Nationals News: (Half of) the Future is Now!

  Drew Storen did well in his major league debut, getting Felipe Lopez on backhand catch by Josh Willingham and striking out Matt Holliday with Albert Pujols lurking in the on deck circle.  By being called up now, Storen may qualify for Super Two status after 2012.

  Mike Rizzo wanted to reward Drew Storen for his early signing, and for his hard work in the minors, with his call up before yesterday's game.

  Craig Stammen's start yesterday was solid outside of his four-run first, pitching five scoreless innings afterward.

  Aaron Crow, the Nationals' selection in the 2008 draft (who ended up signing with the Royals), has made 8 starts in AA and now has a 4.75 ERA.

  Adam Dunn missed his second game in a row with flu-like symptoms, forcing Ian Desmond into the game, who answered by going 4/4 with a run scored.  His pinch hit strikeout in the top of the seventh was one of the "worst swings" of his career, according to Mike Rizzo.

  If Drew Storen is in the majors already, why isn't Stephen Strasburg?

  Drew Storen was pulled after four pitches in an AAA game against Pawtucket and was then told he was being promoted to the majors.

  Capitol Punishment recaps the Nats' first six weeks.

  Of the 323 starts made by the Nationals in 2008 and 2009, pitchers responsible for 189 of those starts are no longer in the major leagues.

  The Nationals' chance of making the playoffs has dropped from 23.8% to 18.8%, according to Accuscore.

Around the League...

  Marlins' manager Fredi Gonzalez benched Hanley Ramirez for not hustling after a ball.

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