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Nationals Journal: October 4, 2009 - October 10, 2009

Strasburg Start No. 2: 3 IP, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

In his second start as a professional, No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg showed at least a glimpse of the dominance for which he became known in college. Pitching in the Florida Instructional League against the Astros, Strasburg went three...

By Chico Harlan  |  October 10, 2009; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Nats Dismiss Cardenal

The Nationals on Thursday dismissed Jose Cardenal as special advisor to the general manager, a position he'd held with the organization since 2005. Cardenal served as a roving minor league instructor, working specifically with the organization's outfielders. He also spent...

By Chico Harlan  |  October 8, 2009; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
 
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Bog: Kasten on Versus's $ports Take

In case you missed the show, Dan Steinberg's Sports Bog recaps Stan Kasten's appearance on Versus's $ports Take with Rick Horrow Tuesday night. The oddest part was that he said fans don't have to worry about the big picture, they...

By Alexa Steele  |  October 8, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Bog: The Unluckiest Fan

Dan Steinberg's DC Sports Bog tells the tale of a fan who attended 19 Nats games, for which the team managed a record of 0-19. From Steven Krupin's e-mail to Dan: I figured that even with the worst team in...

By Alexa Steele  |  October 8, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Guzman, Norris to Undergo Surgery

The Nationals just announced some injury news. From the release: *SS Cristian Guzman will have his right shoulder scoped on Thursday, October 8. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Wiemi Douoguih at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC....

By Alexa Steele  |  October 7, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Revisiting the Predictions

Preseason predictions never make you look good. Either you're wrong (and there's no fun in being wrong) or you're right, in which you're bound to feel compelled to say so. (And nobody in world history has invited goodwill by pronouncing...

By Chico Harlan  |  October 7, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Strasburg's Day Is Done After 25 Pitches

Stephen Strasburg allowed one run and gave up three hits in the second inning, concluding his afternoon. All told, Strasburg threw 25 pitches, 19 strikes of them strikes. Right-handed hitter Avisall Garcia, a 6-foot-3, 216-pound prospect, ripped a first-pitch single...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 5, 2009; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Strasburg: Three Up, Three Down

Stephen Strasburg struck out two and retired the first three batters he faced in his first professional inning for the Washington Nationals in Viera, Fla., Monday afternoon. Against the Detroit Tigers in Florida's instructional league, Strasburg threw nine strikes and...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 5, 2009; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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ESPN Will Show Footage of Strasburg Debut

This afternoon, Stephen Strasburg will make his first pro outing against the Tigers in the Florida Instructional League. And ESPN is planning to broadcast some "live cut-ins" of the action during its 1 p.m. SportsCenter program. The Post's Amy Shipley...

By Chico Harlan  |  October 5, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Q&A With Mike Rizzo

So, here's the full let's-begin-the-offseason Q&A with GM Mike Rizzo. If you want the microwave version, here goes: 1) Rizzo seems to want a veteran baseball guy as his next manager. 2) He doesn't believe Bryce Harper is the surefire...

By Chico Harlan  |  October 5, 2009; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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After 162 Games and 15 Innings, It's All Over

The 2009 Nats changed almost entirely from April through October, but they were unconventional from Game 1 until Game 162. Unconventional, and memorable. And this was a fitting way to end the season. You thought the Nats wanted to just...

By Chico Harlan  |  October 4, 2009; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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One Last Time...

Just to answer the questions about Dunn's off day: Yes, Dunn requested the day off. Jim Riggleman gave him the option to play, but Dunn didn't feel the need -- even within two homers of the 40 milestone. "I'm accommodating...

By Chico Harlan  |  October 4, 2009; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
 
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