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It was around the time the baseball sailed over the right-center field wall Sunday in Atlanta, the latest pitch put into orbit by Bryce Harper, that the following thought crossed the mind: The kid is no longer just a curiosity. In fact, he might be on the verge of becoming an obsession. With me, anyway.
The Nationals have activated catcher Ivan Rodriguez from the 15-day disabled list and called up left-hander Tom Milone from the minors to start against the New York Mets.
If a baseball season is six months of turning points - crossroads where a player can either figure it out or fall further into the depths of major league purgatory - John Lannan's happened at 30,000 feet, somewhere between Baltimore and Milwaukee.
With torrential rain pounding much of the East Coast on Sunday afternoon, the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies didn't wait around to see if things would clear. Three hours before their scheduled 1:35 p.m. series finale, the game was postponed.
Standing in the visitors clubhouse at Coors Field a week ago, Nationals manager Davey Johnson summed up veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez in one sentence: "Livo has pitched a lot of good games," Johnson said. "Unfortunately, when he's a little off, he's really off."
Andre Eithier stared up into the right-field bleachers in disbelief before leaning on his knees and exhaling. Livan Hernandez, in the Nationals dugout, put his hands on his head and uttered the words "Oh my God,” while the rest of the Nationals bench erupted into hysterics. On the field, Nationals left-hander John Lannan was trotting around the bases after one of the season's most improbable sights: a home run.
Livan Hernandez, now the target of a federal money-laundering investigation, is suspected of being a "straw buyer" for the leader of Puerto Rico's most powerful drug trafficking organization, according to a high-ranking law enforcement source.
The pitcher's mound can be a lonely place. John Lannan was stuck on the 18-foot wide island of packed clay Monday night without his best stuff.
History may favor the Philadelphia Phillies' starting rotation. The group features three Cy Young Awards, contracts that total $65 million this year and five 20-win seasons.