Updates on a couple ex-Nats

I’ll keep this quick, but just wanted to pass along updates on a couple alumni of NatsTown you might be curious about:

--Jon Rauch, appointed the Minnesota Twins’ closer with Joe Nathan out for the year, has come rocketing out of the gates for the AL Central leaders. He is 6-for-6 in saves, leading the American League, and has a 1.50 ERA. Rauch saved 17 games when Chad Cordero’s shoulder injury forced him into the role for a half-season with the Nationals in 2008, and his ability to repeat that success could be a key factor in the Twins’ decision about whether to pursue a closer in a trade.

--In the New York Mets’ 2-1, 20-inning victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, a familiar face took the mound in the 18th inning for the Cardinals: former Nats second baseman Felipe Lopez. The Cardinals had run out of pitchers, so they put Lopez on the mound, giggling and throwing 77-mph junk. But he threw strikes, and though he gave up a walk and a hit, he got out of the inning without a run.