"It's looks like I'll be back a lot sooner than expected. That's good news," Vidro said. "My ankle is feeling very good. I'm out of that [big boot]. I think it help me out a lot because I'm able to recover early."
Thank you, fans:
The Nationals had a crowd of 37,170 attend
their game against the Mariners on Sunday. The crowd put the Nationals at
1,056,642 in attendance through 33 games. It established a new record for a
Washington-based Major League team. The previous high was 1,027,216 in 1946
by the Nationals (AL).
"The support has been tremendous. I don't think anybody could have foreseen
this. But I said this is a good baseball town and if we put a good product
on the field, the fans would come out and support it," manager Frank
Thanks to the success on the field, team president Tony Tavares said the
Nationals are in the position to take on more payroll. That means they could
possibly add the power bat interim general manager Jim Bowden is looking to
acquire before the trade deadline.
"What everyone fails to understand is, in Montreal, we were like street
people. We were begging for dollars," Tavares said. "In Washington, we are
generating our own money. We don't have to ask for handouts anymore."
Asked how much money could be spent before the trade deadline, Tavares said, "It
depends on who the player is and what's available. It's up to Jim."
On the bench:
After getting two hits on Saturday to raise
his average to .192, shortstop Cristian Guzman was given the day off on
Robinson said the benching had nothing to do with the fact that Guzman is in
a 14-for-99 (.141) slump. The skipper said he wanted to give Guzman the day
off because he has played 28 straight games without a day off.
Guzman did enter the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning.
Robinson may not manage the Nationals on
Monday against the Angels because of LASIK surgery on his right eye. If
Robinson can't attend the game, bench coach Eddie Rodriguez will act as manager and roving coach Jack Voigt will be the bench coach.
Concern for his fellow man:
Robinson was concerned about home plate
umpire Tim Timmons throughout the game. Robinson felt Timmons was going to
collapse because of the heat. In fact, Robinson went to Timmons in the first
inning to make sure he was OK.
Timmons, who was often spotted drinking water between innings, was able to
call balls and strikes throughout the game.
Left-hander Joey Eischen said that he will start his rehab assignment for Triple-A New Orleans starting a week from Monday. He is expected to be there for at least a week.
Eischen is currently on the 60-day disabled list because of a broken right radius.
In the meantime, Eischen will continue to have bullpen sessions in Anaheim and Texas.
Saturday night at the fight:
Outfielder Jose Guillen arrived at the MCI Center to see the Mike Tyson/Kevin McBride fight. In Guillen's view, Tyson wasn't knocked down. He was pushed to canvas in the sixth round.
Stat of the day:
Entering Sunday's action, outfielder Brad Wilkerson is hitting .363 (29-for-80) vs. left-handed pitching and .226 (31-for-137) against right-handers.
Did you know?
Entering Sunday's action, the Nationals nine-game winning streak is the longest in the National League this season. The Yankees have the longest winning streak in the Major Leagues at 10 games.
After Sunday's game, the Nationals fly to Anaheim, Calif., to play a three-game series against the Angels. The last time the two teams met was June 3-5, 2003, and the Angels took two out of three games from the Expos in Puerto Rico.
Esteban Loaiza will get the start in Game 1 for the Nationals. Loaiza will face the Angels for the 11th time in his career. He is 3-1 with a 5.60 ERA against them. In his last start, Loaiza pitched seven solid innings and gave up two runs against the Athletics as the Nationals won the game, 7-2. He struck out four batters and walked three. It was Loaiza's first win since May 2 against the Dodgers.