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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 - Josh Willingham
The Nationals got the left-handed reliever they'd been seeking, acquiring Jerry Blevins from Oakland for minor-league outfielder Billy Burns.
A .284 career hitter, Morse slumped to a .226 average with 13 homers and 27 RBI in 76 games in his return to Seattle after four years in Washington, where he set career highs with 31 homers and 95 RBI in 2011.
Nats' 3-4-5 hitters combined to go 2 for 15, as Washington failed to score in the final six innings.
Henry Rodriguez's season came to an unceremonious end Friday morning when the Washington Nationals' reliever had a bone spur repaired and large bone chip removed from his elbow.
Kevin Youkilis said farewell at Fenway Park on Sunday, a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves helped by Cody Ross, who hit two homers and drove in five runs.
Jake Arrieta pitched seven scoreless innings, Nick Markakis homered and drove in three runs, and the Baltimore Orioles marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of Camden Yards by defeating the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Friday.
As the Washington Nationals' were paring their spring training roster, preparing for their first round of cuts Monday, third base coach Bo Porter saw Corey Brown's name on the list and put in a plea to keep him.
Free agent center fielder Coco Crisp agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Athletics, filling one key void in the Oakland outfield heading into the 2012 season.
The Boston Red Sox lost yet again, with A.J. Burnett making his most impressive start in nearly three months and Jorge Posada hitting a two-run homer that led the New York Yankees to a 6-2 victory in the opener of Sunday's day-night doubleheader.
Away from the madness of a cigar party for a moment, Jim Leyland nearly cried. For everybody who figured there was no way he would manage the Tigers beyond this season, for all those who couldn't envision a comeback after Detroit fell behind by eight games in early May, Leyland sat in his office puffing on his own celebratory stogie, a black "2011 MLB Playoffs" hat on his head. Detroit is AL Central champion.
The Washington Nationals completed their 2011 roster expansion Tuesday, adding right-hander Brad Peacock and infielder Steve Lombardozzi, along with right-handers Yunesky Maya, Craig Stammen, left-hander Atahualpa Severino and outfielder Corey Brown.
As the night wore on, Rich Harden found himself reflecting on his old dominant days in Oakland.
Carlos Guillen hit a two-run triple in Detroit's four-run sixth inning and the Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 12-2 on Friday night.
The Washington Nationals were without their best player, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, for 58 of their first 72 games. Their No. 5 hitter, first baseman Adam LaRoche, played 43 games and batted .172 with a torn shoulder muscle before having season-ending surgery. Their $126 million offseason acquisition, right fielder Jayson Werth, has 16 fewer RBI than their rookie second baseman, Danny Espinosa.
The Oakland Athletics had the AL's best pitching last season. They also had one of the league's worst offenses. So both areas figured to even out this year, if only because there was almost no other way to go.
He is most comfortable in center field but said he's willing to play wherever, whenever the Nationals ask him.
"We haven't helped them as much as we should have so far this year, but hopefully we can start coming around and putting some consistent games together," Willingham said.