- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Mets 8, Nationals 5

VIERA, Fla. — Jon Rauch is slated to be the long man in Washington’s bullpen. The way he pitched yesterday, he might just force his way into the starting rotation.

Rauch looked sharp in his third start of the spring. He allowed a solo homer to New York’s Victor Diaz in the second but nothing else during a five-inning outing. The 6-foot-11 right-hander struck out six and threw 67 pitches, a much better performance than his last start (when he gave up five runs in 31/3 innings).

“The last time out, I mentally wore myself out thinking about the wrong things,” Rauch said. “Today, I changed my outlook. … Everything seemed to click today.”

The same can’t be said for the rest of the Nationals, who fell to 3-13-1 this spring after yesterday’s loss to the Mets. Nonroster reliever Anastacio Martinez took the loss after giving up five runs in the eighth, including a two-run homer by Sandy Martinez.

THE BUZZ

OWNERSHIP INTRIGUE

Lerner in town last week, Kasten yesterday. You can connect the dots.

GUZMAN’S SHOULDER

As Nationals await word from Dr. Kremchek, Clayton prepares to take over at short.

JON RAUCH

Five impressive innings for long man/spot starter.

STOMACH VIRUSES

Nick Johnson, Ryan Church, Ryan Zimmerman all sidelined.

INJURY UPDATE

Ryan Drese threw live batting practice Tuesday and, according to pitching coach Randy St. Claire, is showing good progress in his return from right shoulder surgery. The Nationals will continue to be cautious with Drese, though, and it appears he will open the season on the disabled list.

OVERHEARD

“I’m happy with where I’m at. I know my training staff’s going to get me to 100 percent. Right now, 80 is going to have to be good enough.”

— Left-hander Joey Eischen, who made his delayed spring debut yesterday after battling shoulder tendinitis.

SEVEN-DAYSCHEDULE

Today: vs. Tigers (ss) in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Tomorrow: vs. Orioles in Fort Lauderdale, 1:05 p.m.

Saturday: vs. Mets (ss) in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Sunday: vs. Dodgers in Vero Beach, 1:05 p.m.

Monday: vs. Dodgers in Viera, 6:05 p.m.

Tuesday: Off day.

Wednesday: vs. Cardinals in Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Mostly sunny, 54 degrees.

Viera: Mostly sunny, 74 degrees.

Mark Zuckerman

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