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Chatter Archive: August 2008


  • The kids are coming

    The kids may be running the show today, but tomorrow they'll be on the field. The Nats have announced the names of the six minor leaguers who will be called up for September: Kory Casto, Alberto Gonzalez, Roger Bernadina, Mike Hinckley, Shairon Martis and Levale Speigner (remember him?) Published August 31 2008

  • Bergmann's bunt

    We've had enough fun with him this year about it, and he's endured enough ridicule about his hitting struggles, so it merits mention here that Jason Bergmann, at long last, bunted successfully tonight. Published August 30 2008

  • Saturday lineups

    Here are the lineups for tonight's Nationals-Braves game: Published August 30 2008

  • Lineups

    Here are the lineups for tonight's Nationals-Braves game: Published August 29 2008

  • Guzman hits for cycle

    Cristian Guzman just became the seventh player in franchise history and the second since the team moved to the District to hit for the cycle. Published August 28 2008

  • Hill done for year

    Shawn Hill had to be shut down in Viera after complaining of soreness near his elbow and will not attempt to pitch again this season. Published August 28 2008

  • At least the Nats didn't draft this guy

    As upset as everyone is over the Nats' failure to sign Aaron Crow, something tells me fans would still have preferred to go through that than this fiasco... Published August 27 2008

  • Live chat today -- 1 p.m.

    Nats beat writer Mark Zuckerman will be online today at 1 p.m. to answer your questions. You can access the chat at this site, and you can submit questions in advance if you like. Published August 27 2008

  • Kearns on the injury

    Before I get to Austin Kearns' quotes about his latest injury (a stress fracture in his left foot), just an observation from the press box: Nationals Park is dead tonight. Published August 26 2008

  • Kearns to DL

    Surprising breaking news: Austin Kearns is going on the 15-day DL with a stress fracture of his left foot, an injury the team says he sustained 23 days ago. Published August 26 2008

  • Odalis vs. Angel, Round 2

    Another early start at Wrigley today, with some added intrigue. Angel Hernandez is umpiring at first base with Odalis Perez on the mound -- the first time their paths have crossed since Perez called him "just stupid, an idiot." Published August 23 2008

  • Good news about Dmitri

    Here's some unexpected good news: Dmitri Young has gotten his diabetes under control and has been cleared to begin baseball activities this weekend. Published August 22 2008

  • Live (but delayed) from Wrigley Field

    After a brief rain delay, we're about ready to get started. Published August 22 2008

  • Elijah Dukes update

    Just a quick note on Elijah Dukes--and no, there's no reason to be alarmed. Published August 21 2008

  • Lineups and news from Philly

    Elijah Dukes and Alberto Gonzalez are both rehabbing at Class AAA Columbus now. Dukes is expected to play tonight, while Gonzalez will likely work out for the rest of the week and start playing games next week. Published August 21 2008

  • Live chat today -- 1 p.m.

    The Nats have lost 11 in a row, and you want answers. I'll do my best to provide them today at 1 p.m. in our weekly live chat, which you can access at this site. Published August 20 2008

  • Nats lose 11th straight, Casto optioned

    Consecutive loss No. 11 is in the books, a 5-4 setback to the Phillies in a game that was right there for the Nats to win. Published August 19 2008

  • Bergmann: Worst hitter ever?

    We kid around with Jason Bergmann a lot about his lack of prowess with the bat, but nothing can hide the fact that Bergmann is a truly horrible hitter. Published August 19 2008

  • Starting over

    Well, the Nats took Manny Acta's advice and kept their minds completely off baseball yesterday (their first off day in three weeks). We'll see if that time away will help matters at all. Published August 19 2008

  • Short off-day update

    Turns out Jesus Flores' calf wasn't the real concern from his hard slide into the plate Saturday. It was his right knee. Published August 18 2008