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Game 10: Brewers at Nats

Apr 16, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats open a 10-game homestand tonight, with the Brewers up first.

Apparently, Ryan Zimmerman's pinch-hit home run yesterday wasn't good enough to warrant his return to the Nationals' starting lineup.

For the fifth straight game, Zimmerman is not among Jim Riggleman's starting nine. Apparently, there's still concern about his ability to run. He looked perfectly fine rounding the bases following his clutch blast off Danys Baez yesterday afternoon, but he didn't exactly have to go 100 percent during that glorious jaunt.

We'll have to find out what Zim's updated status is in a little while. There are currently a group of players taking early BP, but he's not among them.

So, as always, check back here throughout the game for updates, and check the homepage for other news…

BREWERS AT NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN-HD
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Chance of storms late, 79 degrees, Wind 12 mph out to RF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (4-5)
CF Nyjer Morgan
RF Willie Harris
2B Cristian Guzman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. MM - Apr 16, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Me thinks John Lannan doesn't like Pudge's game calling and that's why Wil is catching. Won't be surprised if it becomes a routine day-off for Pudge.

  2. Nate - Apr 16, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    I hope Adam and Josh are each prepared to play about 159 games this year.

  3. Jenn Jenson - Apr 16, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Interesting comment by MM. I know that Wil caught John's CG shutout, and also John's first complete game, earlier in the 2009.

  4. erocks33 - Apr 16, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    with a day game tomorrow, it was either rest Pudge tonight or tomorrow. And Pudge hits Wolf (saturday's starter) better than Gallardo (tonight's starter).

  5. Anonymous - Apr 16, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    With an 8+ ERA (throwing to Nieves), maybe Lannan would be better off with Pudge's bat in the lineup.

  6. Tcostant - Apr 16, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Mark – R the Nats weaking all 42's tonight?

  7. NatsNut - Apr 16, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Hmmm. I've been wondering if the sucky pitching might have something to do with either McCatty or Pudge–the common denominators.

  8. markfd - Apr 16, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Regarding Pudge sitting out on Lannan's turn, Riggleman said last weekend that for the weekend series this season, Pudge will gets to choose which game he sits out.

  9. Jeff Wang - Apr 16, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    F Robbie would never allow a player to choose which game he sits out. The very idea is abhorrent

  10. Positively Half St. - Apr 16, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    It's looking sorta ominous out here in Farifax. I hope they can get the game in. Of course, if Lannan is down 6-0 in the 3rd, I will hope for torrential downpours.

  11. K.D. - Apr 16, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    Pudge has caught over 2000 games, took two young pitching staffs to the World Series. Has he all of a sudden forgotten how to call a game? I think they are still learning about each other. Pudge is just getting a day off, nuff said…

  12. Anonymous - Apr 16, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    The fact that F Robbie probably would not have let Pudge choose which game to sit out is an example of why he's no longer managing–anywhere.

  13. Princess Jazzy - Apr 16, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    IMHO Pudge has earned the right to make the call about how he feels on a given day. Catching is one of the hardest things to do in sports. The guy is in fantastic shape. Let's keep it that way.

  14. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 16, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Tcostant: Only Willie Harris will be wearing No. 42 tonight for the Nats. As the only Cairo, Ga., native other than Jackie Robinson to ever play in the majors, it's an appropriate honor for Willie.

  15. Sec314 - Apr 16, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    Amen to DC Washington! For all the same reasons.

  16. Sec314 - Apr 16, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Could a trained RF have jumped to get the McGehee HR?

  17. Suicide Squeeze - Apr 16, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    Any anthem under 90 seconds is great….(OK, not any one)….Certainly makes the Nats Entertainment Coordinator happy, I know that much! (Holla, Tom!)

  18. Sec3MyComfyChair - Apr 17, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    Mark, with the weather, how's the crowd tonight?

  19. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 17, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    Sec3MyComfyChair: Sparse. There couldn't have been more than 5,000 people in their seats for first pitch, though it's picked up since. I'll guess there's 12,000 in the park. Announced attendance will probably be more like 17,000.

  20. Les in NC - Apr 17, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    Atta' boy Hammer!!

  21. DC Brewer - Apr 17, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    So, it looks like Lannan is pretty consistently hitting 90-91 on the gun tonight. Is that a tick or two faster than last year? I seem to remember him hitting mostly 88-89 last year.

  22. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 17, 2010 at 1:08 AM

    Tonight's announced attendance: 17,234. Am I good, or am I good?

  23. Sec3bowing - Apr 17, 2010 at 1:27 AM

    You're good.But we knew that.

  24. Section3, bowing - Apr 17, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    You're good. But we knew that.

  25. yes, that was my fault - Apr 17, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    awww, geez, now it's going to look like I'm sucking up….

  26. natsfan1a - Apr 17, 2010 at 2:57 AM

    I'll be darned if they didn't pull it off again. I thought that the Hammer carried off the Elvis wig with aplomb. Now the fans just need to come up with some Elvis regalia and signs.In other news, tonight's Dibbleism of the Game was directed to Bob regarding the unfortunately named Hagar Scoreboard Drop (which tends to bring to mind the expression "drop trou"). But I digress. He opined that Bob is a perfect spokesman for them because he's good looking and wears his pants nice and tight, or something to that effect. Awk-ward. :-)

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