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Game 7: Nats at Phillies

Apr 12, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Phillies host the Nats this afternoon in the home opener at Citizens Bank Park.

PHILADELPHIA — So, how many Nationals fans do you think will be at Citizens Bank Park today for the Phillies' home opener? Something tells me it won't quite compare to last Monday's invasion on South Capitol Street.

No matter how many visiting fans are in attendance, perhaps the Nats will return the favor and spoil Philadelphia's opener. They certainly arrived here in town feeling good about themselves after taking two of three from the Mets over the weekend.

Obviously, the Phillies are a very different team than the Mets. But the Nats will miss Roy Halladay during this series. They get Cole Hamels today, Kyle Kendrick (who they hit around a little last week) Wednesday and J.A. Happ in Thursday's finale.

Washington will, however, be without Ryan Zimmerman again today. The All-Star third baseman is still battling a tight hamstring and hopes to return Wednesday.

Check back throughout the game for updates, and check the homepage for other news…

Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 3:05 p.m.
Radio: WFED-1500 AM
Weather: Mostly sunny, 68 degrees, Wind 8 mph LF to RF

CF Nyjer Morgan
RF Willy Taveras
2B Cristian Guzman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. WFY - Apr 12, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    In 2005, tickets to the 1st Nats game, Phillies Opening Day, were available the week before — got 4 together about five days before the game.

  2. aneedell - Apr 12, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Mark, why would Riggs even think about Guzman at 3B (Ladson tweet) unless Zimm's injury is worse than indica, like so many others in the past.

  3. Eric - Apr 12, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    I was there, too, in 2005. It was impressive how well I was treated with my curly W hat on by Phillies fans.

  4. Jim Webster - Apr 12, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    We were able to score a pair of accessible seats in Citizens Bank Park for the last game of the 2008 season, just after the Nats had eliminated the Mets from contention for the division championship. Our thanks from the Phillies fans? They booed an old lady in a wheelchair wearing a Nats hat and shirt.

  5. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    I just wanted to point out to everyone here, (I am not a Guzzy fan.. Go Desmond!)…. BUT only the games that Guzman has started, have we won. Lets keep him at 2b/ Rf and Maybe Kennedy should be the utility guy. Just a thought.

  6. Doc - Apr 12, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Right on Anonymous! Since the latter part of ST, I've thought that Kennedy should be utility, and Guzzy should be regular 2b. I think that his days as a SS are mostly over, but he has better range at 2nd than Kennedy. Also, time will tell, but I think that he has the better bat.

  7. MM - Apr 12, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    a quick Wang update for those who're asking based on Apple Daily Taiwan story on 4/12: Wang's throwing 120 feet long toss on flat ground. They're still working with his throwing mechanics/arm slot after he complained pain and tightness in his throwing shoulder and was shut down for a few days toward the end of the spring training. A brief quote from Wang in the story reads "the right shoulder is not as uncomfortable as before." Mark Grater (a coach?) had been videotaping his throwing sessions and sent to Spin Williams and Lee Kuntz. Once they're happy with what they see they'll plan for's linky to the print story's linky to the TV story (warning: it takes forever to load, not for the faint of heart:)

  8. cadeck13 - Apr 12, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Ok, got MLB radio on, Nats Insider in-game thread, I'm ready to beat the Phillies……Let's go Nationals!!

  9. Positively Half St. - Apr 12, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    MM-Thanks. I am putting a lot of hope in C-M Wang, more than probably the great majority of The Constituency. I hope he doesn't let us down.+1/2St.

  10. Traveler8 - Apr 12, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Yeah Hammer! First HR in Citizens Park for the year! (Phillies have gotta hate that!)

  11. Tcostant - Apr 12, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Re: Strasburg sooner rather than laterA full year of service entails 172 days on the active roster. If Strasburg isn’t called up in the first 20 days of the season, it will push his free-agent clock to 2016. This means that the Nats, if they wanted to, could bring Strasburg up at the end of April or May 1st and still push his free agency year out to 2010. (Source:;_ylt=AnII4SrJlTsHddy1hn1neis5nYcB?slug=jp-servicetime041110)We hear all this talk about Super 2 status, but it makes no sense to me. Strasburg’s contract is for 4 years, so assuming he is bought up anytime in 2010, when his 4 year contract is up, he would be eligible for arbitration regardless of how long he is in the minors this year.Mark –> can you comment on this: Can you comment on why the fact that he has a 4 year contract is being ignored in regards to his Super 2 possible status? Am I missing something?Note: I posted this under Strasburg post, but I'm not sure you would go back and look two post over.

  12. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 12, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Tcostant: OK, here's a quick explanation … Strasburg's 4-year contract runs through '12. But if he's not called up until June '10, he still won't have enough service time for arbitration in '13. So technically, he'll still be a zero-to-three player in '13 and thus would command a smaller contract than he would if he was guaranteed arbitration.If, however, the Nats called him up later this month, he'd be arb-eligible in '13 (as a Super 2 player) and command a higher salary.I think I've got that right. Hope it makes sense.

  13. greg - Apr 12, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    go marquis! it's such a great positive when your pitcher can hit a little.

  14. Tcostant - Apr 12, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Mark – I appriate the reply. I now get it! Thank you. I see he will make $3M in the final year of his deal in 2012; so if we wait until June this year he won't be arbitration eligible in 2013 and can be offered what the team deams is fair, but no less than 80% of his prior year salary.I get it – thanks so much. I just assumed that the contract when past 2012, because the contract was not signed until August, but that is not the case.Thanks again – I'll rest easy now.

  15. Will - Apr 12, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    To paraphrase Bull Durham…"Jim Riggleman uses a certain word that's a no-no with umpires…"

  16. E. - Apr 12, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    Welp that got real ugly real quick. Phillies umps FTL

  17. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    I like to see a manager get thrown out winning a game 4 – 0 because he is standing up for his pitcher. Very refreshing after the Acta years.

  18. Nervous Nats Fan - Apr 12, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Seeing Tyler Walker come in the game does not make me feel good about our chances today.

  19. Aeoliano - Apr 12, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    1/2 Street: Wang is coming off of the same sort of injury that Flores suffered. He is 30 years old. He has had soreness which I assume he has now mitigated by "changing his pitching mechanics". The previous 2 years he was been terrible … worst than any starter on the Nats staff. What about this makes you hopeful? I would place more faith in Jordan Zimmermann, Scott Olsen, and Steven Strasburg were I you. Unless you are a Chinese National (get it?) LOL 😉

  20. wpcorbett - Apr 12, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    Somebody please tell Kasten to stop Carpenter and Dibble from whining about the umpires.In my only season as a minor league play-by-play broadcaster, the team's general manager, an elderly baseball lifer named Ed Doherty, gave me two instructions: (1) Don't mention the gamblers in the stands. (2) Don't criticize the umpires. Blaming the umpires is the mark of a loser.Warren Corbett

  21. PDowdy83 - Apr 13, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    Aeoliano, you are quite wrong on Wang being "worst" than any starter on the Nats the last 2 years. Last year yes, but in '08 he went 8-2 w/ a 4.07 ERA in 15 starts. Name 1 starter, not named Lannan that has even won half of their starts.





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