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Secret Of Nats Success? Pretend They're The Rays

Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and internets to bring you everything you need to know to start your day.

* The Nationals are in second place, four games above .500 and just two games back of the Phillies in the NL East. Yes, those Nationals. The Washington Nationals. Don't worry—they're still finding new and inventive ways to be inept off the field. [Spotted at the Nationals team store by reader Wesley]


* The Cavaliers may use LeBron James to defend Rajon Rondo, which doesn't make sense because weren't the Celtics kicked out of the NBA two months ago? How do those Boston teams do it? [NESN]

* The Flyers survived another elimination game against the Boston Bruins, but lost goalie Brian Boucher when he somehow injured both his knees. So they'll turn Game 6 over to Michael Leighton who has about a period and a half of playoff experience and hasn't started a game in two months. No pressure. [Fox News]

* Ross Perot Jr.—a minority partner of the Dallas Mavericks, who sold his majority stake to Mark Cuban 10 years ago—is suing the club and Cuban, claiming his free-spending ways have secretly run the franchise into the ground. Also, the tacos in the executive lunch room are terrible. [Yahoo]

* Finally, some sad news—-LPGA pro Erica Blasberg was found dead in her home in Henderson, Nevada on Sunday. She was only 25. Police are investigating and have not yet announced a cause of death or ruled out foul play. [Golf Channel/ESPN]


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Hopefully, by the time you read this all the commenting issues and scary 500 errors will be swept under the rug and peace will reign in the valley of Server Town. Save your strength and we'll try again this evening. In the meantime, be nice to the Daywalkers.

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