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By Michael P. Orsi
Edward Snowden should declare his patriotism in court
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Ray King
The Nationals' clubhouse at their new home park, as has been well documented, is huge. Players are spread throughout the large, oval-shaped room, and many of the established veterans have two lockers to themselves.
JUPITER, Fla. — Washington Nationals general manager Jim Bowden said yesterday the team is "not close to a deal right now" to move a player out of its crowded middle infield.
The Washington Nationals' bullpen has bailed its teammates out of tight jams all season. This, though, might have topped anything previously seen at RFK Stadium.
PHOENIX — Livan Hernandez and Matt Chico have never met. They come from different backgrounds, one a 32-year-old Cuban defector who has worn his emotions on his sleeve throughout a career in which he has won 131 games, the other a quiet 24-year-old from California who has rarely shown even a glimpse of emotion during a five-win rookie season.
The baseball world converges tonight on San Francisco, where the most controversial slugger this game has ever seen will take aim at the sport's most-hallowed record.
The Washington Nationals' 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros yesterday was decided by any number of crucial developments, from a series of clutch hits by Ryan Church, Austin Kearns, Ronnie Belliard and Ryan Langerhans to an effective start by Jason Bergmann to a nice escape act by Chad Cordero.
When Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta went to the mound to remove starter Jason Simontacchi on Sunday at Florida, his team was perilously close to being blown out.
SEEN AND HEARD AT RFK STADIUM
THE WASHINGTON TIMES Their names are forever known by baseball fans, their images forever burned in their memories for their contributions to the seminal moments in the sport's history.
BALTIMORE — Felipe Lopez stood just outside the batter's box, a look of disgust on his face as he started jawing at plate umpire Bill Miller, who had just called a strike on a pitch below his knees.
Josh Gibson, in his grave these 60 years, was being hailed by a few dozen people at the Mayflower yesterday when a man offered a sobering thought.
"I don't treat him any different than any other left-handed hitter I face," he said. "I'm just going to go right after him. I'm not going to do anything different than I've done in the past. I'm going to throw sinkers in, and I'm going to throw sliders away."
"I'm not going to say I caught it — it went in my glove," King said. "We turned that two, and it got us back to the dugout, and Zimmerman is Zimmerman. To go 6-0 on a homestand, no matter who you play, is a pretty good."