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Washington Nationals pitcher Tom Gorzelanny wants to be a starter, not a reliever. He makes no secret of that.
It's been 30 days since a line drive by Ty Wigginton struck John Lannan in the face. It had been only two since Colorado Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio was carted off the field Friday night on a stretcher and later underwent neck surgery after Ian Desmond's line drive hit him in the head.
The minute Ian Desmond's line drive connected with the right side of Juan Nicasio's head, nothing else mattered. Not the Nationals' lead, which was two runs at the time, not the hit, which was the first of four on the night for Desmond.
A Major League Baseball roster can be a fluid thing, never more than when the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches each year.
As he started his windup to deliver a 1-1 pitch to Duke Snider, the rookie left-hander with the uncurly "W" on his uniform spotted the runner starting down the line from third base. Quickly, he hurled the ball to catcher Yogi Berra, who stepped outside and tagged Red Schoendienst in plenty of time.
Tom Gorzelanny was just doing what he thought he should. He'd reached base in the second inning on a fielder's choice and found himself gunning for home on a triple to right-center field by Roger Bernadina.
The situation couldn't have fit Tyler Clippard better.
The road from Viera, Fla., to Syracuse, N.Y. is nearly 1,300 miles long. It's a grueling 20-hour trip from the Florida coast to the brink of the Canadian border, but in the spring of 2009, Tyler Clippard needed every minute of it.
For the second straight night, the Washington Nationals got off to a promising start, setting themselves up for victory by scoring early. Unlike in Thursday's meltdown, their pitching staff kept the opponent at bay throughout the game Friday.