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Ivan the Terribly Good: Tsar Stars as Yankees Sweep Nats

The Yankee outfield meets for their daily ritual of checking their forearms for weird bumps. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Final Score: Yankees 4, Nationals 1

Dame of the Game:

Adam LaRoche: 2-4, HR, RBI, R. If the Nationals offense yesterday were described as “comatose,” LaRoche would be the lone wiggling toe that would prevent a passerby from assuming it was a corpse and throwing it in a ditch.

Shame of the Game:

Tom Gorzelanny: .2 IP, 2 R, ER, 2 H, K. Brad Lidge may be gone, but fortunately there are still people in the bullpen who can be counted on to give up runs when the need arises or repel women trying to get in the clubhouse.

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The Yankees have done many impressive things in their history. They have employed some of the best players of all time. They have won more World Series than any other team. They have spent more money than any other team. They have made more people hate them than any other team. But there was always one jewel missing from the Yankee crown. One achievement that, year after year, has ever eluded them. On Sunday, the Yankees finally caught their White Whale. They swept the Washington Nationals. Continue reading

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London Lidge is Falling Down: Nats Fall to Yankees in Extras, My Fair Lady

“I love you too, ground,” whispered Moore, as his mouth became increasingly stuffed with dirt. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Final Score: Yankees 5, Nationals 3

Dame of the Game:

Craig Stammen: 3 IP, BB, 2 K. Craig showed off his Stammena in keeping the Nats alive through many an extra inning. But not even this master of endurance could pitch forever, and his departure brought us a big heaping helping of this guy:

Shame of the Game:

Brad Lidge: .2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, BB, 2 K. Friday, we learned that Brad Lidge is just as bad as we remembered from before he got injured. Saturday, we learned that he is just as bad as we remembered from Friday. Who knows what new knowledge we might gain from his next appearance?

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Everyone knows that Bryce Harper’s favorite baseball team is the Yankees, a fact which is understandably concerning to fans of the team he actually plays for. Thus far this year, Harper’s Nationals have endeared themselves to every other Yankee fan, as they swept the Red Sox and have now lost both games to the Yankees. Harper himself played a major role in both series–he crushed Red Sox pitching, but has foundered against the Yankees, culminating in yesterday’s 0-7, five strikeout and game-ending-groundout master class in sucking. I’m not going to say that Bryce Harper is conspiring to make the Nationals lose to the Yankees. That would be a wild assumption based on tiny sample sizes and an ancient quote. But then again, that kind of thinking doesn’t sell blogpapers.

BRYCE HARPER: DOUBLE AGENT???

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Civil War: Yankees Win Battle in Sportsmanlike and Reasonable Manner

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With his on-field skill on the decline, Xavier Nady seeks to help the team in other ways. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Final Score: Yankees 7, Nationals 2.

Dame of the Game:

Mike Morse: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Morse was one of the few bright spots tonight, but just like with the Titanic, it could not save the Nationals. Although we all know which event caused greater losses because let’s be honest, it would’ve been a big deal to beat the Yankees. Ugh, life sucks sometimes, doesn’t it?

Shame of the Game:

Brad Lidge: .1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 ER. Bad Lidge (that’s right, I said it) is bad. He’s been terrible since returning from his injury, leading me to believe there must be something wrong. Yet we keep sending him out there looking for a win, just like a selfish trainer might send his race horse out despite injury. I think the next time we see Lidge struggling to finish what we asked of him, just like a race horse we should put him down right there on the field, and take away the pain.

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The Yankees can buy a lot of things. They can buy the best players. They can buy the nicest amenities for fans. They can buy the souls of young children to feed the ever growing lust for them that the Steinbrenner family has. But there is one thing the Yankees cannot buy, and that is a win. However they still do get wins, it’s not like they’re a team of completely immobile old men (note: A-Rod is just a semi-immobile old man).

One of those wins came tonight as the Nationals and Yankees opened up a series at Nationals Park. It marks the first time the teams faced off since 2009, when the Nationals took 2 of 3 at Yankee Stadium, and ended up winning 59 games and a last place finish. Before that in 2006, the Nationals took 2 of 3 in Washington, and ended up winning 71 games and a last place finish. For the love of God you Yankees, please don’t let us take 2 of 3 again.

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Moore, Moore, Moore! How Do You Like Him? A Decent Amount

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Harper getting to third base and showing off his “Oh Face.” (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)

Final Score: Nationals 6, Blue Jays 2

Dame of the Game:

Tyler Moore: 3-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI. Moore had the game of his career today and a performance that propelled the Nationals to a victory. Tyler Moore wouldn’t have played today if Adam LaRoche wasn’t a little roughed up. I would advise Adam to keep his knees away from Nats fans wielding metal pipes who want this to happen again.

Shame of the Game:

Kyle Drabek: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 Injury. Drabek was the 2nd Jays starter this series to go out with an injury. A little suspicious, maybe the players just don’t want to face the Nationals. A fine way to trick the team into getting you out of the game, but if I didn’t want to play, I always went with the not being good enough at all approach. Of course, if I did want to play I had to settle for weeping.

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The Nationals came into Canada and beat them up worse than that time that country beat up Canada in that war which was probably not a big deal since Canada doesn’t get involved in many international conflicts in a big way. Still, the Nationals swept the Blue Jays this afternoon. Strasburg was superb as always, Stammen was thoroughly effective as always, and Lidge was dominant as never in the last 5 years. The big story was Tyler Moore though, who turned in a career performance and showed that he truly has made it after all (bum bum bum… bum!).

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Time to Vote for All-Stars

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Yep, Morse is on the ballot this year. Hey, he's got a hit in every at bat this season!

It’s that special time of year when MLB begins the voting for the All-Star Game 3 weeks into the season. With just under 3 months to go until the game, I think we’re pretty certain at this point of who deserves to be on the rosters.

Make sure you vote early and often, because your votes will make a difference! Unless you’re voting for players in the AL. They will be all Yankees, Red Sox, and Josh Hamilton.

So vote to continue the great tradition of Nationals hitters making the all star game. You did it for Cristian Guzman and Dmitri Young, so why not do it for some talented players too?

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Fifteenth Spring Training Game: Washington Nationals vs. New York Ansky

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The Nationals players hated going to second base since Robinson Cano kept asking them to look at the weird mole on his inner thigh.

The Washington Nationals lost their second straight game to the Yankees 4-3 in 10 innings. Gio Gonzalez turned in another solid outing, but the real story was former National Justin Maxwell getting revenge on his old team, reaching base twice and stealing one. The story of Maxwell vs. the Nats made the atmosphere electric, almost as if an electric charge had been sent through the fans.

One could even say that the change in Maxwell’s energy from the Nationals to the Yankees was equal to the total electric charge in the stadium, divided of course by the constant amount of energy that is always present at thrilling spring training games such as this one. Yes, this Maxwell equation was really what I think most people took away from today’s game.

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