Nats fall to the Yankees 5-3 in their first visit to the new Yankee Stadium

The Nationals lost 5-3 last night to CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees but there were some bright spots in the game. Shairon Martis had a solid outing going 6.0 innings while giving up two runs, one earned, on only four hits. He did not factor into the decision, keeping his overall record at 5-1.

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On the offensive side, Anderson Hernandez blasted a three-run shot, his first of the season, to left field which put the Nats ahead 3-2. The lead was short lived as some timely hitting by New York and some defensive miscues allowed the Yankees to regain the lead. Reliever Ron Villone picked up the loss, and closer Mariano Rivera entered in the 9th to shut down the Nats for his 15th save of the season.

Villone’s loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night was his fourth in his last four appearances. According to Elias, over the last 10 seasons, only three other pitchers suffered losses in four consecutive relief outings: Brian Fuentes (2007), Fausto Carmona (2006), and Rheal Cormier (2001).

In other Nationals news:

With rumors of a managerial shake up in DC, the Nationals players show their support for Manager Manny Acta.

Teams around the Major Leagues, including the Nats, are using some creative ways to get their players voted into the All-Star Game.

– Long Island native John Lannan is looking forward to his first start at Yankee Stadium.

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