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Team to Recall 2 Pitchers From AAA Columbus

By Chico Harlan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, June 7, 2008

With two starters in need of either rest or rehab, the Washington Nationals plan to recall two prospects, Garrett Mock (3-2, 3.06) and Tyler Clippard (4-4, 3.41), from Class AAA Columbus to pitch tomorrow and Monday.

Manager Manny Acta indicated the plan after last night's game: "Well, we'll see what they can do," he said of the pitchers. "It's usually tough for some of those guys when they come over here, especially for guys coming up for the first time. It's always good to see those young guys, too, because they are part of our future."

The team has yet to make an official announcement, but the Nationals needed a starter for tomorrow because of Odalis PĂ©rez's shoulder tendinitis. According to MLB.com, the team also wants a starter for Monday because it's reluctant to use John Lannan, whose start was delayed because of a rainout Wednesday, on short rest. The team must also decide on corresponding roster moves to make room for the pitchers.

Dukes's HR Celebration Upsets Umpire

On Thursday night, Elijah Dukes's mammoth home run to dead-center -- his first of the season -- capped a 10-9 Washington Nationals comeback win. It also triggered anger from plate umpire Doug Eddings, who, Acta said, was displeased by Dukes's celebration.

Earlier in the at-bat, Dukes disagreed with a called strike. Acta applauded the way Dukes stepped from the batter's box and "composed himself very well," but five pitches later, the game ended in an instant, and Dukes knew it as he left the box. Three steps into his trot, Dukes turned -- perhaps to the home dugout, perhaps to Eddings -- and thrashed his right hand.

Eddings conveyed his displeasure through intermediaries.

"He wasn't very happy at the end of the game," Acta said. "I learned about some of that stuff."

Said Acta: "Well, at the beginning, it wasn't what we want to see, because he turned to the umpire, and naturally the umpire wasn't very happy about it. But yeah, we want to see emotions as long as we're not showing anybody up. He showed emotion, and I don't think he offended anybody."

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