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Nats vs. Braves – 3/21/13

Mar 21, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Dan Haren leads the Nats into Disney's Wide World of Sports tonight.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The last time Dan Haren pitched, it wasn't a pretty sight. Plagued by what he could only assume was a "dead arm," the right-hander was flinging up fastballs in the mid-80s, well below his normal velocity. An obvious perturbed Haren vowed to be back to his usual self the next time he took the mound, and tonight we'll find out whether he truly was experiencing a one-time bump in the road or whether this is actual cause for concern.

Haren will be facing many, though not all, of the Braves' regulars. He'll have his full Nats starting lineup behind him, though, as Davey Johnson continues to crack the whip and puts his regulars out there for the second straight day. Look for Wilson Ramos to catch the full nine innings, the first time he's done that since he tore his ACL last May, the last real milestone for Ramos to cross in his return.

Tim Hudson, named Atlanta's Opening Day starter by manager Fredi Gonzalez, gets the nod tonight. And you're in luck, because the game will be televised on MLB Network (picking up the Braves' broadcast). Be sure to check back here for updates and analysis, of course…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Disney's Wide World of Sports, Lake Buena Vista
Gametime: 6:05 p.m. EST
TV: MLB Network (Braves' broadcast)
Radio: Braves radio via MLB Gameday Audio
Weather: Mostly sunny, 68 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to CF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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146 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. SonnyG10 - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Here's hoping Haren is over his dead arm blip.

  2. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Haren never said he had a dead arm. That was Davey.Haren said he stunk. I hope he's over stinking.

  3. Another_Sam - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Last year I got so comfortable with BH hitting second. But it's not about me. I can get used to his hitting third.

  4. NatsLady - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    New post on Nats' opponents' base stealing. Warning: MATH AHEAD.Theft Preventionhttp://ladyandthenats.blogspot.com/2013/03/theft-prevention.html

  5. SonnyG10 - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Ouch, NJ.

  6. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    All in jest Sonny….all in jest.Sam, I'll see you and Dave about 5:30.

  7. TimDz - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    NatsLady said… New post on Nats' opponents' base stealing. Warning: MATH AHEAD.—————————–Let me know when the math requirement is gone….

  8. SonnyG10 - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    OK ;)

  9. Another_Sam - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    See you in a bit, NJ. And MicheleS.

  10. NatsLady - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    TimDZ, you don't have to DO the math–I did that. But you do have to look at it! If even that's too much–don't worry. I don't have the energy for a post like this every day. I gave myself a headache.

  11. A DC Wonk - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    (following up on post from last thread)Thanks for the back up Doc and Wonk – By the way, Wonk, waiting on hearing about the veteran fan in your family and how she is gearing up for our run at the World Series.Aww, thanks for remembering — I do have a few funny off-season stories to tell.Here's one: when I told her that John Lannan signed with the Phillies, she said "so?"(background: she's pretty quick to judge players, and her opinion doesn't change that much no matter what — she had decided a while back that Lannan was completely expendable, and so thought it irrelevant that he had signed somewhere else. Since she became a fan "cold-turkey" just last May, she knows almost zero baseball history, and, of course, no idea of what "Lannen" meant to the Nats in prior years. Her "so?" reaction was the the result of a 17-year-old-teenage-girl's cold calculation. It might not translate so well into a message here, but her one word reaction told volumes….)I promise — more stories to come!

  12. Ghost Of Steve M. - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Another_Sam said… Last year I got so comfortable with BH hitting second. But it's not about me. I can get used to his hitting thirdThe 3 hole is the MVP spot as the voters give higher marks to RBI men over those who score runs.Bryce Harper will have plenty of opportunities in the 3 hole and I suppose if all goes well Zim will also in the 4 hole like LaRoche did last year!Some suggest going Span-Harper-Zim-LaRoche but I like this lineup much better and Davey seems to have embraced this as his "A" lineup.

  13. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    I love this lineup as it puts the best overall power hitter in the whole organization in the 3 hole where he belongs.

  14. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Ex- Nat sighting! Bixler now hitting for the Mets.

  15. bowdenball - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    I apologize if this has been discussed among the regulars before, but what's the deal with the Braves starting Hudson on Opening Day? What a weird decision. They started Medlen in the wild card playoff game, so it's not like they're worried about his lack of experience on the big stage. Anyone else find it very odd?

  16. BigCat - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    I sure would of liked The Beast tucked quietly in that 5 or 6 slot, but it is what it is. And as soon as Span makes one of his diving catches I will be smiling

  17. NatsLady - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Haren should consider taking the bus so he can get up and walk around.

  18. Section 222 - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    There's no doubt this is the best lineup for the Nats with this personnel — putting Harper in the 3 spot where his power can produce more runs, keeping Werth at the top of the order where his pitch taking ability and bat control can pay dividends and he isn't taking up a spot like 5 or 6 better suited for a power hitter, and having a LRLR alignment for late inning matchups. It seemed like the obvious solution from the day that Span was obtained and slotted into the leadoff spot, but I'm glad that everyone seems to have accepted and adjusted to their new spots. Well done Davey.

  19. sjm308 - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    I love this lineup as well. I think I wrote a fantasy 1st inning about two months back with Span looking at 9 pitches before drawing a walk. Werth taking another 8 pitches before dropping a single with Span moving all the way to 3rd (I might have had him steal 2nd, can't remember). Harper drives them both in with a double to the wall and Zimm finishes it off with a single to right scoring Harper easily. Opposing pitcher will have thrown over 30 pitches in the first inning and will be toast by the 5th.Go Nats

  20. MurrayTheRed - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Best part….It is in TV after work! Going to race home order delivery and enjoy.NatsLady great blog post! Impressive.

  21. MurrayTheRed - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    That was "on TV" not "in TV". Can't blame that one on spellcheck.

  22. NCNatsie - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    In an earlier thread, Natsfan1a said, "You forgot to not post about what time it will take place (1-3:30, if memory serves). :-)"1. I did that on purpose.2. Your memory serves.3. You have the cutest emoticon!

  23. NCNatsie - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    I agree with Murray that Naats Lady's post on stealing is most impressive. Of course, with her blog, I only look at the pictures.

  24. NatsLady - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Thanks, Murray. If any one finds errors, let me know in the comments section and I will fix! I tried to double-check…

  25. NCNatsie - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Nats Lady. Sorry. :-)

  26. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    There was a Nats classic on this morning and I dvr'd it. I am using it as a warm up game for later. Harper walk off in the 12th. Chris Young is the starter for the Mets. He is an absolute giant. How tall is that dude? He totally fooled our hitters. Did not realize he was quite so tall. Think he will stay or go?

  27. NatsLady - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    NCN–I stole the picture. (sigh) I guess I should credit it.

  28. Unknown - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    While long term weather predictions are always speculative, AccuWeather is predicting 45 degrees and rain for April 1st opening day against the Marlins.

  29. NatsLady - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    I got a ticket with my plan for the Yankee game. IF the weather is decent I'll go–otherwise someone else can have my ticket. It's a paper ticket.

  30. MurrayTheRed - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Just curious, how many of you have received your season tickets? Haven't got mine yet getting nervous. If you already got them would you mind posting the date you received them.

  31. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Not a season ticket holder, but got one of those four packs as a Christmas gift. Got them last week!

  32. Joe Seamhead - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Just saw NatsJack in his seat. Wow did that call on the K to Span look inside, or what?So the Braves guy just said that Werth would be the Nats leadoff guy.Whatever…

  33. Mac - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Half season plan arrived last Friday.

  34. Joe Seamhead - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Wow, Danny, really?

  35. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Braves announcers also said that Danny struggled defensively at second last season because he prefers to play shortstop. Really? Wait til they bring up SS and the you know what.

  36. Drew - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Yeesh, Danny.Wilson!

  37. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    By the way- shadows look awful right now.

  38. Joe Seamhead - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Great job, Wilson, Zimmerman and Haren!

  39. Joe Seamhead - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Ryan got away with that one!

  40. Drew - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Note to Mark:Do you have to wear the puffy shirt?

  41. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Eye patch?

  42. Joe Seamhead - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Note to Coach Jewitt: Justin Heyward has a pretty good arm in right. Jeesh…you sent ALR?

  43. Drew - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Gotta question sending Adam, matey.Shiver me timbers!

  44. Joe Seamhead - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    I meant to say Jason Heyward.

  45. Drew - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    No worries, Joe.Susan Hayward could throw out Adam on a single to right.

  46. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Arrrrrrgh!

  47. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Are they going to show the game or is this an interview dhow?

  48. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    *show*

  49. Steady Eddie - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    From the sound of Harrn's 2nd inning pitching, maybe better not to see.

  50. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Haren really a part of the rotation now – base hit.

  51. natsfan1a - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    I ordered a flex plan, too, as well as a supplemental game, and have received all of the tix.baseballswami said… Not a season ticket holder, but got one of those four packs as a Christmas gift. Got them last week! March 21, 2013 6:12 PM

  52. Drew - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Jewett must have felt sorry for the parrot on Adam's shoulder.

  53. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    My first game is April 11th.

  54. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Ok- one guy out at home, one at first. New base coaches?

  55. natsfan1a - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    On topic, and catching up.I also had a NatsJack sighting.I also wondered about sending Adam. Arrggghhh.Not a fan of in-game interviews.That about does it. Now it's back to the basement baseball viewing lair for me.

  56. natsfan1a - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    I'm going April 1, thanks to a very nice baseball buddy, and again on April 13.Oh, wait. Was it a dead parrot, by any chance?

  57. ehay2k - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Just got my Nats Season Ticket cards in the mail today! We will see how this works out. And, Span was safe.

  58. ehay2k - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    That parrot is not dead. He's pining for the fjords!

  59. skidge - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    I think I'm seeing Natsjack on the tv here.

  60. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Span was a makeup call for the out at third. So Ryan is an original Nat? Don't remember itt that way, do you?

  61. ehay2k - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Zim came up in 2005, so I think he counts. Plus first draft pick, etc. He is A original, just not THE original, Nat.

  62. natsfan1a - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    ehay @ 6:54, or perhaps tired due to a prolonged squawk. On a game note, the Braves team is showing some love for our rotation and 'pen.

  63. natsfan1a - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    I also liked the part about the Nats having owned Hudson. :-)

  64. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Not to mention John Lannan owning the Braves!

  65. Gonat - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    There's NatsJack and Gator John in their Nats red. Looks like they have the fronnnt roooow!

  66. Gonat - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Wave to us MicheleS!!!!!!

  67. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Is that them right behind the batter?

  68. natsfan1a - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    I believe so, swami.

  69. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Cool!!!!!

  70. Gonat - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Yes, that is them behind the right-handed batter.

  71. UnkyD - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    "Oh, wait. Was it a dead parrot, by any chance?"———–Ex-parrot….

  72. ehay2k - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Yikes. Here's hoping Haren is just working on things, with a dead arm, etc.

  73. Gonat - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    MicheleS is taking pictures now.

  74. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    I would rather watch them than listen to the blather.

  75. Joe Seamhead - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Yes, that's them!

  76. skidge - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Yes, saw NJ before and now see Michelle, I think.

  77. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Nice play by Zim! I know this game doesn't count, but some offense would be nice to watch. Some NATS offense, that is.

  78. Gonat - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    MicheleS may want to erase -those- pictures.

  79. MicheleS - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Its is us!

  80. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Yay! Encourage our hitters a bit more? They look like they need it. Or– go in for one of the base coaches?

  81. Steve Hayes - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Haren is absolutely horrible. It would appear he is the same pitcher as last year — yes, he's washed up. A 87 mph meatball fastball and a weak sinker aint gonna cut it. Rizzo has made another mistake. Davey mentioning that Haren is the #4 pitcher over Det makes Davey looks stupid — a reputation he's had to battle his entire career. Haren — done and gone by All star break — if not before.

  82. natsfan1a - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Save the Stammen pics. :-)

  83. natsfan1a - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Hey, Tim, they'll hit you during the regular season, when it counts.

  84. UnkyD - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Look! It's JayB Hayes!!!

  85. natsfan1a - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    I think I saw Rizzo during Desi's AB.

  86. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Haren could still work out, but I still see Det as four. Haren has had moments. Maybe now some consistency.

  87. UnkyD - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    "This parrot is no more…."

  88. Drew - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Steve is not a jolly roger.

  89. Ghost Of Steve M. - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Steve Hayes, give it some time. It wasn't great and luckily this is still Spring Training.

  90. natsfan1a - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    And did I just hear a woo hoo?

  91. natsfan1a - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Indeed, Unk. Shuffled off the mortal coil.

  92. natsfan1a - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Nice catch. Not.

  93. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Ooooooops. Inning not over just yet.

  94. baseballswami - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Is it my imagination or do I hear loud Nats fans cheering?

  95. natsfan1a - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    I was thinking I heard that, too.

  96. Joe Seamhead - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Haren will be fine, though Justin Upton has always hit homers off him. Steve Hayes it's okay with me if you don't like Haren, but calling Davey Johnson stupid is pretty questionable on your part.

  97. natsfan1a - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Meanwhile, somewhere, on some Barves blog, they're hating on Avilan. Such is life.

  98. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Good one, and there's a gator in the stands.7:44 p.m. — On "Pirate and Princess Night" here at Disney, it's of course appropriate that Capt. Hook made an appearance.

  99. ehay2k - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    I see Hanley Ramirez is out due to thumb surgery. How did he hurt it? Did he clench?

  100. Steve Hayes - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Seamhead – naming Haren the #4 over Det Is pretty stupid. period even you wouldn't have done that.

  101. DL in VA - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Just tuned in, and heard this exchange by the Braves announcers:"Doesn't surprise me a bit that Washington will stoop to any level to gain an illegal advantage over the Braves tonight.""Yeah, how do you know who you're pitching to?"What in hell are they talking about?

  102. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    I believe he hurt it in the WBC but can't recall exactly how. Ugh, that chant.

  103. Steve Hayes - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Lets watch the wolves and knives come out … here goesThe Nats will win 5 or more fewer games this year than last — bookmark this statement.

  104. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Multiple players sporting #1. I believe they were joking.

  105. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Hanley jammed his thumb making a play( yes, he actually hustled) and broke something.

  106. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Are there any wolves here? Or knives? Didn't think so.

  107. Steve Hayes - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Bringing up a producing Rendon and playing him at 2b may make up the loss of Morse's production — I just don't see how Span with an avg of 11 steals a year, while batting ,265 who outfielders play as shallow as your little brother playing little league is really going to help that much. defensively, yes — but as unorthodox as our OF was last year, it didn't do too shabby — enough to win 97 games

  108. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Oh , no. Another interview . Root canals for everyone.

  109. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Steve- I believe that was 98 games?

  110. ehay2k - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Never bring a knife to a wolf fight, just saying.

  111. djinFl. - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    So is was our leader absent from yhe press box while we had a little rally. Surprising

  112. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    At least use the split screen. Thank you.

  113. Steve Hayes - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    I sure do hope they give Ramos a lot more time before he gets significant ab'sEspi's swing Does look betterZim looks greatWerth is werth!Span is suspectLaroche – can he repeat this year?Desi will be a monsteras will HarpOne lefty in bullpen? are they crazy?Haren a #4, are they nuts?

  114. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Must have been in the clubhouse. Is this a new trend? hmmm…Good one, ehay.

  115. Steve Hayes - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    98 games, of course!

  116. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Stores in- let's see how this goes……

  117. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    StoreN

  118. Gonat - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Steve Hayes, if Haren does better than EJax then it's a gain. EJax was very up and down all season.

  119. Gonat - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    That's how you frame a strike 3! After watching Yadier Molina in the WBC you see how he just helps his pitchers. Great job by Ramos!

  120. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    What exactly, do you think is a good record for a 4 or 5? Ten wins?

  121. ehay2k - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Molina frames pitches when he's batting.

  122. Drew - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Constanza doesn't want to be a pirate, either.

  123. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Hey, it's Terdoslavich! [ding]

  124. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Drew's mechanics look different. He doesn't have that very pronounced drag move. Maybe that was causing the stealing so he is trying to be quicker to the plate? Just doesn't look right yet.

  125. EmDash - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    There's not really a difference between 3rd and 4th starters – if everyone stays healthy they get the same number of starts. Naming Haren the 4th starter is a harmless perk for his veteran status, and not terribly significant.

  126. EmDash - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    …that should be 4th and 5th starters, in my previous comment.

  127. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Prom?

  128. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Better get that, it might be the phone.

  129. EmDash - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Drew did look awkward – they were making what seemed to be a lot of sharp contact off of him.

  130. ehay2k - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    He is asking the Barves pitcher to the prom.

  131. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    I would love it if Owings went yard.

  132. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Boooo.

  133. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    That's what I was thinking, ehay.

  134. ehay2k - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    I will trade that loss for a win in the regular (or post) season.

  135. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    That's your ballgame. Day game tomorrow, people. Don't stay up too late. :-)

  136. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Me, too, ehay.

  137. Joe Seamhead - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    I could be wrong, but I think the schedule is why Davey is putting Haren ahead of Detweiller. Haren will miss the first Braves series all together.

  138. Gonat - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… Looks like Wilson Ramos will 'up' his 7 innings he did yesterday to a full 9 on his next start! March 19, 2013 11:17 AM Good call. Ramos looked great back there!

  139. Drew - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Speaking of Davey, MASN is showing Game 4 of the 1970 World Series.Clay Carroll just struck Davey out.

  140. Gonat - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Mark Zuckerman‏@ZuckermanCSN Wilson Ramos scheduled to catch all nine innings tonight, first time since he tore ACL in May. #Nats1:18 PM – 21 Mar 13 Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN Impressive throw by Wilson Ramos to nab Andrelton Simmons trying to steal 3rd. Got a big jump on Dan HarenMark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN Wilson Ramos scheduled to catch all nine innings tonight, first time since he tore ACL in May. #Nats____________________________________All great news on Ramos! SteveM, how did you know 2 days ago that Ramos would catch 9 if Davey didn't confirm this until before game time per Mark's tweet.

  141. Gonat - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Steve Hayes said… I sure do hope they give Ramos a lot more time before he gets significant ab'sEspi's swing Does look betterZim looks greatWerth is werth!Span is suspectLaroche – can he repeat this year?Desi will be a monsteras will HarpOne lefty in bullpen? are they crazy?Haren a #4, are they nuts? March 21, 2013 8:09 PM ____________________________You are still looking at small sample sizes. Denard Span should be right back on his career numbers and hopefully with the work Eck has done with him he will improve.

  142. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Gonat…..Davey AND Rizzo said last Thursday that Ramos would go 9 this week.

  143. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    For what ir's worth, Storen was nasty tonite. He's fine.

  144. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Haren was stuck throwing pitches mid thigh to belt buckle in thre first 2 innings and was excellent after thatHe did throw one slop slider to J-Up which ended up the farthest I've ever seen a ball hit since Frank Howard.

  145. Gonat - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    NatsJack in Florida said… Gonat…..Davey AND Rizzo said last Thursday that Ramos would go 9 this week. March 21, 2013 9:48 PM ______________________________Yep, I do remember that and I guess that could have meant Saturday. I read on Twitter that Davey informed reporters before the game that tonight was the night Ramos would go 9.You, Michele and Gator John represented well behind homeplate!

  146. NatsJim - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Just watching the game, from the looks of it Michelle got a pretty good snapshot of Upton's blast!NatsJack in Florida said…Haren was stuck throwing pitches mid thigh to belt buckle in thre first 2 innings and was excellent after thatHe did throw one slop slider to J-Up which ended up the farthest I've ever seen a ball hit since Frank Howard.March 21, 2013 9:55 PM

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FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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