July 2009

Nationals Trade Deadline Moves

The Nationals front office was extremely busy Friday afternoon, trying to get deals done that would benefit the club. Here’s how it went:


    The Washington Nationals today acquired right-handed pitcher Ryan Mattheus and right-handed pitcher Robinson Fabian from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for left-handed pitcher Joe Beimel and cash considerations. 

            Mattheus was 1-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 19 appearances for Colorado’s top three affiliates this season before having “Tommy John” ligament-replacement surgery performed in early July. In 26.0 innings prior the surgery, Mattheus struck out 27–or 9.3 per 9.0 innings pitched–en route to recording a .250 (24-for-96) batting average against. 

            In five-plus minor league seasons in the Rockies’ high-altitude system, Mattheus is 29-40 with 17 saves and a 5.17 ERA en route to a nearly 2.0/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In 2003, he was drafted by Colorado in the 19th round out of Sacramento City College as a draft-and-follow. Thus, he did not sign with the Rockies and begin his professional career until May 30, 2004.

            Mattheus, currently 25 years-old, shifted to the bullpen for the first time in 2008 and his efforts were rewarded, as he represented the Rockies in both the 2008 Futures Game and the Double-A Texas League All-Star Game. He earned both citations by not only posting a 3.28 ERA in the Texas League, but also by leading Tulsa with 17 saves, striking out 8.7 batters per 9.0 innings and recording a heavy 2.4/1 ground ball-to-fly ball ratio.

              Fabian was 3-6 with a 6.24 ERA in 24 games (12 starts) with Asheville of the Single-A South Atlantic League at the time of the trade. In 83.2 innings, he fanned 54 and walked just 21, good for a 2.6/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

              In 2007, Fabian ranked among the Northwest League leaders in starts (first, 15), innings (fourth, 77.1) and a ERA (ninth, 3.96) while pitching for Single-A Tri-City. He has been assigned by the Nationals to Hagerstown of the Single-A South Atlantic League.

             The 23 year-old is 20-30 with a 5.08 ERA in 101 games (67 starts) in seven professional seasons.  Fabian–a native of La Victoria, Dominican Republic–was originally signed by Colorado as a non-drafted free agent, July 10, 2003.

             Beimel, 32, went 1-5 with 10 holds, one save and a 3.40 ERA in 45 appearances with Washington after signing as a free agent on March 18.


       The Washington Nationals today acquired left-handed pitcher Aaron Thompson from the Florida Marlins in exchange for first baseman Nick Johnson.

         A former first-round pick (22nd overall, 2005 First-Year Player Draft), Thompson went 5-9 with a 4.11 ERA in 20 starts this season with Jacksonville of the Double-A Southern League. He posted a .268 batting average against and 1.74/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio with 75 strikeouts and 43 walks in 114.0 innings. Entering this season, he was recognized as having the “Best Changeup” in the Marlins system by Baseball America. 

      In 95 career games (94 starts), Thompson has posted a 22-34 mark with a 4.00 ERA and 2.26/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (393 K/174 BB) in 506.0 innings.

           The 22-year-old was rated Florida’s No. 8 prospect by Baseball America entering the ’08 season. In 2006, he was a South Atlantic League All-Star en route to posting a 3.63 ERA in 24 starts with Single-A Greensboro.

           Johnson, 30, batted .295 with six home runs, 44 RBI and a .408 on-base percentage in 98 games this season with Washington.

Update: Elijah Dukes and Jorge Sosa will fill the two roster spots vacated by Friday’s trades of first baseman Nick Johnson and left-handed pitcher Joe Beimel to Florida and Colorado, respectively.


Dukes, a member of the Nationals’ Opening Day roster, rejoins the club after hitting .279 (19-for-68) with eight doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI and a .388 on-base percentage in 20 games with Syracuse. The 25-year-old batted .244 (47-for-193) with 13 doubles, a triple, six home runs, 30 RBI and two stolen bases in 57 games with Washington prior to being optioned on July 1.


Sosa join the Nationals for the first time. He appeared in 20 games (four starts) with Syracuse, going 1-2 with three saves and a 2.79 ERA.




Know Your Nats: John Lannan

You asked the questions and John Lannan answered them. Lannan gets the start on the mound tonight as the Nats begin a four game series with the Pirates. Lannan was lights out in his last start vs. the Padres, pitching 8.0 innings giving up only five hits, one run and one walk. He left as the pitcher of record but got the no-decision. Lannan has posted a quality start in nine of his last 10 outings and has recorded a quality start in 37 of 58 (64%) career assignments, including a team leading 14 this season. He has allowed three earned runs or less in 17 of his last 19 starting assignments in 2009.

lannan12.jpgQuestions for John Lannan:

1.      Greg from Potomac, MD: What do you think of your nickname “The Cannon?” What other nicknames have you had? Do you have a favorite?
The nickname the cannon, it’s ok. Cannon really reminds me of somebody who throws fast, like a cannon ball. So it just rhymes with my last name, I kind of like it. Guys usually just call me Lannan and that’s been my name since high school.”

2.      John from Herndon, VA: What does it mean to be the ace of the staff? And are you it?
No, I do not think I’m the ace. I just like to go out there and give the team a chance to win every time I go out there. I know with confidence that if I’m out there, we have a pretty good chance of winning so that’s what I think on what kind of pitcher I am. I don’t think I am the ace. I think we got a lot of young pitchers and we all contribute.

3.      Juan from CT: Who is the toughest hitter you have ever faced? What makes them so tough to get out?
All hitters are tough, but I have to say that Chase Utley is pretty tough just because he stands so close to the dish and he’s pretty patient and he’s just a tough lefty to get out.

4.      Tony from Hempstead, NY: Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Scooby Doo is my favorite because he’s always solving mysteries and he’s always hungry. Kind of reminds me of myself.

5.      Dan from Brooklyn, NY: What was it like pitching at Yankee Stadium for the first time?
It was great. I loved it. It was the new stadium, so it wasn’t the old one. It would have been better if it was at the old one but the new stadium was awesome. My whole family was there and it was just a great feeling for me and my family.

6.      Yukari from Rockville, MD: If you could spend a day with any baseball player, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Cy Young… because I want to know what he did to be so successful back then.

7.      Marie from Alexandria: What is your favorite restaurant in DC?
Right now, Matchbox. It’s in Chinatown. It’s a pizza place. It’s pretty chill and they’ve got great food.

8.      Ron from Scotch Plains, NJ: If you could be any vegetable, what would you be and why?
If I could be any vegetable, I would be a tomato. Yeah. I don’t know why. I just made that up.

9.      Katie from Fairfax, VA: What is the greatest feeling you have ever had as a baseball player?
Greatest feeling? I mean, every time I go out there on the mound. That’s why I love doing this and I love playing baseball, it’s because every time I go out there, it’s the same feelings. It will never go away.

10.  Kim from Bowie, MD: Are there any pitchers that you model your play after?
Growing up, I always watched Andy Pettitte and Tom Glavine. But I have my own style of pitching. Those guys are great and they have different pitches and they’ve had great careers so I would like to model my careers after those guys.  But style? I think I have my own style.

11.  Mike Henderson: Have you had a chance to follow the progress of any of the pitchers the Nats have selected and signed so far in this year’s draft? Does anybody in particular stand out?
I’ve followed Storen. I met him when he signed with the Nationals so I followed him when he was in Hagerstown and he’s doing really well. He got promoted to Potomac so hopefully he’ll be up here in September.

12.  Michael from Discovery: How do you keep motivated when the team is struggling?
It’s the game of baseball. You’re going to have your ups and downs. You just have to stay calm and keep on working hard. It’s a judge of character when you’re losing, so you have to stay mentally strong and good times are going to come.

13.  Gavin from section 138: I’m trying to figure out the tattoo on the inside of your arm. Can you say what it is? Also, did you get a new roommate, or do you have to pay for all the rent by yourself now that Joel was traded? Did Nyjer move in?
My tattoo is a cross. It’s the same cross my grandmother gave me when I graduated high school so I did that and it’s my initials, J.L., on the bottom of it. And the second part of that question, Joel did move out and I have a new roommate. It’s Tyler Clippard.

14.  Sandra from Bethesda: Did you have anybody growing up in Long Island who you considered a role model and helped you get to where you are today?
Yeah, growing up I had a coach, his name is Tommy Bean, and he really helped me out. He coached me throughout Little League and high school ball. He always told me that I had something special and I never really believed him but now he kind of rubs it in my face. He’s been a great supporter of mine and I’ve always looked up to him.

15.  Susan from the United States: When you were younger did you ever think about being a professional baseball player or did it just kind of happen? Also, what would you be doing if you weren’t playing baseball?
No, actually as a kid I loved playing baseball, but I didn’t in a million years really think of becoming a baseball player. It just sort of happened later on in life. If I wasn’t playing baseball… I got my degree in marketing and management, so I’d probably be doing some kind of advertising and marketing for a business something or other.

16.  Eric from DC: Have you ever thought about growing a good luck mustache? Will you? Never. I look like my dad, and my dad rocked a mustache in the late-’80s, early-’90s, and I’m not doing it. Sorry.


Get your VOTE on

062409-386 ryan zimmerman.JPGThe Washington Nationals are proud to announce that they have been nominated in three categories for this year’s Greater Washington Sports Alliance Sneakerball Sports Awards.


sb_logo.pngThe nominations include:


Sports Executive of the Year: Chartese Burnett, Washington Nationals Vice President, Communications & Community Relations

Best Team Mascot Award: Teddy

Solid Character Award Presented by SunTrust Bank: Ryan Zimmerman


You are encouraged to support the Nationals with your votes now until September 4th online at the Greater Washington Sports Alliance SneakerBall page www.gwsportsalliance.com/sneakerball.

The Nats look to continue the streak

 The Nats struggled out of the gates following the All-Star break but after a five game losing streak (four to the Cubs and one to the Mets), things appear to be clicking. A win tonight will give them five in a row and their third straight series victory. The team’s efforts have really paid off in the last week, as the Nationals have won six of their last eight games. The key has been consistency in the pitching staff and the outfield, places that were previously unreliable.


lannan.jpgThe pitching has been slowly improving throughout the season and it’s no surprise that John Lannan continues to anchor the staff. In his three outings since the All-Star break, Lannan has given up just three earned runs in 23.2 IP and is showing no signs of stopping. The 24 year old is now 7-7 on the season and sports an impressive 3.25 ERA. The bullpen is beginning to turn things around as well. It took a complete overhaul, as Joe Beimel is the only member of the bullpen left that started the season on the Opening Day 25-man roster, but the bullpen boasts an NL-best 2.22 ERA in the 13 games since the All-Star break. As if that isn’t good enough, 2009 first round (10
th overall) draft pick RHP Drew Storen appears to be on the fast track to the Majors. The 21-year-old out of Stanford University has struck out 33 without walking a batter in 14 combined appearances with Single-A Potomac and Single-A Hagerstown.


morgan.jpgNothing seemed to work for the Nationals outfield the first half of the season. Austin Kearns couldn’t get it going in right field and the team lacked a true center fielder. Willie Harris, Elijah Dukes and Lastings Milledge all got a chance at the position, but none of the three are natural center fielders. On June 30, the Nationals shipped Milledge to Pittsburgh in a deal that landed them lightning quick center fielder Nyjer Morgan. Not only has Morgan filled a huge void in center field, but he has also been red hot at the plate batting .389 in 23 games since coming to DC. His ability to get on base, along with his blazing speed has also provided a spark at the leadoff spot in the lineup. Morgan, along with Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham, who blasted two grand slams in a 14-6 victory over the Brewers Monday night, are giving the Nats the offensive production they needed from their outfield.


Down on the Farm

Down on the Farm is a weekly window into the Nationals farm teams, with updated standings, league leaders, team and individual player stats, and the latest team and player news.


This Week’s Top Headline


In 14 combined appearances with Single-A Potomac and Single-A Hagerstown, RHP Drew Storen has 33 strikeouts and 0 walks in 19.0 innings, Storen, Washington’s first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has fanned 22 and allowed just one hit over 11.0 scoreless innings in his last eight games between Potomac and Hagerstown. Prior to joining the P-Nats on July 19, the Stanford University product struck out 26 and did not walk a batter in 14.2 innings (11 games) with the Suns.


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International League North Division

53-48, 2nd Place, 3.5 Games Back


OF Jorge Padilla, a 2009 IL All-Star selection, leads full-season Minor Leaguers with a .363 batting average. Padilla has hit safely in 32 of his last 35 games, going 51-for-134 (.381) with 20 runs scored during the tear. His .423 on-base percentage ranks second in the IL. He has reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP 132 times in 88 games (1.5 times per contest).


RHP Jorge Sosa has offered scoreless relief in 12 of his last 13 appearances, posting a 0.93 ERA (2 ER/19.1 IP) along the way. As a reliever, he owns a 1.48 ERA (4 ER/24.1 IP) and a .182 (16-for-88) BAA in 12 games. Overall, he is 1-2 with two saves and a 2.91 ERA in 18 games (four starts). He has 50 strikeouts against just 12 walks in 46.1 innings. Sosa signed with the Nationals as a Minor League free agent on December 18, 2008.


RHP Shairon Martis scattered five hits in 7.0 scoreless frames, Monday vs. Louisville (Reds), to earn his second straight win. In his last two starts, Martis has allowed two earned runs in 13.0 innings (1.38 ERA). Before being optioned to Syracuse on June 28, the 22-year-old went 5-3 with a 5.25 ERA in 15 starting assignments with the Nationals.


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Eastern League Southern Division

46-55, 5th Place, 15.5 Games Back


RHP Clint Everts is a combined 5-1 with a 1.41 ERA and a 3.5/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (50 K/14 BB) in 29 appearances (44.2 innings) with Harrisburg and Potomac. Since joining the Senators on June 9, he is 2-1 with two saves and a 1.82 ERA (5 ER/24.2 IP) in 16 games. Prior to his promotion, Everts went 3-0 with two saves and a 0.90 ERA (2 ER/20.0 IP) in 13 appearances with Potomac. The Cypress, TX native was Montreal’s top pick (5th overall) in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.


RHP Erik Arnesen‘s 10 wins are tops among Washington farmhands, while his 91 strikeouts rank second. He is 10-4 with a 2.76 ERA in a combined 21 games (20 starts) with Harrisburg and Potomac. Arnesen has gone 6-3 with a 2.96 ERA (28 ER/85.0 IP) in 15 games (14 starts) since his promotion to Harrisburg on May 11. In six starts with the P-Nats, the 25-year-old went 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA (8 ER/32.2 IP).


I’M SEEING STARS…ALL-STARS:  The Harrisburg Senators and the City of Harrisburg announced that the 2010 Eastern League All-Star Game will be held at Metro Bank Park on July 14, 2010.


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Carolina League Northern Division

First Half: 37-30, 2nd Place, 3.0 Games Back

Second Half: 21-11, First Place, 3.5 Games Ahead


 21-year-old 1B Chris Marrero leads the Carolina League with 108 hits, and ranks among the league leaders in batting average, total bases, slugging, OPS, home runs, RBI and on-base percentage. In 25 July games, he is hitting at a .372 (32-for-86) clip with seven doubles, one triple, four homers, 16 RBI and 14 walks, which equates to .472 and .616 on-base and slugging percentages, respectively. Marrero was selected by Washington in the first round (15th overall) of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.


For the second consecutive week, a Potomac National has earned MiLB.com Single-A Carolina League Player of the Week honors. INF/OF Dan Nelson followed up last week’s winner, 1B Chris Marrero, by picking up his first POTW award of the season earlier this week. Nelson hit .391 (9-for-23) with four doubles, two triples and a league-leading eight RBI during the week of July 20-26. For the season, the switch-hitter is batting .275 with 21 doubles, two triples, five homers and 35 RBI in 76 games. His .388 OBP ranks fourth in the CL. As the P-Nats utility man, Nelson has appeared in games at second base (47), outfield (15), third base (12), shortstop (1) and as a DH (1).


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South Atlantic League Northern Division

First Half: 31-36, T-6th Place, 10.5 Games Back

Second Half: 12-20, 7th Place, 6.5 Games Back


C Derek Norris continues to dominate the South Atlantic League, leading the league in home runs, RBI, total bases and OBP. The 20-year-old paces all catchers in professional baseball in homers and RBI. Norris ranks among full-season minor league leaders in home runs (t-fifth) and slugging percentage (12th, .588). The right-handed hitting slugger has posted a team-best 33 multi-hit games. He has reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP 171 times in 96 games (1.8 times per contest). Per Baseball America, he entered the season rated as the No. 6 prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington’s system.


2B Stephen Lombardozzi paces the South Atlantic League with 74 runs scored and ranks second in hits with 112. In 96 games overall, the 20-year-old is hitting .299 with 19 doubles, six triples, three homers and 43 RBI. Lombardozzi was a 19th-round pick in the 2008 Draft out of St. Petersburg JC (FL).


RHP Trevor Holder, Washington’s third-round pick in this June’s Draft, hurled 5.0 innings of one-run ball to earn his second straight win, Saturday at Bowling Green (Rays). The 22-year-old, who played collegiately at the University of Georgia, is 2-0 with a 3.53 ERA in three starts with the Suns.


vermont_lake_monsters.jpgShort-Season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters

New York-Penn League Stedler Division

19-19, T-2nd Place, 4.0 Games Back


OF Destin Hood, Washington’s second-round selection in the 2008 Draft, was promoted to Vermont on Monday from the rookie-level GCL Nationals. At the time of his promotion, Hood led the GCL with 24 RBI and a .614 slugging percentage. In 25 GCL contests, the 19-year-old hit a team-best .330 with 10 doubles, three homers and 18 runs scored.


After being drafted by Washington in the 29th round of the 2009 Draft, LHP Evan Bronson has gone 2-0 with one save and a 1.13 ERA in his first 10 games as a pro. He has limited opponents to a .184 (16-for-87) BAA. The southpaw has struck out 16 while walking just one in 24.0 innings of work. Bronson played collegiately at Trinity College (TX).


Gulf Coast League Nationals

Gulf Coast League East Division

16-11, 2nd Place, 2.5 Games Back


OF Eury Perez is hitting .318 with one double, one triple, one home run, eight RBI and 12 walks in 19 games. He has recorded a team-high nine stolen bases. Perez, 19, ranks third in the GCL with a .438 OBP. He signed with Washington as an international free agent on April 13, 2007.


1B Brett Newsome leads current GCL players with a .597 slugging percentage and a 1.029 OPS. Fourteen of his 24 hits overall have been of the extra-base variety (nine doubles, two triples, three homers). The left-handed hitting slugger has hammered right-handed pitching, batting .420 (21-for-50) with a 1.352 OPS. In 27 games overall, he is hitting .312 with 16 RBI, 19 runs scored and 16 walks.

Nats win second straight series

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The winning caption is… “Austin Kearns models next week’s giveaway, the Alberto Gonzalez backpack.”

Walk It Out: The 11-game homestand ended in dramatic fashion when Austin Kearns laced an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning to lift the Nationals to a 3-2 victory.


“Austin is just such a pro, and he gave us a professional at-bat,” Manager Jim Riggleman said. “He got a good pitch to hit and drove it. We use Austin as an example a lot of times about being a pro. He’s in a tough situation, not getting to play as much as he normally has in his career, but he does his work every day, gets ready for those situations defensively, offensively, anything he can do to help the ballclub.”


It was the Nationals fourth straight extra-inning victory (includes May 5 contest vs. HOU that was completed July 9 at HOU) and their second straight series victory. The Nationals won their first series against the Padres since baseball returned to DC in 2005 and first since the Expos swept a three-game set in Montreal, May 6-8, 2003.


The Canon of Lannan:

·         Lannan was lights out yesterday vs. the Padres, pitching 8.0 innings giving up only five hits, one run and one walk. He left as the pitcher of record but got the no-decision.

·         Lannan has posted a quality start in nine of his last 10 outings. He has recorded a quality start in 37 of 58 (64%) career assignments, including a team leading 14 this season.

·         He has allowed three earned  runs or less in 17 of his last 19 starting assignments in 2009 and owns a 1.91 ERA (18 ER/85.0 IP) in 12 starts at Nationals Park this season.

·         In six of his last 19 starts he has logged 6.0 or more innings and has given up two earned runs or less but walked away with the no-decision (5) or loss (1).

·         Lannan collected a single in back-to-back plate appearances, posting his first career multi-hit effort. He raised his batting average 49 points in the process to .167 (6-for-36).

·         Lannan recorded his first career pickoff when he caught Everth Cabrera napping at first base in the eighth inning. Washington pitchers have 11 pickoffs this season, one shy of establishing a Washington Nationals (2005-present) record.

A look back

Last night, J.D. Martin started his second career Major League game. While his pitching performance was cut short due to the rain, he managed to help the team on offense by starting a five-run rally with two outs in the second. In the third, Tyler Clippard came on in relief. He pitched a career-high 4.0 innings while fanning seven, a record for Nationals’ relievers. The Nats went on to beat the Padres, 13-1. Notes from NatsTown sat down with the two young pitchers before Sunday’s series finale against San Diego.

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J.D. Martin

Last night, you went from first to third on a single by Nyjer Morgan after drawing a walk. What was going through your mind then?
“When I was running? I hope I don’t get thrown out.”

What was it like contributing to the victory both off of the mound and on the base paths? Have you enjoyed being able to hit?
“It felt great to contribute, it was awesome. I was with the Indians for my first eight years so I never hit at all so this is my first year actually being able to play offense. It’s been kind of fun.”

What has it been like since being called up to the Majors on July 20th?
“I have been getting more comfortable every day so it’s been awesome. I’m trying to take it all in and not take it for granted.”

Has it helped having a lot of other rookie players on the team with you?
“Yeah, definitely. I played with a lot of these guys at Syracuse so it definitely helps a lot.”

What has been your favorite part about playing for the Nationals?
“Just the whole experience, just being in the Big Leagues.”

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Tyler Clippard

At what point in the rain delay did you realize you were going to come in for relief?
“After the delay got to be an hour, an hour and a half. It’s tough for the starter to go back out there after that and so Ron Villone and myself were the long guys in the bullpen and he threw yesterday so I figured it was probably going to be me if they needed another guy to go besides J.D. So once the delay got more than an hour and a half they told me to go out there hoping to get two to three innings out of me and luckily I was able to go four.”

You recorded seven strikeouts which is a record for Nationals’ relievers. What was going through your mind while you were pitching last night?
“I was just trying to get outs anyway I could. Luckily I got a few strikeouts which is a bonus but I was just trying to get outs and it just happened.”

What do you think of your role as the long reliever on the team?
“Yeah, I’m just happy to get Big League innings anyway I can get them. Whether it be out of the bullpen, in the middle innings, late innings, I don’t care. As long as I have a Big League uniform on I’m out there having fun.”

What are your thoughts on your time in the Big Leagues? Is it nice coming up with a lot of guys in the same situation you are in?
“Yeah, I came into this organization last year and this is my second year now and I’ve developed some friendships here. A lot of us that are here now started in Syracuse and have worked our way up here and it’s nice to see that. We’ve got a lot of good young arms on this team and hopefully we’re going to be able to be a part of the future and start winning here. Once we do, I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

What do you think of DC so far?
“I do like DC. So far I haven’t been able to get out as much as I like because we have games every day but so far so good. I like the city, there’s a lot to see, a lot to do, and that’s all you can ask for in a city.”

How is your new roommate, John Lannan? Has he shown you around at all?
“It’s good. We’re both kind of around the same age and trying to do the same things and we kind of keep each other in line. So far, so good. We’re a good team there. He knows the city better than I do because he’s been here for so long, or longer than I have, so it’s nice to have him as an outlook to be like ‘What can I do? What is there to do?’ and so it’s worked out well.”

What’s the story behind the glasses you wear on the mound?
“I’ve tried contacts in the past and I guess for whatever reason I have real dry eyes and so they had tended to in the past almost pop out at times and they were a real hassle. So the glasses were just an easier route for me to take. I don’t know if they’re the ‘Rec Specs’ category, I hope they look a little better than that. I need them. I have a little bit of astigmatism. My eyes aren’t that bad so I can get away with not wearing them during the day but at night it gets a little tougher to read the signs so I need them.”


Lineups for 7/26



Cabrera – SS

Venable – CF

Headley – LF

Kouzmanoff – 3B

Blanks – RF

Salazar – 1B

Rodriguez – 2B

Alfonso – C

Gaudin – P




Harris – CF

Johnson – 1B

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – LF

Willingham – RF

Bard – C

Gonzalez – SS

Hernandez – 2B

Lannan – P


Did you know: Last night’s game against the Padres was the third time that Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn homered in the same game this season. It was the first game that they both hit home runs since May 9 at ARI.


Last night’s 13 runs scored was a Nats (2005-present) record for runs scored in a home game. The last time a Washington team notched 13 runs in a game was back on April 7, 1970 when the Senators beat DET 14-4.


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And the winning caption is… “Flat Stanley goes to Washington.”

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Rain… Rain… and Rain

Rain Delay 001b.jpgThe rain loves to follow the Nationals and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to Nationals fans. Nationals’ games and rain have become synonymous this season like baseball and hot dogs. The game is currently in the midst of a rain delay in the bottom of the second inning. The Nationals lead 2-0 on a home run by Ryan Zimmerman.

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Rain Delay 025b.jpgHere is a look at the 18 delayed, postponed and shortened games due to inclement weather the Nationals have been a part of in 2009 for a total delay of 1,831 minutes and counting…




Type of Delay

Time of Delay



at Braves


2 hr, 2 min




Postponed before start time





2 hr, 43 min





1 hr, 1 min





1 hr, 56 min




Suspended tied 10-10, bottom of the 11th

1 hr, 16 min



Phillies – Game 2

Shortened after 5 innings

1 hr, 30 min





3 hr, 46 min



Giants – Game 1


36 min



Giants – Game 2

Shortened in the top of the sixth inning

1 hr, 7 min





1 hr, 47 min





2 hr, 10 min



at Yankees


5 hr, 26 min



at Marlins


37 min



at Marlins

Shortened after 7 innings

1 hr, 29 min



at Marlins


19 min




Shortened in the top of the seventh inning

2 hr, 46 min






Lineups 7/25


Gwynn – CF

Cabrera – SS

Gonzalez – 1B

Kouzmanoff – 3B

Headley – LF

Macias – RF

Rodriguez – 2B

Lobaton – C

Stauffer – P (RHP, 0-1, 2.08)



Morgan – CF

Guzman – SS

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – LF

Johnson – 1B

Willingham – RF

Belliard – 2B

Nieves – C

Martin – P (RHP, 0-1, 11.25)


Did You Know: After a rough first “half” (5.71 ERA), the Nationals bullpen has righted its ship, posting a stingy 2.22 ERA (7 ER/28.1 IP) in 10 games since the All-Star break. Washington’s second “half” bullpen ERA ranks third in the NL behind only the Marlins (1.44) and Braves (1.59). In that span, Randy Knorr’s brigade has combined on two holds, one save in as many opportunities, a .214 (22-for-103) batting average against and a 2.6/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (23 SO, 9 BB, 2 IBB).

Among the Nationals’ current 12-man pitching staff, only John Lannan and Joe Beimel were members of Washington’s 25-man Opening Day roster.

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