- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 4, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD AT NATIONALS PARK

Why did they start last night’s game as scheduled at 7:10 p.m.? Seriously, it was already starting to rain when the Nationals took the field, and the radar map clearly showed plenty more coming.

The sloppy conditions led to some really sloppy play early on, including two Washington errors in the first and then plate umpire Dana DeMuth’s rolling header as he ran down the first-base line.

As the home team, the Nationals controlled whether the game started or not. Once it was underway, the umpires were in charge. No matter who made the final call, it was a bad decision.

- Mark Zuckerman

OVERHEARD

“Well, that’s probably about the 5,000th time, and I’ve only got hurt once. So I’ll probably keep doing it.”

- Ryan Zimmerman on whether he will stop sliding headfirst after tearing his left shoulder doing it May 18 at Baltimore

TONIGHT’S GAME

CardinalsRHP Todd Wellemeyer Record, ERA: 6-1, 3.16

Nationals LHP John Lannan Record, ERA: 4-5, 3.52

Time: 7:10 p.m. TV: MASN HD

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