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Chatter Archive: June 2009

  • Rain delay [updated at 9:42 p.m.]

    It's been pouring at Nationals Park, but they expect to get tonight's game in. Published June 3 2009

  • Guzman still bothered by thumb

    Nats shortstop isn't in the lineup tonight, both because of a bruised thumb and because of Randy Johnson's presence on the mound. Published June 3 2009

  • Wrong end of history?

    The Nationals have already played a part in some history-making events. They could be part of another tonight if Randy Johnson beats them for his 300th career win. Published June 3 2009

  • A complete offense; a 10-6 win

    Entering Tuesday, the Nationals had faced Tim Lincecum two times, both last season. They'd scored two runs off him in 14 innings, and struck out 13 times. That they managed four runs (two earned) on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings would have qualified as some accomplishment. But the Nationals did more than that--they overcame their own mistakes for a 10-6 win. Published June 2 2009

  • Thru 6: Nats trail 5-4

    Tim Lincecum still hasn't gotten on a roll, but the Nationals had more defensive problems in the middle third of this game, which is why they're trailing 5-4. Published June 2 2009

  • Thru 3: Hanging in against Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum, the Giants' prodigous right-hander, has been slightly below his normal standard in the first three innings here, and the Nationals might have a chance to jump on the 2008 NL Cy Young winner if they can keep working counts. Published June 2 2009

  • Flores out at least three months

    Catcher Jesus Flores, who has been out since May 15 with what was originially thought to be a right shoulder contusion, actually has a stress fracture in his shoulder that could keep him out three months and possibly for the rest of the season, acting general manager Mike Rizzo said today. Published June 2 2009

  • St. Claire fired

    The Nationals fired pitching coach Randy St. Claire last night, letting the seventh-year assistant go eight months after sparing him in a purge of manager Manny Acta's coaches. Class AAA pitching coach Steve McCatty will replace St. Claire. Published June 2 2009

  • Zimmerman second in All-Star voting

    Nats third baseman moves up two spots in last week, still trails David Wright by a large margin. Published June 1 2009

  • Defending the defensive plan

    The Nats don't have the majors' worst defense because they aren't working hard enough. They have the majors' worst defense because they have bad defensive players. Published June 1 2009