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The Braves are beating the Nationals, 2-0, through three and a half innings. Garrett Mock is settling down after a rough start, which including a missile of a solo home run by Martin Prado. Derek Lowe has no-hit the Nationals so far, although Roger Bernadina reached on an error.

There's a few things to get up to date on:

*It has been five days since Jesus Flores left the Nationals to visit Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. He still has nine days left in his stay, and Mike Rizzo said it's too early to gauge what the timetable of his return to game action will be. So far, Rizzo feels as though the trip has been good for Flores.

"He's doing great," Rizzo said. "He's upbeat. His mindset is much better there. It's hard for him to be here at spring training while guys are getting their work in and preparing for the season and he's unable to participate. He's going there and concentrating five hours a day. That's his job right now, to get his shoulder back. He's got a good mindset. He's working extremely hard down there. It's a really good atmosphere for him."

*Cristian Guzman is back with the Nationals after leaving to be with his wife as she gave birth to a daughter, Chrisangely, in Washington. Everyone involved is happy and healthy. Guzman will re-start his throwing program to recover from shoulder surgery last fall and won't return to games for a few days.

*Chien-Mien Wang threw in the bullpen today, his first throws off a mound since last July. "It's time," Wang said before heading out there. He planned on throwing just 15 pitches - all of them filmed by Taiwanese film crews - with easy effort.

"He did well," Rizzo said. "He's throwing free and easy, no restrictions."

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 15, 2010; 7:55 PM ET
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Congrats to Guzzie and his new addition.

Posted by: Juan-John | March 15, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Prediction - Unless Desmond tanks over the next three weeks, Guzman will be deemed not be ready for 'everyday' duty to start the season - He goes to the DL-14 & Desmond becomes the starting SS.

Posted by: BinM | March 15, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

wonderful to see Storen. Great to see the Dunn error didn't phase him.

Posted by: twinbrook | March 15, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

wonderful to see Storen. Great to see the Dunn error didn't phase him.

Posted by: twinbrook | March 15, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

is there an echo in here?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 15, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Whoa! Nice job Dunn! He's already well past mid-season form.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 15, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Through 6, and Cox has subbed out his entire starting lineup. Can the Nationals gain ground against the scrubs?

Posted by: BinM | March 15, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Not with Tyler Walker in to pitch, we won't.

Posted by: MikeH0714 | March 15, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

AAK! This could be the baseball version of sebaku.

Posted by: BinM | March 15, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Hai, sabaku wa des' yo.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 15, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

And so, I throw myself onto the blade, safe in the knowledge that my death serves the greater good.

BinM out.

Posted by: BinM | March 15, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

From sad sack to paper sacks--We will wear your number on our paper bags in remembrance.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 15, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse


I think you might have meant sepuku.

Posted by: natsguy | March 15, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Ebenezer Lerner worshipped Mammon in an open, honest way, without the vile hypocrisy that now blights Opening Day. And if you, too, worship Mammon, then follow Ebenezer's lead and shout it boldly from the rooftops, "I believe in endless greed!" Join the Ebenezer Lerner Fan Club for those who've got the guts to admit what they believe in - don't take the rest of us for mutts! Don't pollute our spiritual vacuum with this mindless, tasteless trash, when the only jingle that you love is that of cold hard cash. Ah, Ebenezer Lerner, my friend, the world has need of you to shout the truth out loud and clear: "Bah, humbug through and through!"

Posted by: periculum | March 15, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

On he plus side, I did catch some great insight from Rob Dibble.
I learned that the front office has done a great job of establishing a culture of winning, and now it's just up to the players to get it done.
I learned Rizzo and Kasten have done a great job of assembling incredible major league talent.
And I learned that Mr. Dibble has never been around more passionate fans than in Washington DC ("a city with great history"). Even more passionate apparently than when Dibble and the Nasty Boys were winning a World Series in Cincinnati.

It's good to get straightforward, accurate information, without any spin or agenda.

Posted by: Sunderland | March 15, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse


I totally whiffed on that one.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 15, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Lol @ Sunderland. I had to turn the TV off when Carpenter said, "If you had a team with 6 or 7 Willie Harrises, you'd really be in business." How can anyone say that with a straight face?

Posted by: egoodman8 | March 16, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

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