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Game 107: Nats at Tigers

Jul 30, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

DETROIT โ€” Good afternoon from Comerica Park, one of baseball's truly underrated ballparks. The Nationals are making only their second-ever appearance here, still seeking their first win after getting swept in June 2010. Stephen Strasburg was on the roster at that point, having made his second career start only two days earlier in Cleveland. Tonight, he'll actually pitch here against the Tigers, a compelling matchup in itself.

His team having won three straight at home against the Mets, Davey Johnson is sticking with the same lineup tonight against Anibal Sanchez. There is, of course, one twist: Since we're in an American League park, the DH is in effect. So tonight it'll be Chad Tracy, batting ninth behind all the other regulars.

Updates to come, please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at DETROIT TIGERS
Where: Comerica Park
Gametime: 7:08 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 179
Weather: Partly cloudy, 74 degrees, Wind 5 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (52-54)
LF Bryce Harper
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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230 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    There is never a time.Bottom line we called for a split in this series. We can still get that.Am I missing sonething?

  2. Secret wasian man - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Big cat if I recall we spotted Stras 3 in the 1st against the Marlins. He proceeded to give up 7 runs in the next 2 innings. But again with the lack of hitting it doesn't really matter.

  3. BigCat - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    When you gotta bucke down and win that big AB, the hitter always gets him Shame. I'm goin to bedSeason over

  4. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    I will make that judgement at the end of hos career. Rendon is hitting it hard but still right at people.

  5. Almazar80 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Good teams don't fall behind by ten games. But as the season has shown, the Nats are not exactly a good team. A lot of NL teams have passed them by. Rizzo and Davey had a terrible winter. It appears that Rizzo may not be the great judge of talent that people thought him to be. Oh well. There's always next year. This year? Atlanta has a far easier schedule left than the Nats. The Nats are already through their cream puff schedule. And they did not do well. A flawed, less than stellar team that is moving backwards. Thanks Rizzo!

  6. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    You always remember non success. I remember tge successes, and that is much more fun.

  7. Secret wasian man - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Rendon "just BANGED IT" to the shortstop. C'mon Carp, PLEASE.

  8. jeffwx - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    True, we remember the bad times better…in our DNA

  9. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    3 for first 5.Only 2 hits in last 7 innings.

  10. Secret wasian man - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Almazar. Well spoken. And like the masochist I am I will tune in tommor. Fortunately most of it will be on the radio

  11. jeffwx - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Sanchez must be 100-0 against the Nats

  12. paul brandt - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    lot of empty stares in the visitors dugout…biggest problem we have other than our offense…only 54 games to go and we will be 10 games back…#Fme.

  13. jeffwx - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    gonna have to do better than that to make it to NY, but if you can make it there…

  14. phil dunton - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    When the night is over, the Nats will be 10 games behind the Braves. Time to sell!

  15. jeffwx - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    feels like this is the night I gave up on this seasonGo Nats

  16. Almazar80 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    The question is, will fans continue to flock to Nats Park knowing that the team is a big collection of underachieving, uneventful players destined to bring the excitement level of a lobotomy?

  17. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Funny how Almazar and his ilk weren't around Sunday. Or Saturday. Or Friday.Pathetic.

  18. Almazar80 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Not every night is a time for comments. Teams who want to improve should address comments, good and bad. I've said some good things about the Nats, but this year, every time I pay attention to them, the seem to be doing badly. It's great that they beat a bad team. Now let's see them beat a good one.

  19. paul brandt - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    David Proctor said…Funny how Almazar and his ilk weren't around Sunday. Or Saturday. Or Friday.Pathetic.ditto DP, move on Almazar, heard it before.

  20. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Well the Nationals did sweep the Tigers earlier this year. I didn't see you around then either.

  21. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    I don't understand why it is pathetic at all. Why should they show up when the team is winning when so many of the peace and love people claim that it harshes their win buzz? Let Almazar post and stop trying to stifle people like. All of the pollyannas on here seem to think that they own the site.

  22. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    The most annoying comments on the site are invariably those made by the pollyannas shouting down anyone who doesn't agree with them….

  23. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Denard Span did get a hit in the 9th inning. I realize that we are all supposed to come on here whenever Span does something good, so let the record reflect that Span got a hit in the 9th.

  24. Secret wasian man - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    You keep,rolling almazar. These people are just as disgusted about this team as the rest of us. But they would rather belly ache about us instead. A lot of us here knew what this team was in May. We were right, they were wrong and they are not man enough to admit it. I wish I had been wrong.

  25. Almazar80 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Criticism, when taken the right way, can lead to better things in the future, if you learn from them. The Nats have lost a lot of games this year, and I know I haven't posted after every loss. Too many other things to do. This was a year of great expectations, mostly, if not all unmet. If the casual fan (that's me, I am not a die hard baseball fan, but if you love the game that's great) is derided for expecting a certain level of competitiveness in the team, then there is really not much to beckon the casual fan from becoming a die hard one. And as with most enterprises, the team needs a mix of die hard and casual fans to succeed. So basically, expressing disappointment is a source of great disdain for the die hard fans out there.

  26. paul brandt - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    WODL, good to see you have returned, have missed your insight, whether I agree or disagree with it, I always read your posts (unless of course you go beyond 2 paragraphs)

  27. SCNatsFan - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    We aren't going to win every night although it sure seems we have to.

  28. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    I learn a lot reading here every day, even though some days I may not post. I am very interested in what many on here know about the minors, the business side of things and sabermetrics, and also the past history of DC baseball.

  29. Almazar80 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    It's just too bad they're not very good. In the most simplest of terms. I wish they were good, but they're not. The players all keep telling themselves they have a great team (and they should). On the other hand, the Skins also thought they were a good team (when Zorn was coaching). It's entirely conceivable that this was just a dumb luck year, that the players who comprise this collective are collectively much better than what they have shown. It is also possible that they did well last year because other people had off years. We will find out the extent of Rizzo's baseball acumen when we see him act on the failure of this season. Yes, the Nats can rebound next year. It is also possible, that the best has come and gone. We shall see.

  30. Unknown - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Detroit is a broke and broken down city that is waiting to be saved by DC.41,000 fans on a Tuesday night? That's the definition of pathetic. Nothing better to do in that wasteland.

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W L GB MN
WASHINGTON 78 58 -- 19
ATLANTA 72 66 7.0
MIAMI 67 69 11.0
NEW YORK 64 74 15.0
PHILADELPHIA 63 74 15.5
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WED: Nats at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
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FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
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