A happy Friday morning to everyone out there -- though probably not so happy for the Georgetown fans in the bunch. Sorry guys. Them's the breaks in March.
Speaking of March Madness, the first-day standings in our tournament pick'-em group are up here. Nobody got more than 13 of 16 right on a crazy day of upsets -- and condolences to micbmurray1, who had Marquette winning the whole thing. Hey, it was a bold pick, and to win these things, you've got to take chances. Problem is, when you take the wrong chance, you're stuck without your tournament champion 24 hours into the thing.
On to baseball: The Nationals play host to the Cardinals tonight, with Stephen Strasburg slated to go four innings in what could be his last start in major-league camp. The Nationals have more cuts coming in the next few days, and if Strasburg stays in the majors, his next start would be on the road against the Yankees next Thursday. That doesn't seem like a situation the Nationals will put Strasburg in at this stage of his career, and if he's going to start in the minors anyway, moving him there now would give Livan Hernandez a chance to get stretched out in something other than simulated games. Even if the Nationals sent Strasburg down, they could bring him back for the April 3 exhibition against the Red Sox. But I wouldn't expect to see him with a chance to make the rotation all the way to that point.
And on the Strasburg front, if you're wondering why the Nationals would send the 21-year-old to the minors when he's already one of their best pitchers, read this excellent piece from the Washington Post's Dave Sheinin. It's a clear, thorough explanation of what the Nationals stand to gain by putting Strasburg in the minors, at least for a couple months.
Game time tonight is 7:05, and the live thread will be rocking in time for Strasburg's first pitch. Oh, you asked how my bracket's doing? Ten out of 16 right on the first day. Not great.