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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
Three straight one-run games -- two of them losses -- and the Nationals are in dire need of a Baltimore-esque blowout. The only bad news is that their opponent today is Roy Halladay. Tomorrow it's Cliff Lee and Wednesday it's Roy Oswalt. Their numbers vs. Halladay:
When the Washington Nationals signed Cuban right-hander Yunesky Maya to a four-year, $6 million major league deal last summer, they saw him as a part of their future rotation. A “battle-tested” veteran with four pitches who “knew his craft,” as general manager Mike Rizzo said at the time. But since officially joining the Nationals and the major leagues, Maya's not been the pitcher the Nationals hoped for. He displays solid control and has good movement on his pitches – tools that helped him set down nine of the first 10 Padres he faced Sunday afternoon in his first major league start of the season. He also has a penchant for the big inning, and struggles after the first time through a batting order – issues that also were showcased in the Nationals 5-4 loss to the Padres as he made the trip from Syracuse and stepped in for the injured Tom Gorzelanny but couldn't get out of the fifth inning.
Major League Baseball has fined and suspended Nationals third baseman Jerry Hairstion Jr. for one game following his ejection from Friday night's game and what MLB termed "his aggressive actions, which included making contact with umpire Ed Hickox."
Espinosa gets a day off, Cora at 2B: today's lineups, plus how they've done vs. today's starter, RHP Dustin Moseley
It'll be Yunesky Maya and Dustin Moseley on the mound for the Nationals and Padres, respectively, this afternoon with Maya making his first major league start of the season. As for the lineup behind him, it'll be a pretty standard Nationals lineup minus Danny Espinosa who looks to be getting a routine day off. Alex Cora will get the start at second base in his place.
The Nationals officially recalled Yunesky Maya from Triple-A Syracuse this morning to start this afternoon in the series finale against the San Diego Padres.
When San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey broke his leg blocking the plate Wednesday night, one of the first names mentioned as a possible replacement for the young phenom was Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez. The Nationals, who are one of few teams with exceptional depth at the catcher position between Wilson Ramos, Rodriguez and Jesus Flores at Triple-A Syracuse, have reportedly been trying to move Rodriguez for the right package since spring training and were immediately linked as a potential trade partner for the Giants. So far though, all it's been is rumors. On Friday, Giants general manager Brian Sabean told reporters that he had not contacted a single team about a trade for a catcher, and that they planned to allow Eli Whiteside to get an opportunity for the time being. As far as the rumors go, none of them reached Rodriguez.
Pregame notes: Gorzelanny's elbow inflammation, Balester recalled, checking in with LaRoche and other notes
Nationals left-hander Tom Gorzelanny had an MRI on his left elbow Friday night and while it did reveal some inflammation, it didn't show any structural damage or anything more than the inflammation that has been causing him some pain since his last start.
The Nationals are expected to make a roster move later this morning to fill the spot vacated by Tom Gorzelanny and they could choose to fill that spot with a starter for Sunday or take the one day and call up a reliever or a position player before optioning them back down following today's game. As for today's game, it's a good pitching matchup with Tim Stauffer going against Jordan Zimmermann. Here are the lineups, with Rick Ankiel leading off in place of Roger Bernadina, who has played every game since getting called up on May 7.
With the Nationals placing left-hander Tom Gorzelanny on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation late Friday night (we'll find out more about this tomorrow), they now need a starter for Sunday's series finale with the San Diego Padres. Here's a quick look at their possible options:
After Friday's game, Jayson Werth responded to the furor over comments he made earlier this week. The short version: Werth claims he was misunderstood.
Manager Jim Riggleman spoke to Jayson Werth Friday about the right fielder's comments following the Nationals' loss to the Brewers Wednesday.
Here are the Nationals career numbers against left-hander Clayton Richard, including good numbers for both Michael Morse and Ian Desmond, albeit limited sample sizes:
Things are bad for the Nationals right now, yes. Things are worse for the San Diego Padres, the Nationals opponent as they begin a six-game homestand tonight at Nationals Park.
With Adam LaRoche out for the next few weeks -- and perhaps much longer if the rest prescribed for the torn labrum in his left shoulder doesn't solve his problems -- the Nationals, for now, are prepared to go with what they've got before looking elsewhere.
For five straight days the Nationals' postgame clubhouse has been silent. Five straight games, five straight losses and, understandably, not too many players who want to rehash what's happening on the field. But after Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Brewers that dropped the team to 1-7 on the road trip and seven games below .500 on the season, right fielder Jayson Werth had some things to say, cryptic as they may be. Here's what worth had to say, along with a few other notes as the Nationals head home.
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