Nationals News: Hangin' with the Phillies Edition

News about the Nats

  DC Sports Plus continues their series on the 2010 Nationals, looking this time at center fielders.

  Section 235 of Nationals Park is now labeled for "Lannan's Cannons," where children being treated at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda and their families will get to watch games for free, courtesy of the Nationals and John Lannan.

  Logan Kensing has been called up to the major leagues for the third time this year, and he's serious about sticking around this time.

  Derek Norris was named Minor League Player of the Year and Bradley Meyers was named Minor League Pitcher of the Year by the Nationals organization. Norris is catching down at Class A; although I suspect the Nats will  select Bryce Harper if awarded the first pick, what happens after he signs will be interesting.

  The Nationals designated Jorge Sosa for assignment yesterday, ending his season with a 6.45 ERA over 18 games.

  Bill Ladson did a focus piece on shortstop Ian Desmond, one of the more recent September callups, in which he says Desmond may replace Cristian Guzman at short next season.

  Chico Harlan has some information on the September callups, and has also posted some reading material for this morning.

  Teddy finished first in the president's race last night, but was disqualified for "unauthorized use of a feline." The Nats have said he'll get his first win sometime this year... hmmmm...

News not about the Nats

  Following last night's meltdown against the Nats, Phillies closer Brad Lidge may be out of the closing role for the Phillies.

  Troy Ellerman, the attorney who leaked confidential testimony in the BALCO case was released from prison.

  David Ortiz, of the Red Sox, tied Frank Howard for career home runs at DH.

  The Pirates, who recently set a record for most consecutive losing seasons, tied another bad record by allowing the Cubs 8 consecutive hits to start a game.

  Giant manchild Tim Lincecum was scratched from his start yesterday, but 20 year old Madison Bumgarner (sweet name) got his first start in the bigs in his place. Get well soon, Timmy!

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