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Washington Nationals Vs New York Yankees Match Postponed To June 18 Due To Rain

The rain on Wednesday caused the whole program to be postponed to another day. The day was supposed to hold the makeshift semi-doubleheader between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees to shift to June 18.
Till the time the New York open a 3-game series at Kansas City Royals on Friday, the new manager Aaron Boone’s Club will be over with five innings in a time period of four days, cheers to Rain and the scheduled break for that.
That is not how The Major League Baseball work happens in normal days.

“We’ll be fine. We have guys out right now, throwing bullpens. Guys are in the cage down there, hitting,” Boone said on the day which was supposedly booked for makeshift semi-doubleheader against the Washington Nationals, with the games shifted to June 18. “It’s not perfect, but in the end, a couple days here, hopefully, we can take advantage of, from a rest standpoint, allow us to reset our ‘pen a bit. We’ll just look at it as a good chance to rest some of our guys.”


The Yankees-Nationals interleague series originally was supposed to have one game Tuesday, the other Wednesday. But the opener was suspended because of rain with the score 3-3 in the middle of the sixth inning Tuesday night. That was supposed to resume Wednesday, followed by the originally scheduled second game, which would have featured two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer on the mound for Washington against New York’s CC Sabathia.

But the rain fall ruined all the plans shifting the match to June 18.
On being asked from Boone about whether he regret not being able to face Scherzer he answered with a wide grin on his face that: “You always like facing the best.” Then he paused a minute and continued: “Especially when I don’t have to hit them.”

New York had to face much alike situation last month with Detroit, when a game that was scheduled for Saturday was moved to Sunday due to rain which was again shifted to June 4 as a twin-bill.
Monday was off for both Yankees and Nationals team then they had a short round of innings on Tuesday and was told they are off just before 70 minutes to their Wednesday’s scheduled first pitch. And Thursday was already booked to be off.

“You’ve got to deal with it,” Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton said. “It would be worse if we had just (been) sitting around here all day and then they (postpone) it. But we get good notice and then go get a little workout in.”
Washington’s rotation has been shifted a day back, due to which now on Friday the Scherzer will face Los Angeles Dodgers as an opening set of game with Tanner Roark and Stephen Strasburg close behind. Next, Yankees are positioned with Sabathia, opening the series at the Royals, which will be followed by Luis Severino on Saturday and Sonny Gray is moved to Sunday from Friday.

Both the teams have Thursday off, but Boone said that he understands that there was no game possible on that particular day at Nationals Park as the Yankees’ travel plans were had been fixed beforehand and Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s multiple sclerosis charity event is scheduled at the team’s stadium that day.

“I was just told, kind of definitely, yesterday that Thursday was not an option,” Boone said.
June 18 had been a free day for both the Yankees and Nationals. Washington is coming off a weekend series in Toronto and begins a three-game series with Baltimore at home on Tuesday. New York is coming off a weekend series at home against Tampa Bay and begins a three-game set at home against Seattle on Tuesday.


Stanton’s 1000th hit was not what was expected from a person who has scored 277 home runs in which 59 were on the last season, when he was the NL MVP for the Marlins. It was such a disastrous disappointment on the fifth inning on Tuesday. “You see my first hit ever? Think it might have been harder than that one,” Stanton said with a smile Wednesday. “So, I’m fine with it.” Yep, his first hit was an infield single on a chopper to second base.


Boone said Yankees OF Clint Frazier will hang around a bit longer, conceivably looking for a chance to face the left-handed pitching in Kansas City. “That will be something we monitor day to day. That will be a fluid situation,” Boone said. “We won’t have him here, just regularly sitting.” Frazier was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. “I’m just here to get at-bats right now. I just want to get an opportunity,” Frazier said. “I didn’t want to go back down without at least getting one at-bat to try to push for a spot.”

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DC Sports and Entertainment Commission CEO Allen Y. Lew Tapped by DC Mayor Adrian Fenty to Head New Office of Facility Modernization

(Washington, DC)-Today, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced that Allen Y. Lew, chief executive officer of the DC Sports & Entertainment Commission (Sports Commission), will serve as executive director of the newly created Office Facilities Modernization for DC Public Schools. It was also announced that Gregory A. O’Dell will likely replace Lew as CEO at the Commission.

To help ensure continuity in ongoing projects, particularly the completion of the District’s new ballpark, Mayor Fenty also announced that Lew would be appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Sports Commission.

“I am grateful to Mayor Fenty, members of the Sports Commission Board and others who have encouraged me to accept this new opportunity. During the many conversations with the Mayor, members of the City Council and the community, it was clear that everyone shares a deep and abiding passion for finally moving forward on school modernization for District of Columbia schools. I too share that passion for improving our schools and look forward to working with the community to get the job done,” said Lew.

Mr. Lew has successfully managed the Sports Commission since 2004. Upon his arrival, he immediately led an intensive effort to renovate historic Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. The renovation was completed on time for the 2005 inaugural baseball season for the Washington Nationals. He has also carefully guided construction of the District’s new $611 million ballpark that will serve as the new home for the Nationals. The project has garnered praise for surpassing local contracting and employment goals.

Under Mr. Lew’s leadership, the Sports Commission expanded its mission of athletic field and recreational facility development in the District by completing multi-purpose sports complexes at Fort Greble Park in Ward 8 and Kenilworth-Parkside in Ward 7.

Prior to joining the Sports Commission, Mr. Lew served as managing director and then acting general manager and chief executive officer of the Washington Convention Center Authority where he led the construction of the award-winning, $850 million, 2.5 million square foot facility. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the City College of New York School of Architecture. He also holds a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning.

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DC Sports and Entertainment Commission Board of Directors Formally Appoints Greg O’Dell as Chief Executive Officer

(Washington, DC)— The Chairman of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission (DCSEC) announced that Greg O’Dell has been formally appointed as Chief Executive Officer. O’Dell currently serves as a DCSEC Board member and chief development officer for the administration of DC Mayor Adrian Fenty in the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. He replaces Allen Y. Lew, who is leaving to manage DC Public School construction and modernization projects on behalf of Mayor Fenty who recently gained control over the school system.

DCSEC Chairman Matthew Cutts announced the change after Mayor Fenty decided that he wanted Lew’s construction and development expertise focused solely on school construction projects. Mr. Lew will also be appointed to the DCSEC Board vacancy created by Mr. O’Dell’s appointment as CEO.

“This is a win-win for the city and especially our children,” said Cutts. “We are proud of the great work that Allen has done at RFK Stadium and at the new ballpark, which is on budget and on schedule. He will bring those same skills to the school system, which is in need of strong reforms and an improved construction plan. At the same time, Greg has been one of the key players on this project from its inception.”

Prior to joining District government Mr. O’Dell was a principal of Clemens Consulting Group which provided consulting services to the Sports Commission for the ballpark project. Before forming his own company Mr. O’Dell was a senior manager with BearingPoint, a multi-billion dollar management and IT consulting firm. While at BearingPoint, he provided consulting and financial oversight for the new $850 million Washington Convention Center. As Chief Development Officer for the Fenty administration O’Dell had oversight for the District’s large scale development projects inclusive of all baseball-related matters.

“I am grateful to Mayor Fenty and the Sports Commission Board for affording me the opportunity to lead this great organization. I am certain that this will be a seamless transition,” said O’Dell. “I will continue to tightly manage the ballpark project to ensure that it remains on budget and on schedule. At the same time, I will work with the Sports Commission Board and staff to continue expanding our core mission of providing sports and entertainment venues as well as recreational opportunities for District residents, particularly our youth.”