- The Washington Times - Monday, June 5, 2006

Today at 7:05 p.m.

TV: MASN

Tomorrow at 7:35 p.m.

TV: MASN

Wednesday at 7:35 p.m.

TV: MASN

Braves manager Bobby Cox needs just six wins to pass Joe McCarthy for sixth place on the all-time wins list. Later this summer, expect Cox to move into sole possession of fifth place. Cox, who is the reigning NL Manager of the Year, is also climbing another more dubious list. When Cox was ejected in the first inning of Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, it was the 121st ejection of his career. Hall of Famers John McGraw (131) and Leo Durocher (124) are the only managers who have been thrown out more than Cox. One thing is certain, though: The Braves’ cabernet-sipping skipper is a diamond tactician. The Braves probably wouldn’t have won 14 straight division titles without his guidance.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Thursday at 7:05 p.m.

TV: MASN

Friday at 7:05 p.m.

TV: MASN, Ch. 20

Saturday at 1:20 p.m.

TV: None

Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

TV: MASN

Now this is a magic act: “We have a lot of question marks on our [starting] staff, we need to turn them into exclamation points.” Those are the insightful words of Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. Other than right-handed ace Brett Myers, the Phillies have a shaky starting rotation. Jon Lieber is on the disabled list with a groin injury. Gavin Floyd was recently optioned to Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Myers, who started yesterday for the Phillies, came into the game with a 2.80 ERA. Remove Myers from the Phillies starting equation, and the staff ERA balloons to 6.04. Myers was dominant the last time he faced the Nationals, allowing three hits in eight innings. The Nationals are scheduled to see Myers on Friday while Manuel will try to find somebody else to pitch well.

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