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Chatter Archive: July 2008


  • Mid-game update

    A few news items to pass along: --Asked before the game if Shawn Hill will pitch again this season, general manager Jim Bowden said, "I don't know. We're trying to get him healthy. We're working on it." Published July 9 2008

  • Wednesday night lineups

    I know some of you would like to set up a nightly game thread to comment back and forth, so if you'd like to use this for that purpose, feel free... Published July 9 2008

  • Another shameless plug

    When you're done chatting with Mark, we've got another baseball-related multimedia diversion at the end of your work day: I'll be on the paper's Internet radio show, "Inside the Story," at 4:40 this afternoon to discuss a story I'm working on about the last year of Yankee Stadium. Published July 9 2008

  • 23 games under ... and live chat today

    If you're going to reach the lowest point in 3 1/2 seasons in D.C. (34-57, 23 games under .500) you might as well do it in spectacular fashion. Published July 9 2008

  • Perez explodes

    Odalis Perez unleashed a profanity-laced tirade after the Nationals' 2-0 loss to Arizona, during which he was called for two third-inning balks and was ejected. Published July 8 2008

  • Update from Ben Shaffer

    Team doctor Ben Shaffer talked to reporters a while ago about the litany of injuries the Nationals are currently dealing with. I'll boil it down to the major highlights: Published July 8 2008

  • Perez ejected

    Odalis Perez was just ejected for arguing after he was called for TWO balks in the third inning. Published July 8 2008

  • Zimmerman takes BP

    Ryan Zimmerman took batting practice on the field today for the first time since late May. Published July 8 2008

  • Lineups

    Here are the lineups for tonight's Washington-Arizona series opener: Published July 8 2008

  • What's your starting lineup?

    What would your starting eight be right now, given the constraints of the Nats' roster? Published July 7 2008

  • Guzman is Nats' All-Star

    Washington Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman was named to the National League's All-Star squad this afternoon, confirmation of the 30-year-old's fine comeback season. Published July 6 2008

  • Dukes injures knee--UPDATED POSTGAME

    Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for the Nationals, left fielder Elijah Dukes injured his right knee catching a fly ball up against the fence in the seventh inning of tonight's game. Published July 5 2008

  • Who's the All-Star?

    Consensus around here for weeks has been that Cristian Guzman is the clear-cut (and only) choice to represent Washington at Yankee Stadium on July 15, but I'm wondering if it's not going to be as much of a slam-dunk as we all think. Published July 5 2008

  • Game starting around 2:30

    Happy Fourth of July from Cincinnati, where it's been raining all day. The good news is that things are supposed to clear up in the next hour or so and the game is expected to begin between 2:30 and 2:45 p.m. Published July 4 2008

  • Kearns back, Casto demoted

    So as I hopped out of my cab at the security gate at Great American Ball Park a few minutes ago, who do I see but Kory Casto walking out with his equipment bags in hand. He just found out he's being optioned back to Columbus to make room for Austin Kearns, who is being activated off the DL. Published July 3 2008

  • Another crushing loss

    The Nationals can look back on plenty of crushing losses this season, but today's 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Marlins has to rank right up there with the worst of them. Published July 2 2008

  • Game resuming at 3:30

    The game is supposed to resume at 3:30 p.m., and they'll try their hardest to finish this thing quick, because the skies still look menacing. Published July 2 2008

  • Nats live chat today -- 1 p.m.

    Join Nats beat writer Mark Zuckerman today at 1 p.m. for his weekly live chat, right in the middle of the Nationals' series finale against the Marlins. Published July 2 2008

  • Bally and Belly

    What a debut for Collin Balester, who allowed just one hit to the Marlins over five innings and then watched as Ronnie Belliard clubbed a grand slam to give the Nats a 6-1 lead. Published July 1 2008

  • Dark clouds above

    I'm referring to the literal dark clouds that are currently hovering over Dolphin Stadium, looking like they're ready to burst at any given moment. But figuratively speaking, you could argue there has been a dark cloud hovering over the Nationals all season. Published July 1 2008