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Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 06/10/2011

Nationals looking into offensive comments by draft pick Zach Houchins

The Nationals are monitoring offensive and vulgar comments made on the Twitter account of Zach Houchins, a shortstop the team picked in the 15th round of this year’s amateur draft.

“We are aware of and investigating the comments,” General Manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement released through a team spokesman after midnight East Coast time. Rizzo was not immediately available for further comment.

Houchins’s Twitter feed was deleted late last night, around the time the Nationals released the statement from Rizzo. It had included rampant epithets depicting African-Americans, many phrases objectifying women and at least one epithet used to describe Chinese people.

Houchins, 18, played this past season at Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina.

I regret not having more information to pass along, as this story warrants more reporting. I will try to have on this story later today.


The Nationals lost 7-3 to the Padres, and “it was not a good game,” but Livan Hernandez did not get decapitated.


Syracuse 4, Lousiville 3: Chris Marrero went 2 for 4 with a double. Matt Antonelli went 2 for 3 with a home run. Collin Balester retired all five batters he faced, striking out three.

Harrisburg 7, Binghamton 3: Stephen Lombardozzi went 2 for 5. Josh Johnson went 3 for 5 with a home run.

Potomac 3, Frederick 1: Ryan Zimmerman went 2 for 4 with a double. Justin Bloxom went 2 for 3. Danny Rosenbaum allowed one run in seven innings on nine hits and no walks, striking out five.

Hagerstown 4, Delmarva 1:Bryce Harper went 1 for 4 with a strikeout. Randolph Oduber went 2 for 4 with a home run. Jason Martinson went 2 for 4 with a triple and a home run. Sammy Solis allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings on five hits and a walk, striking out five.

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