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Nationals Journal: September 21, 2008 - September 27, 2008

Philadelphia Clinches; Washington Watches

So what does a pennant-clinching night feel like? Depends on the perspective. This one ended tonight with what will surely become one of the iconic plays in Philadelphia baseball history. Ryan Zimmerman was up in the ninth, one out. The...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 27, 2008; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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This afternoon's lineups

We've got cloudy skies here, but it looks like we'll get under way on time. Washington Hernandez -- 4 Guzman -- 6 Zimmerman -- 5 Milledge -- 8 Dukes -- 9 Boone -- 3 Nieves -- 2 Bernadina -- 7...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 27, 2008; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Sorting It Out

Scenarios abound entering the afternoon, and I'm trying to make sense of all the magic and tragic numbers. The Phillies are playing for first place. The Nats are playing for (or maybe not for) the first overall pick. Here's the...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 27, 2008; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Exit Notes From A Loud Night In Philly

We had Nats history tonight, and no, I'm not even talking about the 100th loss. In the sixth inning, Kory Casto's disputed home run triggered the first instant repay scenario in Washington history. (Yes yes, the where-were-you-when? moment) The little...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 26, 2008; 11:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Change, In Several Forms

* Manny Acta said today that some on his coaching staff will not be back next season. "Changes are going to be made," Acta said. The manager did not specify which of his assistants would be let go, and said...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 26, 2008; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Lineups from Citizens Bank

Washington Bonifacio - 4 Guzman - 6 Milledge - 8 Dukes - 9 Harris - 7 Casto - 3 Montz - 2 Orr - 3 Balester - 1 Philadelphia Rollins - 6 Werth - 9 Utley - 4 Howard -...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 26, 2008; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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On to Philly, and Into the Playoff Heat

Gotta admit, the circumstances of yesterday's rainout -- they canceled Fan Appreciation Day! -- sets up such an open net shot for us cynics that it's almost like Team Restraint has pulled its goalie. But I'm laying off. (Read Boswell,...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 26, 2008; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
 
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Final Game Cancelled

At 9:15 p.m. tonight, the game was called off. This being the final home game of the season, here are the pertinent ticket details: Season Ticket Holders -- The value of your season ticket(s) and applicable season parking pass(es) for...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 25, 2008; 9:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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A New (Fair) Park

* UPDATE, 8:52 p.m. -- It's still raining hard here, but we've gotten no official word on a cancellation. Nats PR man Bill Gluvna says that MLB is adamant about trying to get this one in. If that somehow happens,...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 25, 2008; 7:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Tonight's lineups

* UPDATE, 6:45 p.m. -- The folks at Nats Park just announced that we're in an official rain delay. A further update on the start time (or lack thereof) will be given out between 7:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (If...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 25, 2008; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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washingtonpost.com's New Baseball Blog Launches

Nats Journal faithful: I seem to remember a debate on this blog a while back about whether non-Nationals baseball content belonged here. Well, it took us a while to really commit, but we made a decision, and the rest of...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  September 25, 2008; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Worth A Return?

After a start Sept. 1, a victory against Philadelphia, Tim Redding had already done the math. He knew he had 10 wins (tying a career high). And he knew he had four starts remaining before season's end. Said Redding: "I...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 25, 2008; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Tonight's lineups

First of all, let me give my profound apologies for missing the chat. Something work-related came up at the last minute, and I couldn't reshuffle the commitment. I'll call up the Post tech folks tomorrow a.m. and we'll figure out...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 24, 2008; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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The Minor League Report

You must wait no longer. Courtesy of Nats PR man Bill Gluvna, here is the final, official, end-of-the-year, last-word-on-everything Minor League Report. I know Gluvna has spent an exhausting amount of time on this; in fact, he started the work...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 24, 2008; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
 
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One Through Four

Just a bunch of short notes to start off the morning... * If you're looking for the reason why the Nats scored nine runs last night, you might as well focus on the first four batters in the lineup: Anderson...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 24, 2008; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Tonight's lineups

Note, Cristian Guzman is out of tonight's lineups because of the flu. Florida Ramirez -- 6 Baker -- 2 Cantu -- 5 Jacobs -- 3 Uggla -- 4 Willingham -- 7 Ross -- 8 Hermida -- 9 Olsen -- 1...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 23, 2008; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Davis, Zimmermann: Minor League Players of Year

Sorry for disappearing on y'all this morning. Was working, not loafin'. Don't worry about a late-season slide. Just wanted to pass along work real quick, though, that the Nats have given out their annual minor league awards -- the two...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 23, 2008; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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And Now, On To The Finish Line

The baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint -- we have all heard this countless times -- but somehow, the depletive force of such steady competition hasn't stopped the Nationals from approaching the 100-loss finish line with the speed...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 22, 2008; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
 
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Some Thoughts From Barry Larkin

Barry Larkin, the former Cinci shortstop, and an assistant in the Nats front office since 2005, was at the ballyard today -- a rare appearance, since Larkin has logged plenty of miles this year on the road for scouting and...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 21, 2008; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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This afternoon's lineups

San Diego Venable - 8 E. Gonzalez - 4 A. Gonzalez - 3 Kouzmanoff - 5 Headley - 7 Ambres - 9 Hundley - 2 Kazmar - 6 Baek - 1 Washington Hernandez - 4 Harris - 7 Zimmerman -...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 21, 2008; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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