May 2009

Wednesday's lineup against Pirates

Cristian Guzman, ss

Nick Johnson, 1b

Ryan Zimmerman, 3b

Adam Dunn, 1b

Austin Kearns, rf

Ronnie Belliard, 2b

Justin Maxwell, cf

Wil Nieves, c

John Lannan, p   

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NatsTown Green-Up

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation will host the inaugural NatsTown Green-Up, an Anacostia Clean-Up Day designed to bring attention to the works of the Dream Foundation and their partner, the Earth Conservation Corps.

Close to 100 volunteers from the Washington Nationals front office, Alion Science & Technology, Capitol Riverfront BID, Capital Rowing Club, HNTB Corporation, and Sidwell Friends, will “Rally ‘Round The River” and help to clean and beautify the nation’s most polluted waterway.

The day’s activities will include mulching, planting and trash pick-up at the Matthew Henson Center, the base of the Earth Conservation Corps located at 2000 Half Street, SE, and removal of trash from the shoreline of the Anacostia at Poplar Point. Boats will take volunteers across the river to the Poplar Point location. 

Waste Management, a Nationals corporate partner, will provide the dumpsters for materials removed from the river banks during the event, along with t-shirts for all volunteers. Hard Times Cafe and Gifford’s Ice Cream & Candy Co. will provide complimentary lunch for the volunteers at 1:00pm in the Nats Family Picnic Area.

During the lunch portion of the event a Nationals player will meet with the volunteers and thank them for their participation. Each person will also receive two tickets to Dream Foundation Day at the ballpark on Sunday, May 24 when the team faces the Baltimore Orioles in the final game of the homestand. The pre- and in-game entertainment at Sunday’s game will highlight the works of the Nationals Dream Foundation and provide fans with information on how they can get involved.

Tuesday's lineup against Pirates

Cristian Guzman – SS

Nick Johnson – 1B

Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

Adam Dunn – RF

Josh Willingham – LF

Willie Harris – CF

Anderson Hernandez – 2B

Wil Nieves – C

Shairon Martis – P

Guzman finally draws walk

Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman drew his first walk of the season on Monday night. It took his 122nd plate appearance to receive the free pass.

In the bottom of the fifth inning against Pirates right-hander Ross Ohlendorf, Guzman took four pitches and then clapped his hands with joy as he jogged to first base. Guzman ended up scoring on a Nick Johnson home run.
   

Monday's lineup against Pirates

Cristian Guzman, ss

Nick Johnson, 1b

Ryan Zimmerman, 3b

Adam Dunn, rf

Josh Willingham, lf

Willie Harris, cf

Anderson Hernandez, 2b

Josh Bard, c

Ross Detwiler, p  

Starting lineup against Phillies — Game 2

Cristian Guzman – SS

Nick Johnson – 1B

Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

Adam Dunn – RF

Josh Willingham – LF

Willie Harris – CF

Ronnie Belliard – 2B

Wil Nieves – C

Daniel Cabrera – P

Saturday's lineup against Phillies

Cristian Guzman – SS

Nick Johnson – 1B

Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

Adam Dunn – RF

Josh Willingham – LF

Josh Bard – C

Willie Harris – CF

Anderson Hernandez – 2B

Scott Olsen – P

Dukes has hamstring strain

Nationals center fielder Elijah Dukes left Friday’s game against the Phillies because of a left hamstring strain. He is listed as day-to-day.

In the top of the seventh inning, after Jayson Werth flew out to left fielder Adam Dunn for the second out of the inning, Dukes took himself out of the game. Dukes walked into the dugout on his own power.
       

Dmitri Young takes leave of absence

Nationals first baseman Dmitri Young is taking a leave of absence to be with his mother, who is gravely ill. The Nationals told Young to take all the time he needed to be with his mother. Young did not give a timetable on when he will return to the field. 

Young’s younger brother, Delmon, has been placed on the Family Medical Emergency List by the Twins.  Delmon will be away from the team from three to seven days, as stipulated by rules of the special list.

Once he returns to the team, Dmitri most likely will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse. Young has spent most of the season in extended Spring Training.

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