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Minor Observations

The Nationals will be looking for at least two new managers for their minor league system as both Harrisburg manager Scott Little and Hagerstown manager Tom Herr have opted not to return to the organization in 2008. Little expressed frustration with his standing within the organization while Herr believed he was a better fit for managing at the Double-A level (the Nationals did not agree).

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Across the Affiliates 08/17/07

And the database finally returns …

The Clippers dropped a second straight game in Norfolk, losing 5-2 (box/gamer). Chris Michalak took the loss allowing five runs on eleven hits over 6 2/3 innings of work. 3B Melvin Dorta was 2/2 with a double and a run scored. 1B Larry Broadway was ¼ with a triple. RF Abraham Nunez was 1/4 with one RBI.

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Across the Affiliates 08/18/07

Columbus dropped the series opener in Toledo 5-2 (box). Collin Balester started for the Clippers, taking the loss with 5 1/3 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks. CF Brandon Watson was 1/4 with a triple and a run scored. CA Brandon Harper was 2/4 with a double. And 2B Bernie Castro and PH Abraham Nunez each drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Notes: LHP Matt Chico was optioned from Washington to Columbus after the game at RFK. The spot opens up a spot for recently acquired OF Wily Mo Pena.

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Across the Affiliates 08/19-20/07

Jason Bergmann made another rehab start for the Clippers on Saturday evening, allowing no runs on only four hits with six strikeouts over six innings as Columbus blanked Toledo 6-0 (box). Jesus Colome, Hector Carrasco, and Arnie Munoz pitched the final three perfect innings sealing the victory. LF Kory Casto was 3/5 with a pair of doubles, one run scored and one RBI. RF Abraham Nunez was 3/4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. And CA Juan Brito was 4/4 with a run scored and one RBI. The Clippers game on Sunday was cancelled due to rain. No word on when/if the game will be rescheduled.

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Across the Affiliates 08/22/07

Micah Bowie made another rehab start for the Clippers but left after four innings with a sore groin. Bowie allowed one run on four hits with three strikeouts but the Clippers bullpen faltered in a 4-3 loss to Louisville (box). Hector Carrasco allowed two solo home runs in the seventh and Arnie Munoz allowed a solo homer in the eighth. Winston Abreu pitched a perfect ninth striking out the side. LF Kory Casto was 2/4 with a run scored and CA Brandon Harper was 2/4 with one RBI.

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Across the Affiliates 08/23/07

The Columbus Clippers split a doubleheader with Louisville dropping the opener 3-1 in 11 innings before blanking the Bats 1-0 in the second game (box1/box2).

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Across the Affiliates 08/24/07

Minor League News & Notes: The Washington Times profiles RHP Adrian Alaniz … (Please note, I will be out of town so the Across the Affiliates will not be updated over the weekend. Look for updates and catch up on Monday morning).

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Across the Affiliates 08/27/07

Columbus took two out of three games over the weekend against Louisville, winning 12-9 on Friday (box/gamer); winning 3-2 on Saturday (box/gamer); and losing 3-1 on Sunday (box).

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Across the Affiliates 08/28/07

Columbus split a doubleheader with Indianapolis, getting shutout 7-0 in game one and returning the favor 3-0 in game two (box1/box2).

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Across the Affiliates 08/31/07

Minor League News & Notes … Mark Zuckerman has a few of the names of the Nationals farmhands attending the Instructional League Forty-nine Nationals farmhands will participate in the Fall Instructional League. Workouts begin Sept. 17 in Viera, Fla., with a 16-game schedule beginning Sept. 22.

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