Hudson, Braves top Nats; Strasburg hurting; Miss Iowa; rubber game at 12:35 today

Tim Hudson owns the Washington Nationals. The Atlanta Braves starter is 9-1 against them lifetime after last night’s 3-1 win (The Post). Liván Hernández only went 4 1/3 innings, not very ¡LIVAN!-like for the Nats, but they are probably saving him for a short-rest start on Sunday. With Stephen Strasburg shut down (Nats Insider) for at least a few days (The Post), the rotation is in flux. J.D. Martin getting hurt did not help matters. Scott Olsen makes his return (Nats Insider) from months on the DL in today’s 12:35 p.m. game. I’ll be listening.

Much more interesting than the pitching rotation woes or the last night’s loss, is the saga of Miguel Batista and Miss Iowa(Miss USA version) , Katherine Connors. She didn’t like it when Batista said:

Imagine if you go to see Miss Universe, then you end up having Miss Iowa, you might get those kind of boos. But it’s okay. They have to understand that as an organization we have to make sure that the kid is fine. You don’t want to expose him out there and screw up his future.

Nationals Enquirer has the round-up. If only Batista wasn’t going to be busy pitching in the playoffs for the Nats, maybe he could accept the invitation to judge the Miss Iowa pageant in October.

No word from Miss America’s Miss Iowa, Pauli Mayfield.

Lastly, does anybody care what Sen. Jim Bunning thinks of Strasburg? (DC Sports Bog, The Post) Maybe Strasburg can publicly evaluate Bunning’s recent legislative performance.

Today is a great example of why it is so much fun having a baseball team around, this is all much more interesting than Redskins training camp. This wasn’t happening here between 1971 and 2005, despite those who trying tell us that the Expos era of the franchise is “our” history.

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