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Marquis to start Saturday

Jason Marquis will pitch for the Nationals on Saturday, his second start since undergoing elbow surgery in May.

His first appearance back was disappointing. He lasted four-plus innings an 8-3 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday. Marquis gave up five hits, walked two, hit a batter, struck out three and committed an error to drop to 0-4 with a 15.32 ERA.

"I just would like to see him the way he pitched after the first inning," Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman said of Marquis's early struggles Sunday, when the first four Dodgers reached base, two via walk. "A little more sink on the fastball, some command of the strike zone, work ahead of hitters. All the classic stuff you want pitchers to do that he did a pretty good job of after the first inning the other day. [But] the first inning counts, too. The first and second inning have hurt us a lot lately."

By Preston Williams  |  August 13, 2010; 7:21 PM ET
Categories:  Jason Marquis  | Tags: Jason Marquis  
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A little minors report on Harrisburg -- the pitcher the Nats got in the Guzman trade -- Tatusko -- started tonight at Trenton. Struck out 8 in 6 innings, but got burned by a 3-run homer and lost.

Chuck James, the ex-Braves starter, pitched a strong inning as did El Duque, who actually threw a curve that registered 46 mph on a scout's radar gun. I don't know if Livo can throw one that slow.

Marrero got called out on strikes twice, once with runners on 2nd and 3rd in a 4-1 game.

Posted by: nats24 | August 13, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

On so many levels I hope Marquis does well. Lord knows he needs a good effort.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | August 14, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the report, nats24. So Chuck James, former starter for the Braves, is being groomed for a relief role?

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | August 14, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

If Riggleman the genius comes up with a lineup similar to last nights, we can expect Marquis to pitch 8 shutout innings and the Nats win 11-0 as Nieves, Kennedy, Gonzo, and Harris all dial long distance.

Have to admit, every time I see a lineup that makes me figure we're going to get pounded, we end up winning. Strange weirdness.

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 14, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

He is a FIFTEEN MILLION DOLLAR BUM and the DBacks are gonna kill him tonite nothing personal just a fact, now when does Martis get the call up?

Posted by: dargregmag | August 14, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo's prob not gonna burn an option year on Martis just for a hand full of starts. Better to build his arm up and not have to limit his innings next year. Martis is gonna have to earn it in spring training, besides he's not automatic right now anyway

Posted by: jpt1002 | August 14, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

so....Aaron Crow just got demoted to A ball. 5.65 ERA, 1.584 WHIP in AA. for any of the Crow-lovers who are still on this board, he pitches at Potomac for his next start. maybe you can go see him and lament the 500k that the Nats let him walk over. Posted by: JMW4th | August 13, 2010 6:25 PM

Careful. One example does not make a rule. It is not always best to forgo signing your top draft pick in favor of a below-slot guy the next year. It appears to be working this one instance, but the cheapest player is not always the best player.

It is best over many examples to draft the best player and sign him, not necessarily the cheapest player you can get at that slot.

Posted by: EdDC | August 14, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"Careful. One example does not make a rule."

Where was EdDC to point this out every time over the past two years someone commented here or elsewhere that the Lerners NEVER sign their first draft pick (among many other sins they were being accused of)? Indeed, hasn't EdDC been one of the people saying just that? Hypocrisy, thy name is EdDC.

Posted by: nunof1 | August 14, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

"Careful. One example does not make a rule."

Where was EdDC to point this out every time over the past two years someone commented here or elsewhere that the Lerners NEVER sign their first draft pick (among many other sins they were being accused of)? Indeed, hasn't EdDC been one of the people saying just that? Hypocrisy, thy name is EdDC. Posted by: nunof1 | August 14, 2010 4:12 PM

I have never said that. But if it makes you happier to think that I said that, then that makes me happier too.

Posted by: EdDC | August 15, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

In fact, I don't recall anyone ever having said that.

Posted by: EdDC | August 15, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

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