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Chatter Archive: September 2008


  • Sunday in Jupiter...er, Miami

    Forgive me for thinking I'm actually covering a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium instead of a regular-season game at Dolphin Stadium. Published September 14 2008

  • Marlins make history

    Jorge Cantu's homer off Shairon Martis gives the Marlins four infielders with at least 25 homers this season. No team in MLB history has ever done that. Published September 12 2008

  • Dukes apologizes

    Elijah Dukes met with manager Manny Acta and GM Jim Bowden in the wake of Wednesday night's game at Shea Stadium and apologized for his behavior (which included making an inappropriate gesture and blowing kisses toward the crowd). Published September 12 2008

  • Dukes fallout

    Plenty of reaction from Elijah Dukes' eventful night at Shea Stadium. Here are a few snippets: Published September 11 2008

  • Deciphering the Dukes incident

    For those of you who didn't see the fourth inning, here's what happened with Elijah Dukes and Mike Pelfrey. Published September 10 2008

  • Lineups and news

    A few news items before we get to lineups: Published September 10 2008

  • Live chat 1 p.m. Wednesday

    Hello from New York -- just a reminder that I'll be online at 1 p.m. Wednesday for our weekly live chat. Published September 10 2008

  • Sunny day, sweeping the clouds away

    The Braves lead the Nationals 3-1 in the fifth inning, but if there were a couple of clouds in the sky, this game would be tied. Published September 7 2008

  • Bergmann to bullpen, Martis to start

    Jason Bergmann's month-long slide, capped by last night's seven-runs-in-2 1/3-innings performance has landed the right-hander in the Nats' bullpen. Published September 6 2008

  • Some actual positive news

    The W-Nats lost another game, but the P-Nats finished off a three-game sweep to advance to the Carolina League championship series. Published September 5 2008

  • Check out this lineup

    Wait till you take a gander at the starting nine Manny Acta has put together for tonight's game against the Braves. Published September 5 2008

  • Belliard may be done for season

    Ronnie Belliard strained his right groin legging out an infield single tonight and is probably lost for the remainder of the season. Published September 4 2008

  • Pregame news

    Shawn Hill is having elbow surgery tomorrow, Dmitri Young will rejoin the club next week in New York and Braves starter Jo-Jo Reyes was a late scratch. Published September 4 2008

  • The big game tonight...

    ...is not Nats vs. Braves at Turner Field. But I'm still here to cover it anyway for the legions of fans out there who care more about this than that certain football game in East Rutherford tonight. Published September 4 2008

  • Balester scratched, Martis to start tomorrow

    Late-breaking news just before gametime tonight: Collin Balester has a mild left glut strain and will not be able to make his scheduled start Friday at Atlanta. Published September 3 2008

  • Strange trek to majors

    Luke Montz held court in the Nats' clubhouse this afternoon, looking bleary-eyed but ecstatic to be in a big-league clubhouse for the first time after a whirlwind 24 hours. "I'm the happiest guy on the planet right now, I can tell you that much," the 25-year-old catcher said. Published September 3 2008

  • Flores MRI: Only a sprain

    Jesus Flores' MRI taken this morning has confirmed the club's original diagnosis of only a left ankle sprain. The team says the 23-year-old catcher is expected to return to play before the end of the season. Published September 3 2008

  • Live chat today -- 1 p.m.

    It's Wednesday, so that means I'll be online at 1 p.m. to answer all your questions about the Nats. You can access this week's live chat at this site, and you're free to start submitting questions now. Published September 3 2008

  • More on Flores, Montz

    Jesus Flores will have an MRI on his sprained left ankle tomorrow, and while manager Manny Acta said Flores would likely play again this season, he qualified it by saying "I'm not a doctor -- and I didn't stay at that hotel last night, either, so don't take my answer for it." Published September 2 2008

  • Flores injured in collision (UPDATED AT 9 P.M.)

    Nationals catcher Jesus Flores just suffered what appears to be a serious injury to either his left leg or ankle in a collision at the plate with Philadelphia's Chase Utley and had to be carted off the field in a mini-ambulance. Published September 2 2008