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After splitting their four-game series against the Marlins in Miami, the Nationals schedule will keep them in the National League East for the next 10 games beginning with Tuesday's game with the Mets.
When spring training started in February, Nationals manager Davey Johnson made it known he felt he had a team that could contend for the National League East.
Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann very rarely shows his emotions but after giving up two runs on eight hits over seven innings in a 2-1 loss to the Orioles Friday night, you wouldn't blame the right-hander for throwing some equipment against the wall.
If this truly was a battle of the Beast's of the East, someone forgot to tell the Washington Nationals.
The Washington Nationals decided pitching was the way to go with the 16th pick in the first round of Monday's 2012 First-Year Player Draft by selecting right-hander Studio City, Calif.'s Lucas Giolito from Harvard-Westlake high school.
After not playing in a game since May 16 last year at Fenway Park because of the effects of concussion-like symptoms, Brian Roberts will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie Wednesday night.
I absolutely don't have a problem when athletes use clichés. You know, like the ones in the movie "Bull Durham," when Crash Davis tells "Nuke" LaLoosh when talking to media he should say things like, "You have to play them one day at a time, I'm just happy to be here and hope I can help the club and I just want to give it my best shot."
This was not the way Nationals catcher Sandy Leon had envisioned his Major League debut turning out.
Years from now when someone walks up to me and says, "I was there at Camden Yards the night Josh Hamilton hit four home runs and had eight RBI," I'm going to ask for a ticket stub.
Brandon Snyder couldn't have written the script any better. Snyder was the Orioles top draft pick back in 2005 and had spent his entire seven-year pro career with the Birds. He played in just 16 games for the big club before being traded to the Texas Rangers in January for cash considerations.
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