been 5 double-plays, and Bonifacio gets props for turning 3 of them.

Posted by: cat daddy | August 27, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: good news? | August 27, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Should we just go ahead and preemptively list him as day-to-day right now, or should we wait a game or two for the inevitable injury?

Posted by: Anon | August 27, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

This blog was down for the whole game. I missed sharing the victory with y'all! Oddly, though, I was able to post on the Sportsbog, so the problems were just with the Nationals Journal. What a great game! Shell, Manning and our new Chief of Cardiology, Balester, came through large! No way should we beat a team with Ramirez n the batting order and scoring only two runs. Also, what a defensive gem! That guy at 3rd - what's his name? Brooks? Nettles? - Guzman, Bonifacio, Belliard, and what a catch by Milledge! 2 hbp, a walk to the pitcher, and the Nats only give up one run? Are you kidding me?

Posted by: flynnie | August 27, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to the WaPo for the nice new confirmation feature that lets you know your comment has been posted and further lets you return to the Nats Journal. I first saw it on the Sportsbog, and, after natsfan1a was kind enough to let me know that NJ was up and running, here.

Posted by: flynnie | August 27, 2008 1:58 AM | Report abuse

From Blue Notes, the LA Dodgers Blog of the LA Times:

Frustration, Thy Name Is Dodgers (and Ryan Zimmerman)

"LA peppered Nats 3B Ryan Zimmerman repeatedly over the course of the game, and repeatedly came up empty as he turned four DPs, and should have had a fifth that would have erased the Dodgers' only run, which, rather ironically, came in an inning where they didn't get a hit."

Posted by: flynnie | August 27, 2008 2:00 AM | Report abuse

More from Dodger Blue:

"Anybody else think the Dodgers lead the world in GIDP?"

Actually, they're 3rd in the MLB (although these stats may not include today's trio).

As for their true ranking against "the world," I don't have the resources to scan every the numbers for every league (foreign, semi-pro, college, high school, little, tee ball and prison) across the planet. But if I could get that data, it wouldn't shock me to find out the Dodgers are still in 3rd.


Posted by: Andrew Kamenetzky | August 26, 2008 at 07:03 PM

Posted by: flynnie | August 27, 2008 2:15 AM | Report abuse

Sound familiar?

Again ownership is completely clueless, asking fans to renew ticket prices to go watch this product? Are you serious? I see that as an insult to our intelligence. Why not just slap me on the face with Colleti's mustache?

Posted by: dcerros | August 26, 2008 at 07:03 PM

Posted by: flynnie | August 27, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

Don Sutton pointed out that were it not for Colin Balester's perfect bunt to get Bonifacio to 2d, which Balester attributed in the post-game to Lowe's sinker sinking onto his bat, Willie Harris likely hits into a double-play and the go-ahead run doesn't score.

Posted by: flynnie | August 27, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

"Willie Harris likely hits into a double-play and the go-ahead run doesn't score."

Seeing as how Harris actually beat out a direct throw to first on that play, with the ump incorrectly calling him out, I'd like to know how Sutton figures the vaunted Dodgers defense would have been able to double him up there.

Posted by: what if we didn't play what if | August 27, 2008 7:35 AM | Report abuse

One home run off of Lowe, One small-ball inning with a perfect bunt by a pitcher, Some great D by Zim and Milledge and a good four innings by relievers who bailed out a struggling young Ballester -- I think that's how it's supposed to work --- it's nice when a plan comes together! Beating a contending team 2 to 1 was very satisfying - nice to see that the guys who are on the field in late August are not quitting.

Posted by: masnstinks | August 27, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

So torn. Winning is so much better than losing, but losing is so much closer to the #1 pick.

I'll take winning...

Posted by: Nats fan in NJ | August 27, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

I can't root for my guys to lose so I'll take winning, too. Go Nats!

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 27, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

It was a perfect day for both of us. Nats won and so did Seattle and San Diego so we're still three games ahead in the #1 sweepstakes and our Tragic number (see Brian on NFA) has been reduced to 28 with 30 to play.
Go Nats
Go Marriners
Go Pods

Let's play two!

Posted by: SlowPitch63 | August 27, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Perfect for you also natsfan1a.

Let's play two!

Posted by: SlowPitch63 | August 27, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

I like Bonnifacio and still think he will return good dividends on the Rauch trade, but I wonder if he might benefit from one more year or half year in the minors. He will very likely never develop into a 100 walk batter or even an under 80 strikeout batter, but he will need to become an over 40 walk/under 100k batter to be in the discussion as a qualified leadoff batter.

Patience and good eye seems to be one of the more difficult lessons to learn. He has been called out looking quite a bit so you have to wonder does he need his eyes checked. He's a great fielder and a fast runner. They can teach him when to steal. But teaching him to work the count seems to be the big hurdle.

Posted by: NatBisquit | August 27, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

from BA:

Grant Green is clearly the top shortstop for the 2009 draft at this point, and he's the top overall position prospect as well. He was an easy choice for the No. 1 prospect in the Cape this summer. One scouting director I spoke to said he embodied the best of Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Longoria, and others compared his bat to Longoria's, high praise indeed. Though he's 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, Green should be able to stay at shortstop.

don't worry too much about Strasburg sweepstakes. we just need to sign who we draft...

Posted by: longterm | August 27, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

How about Milledge's great play in the field, after which Charlie and Dave said that he tapped gloves with the master (AKA Willie Harris)? Dave (or was it Charlie?) said that earlier this year he probably doesn't make that play.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 27, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Good to see most of us taking this "Tragic Number" thing in the right spirt. Given that next year's draft is supposed to be deep, have the number 2 or 3 pick will do just as well and might come with more wins to enjoy in Sept. On a related note, how do y'all feel about picking a bat first and then a pitcher with 9b?

Posted by: Sec 204 Row K Seat 11 | August 27, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Who am I? I have the following line: 78.3IP 104H 7.44ERA 41BB 49K in A ball.

If you said the young pitcher given the the Rays for Dukes this offseason you would be correct.

A big win for Jim Bo baybee

Posted by: Can you say fleece job? | August 27, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Dukes is both an amazingly fast healer, and injury prone. I've never seen anything like that.

Posted by: Chris | August 27, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

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