June 2009

Lineups for Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day!


Blue Jays:


Scutaro – SS

Hill – 2B

Wells – CF

Rolen – 3B

Lind – LF

Rios – RF

Overbay – 1B

Barajas – C

Romero – P




Guzman – SS

Johnson – 1B

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – LF

Kearns – RF

Gonzalez – 2B

Harris – CF

Bard – C

Martis – P

Lineups for 6/20

Blue Jays:


Scutaro – SS

Hill – 2B

Wells – CF

Rolen – 3B

Lind – LF

Rios – RF

Millar – 1B

Chavez – C

Cecil – P




Guzman – SS

Johnson – 1B

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – LF

Dukes – RF

Gonzalez – 2B

Harris – CF

Nieves – C

Detwiler – P


Tonight starters:


Brett Cecil, LHP (2-1, 4.38) vs. Ross Detwiler, LHP (0-3, 5.23)

Detwiler, 23, was the 6th overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. Cecil, 22, was the 38th overall pick.


He said it:

“I was trying to get something I could hit in the air on the first two pitches, and he kind of blew it by me. I don’t really have a two-strike swing, but I told myself, ‘More level swing, just try to put the ball in play,'” said Adam Dunn on hitting the 0-2 pitch down the right field line to drive in the game-winning run.

This and That:

RHP Jordan Zimmermann has yet to record a Major League hit (0-for-17) but his first career RBI was crucial. The game was tied 1-1 till Adam Dunn drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th. It was the Nats first extra-inning win of the season.

Adam Dunn has provided the game-winning RBI in the last three victories. Dunn is tied for third in the NL with eight GWRBI this season. He is just the second National (2005-present) to record three GWRBI in three consecutive games since Austin Kearns did it from September 2-4, 2006.


Nick Johnson was perfect last night, going 3-for-3 with a double and three walks. He became just the second National (2005-present) to reach base safely six times in a single game, the first to do so in the minimum six plate appearances.




Father’s Day is tomorrow!

Celebrate Father’s Day at Nationals Park. Click HERE to watch the Nats battle the Blue Jays.


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             Ryan Zimmerman always had a bat in his hand and his dad near by growing up.

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“My favorite memory with my dad would probably have to be just when we were younger, just going to the beach or playing golf. The little things like that were always fun,” Ryan Zimmerman said.

“One of the favorite memories with my father is just being outside, playing sports and going to baseball games,” Josh Willingham said.  He is a proud father himself. “I am developing new memories everyday just watching my little boy grow up.”


“I would like to say thanks to my father for supporting me throughout my career and continuing to support me. Love you Dad,” John Lannan said.


Nats reinstate Josh Willingham

The Nats reinstated outfielder Josh Willingham from the Bereavement List and optioned outfielder Corey Patterson to the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs today.


Willingham missed the last six games after he was placed on the Bereavement List on June 13. He is batting .294 (25-for-85) with eight home runs and a .635 slugging percentage in his last 28 games played. He is 10-for-28 (.357) with three homers in his last nine games. The 30-year-old ranks third on the Nationals with nine home runs, despite playing in only 44 of the team’s 66 games. Willingham has averaged one home run every 13.56 at bats this season, second on the club behind only Adam Dunn (1/12.83).


Patterson, 29, batted .133 (2-for-15) with two stolen bases in five games with Washington.

Lineups for 6/19

Blue Jays:


Marco Scutaro – SS

Aaron Hill – 2B

Vernon Wells – CF

Scott Rolen – 3B

Adam Lind – LF

Alex Rios – RF

Lyle Overbay – 1B

Rod Barajas – C

Brian Tallet – P




Cristian Guzman – SS

Nick Johnson – 1B

Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

Adam Dunn – LF

Elijah Dukes – RF

Josh Bard – C

Willie Harris – CF

Anderson Hernandez – 2B

Jordan Zimmermann – P


Don’t miss the promotion items for the homestand.

Miller_-Lite_Beach_Towel 1.JPGTonight is Beach Bash:
We are bringing the beach shore to the ballpark. The first 10,000 fans (21 and up) will receive a free Beach Towel courtesy of Miller Lite! Join the pregame festivities at Nationals Park and stay for post-game fireworks. Geico_Gym_Bag 1.JPG

Father’s Day (6/21): Happy Father’s Day. The first 10,000 fans (18 and up) will receive a free Gym Bag courtesy of Geico! Take your father to the game and show him how special he is. Kids–come early to meet your favorite players at Signature Sunday and stay after the game for Kids Run the Bases.W T.JPG

T-shirt Tuesday (6/23): Get in the mood for Independence Day. The first 10,000 fans (all ages) will receive a FREE Stars and Stripes Curly “W” T-shirt!


Nats battle the Blue Jays

The Blue Jays come to DC with a few bumps and bruises. RHP Roy Halladay was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right groin earlier this week along with closer LHP Scott Downs and starter RHP Casey Jensen. It doesn’t come as a surprise to a pitching staff that has been hampered by injuries all season long. Halladay leads the Majors with 10 wins and 103.0 innings pitched.


The Blue Jays enter this series in third place, four games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. After the Jays raced out to a 27-14 start and a 3.5 game lead in the AL East, they are just 10-17. On the offensive end, Toronto leads the league in hits (674) and doubles (152). They are batting .280 as a team, good enough for second in the AL. Vernon Wells is in the middle of a career high 153 at-bat streak without a home run but second baseman Aaron Hill and right fielder Alex Rios have picked up some of the slack. Hill leads the AL with 90 hits and Rios is batting .414 (12-29) over his last seven games with two homeruns, six RBI and six runs.


J. Zimmermann.JPGTonight starters:


Brian Tallet, LHP (4-4, 4.87) vs. Jordan Zimmermann, RHP (2-3, 5.37)


Zimmerman is seeking his first win since he started his Big League career 2-0 in his first two starts.


He said it:

“It’s been a long day. When you have three meals at the ballpark before you start the game, it’s been a long day. But it was worthwhile,” Manager Manny Acta said after the 5 ½ hour rain delay and Nats victory last night.


This and That:

The Nats batters will face three lefties in the three game series. They are currently hitting .242 against left-handed pitchers versus .263 against right-handed pitchers.


The Jays have not played well against the NL. They are 3-6 in Interleague Play in 2009 and since Interleague Play began in 1997 the Jays are 43-67 at NL ballparks.

Nats take the series

Stammen.JPGRain delayed the game 5 hour and 26 minutes. Then, RHP Craig Stammen dampened the spirits of the Yankees. The Nats finished up their six-game AL road trip by beating the Yankees twice on back-to-back nights. Stammen and the Nats bullpen kept the Yankees potent lineup off of the board for only the second time this season in the 3-0 victory. It was the first time they were shut out at their new Stadium. Stammen picked up his first Major League win with a solid performance and Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with two runs and a RBI.


  • Adam Dunn got it done at DH. Of course, he won’t have that luxury at Nationals Park. In four games as the DH, he batted .455 (5-for-11) with three RBI, five walks and a .625 on-base percentage.


  • With the 3-0 victory last night, the Nats pitching staff snapped a 74-game streak without a shutout. The last Nats shutout was a 1-0 victory over the Mets on September 16, 2008.

Nats host youth baseball clinic

The Nationals will host the second of five youth baseball clinics at 10 a.m. this Saturday at Nationals Park. Children throughout the Washington, DC area will be taught the fundamentals of hitting, fielding and pitching by the members of the Nationals coaching staff. There will be six stations that the participants will rotate through during the morning, including batting in the indoor cages with Hitting Coach Rick Eckstein, fielding grounders with Third Base Coach Pat Listach and learning the art of the outfield with First Base Coach Marquis Grissom.


The two remaining public clinic dates for the 2009 season are Saturdays, July 25 and August 22. For more information on Nationals Youth Baseball or to sign up for future clinics, please email community.relations@nationals.com.

The Bobbleheads are Back

dunn howard 1.JPGThe 2009 NatsTown Bobbleheads have been selected for the two Saturday home games in August. The Nationals enshrined “The Capital Punisher” and slugger Adam Dunn into the Bobblehead Hall of Fame. You can get your Dunn Bobblehead August, 8th against the Arizona Diamondbacks. You can complete the coveted two-piece set two weeks later with the Frank Howard Bobblehead on August, 22nd when the Nats battle the Brewers.


The Dunn Bobblehead is him with a slight smile after he blasted a ball to souvenir city with the word “Nats” in the Washington Monument half of the DC skyline. The Howard Bobblehead is his stance with an intrepid stare before he launched a ball into the upper deck at RFK Stadium with the word “Town” in the Capital Dome half of the DC skyline.


The Bobbleheads are limited to the first 15,000 fans at each game. Purchase your tickets HERE.

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Lannan brilliant in first career start at Yankee Stadium

lannan 1.JPGJohn Lannan completed the New York circuit by beating the Mets and Yankees. The New York native tossed his first career complete game against the Mets on June 6 and less then two weeks later, he kept the Bronx Bombers at bay.
The Nationals capitalized on John Lannan’s 8.1 innings of 4-hit ball and beat the Yankees 3-2 Wednesday night. Things got tight when Lannan, who dropped his ERA to 3.38 on the season, gave up a ninth inning homer to Johnny Damon, the 73rd home run hit to right field this season at Yankee Stadium. The solo shot brought the Yankees within one run. Mike MacDougal relieved Lannan and with runners on the corners, got Robinson Cano to ground into a game-ending double play. Lannan improved to 4-5 and MacDougal picked up his first save since July 16, 2006 against the Tigers.


The Nationals’ bats contributed as well. Adam Dunn blasted a solo shot in the fourth and Nick Johnson drove in two runs with a triple in the fifth. Dunn’s homer gave him 296 for his career. According to Elias, Jason Marquis is the only other New York State-born pitcher to beat the Mets and the Yankees in the same season. The Long Island product did it with the Cardinals in 2005.


In other Nationals news:


– As Anderson Hernandez improves on the field, his teammates are beginning to trust him more and more. 


– The Nationals make room by trading Michael O’Connor to Padres. 


– With pitching being their main focus, the Nationals are developing young pitchers that will make an impact soon.


– With his family in attendance, John Lannan was impressive in his return to New York.