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Today's lineups, Doug Slaten called up

The Nationals purchased the contract of lefthander Doug Slaten from Class AAA Syracuse, replacing Matt Chico with a second lefty and seventh pitcher for their bullpen. Slaten appeared in 11 games last season for the Arizona Diamondbacks, last pitching July 9. Slaten, 30, has a 3.68 career ERA in 80 2/3 innings. This season with Syracuse, Slaten has allowed zero earned runs in 17 innings on 12 hits and one walk.

The Nationals designated Chico for assignment, but apparently Chico will remain on the 40-man roster and not be subject for release. A hazy team release called Chico's designation "an option with more paperwork and time involved." Bottom line, the Nationlas are not going to lose Chico from their organization.

As for today's game, here are the lineups.

1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Adam Kennedy, 2B
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ivan Rodriguez, C
7. Roger Bernadina, RF
8. Ian Desmond, SS
9. Livan Hernandez, SP

1. Chris Coghlan, LF
2. Wes Helms, 3B
3. Hanley Ramirez, SS
4. Jorge Cantu, 1B
5. Dan Uggla, 2B
6. John Baker, C
7. Cody Ross, CF
8. Bryan Petersen, RF
9. Anibal Sanchez, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 9, 2010; 10:37 AM ET
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Go Nats win one for your Mothers!!

Posted by: mintbucket | May 9, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: kevinx | May 9, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I am excited for Slaten, and for the beefed-up pitching core Rizzo has put together in general. An astute poster mentioned Walker's 1.18 WHIP, and Slaten, Chuck James and Jesse English are good thefts from other organizations.

We have to let go of our loyaties from the bad old days a little bit, even though we all like Bergmann and Chico, and although Chico and Mock really were Rizzo choices from his Arizona days. Livo is going to have to keep up the amazing work if he wants to stay himself, as there are other pitchers on the way.


Posted by: kevincostello | May 9, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

This headline caught me off guard for several reasons:

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 9, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Note to kevincostello: Livan's not going anywhere he would have to literally implode to be sent down he's another pitching coach on this team another V.O.E.(voice of experience)for the young pitcher's on this staff,he more than anyone else has set the tone for this staff he is the glue if you will that hold's this staff together gives them a reason to believe each and every time they take the mound he's been invaluable so far this season in my mind he is the cuban Satchel Paige.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 9, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

The Cuban Satchmo Paige. That's what I've been thinking as well. Rizzo's relief pitching inventory down in Syracuse and Harrisburg is extremely deep. Its starters ... although the immediate success of some of the starting pitchers Rizzo drafted last year in "A" ball is pretty impressive.

And we still have yet to see Nate Karns assigned from Viera and extended spring training. I assume they are working the kinks out of his control problems but he has the arm and athleticism to throw Strasburg velocity pitches.

Unless a miracle through canny trades occurs; I don't see any progress toward seriously competing with the likes of the Phillies until they get Jordan Zimmermann, Strasburg, and someone of similar ilk in the rotation first.

But its nothing short of great to be in the mix, in the chum just behind the Phillies instead of dead last cellar dwellers.

Posted by: periculum | May 9, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Trying to do a little data-mining earlier today, and was somewhat suprised that neither nor fangraphs has numbers for Inherited Runners / Inherited Runners scored. Anybody know a website that splits that particular hair?

Posted by: BinM | May 9, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

BinM- splits any hair you could think of. if you search a player and click "more stats", just about everything you can think of is there. for inherited runners, you need to scroll down to reliever pitching.

Posted by: nami322 | May 9, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse


Perfect! Muchas gracias.

Posted by: BinM | May 9, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

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