I DON’T GET TIRED OF SINGING “BEAT THE METS, BEAT THE METS…”

NOTA BENE: Blogger was down this morning, which is why I updated so late.

¡LIVAN! goes yard, pitches eight innings; D.C. 5 – Queens 1

Hernandez Pitches, Slugs Nats to VictoryThe Post
After a rough first inning, ¡LIVAN! pitched the next seven. He gave up one run in the opening inning, but he got it back by hitting a 2-out solo shot in the 5th. Two other Nats, Jose Guillen and Brian Schneider, hit solo shots.

The Nats scored five despite the top two spots in the order not getting hits. Nick Johnson’s returned from his bruised left thigh (The Wash. Times), but his hitting streak ended at 16 games. Brad Wilkerson did not get a hit either.

More from The Wash. Times: Livan tees off


MASN makes debut on DirecTVThe Wash. Times
Direct TV picked up MASN and put it on channel 626. Dish owners can now see every Nats game this season. The Post has more too.

Chris Needham at Capitol Punishment had a lot to say about the TV situation the other day.


Thom LoverroWhy would anyone buy Peter Angelos’ Nationals?The Wash. Times
Loverro wonders out loud why anyone would want to buy the Nats because Peter Angelo$ will be their “daddy.”

It turns out that another group is interested (The Post), raising the total to nine. I thought they stopped taking applications months ago.


Bowden locks up Guillen for 2006The Wash. Times
To celebrate, Guillen hit a homer last night.

Dick HellerRFK banner flunks name gameThe Wash. Times
Oops — Eddie LeBaron’s name is spelled incorrectly on the Hall of Stars banner. The former Redskins QB took it well though.

STUFF FROM THE LAST FEW DAYS

It looks like it will be a rainy Saturday, so since you are going to be indoors, catch up on a few things from earlier in the week.

Wilkerson diary: Off to best startnationals.com
Brad Wilkerson on the first month of the season, as told to Bill Ladson.


Post chats, err Live Discussions:

  • Thomas Boswell – “I’m off to poison Screech’s eagle baby food.”
  • Barry Svrluga – Newlywed Ryan Moore (congratulations) unhappily takes issue with a question in the chat.
  • “Screech” on “Screech” – I thought this was hysterical, but to be fair, Dustin Diamond’s chat was not without it’s detractors.
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  • BELTWAY HOT LANES

    Beltway HOT Lanes Raise Hopes, DoubtsThe Post
    A private firm has inked a deal with VDOT to build High Occupancy Toll lanes (in which you have to have 3 or 4 people in your car or you pay a toll) on the Virginia portion of the Capital Beltway. I am a bit skeptical of the long-term viability of the concept, but it seems to work in California.

    The more pressing matter is the fact there lanes will only be in Virginia at the start. The current scenario involves the additional two inner loop lanes ending right before the American Legion Bridge. Given that the bridge is already a choke point, how does having another two lanes merging really help matters?

    For this to succeed, Maryland has to build more lanes too and you can expect opposition there to building “Lexus Lanes,” so called because it lets “the rich” avoid traffic while the non-rich have to sit in regular traffic. I am not sure if I buy that being a genuine problem either though.

    Friday’s Post article: Beltway To Get Va. Toll Lanes

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    MORE ABOUT TV

    Network deal gives Angelos huge feeThe Wash. Times
    More about the deal that turned Peter Angelo$ into the biggest welfare mama in the history of sports.

    More from The Post: For Many Area Fans, Nationals Are Out of Sight


    Improved Present Doesn’t Keep Nats From Thinking About FutureThe Post
    The Nats pick 4th in the June 7 draft.

    Pitchers in charge at RFK — for nowThe Wash. Times
    Frank Robinson expects the balls to start flying out as the weather gets hot.

    Johnson’s Bruised Left Thigh Is Better, but Still SoreThe Post
    1B Nick Johnson might not be ready to play tonight up in Flushing.

    Kevin CowherdLife at RFK looks normal, but kiss off the Kiss-CamThe Sun
    A decent column from the town up I-95 about the RFK experience. Cowherd does not like the Kiss-cam though. Maybe next time he ought to sit in right field or find a date.

    Castilla quickly reaches cruising altitude with NatsThe Sun
    A good profile on Vinny Castilla.

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    SHUTOUT

    Nats Let One Slip Out of Their GraspThe Post
    Esteban Loaiza had eight innings of shutout baseball. Then in the ninth, Jimmy Rollins hit one out to right. Two more runs arrived and the Nats did not score in the ninth. Tough loss, it is probably good that they have today off.

    More from The Wash. Times: Sun sets on Nats in the ninth inning


    MASN Trying To Lock Down A TV Deal For NationalsThe Post
    The Comcast lawsuit is being blamed for delaying the DirectTV deal.

    Bowden’s deal renewed by MLBThe Wash. Times
    No surprise here.

    Finance Chief Backs Stadium EstimateThe Post
    Natwar M. Gandhi stands by his land acquisition estimate for the ballpark site. Stadium opponent David A. Catania (I-At Large) is accusing Gandhi of being the “chief fictional officer.” Catania is also endorsing Robert Siegel’s (they club owner, not the All Things Considered host) lawsuit against the District. Call it a hunch, but this will come up on the D.C. Politics Hour this Friday.

    Tom Knott of The Wash. Times: Is the new stadium estimate in the ballpark?

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    BACK OVER .500


    I made it out to RFK last night with the WWN ombudsman, who is a Phillies fan. After having seen the Nats lose in his town, it was only appropriate he see the Phillies lose in my town. I will have more to say about the evening later today or tomorrow. I am tired this morning.

    Patterson’s Arm, Nats’ Bats Spark WinThe Post
    Nationals 3, Phillies 1
    P John Patterson settled down after giving up a run in the first. He went the next 5 2/3 without giving up another run, a solid performance. Nick Johnson hit a dinger in the first to tie it up. Phillies starter Jon Lieber scattered a few hits, but the Nats did not get any more runs until Brad Wilkerson got the first RFK upper deck homer since 1971, to add two more runs, including the winning run. One bad thing — Johnson got hurt when he fouled off a pitch on his knee. He will sit out today.

    More from The Wash. Times: Patterson aces up


    Thomas BoswellThey’ve Been Doing Their HomeworkThe Post
    Bos is excited that the players are finding their way around town.

    Thom LoverroImbalanced roster major handicapThe Wash. Times
    If that Nats could clone Jamey Carroll, they could get rid of Carlos Baerga and Tony Blanco and add another pitcher.

    Armas needs longer stay on rehabThe Wash. Times
    Tony Armas, Jr. is going to be in New Orleans a while longer after a bad outing on Monday night.
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    OLGA’S DINER UP FOR SALE

    Landmark Marlton diner is on the blockThe Inky
    I have been passing this classic Jersey diner on the way to the Shore and Grandma’s for 25 years. On occasion, I have had meals there too, though not in a good ten years. Business is not what it used to be and the NJ 70/73 circle, which the diner is adjacent to, is going to be replaced, so in the eyes of John Stavros, the septuagenarian owner of Olga’s, it is time to sell. He wants $10 million for it and has already fielded some inquiries, including some that want to keep it as a diner. Best of luck to him.

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    HERSHEY OFFICIALLY A CAPS AFFILIATE

    A sweet deal for Caps: Minor league affiliation with HersheyThe Wash. Times
    The legendary Hershey Bears are now part of the Washington Capitals system, making Pennsylvania’s Capital region home of two D.C. farm teams.

    This makes a lot of sense for the Capitals, since Hershey is a lot closer to D.C. than Portland, Maine. This also gives the Caps a foothold in southern Pennsylvania, which means that their market could (in theory) be from Richmond to Harrisburg, though I hardly expect folks up there to dump the Pengyunz and Flyers right away. I might have to catch a game up there sometime.

    Also, with the Caps market now being Richmond to Harrisburg, it includes three state capitals (Richmond, Annapolis, and Harrisburg) and one nation’s capital — very appropriate given the team name.

    Now, if we can only get the NHL playing again and keep the Nats in D.C., we will really be on to something.

    More from the Patriot-News: Bears, Capitals join forces

    Previously on WWN: HARRISBURG — D.C. JUNIOR? WELL, LET’S NOT GO THAT FAR

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    BACK AT .500

    Nats Give Phillies a PassThe Post
    Another shaky performance from Zach Day. The Nats almost came back in the ninth, but the game ended with runners on the corners. Nick Johnson extended his hitting streak to 15 games.

    More from The Wash. Times: Frustrating Day, night


    TV lawsuit slows ownership pursuitThe Wash. Times
    No surprise here, this is yet anohter monkey wrench in the works. This kind of thing is why baseball avoided D.C. for so long. I still blame Peter Angelo$.

    RFK field passes inspection by MLB officialThe Wash. Times
    MLB’s Bob Watson (who turned down the Nats GM job) was in town to inspect RFK’s field. He passed it. D.C. United probably disagrees (The Post).

    Bowden Deal Likely to Be Short-TermThe Post
    Well there is some good news this morning.
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    ZACK IN D.C.?

    Mills, 2 others get free-agent dealsThe Collegian
    Zack Mills is set to sign with Washington, while Derek Wake and Paul Jefferson are headed to the Giants and Browns, respectively.
    Looks like we may get to see Zack Mills a little bit more. He is aiming to make the practice squad, which is all he can really hope for with two other young QBs and Mark Brunnell ahead of him. I am just wondering what number he will wear.

    I would expect Wake to get on the Giants somehow, he is too good an athlete not to get some playing time. Jefferson can probably make the Browns too.


    Backups fail to impressPatriot-News
    Anthony Morelli and redshirt junior Paul Cianciolo were not impressive at all on Saturday.

    Coach Joe Paterno Press Conference goPSUsports.com
    In case you want to read what he had to say.

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