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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Gonzalez
No quiet acquittal can undo the damage from the left-hander's name being dragged through the scandal's sludge of human-growth hormone and pink cream and injections by self-proclaimed doctor Anthony Bosch.
Facing prized New York Mets prospect Zack Wheeler, the Nationals pounded the Mets with 13 hits — 10 of which went for extra-bases — as every starting position player in the lineup had at least one hit and drove in at least one run.
With the Nationals below .500 after 75 games, revisiting my preseason projections seemed like a good idea. Well, that's if your idea of a good idea is one where you get proven wrong repeatedly.
The Baltimore starter, who entered with a 5.37 ERA, pitched eight innings, allowed only two runs and needed just 107 pitches to do it. He walked none and struck out eight.
Over the course of the three-game sweep, the Nationals were outscored 18-5. In the series' final 26 innings, they mustered a single, solitary run.
Ross Detwiler turned in a superb four-inning relief outing Saturday night to help Team USA beat Italy in the first round of the World Baseball Classic. "It's a dream come true to play for your country," he said.
Many big-name pitchers found reason to say no to the World Baseball Classic. R.A. Dickey was an automatic yes.
Caution over rules for the World Baseball Classic limited Gio Gonzalez to 42 pitches Thursday afternoon in his final Washington Nationals start before joining Team USA.
Haren, 32, says he isn't coming in with the intent of being anyone's mentor. But that figures to happen anyway, even if he never says a word. With as much experience as the others combined, he can likely help the Nats as much off the mound as he can on it.
With 40 percent of their starting rotation now committed to Team USA, the Nationals' attention to the tournament has become much more personal.
Gonzalez has twice been brought up unprompted by manager Davey Johnson as one of the pitchers who has impressed most early. That's good news for the Nationals, who will lose him to Team USA after his third start of the spring.
Ryan Braun had already let it be known he was not taking any questions about his reported link to a Florida anti-aging clinic when he faced reporters outside the Milwaukee Brewers' spring training clubhouse on Friday.
Gio Gonzalez arrived at spring training with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday and maintained he has not used performance-enhancing drugs.
Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez says he has cooperated with a Major League Baseball investigation surrounding a Miami clinic where his name was reported to have shown up in records for performance-enhancing drugs.
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke strongly defended slugger Ryan Braun on Saturday night, saying he's upset over the possibility that the 2011 NL MVP was linked to baseball's latest drug investigation for no good reason.
"It's not like they're destroying us and doing big damage," said Gonzalez, who allowed the first two batters of the game to score but nothing more to go seven strong, badly needed innings. "They're just playing small ball and finding their hits. That was us last year. Now we see it from the other side."