- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 13, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD IN VERO BEACH, FLA.

NATIONALS 10, DODGERS 4

After a shaky start, Mike O’Connor rolled through five no-hit innings. He walked three, but primarily relied on his curveball to strike out four and force a handful of ground ball outs.

The Nationals scored three runs in the third and another three in the fourth on Austin Kearns’ home run. They blew things open with four more runs in the eighth, two of them coming on Cristian Guzman’s double. The shortstop drove in four runs yesterday and has 10 RBI this spring.

Washington got 15 runners in scoring position, bringing home seven.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

UP - MIKE O’CONNOR

ENDS FIVE NO-HIT INNINGS WITH NASTY CURVE FOR CALLED THIRD STRIKE.

UP - AUSTIN KEARNS

Three-run homer is first of spring.

SIDEWAYS - TOMMY LASORDA

NICE TO SEE HIM MANAGING AGAIN — IF HE CAN STAY AWAKE FOR NINE INNINGS.

DOWN - CHEAPSKATE FANS

We know the Dodgers are leaving, but don’t scour the press box for souvenirs.

OVERHEARD

“My velocity’s better. I wasn’t getting swings and misses on my fastball last year.”

— Mike O’Connor on the improvements he has made this spring

BY THE NUMBERS

1 Ball hit out of the infield against O’Connor yesterday.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Sunny, 62 degrees.

Viera: Partly cloudy, 77 degrees.

FIVE-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: vs. Marlins at Viera, 7:05 p.m.

Friday: vs. Indians (ss) at Viera, 1:05 p.m.; vs. Indians (ss) at Winter Haven, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday: vs. Dodgers at Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Sunday: vs. Orioles at Fort Lauderdale, 1:05 p.m.

Monday: vs. Mets at Viera, 1:05 p.m.

HOW TO GET TO SPACE COAST STADIUM

From Orlando/North: Take Route 528 East (Beachline Expressway) 25 miles to Interstate 95 South. Exit I-95 South at Fiske Boulevard (Exit 195). Proceed south on Fiske Boulevard/Stadium Parkway two miles to the stadium on the right. Approximate time: 45 minutes.

From Melbourne/South: Take I-95 North to Wickham Road (Exit 191) and turn left. At the traffic circle, turn right on Lake Andrew Drive. Turn left on Judge Fran Jamieson Way. Turn right on Stadium Parkway and follow to the stadium on the left. Approximate time: 20 minutes.

Ben Goessling

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