THREE UP, THREE DOWN
I. Desmond: Nats' SS prospect goes double, HR, four RBI in big league debut. Incumbent C. Guzmán given option to switch to 2B or go to minors to learn knuckleball.
Strasburg: Nats' phenom RHP leaves team to prepare for fall leagues. Before departing, gets tips from teammate R. Zimmerman on dealing with media, Viera night life.
Ichiro: Mariners' slap-hitting RF becomes second fastest in history to 2,000 hits. On same hit, also becomes second fastest to 2,000 total bases.
Baltimore thieves: Four men nabbed after stealing "8" monument outside Camden Yards. Biggest mistake was showing up at Ripken's home asking him to autograph it.
B. Lidge: Phillies' veteran RHP loses closer's job after shellacking at Nationals Park. The Nats have ruined the careers of other closers in the past -- but it's usually been their own.
Pirates: Woebegone NL franchise clinches 17th straight losing season. Team owners plead with fans for patience, tout progress of "18-Year Plan."