- The Washington Times - Monday, April 9, 2007

Ontario native Shawn Hill is used to the cold. So it didn’t faze him yesterday when temperatures hovered in the high 30s.

Hill, wearing a short-sleeved shirt, allowed two runs and six hits in 62/3 innings in what turned out to be the Nationals’ first quality start of the season.

“When I went out and took off my sweater to warm up, it was kind of like a shock. But by the time I was done warming up, I was used to it,” Hill said. “It really wasn’t that bad today compared to last night.”

Hill said he has played in much worse weather than yesterday’s unseasonable cold.

“Last year I pitched in one in [Class AA] New Britain that was really cold. But the coldest I’ve played in is minus-15, minus-20 back when I was a kid,” Hill said. “I wasn’t pitching. I was a shortstop. But I’ve played in snow and hail and that. So today is not too bad.”

OVERHEARD

“We all know that most of the time the stolen bases are off the pitcher. It’s not like he’s throwing parachutes to second base or bouncing the ball and throwing it in center field.”

— Nationals manager Manny Acta on catcher Brian Schneider, who has yet to throw out a base stealer this season

TOMORROW’S GAME

Nationals LHP Matt Chico (0-0, 13.50 ERA) vs. Braves RHP Tim Hudson (0-0, 1.29), 7:35 p.m., MASN2, AM-1500, FM-107.7

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