First Down: Five options at closer for Nats

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NEWSMAKERS ” WHO’S MAKING HEADLINES THIS WEEK

Michael Vick

He’s set to make his debut Thursday against Jacksonville, but coach Andy Reid didn’t say Vick will play quarterback.

Johan Santana

The final chord in the Mets’ injury march of death: Their ace is done for the season and will undergo arthroscopic elbow surgery.

John Calipari

Did everyone suddenly forget that this guy has had two Final Fours vacated? But he bolted to Kentucky, so no harm will befall him.

Usain Bolt

There’s really not much more to say about this guy other than quit with the Bolt to the NFL talk. Not every fast guy needs to play football.

Ryan Spilborghs

His walk-off grand slam may have destroyed the Giants’ season and given the Rockies an insurmountable wild-card lead.

TWT FIVE ” NATIONALS CLOSING OPTIONS

A look at five potential options for the Nationals’ 2010 closer:

1. Billy Wagner - The Tannersville, Va., native would like to pitch close to home, so why not?

2. Drew Storen - His rapid ascent through the Nationals’ system already has him in Harrisburg.

3. Mike MacDougal - The incumbent has 13 saves this season and has done well in that spot.

4. Chad Cordero - If he can get his act back… just kidding.

5. John Smoltz - Success with the Cardinals plus a desire to close (and get paid well) would help this case.

WEDNESDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

Two teams that love to hit home runs meet up in a park conducive to homers when the wild-card-chasing Rangers visit the Yankees. 7 p.m., ESPN2

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