- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 25, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD AT CITIZENS BANK PARK

Embattled Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel threw pregame batting practice to third baseman Wes Helms and outfielder Jayson Werth yesterday, something he apparently does quite often.

Manuel throws BP to bring a sense of camaraderie to his team and to help keep the players loose.

Nationals manager Manny Acta used to do the same thing when he was with the New York Mets, throwing to stars like Carlos Beltran, David Wright and Carlos Delgado, all of whom hit in the same group. Not be outdone yesterday, Acta rediscovered his roots.

“Tell Charlie that I’m throwing today,” Acta said. “I don’t want those guys thinking that I’m getting lazy.”

OVERHEARD

“Yes, baby. Look at this. It looks good doesn’t it? Everything is green. Green means go. Red means stop.”

— Nationals manager Manny Acta holding up a pitching chart showing that all his relievers were available for last night’s game for the first time in a week

TODAY’S GAME

Nationals RHP John Patterson (0-3, 7.00 ERA) vs. Phillies RHP Jon Lieber (0-0, 3.38). 7:05 p.m., MASN2, AM-1500, FM-107.7

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