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Tonight's Lineups

Washington

Guzman - 6
Johnson - 3
Zimmerman - 5
Dunn - DH
Dukes - 9
Willingham - 7
Harris - 8
Bard - 2
Hernandez - 4

Tampa

Upton - 8
Crawford - 7
Longoria - 5
Pena - 3
Zobrist - 4
Burrell - DH
Gross - 9
Navarro - 2
Brignac - 6

Pitchers:
Washington - Stammen
Tampa - Garza

By Chico Harlan  |  June 12, 2009; 6:42 PM ET
 
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Comments

Glory be! No Kearns. And people want Manny fired?

Posted by: jfromPG | June 12, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

good luck stammen.

Posted by: longterm | June 12, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

All right - 1st of a three-game set; Let's see how things play out at casa Tropicana.

Posted by: BinM | June 12, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

And I was starting to hope they'd move on Kearns. I'd rather they play him all games in TB. He tanks they give up, DFA him and move on.

So leave him on the bench so he can what... improve? Sure, great not having him in the lineup but they still think they can rehabilitate him...

Posted by: SaveOurTeam | June 12, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Were gonna get worked

Posted by: theredskin | June 12, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

@jfromPG: Snark detected & understood. Kearns against Garza would have about as good a chance as a lamb in a slaughterhouse right now. I just hope Dukes doesn't take it on himself to "be the man" over the next three nights.

Posted by: BinM | June 12, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I'd be semi-surprised if it turns out that Austin Kearns has not been semi-playing semi-hurt over the past n weeks. Didn't he gut out an injury last season without whining, griping, or otherwise drawing attention to it? His drop-off at the plate from the start of the season to now seems too significant to not have an identifiable cause other than, "He [semi-expletive]s!"

Posted by: Ted_Striker | June 12, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

@SOT: Kearns will get some playing time against the LHP's on this roadtrip, I think. If he continues his current form, the FO needs make the move; I've got to believe he knows he's gone unless he can start to produce.

Posted by: BinM | June 12, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised either if Kearns was hurt but even when he's healthy he goes through long slumps. Or maybe whatever Rick said to him initially helped (as it most certainly did) but at the first sign of problems he's tried to think his way out of it and he's just lost mentally now.

So how many ABs do you give him before you think he's toast? If he happens get a 2-for one game with an RBI how long does that buy him?

Is there really much else we can do to answer the inevitable question? Let's just move on.

Posted by: SaveOurTeam | June 12, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

@SOT: If he were struggling with the adjustments, I'd have hoped he would have gone back to Eckstein for more work. If he were hurt, he really needs to step up & say so.
It might be that Rick has already gone to Manny & let him know that he thinks Kearns is toast as a hitter, hence the recent hints in the press.
I dunno, just offering thoughts.

Posted by: BinM | June 12, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

they'll probably keep Kearns for defensive back up in the outfield and just cut him around the trade deadline, because i don't see anyone trading for him

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 12, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

following up on the "do we or don't we like us some of our Dibble?" discussion in the Blortsmog or previous post...
Consider it this way: yeah, he's doing color on the Tee-Vee, which is a higher level than the drunk next to you at some bar, but yanno, not that much higher. He's interesting--he doesn't have to be right It's OK with me if he is full of it, if he gets the conversation moving.

Guuuuuz! NICKY!

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 12, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Kearns: I think Manny's "and then we'll make a decision" (OWTTE) was a low-level encryption for "if you have any goodbyes, say them now."

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 12, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Well how do ya like that? 3 runs in the 1st inning. Unheard of in Nats town.

Posted by: FloresFan | June 12, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Dukes with some revenge against his former team!

Posted by: BGinVA | June 12, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

and speaking of Dukes, a new post...

Posted by: BGinVA | June 12, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow, even with a 3-0 lead already the combination of the Trop and MASN's standard definition picture sure is making this quite the depressing broadcast.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 12, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow, even with a 3-0 lead already the combination of the Trop and MASN's standard definition picture sure is making this quite the depressing broadcast.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 12, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

>I'd be semi-surprised if it turns out that Austin Kearns has not been semi-playing semi-hurt over the past n weeks.

That's the problem - he's soft. That's why he's always pulling something. His main problem, above all is that he's got weak hands, small forearms. He tries to compensate by keeping his hands close to his body and launching the bat into the zone. And you can't make square contact that way because the bat moves in separate planes when you first bring it straight away from your body, and then bring it forward. Just keep the bat still in the hitting zone and sweep it through on the same plane.

Posted by: Brue | June 12, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

>Wow, even with a 3-0 lead already the combination of the Trop and MASN's standard definition picture sure is making this quite the depressing broadcast.

Can I just get some more cow bell? Just once. Some cowbell.

Posted by: Brue | June 12, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Just for you, brue

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 12, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

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