We’re through six innings here at Camden Yards, and the Nationals, while lumbering a little bit through the middle innings, are in to the seventh with a three-run lead on the Orioles. The Orioles scored three in the fifth, though only one was earned after a pair of Ian Desmond errors, and they were threatening in the sixth, but Drew Storen struck out Miguel Tejada to end the inning with runners on second and third.
In other news, Arizona’s Edwin Jackson just finished a no-hitter against the Rays. It’s funny, because I actually heard a rumor tonight that the Nationals were exploring a trade for the talented, if erratic, right-hander. He’s got a power arm and a good changeup, but he’s been prone to wildness throughout his career (he threw 149 pitches tonight and walked eight), and is due to make $8.35 million next season. You’d have to think the no-hitter will raise his price, though.
I’m not sure how likely a possibility this is, but the Nats are shopping for more pitching, and Mike Rizzo obviously has some connections in Arizona. Stay tuned.