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Nationals News, Hottest Team in Baseball Edition

  Yes, I realize the headline may be a little hyperbolic, but for the first time this season, the Nationals have swept a three-or-more game series. I didn't think there was any chance of a sweep, especially considering the Marlins are actually in the hunt for the wild card, but the Nationals pulled it off. I'm not sure what exactly has changed, except that things are different (lineups, positions, managers), and maybe that's all it took. I'm a firm believer in Mike Rizzo's plan; instead of throwing everyone out and getting a middling return (the Nationals have few blockbuster players), why not see what they can do given playing time every day? If the Nationals' play following the break is any indication, it seems they can do a lot.

   ESPN is reporting that the Diamondbacks' Justin Upton was placed on the 15-day DL, just in time for the Nats' three game homestand against Arizona.

  Chico Harlan, of the Post, has posted a brief interview with Drew Storen. He's currently at Potomac, but he may be moving up fairly soon if his stats remain impressive.

  Jeff Bergin at Nationals Pride praises Mike Rizzo for his moves toward accountability. I'm glad to see another fan of the RZO!

  It's (sort of) official -- the Nationals may not be the worst team in baseball, at least in terms of their roster.

  In case you didn't see yesterday's game, Craig Stammen has been struggling mightily of late. In his last three starts, he has given up 16 earned runs in just 9 1/3 innings. Maybe the Nats should think about sending him back to AAA to get his head back on straight?