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Saturday, August 27, 2005


Nationals Win 4-1; LHP White Starting Now, LHP Halama Starts Tomorrow; Includes Today's Line-up - Byrd Leading Off

Friday's game was a fun and exciting game to watch. A lot more people in attendence than I would expect, what with the Redskins playing that night also.

The Nationals dominated throughout, and the best team in baseball managed just 1 run off of the Loaiza. Wilkerson hit a home-run to lead off the first inning, and the Nationals lead the rest of the way.

Winning Line-Up:
Brad Wilkerson, LF 1 for 1, 1 HR (10) 1 R 1 RBI (47) 3 walks .248
Jose Vidro, 2B 0 for 4, .266
Nick Johnson, 1B 1 for 4, 1 2B (30) 1 SO .295
Jose Guillen, RF 2 for 3, 1 3B 1 BB .303
Preston Wilson, CF 1 for 3, 1 SF 1 R 1 RBI (69) .264
Brian Schneider, C 1 for 4, 1 RBI (40), .287
Vinny Castilla, 3B 1 for 4, 1 SO .250
Cristian Guzman, SS 0 for 2, 1 BB 1 SO .194
Esteban Loaiza, P 1 for 3, 1 RBI (4) 2 SO .211

CBS Recap.

Saturday's Game:
RHP Marquis (9-13, 4.67) vs. LHP White

Scouting Report:
Jason Marquis moves up a day in the rotation to take the place of Mark Mulder, who was scratched with a stiff neck.

White, who has Major League experience with the Red Sox and Mariners, is 8-5 with a 3.23 ERA for Triple-A New Orleans. White has never started in the big leagues. Ryan Drese was supposed to make this start, but he is on the disabled list because of a small tear in his labrum.

LHP White will be the first LHP to pitch for the Nationals this year, and John Halama will make it two in a row tomorrow - on Sunday.

Nationals.com preview. ESPN.com's preview and stat pack. CBS.com preview.

Sunday's Game:
LHP Mark Mulder (15-6, 3.74) vs. John Halama (1-1, 5.33)

Scouting Report:
After being scratched Saturday with a stiff neck, Mulder hopes to be able to pitch Sunday. Mulder has been a different pitcher during the day than when starting night games. He is 14-1 with a 1.90 ERA at night but 1-5 with a 7.57 ERA in day games. The Cardinals have won 10 of the last 11 games he has started. He allowed onlt one run on three hits in eight innings in a 3-1 defeat of Pittsburgh in his last outing Monday.

Halama makes just his second start of the season in place of Tony Armas Jr. In his last start, Halama -- then with the Red Sox -- allowed two runs on four hits over five innings to pick up a win over the Tigers on May 3. In his last outing, Aug. 23 against the Reds, he allowed one hit and no runs in two innings.

Today's Line-up:
Byrd LF .248
Vidro 2B .266
Johnson 1B .295
Guillen RF .303
Wilson CF .264
Castilla 3B .250
Scheidner C .287
Guzman SS .194
White P .000

Ken Wright's article "White, Halama picked as starters" in the Washington Times.

Travis Hughes demoted to make room for White.

Robinson had to revamp the rotation because Ryan Drese and Tony Armas Jr. are out with shoulder injuries. Drese was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday (retroactive to Aug. 19) with right shoulder tendinitis.

The Nationals do not intend to place Armas on the DL, as they hope rest will be the answer in dealing with his problematic shoulder.

White is 8-5 with a 3.23 ERA this season with the Zephyrs. White, 28, has appeared in just six big league games with the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners in 2003, when he went 0-1 with a 22.24 ERA. Robinson said he is pitching White today instead of tomorrow to keep White as close to his five-day schedule as possible.

White, it would appear, is just up for this one game, then Ryan Zimmerman will be promoted.

Byrd promoted:
"We're clear," Byrd said. "I had to explain that I was disappointed in myself. They got a read on me that I was very angry and had the attitude. I explained, 'Yeah, I was angry with myself.' I wasn't mad at anyone else. I understood the move and it made sense. It wasn't like I was hitting .300, had a couple home runs and I was the odd-man out. I wasn't getting the job done."

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