Twins at Nationals: News And Notes

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Three games in two days! (If they get rained out again today, will they play a tripleheader on Sunday? That would be so awesome, I hope they do that, okay yeah I know it's not possible.)

Probables

Nationals Notes

  • Washington hasn't played since Wednesday, thanks to the tropical downpours out East. I should point out that thanks to the rainouts, Stephen Strasburg probably would have started today, if he hadn't been out with a strained right oblique. Whether this is good news or not for you depends on whether you want the Twins to win or whether you'd rather say, "Hey, remember the time Stephen Strasburg struck out 24 against the Twins?"
  • Bryce Harper won't play in this series, either - he's dealing with bursitis in his knee, and will visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday. That's right - Strasburg and Harper are both hurt right now, and Washington is seven games back of Atlanta and it's not even mid-June yet. If you see any Nationals fans this week, pat them on the back and tell them it'll be all right.
  • Today's Nationals starter, Gio Gonzalez, is on the list of potential Biogenesis suspensions. I'm sure his impending blacklisting is not on his mind at all.
  • Washington has lost five of seven, a streak in which they've scored more than three runs just once.

Twins Notes

  • This is the Twins' first game in Washington since July 19, 1971. Dick Billings homered for the Senators, who won 5-2, with Jim Perry taking the loss for Minnesota. The next year, the Senators moved to Texas, and the Twins haven't been back since.
  • Minnesota is off Monday, but if you've got access to a TV around noon, turn it to FSN anyway, because the Cedar Rapids Kernels are on the air. The Twins' Class A affiliate takes on Kane County, and it's your chance to see Byron Buxton and the rest of the future Twins. Hopefully manager Jake Mauer will yell at an umpire so that we can see an animated Mauer.
  • La Velle E. Neal III hears that Oswaldo Arcia is close to returning to the outfield at Rochester, and therefore potentially close to returning to the big club.
  • If you missed Bryz's Saturday Notebook this morning, I invite you to head over there now. He's got a bunch of good stuff, including why Twins ushers aren't allowed to talk to the media, and how the Nationals medical staff appears to be taking a page out of the Twins staff's playbook.
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