Mystics ranked top seed in WNBA playoffs, Nats suffer the DL blues, DC United wins over Philly Union, Ravens trounce Skins

The Washington Mystics enter the 2010 WNBA playoffs on a six-game winning streak. Game one is tonight at the Verizon Center. The Mystics, seeded number one, face-off against the number four team, the Atlanta Dream. Game two is Friday in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. and game three, if necessary, is Sunday back at Verizon Center at 4:00 p.m. The WNBA playoffs are a best two-out-of-three series. Playoff tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com or 1-877-DC-HOOP-1). Tickets start at $22.00. The Mystics are currently one game out of first place with a 20-11 record.

In Nats injury and suspension news, left-fielder Josh Willingham is headed to the 15-day DL. He has a torn meniscus in his left knee. This cartilage makes sure that the thigh and shin bones are distributing weight properly. The Washington Post speculates that the injury requires season-ending surgery for Willingham. Also, the Nats re-called center-fielder Njyer Morgan from the DL. However, he is now suspended seven days due to throwing a ball in the stands in Philadelphia. Rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg is headed back to the 15 day DL with a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm. Strasburg is going to be having a second MRI on Thursday.

DC United defeated the newest team in the league, the Philadelphia Union, 2-0. This was the Unions first trip to the Nation’s Capital.

Lastly, Saturday, Aug. 21, 7:00 p.m. the Redskins took on their I-95 rivals, as the Baltimore Ravens traveled to FedEx Field. The Skins fell 23-3. This was going to be the Skins last pre-season home game at FedEx Field. The next game is Friday as they travel to New Jersey to take on the New York Jets at the new stadium in New York.

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