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

BoxscoreESPN.com


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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BIG, “CLASSIC” NATS WIN

Monument 4 Arch 1

Guillen and Loaiza Wake Up NationalsThe Post
Alert Base Running, Fine Pitching Are Key: Nationals 4, Cardinals 1
The Nats got off to a good start in their crucial series vs. St. Louis by playing aggressive, smart baseball.

The win allowed the Nats to keep pace with everyone ahead of them in the race and pick up a game on Atlanta. The Phillies lead the wild card by 2.5 games over the Nats with three teams in between the two.

More from The Wash. Times: Nats play up to foe

BoxscoreESPN.com


As Angry Nats Fans Organize, Anti-Cable Agenda SuspectedThe Post
The grass-roots www.iwantmynatstv.com may be what my Political Economy of Communication professor would call a “astroturf-roots” campaign against Comcast. Said one bar owner involved, “man, I hope I’m not being used.”

Md. Firm in Line To Build BallparkThe Post
A builder has been chosen as the lead contractor by The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission. When asked if they will be approved by the council, the ever cautious Jack Evans of Ward 2, offered, “you never know. We’ll have to see when it comes [this fall]. I’m hoping it all gets done.”

NATIONALS NOTEBOOKIn the Minors, Byrd’s Bat Did the TalkingThe Post
Marlon Byrd went on a tear in AAA, hitting .407 and was rewarded with a return trip to the majors. He and Frank Robinson have apparently cleared the air. Speaking of Robinson…

THOM LOVERRORobinson merits place on any teamThe Wash. Times
Loverro laments that Robinson is underappreciated historically, particularly in the “steroid era.”

IT HAPPENED

7 days until kickoff

Every year, there is the first day that it feels like football. Last year, it came really early, on August 6. Yesterday morning, walking to my car, the air was full of with the sights, sounds, smells, and feel of early autumn. At last, I knew I was ready to return to the alma mater to see them play football. It is just a week away.

When I got to work, I mentioned to a co-worker that I felt football season and we started talking about it and all things that come with it, especially tailgating. He agreed that he was ready too.

The CDT has their first big preview of the season today. They also report that Paterno had an informal chat session that covered topics not related to Dan Connor. Speaking of Connor, he is practicing with the squad, but has lost his first team spot. So, at worst, I think he misses the first game.

  • Shaws happy to be reunited
  • Sales charging to make an impact at linebacker
  • Big Ten previews
  • 2005 roster
  • An inexact science

    Paterno finds reason to smilePost-Gazette
    More on the informal chat session from yesterday.

    Also see, PSU opens practice to media from the Tribune-Review and http://ydr.com/story/psu/82420/ from the YDR.


    Penn State clearly has holes to fillPatriot-News
    Yup, they do.

    Defense faces short-term hurdlesTribune-Review
    Tom Bradley seems to be taking it all in stride.
  • JIM BOWDEN LOOKS STUPID RIGHT NOW

    Cincy 5 The District 3

    Nats Fail to Seize the DayThe Post
    Today’s big question is “are the Nats done?” Mike Wise thinks so, but then again, he has been ready to pounce for a week/since April. At least he thinks Bowden should go.

    Back to yesterday’s game, the Reds got off to an early lead, the Nats tied it in the 2nd, but in the 5th, the Reds pulled ahead. In the 7th the wheels started coming off. Ken Griffey, Jr. hit a solo shot (one of three hits) and the Reds scored two more runs to put the game away.

    Brad Wilkerson hit a two run homer in the ninth, but it was too little too late.

    Livan Hernandez, a mere mortal now, continued to struggle. At times he pitched well, striking out the side in the 4th, but he could not keep it going. The reason for his decline has yet to be revealed, but it could be mental or physical. One wonders if we will find out in the offseason.

    Back to Bowden, does anyone want to join me in delivering some Domino’s to him? I figure we could get it at lunch time, but wait a few hours to take it over to his office at RFK (presuming he has one).

    More from The Wash. Times: Nats facing a ‘gut check’

    BoxscoreESPN.com


    NATIONALS NOTEBOOKChurch Placed On 15-Day DL; Byrd Called UpThe Post
    Ryan Church’s little toe on his right foot was broken when he was hit by a pitch on Wednesday night, so off to the DL he goes. Marlon Byrd is back to replace him.

    More from The Wash. Times: Broken toe puts Church on DL


    JIM BOWDENNats headed in right directionThe Wash. Examiner
    I forgot to post Capt. Jumpsuit’s column yesterday.

    Stadium Estimates Still in the BallparkThe Post
    Yesterday’s good ballpark news — the project is still within the budget.

    “I want to get the project done,” said D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2). “I’m not saying we’re taking too long, but having been through this with MCI Center and the convention center, time is of the essence. We need to keep moving forward.”

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    WWN STAFF RETREAT SKINS VS. STILLERS

    Erica and I are going to tomorrow night’s Redskins vs. Steelers game with Fritz and Sam. While I could care less about either team, it is an opportunity for Sam (and to a lesser extent, Erica) to see his favorite team and Fritz has always wanted to go to a Redskins game and I am along for the ride.

    For me, the big question is what to wear tomorrow night. My antipathy towards the Redskins is well-known — no turning back now and who would want to adopt an organization run by Dan Snyder anyway? So, here are my choices:

    Nats jersey
    I almost feel like I am betraying the Nats though, since they are playing the same night. It would be weird wearing their colors past the Stadium-Armory station.

    Cowboys jersey
    I was a die-hard Cowboys fan for about 15 years, but as I got more into Penn State, the Cowboys seemed much less interesting. Actually, the NFL as a whole seemed a lot less interesting. The upside/downside of this is that I would be a hated rival of fans for either team.

    Ravens jersey
    Back when the Ravens were fairly new, I scored a #10 Zier jersey at Modell’s for $5. I am not sure I have ever worn it though. Like the Cowboys, this would be hated by either side. Of course it is Baltimore and given my feelings Angelo$, I find that it would be hard to support anything remotely connected to a city that nutures the devil.

    Penn State jersey
    I could wear my #11 and say I am there to see Lavar Arrington, but everyone is finding out what Penn Staters have secretly known for years — Arrington is overrated.

    Capitals jersey
    It is a Washington team and has not gotten a whole lot of use lately…

    Tampa Bay Bucs jersey
    At the same time my bought the Ravens jersey, I also bought an orange Bucs jersey sans numerals. I wore it to a Redskins preseason game before when they played the Dolphins.

    Let me know what you think I should wear.

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    NATS FINALLY BEAT THE REDS

    The District 5 Cincy 3

    Patterson, Nats Stress the Positives to Beat RedsThe Post
    P John Patterson had another big outing, going 8 1/3 before being pulled after giving up a two run homer. He admitted that he is very stressed pitching for Washington, since the Nats tend to not score when he is on the hill.

    RF Jose Guillen hit his second homer in as many nights, raising his RFK total to 3. He has 20 on the road.

    More from The Wash. Times: Nats ace provides key win at RFK

    BoxscoreESPN.com


    MICHAEL WILBONThe Wild Card Is a Do-able PropositionThe Post
    In what might be his first or second Nats column, Wilbon says the Nats are in great shape being only 1 1/2 back in the Wild Card race and that it is still a “Disney flick.”

    Club plays rotation rouletteThe Wash. Times
    I love this headline. Anyway, expect to see John Halama on Saturday and Matt White (8-5, 3.23 ERA at Class AAA New Orleans) on Sunday.

    With Lease Deal Imminent, Nats’ Sale Could Follow SoonThe Post
    I am not quite sure why the ballpark lease needs to be signed before an owner can be picked, but it does. This should help bring ownership even closer to coming to fruition.

    Speaking of ownership, USA Today Sports Weekly indicated yesterday that Jeff Smulyan is said to be the favorite. Jim Williams has more in today’s Wash. Examiner.


    Career Minor Leaguer Is Defying the Law of AveragesThe Post
    A long feature on would-be folk hero, Rick Short. The 32 year old journeyman is batting .392 in N’awlins. He singled in his first MLB at bat with the Nats earlier in the year, but was promptly sent down. He has remained in AAA because he “has no natural position.”

    Now, I may not a sabermetrics guy, but it seems to me that someone flirting with .400 in AAA is probably worth playing over a guy TWO HUNDRED POINTS LOWER and making lots of errors at shortstop at least part of the time.

    USA Today also has an article on Short in today’s edition.


    NATIONALS NOTEBOOKZimmerman’s Call-Up Is Up in the AirThe Post
    The injuries to 40% of the rotation is keeping Dutch Zimmerman on the Harrisburg roster. Perhaps with Ryan Church suffering a broken toe and possibly headed for the DL, there will be room for Dutch.