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Tracee Hamilton hosts Q&A on the Nats today at 9:30 a.m.

In case you haven't noticed yet, sports columnist Tracee Hamilton now hosts a daily chat each morning. It's called First Things First, and today she's talking about the Nats. Here are her opening thoughts:

"A great spate of April Fools Day jokes rolled out of Florida yesterday. Willy Taveras was named platoon partner for Willie Harris in right field. (Taveras' total pro innings played in RF: 1, as far as I can tell.) Vegas apparently got the news: The Nats are 75-1 shots (worst in baseball) to make the World Series and 150-1 to win it (tied for worst in baseball). And that was before Cristian Guzman played an inning in right field.

All knee-slappers -- except they're all true. So there's another April Fools Day, shot to hell. More importantly, shouldn't the Nats have taken care of the yawning gap in right field by now? What do you say, Nats Nation?"

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By Sports editors  |  April 2, 2010; 7:02 AM ET
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Some folks were discussing the roster going north, and nobody mentioned Tyler Walker. The guy signed a major-league contract, and had a 3.06 ERA last year for the Phillies. I really think we will make the team, and Jesse English will not.


Posted by: kevincostello | April 2, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

"He will make the team."

Posted by: kevincostello | April 2, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Kevin - I added Walker as you are correct that he is still on the bubble. In my mind the bullpen needs 2 lefties but what do I know. The other big question is that if the Nats don't take 5 starters to Washington on Monday then there will be 1 that makes the 25 man that will be demoted in the 2nd week of the season.

2 Pudge
3 Dunn
4 Kennedy
6 Desmond
5 Zimmerman

7 Willingham
8 Nyjer
9 Harris

B Guzman
B Nieves
B Taveras
B Morse

SP Lannan
SP Marquis
SP Livo
SP Stammen
SP Olsen or Mock

BP Capps
BP Burnett
BP Bruney
BP Clippard
BP Bergmann
BP Batista

3 guys on the bubble and maybe 2 get on the 25 man:
Gonzalez, A.

2 bullpen pitchers on the bubble if they keep 7
Walker, T.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | April 2, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

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