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Game 7: White Sox at Nats

Apr 9, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Nationals Park plays host to the White Sox starting tonight.

Who's ready for some early-April interleague play, baby! Yes, it's April 9 and the White Sox are in town for a three-game set between Barack Obama's former hometown team and his current hometown team. (The Prez made a surprise appearance here three years ago for the Sox's last appearance, but no evidence yet to suggest he'll make a cameo tonight.)

Adam Dunn, on the other hand, is here, his first trip to D.C. since his final game with the Nationals in 2010. Remember all those "Sign Adam Dunn!" chants? Feels like a long time ago, huh? The big guy won't be in Chicago's lineup for the opener, since there's no DH in the NL park and the Nats are sending left-hander Gio Gonzalez to the mound. Sounds like Dunn will start at least one of the next two games, though, at which point I expect him to get a nice ovation from the crowd.

The guy who replaced Dunn at first base here in Washington, Adam LaRoche, is back in the lineup after missing two games with a stiff back. LaRoche is still looking for his first hit of the season, having gone 0-for-13 before the back injury started acting up.

Updates to come…

CHICAGO WHITE SOX at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), XM 185
Weather: Partly cloudy, 79 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (4-2)
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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  1. A DC Wonk - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    LaRoche has hit well against Peavy in the past, no? Perhaps he gets of the shneid today?

  2. 3on2out - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Adam is a notorious slow starter…last year being the exception to the rule. My friends in Pittsburgh tell me that, back in his Pirate days, he was commonly referred to as Adam "Oh for April" LaRoche.

  3. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Adam just needs something to drop. He's nailed the ball a bunch already, just right at people or barely foul.

  4. bowdenball - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    I would think Dunn would probably get that ovation during a pinch-hit appearance tonight, no?

  5. Tcostant - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    I kind of forgot the ALR usually start slow. That is a fact, thank for the reminder.

  6. Steady Eddie - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    NatsJack — or into the wind, here, at least four or five times in the three games. Squared up the ball pretty well, just the wrong places at the wrong times.

  7. baseballswami - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    I feel that our guys have squared up a lot of balls that stalled, laser beamed directly at an infielder or otherwise ended up in an out. Also, the pitchers have had some tight zones and other adventures, including errors and ball boy interference and hit batters that were not hit. Those things have a way of balancing out. I hope. Warm night tonight, Gio should not have to make love to his hand.

  8. MicheleS - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    GYFNG! looking forward to a great game tonight as i work.

  9. mick - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    JD and SonnyG10 from last thread…SonnyG10. I of course agree with that and baseball brings us back to such a time. Unfortunately, the real world (which is mostly sickening) plays a factor. In my youth days, only 4 teams out of 18 would make post season. i remember my team finish 10-4 one season and missed the playoffs, I cried like a baby. There were no feel good trophies, only one championship trophy and no runner ups. I miss those days as well and my generation played because we loved this game and respected our opponents. But inter league play I do not think takes us away from that time. I respect both JD and your view and deep down I wish for that time as well.

  10. NatsLady - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Miss Iowa to the Blue Jays (minor league).http://www.rotoworld.com/headlines/mlb/390603/baseball-headlines?r=1

  11. MicheleS - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Amanda Comak‏@acomak#Nats have indicated they'll pick up GM Mike Rizzo's 2014 option, per source. Mark Lerner said focus is on extensionGood news for us.

  12. natsfan1a - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    In Rizzo we trust.GYFNG!!

  13. JaneB - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    I'mRidiculously excited to see Dunn. StillGYFNG!!!

  14. Candide - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    How was that a balk?

  15. MicheleS - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Candide, he back off the pitching rubber with the wrong foot. FP explained it better. If you Follow @Plesac19 (dan plesac) he explained it as such:Dan Plesac‏@Plesac19 #WhiteSox scores 1st,bases loaded balk byNat Gio.Good call,lefty pitcher CAN'T step back w/rt foot.That move constitutes start of delivery.

  16. Candide - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Thanks, Michele… I musta been upstairs when FP was explaining.

  17. Jeff Wang - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    26 pitches by Peavy for 3 batters…

  18. MicheleS - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Jenifer Langosch‏@LangoschMLB Jason Motte's MRI shows tear to ligament. #STLCards will give him until May 1 to show improvement; if none, then likely Tommy John surgery.HMMM.. looks like Motte won't be here for the STL series…

  19. Unknown - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Message sent to James Wagner and Adam Kilgore at the Washington Post———-As sportswriters at the Washington Post, when you are conducting an interview in the process of writing a story, I find it hard to believe that you don't challenge ridiculous and inaccurate statements made by the person you are interviewing. In your article on Michael Morse of 4/9/13, you state that Davey Johnson said "I'd rather have a better hitter (Span) than a long ball (Morse)". Michael Morse, in addition to his awesome power, has a .294 career batting average. Denard Span has a .284 career batting average with absolutely no power. Ridiculous statements like this one by Johnson beg to be challenged. In addition to his home runs, Morse had a lot of clutch hits during his career with the Nationals but he is characterized by Johnson as being just another oaf like Adam Dunn, who only hits homers in between his many strikeouts. How insulting to The Beast! Re-signing Adam Laroche for big bucks off of a career year (following many mediocre seasons) at the expense of Morse will likely turn out to be a huge blunder by Mike Rizzo and Davey Johnson.

  20. MicheleS - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Well, at least the game is tied up.

  21. baseballswami - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Who are these guys in curly W hats doing zany things?

  22. RickH - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    IAN!!!

  23. MicheleS - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Desi BOMB!..Unknown, I suggest you register your editorial complaints with WaPo on their site, seriously doubt that James or Adam read the comments section on this blog.

  24. MicheleS - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Swami.. lots of TOOTBLAN's tonight. That was a really nice decoy play by Ryan. Very heads up. And Glad to see Desi get a HR.Is the Umps strike zone crappy? Some of the pitches that ALR was called out on were like 6 inches off the plate.

  25. Candide - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Had to look up tootblan… Would be ROFLMAO except that we had two of the three tootblans.

  26. MicheleS - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Candide.. at least the Sox have had a Tootblan too.Why was Ramos running, Was that a hit/run play?

  27. Candide - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Per Carp, yes – said Ramos would get a good jump on the 3-2 pitch.

  28. Candide - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Sure wasn't because of Wilson's blazing speed on the basepaths…

  29. Candide - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Dammit, that's about the fourth catcher throw that's gone into the outfield this year.

  30. MicheleS - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Candide, hit the runner on the helmet, throw looked good.

  31. RickH - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    JASON!!!

  32. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Too bad Jayson isn't a power hitter anymore.

  33. Steady Eddie - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Right, another JDub wrist alert.

  34. RickH - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    ALR!!! (Finally!)

  35. Steady Eddie - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    RickH — just another one he's squared up, but in warm weather and not fighting the wind this time.

  36. SCNatsFan - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Why is it some cant seem to remember morse could walk at the end of the year but span will be roaming cf for awhile

  37. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    So at the game. Here in the 6th we've had an Werthquake and an Adam Bomb.

  38. Drew - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    The Syracuse game was called after five innings because of rain.So Syracuse only scored 8 runs on 11 hits.Goodness, that club can play.

  39. waddu eye no - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Ahhhh. Summer air& balls leaving the park

  40. RickH - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Steady Eddie … Yep. He has hit well; just at people. As you say, you can tell the difference with the temperature tonight.

  41. MicheleS - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Mark just tweeted that DSpan has a .500 OBP. wowzer! Gonna love having him around this year

  42. Nattering Nat - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    The good news is that despite not playing on all cylinders, the Nats still keep finding ways to take leads and, generally, avoid paying too high a price for the mistakes. The bad news is that there are too many cases so far of lack of really sharp play or positioning, be it getting thrown out at second by a mile, running behind the bag at second to get a throw from Ramos that then hits the runner, or not picking up a slow roller at short, no one of which is the end of the world by itself, but taken together suggest this team is not near fulfilling its potential yet, on defense or offense.So that, finally, is the good news–still 4-2, maybe will squeak by for 5-2, while not playing to its potential. When they do–and I of course think they will, soon–watch out, Atlanta and Cincy!

  43. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Drew…re: Syracuse….yes, they are a talented club but they've opened up against thr Phillies AAA club and are now playiing Torontos club…..both notoriously weak at the AAA level.

  44. Drew - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Point taken, NJ. The Chiefs can't stay this hot, but that's a talented club.Speaking of hot starts, in his first 5 games, Potomac shortstop Jason Martinson is hitting .412 with 3 homers and 8 RBIs.

  45. Scott Margenau - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Drew was filthy there. DSpan is the definition of lead off. Peric! Get on board!

  46. Scott Margenau - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    ALR. Wow.

  47. RickH - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Two hits. Two home runs. Who does Adam think he is … Bryce Harper???

  48. Drew - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Adam L. Is putting on a show for Adam D.

  49. Scott Margenau - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Tymo just missed the barell.

  50. Scott Margenau - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Unknown: Morse has only had over 100 hits twice in carreer. 4 of those years, in his prime he was well under 20 hits. That's not a good risk vs Spans carreer stats. Still it was not smart for Davey to say that.

  51. RickH - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    I'm glad Adam Dunn didn't get a chance to hit tonight. Had a bad feeling about that. Way to go, Nats!!!

  52. SCNatsFan - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Well that was interesting

  53. RickH - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    ALR: "I found out the only safe place to hit it was in the seats."

  54. Secret wasian man - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    A win is a win. Great hitting. The bullpen minus storen was terrible. Does anybody feel good about this guy Soriano. I'm thinking Drew needs his job back.

  55. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    Fun game. Suspense, Drama. Curly W. Untuck. Good stuff.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 55 44 --
ATLANTA 55 47 1.5
MIAMI 48 52 8.0
NEW YORK 48 54 8.5
PHILADELPHIA 44 58 12.5
Through Thursday's games

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FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
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