Nats reverse trends, pick up win in St. Louis

NATS 8 CARDINALS 3Nats Start Fast, Stop Their Slide At FiveThe Post
The Nationals reversed their typical start of late, by going up by a handful of runs instead of giving up a handful of runs. Nick Johnson get a two run shot and so did ¡Dutch!, both in the first inning. Everything after that was just gravy. Tony Armas, Jr. pitched well again, going six innings and to raise his record to 2-2 with a 2.76 ERA. With John Patterson headed to the DL (The Post), Armas is the Nats best pitcher. if he can maintain this, the Nats will have three decent starters when Patterson gets off the DL and Livan Hernandez starts pitching like ¡LIVAN! (because he will, right?) again.

By the way, Busch Stadium III does not look like anything special at night on TV.

More from The Wash. Times: Nats jump out early in win over Cardinals

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D.C. Tries to Force Comcast’s HandThe Post
As much as I like Ward 2 council member Jack Evans (file photo) I cannot help but think he is playing into the hands of evil by trying to force Comcast to carry MASN. I am resigned to the fact that the Nats will not be available for Comcast customers this year, so I would rather see Peter Angelo$ suffer and lose more and more money. I think Evans is doing Angelos$’ dirty work.

Va. Congressman Fuming Over Nationals TV DealWRC-TV
Rep. Tom Davis is also making threats to Comcast.

New owner will face minor complicationsThe Wash. Times
An unusually strong lede from Loverro:
Whoever buys the Washington Nationals will pay $450 million for the right to, in essence, be a minor league owner this season.

Building on that premise, Loverro suggests the new owner embrace that fact and bring out minor league entertainment. If only Al Schacht was still alive…


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Different pitcher, same story

Rookie Gets No SupportThe Post
The Nats must be the worst first inning team in all of baseball. They went down 3 and never recovered, losing 6-2 in St. Louis. Mike O’Conner gave up three runs in five innings in his MLB debut.

More from The Wash. Times: Nats’ skid reaches five games

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City to Break Ground With OwnerThe Post
A bit of a misleading headline since there are is gurantee that MLB will have an owner named by Thursday’s ballpark groundbreaking. However, Mayor Anthony Williams went on the radio and said he expected this to happen, a nice reminder to MLB to get it figured out. Of course, MLB is usually tonedeaf in such matters, so there is no telling.

The announcement could come any day and the approval vote is “expected” to be at the May 17-18 owners meetings, with the sale becoming final around June 15.


No second thoughts for Soriano in left fieldPost-Dispatch
Out of town article about Alfonso Soriano’s switch to left.

It’s a New Page as Coach Returns to St. LouisThe Post
Mitchell Page, the Nats hitting coach, made his return to St. Louis yestreday. He was their hitting instructor in 2004 when they won the pennant. He left that job to confront alcoholism.
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Nats: shutout, swept, and still ownerless; rendering them down to little more than a one legged puppy named Lil’ Brother

REDS 4 NATIONALS 0

Nats Go Quietly As Reds SweepThe Post
The Nats wore those stupid red jerseys for another day game. Ugh, no wonder they only got a single hit. Fix the uniforms, boys!

More from The Wash. Times: Arroyo finishes off sweep at RFK

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The big news yesterday was Brett Haber of W*USA-TV claiming that the Lerners had been awarded the team, using Jeff Smulyan as a source. MLB denies the report and Barry Svrluga was constantly imploring us to only believe what Thomas Heath was reporting. Here are the rest of the ownership articles and columns:

  • Impending Nats Sale Arouses SpeculationThe Post
  • MLB: No owner yetThe Wash. Times
  • T(H)OM LOVERROStill looking for an owner in CrazyvilleThe Wash. Times
  • Rick Snider: Nats waiting game almost overThe Wash. Examiner
  • Owning Up: Q & A on the Nats OwnershipWTOP
  • Black Executives Seek Stake in Nats’ FutureThe Post

    Nats Play to Empty Seats at RFKThe Post
    The attendance woes of the Nationals are looked at again.

    Nats make moves to improve pitchingThe Wash. Times
    Zach Day, tight shoulder and all, was claimed off waivers from Colorado. Billy Traber was sent back to N’awlins, while Jason Bergman is back in D.C. GW grad Michael O’conner is expected to have his contract purchased by the parent club so that he can start tonight. Oh yeah, John Patterson does not expect to pitch on Sunday either.

    More from The Post: Team Needs A Hand and A Few Arms


    Jim Bowden: Different ways to make your pitchThe Wash. Examiner
    I post this out of obligation, but I don’t read it.
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  • Somebody pinch me, I must be dreaming!

    New Nationals Owner To Be NamedWUSA9.com
    Ladies and gentlemen, to paraphrase former president Gerald Ford, I think our long Nationals nightmare may soon be over! If I read correctly, Cadillac Bud may declare the Lerner group as the new owners of our Washington Nationals!!! Bud, of course, is denying such a decision has been made (what else is new?), but sources say a decision is only days away. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, and saying a few dozen Hail Marys just to be on the safe side.


    Today’s surprise posting is brought to you by Deputy Editor Fritz Hamme.
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