Mystery of a Yellow Line

A little yellow line just a few feet left of the foul pole in left field at Nationals Park means something -- although not many know exactly what.

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The Ball Went Where? »

The intersection of three walls out in left field forms a triangle that creates a puzzling ground-rules situation.

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Nats SS Cristian Guzman set to represent team at All-Star Game. Turns down invite to Home Run Derby but happily enters lesser-known Slap Single Derby.

Michael Beasley

D.C-native hoops star, No. 2 pick in NBA draft, sporting new Nats tattoo on arm. That's odd -- in same spot, eight Nats pitchers have new tattoos of surgical scars.

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LHP Sabathia, traded to Brewers, insists first name be written without periods. Hey, C.C. -- it is the decimal point in your next contract that you should be worried about.

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Jamie Moyer, P, Philadelphia Phillies When It Clicked

Press play to listen to Moyer talk about sticking in the major leagues to age 45 without ever throwing a 90-mph fastball. Read the article »

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Marlins at Mets

Monday through Wednesday

Did Willie Randolph make it through the weekend? If so, he'll presumably still be managing for his job when the Mets host the Florida Marlins.

News & Notes

For Some Relief All Around, Nats Could Try Hill as Closer

A modest proposal: With the Nationals expected to be without closer Chad Cordero for another month or so why not try out Shawn Hill as the team's closer for a while? Read More »

The List

The past week was a triumphant one for cancer survivors in baseball, with Boston's Jon Lester, who missed parts of the 2006 and 2007 seasons after being diagnosed with lymphoma, throwing a no-hitter Monday night at Fenway Park, and Arizona's Doug Davis returning to the mound Friday night, less than six weeks after surgery to remove a cancerous thyroid. But baseball has a long history of players conquering cancer, including these five prominent examples:



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1. Alfredo Griffin
Blue Jays, 1984 »
Did Griffin really make an all-star team in a year in which he hit .241 (and only four walks in 441 plate appearances)? Yes -- with an explanation. A day-of-game injury to Alan Trammell necessitated a roster move, and Griffin at the time just happened to be on-site in San Francisco.
2. Mike Williams
Pirates, 2003 »
Apparently, Dusty Baker, the manager of the NL all-star team, ignored every other statistic besides saves when picking his bullpen, because Williams -- while amassing 25 saves at the break -- also had an unsightly 6.44 ERA (which Williams managed to reduce to 6.14 by the end of the season).
3. Mark Redman
Royals, 2006 »
How does a starter with a 5.27 ERA at the break make the all-star team? By playing for a horrible team. Redman's end-of-year stats: 11-10, 5.71 ERA. But someday, by golly, he can tell his grandkids he was an all-star.
4. Chris Cannizzaro
Padres, 1969 »
Twenty-nine years ago, Cannizzaro (.245 BA, .645 OPS at the break) was Jason Varitek, only without the accomplished career. Dude never hit more than six homers in any big league season.
5. Ken Harvey
Royals, 2004 »
This big lug played only two full seasons in the majors, but he was an all-star in half of them! Within 10 months of his appearance, he was out of the majors, and he was last seen in 2007 hitting .229 as a Twins farmhand.

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