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Game 122: Nats at Braves

Aug 17, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

ATLANTA โ€” It's another cold, rainy day here at Turner Field, and this time it could prevent baseball from being played. At the very least, it's supposed to drizzle all evening. At worst, it could be heavy enough to cause a delay or even postponement. We'll see.

If they do get started, all eyes will be on Stephen Strasburg as he takes the mound in the wake of Bryce Harper's three plunkings by Braves pitchers over the last 11 days. Will Strasburg retaliate, and if so, who gets to wear one of his fastballs? The safest bet would probably be Justin Upton, batting second tonight for Atlanta. But much could depend on how the umpires handle this, whether they issue warnings to both dugouts before the game even begins, which would lead to automatic ejections and future suspensions.

In other news, the Nationals just announced they've placed Taylor Jordan on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain and recalled Tyler Moore from Class AAA. Reading between the lines, this would suggest the Nats have decided to shut down Jordan after 142 innings. Ross Ohlendorf will be ready to return in four days and take his rotation spot. Until then, they'll have an extra position player in Moore, who had been raking at Syracuse. (Over his last 28 games, he was hitting .371 with seven homers and 31 RBI.)

Stay tuned for updates…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Showers, 68 degrees, Wind 10 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (59-62)
CF Bryce Harper Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth

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617 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. jeffwx - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    They really should turn off the chop crap

  2. JaneB - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Please oh please Dan! Be lights out!

  3. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    MNF, I thought the same thing with Davey. zzzzzz

  4. JaneB - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    1.

  5. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Jane B +1

  6. NatsLady - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Ump wants to go home.

  7. JaneB - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    2.

  8. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Walk-off win by the Nats?

  9. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Anyone who said Dan Haren cant pitch out of the bullpen was wrong. That was a great job of closing!

  10. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Great job Ro-Ark, Krol, Stammen and Haren

  11. jeffwx - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Dan Haren the new closer!Good move, Rizzo.Good night, nats fans.

  12. JaneB - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Dan I now love you. I really do.

  13. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Walk off we do!

  14. NatsLady - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Ump gave him two extra strikes. We'll take it!

  15. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Yes!!!!!!

  16. D'Gourds - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Hard to say which is the worse signing now-Haren or Soriano. Rizzo may even sign Haren 2014. He's really looked good lately.

  17. Depot Master - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    I want Haren back. We are finally seeing him as a pitcher, and I love him as a teammate.

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