LET’S PLAY TWO

White House 3 Tara 2

Nationals Make a Move and Get GoingThe Post
D. Cruz Acquired; Relievers Deliver : Nationals 3, Braves 2
Last night the Nats got an important win in the most important series to date. They did this behind strong relief pitching (no runs allowed) after starter John Paterson left with stomach cramps.

P Jason Bergmann got the win in relief and even scored a run.

More from The Wash. Times: Bullpen keeps Nats alive

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Cruz adds options to infieldThe Wash. Times
Help is on the way! The Nats acquired SS Devi Cruz from San Francisco, which is good news for everyone but Cristian Guzman.

More from The Post: Nats Get Cruz in Deal With Giants


Ages of DefianceThe Post
Written Off as Old at 30, Robinson Was Traded and Won a Triple Crown. Today at 70, He’s Managing Just Fine.
Today is Frank Robinson’s 70th birthday and William Gildea writes a long feature about the septuagenarian.

More from JOHN EISENBERG of The Sun: F. Robinson, 70, still has what O’s lack — fire


DICK HELLERMLB throws Nationals a curveThe Wash. Times
Baseball seems content to ignore historical precedent of opening days in the nation’s capital. The tentative schedule has the Nats opening up in New York next year. Clark Griffith II is quoted, but who cares what he thinks? His father was cheap, racist scum who moved the original franchise to Minnesota.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMERIt Ain’t Heavy, It’s My TeamTime
That is, until the swoon of August makes me wonder why I cared so much
Earlier in the year, Krauthammer wrote a column in The Post about falling in love with the Nationals. He follows it up in Time with this one lamenting their recent fate.

MLB is thinking locally for NatsThe Wash. Times
Major League Baseball likely will narrow the field of bidders for the Washington Nationals by establishing a price only a few groups can meet, then choosing a winner from among them using two criteria: local ownership and minority representation.

If you go by what they are saying in this article, it is down to the Malek and Collins groups. USA Today Sprots Weekly has been noting that Jeffrey Smulyan is the frontrunner.

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RAINED OUT

Nats rained out in Atlanta, will play in doubleheader Wednesday

For Nats’ Patterson, a Delayed ArrivalThe Post
Late bloomer John Paterson has become one of the NL’s best pitchers since coming to Washington.


THOMAS BOSWELLStop Your SobbingThe Post
Boz makes the case that the Nats need not fold up the tents just yet. All NL East rivals vying for the Wild Card have tough schedules ahead of them, so just about everyone (except for Houston) is in the same boat.

Hitters making Robinson go battyThe Wash. Times
The Nats are batting a whole .234 since the All-Star break, but are still in the wild card chase, even though it does not feel like it. Hitting coach Tom McCraw is embarrassed (The Post) and so are we.

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NATS HAVE NOT SCORED SINCE FRIDAY

Fading Nats Home-Schooled by CardinalsThe Post
For the second day in a row, the Nats neglected to score while giving up six runs. Everyone is angry, especially GM Jim Bowden. Well, Jim-Bow, you built the team, didn’t you?

Despite all of this the Nats are only 2.5 games back in the Wild Card. They face Atlanta tonight in the first or a four game series that could end all hope or keep them in the race.

More from The Wash. Times: Nats’ frustrations mount

BoxscoreESPN.com


NATIONALS NOTEBOOKSurgery Possible For DreseThe Post
It sounds like P Ryan Drese is going to have to go under the knife.

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