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Friday Afternoon Reading

Delayed a bit this morning because Boz left us such a great overnight post and Chico followed with what is sure to be a crowd-pleaser -- more on Bonafacio. So I wanted to wait until the dust settled.

First, in case you're considering a trip to the ballpark this evening, here is the Capital Weather Gang's NatsCast so you'll know how many layers to wear. (Forecast for the ninth inning: 59 degrees. Sweet!) The CWG will have a forecast for every home game this season so you may want to bookmark that.

The Marlins' Hanley Ramirez wanted to help Cody Ross break out of his hitting slump. Check out Fish Bytes to see how that turned out.

Now let's go to the videotape ... of Adam Dunn, from Thursday's "Washington Post Live" show.

Another good outing by the Syracuse Chiefs' pitching staff. Kip Wells allows three runs on six hits but strikes out six in six innings; Jason Bergmann gets a hold with three strikeouts and a hit in two innings, and Garrett Mock gets a save to lower his ERA to 21.00. Who gets the first call-up (after Zimmermann, of course), Wells or Bergmann?

The P-Nats beat Salem, 5-1, and hold their home opener tonight at 7 vs. Myrtle Beach. Harrisburg beat Reading, 7-2, and Hagerstown lost to Lakewood, 11-9.

Dave Sheinin passes along this item from the LA Times about Mark Teixeira and his supposed anger over teams revealing their offers to him during negotiations. It seems to me that if you're going to get paid $160-$180 million, you should at least be tough enough to withstand seeing the number in print. (Update from Tracee: I'm embarrassed I didn't notice how old that item was.)

Speaking of Dave, be sure to check out his "When It Clicked" at the Baseball Insider; today's subject is John Lannan.

From the "Where Are They Now?" files, Tomo Ohka throws six shutout innings for the Columbus Clippers. Brian Schneider got a night off Thursday.

The first problem in the new Yankee Stadium, according to the NY Post? Illegal TV.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  April 17, 2009; 11:57 AM ET
 
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The big club wins, the farm clubs go three-of-four. Good Times!

Posted by: BinM | April 17, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

That was Ohka on the mound for the Clippers? My pals went to go see him beat my poor Mudhens, 2-1 (and the hens had 10 hits!) in their home opener.

Welcome home, Lannan. Show us the stuff

Posted by: nattaboy | April 17, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't get the Teixeira link to work. Anyone else having problems with it?

Posted by: ilikeike | April 17, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Hope everyone has fun at the P-Nats or W-Nats games tonight!

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 17, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

P-Nats actually swept a doubleheader yesterday. Won the first game 8-2.

Posted by: Brian_ | April 17, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that if you're going to get paid $160-$180 million, you should at least be tough enough to withstand seeing the number in print.
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No excrement!!!

Posted by: soundbloke | April 17, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"I couldn't get the Teixeira link to work. Anyone else having problems with it?"

HTML booboo. Whack the bad stuff off the end:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2009/03/teixeiras-misqu.html

Posted by: joebleux | April 17, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Fixed the link; thanks, joebleux. Sorry I didn't notice earlier how old that item is...

Posted by: Tracee Hamilton | April 17, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

From the blog:
"I always had the Yankees in my sights, and one thing my agent and I had asked every single team is, we're not going to negotiate through the media, and we ask you not to. The Yankees were really the only team that did that.

And Boras did't leak things to the media?

What color pot would you like to go with your kettle, Mark?

Posted by: TimDz | April 17, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Tex is a crybaby. Go wipe your eyes with one of your millions, dirtbag.

Posted by: Section505203 | April 17, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Tracee--Could you add the Nats Cast link to The Natosphere column over to the left for future ease of use? Thanks!

Posted by: ramgut | April 17, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

ramgut, I THINK I can. We'll see ...

Posted by: Tracee Hamilton | April 17, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I'll see if I can finagle an extra ring for you, JiM. Go P-NATS! Go W-NATS!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 17, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

NatsCast is now officially a part of the Natosphere!

Posted by: Tracee Hamilton | April 17, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Cool! Thanks, Tracee. I like the alpha order, too.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 17, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I would guess Bergmann would be the first man up since he's on the 40 man. Though if a starter was gonna miss multiple starts Wells might get the call.

Posted by: Steveo11 | April 17, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Tracee,
Ken Rosenthal had a report earlier today that the Nats were close to signing Ryan Zimmerman to a deal close to that of Nick Markakis (6-7 years, close to $9 million a year).

However, he pulled his story and something else is there now.

Do you know anything about this?

Link:
http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9467294/Sources:-Nats,-Zimmerman-closing-on-extension

Though it's not on their site now, you can use that link to see the story.

Let us know, okay?

Posted by: rushfari | April 17, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Buster Olney has this to say about Acta:

Washington manager Manny Acta is on the hot seat. If he were to be let go, the dismissal might be one of the more senseless in recent decades. As one rival general manager said the other day, "Can Manny Acta manage? I have no idea. How could you tell, considering the teams he's been given? How could you know anything about how he does his job?"

Posted by: BobLHead | April 17, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

The Ken Rosenthal link is back up:
http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9467294/Sources:-Nats,-Zimmerman-closing-on-extension

The gist of that article is this, "The talks are "moving in a good direction," one source said, but several issues remain. "

Posted by: comish4lif | April 17, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Let's get that second win tonight!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 17, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't know Bob, I feel Acta doesn't take a fair share of the blame. I'm not saying he should get the axe after a week or two but I think he should be on the Hot seat this year and if the Nats have the worst record in June or July and seem to be without a direction I would support a change being made.

I think too often we laid the blame at Bowden's feet, which was mostly deserved, and never looked to critize Acta (except for the Rivera decision the other day). My feeling is if we praise him for turning the AAAA Nats team we saw in 07 into a 70+ win team, then we should look to blame him a bit for turning a ML roster in 08 into an under 60 win team. I know people will say "oh look at the injuries last season", but hey we had plenty of injuries in 07 as well, Johnson missed the entire season, Ayala missed a lot of time as well, Guzman played in only 40 some games and D-Young even missed a good bit of time in the second half, Hill, Bergmann, and Patterson all missed big parts of the year. Even with as bad as the nats were injury riddled last year there was still more talent on the field night in, night out than there was in 2007.

While I like Acta i'm not sold that he's the answer to making the Nats a winner.

Posted by: Steveo11 | April 17, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

'The gist of that article is this, "The talks are "moving in a good direction," one source said, but several issues remain. "'

Such as, his batting average and whether the money being offered is proper compensation?

Posted by: Section506 | April 17, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Buster Olney has this to say about Acta:

Washington manager Manny Acta is on the hot seat. If he were to be let go, the dismissal might be one of the more senseless in recent decades. As one rival general manager said the other day, "Can Manny Acta manage? I have no idea. How could you tell, considering the teams he's been given? How could you know anything about how he does his job?"

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I guess you didn't see the ESPN PTI earlier in the week when they were doing a over/under 5 games on Acta being fired.

For Buster Olney, you know by decisions made like in Opening Day in a tie game with relief pitchers. QUESTIONABLE

You know last night when he pulled Dunn in the 8th for a defensive replacement. GOOD

You know when he put Milledge in leadoff who struggled out of Spring Training and left him there for 7 games instead of moving up Guzman in the order. HORRIBLE

You know when you see a player lacking in fundamentals. Great pitching performance by Shairon but terrible effort at bunting. Is Manny going to get him extra work the next 4 days in bunting. WE WILL SEE

Come on, you notice more with marginal teams but clearly the Nationals are a decent team (will still be under .500) this year and better win at least 43% of their games. You lose 7 out of the chute and you panic. No he shouldn't be fired , yet, but he has to screw his head on and make better decisions.

Nobody was on Manny's back until the Saul Rivera facing the heart of their "lefty" order with CUtley and RyHo. So he deserved the criticism when he had Beimel in the pen and available in the 7th inning.


Posted by: dmacman88 | April 17, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Acta was unavailable for comment as he was too busy making Pitch Count's dinner.

Posted by: RickFelt | April 17, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else enthused over AG's play at SS and at bat? He may turn out to be a great steal...

Don't know if he can keep up the hitting, although he has been swinging the bat well since we acquired him last year. At the least, he gives us a great glove as a backup at SS and I'm assuming 2B also.

Let's not rush Guzzie back into the lineup, both for his sake and to get a longer look at AG.

Posted by: CapPeterson | April 17, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

"I guess you didn't see the ESPN PTI earlier in the week when they were doing a over/under 5 games on Acta being fired."

I guess you didn't hear Bob Ryan's informed response to this over/under question, where he defended Manny on the basis that two of the Nat's starters are rookies, and the other three are a combined twenty games or so under .500 lifetime.

Posted by: joebleux | April 17, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

all this fire Manny talk is absurd.

Posted by: longterm | April 17, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else enthused over AG's play at SS and at bat? He may turn out to be a great steal...
Posted by: CapPeterson | April 17, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse


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His gun from deep in the hole is a great asset. Love to see him field.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 17, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Here's the text from Rosenthal's note. Of course, it can't possibly be accurate, because Zimmerman's agent said they would cut off negotiations once the season started. Agents never lie.

The Nationals, trying to lock up their franchise cornerstone, are in serious negotiations with third baseman Ryan Zimmerman about a long-term contract extension, according to major-league sources.

The talks are "moving in a good direction," one source said, but several issues remain. The terms are not known, but the target for Zimmerman is believed to be the six-year, $66.1 million deal the Orioles awarded outfielder Nick Markakis, a more accomplished player.

Zimmerman, 24, signed a one-year, $3.325 million contract with the Nationals in February, avoiding salary arbitration. His extension likely would cover his remaining arbitration years and at least two years of free agency.

The two sides spoke throughout spring training, but could not reach agreement. Zimmerman had said that he did not want negotiations to extend into the season and create a distraction.

Zimmerman, the fourth overall pick in the 2005 draft, averaged 22 homers and 100 RBIs in his first two major-league seasons, but was limited to 106 games last season due to a small labral tear in his left shoulder.

Posted by: natbiscuits | April 17, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Trade Rumors is reporting that the Twins designated Phillip Humber for assisgnment, could be an intersting arm for the nats to look at. I hope they put a claim in though he may not get to us.

Posted by: Steveo11 | April 17, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

as for the Zimm negotiations, if he gets close to Markakis's deal then I'd say the Nats really are in a panic mode. As much as I love him he doesn't deserve to be on that level.

Posted by: Steveo11 | April 17, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

our addition by deletion has made our lineup look more than a little fearsome. can we get four off nolasco, five for the game? manny's bff finally made it to buffalo, having snubbed his closer debut option of allentown. contagious, infectious enthusiasm on the nats' bench. just contagious infection on the chiefs'. crazy horse must be beside himself. he doesn't want to manage anyway, and now he has to watch THAT?

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 17, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

nova_g_man,

Like the way AG goes back for popups too.

When Dukes is in CF & AG at SS, no more Bermuda Triangles?

Posted by: CapPeterson | April 17, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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