- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 5, 2006

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The Nationals remain winless after three spring training games after losing to New York in one of two split-squad games yesterday.

Left-hander Billy Traber, a long shot to make Washington’s starting rotation, allowed two runs (one earned) in three innings at Tradition Field. Mets rookie shortstop Anderson Hernandez gave Traber and the Nationals fits, going 3-for-4 and scoring three runs. Nationals rookie third baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with a home run, double and a walk.

Meanwhile in Viera, the other half of Washington’s split squad rallied for four runs in the eighth to beat a Panamanian national team boosted by several hundred supporters in the stands. Prospects Frank Diaz and Larry Broadway each clubbed three-run homers for Washington, as Diaz went 3-for-4 and came within a triple of the cycle. Milwaukee Brewers All-Star outfielder Carlos Lee, Panama’s top player, connected off Nationals starter Andrew Good for a solo homer in the second.

THE BUZZ

SECOND OPINIONS

Guillen: From surgery and three months on the DL to a week of rest.

CF COMPETITION

With Guillen back, Church and Watson must duke it out again.

VIDRO RETURNS

Comes out of spring debut in good shape.

TRUMPETS IN THE STANDS

Panamanians invade Viera, turn meaningless exhibition into World Series.

DID YOU KNOW?

Panamanian designated hitter Sherman Obando, who clubbed a two-run homer in yesterday’s exhibition game against the Nationals, played for the Baltimore Orioles in 1993 and 1995 and the Montreal Expos from 1996-97.

OVERHEARD

“I’m smiling. I didn’t yesterday.”

— GM Jim Bowden, upon learning right fielder Jose Guillen won’t need surgery on his injured left wrist.

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

TODAY: vs. Orioles in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

MONDAY: (ss) vs. Astros in Kissimmee, 1:05 p.m.; (ss) vs. Dodgers in Vero Beach, 1:05 p.m.

TUESDAY: vs. Marlins in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: vs. Cardinals in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

THURSDAY: (ss) vs. Marlins in Viera, 1:05 p.m.; (ss) vs. Indians in Winter Haven, 1:05 p.m.

FRIDAY: vs. Astros in Kissimmee, 1:05 p.m.

SATURDAY: vs. Dodgers in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: sunny, 53 degrees.

Viera: sunny, 71 degrees.

How to Get to Space Coast Stadium

From Orlando/North: Take Route 528 East (Bee Line Expressway) 25 miles to I-95 South. Exit I-95 South at Fiske Blvd. (Exit 195). Proceed south on Fiske Blvd./Stadium Parkway to the stadium. Approx. time: 45 minutes.

From Melbourne/South: Take I-95 North to Wickham Rd. (Exit 191) and turn left. Turn right on Lake Andrew Dr. and follow to the stadium. Approx. time: 20 minutes.

—Ken Wright and Mark Zuckerman

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