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Interleague play marks quarter point of season

Friday, May 20th, 2011

With the weekend devoted to interleague play, just about the quarter mark of the 2011 Major League Baseball season, the Washington Nationals currently have a 20-23 record and sit in last place in the National League East Conference. However the Nats are only 4.5 games out of third place as the Atlanta Braves hold that spot, but only one game out of fourth place which the New York Mets are in.

The 15th season of interleague play is already here and the Nats open it with the Battle of the Beltways Friday, May 20. The Nats travel to Oriole Park at Camden Yards and face the Baltimore Orioles. The O’s have almost an identical record to the Nats. They sit in last place as well, but with a record of 19-23. In game one of the three game series, Jason Marquis of the Nats takes the hill against Jake Arrieta. In game two, it’s lefty John Lannon vs. righty Jeremy Guthrie, and in the final game, Jordan Zimmermann is on the bump with Chris Tillman.

At this point of the season, the hottest hitting National is Laynce Nix who is hitting .307 with five home runs. Jason Marquis leads the Nationals pitching staff with five wins and one loss with a 3.54 ERA. When it comes to save situations, Drew Storen has been lights out with a perfect 9 for 9 so far on the season. His ERA is 0.38 with 19 strike outs.

In the last 10 games the Nats are 4-6. The Nats return to National Division play next week. Baltimore does travels to Nationals Park for round two of the Battle of the Beltways June 17, 18 and 19.

Nats welcome Storen to the bigs, United in big hole, Backy signs big

Monday, May 17th, 2010

After winning its series against the New York Mets, The Nationals had a very strange series at the Colorado Rockies. The Nats won the first game of the four-game series 14-6 in a rainy evening at Coors Field. That game was called in the eighth inning due to field conditions. The game on Friday night was postponed setting up a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. Both the day game and the night game went to the Rockies. The Nats tried to split the series on Sunday afternoon. The game was tied at 1, but the Nats bullpen failed to keep the tie and gave up the go-ahead run in the late innings. The Nats travel to St. Louis for a quick two-game series. The Nats come back home for a two-game series with the New York Mets at Nationals Park May 19 and 20.
This weekend marks the Battle of the Beltway. The Baltimore Orioles come to Nationals Park for a three-game series as interleague play starts.
DC United continues to struggle whether it is at RFK Stadium or on the road. They lost Saturday 1-0 vs. the Colorado Rapids at RFK. Sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a 1-7 record, United has allowed 16 goals and only scored four goals on the season.
Some other D.C. news: The Nationals promoted 2009 first-round draft pick pitcher Drew Storen to the big leagues. He will be in the bullpen for the St. Louis game today. The Capitals re-signed Nicklas Backstrom to a 10-year deal. Tarik El-Bashir, The Washington Post Capitals Insider, reports that it escalates to a total $67 million over the life of the contract. Finally, the Redskins added some depth as they signed defensive lineman veteran Vonnie Holliday, a free agent who played for the Denver Broncos last season.