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The man from Cairo keeps plugging away

There's no doubt it's been a difficult season for Willie Harris, hitting under .200 and playing sparingly. Fans, writers, and broadcasters have been critical of his play this year - easy to do when a player is hitting 80 points under his career batting average and making few contributions to a team that's in last place. Thursday in Atlanta, it all changed for Willie

For starters, who let the air out?

The last time a Nationals starting pitcher didn't allow runs in the first two innings was last Saturday at Los Angeles, when Livan Hernandez gave up one earned run in seven strong innings. Alas, after Ryan Zimmerman's first-inning, two-run home run, the Nationals couldn't score and lost to the Dodgers 3-2 in 10 innings. At least it was a competitive game, and possibly would

Just when the D was getting tight

Thoughts from the four-game Arizona series, a split that left the Nationals at 19-38 (.333 ball) on the road this year: The Diamondbacks have to be one of the strangest offensive teams in baseball, going into the series ranked 12th in the NL in batting average, fifth in runs, third in home runs and eighth in stolen bases. But, they make less contact than

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