- The Washington Times - Monday, March 6, 2006

Nationals 10, Orioles 6

VIERA, Fla. — Space Coast Stadium looked like a launching pad yesterday. Matt LeCroy, Marlon Anderson and Ryan Zimmerman hit home runs, and the Nationals won their first spring training game of the season. Starter Jon Rauch pitched well in his spring training debut, allowing two runs — both solo home runs on just two hits in three innings of work.

Right-hander Steve Watkins came on for Rauch and struck out four of the first six batters he faced. He didn’t allow a hit and struck out five Orioles in three innings. Watkins atoned for his rough spring debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, when he gave up two runs on four hits in two innings.

The Buzz

Rookie goes deep again

For the second straight game, Ryan Zimmerman shows he has power.

Anna says

Hottie Anna Benson, wife of Orioles pitcher Kris, a no-show.

First win

Games don’t count, but a win is a win.

Nationals fans

Yesterday’s crowd decidedly pro-Orioles.

By the numbers

6 Home runs combined for the Nationals and the Orioles.

5 Strikeouts recorded by Nationals reliever Steve Watkins in three innings against the Orioles.

Overheard

“We got the West Coast offense here.”

— Nationals manager Frank Robinson on outfielder Kenny Kelly, who was the University of Miami’s starting quarterback in 1999

Seven-day schedule

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

TOMORROW: 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.

SUNDAY: vs. Marlins in Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.

How to get to Space Coast Stadium

From Orlando/North: Take Rte. 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.

Today’s weather

Washington: Afternoon showers, 46 degrees.

Viera: Mostly sunny, 77 degrees.

— Ken Wright

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