SIX STRAIGHT; NATS SEVEN GAMES OVER .500

N’s 7 A’s 2

Nats’ Three Homers Lighten Loaiza’s LoadThe Post
As is Nats custom, they went down in the first inning courtesy of Bobby Crosby’s 2 run homer. Breaking with custom, the Nats provided starter Esteban Loaiza with run support. He upped his record to 2 – 4, pitching seven innings.

Another precedent set: three home runs by the Nationals, their first three homer game since they started wearing caps with a “W” on them. People like skipper Frank Robinson have been saying that once the air warms up, the ball will start flying. Last night went a long way to proving them right.

LF Ryan Church had four hits and was a double away from hitting for the cycle.

More from The Wash. Times: Nats roll to sixth triumph in a row

BoxscoreESPN.com


Zimmerman to start soonThe Wash. Times
1st round pick Ryan “Dutch” Zimmerman will report to Harrisburg after this weekend and probably start for the AA Senators. His bonus was $2.975 million.


For Guillen, Wilkerson It’s All FineThe Post
CF Brad Wilkerson missed a bunt sign (ha!) out west and was docked $500 from his pay. RF Jose Guillen was fined an undisclosed amount for not running out a pop up, which is inexcusable. Also, P C.J. Nitkowski is riding on the City of New Orleans today — he was demoted to the AAA Zephyrs. Actually, he probably flew, the City of New Orleans rolls down from Chicago. Jamey Carroll sat out too, but his slight ankle sprain may not keep him out any longer.


Smulyan makes ‘long shot’ pitch for NationalsThe Indy Star
A quick article on Emmis Communications Corp. CEO Jeff Smulyan, one of the bidders for the Nationals. He concedes “we’re long shots.”

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