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

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.

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