- The Washington Times - Monday, March 7, 2005

NATIONALS 6, TIGERS 5

LAKELAND, Fla.

Frank Robinson might want to petition Major League Baseball to start counting exhibition victories in his career record.

The Nationals’ manager improved to 4-0 this spring thanks to a couple of late rallies from his club against Detroit. (Washington’s only loss of the spring — a split-squad game against the Mets — was managed by first-base coach Don Buford.)

Yesterday’s road win was jump-started by a three-run seventh inning, with RBI coming from backups John Wilson, Jeffrey Hammonds and Tony Blanco. Blanco, one of the club’s two Rule 5 pickups this winter, also collected the game-winning hit, a double to left in the top of the ninth.

Starter Tony Armas Jr. gave up three runs and five hits in three innings but pronounced his surgically repaired shoulder healthy afterward. Left-hander Bill Bray earned the win in the relief, shortly before he was reassigned to the Nationals’ minor league camp. Hector Carrasco was credited with a save.

THE BUZZ

Up — Cutdown day

Drew McMillan, we hardly knew ye.

Down — Tony Armas Jr.

Higginson-Rodriguez-Young triumvirate got to him in the third.

Down — Travel squad

Guzman, Wilkerson only regular starters in yesterday’s lineup.

Sideways — J.J. Davis

Looked great homering off Troy Percival. Looked silly striking out against Jeremy Bonderman.

BY THE NUMBERS

49

Players left in Nationals camp after yesterday’s round of cuts.

.000

Batting average this spring for outfielder Alex Escobar (0-for-9).

OVERHEARD

“It was a good pitch. What are you going to do? Plus, he was cheating a little bit.”

— Right-hander Tony Armas Jr. on a towering home run he gave up to Bobby Higginson.

NATIONALS’ SCHEDULE

TODAY: vs. Cardinals in Jupiter, 1 p.m.

TOMORROW: vs. Tigers in Viera, 1 p.m.

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

FRIDAY: vs. Cardinals in Viera, 1 p.m.

SATURDAY: vs. Marlins in Jupiter, 1 p.m.

SUNDAY: vs. Orioles in Viera, 1 p.m.

MONDAY: vs. Dodgers in Viera, 1 p.m.

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 Boulevard (Exit 195). Proceed south on Fiske Boulevard/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 Drive and follow to the stadium. Approx. time: 20 minutes.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Snow showers, 45 degrees

Viera: Scattered thunderstorms, 75 degrees.

Mark Zuckerman


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