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Chatter Archive: April 2009


  • Nats lose, Dukes hurt

    Washington strands 16 in a 6-5, 10-inning loss to Atlanta, and Elijah Dukes tweaks his groin on the game's final play. Published April 11 2009

  • Thru 6: Tied 4-4

    Nats rally with three clutch RBI hits in the sixth to tie a game that has turned into a battle of bullpens. Published April 11 2009

  • Game resuming at 10:40, Nats sign Villone

    The rain has stopped and we'll be resuming at 10:40 p.m. in the top of the fourth. Meanwhile, the Nats have signed veteran lefty Ron Villone to a minor-league deal. Published April 10 2009

  • Top of the 4th: Rain delay

    With the Braves leading the Nats 3-1 in the top of the fourth, the rain is falling hard and the tarp is on the field. Published April 10 2009

  • Belliard still out, Dukes starting in RF

    Ronnie Belliard says his back is feeling better, but he remains day-to-day. Meanwhile, Elijah Dukes is starting in right field tonight, with Austin Kearns getting his first game off. Published April 10 2009

  • Sunny days ahead?

    The 0-3 Nats look to get their season back on track tonight in Atlanta, where the threat of thunderstorms seems to be diminishing. Published April 10 2009

  • Three days, three losses

    Could the Nats have' opening series gone any worse? I don't think so. Published April 9 2009

  • Belliard day-to-day with back injury

    Second baseman Ronnie Belliard is day-to-day with a back injury he sustained during his final at-bat Tuesday and aggravated after he came in as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning on Wednesday. Published April 8 2009

  • Thru 6: In trouble again

    Nats are down 5-2 at the end of the sixth, thanks to a horrendous fifth inning from Daniel Cabrera. The key moments: Published April 8 2009

  • Thru 3: Nats lead 2-1

    The Nationals are benefitting from a little Florida floundering, but they have looked much better through three innings than either of the first two days. Published April 8 2009

  • Different lineup today

    Little different look for the Nationals before today's 12:10 game with the Marlins. Here's the lineup, followed by some thoughts from Manny Acta on it: Published April 8 2009

  • Thru 6: Not much life

    The Nationals haven't been able to mount a rally on Josh Johnson--he's still getting one groundout after another with his mid-90s fastball. Published April 7 2009

  • Thru 3: Olsen getting hammered

    If you missed yesterday's game, this one looks like a very close replay of it. Published April 7 2009

  • Chacin released (and other news)

    Gustavo Chacin has been released--and is apparently now with the Phillies. That, plus news on Jordan Zimmermann and Dmitri Young. Published April 7 2009

  • Tuesday lineups (and a different in-game plan)

    Tonight's lineups, plus some more info on our plan for in-game analysis on the blog. Published April 7 2009

  • Nats lose 12-6

    If you felt like the Nationals' 2009 debut looked an awful lot like one of the 17 games they played against the Marlins in 2008, you're not alone. Published April 6 2009

  • Thru 6: So much for that comeback

    Just when you were about to say, "Hold the phone, folks. This one ain't over yet," ... it's over. Published April 6 2009

  • Thru 3 innings: Same old, same old

    We're only three innings into the season and already some nasty old habits are creeping up for the Nationals. Published April 6 2009

  • Opening Day, baseball special section and more

    Is there a better day in the entire calendar year than Opening Day? Published April 6 2009

  • Opening Day lineup (and other tidbits)

    Manny Acta reveals his starting nine for tomorrow's opener, Nick Johnson is back (and his son is fine) and Adam Dunn thinks this team is ready to win. Seriously. Published April 5 2009