- The Washington Times - Friday, April 6, 2007


Unseasonably cold weather has made it feel more like February than April in the District. The cold affected most players but not outfielder Chris Snelling.

When the Nationals came out of the clubhouse to stretch at about 4 p.m., everyone else was wearing either a red, hooded Nationals sweatshirt or a red warmup jacket with wool.

But Snelling, who grew up north of Sydney, trotted out wearing his blue batting practice jersey without a sweatshirt or T-shirt underneath. During the game, Snelling and starting pitcher Jerome Williams were the only players who didn’t wear long-sleeve T-shirts under their jerseys.

“I think neither team wants to be out there for too long in the weather,” Nationals manager Manny Acta said. “Especially the right fielder, who has that big gap, all that wind coming through that tunnel over there. It’s very tough.”


“You don’t want to start off the season digging yourself a hole after the first two games, but obviously both of us want to go out and have good starts.”

— John Patterson on today’s matchup with Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner


Diamondbacks RHP Brandon Webb (0-0, 9.00) vs. Nationals RHP John Patterson (0-1, 14.73 ERA), 7:05 p.m., MASN, Ch. 20, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

— Ken Wright

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