- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 26, 2007

Shawn Hill‘s string of dominant starts has sure made a lasting impression with the Nationals organization. With seven innings of one-run ball Friday night, the 26-year-old right-hander recorded his ninth quality start in 11 outings this season.

He has given up three earned runs just once this season. And he has positioned himself to take on a significant role next season and beyond.

Asked about Hill before last night’s game, general manager Jim Bowden replied: “Our ace, you mean?”

Yes, it may not be too early to pencil Hill in for Opening Day 2008.

OVERHEARD



“I don’t think there’s any question that we’re going to learn a lot in the next month. Our season isn’t ending until October.”

— General manager Jim Bowden on the importance of the Nationals’ final 32 games

TODAY’S GAME

Nationals RHP Joel Hanrahan (3-1, 3.42) vs. Rockies RHP Elmer Dessens (1-1, 6.66), 3:05 p.m., MASN2, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Mark Zuckerman

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