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Saturday, May 24, 2008

PERSONNEL DEPT.

Lacking both command and confidence, LHP Matt Chico will head to Class AAA Columbus, where Nationals management hopes the 24-year-old can find some rhythm as a starter. Chico had served that role last season in Washington, and started 2008 doing the same -- until an 0-5 record and an ERA above 6 banished him to the bullpen. In his spot start Wednesday, Manager Manny Acta saw the same problems: "Instead of locating pitches low and away they were cutting over the plate," he said. GM Jim Bowden advised Chico to learn from Philadelphia's Jamie Moyer, who uses location to compensate for underwhelming velocity.

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THE NEXT THREE

Time

OpponentNationals

Pitchers

Opponent

Pitchers

TV
Tonight7:10vs. BrewersJohn Lannan

(4-4, 3.40)

Seth McClung

(1-1, 3.54)

MASN2
Tomorrow1:35vs. BrewersTim Redding

(6-3, 3.16)

Manny Parra

(2-2, 4.40)

MASN2
Monday1:35vs. BrewersJason Bergmann

(1-1, 5.47)

Ben Sheets

(5-1, 2.92)

MASN2
ALL GAMES ON WWWT (107.7 FM, 1500 AM)

BY THE NUMBERS

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Players, plus cash, traded in 2003 by the New York Yankees to Cincinnati for Aaron Boone, whose home run in Game 7 of that year's ALCS sent the Yankees to the World Series. One of the players traded for Boone was Charlie Manning, now a teammate.


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