Nats take Fleas 14 innings before falling; Robinson done

Phillies Finally Put Away Pesky Nationals in 14thThe Post
The Nats lost a crazy game last night. Ryan Zimmerman got his 20th home run, breaking Brad Wilkerson’s franchise record for rookies. Starter Pistachio left with forearm stiffness (natonals.com).

The Inky also called the Nats “pesky” in their game story headline.

Tonight, the Nats and Fleas play the rubber game of this series and and the season series. I have alreday talked enough about what that means for me.

More from The Wash. Times: Nationals show fight in 14-inning defeat

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Nats Prepare to Part Ways With RobinsonThe Post
The Nationals braintrust is apparently trying to figure how to inform Frank Robinson that he will not be retained.

That increasing lack of communication, in part, has led to a growing feeling among members of the team, coaching staff, front office and, to a degree, even Robinson himself that a decision has been made. But officials are wrestling with how to best tell Robinson, a proud man with a deep history in the game who has, in many ways, served as the face of the Nationals franchise since it arrived here from Montreal before the 2005 season…

In recent weeks, Robinson has been candid about his desire to know about his future before the season ends. “If it’s time to go, at least I want to be able to say goodbye,” he said in an interview last week.

If club officials are to follow Robinson’s wish, it likely will have to happen by tomorrow. The Nationals are preparing for their final series of the year against the New York Mets, which they have dubbed “Fan Appreciation Weekend.” In theory, Robinson — who has a career record of 1,064-1,173– could be recognized during that series. In addition, the Lerners are devout Jews, and they are unlikely to make a major announcement during the upcoming holiday weekend.

Yankees coach Tony Peña has been mentioned as a possible successor.


Lerner: It’s only the beginningThe Wash. Times
T(h)om Loverro has a Q&A with owner Mark Lerner.


Zimmerman Has Case for Rookie HonorsThe Wash. Times
In addition to his 20 homers, Zimmerman currently has 47 doubles, second all-time for rookies. Since sitting last week, he has been on fire, strengthening his bid for rookie of the year.


Alex Ovechkin Throws Out First Pitch at Nationals GameWashington Capitals
The NHL rookie of the year met up with the NL’s potential rookie of the year before the game last night. Ovechkin and other Capitals took batting practice, mingled with the Nats and signed autographs on the concourse. Capitals Defenseman Jamie Heward went yard. Expect to see more cross promotion between the two franchises in the future. The Lerners are investors in the Capitals.

UPDATE: DC Sports Bog was has two posts on the Caps visit to RFK.

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