- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 1, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD AT PETCO PARK

Nothing like a Damian Jackson sighting to kick off a 10-day road trip. Nationals fans might or might not recall that Jackson hit .198, threw several clubhouse temper tantrums and spent 16 days on the disabled list with esophageal spasms during a forgettable 67-game stint last season.

So what’s he doing in San Diego? Well, the 33-year-old infielder doesn’t have a job at the moment. He was cut by the Dodgers after going 2-for-16 in spring training, and in classic D.J. fashion didn’t leave quietly.

Jackson knocked over two clubhouse chairs on his way out of Dodgertown and told reporters: “I no longer have anything to do with baseball.”

Jackson remains friends with Nationals utilityman Robert Fick, though, so he stopped by Petco Park yesterday to say hello.

BY THE NUMBERS

2.87 Collective ERA for the Nationals’ rotation over the last week, tied with the Mets for tops in the National League.

TONIGHT’S GAME

Nationals RHP Shawn Hill (2-2, 2.76) vs. Padres RHP Chris Young (2-2, 4.33), 10:05 p.m., MASN2, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Mark Zuckerman

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