- John Kerry: Millions displaced by religious fighting in 2013
- Federal appeals court rules against Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban
- White House says Russia ‘losing’ war in Ukraine
- Hamas turns to North Korea for weapons deal, Iran for money
- Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate
- U.N. rights chief: Flight MH17 downing possible war crime
- Attack on park in Gaza war kills 10, mostly children
- Calif. protesters to block Israel-owned ships at Port of Oakland
- Obama to give Africa $38M, but tells young leaders: Stop ‘making excuses’ for economy
- Diapered toddler crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons
Injuries mar Opening Day loss at RFK
Question of the Day
For the huge Opening Day crowd at RFK Stadium, yesterday’s game probably couldn’t have been much worse.
Aside from losing to the Florida Marlins 9-2, the Washington Nationals’ season started off on an unhealthy note with starting center fielder Nook Logan and starting shortstop Cristian Guzman leaving the game because of injuries.
The full status of both players won’t be known until today.
Logan hyperextended his left foot after he caught it in the center field wall while making a leaping catch of a line drive by Dan Uggla in the fourth inning. After Logan made the catch, he threw the ball back and started jogging before crumpling down in the center field grass. X-rays on Logan’s foot came back negative. The outfielder underwent an MRI yesterday and will be re-evaluated today.
Meanwhile, Guzman left the game with a left hamstring strain in the fifth inning while breaking out of the batter’s box on a groundout to third. Like Logan, Guzman will be re-evaluated today before a decision is made on his status.
“[The injury to] Cristian is probably right now more serious than Logan, taking in consideration that a hammy does not heal overnight,” Nationals manager Manny Acta said.
If Guzman, who missed all of last season with a torn right labrum, is placed on the 15-day disabled list, Josh Wilson will take over as the Nationals’ starting shortstop. The 26-year-old Wilson broke into the majors with the Marlins in 2005 and appeared in 11 games. He won a roster spot with the Nationals out of spring training after hitting .333 with four RBI in 26 exhibition games.
“It’s unfortunate news for Guzie. He’s our No. 1 guy out there. But on the other hand you’ve got to look at it as the opportunity to go out there and go play well,” Wilson said. “I’m certainly ready for it. I’m prepared for it. I’ve been waiting a long time for this.”
Right-hander Levale Speigner was the first of four rookies on the Nationals’ Opening Day roster to make his major league debut yesterday.
Speigner entered the game with two outs in the fourth inning for starter John Patterson. Speigner retired the first three batters he faced but ran into a little trouble in the next two innings. He allowed just one run on three hits but walked Joe Borchard with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, extending Florida’s lead to 7-1.
Speigner threw 41 pitches, with only 19 going for strikes.
“It’s something that I can build on, but at the same time I know I have to be better,” said Speigner, who walked three batters and struck out one. “It’s good to be over. It’s good to have that one under my belt.”
Bullpen in flux
The Nationals’ bullpen is arguably the club’s greatest strength. However, Acta said the only bullpen roles clearly defined are Chad Cordero’s as the closer and Jon Rauch’s as the setup man.
By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
- Hillary Clinton: Forget Obama, George W. Bush made her 'proud to be an American'
- Illegal immigrants demand representation in White House meetings
- D.C. police chief orders officers not to arrest legal gun owners carrying weapons in public
- Tennessee Gov. Haslam slams White House for secret dump of illegals in his state
- CURL: Obama, staffers not even pretending any more
- Family of Marine killed in Afghanistan pushes back against cover-up
- 'Pocket drones': U.S. Army developing tiny spies for the next big war
- DeSean Jackson working on offensive cohesiveness with Redskins teammates
- Washington Times strikes content and marketing partnership with Redskins
- D.C. seeks stay in order striking down ban on handguns in public
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq