August 2010

Starting lineups for Nationals and Diamondbacks

Morgan, cf
Kennedy, 2b
Zimmerman, 3b
Dunn, 1b
Willingham, lf
Bernadina, rf
Rodriguez, c
Desmond, ss
Hernandez, rhp

Young, cf
Johnson, 2b
Upton, rf
LaRoche, 1b
Montero, c
Reynolds, 3b
Drew, ss
Parra, lf
Lopez, rhp

Severino optioned to Syracuse

After the Nationals’ 6-4 loss to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon, the Nationals optioned reliever Atahualpa Severino to Triple-A Syracuse and will recall outfielder Justin Maxwell from Syracuse the next day.

Severino, 25, did not make an appearance during his three-game stint with the Nationals. However, he is 4-2 with a 3.55 ERA in 40 games for Syracuse.

This will mark the fourth time Maxwell will be recalled by the Nationals. In 24 games for Washington, Maxwell is 4-for-28 [.105]  with a homer and three RBIs. He also has 14 walks that gives him a .340 on-base percentage.

In 66 games with Syracuse, Maxwell hit .287 with six home runs and 21 RBIs.

Dunn receives standing ovation from Nats fans

A few hours after learning that he was not dealt before the non-waiver trade deadline, Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 38,049 during the team’s 7-5 victory over the Phillies at Nationals Park on Saturday.

The ovation occurred in the first inning when Dunn entered the batter’s box. It was the fans’ way of saying they were happy that Dunn is still a member of the Nationals. Dunn ranked the moment as one of the best in his career.

“That really means a lot, especially coming from where I came from,” Dunn said. “These fans really care if I stay or go. It means a lot. You tend to notice these things  lot more when you come to  place that really appreciates what you do and things like that.

“I can’t really put into words. It’s just one of those special things. When I retire, it’s one of the things that will be on the top of the list to remember.”

Dunn has been a popular figure the moment he arrived in Washington — and for good reason. Last year, Dunn hit a career high .267 with 38 home runs and 105 RBIs for the Nationals. This season, Dunn is hitting .276 with 24 home runs and 64 RBIs.