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Party in the USA

Landon Donovan’s magical, heart-stopping, high-five-starting goal in the 91st minute sent the nation into a state of euphoria as Team USA beat Algeria 1-0 to advance to the round of 16. And now for the transition to baseball… the Nats turn to their budding young star Stephen Strasburg to help bring out the brooms and sweep the Royals out of town. The game isn’t lose or go home like it was for the US soccer team but a win today will propel the Nats into the weekend series with the O’s–baseball worst team. The Nats need to get back to .500 and this could be the start of a nice streak. The Nats won the series with last night’s 4-3 victory and now they look to sweep their second series of the year–the first one came against the Pirates. Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for the fourth time this season.

Kansas City (29-43):

1.    Scott Podsednik – LF

2.    Jason Kendall – C

3.    David DeJesus – CF

4.    Billy Butler – 1B

5.    Jose Guillen – RF

6.    Alberto Callaspo – 3B

7.    Yuniesky Betancourt – SS

8.    Chris Getz – 2B

9.    Brian Bannister – SP (6-5, 5.70 ERA)

Nationals (33-39):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Roger Bernadina – RF

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

8.      Ian Desmond – SS

9.      Stephen Strasburg – SP (2-0, 1.86 ERA)

 

*The Nationals rank in MLB’s top half in home runs (tied for 14th with 65), but unfortunately lead baseball in highest percentage of home runs that have come with the bases empty–67.7 percent (44 of 65) of the long balls hit by Washington this season have been solo shots. The Rockies (67.6%) and Rays (65.6%) rank second and third, respectively, in the Majors.

 

*Another note of the long ball, Adam Dunn leads MLB with 13 solo home runs this season and Josh Willingham is tied for fourth in the same category, as 10 of his 13 home runs have been solo blasts.

Nats welcome K.C. to DC

Kansas City (29-41):

1.    Scott Podsednik – LF

2.    Jason Kendall – C

3.    David DeJesus – CF

4.    Billy Butler – 1B

5.    Jose Guillen – RF

6.    Alberto Callaspo – 3B

7.    Mike Aviles – 2B

8.    Yuniesky Bentancourt – SS

9.    Bruce Chen – SP (3-1, 4.15 ERA)

Nationals (31-39):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Michael Morse – RF

8.      Ian Desmond – SS

9.      Livan Hernandez – SP (5-4, 2.94 ERA)

Nats look to sink the Bucs

The Nationals are the only team in the Majors without a series sweep but they have a chance to bring out the brooms tonight. The durable Livan Hernandez will take the mound as he tries to pick up his first win since May 4 tonight against the Pirates.

 

The Pirates don’t have to worry about Strasburg’s 97-99 mph fastball but they do have to deal with the crafty veteran. It is no secret the two pitchers have styles as opposite as the poles, but they both get the job done. Livo has been a reliable arm all season long, pitching on short rest once and at least 5.0 innings in all 11 starts. Granted his fastball is only slightly faster–85 mph–than Strasburg’s curveball, Livo pitches to contact and has an ability to make batter’s look foolish with his slow looping 65 mph curveball.

 

By the Numbers in 2010: Livo looks to get back on the winning road tonight.

First five starts: 4-1 with a 0.99 ERA (36.1 IP/ 4 ER) with 13 walks and a .186 BAA.

Last six starts: 0-2 with a 3.44 ERA (36.2 IP/ 14 ER) with 10 walks and a .277 BAA.

 

Who said it?

“I don’t think it’s weird to call [Strasburg the ace of the staff]. He is obviously our top pitcher right now. I don’t think that’s taking away from anything anyone has done here this year. Guys like him come around once every 10, 15, 20 years.”

 

Interleague play resumes tomorrow. The Nats will play six games in AL parks–three in Cleveland and Detroit–where they can utilize the DH position. It will allow Manager Jim Riggleman the ability to give Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman a pseudo-rest while not taking them out of the lineup. Dunn batted .333 (6-for-18) with two home runs and five RBI in six games last season as the DH.

Pirates (23-36):

1.    Jose Tabata – LF

2.    Neil Walker – 2B

3.    Andrew McCutchen – CF

4.    Garrett Jones – RF

5.    Ryan Doumit – 1B

6.    Bobby Crosby – SS

7.    Adam LaRoche – 3B

8.    Jason Jaramillo – C

9.    Zach Duke – SP (3-6, 5.43 ERA)

Nationals (29-31):

1.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

2.      Ian Desmond – SS

3.      Adam Dunn – 1B

4.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Pudge Rodriguez – C

7.      Michael Morse – RF

8.      Roger Bernadina – CF

9.      Livan Hernandez – SP (4-3, 2.22 ERA

Who said it? Adam Dunn

The day after Strasmas and all through the Park…

A day after Stephen Strasburg made his unforgettable Major League debut, Brad Lincoln makes his debut for the Pirates. Lincoln was Pittsburgh’s first round pick in the 2006 Draft (fourth pick overall) out of the University of Houston. He was ranked by Baseball America as Pittsburgh’s fourth-best prospect prior to the 2009 and 2010 seasons… He was also recognized as having the “Best Curveball” in the organization prior to this year.

 

Pirates (23-35):

1.    Jose Tabata – LF

2.    Neil Walker – 2B

3.    Andrew McCutchen – CF

4.    Garrett Jones – 1B

5.    Adam LaRoche – 3B

6.    Lastings Milledge – RF

7.    Ronny Cedeno – SS

8.    Jason Jaramillo – C

9.    Brad Lincoln – SP (Major League Debut)

 

*Pittsburgh native Neil Walker has hit safely in 10 of his first 13 games since being promoted from Indianapolis on May 25. Walker has produced six multi-hit games in his last 12 contests and has started each of the last 13 games overall. Among NL rookies since May 25, he ranks second in batting average (.320), slugging percentage (.520) and OPS (.890), first in extra base hits (seven) and third in on-base percentage (.370).

 Nationals (28-31):

1.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

2.      Niger Morgan – CF

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Roger Bernadina – RF

7.      Ian Desmond – SS

8.      Wil Nieves – C

9.      John Lannan – SP (2-3, 4.79 ERA) 

*The Nationals’ 28 wins to date are two more than the 26 W’s registered by the Nationals prior to last season’s All-Star break. The  Nationals’ 28th win last season came via a 3-1 decision on July 22 vs. NYM.

 

Rubber Match lineups

Reds (32-24):

1.    Orlando Cabrera – SS

2.    Miguel Cairo – 3B

3.    Joey Votto – 1B

4.    Brandon Phillips – 2B

5.    Jay Bruce – RF

6.    Laynce Nix – LF

7.    Drew Stubbs – CF

8.    Corky Miller – C

9.    Bronson Arroyo – SP (5-3, 4.92 ERA)

* With yesterday’s 5-1 victory, the Reds snapped a four-game losing streak against the Nationals.

 Nationals (27-30):

1.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

2.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Roger Bernadina – RF

7.      Ian Desmond – SS

8.      Wil Nieves – C

9.      Craig Stammen – SP (1-2, 5.88 ERA) 

* Thanks to Ryan Zimmerman (11), Adam Dunn (10) and Josh Willingham (10), the Nationals are one of only four big league clubs, and the only NL team, to sport three players with double-digit home run totals. The other three teams are the White Sox, Rangers, and Blue Jays.

* In 26 games dating to May 9th, Adam Dunn is hitting .317 (32-for-101) with 11 doubles, a triple, four home runs, 15 RBI and seven walks.

Tonight’s lineups

Reds (31-24):

1.    Orlando Cabrera – SS

2.    Brandon Phillips – 2B

3.    Joey Votto – 1B

4.    Scott Rolen – 3B

5.    Jonny Gomes – LF

6.    Jay Bruce – RF

7.    Drew Stubbs – CF

8.    Ramon Hernandez – C

9.    Mike Leake – SP (4-0, 2.45 ERA)

* Mike Leake, tonight’s starting pitcher, was the first pitcher from the June 2009 draft to make his Major League debut. At 4-0, he is the first pitcher in Reds history to remain undefeated through his first ten Major League starts, although it should be noted that four other active pitchers accomplished the feat, included Livan Hernandez.

 Nationals (27-29):

1.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

2.      Niger Morgan – CF

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Roger Bernadina – RF

7.      Ian Desmond – SS

8.      Wil Nieves – C

9.      Luis Atilano – SP (5-1, 4.70 ERA)

* Including last night’s 4-2 win over Cincinnati, 23 of the Nationals’ last 30 games have been decided by two runs or less. Washington has played an MLB-leading 34 games decided by two runs or less.

* By pocketing the win last night, Tyler Clippard matched the Nationals (2005-present) single-season mark for relief wins with eight. Amazingly, it has taken Clippard only 28 appearances to equal the relief-win totals accomplished by Luis Ayala (68 appearances) in 2005 and Jon Rauch (88) appearances in 2007.

Rubber match vs. the O’s

Orioles (14-30):

1.    Corey Patterson – LF

2.    Nick Markakis – RF

3.    Miguel Tejada – 3B

4.    Ty Wigginton – 2B

5.    Luke Scott – 1B

6.    Adam Jones – CF

7.    Matt Wieters – C

8.    Julio Lugo – SS

9.    Kevin Millwood – SP (0-4, 3.65 ERA)

* Adam Jones’ inside-the-park home run yesterday was the second in Nationals Park history and the second in four days in the stadium. The Nationals took both games in which opponents hit an inside-the-park home run, however.

 Nationals (22-22):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Roger Bernadina – RF

7.      Ian Desmond – SS

8.      Wil Nieves – C

9.      John Lannan – SP (1-2, 6.02 ERA)

* Trailing 6-3 in the sixth inning, the Nationals plated four runs in the sixth frame to defeat the Orioles, 7-6, yesterday. Washington is 20-0 when leading after eight innings this season.

* Matt Capps tossed a perfect ninth inning to earn his MLB-leading 16th save in as many opportunities.

Nats look to even up “Battle of the Beltways” series

Orioles (14-29):

1.    Corey Patterson – LF

2.    Nick Markakis – RF

3.    Miguel Tejada – 3B

4.    Luke Scott – 1B

5.    Ty Wigginton – 2B

6.    Matt Wieters – C

7.    Adam Jones – CF

8.    Cesar Izturis – SS

9.    Brad Bergesen – SP (3-3, 5.45 ERA)

* Last night, catcher Craig Tatum went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Tatum started the season 1-17, but has tallied five hits in his last seven at bats.

 Nationals (21-22):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Cristian Guzman – SS

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

8.      Roger Bernadina – RF

9.      Craig Stammen – SP (1-2, 5.86 ERA)

* With last night’s loss, the Nationals fell to under .500 for the first time since April 15 at Philadelphia when they owned a 4-5 record.

* Miguel Bautista tossed 4.0 scoreless innings after relieving Scott Olsen in the fourth inning last night. He also collected his first hit since August 9, 2006 vs. San Francisco.

 

Happy Mother’s Day

A win today will give the Nats their fourth series victory at home–sixth overall–and put them three games over .500 for the second time this season.

 

The Nats bullpen is back at full strength after working with six relievers for the past eight games. The Nats selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Doug Slaten from Syracuse and designated left-handed pitcher Matt Chico for assignment.

 

In 11 appearances with Syracuse, Slaten worked 17.0 scoreless innings to earn the promotion. In those 17.0 innings, Slaten was touched for just 11 hits and issued one walk. He struck out 17.

 

The 30 year-old Slaten is 3-5 with 13 holds and a 3.68 ERA (33 ER/80.2 IP) in 126 career big league appearances spanning four seasons (2006-09) with Arizona. His finest season came in 2007, when he posted three wins, seven holds and a 2.72 ERA in a career-high 61 games to help the Diamondbacks earn a post-season berth.

 

Marlins (14-16):

1.    Chris Coghlan – LF

2.    Wes Helms – 3B

3.    Hanley Ramirez – SS

4.    Jorge Cantu – 1B

5.    Dan Uggla – 2B

6.    John Baker – C

7.    Cody Ross – CF

8.    Bryan Petersen – RF

9.    Anibal Sanchez – SP (1-2, 4.06 ERA)

 Nationals (16-14):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Roger Bernadina – RF

8.      Ian Desmond – SS

9.      Livan Hernandez – SP (4-1, 0.99 ERA)

Cinco de Mayo Lineups

Atlanta Braves (11-15):

1.    Nate McLouth – CF

2.    Martin Prado – 2B

3.    Chipper Jones – 3B

4.    Brian McCann – C

5.    Troy Glaus – 1B

6.    Jason Heyward – RF

7.    Matt Diaz – LF

8.    Omar Infante – SS

9.    Tommy Hanson – SP (2-2, 2.17 ERA)

 Nationals (14-12):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

6.      Willie Harris – LF

7.    Ian Desmond – SS

8.      Roger Bernadina – RF

9.   Luis Atilano – SP (2-0, 2.25 ERA)

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