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The Nats won’t make it to the playoffs but they could alter the playoff picture this weekend. The Braves were just swept by the Phillies–essentially eliminating their chances to win the division but they do hold a half game lead on the Padres in the Wild Card race. The Nats are winners of three straight and will gun for their fourth consecutive victory in the series opener. This season, the Nationals have won three games in a row on eight occasions, including three times since the All-Star break. But it is interesting to note that in subsequent contests with a four-game winning streak on the line, Washington is 0-7 this season.

 * Tonight’s matchup features two starting pitchers who have undergone Tommy John surgery within the past two seasons in Tim Hudson, who underwent the knife in mid-2008, and Jordan Zimmermann, who will log his sixth start since his return from the procedure tonight.

 * In his final nine games as a Major League manager, Bobby Cox is just one win away from 2,500 managerial victories.

 * Despite missing power hitters three and four (Dunn and Zimmerman) in the lineup due to injury last night, the Nationals blasted three long balls (Morse, Espinosa, Bernadina) and possible played their best defensive game all season en route to a 7-2 victory and the series win over the Astros. Morse also hit the game-winning double and is batting .366 (30-for-82) with eight doubles, one triple, four homers and 14 RBI in his last 24 games.

 * The Royals are the only other club who have not won as many as four straight in 2010.

 

Braves (86-67):

1.    Omar Infante – 2B

2.    Jason Heyward – RF

3.    Martin Prado – 3B

4.    Brian McCann – C

5.    Derrek Lee – 1B

6.    Nate McLouth – CF

7.    Alex Gonzalez – SS

8.    Matt Diaz – LF

9.    Tim Hudson – SP (16-8, 2.61 ERA)

Nationals (65-88):

1.      Danny Espinosa – 2B

2.      Roger Bernadina – CF

3.      Ian Desmond – SS

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Michael Morse – RF

6.      Willie Harris – LF  

7.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

8.      Alberto Gonzalez – 3B

9.      Jordan Zimmermann – SP (0-2, 6.75 ERA)

30 Players in 30 Days: Mike Morse

Mike Morse


mike morse1.JPGIf you were to look up “Jack of All Trades” in the fictitious picture dictionary, there is a good chance Mike Morse would be there. Originally a shortstop, Morse has played right field, left field, first base and third base during his career. While his 6-foot-5 frame may seem a little big for a middle infielder, he feels that he still has what it takes to play there. He also has a good head on his shoulders and will play any position to get on the field.

“People don’t look at me as a second baseman, same as shortstop,” Morse said. “But if I play, I’m going to play as hard as I can… If they tell me to catch, I’ll put the gear on.”

Originally drafted by the White Sox in 2000, Morse was traded to the Mariners in 2004 and made his Major League debut with them in 2005. During the next few years, he was plagued with injuries and only appeared in 35 games from 2006-2008. On April 1, he was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma. On June 28, he was traded to the Nats for outfielder Ryan Langerhans. In his first season with the Nats, Morse began at Triple-A Syracuse but he made his way to the Majors on August 17. He appeared in 32 games, starting seven.


mike morse2.JPGMorse has proven he can hit. In the Minors he hit .322/.383/.511 with 16 home runs and 86 RBI. While his numbers in the Majors aren’t as productive, they are misleading because he is a spot starter and has never been able to get daily at-bats. Morse’s best positions are first base and third base, places where the Nats do not need help. He was used primarily as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement, cutting down on his ability to put up good numbers.

“I think Mike has become a professional hitter with the White Sox, Mariners and over here with us, but where ever he is, there is someone in the way,” Interim Manager Jim Riggleman said.

While Morse would love to have a shot at playing second again, his biggest asset is his versatility and flexibility. He is willing to do whatever the team needs of him in order to keep playing. Once the Nationals find a spot for him, there is no doubt he will find success there.

Mike Morse Final Major League Stats

G

AB

R

H

TB

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

IBB

SO

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

32

52

4

13

25

3

0

3

10

3

0

16

0

0

.250

.291

.481

.772

 

Mike Morse Final Minor League Stats

G

AB

R

H

TB

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

IBB

SO

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

110

425

59

137

217

26

3

16

86

35

3

77

2

1

.322

.383

.511

.894

 

Roberto Clemente Night

Roberto Clemente’s on-field accomplishments are plentiful. The right fielder hit .317 with 3,000 hits and 240 home runs over an 18 year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Clemente went to 12 All-Star Games, won 12 Gold Glove awards, two World Series Titles (1960 and 1971), an NL MVP Award (1966) and a World Series MVP award (1971). But what he is also known for is the extensive amount of humanitarian work he did during his career. Clemente, born in Carolina, Puerto Rico as the youngest of seven children, knew about hardship. Therefore, most of his charity work involved bringing baseball and other sports to poor areas of Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries. He was also involved with the US Marine Corps as a reservist.

 


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It was his desire to help people that eventually led to Clemente’s untimely death on December 31, 1972. Eight days after an earthquake devastated Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, Clemente boarded a plane loaded with supplies en route to help the victims of the earthquake. Unfortunately, due to mechanical problems, the plane barely got off the ground and crashed into the ocean off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Clemente, who was 38, was survived by his wife, Vera, and three sons, Roberto Jr., Luis Roberto and Enrique Roberto.

 

In the months after his death, the Baseball Writers Association of America decided to waive the usual five-year waiting period for Hall of Fame eligibility and voted him in. He was also posthumously honored with the Congressional Gold Medal in 1973 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. But perhaps one of the most lasting legacies is the Roberto Clemente Award, given each year by Major League Baseball to the player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team” as voted by the fans and the media.

 


Lannan vs Sox.jpgTonight, the Nationals and the US Marine Corps are honoring Roberto Clemente and his legacy at Nationals Park. Marines will be on-hand before the game to hand out the Nationals Inside Pitch magazine as well as assist in the pregame ceremonies. Nationals Pitcher John Lannan will be honored before the game as the team’s Roberto Clemente Award nominee for his work with his new charity, Lannan’s Cannons,
a ticket program designed to bring joy to children and their families staying at The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health.

 

To vote John Lannan for the Roberto Clemente Award, click here: www.chevy.com/clemente

 

Below, Nationals players Tyler Clippard, Roger Bernadina and Mike Morse, along with some members of the US Marine Corps, hand out the Inside Pitch magazine to fans entering the park.

 


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Nationals select Mike Morse from Syracuse

The Nats selected infielder Mike Morse from Triple-A Syracuse and designated right-handed pitcher Logan Kensing for assignment.

 

Morse batted .339 (56-for-165) with 12 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 34 RBI in 44 games with Syracuse. He hit safely in his last 12 games with the Chiefs, going 17-for-44 (.386) over that period. The 27-year-old — acquired from Seattle in exchange for outfielder Ryan Langerhans on June 28 — hit a combined .322 (137-for-425) with 26 doubles, three triples, 16 home runs and 86 RBI in 110 games this season between Syracuse and Tacoma of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.      

 

In parts of four seasons (2005-08) with Seattle, Morse batted at a .300 (90-for-300) clip with 22 extra-base hits and 37 RBI in 107 contests.

 

Kensing, 27, went 0-1 with a 10.71 ERA in 17 appearances with Washington.

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