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Nationals Journal: August 30, 2009 - September 5, 2009

Lineups From Nats Park

Florida Coglhan -- 7 Maybin -- 8 Ramirez -- 6 Cantu -- 3 Baker -- 2 Uggla -- 4 Ross -- 9 Helms -- 5 Johnson -- 1 Washington Harris -- 8 Guzman -- 6 Zimmerman -- 5 Dunn --...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 5, 2009; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Nats Fire Farm Director

The Washington Nationals on Friday fired director of player development Bobby Williams, general manager Mike Rizzo said. The departure of Williams, completing his third year overseeing the organization's farm system, represents the first significant front office change under Rizzo, who...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 5, 2009; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Stammen: Bone Spur In Elbow, Out Six Weeks

Craig Stammen won't pitch again this season. But for the Washington Nationals, the rookie pitcher's status -- once the team on Friday determined the root cause of his elbow soreness -- qualified mostly a relief. Stammen, 25, has a bone...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 4, 2009; 11:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Flores Activated, Strasburg Works Out, And Other Notes

Jesus Flores hasn't appeared in a major league baseball game since May 9. His upper body still shows the effects of a summer-long rehab from a serious right shoulder injury. He still can't throw with enough strength to appear on...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 4, 2009; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Lineups From Nats Park

Just the home team so far. Washington Maxwell -- 8 Guzman -- 6 Zimmerman -- 5 Dunn -- 3 Willingham -- 7 Dukes -- 9 Bard -- 2 Gonzalez -- 4 Mock -- 1...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 4, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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What To Watch For In September

Twenty-eight games remain this season for the Washington Nationals, and to put it gently, very few of these final games will be leading off the Baseball Tonight telecast. The Nationals are 46-88. They're 5-1/2 games worse than any other team...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 4, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
 
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Afternoon Reading Material

While Chico is flying back from the last game in the Nats' woeful series against San Diego, here's a little reading material ... Yesterday, Dan Steinberg helpfully summed up recent Stephen Strasburg interviews. Strasburg, by the way, will be in...

By Alexa Steele  |  September 3, 2009; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
 
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A Losing Streak, Elbow Soreness For Stammen

On Wednesday afternoon, the Nats, again looking punchless/hapless/toothless (pick your favorite 2009 adjective; insert), lost to the Padres 7-0. The updated math is pretty depressing. This team has lost six in a row. It was just swept by a last-place...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 2, 2009; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Minor League Reliever Is PTBNL in Belliard Deal

The Nationals have acquired pitcher Victor Garate off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers, completing the Ronnie Belliard trade. Garate, who turns 25 later this month, is a left-handed reliever who was putting up strong numbers for Los Angeles's Class...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 2, 2009; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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A Few Pre-Game Nuggets

Here are the things to know about the Nats' lineup for this series finale against San Diego: * Manager Jim Riggleman is hoping a day on the bench -- coupled with the scheduled off day on Thursday -- can help...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 2, 2009; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Lineups From Petco

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2008 Columbus Clippers. Err. Just a getaway day lineup for the Nats. (I'll post the Padres' when I get it.) Washington Harris - 7 Gonzalez - 6 Dunn - 3 Zimmerman - 5 Orr - 4...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 2, 2009; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Padres 4, Nats 1

Petco Park, the most pitcher-friendly stadium in baseball, is conducive to small numbers, quick games, and 0-for hitters. I swear, if Tony Gwynn had played here, he would have been a .266 hitter or something. Petco's center field wall actually...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 2, 2009; 1:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Watch Out, J.D. Martin

J.D. Martin! Eighty-eight-mph-throwin' J.D. Martin. Eight starts into his big league career, he's already on a hitlist. Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips, as you can read here, was hit in the left wrist by a Martin pitch on Aug. 15....

By Chico Harlan  |  September 1, 2009; 8:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
 
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Lineups From Petco

Washington Maxwell -- 8 Gonzalez -- 6 Zimmerman -- 5 Dunn -- 3 Willingham -- 7 Dukes -- 9 Bard -- 2 Orr -- 4 Martin -- 1 San Diego Cabrera -- 6 Eckstein -- 4 Gonzalez -- 3 Kouzmanoff...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 1, 2009; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Regarding Strasburg, Hype and Media Attention

I've noticed some people here today discussing Stephen Strasburg, in particular his relations with the media and his apparent misgivings about the Sunday workout-session-turned-campaign stop, where four or five journalists showed up to catalog Day One as a pro. Strasburg...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 1, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
 
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Padres 3, Nats 1

Maybe the Nats have reached the point this season where no loss should be described as unconventional. They've lost 86 games now. Said outcome is not unusual. That said, Monday night's 3-1 loss against the Padres at Petco had some...

By Chico Harlan  |  September 1, 2009; 1:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Maxwell Gets Another Chance

The first time Justin Maxwell was promoted to the big leagues this year, he lasted eight days. The second time, he lasted nine days. All told, he played in 13 games and batted 24 times. After three hits and 11...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 31, 2009; 9:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
 
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Lineups From Petco

Washington Harris -- 8 Orr -- 4 Zimmerman -- 5 Dunn -- 3 Willingham -- 7 Dukes -- 9 Gonzalez -- 6 Nieves -- 2 Hernandez -- 1 San Diego Cabrera -- 6 Eckstein -- 4 Gonzalez -- 3 Kouzmanoff...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 31, 2009; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Strasburg in Viera, and Other Material

I am still of the opinion that The Onion missed a golden opportunity here. It should have dispatched a correspondent to Viera, Fla., to cover the first workout in the professional career of Stephen Strasburg. Just to have a headline...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 31, 2009; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
 
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Nats Trade Belliard To Dodgers

Minutes after playing in his final game with the Washington Nationals, Ronnie Belliard stood in the losing clubhouse -- no longer his clubhouse -- and weighed his emotions. He recognized the good and the bad, he said. He was heading...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 30, 2009; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
 
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A Few Sunday Notes

During the 5-1/2 months where he auditioned for the general manager's job, Mike Rizzo was actually performing two jobs. He managed the day-to-day operations of the big league roster while still retaining his original duties -- heading the scouting and...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 30, 2009; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Lineups From Busch

Washington Harris -- 8 Guzman -- 6 Zimmerman -- 5 Dunn -- 3 Willingham -- 7 Dukes -- 9 Orr -- 4 Bard -- 2 Mock -- 1 St. Louis Schumaker -- 4 Rasmus -- 8 Pujols -- 3 Holliday...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 30, 2009; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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