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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Jason Bergmann
The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs' immaculate Regency Furniture Stadium is only 27 miles from Nationals Park and the distance provides a fitting metaphor for what ex-National Charlie Manning and the others in the league face. It is pretty close, though not always easy to get there. But it can be done.
On a cloudy August day in 2009, Jonny Gomes stepped to the plate against the Washington Nationals four times. Three times, he homered. Two of the three times, Laynce Nix was on base in front of his right-handed slugging teammate, one of the many triumphant moments the two shared in Cincinnati.
It's hard to pinpoint when yesterday's game went from looking like a satisfying end to the Washington Nationals' seven-game homestand to a puzzling loss.
Jesus Flores wasn't supposed to be here, not right now, not playing every day in the big leagues in 2008.
They got another standout performance by a starting pitcher — this time, seven shutout innings from a rejuvenated Jason Bergmann — but the Washington Nationals know even the greatest pitching performances don't count for anything if they can't score.
VIERA, Fla. — Shawn Hill, as harsh of a self-critic as they come, won't say this often following one of his starts: "To be honest, I really don't care how I did. It was more how I felt today."
NEW YORK — The Washington Nationals placed Jason Bergmann on the 15-day disabled list yesterday, as they determined the right-hander's strained hamstring wouldn't be able to heal in time to start tomorrow against the New York Mets.
PHILADELPHIA — The Washington Nationals have defied expectations this season largely because of their ability to overcome a string of injuries that has left their Opening Day rotation in shambles.
For three months, Jason Bergmann dominated like few other pitchers in the National League and had little to show for it. So it only seems fair the Washington Nationals right-hander is finally starting to get run support just as he begins to struggle on the mound.
PITTSBURGH — Manny Acta doesn't like calling team meetings. Never has, never will. So the Washington Nationals manager usually waits until things reach a certain critical level before gathering his players together for a heart-to-heart talk.
Jim Bowden gets a lot of grief for his oft-uttered, rarely executed philosophy that teams win in baseball with "pitching, pitching, pitching," but the Washington Nationals general manager is right.
With John Patterson and Shawn Hill both seeking more medical opinions on their injured pitching arms, the Washington Nationals will have to press on with a patchwork rotation.
Jason Bergmann arguably was the most dominant pitcher in the National League at the time a sore right elbow landed him on the disabled list more than a month ago.
The Washington Nationals' 25-man roster, which had stood intact for a full month, will undergo a significant shake-up over the next week after a series of events yesterday thrust general manager Jim Bowden into action for the first time in a long time.
"Teams are much more likely to sign a guy who is somewhere throwing than a guy who is sitting at home," Bergmann said.