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Nationals Journal: September 14, 2008 - September 20, 2008

Tonight's lineup

* A community note first: Nationals Park today hosted its picnic for season ticket holders, and about 5,000 people showed up. They were all on the field in the early afternoon for an event that ran from noon until 3...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 20, 2008; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Syracuse is New Nats' Class AAA Affiliate

Well, it's official. Syracuse and Washington are a match. Earlier today, the 24-person board that governs the Syracuse Chiefs voted unanimously to approve a two-year affiliation with the Nats. The decision formally ends the Chiefs' 31-year relationship with the Toronto...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 20, 2008; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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When Yesterday's Game Ends Today

For a crisp but beautiful September night yesterday, an announced crowd of 28,600 -- perhaps the most impressive display of loyalty I've seen all season -- filled Nationals Park for the first game of a weekend series against San Diego....

By Chico Harlan  |  September 20, 2008; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Lineups, minus Peavy

Jake Peavy was supposed to pitch tonight's game for the Pads, which would have delivered them a decided edge for the game and a decided setback for the Strasburg Sweepstakes. Turns out, Peavy has been scratched as San Diego's starting...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 19, 2008; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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The State of the Nationals (from the Zone)

Whoever designed the interior of the ESPN Zone restaurant had a certain leaning toward pyromania; reminders of flames are everywhere. A flame-like logo hangs above the kitchen. The orange-gradient words, "EN FUEGO," form an incendiary warning along one wall. (A...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 19, 2008; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Thoughts from Bowden on 2008 and Beyond

In step with the discussions we've had on this board in the last few days about the composition of the Nats in 2009 -- and about how you assess the team in 2008 -- I thought I'd pass along some...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 19, 2008; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
 
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Can Syracuse be a Match?

Top Nats officials today were up in my old college town, home of great barbecue, God-awful football, and snow that makes the grass a mere rumor straight up until late April. And if Washington has its way, the Syracuse Chiefs...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 18, 2008; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Tonight's lineups

New York J. Reyes -- 6 Murphy -- 7 Wright -- 5 Delgado -- 3 Beltran -- 8 Church -- 9 A. Reyes -- 4 Schneider -- 2 Santana -- 1 Washington Hernandez -- 4 Guzman -- 6 Zimmerman --...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 18, 2008; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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State of the Nationals (With a Side of Wings)

Just so we can direct this blogspace on a assured turn away from politics, let it be known that the "State of the Nationals" address is actually a Q&A, and has nothing to do with a Congressional joint session. Rather,...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 18, 2008; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Nader on Nats

The old "First in war, first in peace, last place in the American League" axiom -- the famous, pejorative one-liner that's long-branded baseball in DC -- no longer applies. And yeah, that's mostly because DC's team now plays in the...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 18, 2008; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Kearns, Flores, Belliard, Young: None Will Be Back in '08

Lots of news items tonight... First of all, the Nats revealed today that four players -- Austin Kearns, Jesus Flores, Ronnie Belliard and Dmitri Young -- have been shut down for the season. (Their ailments, in order: left foot, sprained...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 17, 2008; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Tonight's lineups

New York J. Reyes -- 6 Murphy -- 7 Wright -- 5 Delgado -- 3 Beltran -- 8 Church -- 9 A. Reyes -- 4 Schneider -- 2 Knight -- 1 Washington Harris -- 7 Guzman -- 6 Zimmerman --...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 17, 2008; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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After the 1-0 game...

Yesterday supplied the talking points in bunches. --- ONE: It's well worth the time to read Boz's column this morning, where he takes a thoughtful look at the big picture. He gets the rare audience with Ted Lerner, and relays...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 17, 2008; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
 
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A competition at second?

Remember when the Nats acquired Emilio Bonifacio for Jon Rauch in late July? Team management said, both on that day and often thereafter, that Bonifacio was the second baseman of the future. And once he was up in the big...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 16, 2008; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Tonight's lineups from Nats Park

New York J. Reyes - 6 Church - 9 Wright - 3 Beltran - 8 Delgado - 3 Tatis - 7 A. Reyes - 4 Schneider - 2 Pelfrey - 1 Washington Harris - 7 Guzman - 6 Zimmerman -...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 16, 2008; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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MASN in HD

I don't mean to interrupt the discussion about the composition of next year's team, but here's an item that will influence how clearly you see everything. MASN revealed today that it will launch a full-time HD channel in March 2009,...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 16, 2008; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Young, Flores likely done for '08

The Nats learned yesterday that Jesus Flores and Dmitri Young probably won't play again this season. Both underwent MRIs at Nats Park for their various sprains and strains. In Flores's case, the decision to halt all comeback plans makes perfect...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 16, 2008; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
 
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Tonight's lineups

Marc Carig -- the O's beat writer -- is spelling Chico for the night. He'll post if there's any breaking news. In the meantime, here are your lineups. New York Reyes -- 6 Church -- 9 Wright -- 5 Beltran...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 15, 2008; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Root root root for... wait a minute

There's not much meat on the bones of this blog entry, because I've gotta scramble to the airport here in Miami. But real quick, I wanted to provide two links (gamer... notes) and one sentiment: That is, I'm starting to...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 15, 2008; 6:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
 
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The worst inning of baseball?

In a comment under the previous post, noted authority "MJ" commented with a detectable certainty that the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon's game qualified as ... the "worst inning of baseball I've seen all year, and that IS saying something...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 14, 2008; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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This afternoon's lineups

Washington Bonifacio - 4 Gonzalez - 6 Zimmerman - 5 Milledge - 8 Langerhans - 9 Casto - 3 Montz - 2 Bernadina - 7 Balester - 1 Florida Ramirez - 6 Baker - 2 Cantu - 5 Jacobs -...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 14, 2008; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Links

Let's start the morning with a few links, eh? The gamer examined the formula Florida has used again and again this year in its domination of the Nats. The notebook looks back on the P-Nats championship, and what it means....

By Chico Harlan  |  September 14, 2008; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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