Explosive offense shows in first victory – The Wash. Times
Nationals win one, lose one – The Free Lance-Star
Nats make power play – AP/Florida Today
Half the Nats beat Houston 8-3 with homers from 3B Ryan Zimmerman, 2B Ronnie Belliard and LF Wily Mo Pena. The other half lost to the cowardly, subsidized Orioles.
Nats’ Young Hitters Have A Coach Who Can Relate – The Post
Hitting coach Lenny Harris is profiled. No one has more career pinch hits than Harris. His approach is much different than his predecessor Mitchell Page, who spent hours upon hours looking at video and working on mechanics. Harris is more “one of the guys,” playing card games on the road and more.
Kearns wants to feel more at home – The Wash. Times
RF Austin Kearns is probably happier than any other current National to be leaving RFK Stadium and its deep fences. Last season he hit .228 at home and .301 on the road. Much will be expected of him this season.
Patterson, Bowden Differ On Approach – The Post
Stop me if you have heard this one before — RHP John Patterson and GM Jim Bowden disagree on the proper approach to pitching. Patterson wants to focus on mechanics, while Bowden wants to him to work on his fastball to build arm strength.
Unfortunately, columnist Thomas Boswell and editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz chose to reward Peter Angelo$ bad behavior today with a column, instead or writing about the hometown team.