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      Nationals activate Pudge, call up rookie southpaw Milone

      Hall-of-Famer-to-be Ivan

      WASHINGTON (AP) - The Nationals have activated catcher Ivan Rodriguez from the 15-day disabled list and called up left-hander Tom Milone from the minors to start against the New York Mets.

      Milone's contract was purchased from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday and first baseman Adam LaRoche was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

      Washington manager Davey Johnson also confirmed that right-hander Livan Hernandez, who started the Nationals' first home game in 2005, will make his final start of the season Sunday.

      Rodriguez had been on the DL since July 7 with a strained right oblique.Milone was 12-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 24 starts with Syracuse. He led the International League with 155 strikeouts and walked just 16 in 148 1-3 innings.