- The Washington Times - Monday, August 24, 2009

WEEKEND REWIND IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Strasburg hits the District — It’s hard to imagine any other baseball franchise throwing such an over-the-top news conference for a No. 1 draft pick, considering there have been as many busts this decade as All-Stars. But Stephen Strasburg’s appearance Friday drew plenty of Nationals fans and media members — and a fireworks display to boot. Hopefully the fans got a good look at Strasburg because it’s possible he won’t return to Nationals Park until September call-ups in 2010.

Daniel shines in Redskins’ victory — It took two Chase Daniel touchdown passes and a Colt Brennan interception Saturday for Daniel to become the new favorite backup quarterback in town. Even though Daniel entered camp with a slim chance to make the 53-man roster, it’s possible that two more strong performances from him and a few more Brennan picks will turn the NCAA record-breaker from fan favorite to practice-squad player.

TWT FIVE RARELY SEEN BASEBALL PLAYS

1. Unassisted triple play — Philadelphia’s Eric Bruntlett ended the game Sunday with an unassisted triple play, only the 15th in baseball history.

2. Stealing home — The play was much more common in the dead-ball era; Ty Cobb stole home 54 times.

3. Batting out of turn — Houston’s Michael Bourn was called out leading off a game in May after batting out of turn.

4. Four strikeouts in an inning — Nationals reliever Jon Rauch performed the rare feat in 2006 against the Reds thanks to a runner reaching first on a wild pitch.

5. Three-pitch inning — Since arriving in 2005, two Nationals pitchers (Ramon Ortiz in 2006 and Matt Chico in 2008) have thrown the minimum number of pitches in an inning.

HE SAID WHAT?

“I’m not worried about it. I’m very comfortable that our height on our scoreboard is OK.” — Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after a punt hit the Cowboys Stadium video board Friday

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