- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 28, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD AT RFK STADIUM

George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy, the racing presidents, cast RFK’s first All-Star ballots of the season last night.

But Nationals shortstop Felipe Lopez doesn’t agree with the ballots being handed out this early.

“Why are they doing that?” he asked. “It’s only one month into the season?”

There are 73 days until the All-Star Game. But since ballots are out so early, first baseman Nick Johnson, shortstop Cristian Guzman, and center fielder Nook Logan don’t have much of a chance since they are on the disabled list and have played a combined one game.

Plus, Lopez is listed as a second baseman on the ballot but has started at second just twice this season because of Guzman’s hamstring injury.

BY THE NUMBERS

4/23/82 The date of Mets pinch-hitter Julio Franco’s major league debut, 414 days before Nationals starter Matt Chico was born.

TODAY’S GAME

Mets LHP Tom Glavine (3-1, 3.07) vs. Nationals RHP Jerome Williams (0-4, 7.77 ERA), 7:05 p.m., MASN2, Ch. 20, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Ken Wright

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