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Nationals News: Nope, still not done with Dunn

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  The White Sox are still "desperately" trying to acquire Adam Dunn, but the Sox GM Kenny Williams isn't optimistic about completing a deal because the Nats' asking price is too high.

  Jeff Bergin argues that the Nats should keep Dunn, whose strikeouts have lowered his perceived value though his statistics are right in line with other top-notch sluggers.

  The Nats have lost three in a row, six of their last eight, 14 of 21 and 38 of 58. They try to remain upbeat, but it's certainly not very easy.

  Nats Triple Play has a good piece on the issue of rebuilding vs. contending. There is some middle ground, but teams can't seem to find it -- at some point you just need to build, not rebuild.

  Pudge Rodriguez's batting average over the last 25 games has dropped to .202, and he is one away from leading the National League in double plays caused. Despite his offensive woes, he tries to stay optimistic.

  Justin Maxwell (who was hitting .105) was optioned to Syracuse and Luis Atilano was recalled. Atilano will get the start tonight.

  Danny Espinosa went 5-5 with two homers and three RBIs in yesterday's AA Harrisburg game.