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Updates: Nationals at Red Sox

I'll provide periodic updates. ...

4:27: The Red Sox beat the Nationals, 7-2. Sorry for the wait on this last one; I was down in the clubhouse. The Nationals finished off their Grapefruit League schedule 10-19, meaning they went 10-8 after their horrid 0-11 start.

3:42: Daniel Bard struck out Chris Marrero with a wicked slider to end the top of the eighth. Rafael Martin recovered and pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, and now Jesse English is on to pitch the eighth. The Red Sox lead, 7-2.

3:15: Jason Varitek roped a double to left-center field, clearing the bases. The Nationals trail the Red Sox 7-1.

3:05: New pitcher: Rafael Martin, former construction worker and Mexican Leaguer. He'll face Jason Varitek.

3:03: Mike MacDougal peppered the backstop in the sixth, allowing a run after two straight wild pitches. Cristian Guzman made his first play in right field, fielding a single and throwing in to the infield without incident. The Nationals trail, 3-1, and MacDougal is done after getting two outs.

2:53: Scott Olsen threw 95 pitches, 69 strikes.

2:50: Clay Buchholz is still oppressing the Red Sox, who have two hits. Scott Olsen is finished after allowing five hits, no walks and one run in five innings with seven strikeouts. He sat at 88 mph and hit 91, mixing in sliders and changeups. Cristian Guzman went to right field for the second consecutive day. He swapped places with Willie Harris.

2:44: Before the game, Manager Jim Riggleman said this: "I hope Scott has a good outing today to give us some encouragement. We may go with Mock either way." This afternoon, Olsen has got to putting some pressure on Riggleman to choose him as the Nationals' fifth starter. Olsen allowed a groundball single in the fifth and nothing else. He struck out Jason Varitek swinging at a high fastball, bringing his total to seven. This is by far the best he has been all spring. It is 1-1, as the Nats have no hits since the first inning.

2:26: Scott Olsen is making a pretty emphatic statement is his bid to become the fifth starter. He struck out J.D. Drew in a 1-2-3 fourth. He has allowed four hits including a bloop and struck out seven six. A scout sitting behind home plate said Olsen is pitching at 88 mph and hitting 91 at most while mixing in a good mix of sliders and changeups -- "he's throwing really well."

2:11: Scott Olsen rolled through the second. He allowed only a groundball single to Kevin Youkilis. Dustin Pedroia chopped back to Olsen, Victor Martinez popped foul to first and David Ortiz struck out. Olsen has allowed two hits and struck out five through three innings. This is exactly what he wanted to do to help his chances at the fifth starter spot.

1:57: After Scott Olsen's strong first inning, he merely limited the damage in the second. David Ortiz led off with a double to left and Adrian Beltre followed with a single to right. J.D. Drew struck out, and Mike Cameron popped to shallow right-center. Willie Harris could not make a play he perhaps should have, and Ortiz scored. Olsen got out of the jam with a grounder and a strike out of Jacoby Ellsbury. Olsen has four strikeouts through two, and it's tied, 1-1.

1:29: The Nationals lead, 1-0, after the first inning. Roger Bernadina drove in Willie Harris, who doubled against Clay Buchholz, with an infield single. In his chance to make a final argument for the fifth starter job, Scott Olsen allowed only a walk to Victor Martinez. He struck out Jacoby Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis, who swung through a nice, outside changeup.

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 2, 2010; 2:01 PM ET
 
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Trade for Swisher.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Alumni update: Nick Johnson injured by foul ball off of knee couldn't finish his at bat.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Adam,
Is there a radar gun there? How's Olsen's velocity?
Sec314

Posted by: arlingtontwb | April 2, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Trade for Swisher.

We could give them back Bruney....

Posted by: comish4lif | April 2, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

No, we want Bruney! Its Capps they can have. Heck, we'll throw in McDougal too.

Sec314

Posted by: arlingtontwb | April 2, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Newposted...
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Guzman's going crazy with the Team Ball Concept - he just drew a walk!!!
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It's the end of the world as we know it,
it's the end of the world as we know it,
and I FEEL FINE!

Posted by: swang30 | April 2, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Haha - take that Youklis! I hate that guy - University of Cincinnati Beartrash and Sawwwx double whammy.

Uh oh, I'm getting mad at the Red Sox already and it's not even Saturday.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 2, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Olsen has 4 strike outs now ... but 0 ground outs and 2 fly outs. 3 hits 1 walk.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Buchholz has 7 ground outs to 1 fly out and a walk.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Please play Bernadina... why are we wasting time running Willie and Willy out there when neither is in our longterm plans. Why not figure out what Roger can do?

Posted by: kfisher32 | April 2, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Putting Bernadina on the bench would essentially make him a utility guy who would not get many at bats. Lots of late inning replacements. They may want him to get a full year as a starter to determine what he can do either in the majors or minors. I'm not sure they have decided what to do with him yet.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

All right, Scotty.

Thanks for the updates, Mr. K. You're it today, as there's no radio or tv, and no blog updates elsewhere.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Ladies and gentleman, I present to you your 5th starter. (for better or worse)

Posted by: kfisher32 | April 2, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

That's right 1a. Adam, you're our lifeline today. Mark and Ben are already headed back to DC. Feed the beast as much as you can, and please -- doesn't anyone have a radar gun down there any more?

Posted by: Section222 | April 2, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

1 GO -> 3 FO. Five strike outs though. Velocity must be up.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

1:57: After Scott Olsen's strong first inning, he merely limited the damage in the second.

2:11: Scott Olsen rolled through the second.
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It's a good thing I'm not drinking, otherwise I'd be REALLY confused...

Posted by: TimDz | April 2, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

well barring a blow up, looks like olsen will be the 5th.

Posted by: Cartaldo | April 2, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

hell just froze, Guzzie walked??? amazing, and olsen has 5 k's through 4 innings

Posted by: destewar | April 2, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Olsen now has six strike outs against the BoSox. 2 GO -> 4 FO. Have to think his velocity is up. 4 hits, 1 walk after 4.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I've never entertained this thought, because it just seemed so ridiculous, but WHAT IF Olsen DID return to his early Marlins form (31 starts at a 4.04 ERA)... then June could be very interesting for this rotation. Lannan, Marquis, a good Olsen, Stammen (?), Livan with Wang, Strasburg, and Detwiler demanding a spot. Livan odd man out at that point?

But I dream.

Posted by: kfisher32 | April 2, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

make that 6 k's through 4 innings, not bad for olsen

Posted by: destewar | April 2, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

4 ip , 1 er, 6 k
nice

Posted by: kfisher32 | April 2, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

TimDz: Yeah, that sequence threw me too.

Posted by: KenNat | April 2, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Ladson's box has Olsen with 6 K (my money's on Ladson this time) - Ellsubry twice, Drew twice, Youkilis, and Ortiz

Posted by: kfisher32 | April 2, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Pitching at 88mpg to 91mph? Does Mock get a chance to prove himself or is the job Olsen's if he can keep this up for 1-2 more innings?

Posted by: estuartj | April 2, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey, look what I found:

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/scoreboard/index.jsp

It's a little more dynamic than the box, though not as detailed. Guess there's no free game day graphics feature anymore via MLB.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Olsen pitching the fifth now.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

To dream the impossible dream...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Who is the SP for tomorrow's game?

Posted by: kfisher32 | April 2, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if the Gameday thingy from MLB last year will still be around? That was a cool way to follow the action at work.

Posted by: swang30 | April 2, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Well done 1a1! Excellent work on that link.

Posted by: kfisher32 | April 2, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I think it's Stammen tomorrow.

Don't know, swang. I liked that feature, too.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, kfisher.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

it seems it would be Livo's turn, i love how he just won't go away, he might not be the opening day starter like in 2005... but somehow he still manages to be the first Nats pitcher to appear at Nats park this season :-)

Posted by: destewar | April 2, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Tomorrow is Stammen.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Livo gets skipped. He has a rubber arm. Its why he and Batista are going to end up wasting a couple of slots on the 25/40-man.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

You'll be thankful for Livo's rubber arm after all the youngsters are shut down for the year. Otherwise, Willie Harris would have to pitch. You don't want that. Trust me.

Posted by: swang30 | April 2, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

i'd rather see Livo, so we could keep Stammens improved stuff hidden until his first appearance in the regular season, oh well i'm excited for this season to start... 03 marlins here we come! no? would you believe the pennant? not that either? would you believe the wild card? hmmm alright, well what about a 7 game improvement from last season?

Posted by: destewar | April 2, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

WOW... Olsen is en fuego... 5 iP 7K

Posted by: kfisher32 | April 2, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

That's seven strike outs for Olsen.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Olsen just struck out Varitek to the end the bottom of the 5th, not sure how he got the first out, but he has at least 7 k's now through 5

Posted by: destewar | April 2, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Livo! Livo! (and are you also known as Agent 86, dstewar? :-))

In other news, looks like local Fox station WTTG will start airing TWIB again one week from Saturday, when the game of the week starts up again. Last year, TWIB was also carried on MLB Network on Sundays. Not sure how that will work this year. Woohoo! TWIB and real baseball!!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

4GO->4FO. He appears to be getting stronger.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

how can we justify keeping mock over olsen now? i don't like riggleman's quote in adams latest update "we may go with mock either way"...

Posted by: destewar | April 2, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Let's go Nats! Break out those bats!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

We don't want to over-emphasize one game, but Olsen certainly deserves a shot. He is recovering from injury and has more or less improved each time out. This is not the regular season, but it is the Red Sox full line-up in a close game. And when he has been in a little bit of trouble, he has cleaned up nicely. What more do you want? Trade Mock for a RF. The calvary is still coming behind all this.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | April 2, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Peric - perhaps he held back one of his pitches the first time through the lineup, relying more on the fastball early on, now the offspeed stuff is getting grounders... just a guess.

Posted by: kfisher32 | April 2, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I didn't much care for that quote either.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I think Olsen just jumped up grabbed his old job back. He looks like the #3 starter today if not #2.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

no i'm in greeting cards sales :-)

Posted by: destewar | April 2, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

yes. That quote was Acta-esque... nothing like killing someone's competitive spirit.

Posted by: kfisher32 | April 2, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

1a1:

If they (the FO) are thinking like me. I would keep Olsen in FLA in extended spring training but I would not option him. They really don't need a fifth starter yet. Send Mock to Syracuse where he belongs or trade him.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Olsen done after 5? bummer.

Posted by: kfisher32 | April 2, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about that, Chief. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

... and can we get some substitutions? or are we just throwing in the towel on this game?...

Posted by: destewar | April 2, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Woah, What? Willie Harris to 2B, Guzman to RF?

Posted by: swang30 | April 2, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I understand the thinking but still didn't care for the quote.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Olsen must have reached his pitch count. MacDougal is in now.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

mock is a bum

Posted by: Cartaldo | April 2, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Olbermann was right, Riggleman is not the answer and was a bad call. Too laid back? (where have I heard that before...)

Posted by: kfisher32 | April 2, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Wait, so Buchholz is facing the Sox now?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

MacDougal? (fastening seat belt)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Kilgore is sloppy.

Posted by: kfisher32 | April 2, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Riggleman thinks like George Allen. Likes players 37 and up only.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

If Riggleman STILL thinks the job is Mock's my faith in him is gone.

I gotta hope this attempt to build up Mock is part of some plan to trade him. Or maybe Olsen. But if they trade Olsen, I still hope Mock isn't the fifth starter.

I know Rizzo drafted the guy and then got him from Arizona, but he has to let it go.

Posted by: arlingtontwb | April 2, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

he's been sloppy all game, is he posting from his iphone or something?

Posted by: destewar | April 2, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, he's giving us updates, so that's good. (please don't pull the plug on us now... ;-))

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Also, they're saying "boooo" not "Youuuuk" :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Yes MacDOUGAL is still AMAZING!!!!!

Posted by: Cartaldo | April 2, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Dang, Mac. I had a feeling...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least Guz managed the throw okay.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope they keep a back up in Syracuse.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Rafael Martin set up ->Drew Storen [CL] in Harrisburg right now looks better than what they have in the pen on the 25.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

If we finish with the worst record in Spring Training do we get the first draft pick in next year's spring training draft?

Posted by: estuartj | April 2, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Jeezus...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Sheesh 7 - 1. I don't think MacDougal is safe as a closer even in Syracuse.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

and I don't mean SS...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad he's pitching well, because Olsen should be the 5th starter. If the team wants Mock as a starting pitcher, they need to give some time at AAA -- after trying to convert him to a reliever before. If Olsen pitches well, you have a conundrum later on (with Wang and Strasburg), but that's a good problem to have. Maybe, the Nats will be able to deal one of their pitchers for a right fielder or catcher. Or, maybe, a first baseman if they wake up and deal Dunn to an AL team. What I'd really like is for the Nats to come up with a leftfielder and move Willingham to 1B, after dealing Dunn. We could live with Willingham there until Marrero's ready.

Posted by: fischy | April 2, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I hope that this provides a little more flexibility by Riggleman on Olsen. I never noticed it till it was brought up but he does seem to have a couple guys he has to much love for. By most account Bergmann has had a bad spring but he is still penciled in without questions. Mock was talked about as the third behind Lannan and Marq when he really hadn't earned it. I just hope that we dont have another Acta/Kearns deal going on with Riggleman and some of these pitchers he seems to covet.

Posted by: Stu27 | April 2, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Not hard to figure why the fish said thanks but no thanks to Mac.

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 2, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"We could live with Willingham there until Marrero's ready."

Marerro has less range and is less athletic than Dunn. He is a much worst fielder. Marerro belongs with an American League team as a DH before Dunn.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

MacDougal say hello to Syracuse. Syracuse say hello to MacDougal. May God have mercy on your souls.

NatsFaninKC

Posted by: mastroj | April 2, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

We're just wearing them down so that Stammen can cut through the Sox lineup like butter tomorrow, when we'll be cheering them on in NatsTown. Yeah, that's the ticket... :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Jhonathan Solano (SYR catcher) in for Nieves.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Marerro is in at first base.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

All right, Jhonathan! I remember him from back in the day during the P-Nats championship run.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Michael Martinez at 2nd base.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Might as well let some of the MiLB outfielders get in there, too, Riggs. I don't guess they'll be traveling to Nats Park for tomorrow's game.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

There you go, Michael. Now for the outfielders...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Bernadina Taveras Guzman left-to-right? That is a minor league AAA outfield.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Well, I gotta do some stuff. You're on your own, Nats...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 2, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

...the kids will be gettin their gloves ready in the bleachers in Syracuse when the Big Mac pitches! Oh, and bye-bye Mac.

Posted by: 1of9000 | April 2, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Adam, you forgot to mention that favorite-son-of-Riggleman Maxwell also struck out.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Quick trade Olsen for a RF before his arm breaks.

Posted by: hansenjo | April 2, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Nothing like a four-run double:

3:15: Jason Varitek roped a double to left-center field, clearing the bases. The Nationals trail the Red Sox 7-1.

3:05: New pitcher: Rafael Martin, former construction worker and Mexican Leaguer. He'll face Jason Varitek.

3:03: Mike MacDougal peppered the backstop in the sixth, allowing a run after two straight wild pitches. Cristian Guzman made his first play in right field, fielding a single and throwing in to the infield without incident. The Nationals trail, 3-1, and MacDougal is done after getting two outs.

Posted by: BobLHead | April 2, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Game over.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that Martin got in. It is hard to blame him for letting 3 inherited runners score in his very first chance. The 1-2-3 that followed is encouraging.

Adam, thanks for your work in FL during spring training. I look forward to sharing the season up here with you.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | April 2, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm glad Olsen did so well. As I believe Riggleman said about someone else the other day, the performance speaks for itself.

Don't know if anyone has mentioned this, but the STH appreciation event tomorrow (11:30-1:30)has one little problem. I live near the stadium & hoped to come to the event, go home & work on my taxes, and then come back for the game. Well, I've talked to the STH office twice, and evidently once you leave after the STH event, you can't get back in (well, I guess you cd if you bought another ticket). So, if you wanted to attend the STH event and the game w/o buying another ticket, and if you arrived at 11:30, you'd be at the stadium till, oh, 7:15 PM--almost eight hrs. Now I love the Nats and the stadium but that's not very practical for a lot of us (particularly on a holiday weekend), though it wd be cool to see BP after the STH event, which is part of the deal. One of the folks at the STH office said she thought this plan might have something to do with added security for the President on Monday. I think I will reluctantly just go to the game and skip the STH event.

Posted by: Section109 | April 2, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"One of the folks at the STH office said she thought this plan might have something to do with added security for the President on Monday."

It screams: SPEND MONEY ON CONCESSIONS. WATCH BASEBALL TILL YOU VOMIT!

Posted by: dclifer97 | April 2, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Well, there's also the moon bounce. ;-)

Posted by: Section109 | April 2, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

>Please play Bernadina... why are we wasting time running Willie and Willy out there when neither is in our longterm plans. Why not figure out what Roger can do?

Posted by: kfisher32

Exactly. Let him play himself out of a position. If something positive happens, then you can build on that. They have to sort out this wave of Bowden prospects so they can move on if they have to. They already know Maxwell can't cut it.

Posted by: Brue | April 2, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I was wondering about that one. Well, it's a long preseason, and everybody was ready to head to DC. :-)

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Nothing like a four-run double:

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 3, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand the facination with Mike MacDougal, he's only got one pitch and he can't control that. I thought we were over this Bowden obsession with reclaimation projects....

Posted by: bromisky | April 3, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

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