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Boston Red Sox
@ Washington Nationals

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009, 7:05 PM EDT
Nationals Park

Brad Penny vs John Lannan

Mostly clear. Game time temperature around 80.

?'s For The DC Faithful...

• The Red Sox Are Coming, The Red Sox Are Coming...Will The Faithful Be Outnumbered By The Nation?

• "Cool Hand" Beat The Yanks, Can He Beat The SOX???

• Is This An Audition For Nick Johnson And Adam Dunn?

• Will The Middle Of The Order Pick It Up?

• TAWH? Does He Start Tonight?

DC STARTING LINEUP...(courtesy of the Washington Post's Mark Viera.)


  1. The Guzzzz - SS
  2. Nick "Two-Spot" Johnson - 1B
  4. The Big Walky - LF
  6. The Bard - C
  7. TAWH - CF
  8. Anderson "Elvis" Hernandez - 2B
  9. John "Cool Hand" Lannan - Eating 40 Eggs.



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John Lannan

#31 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals





Sep 27, 1984


'09 Stats - (4-5, 3.38 ERA), 14 GS, 85.1 IP, 82 H, 38 R, 32 ER, 11 HR, 32 BB, 42 K's, 1.34 WHIP, .255 BAA. 

vs Boston - N/A

Origin Story - Drafted by the Washington Nationals, 11th Round pick, 234th overall in 2005. 


Brad Penny

#36 / Pitcher / Boston Red Sox





May 24, 1978


'09 Stats - (6-2, 4.94 ERA), 13 GS, 71.0 IP, 86 H, 45 R, 39 ER, 8 HR, 24 BB, 47 K's, 1.55 WHIP, .296 BAA. 

vs DC - (12-5, 2.54 ERA), 20 GS, 2 CG/SO, 131.0 IP, 103 H, 38 R, 37 ER, 8 HR, 36 BB, 98 K's, 2.54 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, .220 AVG. 

Origin Story - Arizona Diamondbacks' 5th Round pick, 155th overall in 1996. 7/8/99 - Traded to Florida Marlins for RHP Vladimir Nunez. 7/30/04 - Traded by Florida Marlins to the Los Angeles Dodgers w/ 1B Hee Sop Choi and LHP Bill Murphy for C Paul Lo Duca, RHP Guillermo Mota and OF Juan Encarnacion. 12/28/08 - Signed as a free agent with Boston. 

The Nationals vs Penny...

Josh Bard - 7 for 13, .538 AVG, 2 2B, 3 RBI's.

Ronnie Belliard - 3 for 9, .333 AVG, 1 HR, 1 RBI. 

Adam Dunn - 5 for 28, .179 AVG, 2 HR, 5 RBI's, 3 BB, 14 K's. 

Cristian Guzman - 1 for 6, .167 AVG, 1 RBI. 

Willie Harris - 1 for 2, .500 AVG. 

Nick Johnson - 3 for 5, .600 AVG, 1 2B. 

Austin Kearns - 1 for 9, .111 AVG. 

Kip Wells - 2 for 4, .500 AVG. 

Josh Willingham - 1 for 3, .333 AVG. 

Ryan Zimmerman - 1 for 4, .250 AVG, 1 RBI. 

The "If They Were Playing" List...(Who Remembers That?):

DY!!! Dmitri Young vs Brad Penny - 1 for 11, .091 AVG, 1 HR, 4 RBI's. 

Alex Cintr0n - 1 for 7, .143 AVG. 

Ryan Langerhits - 2 for 4, .500 AVG, 1 2B. 

Lasto - 2 for 5, .400 AVG, 1 RBI. 

Johnny Estrada - 7 for 23, .304 AVG, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB. 


• Washington Post - Nationals Journal - "Fastballs, Nothin' But Fastballs" - Chico Harlan

I've been meaning for a few days to post something about the Nats' flamethrowing one-pitch wonder, Mike MacDougal...

• "Still out of order" - Washington Times - Mark Zuckerman

The Nationals remain woefully thin offensively...

• Nats320 -- A Washington Nationals Blog: Mark Scialabba--Assistant Director, Player Development

Screech's Best Friend Reporting On Nationals Blogger Day...

• Prospect Updates: Strasburg, Harper, Sanchez: MLB Rumors -

MLB Rumors - - Prospect Updates: "It's fair to expect intense negotiations between Stephen Strasburg, Scott Boras and the Washington Nationals..."

• Zimmerman in need of All-Star votes | News - Bill Ladson

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman would love to play in the All-Star Game on July 14 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, but he needs to gain ground when it comes to the All-Star balloting.

• Acta A Big Hit At Big Train Baseball | Just A Nats Fan - Miss Chatter

Last night was Nationals Night at Povich Field for Big Train Baseball, featuring manager Manny Acta and his non-profit, impACTA Kids Foundation.

• Twins to designate reliever Ayala, select Keppel - Baseball Wires -

The Minnesota Twins announced Monday they will designate reliever Luis Ayala for assignment and select the contract of right-hander Bobby Keppel from Triple-A Rochester prior to Tuesday's game at Milwaukee.

• Carolyn - We've Got Heart " Blogger Day Starring Willie Harris

"On Saturday, 20 June 2009, The Washington Nationals took a step in the right direction and hosted their first Blogger Day..."

• Ryan Langerhans | U.S.S. Mariner

With Endy Chavez's season cut short and the team deciding that Michael Saunders could use some more time in Triple-A, the M's are down an outfielder.

• Inbox: Put Harris front and center? | News - Bill Ladson

Should Willie Harris play everyday player in center field? When will Dmitri Young return to the Nats? Those are two of the many questions fans have been asking. Here some answers to their queries.

• The Series Preview = Syracuse (WAS) vs Scranton/Wilkes Barre. (NYY)

• For A Red Sox Fan's Perspective, Check Out The SB Nation's Boston Red Sox Blog: (ed. note - "I love this blog. Up there with my McCovey Cove love obsession...")

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