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Washington Nationals
@ New York Yankees

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009, 7:05 PM EDT
Yankee Stadium

Shairon Martis vs CC Sabathia

Partly cloudy. Game time temperature around 70.

?'s For The DC Faithful...

Why Is Manny Acta Still Here, And What Does It Mean?

• Shairon vs CC? Who you got?

• What The....Is A DH?

• Who The...Is Mark Teixeira?

• Uh, How Many HR's Have Been Hit To Right? Mr. Dunn, Meet The New Yankee Stadium!

DC Starting Lineup...

  1. The Guzzz - DH
  2. Nick "Two-Spot" Johnson - 1B
  5. The Big Donkey - LF
  6. AK - RF
  7. Alberto "The General" Gonzalez - SS
  8. Wil "Blocker' Nieves - C
  9. Anderson "Elvis" Hernandez - 2B


Manny Acta Is Still Standing!
Get Rid Of Austin Kearns
The Washington Nationals Managerial Dilemma: On Manny Acta, and Passion

 Coverage COntinues After The Jump>>>>



CC Sabathia Won't Even Look At A 16-45 Team...

CC Sabathia

#52 / Pitcher / New York Yankees





Jul 21, 1980


'09 Stats - (5-4, 3.68 ERA), 13 GS, 93.0 IP, 2 CG, 1 SO, 76 H, 41 R, 38 ER, 7 HR, 29 BB, 67 K's, 1.13 WHIP, .223 AVG. 

vs DC - (1-1, 1.65 ERA), 2 GS, 16.1 IP, 1 CG/SO, 9 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 14 K's, 0.92 WHIP, .170 BAA. 

Origin Story - Selected by Cleveland - 1st Round, 20th overall in 1998. Traded to Milwaukee (7/7/08) for Matt LaPorta (IF/OF), Rob Bryson (RHP), Zach Johnson (LHP), Michael Brantley (OF). Signed with NYY as a free agent (12/20/08).

The Nationals' Starting Pitcher Is Going To Stare At You Now...

Shairon Martis

#39 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals





Mar 30, 1987


'09 Stats - (5-1, 5.04 ERA), 12 GS, 69.2 IP, 65 H, 40 R, 39 ER, 8 HR, 29 BB, 28 K's, 1.35 WHIP, .249 BAA. 

vs NYY - N/A

Origin Story - Signed with San Francisco as Amateur Free Agent (2/10/04), Traded to Washington for Mike Stanton (LHP). 

CC vs DC - 

Ronnie Belliard - 0 for 4, .000 AVG. 

Adam Dunn - 4 for 22, .182 AVG, 2 2B, 2 RBI's, 1 BB, 8 K's. 

Cristian Guzman - 9 for 34, .265 AVG, 2 2B, 2 RBI's, 1 BB, 7 K's. 

Willie Harris - 1 for 8, .125 AVG. 

Austin Kearns - 2 for 12, .167 AVG, 1 2B. 

Ryan Zimmerman - 0 for 4, .000 AVG, 2 K's. 

The Nationals vs Mariano Rivera

Ronnie Belliard - 1 for 6, .167 AVG, 1 2B, 2 K's. 

Elijah Dukes - 1 for 2, .500 AVG, 1 K. 

Adam Dunn - 0 for 2, .000 AVG, 2 K's. 

Cristian Guzman - 1 for 5, .200 AVG, 1 SB. 

Nick Johnson - 0 for 1, .000 AVG. 

Corey Patterson - 1 for 5, .200 AVG, 1 2B. 

Ryan Zimmerman - 1 for 2, .500 AVG, 1 HR, 1 K. 


When we last checked in on the voting for the 2009 MLB All-Star Game, Ryan Zimmerman trailed NY Mets' third baseman David Wright by a margin of 247,745 votes. (994,855 for Wright vs 747,380 for Zim). Apparently the voting public has picked up the pace...

  1. David Wright - NYM - 1,256,736
  2. Ryan Zimmerman - WAS - 920,780 
  3. Chipper Jones - ATL - 864,017
David Wright now leads the race for the starting spot at third by 335,956 votes, that's an 88,211 vote increase in his lead since last time out. In one week, Ryan Zimmerman added 173,400 votes, Wright added 226,881, and Chipper Jones actually had the second biggest increase, going from 640,598 to 864,017, for a week's total of 223,419. 

DC vs NY - 

The Washington Nationals have played just 3 games against the New York Yankees since the Expos moved to DC. Washington welcomed the Yankees into RFK Stadium back in 2006, from June 16-18, for a three-game series in which DC managed to take 2 of 3 at home against NY. Ryan Zimmerman homered off Chien-Ming Wang in the bottom of the ninth of the series finale to lift the Nationals to a 2-1 lead over the Yanks in the DC franchise's brief history. Former DC reliever Gary Majewski got the win in Game 3 when Zimmerman homered. Game 2 saw the Nationals score 5 runs late in the game to claim an 11-9 DC victory over NY, with Washington led by Jose Vidro, Jose Guillen and the big bat of former pinch hitter Daryle Ward. The Series opener, the only game the Yankees would win, ended when Bernie Williams broke a tie with a ninth inning HR off Chad Cordero in a 7-5 NY win. 

At the end of the NY/DC series in '06, the Yankees were 38-29, just 1.0 game behind AL East-leading Boston, and the Nationals 32-39, good for 3rd in the NL East after 71 games. Heading into play today, the Yankees are 36-27, 2.0 games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox, the Nationals find themselves 5th in the NL East at 16-45, 20.0 games behind the 1st place Phillies, and 13.5 games behind the NL East's fourth-place Braves...The Yankees have won just 5 of their last 10, the Nationals just 2. NY is 20-12 at home, DC 6 and 23 on the road in '09...Those are just numbers though...

Who Wants To Shock The World!! Let's Take Two Of Three From New York!!

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