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Dodgers (8-9):

1.    Rafael Furcal – SS

2.    Russell Martin – C

3.    Matt Kemp – CF

4.    James Loney – 1B

5.    Casey Blake – 3B

6.    Ronnie Belliard – 2B

7.    Garret Anderson – LF

8.    Reed Johnson – RF

9.    Chad Billingsley – SP (1-0. 7.07 ERA)


* Yesterday, Casey Blake smashed a two-run homer in the 2nd inning in his first career at-bat against Craig Stammen. In the 7th inning, Blake again went deep off Stammen, this time for a solo shot. It was the 9th multi-homer game of Blake’s career and the second of the season for the Dodgers–the other came from Andre Ethier on April 16 vs. San Francisco.


 Nationals (9-9):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Adam Kennedy – 3B

3.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Ian Desmond – SS

8.      Justin Maxwell – RF

9.   Scott Olsen- SP (0-1. 11.74)

* Craig Stammen collected his first career multi-hit game yesterday, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Stammen is now 3-for-9 (.333) at the plate this season.

* Washington had no problem getting men on base yesterday. Getting them across home plate proved more difficult. Washington left 15 men on base in yesterday’s 13-inning heartbreaker.

* Ivan Rodriguez’s defensive reputation and presence has ostensibly shut down the running game of Nationals opponents…in Rodriguez’s 13 starts, opponents have attempted just one stolen base.

Good vs. Bad and lineups

Let’s get some bad news out of the way:

1.      It’s looking pretty cloudy outside.

2.      It’s looking pretty cloudy outside.

Thankfully the good news outweighs the bad here in Nationals Park today:

1.       The Nationals won, 5-1, last night.

2.      Adam Dunn hit a pair of homers and drove in three runs in yesterday’s game.

3.      The Nationals can clinch a winning homestand with a win either today or tomorrow. 

Now for the lineups.

Dodgers (7-9):

1.    Rafael Furcal – SS

2.        Russell Martin – C

3.        Andre Ethier – RF

4.        Matt Kemp – CF

5.    James Loney – 1B

6.    Casey Blake – 3B

7.    Xavier Paul – LF

8.    Blake DeWitt – 2B

9.    Clayton Kershaw – SP (1-0. 3.18 ERA)


* Despite offense being the name of the game for both teams in recent weeks, the Dodgers had only one player, Ronnie Belliard, with multiple hits last night.

* In the Dodger’s 5-1 defeat last night, the club tied a season low with just five hits.

* The Dodgers have lost 10 of their last 16 games in the District of Columbia.


 Nationals (9-8):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Ian Desmond – SS

3.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Justin Maxwell – RF

7.      Wil Nieves – C

8.      Alberto Gonzalez – 3B

9.   Craig Stammen- SP (1-0. 8.16)

* Washington is 5-3 to date on their 10-game homestand.

* Washington ended its five-game, error-free streak last night with a season-high three errors.

* Ivan Rodriguez enters play this afternoon leading the Majors in batting average…Rodriguez is hitting .423 (22-for-52) with seven doubles and eight RBI to date. 

Luis Atilano makes his Major League debut and lineups

The Nationals open a three-game series against the Dodgers tonight. Luis Atilano will make his MLB debut as the starting pitcher, in place of Jason Marquis who was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Atilano was called up from Triple-A Syracuse earlier today and last pitched on Sunday. He went 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two starts at Syracuse.

“Atilano is the hottest guy up there and he really threw well in Spring Training,” GM Mike Rizzo said. “He is on the same rotation as Jason, so we don’t have to move anybody up or back. It’s a smooth transition with him. Plus, he is the guy who deserves the start on Friday out of the guys from Triple-A. We are comfortable with it and that is our short-term solution. We’ll see what happens in the long term.”

Dodgers (7-8):

1.      Rafael Furcal – SS

2.      Garret Anderson – LF

3.      Andre Ethier – RF

4.      Matt Kemp – CF

5.      James Loney – 1B

6.      Ronnie Belliard – 3B

7.      Blake DeWitt – 2B

8.      A.J. Ellis – C

9.      Charlie Haeger – SP (0-1. 7.20 ERA)

*Wednesday night the Dodgers scored in eight of nine innings, only coming up empty in the fourth frame. According to Dave Smith of, that ties a franchise record also established on three other occasions. A team has scored in all nine innings just three times in history, most recently in 1999 when the Rockies did it to the Cubs at Wrigley.

* Dodger center fielder Matt Kemp leads the Major Leagues with 20 runs scored and is tied for the Big League lead in home runs (7) and RBI (20).


 Nationals (8-8):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

3.      Cristian Guzman – SS

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Willie Harris – 3B

8.      Justin Maxwell – RF

9.    Luis Atilano – SP (MLB Debut)

*The Nationals are 5-3 in their last eight games despite playing the Rockies (defending NL Wild Card winner), Brewers (rank 2nd in MLB in runs scored) and Phillies (defending NL Champions).

*The Nationals are tied for the NL lead having been charged with just three unearned runs this season, while last year–through 16 games–Washington had been burdened by 13 unearned runs.

*Ivan Rodriguez enters play tonight tied with the Royals Scott Podsednik for the MLB lead in batting average. Rodriguez is hitting .449 (22-for-49) with 7 doubles and 8 RBI to date.