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Ivan Rodriguez goes back-to-back days

Ivan Rodriguez is in the lineup tonight, which is noteworthy because he played last night and no Nationals catcher has played consecutive days since Sept. 4. Rodriguez and Wilson Ramos have alternated games since then.

Manager Jim Riggleman gave Rodriguez a second straight start because he wants to let Ramos catch back-to-back games before the year is over, but not without giving Rodriguez his due time behind the plate.

"It's just really a nice combination to have," Riggleman said. "We're just trying give Pudge the respects he deserves for working so hard all year and let him get his at-bats, but at the same time develop Ramos."

Rodriguez's offensive numbers have picked up since the every-other-day schedule began. He's hitting 11 for 31 with two doubles and two of his four home runs this year.

"Every other day, that's a pretty nice schedule for people," Riggleman said. "It's enough to keep you sharp, and you're going to be ultra-strong every day. It probably has helped him a little bit."

By Adam Kilgore  | September 22, 2010; 6:25 PM ET
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This post has been up for 13 minutes and Fairfax6 hasn't yet posted disparaging remarks about a rookie player--why Storen can't pitch, why Morse can't play, why Desmond can't whatever. What's going on here? Poopy? Anybody?

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Probably its already been discussed here, but I just saw that FLOP was released by the Cardinals for arriving late, repeated clubhouse problems, and poor performance. What year is it?

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Bisquit: FLop is a front-runner, IMHO. He'll play hard for a team that has a chance of playing into October, but quickly becomes disenchanted with a team out of the running. LaRussa & his staff seemed to have recognized that trait, and kicked him to the curb. Good for them.

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