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A New Kind Of Intensity

Numerous pre-game notes here, and -- what do you know? -- we've got about 15 media members in press box for the occasion. What explains the excitement? Adam Dunn's return to the lineup? Chipper Jones' trip to HSCS? No and no. It's the fact that the Braves are starting Kenshin Kawakame, signed by the Braves this offseason after 11 years with the Chunichi Dragons. So, this is Ichiro divided by two or three. Like most Japanese players, Kawakame already has his own traveling press contingent. He was scratched from his previous start with right shoulder soreness, so this one is really really really important, as opposed to really really important.

(I've been told by one Braves employee that the media members even chart Kawakame's bullpen sessions.)

Anyway...

Dunn and Joel Hanrahan are back, too -- their first action in NatsTown since the WBC. Both, today, talked similarly about the experience. Mostly, about how cool it was, and how nothing they'd done in baseball previously could compare. As evidence, two exchanges.

Exchange No. 1, with Dunn:

AD: Man, that first game against Canada was pretty damn awesome. I'm telling you man, it was the most intense baseball game I've ever been a part of. It was unbelievable. It was awesome.

Q: Best game of your career, in terms of intensity?

AD: Oh yeah.

Q: What would have been No. 1 before then?

AD: I didn't have a No. 1.

Exchange No. 2, with Hanrahan:

JH: (Speaking about the Canada game) There was some pressure. I stepped off for a minute. There were 45,000 people there, cheering, yelling, chanting 'Oh Canada' and whatnot.

Q: Before then, what was the most intense experience of your career?

JH: (Exhale... long contemplative thought) Probably, like, nervousness and what not, I'd probably say my debut in '07. I'd say that was kind of the way I was feeling.

Now, your Additional Notes section, in brief.

* Relief pitcher Julian Tavarez departed for the Dominican Republic today to pick up his work visa, opening the door for him to participate in exhibition games. Since signing with the Nationals on March 13, Tavarez, using a tourist visa, has been barred from anything but minor league participation and intrasquad games. He is expected to rejoin the team on Friday.

* Nationals Manager Manny Acta said today that the team will use its four-man rotation -- Washington, because of early off days, won't need a fifth starter until April 19 -- to buy space for an extra position player, not an eighth bullpen member. "I'm not going to say if it's gonna be a catcher or an outfielder or an infielder," Acta said.

* Relief pitcher Terrell Young, a Rule 5 draft pick, has shoulder soreness and will have an MRI today.

By Chico Harlan  |  March 25, 2009; 5:55 PM ET
 
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Comments

"WBC begone!"

... well, almost. WBC be rescheduled to a two week break in mid-season.

Posted by: natscanreduxit | March 25, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

"shoulder soreness" and a trip to the DL That's how they're gonnna hold on to Rule 5 guy T. Young, at least for a while. Kind of like the way Tony Blanco suffered from "Vertigo" in 2005.

Sec314

Posted by: arlingtontwb | March 25, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Anyone hop that Bernardina is the extra position player?

Posted by: nova_g_man | March 25, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

hope

Posted by: nova_g_man | March 25, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

ROTFLMAO at all this spamcastin schtick. Sure it's lame, but who woulda thought there could be so many ways to tie food and baseball together? Maybe Chico should start sprinkling some food references into his stories from now on. Might ease the sense of shame he feels as he writes them. Some writers are driven to drink by their material. Chico could be driven to food! (Hint to Chico, though: Thom Loverro does not want to be your workout partner, so don't bother asking.)
Posted by: nunof1 | March 25, 2009 5:11 PM

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who is simpler and more easily amused, spamkastin or nunof1? or Thom202? vote early and often!

Posted by: nova_g_man | March 25, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

he he. couldn't resist....

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29879843/?GT1=43001

Posted by: NatsNut | March 25, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

... will this satisfy our content rules? It is baseball, and it is food:

http://tinyurl.com/d9prgs

... and oh yeah: Go Nats!!

Posted by: natscanreduxit | March 25, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

"Hill threw on the side on Wednesday and will make his Padres debut on Friday following Jake Peavy in a 7:05 p.m. PT game in Phoenix against the Oakland A's."

Over/under on the next trip to Dr. Andrews: Thursday, April 2.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | March 25, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

NatsNut and natscan - great minds think alike? And eeewwww!!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 25, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Forgive the multiple responses, but...

@arlington:
Regarding T.Young - Yeah, maybe; but that hides him for only so long before the team has to make a real decision.

@nunof1:
All spam****** has to do to tie his non- secquitor response into the dialogue is lead with "It's like" or "It's as though". He's just another one-note troll, imo.

@jdschulz:
Regarding the Over/Under on Shawn Hill - I'd take the over, but not by much (April 5).

Posted by: BinM | March 25, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Tonight's game is on mlb.tv feed, but no audio? That sucks.

Posted by: BinM | March 25, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Balester - clean sheet through two. He's still giving up more fly-outs than I'd be comfortable with.

Posted by: BinM | March 25, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Tonight's game is on MASN! Woohoo!

Posted by: JennX_ | March 25, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

yeah...see ya terrell...its a shame jimbo dragged you out to all those natfests and the luncheon...is it just me or that a huge waste of an opportunity (drafting first in the rule 5 and not getting anything for it)??

Posted by: theredskin | March 25, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Look at Milledge hustle down the line. Nice!!!!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | March 25, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

games also on mlb network for out of towners (blacked out here)

Posted by: theredskin | March 25, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't care to listen to "and it's a smash, going, going, and caught at the warning track" Carpenter & his co-hort Dribble in the booth - I'd rather hear the "A" team (Charlie & Dave, where art thou?).

Posted by: BinM | March 25, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

How bad would the last half-inning been for us if Dunn was at first base tonight?

Posted by: BGinVA | March 25, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Top o' the fourth, single followed by a 2-run HR by Jones - (sigh) one fly ball too many.

Posted by: BinM | March 25, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Forgive me, friends, if I missed something, but I have a question.

Did anybody sign Odalis Perez?

Am I mean if I hope not?

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | March 25, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

"yeah...see ya terrell...its a shame jimbo dragged you out to all those natfests and the luncheon...is it just me or that a huge waste of an opportunity (drafting first in the rule 5 and not getting anything for it)??"

Your right about the bringing him to the Natsfests but I wouldn't call it a wasted opportunity yet. He's really young and could have a chance...i'm not saying he's gonna be a star but he could be a solid reliever. Also there wasn't much in the Rule V talent pool this year.

Posted by: Steveo11 | March 25, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

@Steveo:

I agree - he has shown some promise. The MRI/"injury" could present the opportunity to gain some negotiation time with CIN to work a player swap & move T.Young to the minors.

Posted by: BinM | March 25, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

MASN just ran their little ticker thingy across the bottom of the screen during the top of the 5th (I hate their ticker, by the way) - on the MLB run-through, it said "Atlanta 0 Washington 0 Bot 3." Great up-to-date stuff you've got there, Mr. Angelos.

Posted by: BGinVA | March 25, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

And for anyone not watching, the score at the time was Atlanta 2, Washington 1 in top of the 5th.

Posted by: BGinVA | March 25, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

@BGin:

That's hilarious, if true!

Posted by: BinM | March 25, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

"Tonight's game is on mlb.tv feed, but no audio? That sucks."

Count your blessings. No Bob Carpenter.

Posted by: nunof1 | March 25, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

D. Hernandez just came on for ATL at 2B, and promptly made his 7th error of Spring Training - and I thought the Nationals' had fielding issues!

Posted by: BinM | March 25, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Ballester's done...WiMP is pinch-hitting for him.

Posted by: BGinVA | March 25, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

@nunof1:

See my 7:38 post.

Posted by: BinM | March 25, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

"Forgive the multiple responses, but..."

Oh fer three on your responses there. But hey, it's still spring training. We'll forgive you. But you might want to start googling apartments in Syracuse, just in case.

Posted by: nunof1 | March 25, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Half-way decent line for Balester - 5IP, 4H, 2ER, but 1 more HR (6 for ST in 20IP). That'll get him a ticket to SYR in the next 10 days.

Posted by: BinM | March 25, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I think Dibble may be a hort, but I'm not sure about Carpy. Carpy may be a lert.
They'll have a hort-to-hort talk about it later.


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Carpenter & his co-hort Dribble in the booth ...
Posted by: BinM | March 25, 2009 7:38 PM

Posted by: CEvansJr | March 25, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

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