- The Washington Times - Friday, March 10, 2006

MARLINS (ss) 5, NATIONALS (ss) 4


VIERA, Fla. — The play on the field is getting a little better. The results are not.

Washington lost another pair of split-squad games yesterday, dropping their spring training record to 1-8-1, the worst in baseball.

Nearly all the regulars played in Viera against Florida, with staff ace Livan Hernandez allowing one run over three innings in his spring debut. Veteran Pedro Astacio also made his first appearance in a Nationals uniform, walking two, but emerging unscathed in one inning of relief.

The Nationals lost the game in the sixth, when left-hander Mike Stanton gave up three runs (though only one earned, thanks to a Nick Johnson error). Washington tried to rally in the bottom of the inning, scoring four runs (two on a Marlon Byrd double), but ultimately fell short.

Meanwhile, in Winter Haven, starter Billy Traber’s four scoreless innings went for naught when relievers Travis Hughes and Bill Bray were pounded during a nine-run sixth. The offense produced 13 hits, including Marlon Anderson’s solo homer, but managed to push across only five runs.


Bowden extended

Making a living, six months at a time.

Cutdown day

Time to start seeing more of the regulars.

Pitching debuts

Livo looks solid, Astacio looks rusty.


Meet five times this spring, 18 this season. Curb your enthusiasm.


12 Errors committed by the Nationals over the last three days (four games).

56Pitches thrown by Livan Hernandez in his spring debut.


“We’re just not doing what we’re capable of doing.”

— Frank Robinson, on the Nationals’ sloppy defense over the last three days.


Today: vs. Astros in Kissimmee, 1:05 p.m.

Tomorrow: vs. Dodgers in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

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

Monday: vs. Mets in Port St. Lucie, 7:10 p.m.

Tuesday: (ss) vs. Marlins in Viera, 1:05 p.m.; (ss) vs. Marlins in Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.

Wednesday: vs. Mets in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Thursday: vs. Tigers in Viera, 1:05 p.m.


Washington: Morning showers, 70 degrees.

Viera: Partly cloudy, 82 degrees.

Mark Zuckerman

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