May 14, 2007 [LINK / comment]

Nationals win four straight

Perhaps the Washington Nationals have finally begun to rebound from rock bottom: they swept the Marlins in their first home series of the month. The most thrilling win of the series at RFK Stadium was on Saturday night -- or early Sunday morning, actually, after two rain delays. Ryan Zimmerman hit a walk-off grand slam to break a tie in the bottom of the ninth, helping his team to beat the Florida Marlins 7-3.

In tonight's game against the Braves, Jason Bergman pitched seven innings of no-hit ball. Brian McCann spoiled what would have been the first no-hitter in Washington Nationals history with a home run in the eighth, but Austin Kearns' clutch RBI double provided the needed one-run cushion to assure a slim victory. The team now stands at 13-25 for the year.

November baseball?

MLB officials announced a postseason format change, with more rest days that may stretch out play into November. Boo! Please, Mr. Selig and company, don't follow the greedy, short-sighted approach of the NBA and kill fan interest by trying to milk more revenue by stretching the playoff schedule to an absurd extent.

The mail bag

From Bruce Orser: the Yankee's Web site has a new photogallery of the new stadium construction. Eegads, they really are moving right along there in the Bronx.