July 21, 2013
Sometimes, it's refreshing to see how the other half lives. For the last week, my pen has been in dry dock and my notepad has a sweat ring, a fond memory from a cold beverage. I've kicked back and watch sports without having my paycheck invested in it. There is no better time than vacation to try different things in life. This week was dedicated to being an everyday fan. And, believe me, life is much different on the other side of the aisle. When my pen is paddling upstream and my notepad isn't a cocktail napkin, I watch events and then try to report, explain, define and present them so readers can see other sides of the situation.
July 14, 2013
Struggling as a table-setter for the Washington Nationals, Denard Span thrived Sunday as a run-producer. Span was dropped from the top spot in the order for the first time this season, and he responded with three hits in the No. 7 position, including a tiebreaking two-out RBI double in the 10th inning to help beat the Miami Marlins 5-2. Span snapped a 1-for-20 slump with a two-out RBI double in the second inning, and singled in the fourth....
July 14, 2013
“If I'm not doing anything wrong, why should I care about surveillance?” To quote the late David Foster Wallace, this argument is so stupid it practically drools. So allow me to count the ways: 1. Just because you have nothing to hide today doesn't mean you will have nothing to hide tomorrow. Legislatures are always passing new laws against what was heretofore rather normal behavior. One community tried to pass an ordinance requiring its citizens to carry a gun. See any problem there, especially if you don't care to pack heat?
July 7, 2013
At last, the Washington Nationals' lineup is starting to click. In related news, Davey Johnson's squad is closer to first place than it has been in over six weeks. Ryan Zimmerman hit a grand slam, Bryce Harper added three hits and two stolen bases, and the Nationals sent the San Diego Padres to their ninth straight loss, 11-7 on Sunday. Stephen Strasburg (5-6) allowed four runs over six innings. He matched his season-high with nine strikeouts as the Nationals won their fourth straight, the last three over San Diego.
July 3, 2013
Fly out. Line out. Pop up. Over and over. Seventeen times, the Washington Nationals got out on batted balls that didn't hit the ground, making Kyle Lohse's job easier and leaving manager Davey Johnson in deeper despair over the state of his offense. “It's putting me in my loony bin,” Johnson said. Lohse tossed eight crisp innings on short rest Wednesday, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Nationals 4-1, shutting down Bryce Harper and Co. for the second night in a row. Lohse (4-6)
June 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is not convinced he can begin a rehab assignment as quickly as his manager believes. Davey Johnson had said Friday that he expects Harper to start a rehab stint Tuesday at Class A Potomac. Harper, who has been sidelined since May 26 with left knee bursitis, said he thought he needed an extra day or two. "It just depends how I feel today and tomorrow," Harper said before Saturday's game against the Colorado Rockies. "Monday is an off day, which is good.
June 21, 2013
Stephen Strasburg struck out nine over seven innings, Ian Desmond homered in the seventh to help give the righty his first win in June and the Washington Nationals beat the slumping Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Friday night. Making his 14th start of the season, Strasburg (4-6) allowed one run on five hits for his first victory since May 31. After DJ LeMahieu's RBI single in the third inning, Strasburg kept the Rockies scoreless. Colorado lost its fifth straight. Trailing 1-0 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Anthony Rendon singled off Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood and came around to score the tying run on Ryan Zimmerman's double into the right field corner.
June 7, 2013
Nationals manager Davey Johnson got what he wanted, a second consecutive rainout to give his battered team an extra day to heal. Maybe the mental break will turn out to be the catalyst the Nationals have been seeking. Certainly, nothing else has worked so far. The preseason NL East favorite remained one game below .500 Friday, when a series opener against the Minnesota Twins was postponed as rain from Tropical Storm Andrea moved north. The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.
June 6, 2013
The swelling in Bryce Harper's left knee isn't getting any better, so the Washington outfielder will see a specialist next week and won't be coming off the disabled list when he is eligible. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that Harper visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion on the knee that has been troublesome ever since the 20-year-old slugger ran into the wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13. “We've just got to get the swelling out. We've got to get the inflammation out of there,” Johnson said.